BLUE CRABS EXTEND PLAYOFF HOPES WITH WIN

 

BLUE CRABS EXTEND PLAYOFF HOPES WITH WIN

Grening Gem Continues Blue Crabs Playoff Run

(Waldorf, MD., Sep. 22, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (1-2) took game three of the best of five playoff series against the York Revolution (2-1) 9-2, extending the series another game.

With their playoff lives on the line, the Blue Crabs sent All-Star Brian Grening (1-0) to the mound for game three. Grening worked a 1-2-3 first inning, before being given a lead in the bottom half of the inning. Nate Samson walked, coming around to score on a two-out double from Michael Snyder that just stayed fair in right field.

Southern Maryland added another run in the second, as Patrick Palmeiro singled to drive in Cory Vaughn. The offense then exploded in the third inning, putting up four runs in the inning off Frank Gailey (0-1). Samson started the rally once more, this time singling as the leadoff man in the inning. L.J. Hoes was up next, hitting a groundball to third on a hit and run call. Chase Simpson’s throw to first skipped past Telvin Nash, allowing Samson to score all the way from first, and move Hoes to second as well. Gailey walked Snyder to follow, before two batters later Vaughn crushed a three-run homerun to left field, giving the Blue Crabs a 6-0 lead.

Grening continued strong on the mound, not allowing a hit until the fifth inning. The offense wasn’t done putting up runs for the right-hander either, as Snyder added a solo homerun in the sixth for a 7-0 lead. Grening walked Alonzo Harris to start the sixth inning, with a groundball and a flyout moving him up to third. Grening responded by getting a flyout from Nash, stranding the runner in what proved to be his final inning of work.

The scoring still wasn’t finished for Southern Maryland, as they put another run on the board in the sixth. Jose Lozada walked with one out, moving up to second on a hit-by-pitch of Samson. Hoes followed that with a double, easily scoring Lozada to add another run to the total. More of the same came in the eighth, as the Blue Crabs strung together three singles to put the score at 9-0.

Closer Cody Eppley came on to work the ninth, looking to extend the series another day. Eppley allowed a single to Michael Burgess, who came around to score on a double from Isaias Tejeda. Down to their last out, York strung together back-to-back hits, bringing the score to 9-2. Eppley bounced back to get Harris to ground out to the mound, finishing off the night.

The Blue Crabs will return home Saturday, September 23rd for game four of the best of five playoff series against the Revolution. Southern Maryland will send RHP Drew Hayes (8-8, 3.94) to the mound, with their playoff lives still on the line. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Saturday at Regency Furniture Stadium.

For more information on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, or to reserve your seat today for any of the Blue Crabs upcoming home games, please visit our website at somdbluecrabs.com or call us at 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 10th 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 37 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 FALL TO LONG BALL IN YORK

(York, PA., Sep. 21, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (0-2) lost game two of the best of five playoff series against the York Revolution (2-0) 7-2, as the Revs homered three times in the game.

The Blue Crabs jumped on the board early, putting up two runs in the first inning. Victor Mateo (1-0) battled Jose Lozada to a full count to lead off the game, before Lozada won the battle on a solo homerun to take an immediate lead. Two batters later, L.J. Hoes drew a walk, advancing to second on a single from Michael Snyder. After a flyout to shallow left picked up the second out for Mateo, Cory Vaughn came through with a two-out double. Hoes easily came across to score on the hit, giving Southern Maryland a 2-0 lead early in the matchup.

Daryl Thompson (0-1) started the game strong for the Blue Crabs, working two scoreless innings to start his night. The Revs finally got to the starter in the third, putting up three runs in the inning. Chase Simpson led off the inning with a single, before Thompson picked up two quick outs. Rubi Silva kept the inning alive with a two-out single, to bring up the game one hero, Telvin Nash. Nash came through for York once more, with a three-run homerun to put the Revs ahead 3-2 heading to the fourth.

After a scoreless inning from Mateo, Alonzo Harris added another run to the York lead on a solo homerun in the bottom of the fourth. Both Mateo and Thompson settled in, trading scoreless innings in the fifth. Mateo allowed a one out double in the top of the sixth to Vaughn, before being lifted in favor of Michael Click. The hard-throwing reliever retired the next two batters to strand the runner in scoring position and maintain the two-run lead for York.

