Memphis Redbirds

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Memphis Redbirds
Founded in 1998
Memphis, Tennessee
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Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Triple-A (1998–present)
Minor league affiliations
League Pacific Coast League (1998–present)
Conference American Conference
Division South Division
Major league affiliations
Current St. Louis Cardinals (1998–present)
Minor league titles
League titles 2000, 2009
Conference titles 2000, 2009, 2010
Division titles 2000, 2009, 2010
Team data
Nickname Memphis Redbirds (1998–present)
Colors red, blue, white
              
Ballpark AutoZone Park (2000–present)
Previous parks Tim McCarver Stadium (1998–2000)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
St. Louis Cardinals
Manager Ron Warner
General manager Craig Unger[1]

The Memphis Redbirds are the Triple-A minor league baseball affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. They play their home games at AutoZone Park in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. The stadium's capacity is 14,320.[2] They entered the Pacific Coast League (PCL) as an expansion team in 1998, and were owned as a non-profit community entity until being acquired by the Cardinals in November of 2013. The Redbirds had been operated by Global Spectrum, a Comcast-owned company, but will now be a part of the Cardinal organization.[3] The purchase was completed on March 24, 2014.[4]

The club operates a number of programs in the community. The Memphis Redbirds Foundation is a non-profit program that uses its funds to enable children to participate in sports across the Memphis area. The Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program is an instructional baseball and softball summer program for boys and girls ages 6 to 15. The Sports Teams Returning In The Public Education System (STRIPES) program runs during the school year, and helps fund baseball and softball teams for middle and junior high schools in the Memphis City School System.

Since the team's inception in 1998, the Redbirds have made it to the PCL playoffs three times. The team went all the way to winning the league championship on the first two occasions.

Long-time manager Chris Maloney left the team to become the first-base coach of the parent club, the St. Louis Cardinals, after the 2011 season.[5] His replacement is Ron "Pop" Warner, who was promoted from manager of the Springfield Cardinals.[6]

According to Forbes, the Redbirds were tied as the eighth-most valuable minor league franchise in 2013. The team's net worth was estimated at $29 million, with $9.5 million in annual revenue and $1 million in operating loss.[7]

Roster[edit]

Memphis Redbirds roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On St. Louis Cardinals 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated June 17, 2014
Transactions
More MiLB rosters
St. Louis Cardinals minor league players


Managers[edit]

Statistics current through 2011

#[a] Manager Seasons Wins Losses WPct PA PW PL WS Ref(s)
1 Gaylen Pitts 19982002 364 347 .512 [8]
2 Tom Spencer 2003 64 79 .448 [9]
3 Danny Sheaffer 20032006 202 229 .469 [10]
4 Chris Maloney 20072011 367 350 .512 [11]
Totals 1998-2011 997 1,005 .498 0 0 0 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Unger chosen as GM for Cards' Triple-A affiliate". Associated Press. SI.com. April 21, 2014. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ Paul Munsey. Park "AutoZone Park". Ballparks.com. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  3. ^ "St. Louis Cardinals to Acquire Memphis Redbirds". MLB.com. November 15, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Cardinals close deal to buy Triple-A Memphis team". Associated Press. ESPN.com. March 28, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ Cards retain Duncan, McGwire, Oquendo: Aldrete takes over as bench coach, Maloney new first-base coach, MLB.com (Nov. 16, 2011)
  6. ^ "Ron 'Pop' Warner named Redbirds manager". MiLB.com. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  7. ^ Walton, Brian (July 17, 2013). "Forbes: Memphis Redbirds is eighth-most valuable franchise". The Cardinal Nation Blog. 
  8. ^ "Gaylen Pitts Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  9. ^ "Tom Spencer Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  10. ^ "Danny Sheaffer Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  11. ^ "Chris Maloney Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2011-11-16. 

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