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Meet JP Crawford

Monday, August 19th, 2013

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Phillies first-round pick JP Crawford joined the BlueClaws on Saturday and after a Sunday rain-out, will make his BlueClaws debut in game one of today’s double-header at Delmarva.

Crawford set a pair of new firsts in BlueClaws history:

  • He is the first high school draftee to join the BlueClaws in his draft year.
  • He is the first Phillies first-round pick to join the BlueClaws in his draft year.

We sat down with Crawford before today’s game at Perdue Stadium.

Click here to listen to the interview.

Some snippets:

  • “I knew it was a possibility. I was working hard trying to get here and that’s what I was aiming for.”
  • “I play 110% every game and I’m going to work hard every pitch, every at bat to help my team win.”
  • “I felt like I was playing good. I was having fun with my teammates and not trying to do too much.”
  • “I like to model my game after Derek Jeter. He plays the game hard and the right way.”

Crawford bats left and throws right. He learned hitting left-handed from his older sister Eliza.

Meet Jon Prosinski – From Pirate Blue to the BlueClaws

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Growing up in Cleveland as an Indians fan, Jon Prosinski never gave much thought to pitching professionally in New Jersey. He does now. Prosinski and his family moved to Skillman, NJ when Jon was in 8th grade. He went to Seton Hall and starred for the Pirates, twice being named first-team all-Big East.

The Phillies took Prosinski in the 10th round of the 2013 draft and after five starts with Williamsport, where he was 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA. In three starts with the BlueClaws, he has allowed just four earned runs in 15 innings with 10 strikeouts and one walk.

We sat down with Prosinski before Friday’s game at West Virginia (he will pitch next on Sunday).

You can listen to the interview by clicking here:

Snippets…

  • Bouncing back from first start with WPT (lasted 1/3 of an inning) – “It was tough. Especially from college where I”m used to being out there for seven or eight innings but I knew there would be an adjustment period. It was a rough first inning but since my pitch count was so low I couldn’t pick myself up the next inning. But you just have to keep a good mindset and start throwing well.”
  • About his game – “Just a lot of strikes. I pride myself on that and try to mix my three pitches in well and throw them for strikes and it makes it a lot easier to get outs. I’m not going to blow people away with a lot of velocity but I’ll be out there competing and give us a good chance to win.”
  • Guy he liked to watch – “Cliff Lee. I grew up an Indians fan and saw him there but I’ve always liked how he’s handled himself. He’s one of the best strike-throwers in the game. He pounds the zone, gets ahead, and takes care of his business.”
  • Seton Hall – “I had a few scholarship options but Seton Hall was a great mix for me. They had a great business school and a great baseball program with a lot of tradition – Jason Grilli now but Craig Biggio went there, Mo Vaughn, John Valentin – they’ve had some great names that had success in pro ball too.”
  • Pitching in Lakewood – “My parents and siblings were there both times. I had some relatives drive in from Cleveland there too. A few friends came. My college coaches were there. There was quite a big request for tickets.”

There’s more in there. Enjoy.

 

An Interview With Kevin Walter

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Before Monday’s game at Delmarva, we sat down with BlueClaws RHP Kevin Walter.

Drafted in the 20th round in 2010 from Westminster, Colorado, Walter signed at the deadline, forgoing a chance to play at Boston College in Massachusetts, where his mother’s family is from.

He had Tommy John Surgery in the end of 2011 and returned to throw a few innings in 2012, before joining the BlueClaws and making his debut on May 29th.

Walter talks about the rehab process, his relief and excitement to join the BlueClaws, his pitches, and more in this interview, which you can listen to by clicking here.

Checking In With Jordan Guth

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Guth480380April was tough on Jordan Guth. The BlueClaws Opening Day starter went 1-4 with an ERA of 5.24 and a 14-12 K-BB ratio. Moved to the bullpen in May, the results have been outstanding. Guth, the relief pitcher, has allowed just two earned runs in 14.1 innings with a 16-5 K-BB ratio.

