CHARLOTTE STONE CRABS
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Affiliation: Tampa Bay Rays
Location: Port Charlotte, Florida
Class Level: Class-A Advanced
League: Florida State League
Charlotte Stone Crabs TicketsThe Charlotte Stone Crabs have been the Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays since 2009. The franchise has been in existence since the 1980 season when they were called the Vero Beach Dodgers. The Vero Beach Dodgers served as an affiliate for the Los Angeles Dodgers for 27 seasons before the Rays took over the organization. During their long tenure with the Dodgers, Vero Beach made multiple postseason appearances and even won two Florida State League Championships in 1983 and 1990. At the end of the 2006 season, it was announced that the Dodgers would end their affiliation with the team and would be replaced by the Vero Beach Devil Rays. Tampa Bay kept the team in Vero Beach for only two seasons before the team relocated the squad to Port Charlotte, Florida. In the team's first two seasons as the Charlotte Stone Crabs, the team made it to the Florida State League Championship Series twice. They also made it to the top, winning the league title in 2015. The 2019 season saw the team put up an 82-53 record, but the playoffs were canceled due to an impending hurricane. To get in on the action, get your Charlotte Stone Crabs tickets at StubHub.
Where do the Charlotte Stone Crabs play home games?Charlotte Sports Park is the home of the Charlotte Stone Crabs. The Stone Crabs share the stadium with the Tampa Bay Rays for spring training. The stadium, constructed in 1987, hosted the old Texas Rangers affiliate that played in Port Charlotte, the Charlotte Rangers. Currently, the stadium's seating capacity is 7,000 and offers lower level and upper-level seating. In addition, there are high top tables that overlook the outfield and a grassy berm down the left-field line for those who want to spread out a blanket and enjoy a game from the ground.
Who are some notable players that played for the Charlotte Stone Crabs?Pitchers Jeremy Hellickson, Jake Odorizzi and Blake Snell all took the mound in the Port Charlotte on their way to the Major Leagues. Also, outfielder Wil Myers spent a portion of his Minor League career with the Stone Crabs before he made it to the Big Leagues.
Who is the Charlotte Stone Crabs' manager?Jeff Smith will be returning for his second season as the manager of the Charlotte Stone Crabs in 2020. Last season, Smith led the Stone Crabs to the best record in franchise history at 82-53 before the Southern League playoffs were canceled due to Hurricane Dorian. That record was the best in the Southern League. Before his first season in Port Charlotte, Coach Smith had spent 20 seasons as a manager and assistant coach in the Minnesota Twins organization. After an 11-year career as a Minor League manager where he put up a career record of 457-366, Smith was promoted to the Twins Major League club as the first base coach. Smith was also the manager of the Fort Myers Miracle team that the Stone Crabs eliminated in 2009.
Do the Charlotte Stone Crabs have any rivals?The primary rival for the Charlotte Stone Crabs is located just down I-75 from the team. The Fort Myers Mighty Mussels are not only close to the Stone Crabs geographically, but the two squads battle for South Division supremacy. Last season, the rivalry was given an extra layer of intrigue when former Fort Myers manager Jeff Smith was named manager of the Charlotte Stone Crabs.
Where can I buy Charlotte Stone Crabs tickets?StubHub is your one-stop shop for all Minor League Baseball tickets, including tickets to see the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Take advantage of StubHub's secure checkout process and added features, like the 360-degree seating preview on select seats.
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