Got an email this morning from South Atlantic League President Eric Krupa mentioning two things I had forgotten about the 2009 BlueClaws (who will be honored before tonight’s Phillies game and receive their championship rings). Since 1960, when these records were kept for the first time:
- The 2009 BlueClaws made the fewest errors, 111, shattering the league record. The previous record was 132 set by Rome in 2005.
- Lakewood had a .978 average in 136 games, breaking the old record of .974 set by several teams (Lexington, KY 2001 in 140 games; Hickory in 2004 in 140 games; Rome in 2005 in 137 games; Greensboro in 2006 in 137 games; and Augusta in 2007 in 140 games).
Someone forgot to tell Georgetown that defense wins championships (or first round games).
Some other notes from that team:
- Anthony Gose’s 76 stolen bases were the most of anyone in professional baseball (majors, minors, independent).
- As a team, the BlueClaws swiped 210 bases, the most in the minors.
- The BlueClaws hit 56 home runs, the 3rd lowest total in the 16-team league.
- Lakewood won the league title as a first-half champion, becoming the first team since 2001 to do so.
- The BlueClaws are 10-2 all-time in playoff games.
- Gose finished the season in a 1-25 slump and then went 11-27 in the playoffs.
- Harold Garcia went 8-22 and Travis d’Arnaud 9-23 in the playoffs as the BlueClaws hit .305 as a team and gave up just nine runs.
- Finally, in the six playoff games, the BlueClaws made one error.