The Blue Crabs followed suit in the bottom of the sixth inning, turning the deficit over to the bullpen after five innings from Thompson. Craig Stem and Rob Carson both worked scoreless innings, taking the 4-2 score into the eighth. York turned the game to Ricardo Gomez, who gave up a pair of runs in the playoff opener on Wednesday. Gomez struck out the first batter in the inning, before giving up a single to Snyder. After picking up the second out, Gomez was pulled from the game for Chase Hutchingson (S,1). Hutchingson allowed Snyder to move up on a wild pitch, before getting a groundball back to the mound to finish the inning.

The Revolution offense then came alive once more in the eighth, adding three more runs in the inning. Isaias Tejeda singled on the first pitch from Evan Reed, putting the lead off runner on. Two batters later, Ryan Dent added a single of his own, his first hit of the series. Chase Simpson then followed with a three-run homerun, giving York a 7-2 lead.

Hutchingson returned to the mound for the ninth, looking for the multi-inning save. He walked the first batter in the inning, before a single from Luis Alen put two on with nobody out. Hutchingson bounced back to retire three straight batters, securing the 2-0 series lead for York.

The Blue Crabs will return home Friday, September 22nd for game three of the best of five playoff series against the Revolution. Southern Maryland will send RHP Brian Grening (9-8, 3.91) to the mound, with their playoff lives on the line. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Friday at Regency Furniture Stadium.

For more information on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, or to reserve your seat today for any of the Blue Crabs upcoming home games, please visit our website at somdbluecrabs.com or call us at 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 10th 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 37 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 FALL IN EXTRAS OF GAME ONE

 

BLUE CRABS FALL IN EXTRAS OF GAME ONE

Revs Walk-off Winners in Playoff Opener

(York, PA., Sep. 20, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (0-1) dropped game one of the best of five playoff series against the York Revolution (1-0) 5-3, on a walk-off two-run homerun in the tenth inning.

The Revolution wasted no time getting their offense started, with Alonzo Harris singling to lead off the bottom of the first. A wild pitch moved Harris into scoring position, before a triple from Rubi Silva scored him easily to take an early 1-0 lead.

The struggles continued for Gaby Hernandez in the second, as the Revs added two more runs in the inning. Isaias Tejeda walked to start the inning, moving up to third on a double from Travis Witherspoon. Hernandez hit the next batter in the inning, loading the bases with still nobody out. A strikeout put an out on the board, before a sacrifice fly from Harris scored Tejeda from third. Jared Mitchell followed with a two-out single, scoring Witherspoon to take a 3-0 lead.

Jay Gause was strong on the mound early for York, allowing just one hit through the first three innings. Michael Snyder finally got to Gause with a solo homerun in the fourth, cutting the deficit to two runs. Hernandez settled in after the second inning, getting through five frames allowing just the three early runs.

The Blue Crabs turned the deficit over to the bullpen, who continued on strong in the night. On the other side, Gause got through six innings before giving way to his bullpen as well. Both pens traded scoreless seventh innings, before Ricardo Gomez came in the eighth for York. Gomez picked up two quick outs, before an infield single from Jose Lozada kept the inning alive. Nate Samson followed with a walk, before a double in the gap allowed both runners to score and tie the game.

After Chase Hutchingson stranded Hoes in scoring position, the Southern Maryland bullpen worked a scoreless bottom of the inning. The tie game headed to the ninth, with each team working a 1-2-3 inning. After Grant Sides (1-0) worked a scoreless top of the tenth, Evan Reed (0-1) came on for the Blue Crabs in the bottom half. Reed picked up two outs to start the frame, before a double from Rubi Silva kept the inning alive. Telvin Nash was up next, getting into a hitter’s count at 3-1. Nash then got ahold of the next pitch, driving a long homerun to left-center field to walk off the first game.

The Blue Crabs will return to action Thursday, September 21st for game two of the best of five playoff series against the Revolution. Southern Maryland will send RHP Daryl Thompson (9-7, 3.86) to the mound, looking to even the series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. on Thursday at PeoplesBank Park.

For more information on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, or to reserve your seat today for any of the Blue Crabs upcoming home games, please visit our website at somdbluecrabs.com or call us at 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 10th 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 37 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 FALL IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE

 

BLUE CRABS FALL IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE

Bees Sweep Blue Crabs to Finish Season

(Waldorf, MD., Sep. 17, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (28-42) dropped the finale game of the regular season against the New Britain Bees (32-39) 5-1, finishing off a sweep for the Bees.

