Blue Crabs Begin 2021 Signings Begin With Kent Blackstone and Josh McAdams
The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs announced on their first players signings of the 2021 season on Tuesday afternoon, re-signing Kent Blackstone and Josh McAdams. The Blue Crabs will hold an introductory press conference for Blackstone and McAdams on Wednesday, March 17th at 12:00PM, fans and media are invited to join.
The 2021 Blue Crabs signings begin with two staples from the 2019 season. Both Blackstone and McAdams proved their worth in limited opportunities to begin the 2019 season, and became mainstays in the lineup by year-end.
Kent Blackstone began the season primarily in a pinch-running role, but took advantage of every opportunity he was given. In his second start of the season, he went 2-4 with three runs batted in, a home run, and a double in 6-5 Blue Crabs victory. Within a month, Blackstone would be the everyday leadoff man for the Blue Crabs and a defensive star at second base.
“I can’t wait to come back home to the Blue Crabs. We have a great group of guys coming in and look to carry over our second-half success from 2019 and bring a championship to Southern Maryland,” Blackstone, a native of northern Virginia said of his re-signing.
After scarce playing time to begin the 2019 season, Josh McAdams also excelled his way into an everyday role with the Blue Crabs in 2019. He is the ultimate utility player, at times playing over three positions in a single game. In addition to being the Blue Crabs bullpen catcher in 2019, and even occasionally appearing in a relief pitching role, McAdams’ versatility and offensive success gave Manager Stan Cliburn no choice but to find a way to get the Georgia native into the lineup everyday. Even with the variety of roles, McAdams had the highest batting average on the Blue Crabs in 2019, and posted a 1.54 ERA in just under 12 innings pitched.
“I’m extremely excited to get back to Southern Maryland and looking forward to trying to bring a championship to Waldorf,” McAdams said.
About the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs – The Blue Crabs play in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. The Blue Crabs, set to kick off their 13th season of baseball, call Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland home. For more information on the Blue Crabs, please call 301-638-9788 or visit http://www.somdbluecrab.com for more information.
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) – The Atlantic League is the first Professional Partner League of Major League Baseball, a player gateway to the major leagues, and a leader in baseball innovation. ALPB has sent over 950 players to MLB organizations while drawing 42 million fans to its family-friendly ballparks over its 24-year history. Please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.