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Happy Friday the 13th

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Today is Friday the 13th, considered a very unlucky day to most, but not to the BlueClaws. There were no Friday the 13ths during baseball season last year, but after a loss in 2014 to Hickory the BlueClaws are a robust 7-5 all-time on the unlucky day.

It’s safe to say the BlueClaws are not among the 17-21 million people affected by this one-day phobia.

Repeating from a previous post and updating with the most recent Friday the 13th games…

  • 2001: April, W 1-0 vs Hickory (11)…Two future big leaguers, Yoel Hernandez, six, and Eude Brito, three, helped pitch the shutout.
  • 2003: June, L 7-5 vs Delmarva…Led 5-1 but gave up six runs in the eighth inning.
  • 2004: August, W 7-3 and 11-0 vs Greensboro…Michael Buorn went 4-8 over the double-header and Randy Ruiz hit a home run in game two.
  • 2005: May, W 10-4 at Delmarva…Jason Jaramillo went 4-4.
  • 2007: April, W 9-5 at Hickory…’Claws pound out 14 hits including two from Quintin Berry, Adrian Cardenas, Tuffy Gosewisch, and three from Jay Miller.
  • 2008: June, W 4-0 at DEL…six shutout innings from Chance Chapman.
  • 2010: August, W 10-0 vs DEL…Trevor May threw seven shutout innings, Leandro Castro drove in three and Stephen Batts hit a home run.
  • 2011: May, L 4-3 vs HAG…8,217 fans were here to see the Bryce Harper and Jesse Biddle struck him out in the first inning. However, Hagerstown scored four in the second before holding on for a 4-3 win.
  • 2012: April, L 5-1 vs HAG…Ethan Stewart gave up a run over six innings but the Suns scored three runs off the BlueClaws bullpen in a 4-1 win at FirstEnergy Park.
  • 2012: July, W 3-2 vs HIC…Brock Stassi had a pinch-hit RBI single in the bottom of the 8th inning to give the BlueClaws the lead while Zach Cooper earned the save in his BlueClaws debut.
  • 2014: June, L 8-6 vs HIC…Carlos Tocci, Andrew Pullin, and Andrew Knapp all had three hits but the BlueClaws dropped 10-inning decision to Hickory.

In 2016, the BlueClaws will play on Friday, May 13th at home against West Virginia.

The Return Of This Blog

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Obviously we have done a bad job maintaining this blog over the last few months, and we are going to try to rectify that over the next few months. So I hope you haven’t forgotten about us over here. Keep checking back and we’ll have some good stuff for you.

We’re Back

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

After a weekend down with an injury, BlueClaws Blog is back!

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.


Subscribe To, Or Write For This Blog

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

One of the things we’ve been working on here for a little bit was the subscription services (I prefer Google Reader). That appears to be working now. Those that do subscribe to this blog might well be reading this post from the confines of Google Reader or another service.

Those that do not subscribe are welcome to. Go to your preferred service (again, I prefer Google Reader) and enter in the appropriate box. Our posts will feed directly into your reader whenever they are made.

Guest Bloggers: We are looking, as part of the countdown to Opening Day, for people to write guest posts here for us. That might be a post about your favorite part about the BlueClaws, what giveaways or promotions you are most looking forward to, your recollections of the 2002 SAL All-Star Game with the 2013 SAL ASG coming back, or anything else.

If you are interested, please email ggiombarrese at (use the @ sign obviously).


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Thursday, January 31st, 2013

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BlueClaws Year In Review

Friday, December 28th, 2012

We’ve done this the last few years and it’s always a fun post – the BlueClaws Year In Review. Previous years in review are available for 2011, 2010, and 2009. Here’s our 2012 Year In Review (thanks to Adam Giardino for his help as well).

Kurt Bevacqua Award – To Stephen Malcolm…Bevacqua, who hit one home run during the 1984 season and 27 in 2117 career at bats, homered hit a 3-run home run in game two of the ’84 World Series to key the lone Padres win in a series loss to Detroit. Malcolm hadn’t homered in 242 career at bats, until he went deep in the bottom of the 9th inning of the final game of the season. His home run tied the game, though the BlueClaws ended up falling in 10 innings.

