- Associated Press - Monday, January 8, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A popular dog who retrieved baseball bats for a New Jersey minor league team has died.

The Trenton Thunder announced Monday that Derby died Saturday. They say the 9-year-old golden retriever had cancer.

Derby had trained with his father, Chase, before first taking the field in 2010. Chase died of cancer in 2013.

Both dogs were featured in the ESPN show “E-60.”

Derby delighted both fans and players alike with his routines. The team favorite later became close with Hall of Famer and New York Yankees adviser Reggie Jackson.

Derby’s son, Rookie, began bat retrieval duty in 2016.

Thunder general manager Jeff Hurley says Derby was a vital part of the team’s identity.

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