Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
Team logo Cap insignia
Information
LeagueAtlantic League of Professional Baseball (North Division)
LocationWaldorf, Maryland
BallparkRegency Furniture Stadium
Year founded2006
Division championships4 (2009, 2012, 2013, 2021)
ColorsNavy blue, light blue, red, tan, white
         
MascotPinch the Crab
Retired numbers42
OwnershipCrabs on Deck, LLC
ManagerStan Cliburn
General ManagerCourtney Knichel
Websitesomdbluecrabs.com

The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs are an American professional baseball team based in Waldorf, Maryland. They are members of the North Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, an independent "partner league" of Major League Baseball.[1][2] Since 2008, the Blue Crabs have played their home games at Regency Furniture Stadium. They represent the counties of Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary's, which are located on the Southern Maryland peninsula between Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River.[3]

In 2006, Southern Maryland residents chose the name "Blue Crabs" in a team-sponsored fan ballot.[4] The name refers to the indigenous blue crab, the official state crustacean of Maryland.[5] The Blue Crabs' fanbase has been nicknamed the "Crustacean Nation", an allusion to the Cardinal Nation and the Red Sox Nation fan clubs of the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox.[6]

History

Charles County initiated efforts to bring affiliated professional baseball, in the form of a relocated Class A Kinston Indians team, to the Southern Maryland region in 1985, but those plans fell through. The progress made on the ballpark was reversed after Charles County commissioners voted against its financial support, instead deciding to funnel money to infrastructure projects. There were also concerns about marketability of the baseball team in a then-largely rural area. However, Southern Maryland's population boomed soon after as the suburban expansion of Washington, D.C. encompassed the region.

In 2004, the town of Hughesville was targeted by Opening Day Partners to be the home of its Southern Maryland franchise, but the town's residents voted against the measure to retain the area's rural nature.[7] After Hughesville residents denied the ballpark, all focus was shifted to Waldorf, a bedroom community of Washington, D.C.[8] The Atlantic League formally announced an expansion team for Southern Maryland on February 15, 2006.[9] The Blue Crabs were originally supposed to be an expansion team for the 2007 season, but the construction bids for Regency Furniture Stadium came in over budget. Instead, the Blue Crabs' inaugural season was pushed back to 2008.[10] The team name was chosen in a name-the-team contest in Southern Maryland with six finalists to choose from: Blue Crabs, Blue Herons, Aviators, Rock Fish, Ospreys, and Eagles. Fans were able to vote online, through the mail, or at participating Southern Maryland-area Arby's Restaurants.

Initially, there was some concern about how the Blue Crabs would impact the attendance of the nearby Double-A Bowie Baysox, a Baltimore Orioles affiliate that plays approximately 32 miles (51 km) away. The Baysox anticipated a small attendance drop initially, but did not worry about the issue in the long term.[11]

The Blue Crabs were owned by Opening Day Partners and Brooks Robinson, a former third baseman with the Baltimore Orioles from 1955 to 1977. Robinson was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983. In November 2016, the team was sold to a new ownership group, Crabs On Deck, LLC, headed by Frank Boulton, the founder and CEO of the Atlantic League and owner of the Long Island Ducks and Bridgeport Bluefish.

The Blue Crabs were the runner-up in the 2009 Atlantic League Championship Series versus the Somerset Patriots. They again finished runner-up in the 2015 Atlantic League Championship Series versus Somerset.

On July 13, 2019, Blue Crabs outfielder Tony Thomas became the first player in professional baseball history to steal first base. Atlantic League/MLB rule changes introduced in 2019 allow batters to steal first base on any pitch not caught in flight.[12]

Logos and uniforms

The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs official colors are navy blue, light blue, red, tan, and white. The primary logo depicts a navy blue crab outlined and detailed in tan. The crab has red pincers and eyes, with a scowl of determination. Centered above the crab is the "Blue Crabs" wordmark in white with the words "Southern Maryland" centered above in red with light blue and red ribbon-like lines underline the wordmark. The entire logo is outlined in tan.

The Blue Crabs wear caps produced by OC Sports and uniforms by Alleson Athletic. The home caps are white with navy blue and light blue trim, charged with the cap logo featuring a "B" interlocking with a C-shaped crab pincer. The away caps are navy blue throughout, also charged with the interlocking "BC" cap logo. The home jerseys are white with the "Crabs" wordmark centered across the chest in navy blue with light blue outline. The away jersey is gray with the "Southern Maryland" wordmark in light blue and navy blue outline. The team wears navy blue alternate jerseys with the "Blue Crabs" wordmark centered across the chest in white. The Blue Crabs' batting practice cap is navy blue with the crab cap logo.

Season-by-season records

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs - 2008–2021
Season W - L Record Winning Percentage Finish Playoffs
2008 74–66 .529 2nd in Liberty Division Did not qualify for playoffs
2009 79–61 .564 1st in Liberty Division 3–2 (won first round), 2–6 (lost championship)
2010 82–57 .590 2nd in Liberty Division 1–3
2011 65–57 .492 3rd in Liberty Division Did not qualify for playoffs
2012 69–71 .557 1st in Liberty Division 2–3
2013 65–74 .468 1st in Liberty Division 0–3
2014 57–66 .463 4th in Liberty Division Did not qualify for playoffs
2015 69–71 .493 2nd in Freedom Division 1–3 (lost championship)
2016 57–83 .407 4th in Freedom Division Did not qualify for playoffs
2017 67–73 .479 3rd in Freedom Division 1–3 (Lost division series)
2018 50–76 .397 4th in Freedom Division Did not qualify for playoffs
2019 59–81 .421 3rd in Freedom Division Did not qualify for playoffs
2020 Season canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 63–57 .525 2nd in North Division (first half)
1st in North Division (second half)
1–2 (lost division series)
Totals (2008–2021) 730–737 .498 .306

The Blue Crabs tied for first place in the Liberty Division for the second half of 2009, and won a first round playoff series against the Long Island Ducks, 3–2, on September 29, 2009. However, they lost the championship to the Somerset Patriots.

