Tuesday, January 10, 2012

More on the 2012 Stone Crabs Staff

As Doug mentioned earlier, the Stone Crabs coaching staff is remaining the same as last season. 

Jim Morrison returns for his fourth season as the manager of the Stone Crabs. Morrison has a career 214-201 record as the skipper of the Stone Crabs, leading them to the playoffs in two of the three first seasons. Morrison is in his seventh year in the Rays organization.

Joe Szekely has been by Morrison's side since the inaugural season, returning for his fourth season as the hitting coach for the Stone Crabs. This is his eighth season in the Rays organization.

Steve "Doc" Watson returns for his sophomore season in Port Charlotte. He is the only pitching coach to make a repeat with the Stone Crabs so far in their short history. It is also his second year in the organization after spending time with the Orioles and Reds minor league systems.

Trainer Scott Thurston is the lone newcomer to the field staff of the Stone Crabs. He joins the Stone Crabs after serving as the trainer for the Bowling Green Hot Rods for the past three seasons. This is his fifth season in the Rays organization.

The Stone Crabs will also have a new general manager to be announced in the future. Joe Hart has been announced as the new president of the South Bend Silver Hawks. Hart has been with the Stone Crabs since the beginning and has built the franchise into what it is today. He was instrumental in securing the 2012 FSL All-Star Game for Port Charlotte. His efforts have been rewarded as he was named the Executive of the Year for the FSL in 2011. Ripken Baseball is currently seeking applicants for the GM role of the Stone Crabs.

Opening day for the Stone Crabs is scheduled for Thursday April 5 at home against Fort Myers.

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