In 2008, the independent Atlantic League introduced a new team in Southern Maryland, which at the time was the southern-most franchise in the league. Playing their home games at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, the Blue Crabs finished their inaugural season with a 74-66 record under manager Butch Hobson.
Former New York Mets and New York Yankees minor leaguer Ryan Bicondoa won the first game in Blue Crabs history, defeating the Somerset Patriots 3-1 on April 27th. He would lead the team with 13 victories and pitch 196.1 innings in that first season.
Third baseman Patrick Osborn, now the team’s manager, led the Blue Crabs with a .326 batting average and 106 RBI. Second baseman Chris Maples, a veteran of the Detroit Tigers minor league system, led the Blue Crabs with 25 home runs in his final professional season.
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Time for another installment of eBay Auction Watch, focusing on Atlantic League memorabilia. There were some nice items changing hands this week.
A miniature Regency Furniture Stadium, given to Southern Maryland Blue Crabs season ticket holders, sold for an amazing $510.
A team-issue, brand new York Revolution bat drew heavy bidding and sold for $98.33. I’m a bit surprised at the selling price. A similar Newark Bears bat went for $22.50.
A pair of game-used, cracked Curtis Pride bats also hit the auction block. One went for $42.09 and the other sold for $26. The former Major League outfielder played for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in 2008.
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