He threw three scoreless innings last night in a 3-1 BlueClaws win over Delmarva.

“In a shorter outing, you don’t have to save it for later. That’s really helped me a lot. And my velocity has gone up,” he said. “Using everything I have over a short period of time.”

Guth is grew up in Minnesota and is a Minnesota sports fan all the way around but moved to Onalaska, Wisconsin in high school, which is on the Minnesota border on the western part of the state.

He was a 9th round pick last year by the Phillies out of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. “You know about where you’re going to go but it’s not real until it happens. The Phillies called me in the 8th round and said they were going to take me in the 9th round, and it all worked out in the end.”

Click here to listen to the full interview.

ClawCast: Chace Numata

Monday, April 29th, 2013

The BlueClaws will play a double-header today in Asheville after the double-header scheduled for yesterday was rained out.

RHP Shane Watson and RHP Kevin Brady will throw for the BlueClaws. You can listen to the two games on the Shore Sports Network – 1160/1310 WOBM-AM or online here beginning at 11 am.

Meanwhile, we talked to BlueClaws catcher Chace Numata about the start of the season, learning to be a catcher (he converted from the infield shortly after being drafted in 2010, calling pitches, switch-hitting, and much more.

Listen here or in the player below.

Meet BlueClaws RHP Josh Warner

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

It’s been a good week in Australia. Adam Scott won the Masters. Famed thoroughbred Black Caviar won his 25th straight race. And BlueClaws RHP Josh Warner won his first game of the season.

Warner gave up a run in six innings on Monday night to earn his first win on Monday in Hagerstown. The 20 year old hails from Sufers Paradise, Australia and pitched for Williamsport last year.

Some snippets -

  • On his start Monday – “It was a good win. The boys are coming together good. I didn’t feel my best but I battled with what I had and got out of it.”
  • How are you better than last year? – “Definitely mentally I’ve matured a lot on the mound, learning how to control my emotions and get out of big situations when I need to. Maturity is a big thing.”
  • Pitching in the Australian Winter League – “You don’t get to play in front of family and friends here but you do there. It might not be 8,000 people but it’s 1 or 2 and it’s awesome.”
  • Surfers Paradise – “The beaches there are phenomenal. I live going out to the beaches, but I’m not a surfer. I haven’t got the coordination to stay up.”
  • Adam Scott – “Huge. All over Facebook. It was pretty awesome to see…I was following on my phone as we went. We got to see the 18th hole and I was following the playoff on my phone.”

There’s a lot more in there. Click here to listen or use the player below.

Meet BlueClaws 1B Art Charles

Monday, April 15th, 2013

BlueClaws 1B Art Charles got to experience something in February that most players, especially most players at this level, never get to experience. He was traded.

We sat down with Charles before Monday’s game in Hagerstown to talk about that experience for the slugger, who hit his first home run of the year on Thursday and added a three-run double on Sunday afternoon.

Some quick sound bytes:

  • On Sunday’s offensive outburst – “We haven’t had that one big inning so to get baserunners and capitalize, that was big for us as a team, to feel what that feels like in a sense.”
  • Thursday’s home run – “Once I get that first one, I feel more comfortable. I’ve had other home runs in the past but to get that one this year for a new team, it really felt good.”
  • Getting traded – “It was two days before I was heading to Blue Jays camp. It was shocking. The whole transition and the process was one of those things – ‘Hey, that’s part of the business.’ It was interesting to experience that part of the game. It was shocking at first, but the Phillies are a good organization and I’m happy to be a part of their system.”

Listen to the full interview by clicking here or in the portal below.

Meet BlueClaws 3B Mitch Walding

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Mitch Walding is 11-32 to start the 2013 season and before Saturday’s game in Greensboro, we sat down with the 20 year old Californian for an interview.

Walding was drafted as a shortstop but moved to third base in the instructional league in 2011. He played third base along side Roman Quinn last year and is doing the same again this year.

