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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.
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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 blueclaws.com. (use the @ sign obviously).
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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