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Phillies Extend Contract With BlueClaws Through 2012

The Phillies will continue bringing players from “The Shore To The Show” as they’ve extended their minor league contract with the Lakewood Blueclaws.

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“The BlueClaws, their staff, the Township of Lakewood and their great fans have provided the Phillies and our young players a tremendous environment over the last 10 seasons,” said Benny Looper, Phillies Assistant General Manager, Player Personnel.

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“We are excited to extend what has been an exceptional relationship.”

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Former Blue Claws that have made the Phillies include Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels & Carlos Ruiz. 35 players in all have made it to the big leagues since the Blue Claws were founded in 2001.

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As someone who used to live in Toms River and caught many many Blue Claws games, it’s well worth a trip out there to see them play. First Energy Park is arguably the nicest place to see a game in the Phils minor league system.