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 (2)||
|Conference titles (3)||
|Division titles (4)||
|Nickname||Memphis Redbirds (1998–present)|
|Colors||red, blue, and white
|Ballpark||AutoZone Park (2000–present)|
|Tim McCarver Stadium (1998–2000)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|General Manager||Craig Unger|
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. 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. 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.
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. His replacement was 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' 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. The Redbirds entered the rivalry when they joined the Pacific Coast League in 1998. The Redbirds and the Nashville Sounds were division rivals in the American Conference East Division from 1998 to 2004, the American Conference North Division from 2005 to 2013, and the American Conference South Division since 2014. 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. Similarly, Memphis finished the 2014 season two-and-a-half games ahead of Nashville despite trailing the Sounds for most of the season.
In 2012, the two teams established the Tennessee Lottery I-40 Cup Series, a season-long, 16-game series between the clubs. 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). The teams tied the 2014 and 2015 series (both 8–8), but the Redbirds retained the title in both instances. Memphis leads the all-time I-40 Cup Series with a 3–1 record.
As of the completion of the 2015 series, Memphis leads the all-time series against Nashville with a record of 897–872 (.507). 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).
Memphis Redbirds roster
7-day disabled list
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