Vero Beach Devil Rays

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Vero Beach Devil Rays
Vero Beach, Florida
  • Class A Advanced (1990–2008)
  • Class A (1980-1989)
Minor league affiliations
League Florida State League (1980–2008)
Division South Division
Major league affiliations
Minor league titles
League titles (2)
  • 1983
  • 2007
Division titles (2)
  • 1983
  • 2007
Team data
Previous names
  • Charlotte Stone Crabs (2009-pres.)
  • Vero Beach Devil Rays (2007–2008)
  • Vero Beach Dodgers (1980–2006)
Previous parks
Holman Stadium (1980–2008)

The Vero Beach Devil Rays, originally the Vero Beach Dodgers, were a minor league baseball team based in Vero Beach, Florida. They played in the Class A-Advanced Florida State League from 1980–2008, at which point they relocated to Port Charlotte, Florida as the Charlotte Stone Crabs. They played their home games at Holman Stadium.

As their names imply, Vero Beach was affiliated with two different Major League Baseball teams during their existence: the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1980–2006 and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays from 2007–2008. As the Vero Beach Devil Rays, they won the Florida State League championship in 2007.


Founded in 1980 as the Vero Beach Dodgers, the team was affiliated with the Los Angeles Dodgers Major League Baseball team from 1980–2006. They played their home games at Holman Stadium, which had served as Los Angeles' spring training facility since 1953.

In 2007 the franchise's affiliation changed to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays; they were then renamed the Vero Beach Devil Rays. After the 2008 season Tampa Bay moved their Class A-Advanced affiliate to Port Charlotte, where they became known as the Charlotte Stone Crabs.


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.

Notable Alumni[edit]

Hall of Fame alumni

Notable alumni

  • Pat Borders (2006) 1992 World Series Most Valuable Player
  • Eric Gagne (1998) 3 x MLB All-Star; 2003 NL Cy Young Award
  • Carlos Pena (2008) MLB All-Star
  • David Price (2008) 5 x MLB All-Star; 2012, 2015 AL ERA Leader; 2012 AL Cy Young Award
  • Steve Sax (1980) 5 x MLB All-Star; 1982 NL Rookie of the Year
  • Bob Welch (1985) 2 x MLB All-Star; 1990 AL Cy Young Award
  • Ben Zobrist (2008) 3 x MLB All-Star; 2016 World Series Most Valuable Player