About the BlueClaws
Dear BlueClaws fans,
In our first 12 seasons we have brought home three titles, attracted over five million fans, and have seen nearly 50 players reach Major League Baseball.
2012 was certainly very special, for a variety of reasons.
- We again, thanks to you, the best fans in Minor League Baseball, won the league's attendance title, making us a perfect 12 for 12 in that category as we surpassed 5 million fans.
- On June 15th, seven year old Justin Singer of Freehold, became the 5-millionth fan in BlueClaws history, becoming the fastest team in the South Atlantic League and New Jersey to 5-million fans.
- Former Phillie Mickey Morandini completed his first year as manager of the BlueClaws and posted a 62-76 record, including a 36-33 second half.
- Chris Duffy and Kelly Dugan led the team offensively and pitcher Colin Kleven was tabbed the lone BlueClaws player for the 2012 SAL All-Star Game.
- Over 22,000 fans joined us on June 28-30, when we welcomed Ryan Howard to Lakewood for a three-game rehab stint.
On top of that, 10 former BlueClaws made their Major League debuts, bringing the total to 49 over our first 12 years. Included in those 49 are former NL MVP Ryan Howard, 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels, and Phillies starting catcher Carlos Ruiz. It's been a pleasure for both us and our fans to see those players thrive here in Lakewood and then at the game's highest level.
We would like to thank Lakewood Mayor Albert Akerman along with the entire Township Committee and Lakewood Development Corporation for their help and support in the success of the BlueClaws. And of course we also thank Phillies President David Montgomery and the entire Phillies organization. Without their support the BlueClaws would not be where we are today.
For those that have discovered the BlueClaws for the first time, welcome.
It is our goal to make your complete experience as enjoyable, entertaining, and family-friendly as possible. We're proud of our three picnic areas, party decks, expanded Kids Zone, BluePen, and so much more.
Don't forget to check out BlueClaws Blog. We update it daily to bring you the latest news and information on former BlueClaws players and coaches, breaking news, promotions, discounts, and Q&As.
The BlueClaws have the best fans in Minor League baseball, and we will continue to make FirstEnergy Park a fun and exciting place to visit. We are anxious to offer you the best entertainment and the most enjoyable experience you can possibly imagine. We look forward to seeing you at FirstEnergy Park all summer long!
Let's Go BlueClaws!
Yours in fun,
By the way, this video was filmed during a rain delay in 2009: