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Labor Peace

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

We heard, ad nauseam, throughout the summer about the NFL lockout. We heard, ad nauseam, over the last few months about the NBA lockout. Both of those deals got signed.

Baseball seems to have it down cold. They got their big labor deal done with so little fanfare that unless you were paying attention, you probably missed it.

And now…wait for it…the minor league baseball umpires have reached labor peace with MiLB. They agreed to a five-year extension that will take them through the 2016 season. You may remember the strike at the outset of the 2006 season.

“It will allow us to manage the costs associated with our umpire program in an effective manner and will help maintain our industry as an attractive form of affordable family entertainment,” said Tim Purpura executive vice president of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues.

Fordcast Tour Video

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

The great folks with the Fordcast Tour and the Ford Focus were here on July 7th and gave the tour to a number of BlueClaws fans plus had a great night at the ballpark. Take a look!

Congrats to Tom McCarthy

Friday, July 15th, 2011

tommccarthyPhillies broadcaster and Brick native Tom McCarthy was inducted into the Trenton Thunder Hall of Fame last night and, as you can see in the picture, they named the broadcast booth after him.

Tony Graham was in Trenton to cover the story.

Perhaps no one locally, other than family members,  have followed McCarthy’s career more closely than Geoff Brown, general manager of the Lakewood BlueClaws.
Brown was in group sales for Trenton in the mid 90′s when McCarthy was the Thunder Director of  Public and Media Relations while also working as a broadcaster.
After the 1999 season McCarthy left the Thunder to pursue a full-time career in broadcasting.
“”He was the first radio guy I ever knew,” Brown said Thursday. “”He was the best.”
McCarthy’s father, Tom, is a long time usher behind home plate for Lakewood.
Said Brown, “”When Tom was doing radio for the Phillies before he was doing TV, I swear I’d be out running and listening to the game and have to remind myself, “”Wait a minute, this is a Phillies game, this isn’t a Thunder game back in the day.’

You can read the full story here.

Fordcast Tour Coming to FirstEnergy Park

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

avatarexThe BlueClaws are excited to welcome the Fordcast Tour to FirstEnergy Park for next Thursday’s game, which is one of the Fordcast Tour stops!

If you are unfamiliar with the Fordcast Tour, it is an awesome summer-long tour created to celebrate the launch of the new 2012 Ford Focus.  The Fordcast team will make stops all across the Northeast at music, sports, and food festivals events.

At the BlueClaws game there will be two Ford Focus Lounges with video games, trivia, a Focus Fotobooth for you to strike a pose in and free giveaways! One of the giveaways will include Ford Focus binolculars, five of which will feature a gold star to denote a winner of tickets to a future BlueClaws game.

We should also mention that there will be 2012 Ford Focus vehicles on-site for BlueClaws fans to check out in person! This vehicle has everything a BlueClaws fan would want – MyFord Touch capabilities that include voice commands and a rear-view camera (just to name a few!), heated seats for those cold winter nights and best of all, it gets 40 miles per gallon!

Cant make it to the game? No worries, we will post a video recap shortly highlighting our experience in the Fordcast Lounge!

For more information on how you can win tickets to next week’s BlueClaws game, follow the Fordcast Tour on Twitter at @FordcastTour and check out their website here.

Sunday’s Bruce Brunch

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

The BlueClaws were excited to host the Bruce Brunch at FirstEnergy Park, 105.7 The Hawk’s weekly tribute to Bruce Springsteen hosted by our buddy Tom Cunningham. If you missed the show, you can download it online by phonics download

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Included on the show are BlueClaws 1B Jim Murphy, LHP Jesse Biddle, manager Chris Truby, groundskeeper Ryan Radcliffe, and general manager Geoff Brown.



Steve Rogers Autograph Signing: Saturday

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Steve Rogers, who won 158 games in a 13 year big league career, will be signing autographs at FirstEnergy Park on Saturday during the 4:05 game to promote the upcoming Hope4Heroes Charity Baseball Classic which comes to Lakewood on June 17th.

Rogers defeated Steve Carlton and the Phillies twice in the 1981 division series, helping the Expos advance to the NLCS.

His autograph signing will help promote this event, for which you can buy tickets on Saturday. Read info below:

The BlueClaws will host a Hope4Heroes charity baseball game at FirstEnergy Park on Friday, June 17th which will include Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry.

Players, which will include members of the military and former Major Leaguers like Jay Johnstone and Bob Boone will put on an entertaining show and raise money for military families. Lakewood is one stop on a tour that also includes Tuscon, San Antonio, and Las Vegas.

Fans can get autographs from the players before and during the game.

Brian Kilmead of Fox News will also be at the game to throw out a ceremonial first pitch with retired two-star General Alfred Valenzuela.


