CRABS SNAG VETERAN BLANKE AND RELIEVER ROBERTSHAW FOR 2017

(Waldorf, MD., Mar. 23, 2017) – The Blue Crabs announced the signing of catcher/first baseman Mike Blanke and right-handed pitcher Britt Robertshaw to Blue Crabs roster on Thursday, in preparation for their 10th anniversary season.

Mike Blanke made his Atlantic League debut with the Long Island Ducks in 2015. The 28-year-old catcher was drafted in the 2010 MLB draft by the Chicago White Sox out of The University of Tampa. Blanke spent four seasons in the White Sox organization, before a brief stint with the Red Sox in 2015. Blanke has spent the last two seasons with the Ducks, hitting .282 with 43 RBI in his 2015 campaign.

Britt Robertshaw comes to the Blue Crabs looking for a return to form after missing the entire 2016 season due to injury. The 27-year-old righty out of Cedar Park, Texas made his professional debut in 2014 with the Southern Illinois Miners of the Frontier League. Coming out of the bullpen for the Miners, he compiled a 3.08 ERA, while averaging over a strikeout per inning. Robertshaw spent the 2015 season with the Carolina Mudcats, an Atlanta Braves affiliate, where he finished the year with a 3.42 strikeout to walk ratio.

“We’re excited to add Blanke and Robertshaw to the roster this year,” said Manager John Harris. “Blanke brings experience and versatility to the squad. Robertshaw has a live arm and will further increase our depth out of the bullpen this year.”

The team opens up the 2017 season on April 20th in Waldorf versus the Long Island Ducks. The team kicks off its 10th Anniversary season with Crustacean Celebration presented by Elite Beatz on April 8th. To save your seat at the ballpark for the upcoming season and other team news, visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com or call 301-638-9788.

About the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs: The Blue Crabs play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs. The Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland with affordable family fun. The franchise will open its tenth anniversary season on Thursday April 20, 2017. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com for more information and to reserve your seat at the ballpark today!

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB): The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com

 

CRABS SIGN PALMEIRO AND BRING BACK GRENING FOR 2017

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March 16, 2017
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CRABS SIGN PALMEIRO AND BRING BACK GRENING FOR 2017
ALPB Vets Join The 10th Anniversary Roster

(Waldorf, MD., Mar. 16, 2017) – The Blue Crabs announced the signing of infielder Patrick Palmeiro and the resigning of right-handed pitcher Brian Grening to the 10th anniversary season Blue Crabs roster on Thursday.

Patrick Palmeiro made his Atlantic League debut with the Sugar Land Skeeters in 2015. The third baseman was drafted in the 2008 MLB draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of Colleyville, Texas. Palmeiro played with the Chicago White Sox from 2012 to 2014. The son of MLB great Rafael Palmeiro, the 27-year-old was a part of the Skeeters 2016 Atlantic League Championship season.

Brian Grening returns to the Blue Crabs for a fourth season after posting his best season in Southern Maryland. The 31-year-old righty started the 2016 season in the bullpen but shifted to a full time starter prior to the all-star break. Grening posted a 3.08 ERA in 2016, the second best on the team overall and best for the team as a starter. He recorded the third most strikeouts while having the second-best record on the club. The Newport Beach, CA native also pitched two complete games in 2016.

“We’re thrilled to have Palmeiro and Grening join the team,” said Manager John Harris. “Palmeiro brings a strong skillset to our club. Grening’s reliability and strength as a starter is a great tool to have every fifth day.”

The team opens up the 2017 season on April 20th in Waldorf versus the Long Island Ducks. The team kicks off its 10th Anniversary season with Crustacean Celebration presented by Elite Beatz on April 8th. To save your seat at the ballpark for the upcoming season and other team news, visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com or call 301-638-9788.

About the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs: The Blue Crabs play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs. The Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland with affordable family fun. The franchise will open its tenth anniversary season on Thursday April 20, 2017. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com for more information and to reserve your seat at the ballpark today!

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB): The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com

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Crustacean Celebration Kicks Off 10th Anniversary In Southern Maryland

(Waldorf, MD., Mar. 10, 2017) – To kick off the 10th Anniversary Season, the Blue Crabs will once again host Crustacean Celebration, presented by Elite Beatz. The Blue Crabs Fan Fest will be held on April 8 starting at 9:00 AM and will run until 2:00 PM. The event at Regency Furniture Stadium is free for all fans.

Fans will get their first opportunity to shop in the brand-new team store with all-new merchandise unique to the team. The Crab Shack Team Store, anchored by EC Sports, will feature all new team gear including shirts, caps, sweatshirts and other novelty items.

Crustacean Celebration will provide a first look at the refurbished field that was replaced in February with all new Kentucky Blue Grass ahead of the team’s 10th anniversary season. Additionally, Elite Beatz, Astro Jump of Metro DC, and Chick-fil-A of Charles County will have fun and games set up in the Regency Furniture Stadium Kids Zone.

