BlueClaws Manager Thanks Local Fans for Support
It’s an end to another season for the Lakewood BlueClaws single-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies today. Despite not making it to the playoffs for the second consecutive year, the 2010 South Atlantic League champions say they have one of the best fan bases here in Ocean County.
The BlueClaws finish 26-43 in first half play and 36-32, before Monday’s game in the second half, just 4 1/2 games behind division champions Hagerstown. It was a remarkable second half improvement for the team who was in the four way pennant race until last week.
“In traveling around the league and talking to many friends and colleagues in the game, the support the BlueClaws and their fans provide to our players, coaches and our families is truly second to none,” Morandini said. “It could be 45 degrees in April or 95 in July and we’d always have a great crowd out there to cheer us on. That makes our jobs easier and is a real tribute to the fans here in New Jersey.”
Morandini played Major League Baseball from 1990 to 2000 as a second baseman with the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays.
“For our players to get to play in front of 6,000, 7,000 and 8,000 person crowds all season long was a great experience for them. That’s not something that happens at every level. In many places, you’re exhausted after getting back to the park at 8 am and there are just a few pockets of fans around the stadium, but here the crowd picks you up as soon as you take the field,” he said. ”I had a wonderful time this summer here in Lakewood, and really enjoyed getting to meet so many great baseball fans. If you’re down at Spring Training this year, please come up and say hello. Thanks again for a great summer and thanks for your tremendous support.”