Big weekend for the Lakewood BlueClaws (Low Class A; Sally League): the team signed a player-development contract extension with the Philadelphia Phillies and is set to welcome the 6-millionth fan in team history today.
With the two-year extension, the BlueClaws will remain the South Atlantic League affiliate of the Phillies through at least the 2016 season.
“We are thrilled to extend our relationship with Lakewood,” said Joe Jordan, Phillies Director of Player Development. “They been outstanding partners of the Phillies over the last 14 seasons and we look forward to many more.”
Jordan and BlueClaws General Manager Chris Tafrow formally signed the papers on the field in a ceremony prior to Friday’s BlueClaws game.
The BlueClaws have been a Phillies affiliate since their 2001 inception. In that time, the team has won three South Atlantic League championships (2006, 2009, & 2010) and became the first South Atlantic League team since 1993-1994 (Savannah) to win back-to-back league titles.
“The partnership between the BlueClaws and Phillies has given BlueClaws fans the chance to see some tremendous young players on their way to big league success,” Tafrow said. “We are excited to extend our agreement with the Phillies.”
Meanwhile, the team is set to welcome the 6-millionth fan in BlueClaws history today. The team is currently 296 fans short, so barring something totally unforeseen, a celebration should be held this afternoon. The BlueClaws, who debuted in 2001, will become the fastest team in New Jersey and South Atlantic League history to reach the 6-million fan mark.
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