Spiderman Award – We stay in the same game, and give this to Brock Stassi, who in the top of the 6th inning jumped on the tarp to catch a pop-up. Unfortunately, he left the field of play in the process, and instead of an out, it was a foul ball. Stassi smiled, but didn’t get the defensive play of the year award.

Mariano Rivera Award – The best finisher award goes to Kelly Dugan, who went 3-3 on the season’s final day to get his average to an even .300, his first time at .300 since going 2-4 on Opening Day. Dugan hit .350 from July 1st through the end of the season.

Best Use of All-Star Break Award – This goes to Maikel Franco, who hit just .207 in the first half with 27 RBIs. After the break, he hit .346 with 57 RBIs and a .925 OPS. This would seem like a good time to mention that the 2013 SAL All-Star Game is coming to Lakewood.

Steve Lyons Award – Colin Kleven didn’t play all nine positions for the BlueClaws in a game this year (he only played one), but he did take on a bunch of different roles during the final game of the season as a BlueClaws staff member (link).

Out of Position Award – This is shared by two players – Carlos Perdomo and Matt Campbell. Perdomo, an infielder, was Lakewood’s emergency pitcher this season, and he threw two scoreless innings. Matt Campbell, a pitcher, had to bat in a game that the BlueClaws lost the DH. He got a single in his June 11th at bat, but eventually took the loss in an 11-inning defeat.

Jordan Award – Jordan’s famous un-retirement was a big headline in 1995, and in BlueClaws-ville 2012, Ryan Howard’s “jersey unretirement” was a big headline. Howard, whose number 29 was retired by the BlueClaws in 2010, but it was un-retired when he rehabbed with the BlueClaws over a three-day period. Technically, he only wore 29 in two of the games because the first game included special jerseys…

Donation of the Year – June 28th was Prostate Cancer Awareness Night, and the BlueClaws wore special “baby-blue” jerseys which were auctioned off for BlueClaws Charities. Howard’s jersey (#52) went for just shy of $5,000.

Game of the Year – That was also our game of the year, as the BlueClaws trailed 6-0 after three innings become coming back to win. In the 9th, down 6-4, Howard came up with the bases loaded and nearly hit a walk-off grand slam; his long fly ball was caught on the warning track in left-center. Chris Duffy stepped in next and his 2-run single capped the comeback and won the game for the BlueClaws. Howard after the game said the following: “My focus was (in the ninth inning) making sure to get one run home and let big Duff take care of the rest.”

Quote of the Year Award – To Ryan Howard, who after the June 28th game in which he hit a SAC fly prior to Chris Duffy’s two-run game-winning single, said: “My focus was (in the ninth inning) making sure to get one run home and let big Duff take care of the rest.” (side note – one of the nicest parts about having a big leaguer around is his interaction with the minor league players, and Howard’s presence and support for Duffy clearly meant a lot to Chris).

8th on Team in Steals Award – To Brock Stassi, who stole six bases on the season. He’s here because on July 3rd, he hit an inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the 8th inning of a win over Hagerstown. It was the first inside-the-park home run by a BlueClaw since Domingo Santana hit one on July 13th, 2011.
Will White Award – To Colin Kleven. Will White started 75 games, and completed all 75, for the 1879 Cincinnati Red Stockings. Kleven made all 27 starts for the BlueClaws this year, going 9-8, 3.99 (lowering his ERA under 4 in his final start). He also finished seven innings in six starts, two more than all other BlueClaws starters, combined.

Almost Award – Also to Kleven, for his start on July 30th at Delmarva. In that game, he threw eight shutout innings, facing the minimum 24 batters. He gave up two hits and induced two double-plays. Had the BlueClaws not scored four runs in the top of the ninth and hit for almost 20 minutes, he would have come back out for the bottom of the ninth.

Rivals-Turned-Teammates Award – To Josh Ludy and Hoby Milner. In college, Ludy (Baylor) hit a monster home run off Milner (Texas). Both were drafted by the Phillies this year, a round apart in fact. Ludy ended up catching six of Milner’s 12 BlueClaws starts and Milner gave up just 5 ER in 33.2 IP (1.34 ERA), compared to a 4.04 ERA with other catchers.

Adrian Peterson Award – For carrying his team’s offense, goes to Chris Duffy, who from May 27th – July 30th hit .388 with 11 home runs and 53 RBIs in just 53 games.

