The Lakewood BlueClaws announce an extension to their Player Development Contract (PDC) with their parent club, the Philadelphia Phillies.

The two-year agreement allows the minor league team to remain a South Atlantic League affiliate of the Phillies through at least the 2014 season.

The announcement was made during the BlueClaws  Thursday night game at First Energy Park via a pre-recorded video with Phillies first basement Ryan Howard, the first BlueClaw to appear in a Major League game. Immediately following the video, Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. and BlueClaws General Manager Geoff Brown formally signed the agreement on the field.

“The Phillies couldn’t be happier to extend their relationship with both the BlueClaws and the city of Lakewood,” said Benny Looper, Phillies Assistant General Manager of Player Personnel. “It’s been a wonderful 12 years and we look forward to many more.”

General Manager Geoff Brown says they’re excited about the renewed Player Development Contract. “It’s been a magnificent relationship over the last 12 years and we’ve been graced with some great players who have come through Lakewood.”

The BlueClaws have been Phillies affiliates since their 2001 inception. They say 46 former BlueClaws have gone on to reach the Major Leagues, with 28 of those having debuted with the Phillies. They also boast winning three championships in their 12-year history and became the first team since 1993-94 (Savannah) to win back-to-back South Atlantic League titles.

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