The Stone Crabs will welcome their third manager in franchise history as Jared Sandberg takes over the helm. Sandberg will be joined by Steve Watson as pitching coach, Joe Szekely as hitting coach and Scott Thurston as trainer.
Sanberg joins the Stone Crabs after spending last season with the Bowling Green Hot Rods where he guided the Hot Rods to a second half championship and a slot in the Midwest League playoffs. Sandberg is in his sixth season as a manager in the Rays organization. In additon to taking the Hot Rods to the playoffs last season, he won the New YTork-Penn League championship with the Hudson Valley Renegades in 2012.
Watson rejoins the Stone Crabs in 2014 after spending the 2013 season at Hudson Valley. He is entering his third season with the Stone Crabs, fourth in the Rays organization and 29th in professional baseball.
Szekely is still the only member of the Stone Crabs to be with the organization non-stop since the inaugural season. He is in his sixth season with the Stone Crabs and tenth season in the Rays organization.
Here is where the former managers and coaches of the Stone Crabs have landed for 2014:
- Neil Allen – pitching coach at Durham (AAA)
- Bill Moloney – pitching coach at Bowling Green (A)
- Jim Morrison – manager at GCL Rays (R)
- Chris Tomashoff – medical coordinator in Latin America
- Brady Williams – manager at Montgomery (AA)