At the plate, Walding, who committed to Oregon before signing with the Phillies, has hit safely in eight of the first nine BlueClaws games, and already has three multi-hit games.

Walding on:

  • His start: “I fell on time with everything and fluid with everything. Everything feels pretty good.”
  • Driving balls the other way: “I don’t really pull a whole lot of balls but I usually see the ball deep into the zone. I can recognize if it’s a fastball or breaking pitch right away but seeing it deep in the zone is the reason why I hit a lot to the opposite field and with two strikes.”
  • Going to Oregon: “I was real close to going. It got down to the last hour…They (Phillies) left my house to go talk about it for about 20 minutes and came back, hit the number, and that was it.”
  • He spoke very highly of his experience as a high school quarterback: “It’s a whole different feeling. You can’t explain it unless you’re out there. It’s such a great game. You work all week for one big moment.”
  • Guys he liked to watch: “Derek Jeter. I always played shorstop and I wore the #2 for every team. When I started getting older, I became a huge Troy Tulowtiski fan.”

There’s a lot more in the interview, which lasts just under eight minutes. Listen by clicking here or in the portal below.

ClawCast: BlueClaws SS Roman Quinn

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Roman Quinn was certainly one of the most talked about players on the BlueClaws when the rosters were released and he hasn’t disappointed. Quinn has hit safely in all seven games thus far and is 10-30 to start the season with an inside-the-park home run hit on Tuesday night.

Before Thursday’s game in Greensboro, we sat down with Quinn for an interview.

He hits on a number of topics:

  • On the ITP HR – “I was thinking 3, but when I hit second base, I saw Mickey further down the line and that means I have to go further down the line two, and he waved me in.”
  • Bunting – “I just got real comfortable bunting from the left side and I put in a lot of work this off-season. It’s definitely a big part of my game.”
  • His first full year as a switch-hitter – “I’m way more comfortable. I think the more reps I got, the better I got at it. I’m getting there.”
  • Reaction when he found out he’d be switch-hitting and moving to shortstop – “I was up for the challenge. I’m always up for a challenge like that but I knew it would be very hard work right from the start. Hopefully it will pay off.”

He also touches on some of his favorite players to watch growing up (Ken Griffey and Derek Jeter) and his other favorite sport (basketball).

You can listen to the interview by clicking here or using the player below.

Guth Gets Ball in Season Opener

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

RHP Jordan Guth, an Onalaska, Wisconsin native who played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will get the Opening Day start for the BlueClaws tomorrow night against Kannapolis.

“It’s an honor…I am excited and ready to go in a real game and I am looking forward to it,” said Guth.

Over the course of his recent baseball career, the 6’5” righty has transitioned from the rotation to the bullpen, and now he returns to the rotation for Mickey Morandini’s club and is looking forward to continuing his career as a starter on Thursday.

“Hopefully I go deep into the game…as a starter you always want to go deep into the games…Hopefully I can get out there throw strikes and get ahead of guys,”

In 11 games, 7 starts, with the Williamsport Crosscutters, Guth compiled a 2-2 record with a 5.82 ERA in his first full season and, once again got comfortable with the rotation and knowing that every five days he was going to get the ball every five days.

“I actually liked it a lot better, the routine was more set and you knew when you were going to start.”

He, along with many BlueClaws players, wrapped up his first spring training and talked about the experience of being around some of the big leaguers, like Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, and Cliff Lee.

“It was actually cool a lot of the big league guys would all come down and work on things in our games. We got to watch them pitch…learned a lot, pitch sequences and stuff like that, it was great.”

Click here to listen to an interview of Guth from BlueClaws broadcaster Dan Acheson.

Here is the BlueClaws starting rotation:

Thursday – RHP Jordan Guth
Friday – RHP Josh Warner
Saturday – RHP Shane Watson
Sunday – RHP Kevin Brady
Monday – LHP Yoel Mecias

Manager’s Report, #1

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

We’ve looked at rosters. We’ve posted player bios. It’s finally time for baseball. Opening Day is tomorrow night, and to get you ready, we have our first Gold Coast Cadillac Manager’s Report with Mickey Morandini of 2013.