Fan Fest will also feature the return of the Fantasy Baseball Challenge. For $35-per-person, fans have the chance to hit batting practice, test their pitch speed, and see how quick they can turn a double play. Those who register will also receive two ticket vouchers for the 2017 season. Potential participants are encouraged to contact Ed Wilson at 301-374-1135 or e-mail ewilson@somdbluecrabs.com.

Returning for the second year is breakfast with the players. For $20-per-person, fans can mingle with the team and enjoy a breakfast buffet as the festivities begin at 9:30 AM. The breakfast is by RSVP only through Samantha Slovik. E-mail her at sslovik@somdbluecrabs.com to reserve your spot today.

The event will also be the first opportunity for fans to pick-up Season Tickets, Cancer and Blood Disorders Treatment Center Silver Slugger packs, Chick-fil-A Backfin Buddies memberships, and other mini plans. The eTrepid Box Office will also be open for fans to purchase single game tickets.

“We are extremely excited to kick off the baseball season with the much anticipated Fan Fest here at Regency Furniture Stadium,” said Courtney Knichel, General Manager of the Blue Crabs. “Crustacean Nation has been with us for the past nine seasons and we want to thank them for their continued support. We hope to see everyone out for Fan Fest and get ready for Opening Day!”

Fans can visit www.somdbluecrabs.com/fan-fest/ for a full listing of what to expect on April 8.

The Blue Crabs open up the 2017 season versus the Long Island Ducks on Thursday, April 20, 2017. To purchase tickets for this season and to learn about other team news, visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com or call 301-638-9788.

 

About the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs: The Blue Crabs play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs. The Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland with affordable family fun. The franchise will open its tenth anniversary season on Thursday April 20, 2017. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com for more information and to reserve your seat at the ballpark today!

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB): The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com

 

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THOMPSON, CARSON RETURN FOR 2017 SEASON

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March 9, 2017
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THOMPSON, CARSON RETURN FOR 2017 SEASON

La Plata Native Daryl Thompson and Two-Year ALPB Pitcher Robert Carson Join Team

(Waldorf, MD., Mar. 9, 2017) – The Blue Crabs announced the return of right-handed pitcher Daryl Thompson and left-handed pitcher Robert Carson on Thursday as the 10th Anniversary season roster continues to take shape.

Daryl Thompson returns for his sixth year with the Blue Crabs. A native of Southern Maryland, Thompson was picked in the eighth round of the 2003 MLB Draft out of La Plata High School by the Montreal Expos. His career took him to the majors in 2008 and 2011 with the Cincinnati Reds. Thompson spent time in the Expos, Nationals, Twins, and Mets organizations as well. He joined the Blue Crabs in 2012 after starting the season in AAA Rochester.

Thompson’s 2016 campaign saw his highest innings pitched, strikeouts, walks per nine innings pitched, and strikeout to walk ratio as a Blue Crab. The 31-year old was named the 2016 Opening Day starter and played a pivotal role in the 2015 run to the Atlantic League Championship series. Thompson’s stellar 1.08 ERA in two games pitched was highlighted by a complete game two-hit shutout of the Lancaster Barnstormers in the opening game of the Freedom Division series.

Robert Carson returns to the Blue Crabs after making his Southern Maryland debut in 2016. The left-handed pitcher was acquired by the Blue Crabs on June 1, 2016 from the Bridgeport Bluefish. Carson pitched 46.1 innings with a 3.88 ERA while striking out 54 batters. A fan-favorite, Carson’s charisma and energy was often felt before games on-field as pre-game festivities took place.

“Having Thompson and Carson return was important for us,” said manager John Harris. “Carson’s impact out of the bullpen was valuable and Daryl’s reliability as a starter are traits we wanted to have back on our roster this season.”

The Blue Crabs open up the 2017 season versus the Long Island Ducks on Thursday, April 20, 2017. To buy tickets for this season and to learn about other team news, visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com or call 301-638-9788.

 

About the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs: The Blue Crabs play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs. The Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland with affordable family fun. The franchise will open its tenth anniversary season on Thursday April 20, 2017. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com for more information and to reserve your seat at the ballpark today!

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB): The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com

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BLUE CRABS ADD TWO FOR 2017 SEASON

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March 2, 2017
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BLUE CRABS ADD TWO FOR 2017 SEASON

Cory Vaughn and Cody Hebner join the 10th Anniversary Season Roster

(Waldorf, MD, Mar. 2, 2017) – The Blue Crabs announced the signing of outfielder Cory Vaughn and right-handed pitcher Cody Hebner to the 2017 10th Anniversary roster on Thursday.

