ST. LOUIS, September 11, 2012 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have extended their player development contract with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds for two more years through the 2014 season.
The Cardinals first became affiliated with Memphis in 1998 when the organization began play in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. The top farm team of the Cardinals played its initial two seasons at Tim McCarver Stadium. The Redbirds have played at state-of-the-art AutoZone Park in downtown Memphis the last 13 seasons. Today’s announcement means the Cardinals relationship with the Redbirds and the city of Memphis will reach 17 consecutive years at the conclusion of the extension in 2014.
“We are very pleased to have extended our relationship with the Redbirds organization and the city of Memphis for an additional two years,” said John Mozeliak, Cardinals’ Senior Vice President and General Manager. “The Redbirds ballclub and the Memphis fans have been tremendous supporters of the Cardinals organization for many years. AutoZone Park is considered to be among the finest ballparks in the country and we feel that there is no better place to develop Cardinals players who are one level away from reaching St. Louis and the Major Leagues.”