Double-A baseball had been a part of Memphis, Tenn., from 1968 until 1997. That's when the Memphis Redbirds were created as a Triple-A expansion team for the 1998 season. The Redbirds have been an affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals since their inception. By end of their third season, the Redbirds had claimed the Pacific Coast League Championship. Though Memphis would miss the playoffs every season from 2001 through 2008, their return to the playoffs in 2009 saw them win their second league title before falling just short and losing in the finals in 2010. Under manager Stubby Clapp, the Memphis Redbirds won back-to-back Pacific Coast League Championships in 2017 and 2018. Under first-year manager, Ben Johnson, the Redbirds finished the 2019 season at 69-71, just missing the postseason. Get your tickets today to see the Memphis Redbirds take to the diamond at the world's largest online ticket marketplace, StubHub.
Who is the manager for the Memphis Redbirds?
Former St. Louis Cardinals Minor League player, Ben Johnson, was named as the manager for the Memphis Redbirds before the 2019 season. Johnson, a Memphis native, had previously worked as a scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks and as an assistant coach for the Durham Bulls. Johnson's only managerial experience came in the Freedom Pro League when he managed the Arizona Centennials in 2012. Johnson was selected in the fourth round of the MLB Draft by the Cardinals after winning the 1999 Memphis Area Player of the Year Award. Johnson would eventually be traded to the San Diego Padres where he appeared in 31 MLB games before spending a portion of another season with the New York Mets. In his first season at the helm, the Redbirds finished 69-71, good for second place in the American Northern Division.
Where do the Memphis Redbirds play?
AutoZone Park, located in the heart of downtown Memphis, is the home of the Memphis Redbirds. The 10,000 seat stadium has received multiple upgrades over the years, most notably the largest video board in Minor League Baseball. The stadium incorporates some of the best parts about historical Major League parks, such as Wrigley Field and Fenway Park, to create a park that won the Baseball America Ballpark of the Year in 2009.
Do the Memphis Redbirds have any rivals?
The baseball rivalry between Memphis and Nashville dates all the way back to 1885. The current form of the rivalry goes back 22 years, to 1998. The Redbirds' chief rival is the Nashville Sounds who are the Triple-A affiliate for the Oakland Athletics. In 2012, the two teams introduced the I-40 Cup Series, which is awarded to the team that wins the most games over the course of the season against the other squad. Not only do the teams battle for intrastate supremacy, but they are also both members of the American Northern Division.
Who are some notable players that have played for the Memphis Redbirds?
Some of the top names in Major League Baseball have come through the St. Louis Cardinals organization and have played in Memphis. Infielders, Matt Carpenter and Kolten Wong, are Redbirds alumni. Legendary Cardinals catcher, Yadier Molina, spent his time in Triple-A playing for the Redbirds. Finally, pitchers Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha and Shelby Miller have all spent a portion of their career playing in Memphis on their way to Major League fame. Albert Pujols is the only former Redbirds player to go on to win the MVP Award in Major League Baseball.
Where can I buy Memphis Redbirds tickets?
You can get your tickets to see the Memphis Redbirds and the rest of the Pacific Coast League live at the world's largest online ticket marketplace, StubHub.Back to Top
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