Bluefish Player Dispersal Draft November 1, 2018


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(Lancaster, Pa., Oct. 30, 2017) – The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs today announced that a Player Dispersal Draft will be held for ALPB clubs to obtain the 2018 negotiating rights to players whose rights are currently controlled by the Bridgeport Bluefish.

The Dispersal Draft will be held on Wednesday, November 1 at 10:00 a.m. EDT. Draft order is based on 2017 overall regular season won-loss record and is as follows:

  1. New Britain (58-81)
  2. Sugar Land (67-73)*
  3. Southern Maryland (67-73)*
  4. York (68-72)
  5. Long Island (73-67)
  6. Somerset (74-65)
  7. Lancaster (76-64)

* Order determined by coin-flip

The draft will consist of three rounds with a fourth pick optional. Results will be reported live via the Atlantic League’s Twitter account (@AtlanticLg) and on following the selection process. Any undrafted players will become free agents.

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 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 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.

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Blue Crabs Release 2018 Schedule!

2018 ScheduleThe Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) has announced its Championship Season Schedule for 2018.  The league’s 21st season of play will feature a 126 game schedule that will begin for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs with their Home Opener on April 27, 2018 versus the Long Island Ducks.

With the addition of the Road Warriors to the Liberty Division, a team that will play each of its games on the road, the Blue Crabs will host opponents 72 times at Regency Furniture Stadium and play 54 road games.

The 2018 home schedule includes a July 4th game versus the Somerset Patriots, Sunday afternoon games on both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, a three game series versus the Lancaster Barnstormers on Memorial Day Weekend and a three game series versus the Road Warriors on Labor Day Weekend.

“We didn’t think that the schedule could get any better than the 2017 season schedule, but this schedule proves us wrong,” said Blue Crabs General Manager Courtney Knichel.  “To open the season on a Friday is huge!  The schedule is loaded with big weekend matchups, week-day games, and a good amount of holiday dates,” said Knichel.

“We are excited to announce our schedule and look forward to what should be an outstanding Championship Season in 2018,” said League President Rick White. “The Atlantic League saw 55 player contracts purchased by Major League organizations and foreign professional leagues during the 2017 season, and we expect more of the same next year.”

The 21st Annual Atlantic League All-Star Game will take place on Wednesday, July 11. This year’s midsummer classic will be hosted by Long Island at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip, N.Y. 2018 marks the third time the Ducks will host the All-Star Game, previously doing so in 2002 and 2010.

The ALPB schedule is divided into two 63-game halves, with the first half ending on Thursday, July 5 and the regular season ending on Sunday, September 16. The first half and second half champions in each division will qualify for 2018 Atlantic League playoffs. Should one or both teams win each half in their respective division, a wild card scenario comes into play where the team(s) with the next best overall record, regardless of division, qualifies for the postseason. Both Division Championship Series matchups will take place the week of September 17, 2017 with the Atlantic League Championship Series occurring during the week of September 24.

2018 Calendar Revised2018 Calendar RevisedA complete promotional schedule for the 11th Season of Blue Crabs Baseball will be released at a later date.  2018 season tickets and mini plans are on sale now.  Individual tickets for the 2018 season are scheduled to go on sale in the new year.  For more information on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, please visit our website at or call us at 301-638-9788.

Hernandez Unanimously Named 2017 ALPB Pitcher of the Year

The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs are very pleased to announce Gaby Hernandez was unanimously selected as the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) Pitcher of the Year for 2017.

Right-hander Hernandez completed his sixth season with the Blue Crabs with an 11-4 record in 23 starts.  His ERA of 2.8 in 141.1 innings pitched during the regular season was tops in the league. Hernandez also led the league in strike outs with 150.  This mark tied the Blue Crab single season strike out record for the second year in a row.

In his first ever ALPB All Star Game appearance this year, he pitched one inning with one strike out and an ERA of 0.0.

“This is an incredible honor for Gaby and we couldn’t be happier for him,” said Blue Crabs General Manager Courtney Knichel.  “His contributions to the team are instrumental to our success.”

“I am very proud of Gaby and the season he had in 2017,” said Blue Crabs Manager James Frisbie.  “His dedication and preparation to his craft was inspiring to watch.  It was a pleasure to watch him pitch all summer and he can always be proud of the effort and performance he put out all year long.”

Hernandez is a native Miami, Florida.


Blue Crabs Players Named to ALPB Red, White and Blue All-Defensive Team

The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) unveiled the 2017 Red, White and Blue All-Defensive team today that included two members of the First Half Freedom Division Champion Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.

Outfielder Cory Vaughn committed a mere two errors in 131 games played in 2017.  He was selected to the Freedom Division All Star team in his debut season.  Vaughn was also the recipient of the 2017 Blue Crabs Gold Glove Award presented by the Blue Crabs Booster Club.

Infielder Edwin Garcia played 134 of 170 games for the Blue Crabs this season.  His 534 at bats lead the league and his 139 hits was fifth. Garcia was selected as the 2017 Blue Crabs MVP by the Blue Crabs Booster Club.

“As a team, we took great pride in our defense all season long,” said Blue Crabs General Manager Courtney Knichel. “Edwin Garcia and Cory Vaughn were two key components in our defensive mission.  We couldn’t be prouder to have them recognized as part of the Red, White and Blue All- Defensive Team.”

Players are selected by a vote of league club managers, executives and media. This marks the third consecutive season in which the Atlantic League has selected a Red, White and Blue All-Defensive Team. The honor, based on a player’s defensive abilities during the regular season, commemorates the red and blue stitched Rawlings baseball that was adopted as the league’s official baseball during in 2015.

The following is this year’s squad:

Catcher James Skelton New Britain Bees
First Baseman Carlos Guzman Somerset Patriots
Second Baseman Elmer Reyes Long Island Ducks
Third Baseman Bryan Pounds Sugar Land Skeeters
Shortstop Edwin Garcia Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
Outfielder Cory Vaughn Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
Outfielder Michael Crouse New Britain Bees
Outfielder Travis Witherspoon York Revolution
Pitcher Jake Hale Sugar Land Skeeters

“There is no substitution for outstanding defense, and our players certainly displayed that this past season,” says League President Rick White. “It is important that their accolades do not pass without merit, and we are pleased to recognize these select players for their extraordinary efforts.”

Blue Crabs Players Named to ALPB End-of-Season All-Star Team

The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) announced the 2017 End-of-Season All-Star team today that included three members of the First Half Freedom Division Champion Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.

Selected to the roster were First Basemen Michael Snyder, Starting Pitcher Gaby Hernandez and Closer Cody Eppley. Each of these players also represented the Blue Crabs in the ALPB All Star Game played in July of this year.

Michael Snyder, who also served in the role of DH for the Blue Crabs, hit 25 HR, 72 RBI and 34 doubles in 2017.  These stats ranked him second, ninth and fourth in the league respectively.

RHP Gaby Hernandez completed his sixth season with Southern Maryland with an 11-4 record and a league leading ERA of 2.8.  Hernandez also tied the Blue Crab single season strike out record with 150 for the second year in a row.  Hernandez was unanimously selected to the End-of-Season All-Star Team.

Closer Cody Eppley, another RHP, finished his third season with Southern Maryland with a league-leading 32 saves in 58 appearances and a 2.42 ERA.  Eppley is now sixth all time for the ALPB in saves with 73.

“We are very pleased to have such a strong showing on the Atlantic League’s Post-Season All-Star Team” said Blue Cras General Manager Courtney Knichel.  “Snyder, Hernandez, and Eppley were such great contributors to our club all season long and we are happy to see them receive this honor.”