Covering the front desk is one of the many duties required when you are a part of the Redbird Intern team……
Name: Kevin Rooney
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
College and major/degree(s): Christian Brothers University, Business Administration w/ a concentration in Sports Management.
Likes: Family, Friends, Cardinals baseball, Blues Hockey, Mizzou Football, playing sports, and kicking with my dog Maddie.
Dislikes: Lying, drama, and the Chicago Cubs.
What’s playing in your iPod?: Seven Mary Three – Water’s Edge
What’s on TV: Chuck.
Hobbies: Playing sports, fixing things, hanging out with friends, and watching sports live or on TV.
Favorite Baseball Team: St. Louis Cardinals.
Favorite Baseball Player of all-time: Ryan Ludwick.
Favorite Sports Movie of all-time: For the Love of the Game.
Favorite Sports Quote: “I wouldn’t dig in if I was you. Next one might be at your head. I don’t know where it’s gonna go. Swear to God.” – Crash Davis from Bull Durham
Best sports moment as a fan or a player: Tracking down a shot to left field and catching the ball right before crashing into the fence and getting stuck under it.
Thing you like most about sports: Comebacks and underdog wins.
Why do you want to work in sports?: it’s what I’ve been doing for the past 5 years and I enjoy being a part of it, being at every game, seeing all the drama and interacting with the fans. I’ve done anything from field crew to promotions to operations and I loved being apart of it all.
Name: Corey Green
Hometown: Marietta, GA
College and major/degree(s): University of Georgia – Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations, Master’s Degree in Sport Management.
Likes: Sports, pro wrestling, movies, TV and music.
What’s playing in your iPod?: Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Corey Smith, Eminem and Linkin Park.
What’s on TV: Mad Men, Modern Family, Fringe, The Walking Dead, Lights Out, Jersey Shore, WWE Monday Night Raw, WWE Friday Night SmackDown and TNA Impact.
Hobbies: Reading, playing video games and traveling.
Favorite Baseball Team: Atlanta Braves
Favorite Baseball Player of all-time: Hank Aaron
Favorite Sports Movie of all-time: Field of Dreams
Favorite Sports Quote: “The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” – Muhammad Ali
Best sports moment as a fan or a player: Seeing the Braves win the 1995 World Series.
Thing you like most about sports: The passion of the fans.
Why do you want to work in sports?: I want to work in sports because I want to look forward to going to work every day.
What does your specific internship entail?: Assisting with stadium operations and baseball operations
Dream job: Hall-of-Fame-caliber baseball player (but, general manager of the Braves would work, too)
The only thing that the Cardinals pitching staff has gained this Spring Training is attention from the training staff, including Chris Conroy, head trainer for the Redbirds.
St. Louis Cardinals reliever Mitchell Boggs rubs his back as he talks to trainer Chris Conroy during Tuesday’s game against the Florida Marlins in Jupiter, Fla. Boggs left the game with a lower back strain. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Along with Boggs, projected opening day starter Chris Carpenter suffered a left hamstring injury yesterday (3/1) and is currently listed as day to day, but will likely miss his next start even though he said his hamstring is feeling better. Boggs’ status is still unknown but it doesn’t look to serious.
Conroy enters his seventh season with the Redbirds and his 12th season in the Cardinals organization. Let’s all hope that yesterday will be his last visit to the mound!
Conroy stretching out Albert Pujols before batting practice at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
In part one of our Intern profiles we introduce Michigan native, Jon Brooks.
One of his many duties includes interviewing potential 2011 RedHot candidates.
Favorite Baseball Team: Tigers, Cubs, and I guess the Cardinals.
Favorite Baseball Player of all-time: Brandon Inge and Mariano Rivera
Favorite Sports Movie of all-time: Mean Machine, Green Street Hooligans.
Favorite Sports Quote:“I would rather beat the Yankees regularly than pitch a no hit game.“- Bob Feller
Best sports moment as a fan or a player: Watching the MSU Spartans make run after run to the Final Four and Magglio Ordonez’s Game 4 ALCS walk off home run to complete a sweep of Oakland in 2006.
Thing you like most about sports: Passion and pride
Why do you want to work in sports?: I have always enjoyed being a fan of sports and love coming to the ballpark everyday. To me, it doesn’t feel like a job.
What does your specific internship entail?: Managing the Kids Club, Overseeing the promotional staff, etc.
Dream job: Director of Marketing, then ultimately teach sports marketing in college.
Stay tuned for more intern profiles……
My name is Dan White and I am the new Media Relations Intern for the Redbirds. I just moved to Memphis last week from the Mountains of Western North Carolina to take this position. This is my first job in professional baseball but have worked in Media Relations at the collegiate level, specifically East Carolina University and Western Carolina University.
My primary game day duty will be to serve as a “stringer” for MiLB, which means scoring the home games using a specially designed program that will collect all of the statistics. The program then sends data to various media outlets so fans can enjoy pitch-by-pitch action of their favorite players and teams. The stats are compiled in a database where access is readily available for every fan to look at.
I am looking forward to interacting with everyone throughout the season!
Only 50 more days until first pitch!
Happy New Year from the Memphis Redbirds!
Memphis coaching staff back intact for 2011 season
*Left to right: Manager Chris Maloney, Hitting Rover Mark DeJohn and Hitting Coach Mark Budaska
MEMPHIS, TN – Manager Chris Maloney will return to Memphis to manage the Redbirds for the fifth straight season in 2011.
Maloney led the ‘Birds to their second consecutive Conference title this past season with a series sweep of Oklahoma City. The former Mississippi State Bulldog is 290-284 in four seasons with the Redbirds.Joining Maloney will be pitching coach Blaise Ilsley and hitting coach Mark Budaska, who both return to Memphis for their fourth season. Ilsley’s pitchers posted a 4.42 ERA for an 82-62 overall 2010 record, a Pacific CoastLeague-best. Budaska coached the hitters to their best batting average since 2009 with the team hitting .272 last season. Athletic Trainer Chris Conroy will also be back in the Redbirds dugout for his seventh year in Memphis.