Nice Weekend Award – Also to Chris Duffy, who, in a series against Savannah (July 14-17), started 12-14 with 13 RBIs, 5 runs scored, 2 2b, and 3 HR (including a grand slam). He went hitless in his final three at-bats to only hit .706 in the series.

Mickey Morandini Award – The BlueClaws manager turned an unassisted triple play in 1992. Nobody on the BlueClaws did that this year, but the BlueClaws did turn a 5-4-3 triple play in Delmarva on August 28th. Wynston Sawyer grounded to Maikel Franco, who threw to Alejandro Villalobos at second, who relayed it to Brock Stassi at first. 5-4-3.

Hit Ball Where He Can’t Go Award – This goes to Maikel Franco, who early in the season hit an opposite field home run into the tiki bar (he was 19 at the time and is now 20). It’s the first time that I could, or Superfan John Stanicia could, remember a right-handed hitter hitting a ball into the tiki bar above a 24-foot high wall in right-center field.

Anti-Hershiser Award – 2011 first round picks Dylan Bundy of the Orioles and Matt Barnes of the Red Sox combined to allow one earned run and three runs total in 56.2 innings in the Sally League this year. The BlueClaws scored one of the two unearned runs charged to Bundy and the only run off Barnes (though he left with two out and a runner at first – that inherited runner, and six others scored off Hunter Cervenka in a 7-run sixth inning in Lakewood on April 29th).

That’s all folks. Hope you enjoyed. Have a great New Year’s. We’ll check back in soon with a Phillies/Baseball America Top Ten Q&A.

Annual BlueClaws Bowl Guide

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

This is one of our favorite posts of the year – the Definitive BlueClaws Bowl Guide. Who should you root for in all of the college football bowl games this year (I think there are only 451 left to be played)? We go through the list with the BlueClaws connections!

If we missed one, which is possible, leave in the comments or email

Poinsettia Bowl San Diego State/BYU – Quintin Berry (2007) and Troy Hanzawa (2009) went to San Diego State.

Beef O’Brady’s Bowl Ball State/Central Florida – Chris Duffy (2012) starred at Central Florida before being drafted by the Phillies. Perci Garner, drafted in 2010, who skipped Lakewood, went to Ball State.

New Orleans Bowl East Carolina/UL-Lafayette – Stephen Batts (2010/11) played at ECU.

Las Vegas Bowl – Washington/Boise State – I know you remembered 2003 BlueClaw Andre Marshall, who played at Washington. Trevor May (2009-10) committed there but signed with the Phillies out of high school. Travis Mattair (2008-09, 11) never played baseball at Boise State but he did spend a year there as a walk-on on the basketball team, so that counts.

Hawaii Bowl – SMU/Fresno State – Phillies broadcaster Scott Franzke went to SMU and Steve Susdorf (2009 BlueClaw) went to Fresno State.

Little Caesars Bowl Central Michigan/Western Kentucky – We found a draft pick from WKU – Ryan Hutchison, a Phillies pick in 2001, played that year with Batavia but skipped Lakewood, going straight to Clearwater in 2002. Matt Payton was with Lakewood very briefly in 2011, playing three games, but he too went to Western Kentucky.

Holiday Bowl – UCLA/Baylor – Tyson Brummett (2008) and Garrett Claypool (2011) went to UCLA. Anthony Hensley (2001), Josh Scott (2002) as well as Josh Ludy (2012) went to Baylor.

Independence Bowl – Ohio/UL-Monroe – 2012 BlueClaws OF Gauntlett Eldemire went to Ohio.

Armed Forces Bowl – Air Force/Rice – Karl Bolt (2008) went to Air Force. Former Phillies first round pick Joe Savery went to Rice.

Pinstripe Bowl – Syracuse/West Virginia – Zac Cline (2004) went to WVU.

Fight Hunger Bowl – Navy/Arizona State – Tuffy Gosewisch (2007) is a Sun Devil, as is 2012 RHP Jake Borup.

Alamo Bowl – Texas/Oregon State – 2011 BlueClaws C Cameron Rupp and 2012 LHP Hoby Milner both went to Texas. Mike Stutes (2008) and Andrew Baldwin (2005) both went to Oregon State while 2012 BlueClaw Kyrell Hudson committed there before signing with the Phillies.

Music City Bowl NC State/Vanderbilt – Josh Zeid (2010) went to Vanderbilt.

