And the PDC news keeps coming in…
This time the Philadelphia Phillies extended the player development contract with their A Full Season affiliate, the Lakewood BlueClaws. As you may have guessed, the contract has not been extended for two years through the 2018 season 😉 but with four years through the 2020 season.
Phillies Assistent Director of Player Development, Steve Noworyta and BlueClaws General Manager Chris Tafrow formally signed the papers on the field in a ceremony prior to Tuesday’s BlueClaws game against the Greensboro Grasshoppers ( a 6-1 win for the BlueClaws).
“The Phillies are pleased to extend our partnership with the BlueClaws,” said Noworyta, “This is a top-class facility with outstanding fan support in a great community. It’s a tremendous place for our players to continue their development and we’re excited to continue the relationship.”
Sixy-nine players that called the BlueClaws their home, has made it to the Majors. Fourty-two of those debuted with the Phillies. The two best known players that made the bigs and played for the BlueClaws are Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz. Hamels and Howard are the only players to have their number retired by the BlueClaws.
Currently the BlueClaws are in first place of the Northern Division of the Sally League, with less than two weeks to go in the Minor League Season.
The BlueClaws GM Chris Tafrow stated: “The partnership between the BlueClaws and Phillies has been tremendous for the BlueClaws and the entire Jersey Shore. Many future Phillies and big league stars have played here, and we look forward to the next great wave of future Phillies over the next several seasons. We are excited to extend our agreement with the Phillies.”
The history of the Blue Claws dates back to 1987 when the team was still in Fayetteville and was called the Generals. Back then the team was a Detroit Tigers affiliate. The team stayed in Fayetteville until 2001 when it moved to Lakewood in 2001, where it adopted the name Blue Claws. Since the move to Lakewood, the Phillies are the parent club. From 1997 through 2000 the Fayetteville Generals adopted the name Cape Fear Crocs. During that period the Montreal Expos was the parent club.
The BlueClaws are playing in First Energy Park.