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Pfander new GM of Akron Aeros

New Akron Aeros (Class AA; Eastern League) owner Ken Babby brings in a familiar face to run the team, naming Jim Pfander general manager of the franchise. The Akron native served as executive vice president and COO of the Aeros in 2011. Pfander’s efforts that season resulted in the first attendance increase in seven years. Ticket […]

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Pfander new GM in Charlotte

Jim Pfander is the new general manager of the Charlotte Stone Crabs (High Class A; Florida State League), exiting his previous job as executive vice president/COO of the Akron Aeros (Class AA; Eastern League). The Ohio-native began his career as a broadcasting and special events intern for the Cleveland Indians, followed by his first minor […]

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Marauders move McKechnie Field games after canopies deemed unsafe

The Bradenton Marauders (High Class A; Florida State League) moved tonight’s and tomorrow night’s games from McKechnie Field after inspectors determined the roofs over the first-base and third-base sections were unsafe. The problems were discovered during a routine assessment. The games were shifted to Charlotte Sports Park, the home of the Marauders’ opponent, the Charlotte […]

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Stone Crabs, Rays extend PDC

The Tampa Bay Rays have extended their player development contract (PDC) with the Charlotte Stone Crabs (High Class A; Florida State League) through the 2012 season. The Stone Crabs have served as the High-A affiliate for the Rays since the team was first announced after the 2008 season. Charlotte won the FSL South Division Championship […]

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Charlotte County Sports Park / Tampa Bay Rays / Charlotte Stone Crabs

Longtime spring-training aficionados may be able to recognize Charlotte County Sports Park as the former spring home of the Texas Rangers, remodeled to serve as the spring home of the Tampa Bay Rays and the regular-season home of the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Maybe. FAST FACTS Opened: 1988; renovated in 2009 Cost: $5 million original construction; […]

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Florida State League

The Florida State League began play in 1919 with six teams in the greater Orlando-Tampa corridor and, despite some hard times, is now one of the oldest minor leagues still in existence. Its existence predated the emergence of spring training in Florida, but spring training has been a factor in keeping this league alive. Class […]

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