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 Southern 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, 2014
Team data
Nickname Memphis Redbirds (1998–present)
Colors red, blue, and white
              
Mascot Rockey Redbird
Ballpark AutoZone Park (2000–present)
Previous parks
Tim McCarver Stadium (1998–2000)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
St. Louis Cardinals
Manager Mike Shildt
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 10,000.[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 organization in November 2013. The Redbirds had been previously operated by Global Spectrum, a Comcast-owned company.[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.

Since the team's inception in 1998, the Redbirds have made it to the PCL playoffs on four occasions and won league championships in 2000 and 2009.

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 was 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]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Rivals[edit]

Main article: I-40 Cup Series

Memphis' chief rivals have been those based in Nashville, Tennessee. Located approximately 200 miles (320 km) to the north east and connected to Memphis by Interstate 40, Nashville has fielded several teams which have competed in the same leagues as Memphis' teams since the late 19th century.[8] The Redbirds entered the rivalry when they joined the Pacific Coast League in 1998.[9] The Redbirds and the Nashville Sounds were division rivals in the American Conference East Division from 1998 to 2004,[9] the American Conference North Division from 2005 to 2013,[10] and the American Conference South Division since 2014.[11] In 2009, Memphis clinched the American Conference North Division title, finishing the season just two games ahead of Nashville which spent the majority of the season in first place.[12] Similarly, Memphis finished the 2014 season two-and-a-half games ahead of Nashville despite trailing the Sounds for most of the season.[13]

In 2012, the two teams established the Tennessee Lottery I-40 Cup Series, a season-long, 16-game series between the clubs.[14] Whichever of the two wins the most games played between them is declared the winner and gets to keep the trophy cup until the next season. The losing team donates game tickets to a charity selected by the winner. The Sounds won the inaugural 2012 contest (9–7), and Memphis won the 2013 series (7–9).[14] The teams tied the 2014 and 2015 series (both 8–8), but the Redbirds retained the title in both instances.[15] Memphis leads the all-time I-40 Cup Series with a 3–1 record.[14]

As of the completion of the 2015 series, Memphis leads the all-time series against Nashville with a record of 897–872 (.507).[16] This record encompasses all 91 years of competition in the original Southern League, Southern Association, Southern League, and Pacific Coast League. Nashville, however, leads the all-time 18-year PCL series with a record of 154–132 (.538).[14]

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
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated September 1, 2015
Transactions
More MiLB rosters
St. Louis Cardinals minor league players

Managers[edit]

# Manager Seasons Wins Losses WPct PA PW PL WS Ref(s)
1 Gaylen Pitts 19982002 364 347 .512 [17]
2 Tom Spencer 2003 64 79 .448 [18]
3 Danny Sheaffer 20032006 202 229 .469 [19]
4 Chris Maloney 20072011 367 350 .512 [20]
5 Ron Warner 20122014 205 226 .476 [21]
6 Mike Shildt 2015–present 19 23 .476 [22]
Totals 19982014 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. ^ "1885 Southern League Statistics." Baseball-Reference. Retrieved on July 19, 2013.
  9. ^ a b "1998 Pacific Coast League Statistics." Baseball-Reference. Retrieved on July 17, 2013.
  10. ^ "2005 Pacific Coast League Statistics." Baseball-Reference. Retrieved on July 17, 2013.
  11. ^ Dykstra, Sam. "PCL undergoing realignment in 2014." Minor League Baseball. August 16, 2013. Retrieved on August 23, 2013.
  12. ^ "2009 Pacific Coast League Statistics." Baseball-Reference. Retrieved on July 17, 2013.
  13. ^ "2014 Pacific Coast League." Baseball-Reference. Retrieved on September 3, 2013.
  14. ^ a b c d "Tennessee Lottery I-40 Cup Series". Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Redbirds Retain I-40 Cup With 11-2 Win Over Sounds". Memphis Redbirds. Minor League Baseball. August 9, 2015. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Memphis All-Time Record Vs. Cities" (PDF). 2015 Memphis Redbirds Media Guide. Minor League Baseball. 2015. p. 163. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Gaylen Pitts Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  18. ^ "Tom Spencer Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  19. ^ "Danny Sheaffer Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  20. ^ "Chris Maloney Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2011-11-16. 
  21. ^ "Ron Warner Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2011-11-16. 
  22. ^ "Mike Shildt Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2015-04-09. 

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