About the Stone Crabs
The Charlotte Stone Crabs are a Minor League Baseball team in the Florida State League based in Port Charlotte, Florida. The team is the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays named for a type of crustacean called the Florida stone crab, which is indigenous to the Charlotte County region.
The Charlotte Stone Crabs were formerly known as the Vero Beach Dodgers then the Vero Beach Devil Rays. The Vero Beach teams played at Holman Stadium, the former spring training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers. On Aug. 25, 2008, it was announced that the Vero Beach franchise was sold to Ripken Baseball, which resulted in the move to Charlotte County, Florida. In December of 2016, the Stone Crabs were sold to the Carribean Baseball Initiative, headed by longtime owner/operator Lou Schwechheimer and Jordan Kobritz.
In the team's Inaugural Season, the Stone Crabs won the FSL South Division after defeating the I-75 division rival Fort Myers Miracle in the Division Series. Off the field, the team led the league in attendance with more than 176,000 fans through the turnstiles during the 2009 season. Charlotte won the 2015 Florida State League title against the Daytona Tortugas.
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