After a scoreless first inning, New Britain grabbed the lead in the second off David Russo (2-4). Craig Maddox led off the inning with a double, moving up to third on a flyout from Jamar Walton. Conor Bierfeldt followed with a two-out single, scoring Maddox to take an early 1-0 lead.

New Britain added another run to their tally in the fourth, capitalizing on a leadoff hit once more. Jovan Rosa started the inning off with a double, before pinch-ran for by Michael Baca at second. Back-to-back flyouts followed, before a two-out hit from Walton allowed Baca to score and extend the lead.

Kyle Simon (12-11) was dominant on the mound for the Bees, facing the minimum through his first four innings. Tucker Nathans led off the fifth inning with a single moving to second on a groundout. After a strikeout, Nathans stole third, before scoring easily on a single from Patrick Palmeiro to cut the deficit to 2-1.

The Bees responded quickly, putting up two more runs in the sixth off Russo. Maddox started the rally with a single, moving to second on a walk from Jon Griffin. A groundout to first moved both runners up, with Bierfeldt coming through with his third hit of the game to score the pair. Bierfeldt’s second and third RBI’s of the day put the Bees ahead 5-1, a comfortable lead for Simon to hand over to the bullpen.

Simon’s day finished after 5.2 innings, handing over his four-run lead to the Bees bullpen. They picked up right where the starter left off, shutting down the Blue Crabs offense. Brandon Fry and Brandon Shimo combined to get through the seventh inning, before handing the eighth over to Brian Dupra. Dupra worked a perfect eighth, before returning for the ninth and allowing a leadoff single to Nate Samson. Back-to-back fielder’s choices followed, before a groundball to second finished off the 5-1 win for the Bees.

The Blue Crabs will return to action Wednesday, September 20th for the first game in a best of five playoff series against the York Revolution. Southern Maryland will send RHP Gaby Hernandez (11-4, 2.80) to the mound, looking to win the first game on the road. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. on Wednesday at PeoplesBank Park.

For more information on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, or to reserve your seat today for any of the Blue Crabs upcoming home games, please visit our website at somdbluecrabs.com or call us at 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 10th 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 37 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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BEES EXTEND BLUE CRABS LOSING STREAK TO FIVE

 

BEES EXTEND BLUE CRABS LOSING STREAK TO FIVE

Bees Grab Early Lead in Game Two Victory

(Waldorf, MD., Sep. 16, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (28-41) fell in the second game against the New Britain Bees (31-39) 5-1, pushing their losing streak up to five games.

New Britain jumped on Brian Grening (9-8) in the first, putting up two runs in the inning. James Skelton led off the game with a single, advancing to third on a ground-rule double from Michael Crouse. Both runners would come around to score on a single from Jovan Rosa, giving the Bees an early 2-0 lead.

The Bees added another run to their lead in the fourth, as they capitalized on a leadoff walk. Conor Bierfeldt reached on the free pass to start the inning, going first-to-third on a single from Jake McGuiggan. Michael Baca followed with a groundball to third, setting up a 5-4-3 double play but allowing the runner from third to extend the lead.

Nick Greenwood (5-6) continued to shut down the Blue Crabs offense on the mound for New Britain. The southpaw worked six scoreless innings for the Bees, allowing just six hits before exiting. Mike Hepple was first out of the bullpen for New Britain, working a scoreless seventh.

Brandon League (S,1) came on for the eighth and allowed a solo homerun to Tucker Nathans, cutting the deficit to 3-1. The Bees responded well though, scoring two in the ninth off Cody Eppley. McGuiggan doubled to start the inning, moving up to third on a single from Baca. A groundout from Skelton scored McGuiggan, before a two-out double from Rosa allowed Baca to cross as well.

With the lead now standing at 5-1, New Britain sent League back out for the ninth inning. The former MLB All-Star finished what he started, working a 1-2-3 inning to pick up his first save since 2013 and close the win for the Bees. The loss extends the Southern Maryland losing streak to five games, heading to the season finale tomorrow.

The Blue Crabs return to action Sunday, September 17th for the series finale against the Bees. Southern Maryland will send LHP David Russo (2-3, 5.02) to the mound, looking to finish the regular season with a win. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 P.M. on Sunday at Regency Furniture Stadium.

For more information on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, or to reserve your seat today for any of the Blue Crabs upcoming home games, please visit our website at somdbluecrabs.com or call us at 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 10th 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 37 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 DROP PITCHER’S DUEL TO BEES

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BLUE CRABS DROP PITCHER’S DUEL TO BEES

Early Homerun Enough for New Britain in Opener

(Waldorf, MD., Sep. 15, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (28-40) fell in the series opener against the New Britain Bees (30-39) 3-1, starting their last series of the regular season.

