Charlotte Stone Crabs

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Charlotte Stone Crabs
Founded in 1980
Port Charlotte, Florida
Based in Port Charlotte since 2009
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Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Class A Advanced (1980–present)
Minor league affiliations
League Florida State League (1980–present)
Division South Division
Major league affiliations
Current Tampa Bay Rays (2007–present)
Previous Los Angeles Dodgers (1980–2006)
Minor league titles
League titles 1983, 1990
Division titles 1983, 1990, 2009, 2010, 2013
Team data
Nickname Charlotte Stone Crabs (2009–present)
Previous names

Vero Beach Devil Rays (2007–2008)

Vero Beach Dodgers (1980–2006)
Ballpark Charlotte Sports Park (2009–present)
Previous parks Holman Stadium (1980–2008)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Cal Ripken, Jr., Ripken Baseball
Manager Jared Sandberg
General manager Jared Forma (GM), Holly Jones (AGM)

The Charlotte Stone Crabs are a minor league baseball team based in Port Charlotte, Florida. They are members of the Florida State League and are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays Major League Baseball (MLB) team.

The Stone Crabs were originally the Vero Beach Dodgers (later Vero Beach Devil Rays), who played in Vero Beach, Florida from 1980 to 2008. The team relocated to Port Charlotte after being purchased by Ripken Baseball. They play their home games at Charlotte Sports Park, and are named for the Florida stone crab, which is indigenous to the Charlotte County region.

The team affiliated with two different Major League Baseball teams during their existence: the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1980 to 2006 and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays since 2007.

History[edit]

The Charlotte Stone Crabs were formerly known as the Vero Beach Dodgers, later the Vero Beach Devil Rays. The franchise was founded in 1980, and played at Holman Stadium, the former spring training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The team was affiliated with the Dodgers from 1980 to 2006.

In 2007 the franchise's affiliation changed to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays; they were then renamed the Vero Beach Devil Rays. Under their new name they won the 2007 Florida State League championship. On August 25, 2008, it was announced that the Vero Beach franchise was sold to Ripken Baseball, which resulted in a relocation of the franchise to Port Charlotte, Florida to become the Charlotte Stone Crabs.

The Stone Crabs play their home games at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida, now the Tampa Bay Rays spring training home. On December 20, 2008, the team announced that Jim Morrison would return as manager, having managed the Vero Beach team in 2008.

In their first season in Port Charlotte, the Stone Crabs won the FSL South division title but lost the league title to the Tampa Yankees three games to two.

Go Colossal[edit]

The Stone Crabs announced their slogan for the 2014 would be "Go Colossal," recommitting to a first-class fan experience and representing a renewed engagement with the community. Colossal is a nod to actual stone crab leg sizes, which come in medium, large, jumbo and colossal sizes.

The Mascot[edit]

The official mascot for the Stone Crabs is Stoney. He is highly regarded in the community and is a proud member of the Stone Crabs team.

Notable players[edit]

The Charlotte Stone Crabs have had many Major League players in their existence. Jake McGee was the first Stone Crabs player to make it to the majors. B. J. Upton, on a rehab assignment in April 2009, was the first batter in franchise history. Other big leaguers who have spent time with the Stone Crabs include: Rocco Baldelli, Grant Balfour, Jason Bartlett, Chad Bradford, Pat Burrell, Brad Hawpe, Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Joyce, Scott Kazmir, Carlos Peña, Fernando Pérez, Shawn Riggans, Brian Shouse, Andy Sonnanstine, and Mitch Talbot.

Notable alumni[edit]

Roster[edit]

Charlotte Stone Crabs roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 34 Jeff Ames
  • 35 Kevin Brandt
  •  8 Ryan Garton
  • 27 Roberto Gomez
  •  2 Marcus Jensen
  • 36 Reinaldo Lopez
  • 32 Parker Markel
  • 25 Jose Alberto Molina
  • 26 Austin Pruitt
  • 14 Leonel Santiago
  • 20 Nick Sawyer
  •  9 Albert Suarez Injury icon 2.svg
  • 28 Bruedlin Suero

Catchers

  • 23 Jake DePew
  • 11 Justin O'Conner
  • 19 Maxx Tissenbaum

Infielders

  •  6 Thomas Coyle
  •  5 Tyler Goeddel
  •  3 Hector Guevara
  • 30 Patrick Leonard
  •  4 Jonathan Quinonez
  • 16 Leonardo Reginatto

Outfielders

  • 10 Kes Carter
  •  7 Marty Gantt
  • 15 Josh Sale
  •  1 Andrew Toles

Manager

Coaches

  • 33 Joe Szekely (hitting)
  • 18 Steve Watson (pitching)


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Tampa Bay Rays 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated April 9, 2014
Transactions
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Tampa Bay Rays minor league players

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