FIELD RESURFACING COMPLETED AHEAD OF 2017 SEASON

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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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HERNANDEZ RETURNS FOR SIXTH SEASON WITH NEWCOMER

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February 23, 2017
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HERNANDEZ RETURNS FOR SIXTH SEASON WITH NEWCOMER

Joey Wong and Gaby Hernandez Join 10th Anniversary team

(Waldorf, MD., Feb. 23, 2017) – The Blue Crabs announced the signings of right-handed pitcher Gaby Hernandez and shortstop Joey Wong to the 2017 10th Anniversary season roster.

Gaby Hernandez returns to the Blue Crabs for his sixth season. Hernandez’s 2016 campaign on the surface was marred by a 4.88 ERA, but the 30-year-old pitched 153 innings, his second highest total in a Blue Crabs uniform. He tallied a career high of 150 strikeouts and had a career-best .963 fielding percentage; committing only one error with a career high of eleven putouts. The Miami, FL native joined the Blue Crabs for the first time in 2012 and has started in at least 25 games in three of his five seasons with the organization.

Joey Wong joins the Blue Crabs and the Atlantic League after an eight-year run with the Colorado Rockies organization. A 2009 draft pick, Wong is an infielder by trade who primarily plays shortstop, logging 400 games at the position. He played over 300 games at second and third respectfully. The lefty bat has a career .249 batting average and is stellar against right-handed pitchers. Wong’s glove is an asset to the Blue Crabs as he had a .976 fielding percentage at shortstop while recording 53 double plays in 2016 with AAA Albuquerque.

“I’m very excited to have Hernandez and Wong join us in Southern Maryland,” said manager John Harris. “Hernandez has established himself as a reliable starter and staple of this franchise. Wong’s talents are an incredible addition to this roster as well.”

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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BLUE CRABS PEN TWO NEW PLAYERS TO 2017 ROSTER

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February 16, 2017
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 BLUE CRABS PEN TWO NEW PLAYERS TO 2017 ROSTER

Derrick Chung and Matt Larkins Join 10th Anniversary Team.

 

(Waldorf, MD., Feb. 16, 2017) – The Blue Crabs announced the signings of catcher Derrick Chung and right-handed pitcher Matt Larkins to the 2017, 10th anniversary season roster on Thursday.

Derrick Chung was drafted in 2012 by the Toronto Blue Jays out of California State University Sacramento. The 2017 season will be his first with the Atlantic League. The career .274 hitter has been part of the Jays’ farm system since being drafted, going as high as AA New Hampshire in 2014 and 2015. A graduate of the Arizona Fall League, Chung’s batting ability is rivaled by his ability behind the plate. The 28-year-old Garden Grove, California native has a remarkable career 42% caught stealing percentage, making his arm just as valuable as his bat and glove.

Matt Larkins joins the Blue Crabs after making his Atlantic League debut with Long Island in 2016. The right-handed pitcher logged 3.21 ERA in two games he started with the Ducks. The Australian born 27-year-old has spent time in the American Association spanning from 2012 through 2016. Larkins allowed only five home runs during his 2016 stint with the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association. He struck out 83 batters in 138.1 IP in Lincoln and Long Island during 2016.

“The addition of Chung and Larkins will be a great boost for our team this season,” said manager John Harris. “Chung’s control of the bases and strong bat will be a valued part of our lineup. Larkins is a reliable starter and will give us his best this season.”

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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BLUE CRABS INK THREE TO KICK OFF 2017 SIGNINGS

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BLUE CRABS INK THREE TO KICK OFF 2017 SIGNINGS

Newcomer Runion Joins Brown and Wilson, Who Will Return

(Waldorf, MD – Feb. 2, 2017) – The Blue Crabs and first-year manager John Harris have started construction of the 10th anniversary season team with the signings of outfielder Gray Brown, infielder Zach Wilson, and right-handed pitcher Sam Runion.

Gary Brown returns to Southern Maryland for a second season after posting a strong end to his Atlantic League debut campaign. The speedy outfielder hit .249 for the season. After a midseason stint on the disabled list, Brown posted a .294 batting average becoming a regular in the leadoff spot in the second half. His stellar defense became an incredible asset in center field, as the 28-year-old posted a .986 fielding percentage with only five errors.

Zach Wilson returns for his third season in a Blue Crabs uniform. The infielder was named the inaugural Bill Wootan MVP Award winner presented by the Blue Crabs Booster Club. Wilson earned the title after posting a .278 batting average, while leading the team in RBI (70) and doubles (34). He played the third most games (130) in addition to being in the top three in runs scored, at-bats, hits, and home runs. The 26-year-old joined the team originally in 2015, where he primarily played first base with some time logged in the outfield.

Sam Runion is a 2007 second round draft pick by the Kansas City Royals out of A. C. Reynolds High School in Asheville, NC. After a trip through the Royals organization, the 28-year-old signed with Tampa and was traded to Washington in 2014 where he played in the Nationals Class-A Advanced, AA, and AAA affiliates through the 2016 season. In 2016, the right-hander posted a 5.75 ERA in 24 games with Syracuse with a 1.389 Walks plus Hits per Innings Pitched (WHIP). This will be Runion’s first season with an Atlantic League team.

“We’re excited to start building the 2017 roster,” said John Harris. “Zach and Gary were key pieces too last year’s team and we are very excited to have them return and hit the ground running. Sam looks to be a big part of our bullpen and we are happy to have him join us this season.”

