May 2010

Make sure to vote for your Memphis Redbirds!


TRIPLE-A BASEBALL
NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ONLINE FAN VOTING RETURNS FOR THE 2010 TRIPLE-A ALL-STAR GAME

Triple-A Baseball and MLB Advanced Media, LP (MLBAM) are excited to announce that fans across the country will once again have the opportunity to vote online for their favorite players to be selected to the Triple-A All-Star Game. This year’s contest will be held at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, on July 14 at 7:00 p.m. EDT and will match outstanding players from the International League and the Pacific Coast League. Fan balloting will be held from June 3-25 and will account for one-third of the total vote along with ballots cast by members of the media and each club’s field manager, coaches, and general manager. Using MLBAM online voting services, fans will be able to access the ballots at the official websites of Minor League Baseball (MiLB.com), the Pacific Coast League (PCLBaseball.com), the International League (ILBaseball.com), and the websites of all 30 Triple-A teams.

All fans who participate in the online balloting will be able to vote for players for both the IL and PCL rosters. Fans can select one player for each of the infield positions, plus three outfielders, a designated hitter, and four pitchers -two starters and two relievers. Write-in votes for players not listed on the ballot will also be accepted. Up-to-date statistics and position-by-position comparisons will be available at the click of a mouse to help fans make  their selections. Voting updates will be made available weekly for both Leagues. Once the balloting period is over, fans can check the aforementioned websites for additional updates and features leading up to the All-Star Game. The 23rd annual Triple-A All-Star Game will be broadcast live from Allentown on Wednesday, July 14 on MLB Network as well as MiLB.TV on the World Wide Web. The All-Star Game week schedule in Lehigh Valley also includes the “Pigapalooza” Fan Fest on Saturday, July 10 and the annual Triple-A Home Run Derby on Monday, July 12.

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This year’s event will be the second Triple-A All-Star Game held in the state of Pennsylvania. In 1995, Lackawanna County Stadium (now known as PNC Field) and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre club played host to the Game, which then was held in a National League affiliates vs. American League affiliates format. American League pitching combined for a 9-0 shutout, the first in the Game’s history, in a memorable contest that included future stars such as Derek Jeter, Jason Isringhausen, Jeromy Burnitz, Ron Coomer, and Mark Loretta.

For additional information contact:

Chris Sprague, International League (614) 791-9300
Mike Feigen, Pacific Coast League (719) 636-3399
Matt Provence, Lehigh Valley IronPigs (610) 841-7447
Nathan Blackmon, MLBAM (704) 843-4441

Memorial Day Weekend


Hey everyone!  Dave here.  This might be one of the lazier blog posts in awhile, but we have a super busy Memorial Day Weekend here at AutoZone Park, and I just want to let you all know what we have planned.  Click on the link below to see what’s on tap at AZP!

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Check it out! We made Sport’s Illustrated website Hot Clicks this morning!!

Woohoo, Go Redbirds!

More Catcher Clues!!


Good news, I have more clues from the Memphis Redbirds catcher! Hopefully we’ll be able to figure out exactly what classroom Kevin is headed to.

The catcher was told he might learn a little about Canada and Mexico in the classroom he is visiting since it is what the students are currently learning. This seems so interesting to him and he’s packed his pencil and notebook for the trip to take notes if he needs to.

He also found out there is one student in the class who loves the New York Yankees, Kevin plans on asking the student why he likes them so much. And hopes he is still a Memphis Redbirds fan also. This would make Kevin very happy.

He is more than excited to meet these 17 students this week and cannot wait to read Junie B. Jones books and talk about the best baseball team around.

Now with these clues I need everyone’s help to find out exactly where Kevin the Catcher will be this week. Can you figure it out? Check
back on Thursday for the answer!

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Jordan. Out.

Breast Cancer Awareness


Hey everyone!  Dave here.  Yesterday was Breast Cancer Awareness Day at AutoZone Park, and by all accounts the game was a resounding success on all fronts.  We defeated the Tacoma Rainiers 1-0 on an Amaury Cazana solo home run in the bottom of the eighth.

As for our uniforms, we had special pink jerseys for the players to wear for the game:

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We still have two more games left in this homestand against Tacoma, which means I want to see big crowds on hand!  The weather’s finally clearing up and it won’t be too hot and humid so come on out to AutoZone Park!

 

 

Rockin out


Hey everyone!  Dave here.  Earlier this afternoon we were treated to some pretty good guitar playing and singing down in Conroy’s training room.  In case you didn’t know, he is the Redbirds’ athletic trainer who’s responsible for making sure these players are healthy enough to play.

As much as Conroy (below) would disagree, he’s a very good guitarist and singer.  He kicked off the jam session by singing some good Irish songs as well as throwing in some more well known stuff like the Beatles.

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When he was all done, Jordan took her guitar back from Conroy and played as well!  Once again, excellent job Jordan.  She’s actually still playing and putting on another show for more of us in our office as I’m writing this blog.  I’ll take this over Pandora any day.

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Sam was also in attendance, and he’s currently dabbling to learn some songs.  Sorry Sam, you got a long way to go.

As for me, my musical days left me when I put the clarinet down in the eighth grade.  I’ll leave the music to people who actually have musical talent.

Keep on rockin!

Where to next?


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The Memphis Redbirds infamous catcher is on the loose once again. What is he up to now, you ask? I’m not quite sure, but these are the clues I’ve gathered to help us figure out the mystery location.

Kevin the Catcher is going to an elementary school next week. He heard the class he is going to see likes Junie B. Jones books just like he does! He is still quite frightened to visit because of the Lions they say roam the hallways, but is very excited to know the teacher loves the St. Louis Cardinals and the class is full of Memphis Redbirds fans!

Check back again in a few days for more clues on our catcher’s whereabouts. Hopefully we can figure out where he’ll be before he gets there! Until then…

Jordan. Out.

Special Events on home stand #2


Hey everyone!  Dave here.  It was a really successful second home stand for the ‘Birds as they won three-out-of four games against the Albuquerque Isotopes.  We had a bunch of different events headlined by Cinco de Mayo so here are some photos from those four days:

All photos courtesy of Allison Rhoades

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Beale Street Music Festival


Hey everyone!  Dave here.  I hope everyone made it out okay from the horrible rain storm we had this past weekend.  The ballpark (more specifically, the field) was in pretty rough shape, but we worked around the clock to make sure we were ready for baseball against Albuquerque.

We won the first game of the series on Monday 3-1, and we beat the Isotopes again by the same score last night.  Tonight is Cinco De Mayo Night at the ballpark so make sure you come check it out!

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Going back to this weekend, I was fortunate enough to attend the Beale Street Music Festival.  I’ve always heard about it, and since there were no home games that weekend a bunch of us decided to check it out.

Some of my personal favorites were Jeff Beck, Mike McDonald, Goo Goo Dolls, Jerry Lee Lewis and Earth, Wind & Fire.

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