The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the Marlins Double-A affiliate continues to come up with fun and creative baseball under Harold Craw, the team’s EVP/GM.
The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the Miami Marlins Double-A affiliate continues to lead the way in the minors as a forward-thinking organization. A lot of what the team has accomplished in the time that Ken Babby has owned the baseball team has been under the watchful eye of Harold Craw, who has served as the general manager since 2015.
Now for his efforts in guiding this baseball team as one of the more exciting franchises in the Minors, Craw has been promoted to the club’s executive vice president/general manager, the Jumbo Shrimp’s public relations department announced last week.
"“Under Harold’s leadership, he has helped make the Jumbo Shrimp part of the fabric of the community in Jacksonville over the past five seasons,” Babby said.“I am excited to continue to provide Harold, as a key member of our executive team with the club, the opportunity for career advancement within our organizational structure. Harold sets the tone in our offices and our commitment to the Jacksonville community. Harold’s future remains bright as we are thrilled to continue to have a leader of his caliber at the helm of the Jumbo Shrimp.”"
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Jacksonville has been a launching pad of sorts for the Marlins who have had successful Major League careers, including Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and J.T. Realmuto. While all four players have been part of blockbuster deals that have helped to shape the current roster, there are other players in Miami who have also called North Florida their home along their journeys like Jarlin Garcia, Pablo Lopez, Isan Diaz, and Austin Dean and Brian Anderson.
All five players figure to be part of the team’s 26-man roster when Miami opens the 2020 season at home at the end of March against the Philadelphia Phillies.
While Craw has been instrumental in the team’s mantra of “Affordable Family Fun” locally, he has also helped the Jumbo Shrimp receive recognition nationally for their innovative think when it comes to making minor league baseball an experience and the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville a destination during the spring and summer months.
"“Craw’s tenure in Jacksonville has also seen the club receive several honors, including the Southern League’s 2017 Don Mincher Organization of the Year and a pair of circuit Promotional Trophies in 2017 and 2019, respectively,” the public relations department added.“A new ballpark menu featuring more than a dozen shrimp options at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville was selected to appear on the Travel Channel show “Food Paradise.” The JAXSPORTS Jumbo Shrimp Neck Pillow Giveaway was named the top Minor League Baseball giveaway item by MLB.com Cut4 and Silent Movie Night in 2017 won awards as June and August’s respective Minor League Baseball Promotion of the Month.”"
With three months until the Jumbo Shrimp start their first homestand of the 2020 Southern League Season against the Biloxi Shuckers, the team’s roster is not set. But with the influx of minor league talent, the Marlins have accrued through trades, the MLB Draft and the Rule-5 Draft, this could be another season where the team challenges for a playoff berth out of the South division.
In 66 home dates last season, the Jumbo Shrimp averaged 4,960 fans per contest, which was second in the Southern League to the Birmingham Barons.