The Lakewood BlueClaws have extended their relationship and will remain a Philadelphia Phillies farm team.
The team announced Tuesday that with the four-year extension to the Play Development Contract, the BlueClaws will remain the South Atlantic League affiliate of the Phillies through at least the 2020 season.
Steve Noworyta, Phillies Assistant Director of Player Development and BlueClaws General Manager Chris Tafrow formally signed the papers on the field in a ceremony prior to Tuesday’s BlueClaws game.
“The Phillies are pleased to extend our partnership with the BlueClaws,” said Noworyta. “This is a top-class facility with outstanding fan support in a great community. It’s a tremendous place for our players to continue their development and we’re excited to continue the relationship.”
The BlueClaws have been a Phillies affiliate since their 2001 inception. In that time, the team has won three South Atlantic League championships and have seen 69 of its players make it to the major leagues – most notably first baseman Ryan Howard, catcher Carlos Ruiz and pitcher Cole Hamels, all for the Phillies.
This year, the BlueClaws are in first place with less than two weeks remaining in the season as Lakewood tries to get back to the post-season for fourth time in franchise history.