Charlotte Rangers

The Charlotte Rangers, based in Port Charlotte, Florida, were an American minor league baseball team that existed from 1987 through 2002. The team played at Charlotte County Stadium as a Class A Florida State League affiliate of the Texas Rangers, who at the time made their spring training base in Port Charlotte.

Charlotte Rangers
19872002
Port Charlotte, Florida
Class-level
Previous
  • Class A-Advanced (1990-2002)
  • Class A (1987-1989)
Minor league affiliations
LeagueFlorida State League
Major league affiliations
PreviousTexas Rangers (1987-2002)
Minor league titles
League titles 2 (1989, 2002)
Team data
Previous names
Charlotte Rangers (1987-2002)
MascotPop-Up (1991-2002)
Previous parks
Charlotte County Stadium

During their 16-year history, the Charlotte Rangers won two FSL championships (1989 and 2002) and sent players such as Juan González, Iván Rodríguez, Kenny Rogers, Kevin Brown and Carlos Peña to Major League Baseball.

When the parent Rangers moved their spring training operation to Arizona in 2003, the Charlotte franchise was sold to the St. Louis Cardinals and moved across the state to Jupiter, Florida, where it plays as the Palm Beach Cardinals.

The Charlotte Stone Crabs, FSL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, eventually replaced the Rangers, moving from Vero Beach in 2009.

Notable alumniEdit

Baseball Hall of Fame alumniEdit

Notable alumniEdit

  • Kevin Brown (1987) 6 x MLB All-Star; 2 x AL ERA Title (1996, 2000)
  • Juan Gonzalez (1988, 2002) 3 x MLB All-Star; 2 x AL Most Valuable Player (1996, 1998)
  • Rob Nen (1990) 3 x MLB All-Star; 2001 NL Saves Leader
  • Jeff Russell (1987, 1996) 2 x MLB All-Star; 1989 AL Saves Leader
  • Sammy Sosa (1988) 6 x MLB All-Star; 1998 NL Most Valuable Player

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