Bruce Brunch Here at the Park

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

The BlueClaws and 105.7 The Hawk are giving fans the chance to come out and watch Tom Cunningham and the Bruce Brunch on Sunday, May 15th.

We’ll have a live broadcast of the show from inside the ballpark (9 am – 11 am) and fans can come out, enjoy the show, meet Tom Cunningham, the host, and then enjoy a BlueClaws picnic with all the other guests.

Here’s more on the Bruce Brunch:

Tom Cunningham hosts a weekly two-hour celebration of the career of Bruce Springsteen! From 1973 to the present, all eras of Springsteen’s recordings are included. In addition to studio recordings, various live versions of songs are also represented–with a special emphasis on rare import discs. And whenever there is Bruce News or Bruce is in the news, you’ll hear all about it.

To sign up, call Dennis at 732-901-7000 ext 163 or email Tickets are $24.95 for adults and $16.95 for children and come with a viewing of the broadcast and a picnic during the game.

A Hit Streak and an Almost Team

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

hewittblogA few things as we get ready for a 1:05 game between the BlueClaws and Savannah Sand Gnats at FirstEnergy Park. Click here for the full game notes.

Anthony Hewitt has an 11-game hitting streak after going 2-4 yesterday. He’s 16-47 over that stretch with six doubles and two triples. He turned 22 on Wednesday.

Also, and I find this relatively interesting, David Buchanan starts today for Lakewood. The Phillies took him in the 7th round of the draft last year but the Mets did in 2009 (6th round from Chipola JC). He elected to go to Georgia State where he pitched for one season, but today gets to face the organization that drafted him for the first time (he did not pitch against Brooklyn last year).

You can listen here beginning at 12:50.

Here is the story from yesterday’s game in the APP.

Here is a story on the Jackson/Jackson Memorial game with Jackson winning 3-1 under the lights.

Remembering the 1975 Little League World Series Champions

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

lakewoodllfull36 years ago, a team from Lakewood, NJ won the Little League World Series. This Tuesday is Lakewood Township Night at FirstEnergy Park and we’ll honor that team with one of their coaches, Dick Work.

You can order tickets to that game by clicking here. Work will be there to throw out a ceremonial first pitch with a few players and we’ll have some of that team’s memorabilia. It will be a great thing to see on Monday.

Work was the Co-Manager of the 1975 Lakewood Little League team that won the Little League World Series that year. He coached Little League, Youth Basketball, and Pop Warner Football for over 25 years, he was the Mayor of Lakewood for 4 years, worked 47 years for Jersey Central Power & Light, and was a Volunteer Firefighter for 26 years with Engine Company #1 in Lakewood.

Mr. Work is excited to be at the game on the 26th, and we had a chance to talk with him about that 1975 Lakewood Little League squad that won it all:

The most amazing moment of that entire season:

“Just the fact that we won 17 straight games to win it all was remarkable. Nowadays the tournament is double elimination, but back then we had to win every day, and it was really an amazing run we had.”

Single most memorable game:

“After we won Districts in Point Pleasant, we went to the State Finals in Hamilton. We were trailing by 2 runs going into the 6th inning, and our first 2 batters got out. I remember thinking to myself ‘Well, it has been a good run’. I don’t remember who the hitter was, but he swung and missed at 2 straight curveballs, and then for some reason the pitcher threw a fastball and he hit him with it. Then the next 3 guys up all got hits and we won. It was an unbelievable comeback.”

Funniest moment:

“After we won States in Hamilton, we went and played in Hagerstown, MD. We gave up 2 runs in the top of the first, and it just wasn’t looking good. We were facing a really good pitcher. But, we went out there and loaded the bases for Dion Lowe who was probably our best hitter. And I remember this just like it was yesterday. Some guy, he wasn’t a coach or anything, just a fan, ran out behind the fence in Centerfield and was screaming “WALK HIM! WALK HIM!” But, they didn’t. They pitched to him, and he hit a Grand Slam and we took the lead and never gave it up. We won that game and then headed to Williamsport, PA”

On what made that team so good:

“We had 5 good pitchers and a whole team full of kids that could hit, and that is really exactly what it takes. We also had 5 kids who turned 13 after the date where they are still allowed to play with the 12 year olds. You wouldn’t think that makes a difference, but it really does when you are talking about 12 and 13-year olds.”

Talks about the 14 kids that made up the team:

“The kids really were great the whole way. They never stopped playing hard the whole time. It was a crazy schedule, and it was quite the experience. I really do think they appreciated it. But when they had to play, they were always ready to go.”

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Sunday, March 27th, 2011

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The Best Game Notes Line Ever

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Yesterday, driving Ruben Amaro, Jr. and Phillies President David Montgomery to Port Charlotte to watch the Phillies play the Rays, Asst GM Scott Proefrock’s car ran out of gas. You can read about that here. Now, the Phillies had the following line in their game notes today, easily the best game note of all time:

“Proefrock had enough gas to make the return trip to Clearwater, however, it should be noted that he asked his passengers for toll money as he does not have a Sun Pass.”