Cory Vaughn joins the Blue Crabs after a five-year stint in the New York Mets organization from 2010 to 2015 and a season with the New Jersey Jackals of the Canadian-American Association in 2016. The 27-year-old California native was drafted in the fourth round by the Mets in 2010 out of San Diego State University. Vaughn has a career .346 on-base percentage and career .246 batting average. He has played the majority of his career in right field with a stellar .974 fielding percentage. The 2017 season will mark his first season in the Atlantic League.

Cody Hebner joins the Blue Crabs and the Atlantic League for the first time after a four-year stint in the San Diego Padres organization from 2011 to 2015 and a season with the Texas AirHogs of the American Association in 2016. The right-handed pitcher from Auburn, Washington has experienced bullpen roles such as set-up pitcher and closer. He has 434 career strikeouts with only 226 walks, earning him a valuable 1.92 strikeout to walk ratio for his career.

“Vaughn and Hebner are great adds to the club,” said Manager John Harris. “They both have a positive attitude towards the game and will be a great asset to the team and community.”

The Blue Crabs open up the 2017 season versus the Long Island Ducks on Thursday, April 20, 2017. To buy tickets for the upcoming season and to learn about other team news, visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com or call 301-638-9788.

 

About the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs: The Blue Crabs play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs. The Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland with affordable family fun. The franchise will open its tenth anniversary season on Thursday April 20, 2017. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com for more information and to reserve your seat at the ballpark today! 

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB): The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com

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BLUE CRABS INDIVIDUAL GAME TICKETS ON SALE

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March 1, 2017
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BLUE CRABS INDIVIDUAL GAME TICKETS ON SALE

All Tickets for the 2017 70-Home Game Campaign Available Now!

 (Waldorf, MD., Mar. 1, 2017) – The Blue Crabs announced Wednesday that individual games tickets for the 2017 season are on sale. The announcement comes exactly 50 days ahead of the 2017, 10th anniversary Opening Night celebration for the team on April 20.

The 70-home game campaign is highlighted by 33-weekend games. The Blue Crabs open the season on Thursday, April 20 versus the Long Island Ducks in a four-game home stand Opening Weekend. The summer will consist of eighteen homestands which provide numerous opportunities for the Southern Maryland community to experience a great game with friends and family. This year the team will play at 6:35 PM except for Sundays which will remain at 2:05 PM.

The summer will feature six Saturday firework extravaganzas along with July 4 as part of the “Fun Filled Fourth” celebration. Opening weekend will kick off the 10th Anniversary celebration, as the team takes a look back at nine seasons of baseball in Southern Maryland. The top 25 promotions for the 2017 season will be unveiled in a 5-part series starting March 17, showcasing the best promotions the team has planned for 2017.

The fan favorite, Beer and Wings presented by Foster’s Grille will once again populate the Blue Crabs Thursday home games. For a low price of $30 per ticket, fans can enjoy the baseball game from the luxurious Legends Club while enjoying all-you-can-drink beer and all-you-can-eat wings for two hours.

“The anticipation is very much building for this season,” said General Manager Courtney Knichel. “Tickets going on sale is a sure sign that baseball is around the corner! We look forward to seeing everyone at the ballpark very soon.”

To save your seat at the ballpark for the upcoming season, visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com and click “Buy Tickets” in the top left corner or call 301-638-9788.

About the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs: The Blue Crabs play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs. The Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland with affordable family fun. The franchise will open its tenth anniversary season on Thursday April 20, 2017. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com for more information and to reserve your seat at the ballpark today!

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB): The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com

 

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FIELD RESURFACING COMPLETED AHEAD OF 2017 SEASON

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February 24, 2017
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FIELD RESURFACING COMPLETED AHEAD OF 2017 SEASON

Blue Crabs Announce Project In Anticipation Of 10th Anniversary

(Waldorf, MD., Feb. 24, 2017) – The Blue Crabs announced the completion of a playing surface makeover at Regency Furniture Stadium. The project is part of the buildup in anticipation of the 10th anniversary season. This is the first time the field has undergone such makeover in the Blue Crabs nine years as a part of the community.

The ten-day makeover was completed on Thursday, February 23rd by DeLea Sod Farms of Long Island, NY. The revamped playing surface will benefit players, improve drainage, and give it a fresh look for the fans. The company accomplished the same project in Long Island at Bethpage Ballpark in December 2016.

The field has been refurbished with fresh Kentucky Blue Grass. “This project was important to us going into our 10th season in Southern Maryland,” said Courtney Knichel, Blue Crabs General Manager. “We are excited to see the fresh green grass at Fan Fest and Opening Night.”

A full album of photos and progress reports can be viewed anytime on the Blue Crabs Facebook page.

The Blue Crabs open up the 2017 season on April 20th in Waldorf, MD versus the Long Island Ducks. For information regarding tickets and other team news, visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com or call 301-638-9788.

About the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs: The Blue Crabs play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs. The Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland with affordable family fun. The franchise will open its tenth anniversary season on Thursday April 20, 2017. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com for more information and to reserve your seat at the ballpark today!

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB): The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com

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