Sun Bowl – Georgia Tech/USC – Jeremy Slayden (2006) went to Georgia Tech.

Chick-Fil-A Bowl – Clemson/LSU – Herm Demmink (2007) went to Clemson while on the LSU side, we have 2010 BlueClaw Brody Colvin, who committed here but didn’t sign. 2006 BlueClaw Clay Harris played at LSU.

Gator Bowl – Northwestern/Mississippi State – 2005 LHP JA Happ and 2006 RHP Dan Brauer both went to Northwestern. We couldn’t find anyone from Mississippi State except Travis Chapman, a 2000 Phillies draft pick who played in Batavia and skipped Lakewood.

Heart of Dallas Bowl – Purdue/Oklahoma State – 2012 BlueClaws LHP Blake Mascarello pitched at Purdue along with 2012 Williamsport 3B Cameron Perkins, who could be a BlueClaw this year. Three alums went to Oklahoma State: John Urick (2006), Michael Dabbs (2010), and Jason Jaramillo (2005).

Outback Bowl – Michigan/South Carolina – Michael Floyd (2002), Andrew Cruse (2007), Mike Cisco (2008) and Aaron Rawl (2006-06) all went to South Carolina.

Capital One Bowl – Nebraska/Georgia – Mike Nesseth (2012), Luke Wertz (2009-10) and Trevor Bullock (2001) played here. Jacob Diekman (2008-10) committed here as did Tyler Cloyd (2009), though both signed with the Phillies. Cody Asche, who skipped Lakewood, was drafted out of Nebraska in 2011.

Rose Bowl – Wisconsin/Stanford – We have one from Wisconsin. From the first ever BlueClaws team in 2001, Chad Sidowsky, while 2008 BlueClaw Michael Taylor went to Stanford.

Orange Bowl – Northern Illinois/Florida State – 2007 LHP Matt German went to Northern Illinois while Aaron Cheesman (2006) and Robby Read (2003) went to Florida State. Potential 2013 BlueClaw Roman Quinn committed to Florida State before signing with the Phillies.

Sugar Bowl – Louisville/Florida – 2009 BlueClaw BJ Rosenberg is a proud Louisville Cardinal. 2012 BlueClaw Matt Campbell is the lone Gator, though 2007 BlueClaw Adrian Cardenas committed here before signing with the Phillies.

Fiesta Bowl – Oregon/Kansas State – No Oregon alums though Jesse Biddle (2011) committed here before signing with the Phillies, and nothing from Kansas State.

Cotton Bowl – Oklahoma/Texas A&M – Will Savage (2006) and Ryan Duke (2011-12) went to Oklahoma while Ryan Wardinsky (2003) went to Texas A&M.

BBVA Compass Bowl – Pittsburgh/Ole Miss – Evangelista (2004) went to Pittsburgh. 2006 teammates Cooper Osteen and Matt Maloney both went to Ole Miss, as did 2011 BlueClaw Austin Wright.

BCS Championship Game – Notre Dame/Alabama – 2010 BlueClaw Jeremy Barnes went to Notre Dame while Austin Hyatt (2009) went to Alabama (as did Phillies draftee Adam Morgan who skipped Lakewood and finished last year with Reading).

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Fixing Some Bugs

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

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I think I fixed one bug on this blog that was coming up in recent posts and making the page load too slow, and that was simply that I was using image shack to host some pictures. They would stay for a little while and then turn into links for man-pills. Not sure why, but I took those down and I think we should be back to normal on that end.

The next thing is to fix the RSS feed through Google Reader that I know a lot of you use (and I do too). We are working on that.

Thanks for your patience.

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A Thank You

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

First of all, we’re back. Except for a little note on Halloween, this is our first post since October 25th, which was four days before Hurricane Sandy hit our area. The ballpark came through fine, but obviously our area did not, in many places. <

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a href=”″ target=”_blank”>Here was a message the BlueClaws released in the aftermath of the storm.

The reason for this post…

Yesterday, our sister teams (the Phillies, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Reading Fightin’ Phils, and Trenton Thunder) were gracious enough to have their staffs come down to the ballpark and we ended up sending out 164 people to 15 different sites across Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

“It was our own ‘Baseball Volunteer Day,'” said BlueClaws General Manager Geoff Brown. “We thank all of these teams who came from a significant distance away during a busy time of the year to help out in our communities. That says a lot about all of these great teams. We are thrilled they are part of our baseball family.”

