The Memphis Redbirds made baseball news headlines in 1998 by becoming the most recent addition to the Pacific Coast League. The club's name is a tip of the proverbial baseball cap to the St. Louis Cardinals, who serve as the Redbirds' parent club. Forbes ranks the Redbirds the eighth-most valuable team in Minor League Baseball.
The Redbirds play the home games on their schedule at AutoZone Park in downtown Memphis. The park opened in 2000 and in 2009, was named Minor League Ballpark of the Year by Baseball America. AutoZone Park holds 14,384 fans and replaced Tim McCarver Stadium, which was home to the Redbirds in 1998 and 1999. AutoZone Park is known for its enormous video board, lawn seating and extensive concession stands.
Two Pacific Coast League Championships
The Redbirds were crowned Pacific Coast League champions in 2000, just three years after joining the league. The club added another league title in 2009 and has three conference titles and three division titles to its name.
Memphis Redbirds Roster
The Redbirds roster has included a number of noteworthy MLB players, including several players from St. Louis' 2013 World Series team. These players include Michael Wacha, Matt Adams, Allen Craig, Pete Kozma, Skip Schumaker and Lance Lynn.
During Spring Training, members of the Redbirds share Roger Dean Stadium with other players of the St. Louis Cardinals system. The park opened in 1998 and is also the Cactus League home of the Miami Marlins. It served as one of the parks during qualifying for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
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