Philanthropy

The Blue Crabs hold a series of charity events that benefit such organizations as the Southern Maryland Food Bank, The Salvation Army, Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, Soldier's Angels, Orioles Advocates, and the American Red Cross. Other events such as the Red Cross blood drive and Prostate Cancer Awareness Night are held at Regency Furniture Stadium to promote health and wellness.[13] On the team's final game of the 2008 season, the Blue Crabs raised $8,139 for the College of Southern Maryland as part of the institution's 50th anniversary.[14] Prior to the 2009 season, the team partnered with the Charles County Hospice House to allow the non-profit charity to take advantage of theme nights for fundraising opportunities.[15]

Mascot

The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs' official mascot is an anthropomorphic, blue creature named Pinch. He wears a Blue Crabs home jersey with red and white sneakers. The mascot debuted on April 19, 2008, at the Charles County Youth League's opening day parade held at Laurel Springs Park in La Plata. Pinch's name alludes to the pincer of a crab.[16] He resides at Crabby Cove, an artificial pond designed for recreational use at Regency Furniture Stadium.

Current Roster

Active (25-man) roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 48 Patrick Baker
  • 38 Blake Bivens
  • -- Dylan Brammer
  • 46 Carl Brice
  • 37 Endrys Briceno
  • 40 Sam Burton
  • 18 Carlos Diaz
  • -- Greyfer Eregua ‡
  • 32 Dalton Geekie
  • 41 Mat Latos
  • 26 Kolton Mahoney
  • -- Misael Siverio
  • 19 Cody Strayer
  • 20 Daryl Thompson
  • 25 Ty Tracy



 

Catchers

  • 22 Bronson Butcher
  • 17 Joe DeLuca
  •  2 Jake Marshall

Infielders

  •  3 Michael Baca
  •  6 Kent Blackstone
  • 15 Alex Crosby
  •  7 Josh McAdams
  • -- Tucker Nathans
  •  9 Dario Pizzano

Outfielders

  •  8 Zach Collier
  • 23 Will Decker
  • 14 David Harris
  •  4 Matt Hibbert
  • 11 Jake Luce
  • 12 Rubi Silva
  • 24 Cesar Trejo
 

Manager

Coaches

  • 44 Ray Ortega (hitting)
  • 20 Daryl Thompson (pitching)
  • 21 Joe Walsh (bench)

Disabled list
‡ Inactive list
§ Suspended list

Roster updated September 16, 2021
Transactions

Retired numbers

42 (Jackie Robinson)
2B, Retired throughout professional baseball on April 15, 1997

References

  1. ^ "Indy Atlantic League designated MLB Partner League". Ballpark Digest. August Publishing. September 23, 2020. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  2. ^ "American Association, Frontier League now MLB Partner Leagues". Ballpark Digest. August Publishing. September 24, 2020. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  3. ^ "Blue Crabs will represent St. Mary's, Charles, and Calvert Counties". Southern Maryland Baseball. Archived from the original on June 13, 2006. Retrieved June 5, 2006.
  4. ^ "Official Name for Southern Maryland's New Minor League Baseball Team Chosen". Southern Maryland Online. May 8, 2006. Retrieved June 5, 2006.
  5. ^ "Blue Crab, Maryland State Crustacean". Maryland Manual On-Line. Maryland State Archives. Retrieved June 8, 2006.
  6. ^ Guarente, Jason (June 23, 2008). "These Crabs haven't caught on - Sports". LNP. Archived from the original on February 17, 2012. That's a moniker founded by the St. Louis Cardinals and adopted by the Boston Red Sox — franchises with wide-ranging geographical support.
  7. ^ Partlow, Joshua (September 9, 2004). "Ballpark Opponents Speak Out At Meeting". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 5, 2006.
  8. ^ Goldenbach, Alan (February 17, 2006). "Minor League Team Is Coming to Charles County". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 5, 2006.
  9. ^ "Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Approves Minor League Team for Southern Maryland". Southern Maryland Baseball (Press release). February 15, 2006. Archived from the original on May 5, 2006. Retrieved June 5, 2006.
  10. ^ Seip, Jim (July 14, 2006). "Next up: Construction bids". York Daily Record. Archived from the original on July 20, 2006. Retrieved July 14, 2006.
  11. ^ Sohr, Nicholas (April 21, 2006). "On Deck in Waldorf: Minor League Baseball". Capital News Service. University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Archived from the original on June 13, 2006. Retrieved June 5, 2006.
  12. ^ Mearns, Andrew (July 14, 2019). "Bask in the glory of the first ever "steal of first" in organized baseball". Cut 4. Major League Baseball. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  13. ^ "Crazy 8's Night jerseys benefit relief organizations". Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. August 14, 2008. Archived from the original on February 16, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2008.
  14. ^ "Crabs raise money for the College of Southern Maryland". Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. December 11, 2008. Archived from the original on February 16, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2009.
  15. ^ "Crabs partner with the Charles County Hospice House". Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. December 4, 2008. Archived from the original on February 17, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2009.
  16. ^ "Pinch". Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Archived from the original on October 5, 2014. Retrieved September 29, 2008.
Achievements
Preceded by Liberty Division Champions
Southern Maryland Blue Crabs

2009
Succeeded by