Every Minor League Baseball teams falls under the umbrella of a Major League Baseball organization. Every Minor League team also falls under an Ownership group or company. Some share one, whether they’re in the same system, state or have absolutely nothing in common but who holds the umbrella they fall below.
Look no further than the Frisco RoughRiders. The Texas Rangers Double-AA team is owned by Chuck Greenberg’s Greenberg Sports Group. Mr. Greenberg also holds authority over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Chicago Cubs High-A) as well as the State College Spikes (St. Louis Cardinals Short-Season A).
Lou Schwechheimer, 58, is the former owner of the Pawtucket Red Sox, Boston’s Triple-A team. He was once an unpaid intern for them at the age of 19. It took only six years for him to acquire a much, much bigger role with the Red Sox.
After 36 years in Pawtucket, culminating with ownership, he has moved on to other endeavors.
Schwechheimer says he grew up with “Red Sox in my blood,” but business is business, and he’s made his next moves. Those moves started with the purchase of the New Orleans Zephyrs back in November and the very recent purchase of the Charlotte Stone Crabs on January 13th.
The Zephyrs are the Triple-A team for the Miami Marlins and the Stone Crabs are the High-A club for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Schwechheimer is a seven-time Minor League Executive of the Year award winner and excitement is very high in Charlotte for the defending Florida State League champions. Schwechheimer bought the team from a name you might recognize, that being Cal Ripken, Jr.
With baseball in his blood and a sparkling pedigree, Schwechheimer recognizes the value of a team to its community.
“It’s an honor for me to put this hat on and be part of this organization, and be entrusted with this beautiful ballpark, and be part of this community.”
The Stone Crabs play at Charlotte Sports Park, also the Spring Training location for the parent club Rays, and are sure to see upgrades along all lines within and around the whole foundation of the club.
“We’re going to do the little things right. And you have our commitment to be here for the long haul.”
It’s another umbrella being firmly planted over multiple Minor League Baseball teams, a good sign and one that starts to become the rule rather than the exception—especially at the lower levels of a team’s organization—as Minor League Baseball continues to grow in popularity.