In addition, each team held a supply drive at their parks over the previous week and items, including clothing, non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, and more were donated to local relief efforts.

The volunteers were broken up into 15 groups and went to different locations, including the towns Point Pleasant, Bay Head, Manasquan, Belmar, Seaside Heights, and Union Beach, as well as several non-profit organizations including Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army, and Habitat for Humanity.

Click here for photos from the event.

Elsewhere…The plan is to get back to blogging regularly. We have to wrap up the Arizona Fall League, some other Winter League stuff, and we’ll start to mix in some interviews.

We also have what is a relatively “major announcement” coming up later today.

Vote Gauntlett Eldemire!

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

BlueClaws OF Guantlett Eldemire is the #3 seed in the Razor Shines Bracket in MiLB’s Moniker Madness and he needs

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your vote.

Eldemire, drafted by the Phillies in 2010, is participating in his first Moniker Madness competition after missing the previous two years with an injury.

You can vote for Gauntlett by clicking here and we hope you vote for not just Gauntlett but also for 2007 BlueClaws C Tuffy Gosewisch, now with Lehigh Valley.

How did he get the name Gauntlett? He tells us:

“My great-grandfather was white, from Germany, and my great-grandmother was black, from Jamaica. They got married and had my grandfather. They said his life, as a mixed child, would be like ‘Running the Gauntlett,’ and he named my dad the same and my dad named me Gauntlett as well.”

Battlefield Attire

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

We’re in Hagerstown tonight, about 10 miles from Antietam, t

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he famous Civil War battle site where the bloodiest battle in American history was fought on September 17, 1862. That’s 150 years ago later this year.

Last weekend, the area is hosted a series of events in commemoration of the Maryland Campaign, and there will be additional events next year to commemorate the Battle of Gettysburg and another in 2014 to commemorate the Battle of Monocacy in Frederick.

The local baseball team is taking part too, and tonight Hagerstown will wear these Civil War-themed jerseys. (I suppose Lakewood will have to wear their road grays instead of their red mesh jerseys they wore yesterday due to the heat).

The uniforms are not the wool ones however, the ones worn by the Union Army.

More background:

Civil War uniforms worn by Union troops were all made of wool, with no apparent consideration for their use in warm weather. It was not unusual for soldiers to dress more casually while on campaign, but the standards of the day were unforgiving and gentlemen did not appear in public in their shirtsleeves. Heat stroke was a common occurrence while the troops were on the march in hot weather. Blue had become the traditional Army uniform color during the Revolutionary War. The official uniform for enlisted men was supposed to have been made of dark blue cloth, but it was often sky blue in color, in part because sky blue cloth was much less expensive than dark blue.

During the Battle of Antietam, the temperature ranged from 69-76 degrees, about 20 degrees cooler than it will be today.

Birthday Weekend

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

In an oddity of the calendar, three BlueClaws coaches celebrate a birthday within two days of each other, plus a few players have birthdays around the same period.

Happy Birthday to hitting coach Greg Legg and pitching coach Les Lancaster, who share a birthday (today). Tomorrow is manager Mickey Morandini’s birthday as well as reliever Colton Murray.

Colin Kleven celebrated his birthday last Sunday (4/15), Mike Nesseth’s birthday was on Thursday (4/19), Colton Murray’s birthday is tomorrow, and Carlos Perdomo celebrates on Wednesday.


A Happy Birthday

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

We’d like to wish a very Happy Birthday to BlueClaws head groundskeeper Ryan Radcliffe, who today turns eight.

A tweet from us this morning awknowleding this returned two responses, both pretty good:

@1tomato2 That’s why there are always crayons on the infield.

And the more classy @OhHeyItsKevin He ages gracefully.

We appreciate both responses of course.

But regarding the first one, sometimes crayons are very good, especially when they do this:

In this case, “crayons” shares a meaning with “stencil” and “spray-paint,” but you get the point.

In looking up some famous people who share a Leap Day birthday, we found John “Pepper” Martin (born 1904), who played for the Gashouse Gang Cardinals of the 1930s and three times led the National League in steals. He also managed an International League franchise named the, of all names, Miami Marlins.