Archive for the 'Q&As' Category

Legg Recalls Boll Weevils

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014


With the BlueClaws taking on Kannapolis this week, we thought it was a good time to talk to BlueClaws manager Greg Legg about the year he managed in Kannapolis – 2000, the season before the BlueClaws came into existence.

Legg managed the Piedmont Boll Weevils, who played in Kannapolis in the same stadium used by the Intimidators today (they became the Intimidators in 2001, their first year with the White Sox).

The 2000 Boll Weevils were a great team – they won 90 of their 137 games, six more wins than the BlueClaws have ever accumulated in a season. Led by Marlon Byrd, Brett Myers and Ryan Madson, the team made the playoffs and lost in the first round of the post-season, two games to one to Delmarva (Erik Bedard beat them 1-0 in the series-deciding game).

Click here to view the team stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and listen to the interview below.

Meet Joe DeNato, BlueClaws LHP Drafted This Year From Indiana

Thursday, July 17th, 2014


The BlueClaws current roster has three current-year draftees – 2nd rd pick Matt Imhof, 9th rd pick Matt Hockenberry, and now 19th rd pick Joe DeNato.

DeNato was drafted by the Phillies in the 19th round of the 2014 draft from Indiana and was the first player the Phillies drafted out of IU since 1999. He’s also the first Hoosier to ever play for Lakewood, though a notable IU grad managed the BlueClaws the last two years – Mickey Morandini.

A San Diego native, DeNato gave up four runs in 11.1 innings with 15 strikeouts with Williamsport and tossed two scoreless innings in his BlueClaws debut.

We sat down with DeNato before Thursday’s game in Hickory.

From Philadelphia to the Phillies Minor Leagues, Meet Matt Hockenberry

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014


After a four-year career at Temple in Philadelphia, Matt Hockenberry was drafted by the Phillies in the 9th round in June. In less than two months, he’s gone from the Owls to the BlueClaws.

Tuesday night against Hagerstown, he came into a 2-1 game in the 9th inning and got the last three outs to earn his first professional save.

He talks about the last two months, his time at Temple, moving forward with the Phillies, and more.

Meet Scott Harris

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Scott Harris was drafted by the Phillies in the 27th round of this year’s draft, and entering Monday night, had made two appearances with Lakewood and one with the GCL Phillies.

The former Buena Vista University (Iowa) left-hander retired all 7 hitters he faced on Friday against West Virginia and sat down for an interview prior to Monday’s game.

Knapp On The Way Back

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

BlueClaws catcher Andrew Knapp is on the way back after having Tommy John Surgery in the fall. The Phillies 2013 second round pick out of the University of California joined the BlueClaws on June 2nd and after starting 5-29, he is 17-50. He hit his second BlueClaws home run on Friday in West Virginia.

We caught up with Knapp on Saturday.

Checking In With Andy Abad

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

An interview with Phillies OF/Baserunning Coordinator Andy Abad before Saturday’s game. He talks about developing the young outfielders, honing their baserunning craft, and teaching agression.

Checking In With Tyler Viza

Friday, May 16th, 2014

An interview with BlueClaws pitcher Tyler Viza.

Meet Drew Anderson

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Before Sunday’s game in Asheville, we sat down with BlueClaws RHP Drew Anderson, who went 6-3 with a 2.00 ERA with Williamsport last year and won his first game with Lakewood on Thursday in Lexington.

Anderson will start the opener of the upcoming series with Kannapolis, Wednesday night at FirstEnergy Park.

Checking In With Mitch Walding

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

The beginning of spring training was not kind to Mitch Walding, who re-injured a rib just before flying to Florida, causing to miss spring training. But after a few games with the extended spring training team, he re-joined the BlueClaws and has three hits in his first three games.

Checking In With JP Crawford

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Pre-Game Radio – Andrew Pullin

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Our Tuesday pre-game interview with BlueClaws second baseman Andrew Pullin.

Meet BlueClaws LHP Cody Forsythe

Saturday, April 19th, 2014



Cody Forsythe’s first two saves of the season have not come easy. In fact, both times, he entered mid-inning with the go-ahead run on base.

Drafted last year out of Southern Illinois, Forsythe, a left-hander (as you can see above) had two saves with the GCL Phillies in 2013 and has both BlueClaws saves this year.

We talked with Forsythe before Saturday’s game in Hagerstown. You can listen to the interview below.

Viza Gets Nod In Home Opener

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

RHP Tyler Viza, a 32nd round pick of the Phillies last year from Phoenix, AZ, gets the nod for the BlueClaws in tomorrow night’s home opener at FirstEnergy Park. We sat down with Tyler for a preview.

You can listen to the interview below:

Gold Coast Cadillac Manager’s Report

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014


On the eve of the 2014 season, we sat down with BlueClaws manager Greg Legg for our first Gold Coast Cadillac Manager’s Report of the year.

You can listen to the full interview by clicking here, and we have some snippets below.

  • On managing – It’s a new challenge for me, one I haven’t had since 2007. I’m looking to learn from what I did in the past. Let the kids play a little bit more. I’m actually hoping to start the year with 25 and end the year with 25 different guys.
  • On JP Crawford – He’s had a great spring. He played with our group for maybe the last 10 days. He’s playing real well right now. I think he’s in the perfect spot to start the year and hopefully he plays his way out of here.
  • On Carlos Tocci – It looked like his first step is better, out of the box and on the bases. We know he’s going to play a great centerfield.
  • On Zach Green – His presence is off the charts. He’s a leader by example and by his talking. He’s the ultimate professional.
  • On Andrew Pullin – He’s still earning a new position and making a lot of strides. He’s a good fastball hitter and should feast on those.
  • On Dylan Cozens – He’s got all kinds of ability and his skills are really awesome. He can leave the yard. He can throw, run, steal a base, play center if he had to. If he lets it happen, he should have a big year.

There’s more in there and you can listen to the whole thing here.

Gold Coast Cadillac is the #1 Cadillac dealer on the east coast. A 12-time Cadillac Dealer of the Year, check them out on Route 35 in Oakhurst or online at