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, considered the highest level of minor league baseball. Atlantic League players are “Major League-ready” and over the last 20 years, more than 600 players have advanced from Atlantic League clubs to Major League organizations, making the Atlantic League a preferred route for experienced players to be scouted by Major League Baseball. The Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland. The franchise will look to open its tenth season on Thursday April 20th, 2017. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit 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 http://www.AtlanticLeague.com###

2016 Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Year In Review

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The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs opened up their ninth year of professional baseball on April 21, 2016 against the Lancaster Barnstormers. It was the debut game of Jeremy Owens as manager of the ballclub. Here is a look over of the 2016 Blue Crabs season.

Records:

Overall: 57-83 (4th in Freedom Division)
First Half: 26-44 (4th in Freedom Division)
Second Half: 31-39 (4th in Freedom Division)

Awards:

All-Stars: LHP Brian Burres (Starting Pitcher), INF Michael Snyder (Starting 1B), INF Bryant Nelson, OF Jamar Walton, RHP Cody Eppley

Bill Wootan MVP Award presented by The Booster Club: INF Zach Wilson

Blue Crabs Team Batting Stats Leaders:

  • Batting Average: Michael Snyder – .304
  • Runs Batted In: Zach Wilson – 70
  • Home Runs: Michael Snyder – 25
  • Games Played: Bryant Nelson, Eric Garcia – 132
  • Runs Scored: Gary Brown – 62
  • Hits: Bryant Nelson – 137
  • Doubles: Zach Wilson – 34
  • Walks: Bryant Nelson – 43
  • Stolen Bases: D’Arby Myers – 29

Blue Crabs Team Pitching Stats Leaders:

  • Earned Run Average (Starter, Reliever):
    Brian Grening – 3.08, Cody Eppley – 3.06
  • Innings Pitched: Brian Burres – 156.2
  • Games Started: Brian Burres – 27
  • Strikeouts: Gaby Hernandez – 150
  • Wins: Brian Burres – 11
  • Losses: Gaby Hernandez, Tim Sexton – 10
  • Saves: Cody Eppley – 31
  • Complete Games: Gaby Hernandez – 4
  • Earned Runs As A Starter (Min. 100 IP) (Least Allowed, Most Allowed): Brian Grening – 40, Tim Sexton – 87
  • Home Runs As A Starter (Min. 100 IP) (Least Allowed, Most Allowed): Brian Grening – 9, Daryl Thompson – 27
  • Lowest Batting Average Against (Starter, Reliever):
    Brian Grening – .247, Robert Carson – .222

Highlights:

  • LOMBARDOZZI: The Blue Crabs opened up the 2016 season with former major leaguer Steve Lombardozzi on the roster. The veteran infielder logged innings at the MLB level; most notably with the Washington Nationals. He played for Baltimore and Pittsburgh and was with the Chicago White Sox organization prior to joining the Blue Crabs. On June 6, 2016, the Blue Crabs announced Lombardozzi signed with the Nationals; he reported to AAA Syracuse. While on the Blue Crabs, the 27-year-old was batting .367 in 40 games.
  • ALL-STARS: The league named the 2016 All-Star team’s on July 6th, the game was held on July 13, 2016 in Lancaster, PA. Five of the 2016 Blue Crabs were named to the team, with two starting. LHP Brian Burres was named the starter pitcher and INF Micheal Snyder got the start at first base. Outfielder Jamar Walton was named to his second consecutive All-Star game joining INF Bryant Nelson and RHP Cody Eppley. The Freedom Division team was managed by 2015 Blue Crabs Manager Stan Cliburn who managed the Liberty Division New Britain Bees.
  • MILESTONE MAN: It was Bryant Nelson’s year as the 42-year-old Atlantic League veteran broke numerous league records this season, including:
  • GRAND SLAM: The Blue Crabs beat the Somerset Patriots on August 30, 2016 by a final of 8-5. Zach Wilson drove four of the eight runs scores when he hit a towering grand slam, projected to have traveled well over 400 feet.

Wrap-up:

The Blue Crabs look to open the 2017 season next year as they celebrate ten years of baseball in Southern Maryland. Full details on the season and the excitement it will bring will be found on www.somdbluecrabs.com!

BLUE CRABS DROP SEASON FINALE IN TEXAS

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SUGAR LAND, TX –  Taking the field for the final time in 2016, the Blue Crabs looked to salvage a win and avoid a sweep at the hands of the Sugar Land Skeeters. Despite seven hits throughout the game, Southern Maryland dropped game four by the final of 3-1.

The lone run was scored off the bat of Michael Snyder, who slugged his 25th home run of the season in the fifth off starter Sean Gleason.

Starter Tim Sexton pitched five innings, allowing one run on four hits, striking out three batters. Scott Maine was the pitcher of record coming on relief in the sixth allowing the go ahead run to reach. Craig Stem would later let Jeremy Barfield score. Joe Van Meter tossed one inning allowing a run to score. Gaby Hernandez and Cody Eppley split duty in the eighth.

The Blue Crabs finish the 2016 season with a 57-83 record overall, going 26-44 in the first half and 31-39 in the second half. The organization looks forward to the 2017 season, as the Blue Crabs celebrate 10 years of professional baseball in Southern Maryland. For all details about the upcoming season, stay tuned to Blue Crabs social media and somdbluecrabs.com for all details!

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 opened its ninth season on Thursday April 21st, 2016. 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 35 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