That’s just funny. I think my favorite BlueClaws note over the last two years has been this.


Friday, February 25th, 2011

jellybeansfullOne new addition to the FanFest menu, and there are going to be more, stay tuned, is a jellybean guessing contest.

We are going to put jellybeans into one of the SAL Championship Trophies, and closest guess will win a BlueClaws prize pack. A buck a guess, to BlueClaws Charities.

Now, how do you go about winning such a contest?

It just so happens that a blog called Cleverness, Getting Diggy With It has a few ideas.

Strategies for Victory

There are a couple of strategies you may use in calculating the number of jellybeans in a jar or other container.  In order of increasing complexity, they are:

1) Guess

It’s just a game. Arm yourself with the knowledge that there are 930 jelly beans in a US gallon (about 245 / litre) and venture a WAG.  I suspect you wouldn’t be reading this if that’s all you were after, loser.  So…

2) Count them

Don’t count each bean, of course, but if you are allowed to lift the container, you can count the number of jelly beans in one row (remember to compensate for tapering at the bottom of the container) and multiply that number times the number of jellybeans the container is tall.  This will yield a very good estimate.

3) Equate them

This strategy is best if you are “guessing” the number of jellybeans in a known volume.  In fact, it’s almost fool-proof in that situation.  You need to know:

a) The approximate volume of one jelly bean can be thought of as a small cylinder 2 cm long and 1.5 cm in diameter (Precisely articulated as: Volume of 1 Jelly Bean = h(pi)(d/2)^2 = 2cm x 3 (1.5cm/2)^2 = 3.375 or 27/8 cubic centimeters)

b) Due to the Jelly Bean spape and irregularities, there is considerable airspace in the container, along with the jelly beans.  It can be assumed that 20% of a given volume is air rather than jellybeans (though for very small or irregularly shaped containers, this figure might be slightly more… never estimate more than 25% air by volume.  Really 20% is the best value to use for n > 100)

So, to get your answer, you will want to determine the number of cubic centimeters in the container volume and multiply that number by can simply use a calculator to divide the volume of the container in cubic centimeters by 2.7 (3.375 * .8 to allow for air space).  Google is a great too for doing all of this.  For example a search for “cubic centimeters per gallon” and Google returns “1 US gallon = 3 785.4118 cubic centimeters”.  You can then use Google (they call it Google Calculator but you use the normal search engine box) to calculate your answer.  5 gallon bucket = 5 x 3785.4 = 18,927.  You just pop ’round the gorn-and-scumbles, and, Jack’s a doughnut, there you are!

That is fascinating.

Busy Week

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

We’ll have a bunch of things for you on the blog coming up this week. Among them:

  • A Facebook promotion just concocted  two hours ago
  • Winter Tour and a chance for you to ask questions of the guests. Actually, I’m really looking forward to meeting both Chris Truby, 2011 BlueClaws manager, and Phillies first round pick (and possible 2011 BlueClaw Jesse Biddle) on Wednesday. You can still sign up, click here.
  • The chance for you to run around and inside and on the field of FirstEnergy Park
  • and MLB Network revealing the top 50 prospects in all of baseball. We’ll share our thoughts on the projected list before it’s released.
  • Big sale in the ClawsCove (details of which are being released tomorrow).
  • Probably something else but I don’t really plan ahead too often.


Merry Christmas

Friday, December 24th, 2010

We hope you guys have a wonderful holiday season. On the way out, be sure to read this awesome post from our buddy Jay Floyd of He interviews some Phillies minor leaguers and asks them about their favorite Christmas memories, gifts, etc. Great stuff, for example.

Favorite Christmas Gift From Childhood
Justin De Fratus
…”I usually got the same thing every Christmas. I only asked for one thing…..A Rawlings Pro Preferred Glove. I couldn’t stand using the same glove 2 years in a row so all I wanted was a new glove each year. I also remember being pretty excited about getting my first electric guitar too. I love to play the guitar and make music.”

Unrelated to the BlueClaws, but here is a cool story about a family who received their father’s 1955 Memphis Chickewas, Southern Association Baseball Championship ring.

Swift had lost the ring somewhere before dying of kidney disease in 1966. That somewhere turned out to be a ball field in High Point, where he moved with his family from a tobacco farm in Elkin after retiring from baseball.

Eggleton, whose hobby was collecting lost objects with the help of a metal detector, had uncovered the ring under a few inches of dirt. Not knowing whom it belonged to, he took it with him when he and his wife, Gail, moved to California in 1988.

Have a great holiday everyone!