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JERSEY SHORE, NJ – The Philadelphia Phillies announced today that as part of MLB’s new player development structure, the BlueClaws have received an invitation to move up one level and become the Phillies High-A affiliate beginning in 2021.

Since 2001, the BlueClaws had been the Phillies Low-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League but will now move up one level, with now just two minor league affiliations separating BlueClaws players from Major League Baseball.

“The Jersey Shore BlueClaws are honored and excited to move up to High-A and continue our outstanding partnership with the Phillies,” said BlueClaws Team President Joe Ricciutti. “Our goals continue to be to provide affordable, family entertainment to the Jersey Shore and provide a top-class environment to develop young players on the field and in the community.”

A 2021 Jersey Shore BlueClaws schedule will be released when available.

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