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You can listen to the interview by clicking here or in the player below.

Below, we have a few snippets -

  • On the team – “We’re real young again. A lot of talent on this team. Some speed. We feel real good about our infield, but we’re real young. But that’s ok. That’s part of the development, and we’re looking forward to seeing how these kids come in here and react.”
  • On Roman Quinn – “He played real well this spring. He’s coming along really well. He just started to hit left-handed last year. He had a position change last year too. He’s getting better every day. He’s an inning-changer. He’s a pitch changer. It’s unbelievable how fast he is.”
  • On Art Charles – “He’ll probably be our 4/5 type hitter. He’s a big, strong left-handed power hitter. He does a real nice job around first base and when he hits the ball, he hits it hard.”
  • On Opening Day – “It’s exciting. I’m proud of all these guys. They worked really hard and earned the right to be here, that’s for sure. We’re a family now. We’re together for six months. We’re all going to be pulling for each other and playing the best baseball we can. It’s an exciting time. I’m really looking forward to Thursday night.”

There’s a lot more in there. We encourage you to listen to the full interview.

ClawCast: Director of Grounds Mike Morvay

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

One of our favorite ClawCasts to pop up here every year is our groundskeeping review/preview. We sit down with BlueClaws Director of Grounds Mike Morvay who looks back on the off-season, tells us how he gets the field ready, and more.

Some quick hitters -

  • He notes that they added about 25 tons of dirt to the infield and a few tons of stone to the warning tracks this year.
  • This winter has been much colder than last year’s winter, which was one of the warmest on record, and among the warmest since this stadium opened.
  • What do groundskeepers who work in New England and other colder areas think this time? “They hope it’s not going to snow!”

You can listen to the interview by clicking here or in the player below.

FanFest ’13 – Three for Three

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

We mentioned yesterday that the same mother-daughter combo, Beverly and Amanda from Brick and Point Pleasant, have been first on line for BlueClaws individual game tickets at FanFest each of the last two years.

Make it three.

They noted that while they certainly had the day marked on the calendar, they did feel called out after we mentioned their streak yesterday on the BlueClaws Twitter and Facebook pages.

Congrats Beverly and Amanda. This is a streak that will certainly not be easy to match!

We did a quick interview with them, and you can listen below.

FanFest runs from 11 am – 4 pm and we hope to see you at the ballpark.

Podcast: Outgoing GM Geoff Brown

Friday, February 8th, 2013

A few weeks ago, it was announced that BlueClaws GM Geoff Brown would be leaving the BlueClaws after 13 years and 12 seasons. The first employee hired by the BlueClaws in November of 1999, Brown has been here for three championships, five million fans, and countless memories.

Today is his last day with the BlueClaws, and he’ll start his new position with Rutgers University Athletics on Monday.

Before he left, we did want to bring him onto the podcast for an interview.

You can listen to the interview by clicking here or by listening below.

A couple of quick snippets, but we hope you listen to the whole thing:
- “I’ve got an 11 year old an an 8-year old. They’re going to want to come to 6-8-10 games, so we’ll be back. But certainly walking out of the office for the last time on Friday is going to be a little bit weird.”

- “It really sunk in when the Rutgers athletic department sent out a press release. All of a sudden it became real at that point. But the last couple of days when I started packing up, it struck again.”

- “I don’t think anyone expected us to draw 400,000 people a year, maybe 300,000. We knew how many people from the Shore were going to see the Thunder and they would stay put to see a game in Lakewood, but we didn’t think 400,000 a year was going to happen. To be those strong numbers 12 years in has been fantastic.”

- “The fans have been fantastic and they continue to be. The amount of people that have emailed me over the last few weeks has made me feel really good.”

- “The fact that I got to dump beer and champagne on other people’s heads…not a lot of professions get to do that – and I got to do that three times.”

Also – there is evidently a time capsule.

Enjoy!