Founded in 1998
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Pacific Coast League (1998–present)|
|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|
|Nickname||Memphis Redbirds (1998–present)|
|Colors||Red & Blue|
|Ballpark||AutoZone Park (2000–present)|
|Previous parks||Tim McCarver Stadium (1998–2000)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|General manager||Ben Weiss|
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. 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. The purchase was completed on March 24, 2014.
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. His replacement is Ron "Pop" Warner, who was promoted from manager of the Springfield Cardinals.
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.
Memphis Redbirds roster
Statistics current through 2011
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- "Cardinals close deal to buy Triple-A Memphis team". Associated Press. ESPN.com. March 28, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2014.
- Cards retain Duncan, McGwire, Oquendo: Aldrete takes over as bench coach, Maloney new first-base coach, MLB.com (Nov. 16, 2011)
- "Ron 'Pop' Warner named Redbirds manager". MiLB.com. Retrieved 2012-05-20.
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- "Gaylen Pitts Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-09-03.
- "Tom Spencer Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-09-03.
- "Danny Sheaffer Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-09-03.
- "Chris Maloney Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2011-11-16.
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