After a scoreless first inning started the matchup, the Bees opened up the scoring in the second off Craig Stem (2-3). Craig Maddox led off the second with a line drive single to left-center, circling the bag but holding at first. Jon Griffin followed with a long two-run homerun over the Mini Monster in left, giving New Britain an early 2-0 lead.

Nate Roe (7-6) was dominant on the mound for the Bees early, allowing just three hits through his first five innings. Roe picked up two quick outs to start the sixth, before Michael Snyder kept the inning alive with a ground-rule double. Devon Rodriguez followed with a single to left-center, allowing Snyder to score and cut the deficit to just one run.

Southern Maryland sent Daryl Thompson to the mound in the seventh, as the right-hander made his first relief appearance of the season. Thompson struck out James Skelton looking to pick up the first out, before Michael Crouse connected on his 20th homerun of the season to extend the lead to 3-1.

Both bullpens settled in from there, trading scoreless eighth innings to head to the ninth. The Bees turned the bottom of the ninth over to closer Shawn Gilblair (S,21), looking to lock down their 30th win of the second half. Gilblair allowed a leadoff single to Rodriguez, bringing the tying run to the plate. The closer responded by picking up back-to-back strikeouts, and then getting a groundball to third to finish off the 3-1 win for the Bees.

The Blue Crabs return to action Saturday, September 16th for the second game in the series against the Bees. Southern Maryland will send RHP Brian Grening (9-7, 3.88) to the mound, looking to snap the four-game losing streak. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Saturday at Regency Furniture Stadium.

For more information on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, or to reserve your seat today for any of the Blue Crabs upcoming home games, please visit our website atsomdbluecrabs.com or call us at 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 10th 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 37 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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REVOLUTION FINISH OFF SERIES SWEEP

 

REVOLUTION FINISH OFF SERIES SWEEP

Offensive Explosion Finishes Sweep of Blue Crabs

(York, PA., Sep. 14, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (28-39) fell in the series finale against the York Revolution (39-28) 9-2, finishing off the sweep for the Revolution.

The game got off to a promising start for the Blue Crabs, as they put up a run in the first inning to take an early lead. Edwin Garcia led off the game with a single, getting the leadoff man aboard for Nate Samson. Samson came through with a double, scoring Garcia from first to get on the board with a 1-0 lead.

The lead didn’t last long, as the Revolution jumped on Eric Fornataro (0-7) in the first to put up six runs. Alonzo Harris singled to start the inning, stealing second before a wild pitch moved him up to third. Jared Mitchell reached first on a dropped third strike, before a single from Rubi Silva scored Harris to tie the game. Tevin Nash followed with a single to score Mitchell, before a double from Michael Burgess scored Silva and Nash. Two batters later, Travis Witherspoon picked up a two-out single to further extend the inning. After Witherspoon stole second, a double from Ryan Dent allowed him to add another run to the tally. Chase Simpson picked up an RBI single of his own, scoring Dent, before Fornataro finally got out of the inning by striking out Mitchell.

The scoring wasn’t done in that inning, as the Revs added three more in the second. Silva started the inning with a single, before a walk to Nash behind him put two runners on. An error at shortstop loaded the bases, before Luis Cruz rolled into a 6-4-3 double play that allowed Silva to score. Witherspoon followed that with a triple to score Nash, before another double from Dent scored Witherspoon to give York an early 9-1 lead.

Logan Williamson (6-9) was strong on the mound for the Revs, allowing just two hits from the second through the fourth. The Blue Crabs did pick up another run in the fifth on back-to-back doubles from Brian Bistagne and Ryan Wiggins. The southpaw starter finish the day for the Revs allowing just six hits over two innings, leaving with a seven-run lead.

The Revolution bullpen took over from there, as they combined to work three perfect innings to finish the night. The 9-2 win brings York’s magic number down to one game to win the second half of the Freedom Division and clinch a playoff berth.

The Blue Crabs return to action Friday, September 15th to begin the final series of the regular season against the New Britain Bees. Southern Maryland will send RHP Craig Stem (2-2, 5.10) to the mound, looking to snap the three-game losing streak. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Friday at Regency Furniture Stadium.

For more information on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, or to reserve your seat today for any of the Blue Crabs upcoming home games, please visit our website at somdbluecrabs.com or call us at 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 10th 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 37 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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