It’s been 614 days since the BlueClaws last played a baseball game at FirstEnergy Park and there’s been a few changes.  First the team has a new name as they are now the Jersey Shore BlueClaws to reflect their close ties with all the communities in Ocean and Monmouth County.  As part of a restructuring of minor league baseball the BlueClaws no longer play as a low-Class A affiliate in the South Atlantic League but are now in a more geographically-friendly High-A league.  While they remain affiliated with the Phillies the BlueClaws will play most of their games against teams from Aberdeen, MD (Orioles), Brooklyn, NY (Mets), Hudson Valley, NY (Yankees) and Wilmington, DE (Nationals).

The Jersey Shore BlueClaws take the field tonight against the Hudson Valley Renegades (7:05pm) and their opening night roster features five members of the MLBPipeline.com Phillies Top 30, including Bryson Stout (#3 on the list) who was their first round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft.  There is also a local flavor to the roster as pitcher Mike Adams is a graduate of Holy Spirit High School in Absecon before starring at Wagner College while pitcher Brian Marconi played his high school baseball at Cherokee in Marlton and later at George Mason University.

Chris Adamson, who was named manager before the cancelled 2020 season will make his Phillies managerial debut tonight.  He is a native of Adelaide, South Australia and previously managed a team in the Australian Baseball League.

For ticket information and more visit www.blueclaws.com

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