Adamson Joins Phillies, Will Manage BlueClaws This Year
LAKEWOOD, NJ - Chris Adamson, a 31-year old Australian, has been named the 14th manager in BlueClaws history, it was announced on Friday by the Phillies.
Adamson will be joined on the staff by pitching coach Matt Hockenberry, hitting coach Christian Marrero, coach Geoff Jimenez, trainer Andrew Dodgson, and strength & conditioning coach Bruce Peditto.
"We're very excited to welcome Chris and his staff to the Jersey Shore," said BlueClaws Team President Joe Ricciutti. "We're very much looking forward to another exciting summer!"
Currently, Adamson manages the Adelaide Giants in the Australian Baseball League, a position he's held since 2017. He served as their bench coach from 2013-2016. Adamson also serves as an assistant coach on the Australian national team while heading the performance department for Baseball South Australia. A former catcher, Adamson was an All-American at Angelo State in Texas.
Hockenberry returns for a second season with the BlueClaws and third overall in the system. He made his coaching debut with the GCL Phillies West in 2018 following the conclusion of a four-year playing career. Hockenberry was selected by the Phillies in the ninth round of the 2014 draft out of Temple University. He pitched for the BlueClaws in 2014 and 2015 and is the first former BlueClaws player to return as a BlueClaws coach.
Marrero is in his second season at the Shore and third overall in the system. He spent last year with the BlueClaws following his coaching debut with Williamsport in 2018. He played for 12 minor league seasons across four organizations including the Phillies in 2016 and 2017. From Hialeah Gardens in Florida, he was originally drafted by the White Sox in the 22nd round of the 2005 draft from Broward College.
Jimenez is in his first season with the Phillies after serving as the recruiting coordinator/assistant coach at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri in 2019. He spent the previous two years as a graduate assistant at Missouri State University and played at both Florida Atlantic University and Nova Southeastern University.
Dodgson joins the BlueClaws after spending his first two seasons in the system as the athletic trainer for the Gulf Coast Phillies West.
Peditto, a native of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, returns to the BlueClaws for a second season and his third overall in the organization.
Several former BlueClaws managers are also in the system. Greg Legg, who managed the BlueClaws in 2001 & 2014, is a coach with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Shawn Williams, who managed the BlueClaws in 2015-16, returns to manage Double-A Reading. Milver Reyes, a coach with the BlueClaws in 2017, will manage short-season Williamsport. 2011 BlueClaws manager Chris Truby is the field coordinator while 2017-18 manager Marty Malloy is the infield coordinator.
The BlueClaws open the 2020 season in Greensboro on April 9th. Opening Night, presented by Jenkinson's Boardwalk, is Thursday, April 16th.
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