The Redbirds begin their 12th season at AutoZone Park in April. They will take on the Oklahoma City RedHawks Thursday, April 7th at 7:05 p.m to kick off their Pacific Coast League home schedule. For ticket information visit memphisredbirds.com or call (901) 722-0299.
Outfielder Joe Mather is claimed off waivers by Atlanta Braves
Around 2:00 p.m. yesterday the St. Louis Cardinals announced on Twitter that Joe Mather had been claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Braves. It wasn’t more than five minutes later when hundreds of tweets appeared from Cardinals fans, sad to see their beloved “Joey Bombs” depart. Joe was touched to hear about all the support people expressed.
“That’s great, my mom told me she read some of the (Tweets)…I don’t get on the computer a whole lot and read any of it, but to hear that some people were sad to see me go- there were a lot of really nice things said, and to hear that is very humbling and it touches me all the way to my heart. That’s another thing about the Cardinals, the fans are amazing and I’ll definitely miss them too, there’s nothing like a Cardinals fan.”
Mather joined the Cardinals organization in 2001 after being selected in the third round (104th overall) of the June free-agent draft. He made his big league debut May 30th, 2008 displaying his talent in two different stints with St. Louis that year. The Arizona resident appeared in 90 games as a Cardinal from 2008-2010 with a .233 average (45Hx193AB), 27 runs, 19 extra-base hits and 21 RBI. Plagued with hand and wrist injuries, specifically a left hamate bone that was broken late 2008, Mather has had a hard time recovering and attaining the same success since his exceptional rookie season in the big leagues. Although he showed promise during 2010 spring training and landed himself a spot on the Cardinals’ Opening Day roster, the right-hander was recalled to Memphis May 28th.
Relied upon as a right fielder while with the Redbirds, Mather was capable of playing first base, third base, left field and center field also. After becoming a key player in the 2010 ‘Birds lineup, he was able to work on improving his performance, collecting 46 RBI and 55 runs in 91 regular season games. Mather also hit 12 home runs, including two bombs in game two of the playoffs against Oklahoma City, recognizing him as the first and only Redbird to hit two home runs in a single playoff game.
“That’s awesome,” he said after being told of his accomplishment. “There’s a lot of history…a lot of great players who have been here so it’s an honor to have that.”
Throughout the years, Mather has been a familiar face of the Memphis Redbirds and the Cardinals’ organization. He has enjoyed interacting with the fans at each level of baseball and made some lasting impressions, developing a large fan base. Joe Mather will be missed by Cardinals fans, who are upset to see him leave, but excited to see what he will do with this opportunity.
“Thank you, the biggest thing would be thank you.” Mather directed towards the fans. “Cardinals’ fans were always great to me, my family and friends. I’d be very surprised if I found better fans than the Cardinals anywhere. I’ll miss them and the love and support that I received; I’ll always respect and be a fan of Cardinals fans. They’re awesome, I’m going to miss you all and thanks again.”
A respected veteran of the Redbirds, several teammates looked up to Joe; as a role model or someone to depend on, but most of all, as a friend. We wish him the best of luck beginning a new journey with the Atlanta Braves and hope to see his hard work and positive attitude put to good use.
Thank you to everyone who sent in pictures of their amazing pumpkin carving skills! As promised, here is some of the Redbirds artwork fans carved out…
And the cutest pumpkin of all!…
Marketing Manager Erin O’Donnell’s puppy, Robert E. Lee!!
Only 157 days until Opening Day!
Six 2010 Memphis Redbirds join winter league teams
MEMPHIS, TN – Although the Memphis Redbirds have wrapped up their season, baseball is far from gone. The Arizona Fall League and Caribbean League began in mid-October are underway.
Away in Arizona
The Arizona Fall League was founded in 1992 as a way for top minor leaguers to improve their skills and have the chance to perform in front of major and minor league baseball scouts and team executives. The AFL, owned and operated by Major League Baseball, begins in early October and concludes in mid-November. Instead of having a select affiliate for each AFL team, all Major League teams provide seven players who, combined, fill the 35-man roster of each team.
This year, both Adron Chambers and Tony Cruz were the sole Memphis Redbirds selected to participate in the AFL. While Chambers had the chance to make a bit of noise with the ‘Birds, Cruz only appeared in four regular season games at the Triple-A level. Although he was relied upon during the Pacific Coast League play-offs, it wasn’t until this past week when he caught some well deserved attention playing for the Surprise Rafters.
As of October 27th, Adron Chambers has gone 7-for-24 (.292 average) with four RBI, two walks and four strikeouts. Known for his speed, he has also collected a double and two stolen bases. Tony Cruz has compiled a .235 average (8Hx34AB) with three walks,eight strikeouts and five runs scored. Cruz’s career day came during the October 20th game against the Peoria Saguaros where he went 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI; it was the first time the Florida native had ever hit consecutive homers during a game. His 10 RBI rank second-highest amongst the Cardinals’ prospects playing winter ball.
Cruisin’ the Caribbean
The Caribbean League is made up of four nations, the Dominican Winter League, Mexican Pacific League, Puerto Rico Baseball League and the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League. It was the idea of Venezuelan Pablo Morales to create such a league that was established in 1949. Each league’s season runs from October to December with a playoff series in January to determine league champions who go on to play in the Caribbean Series each year.
Currently, the Memphis Redbirds have four players from the 2010 roster partaking in the Caribbean League. Amaury Cazana is playing for the Tomateros de Culiacan which is part of the Mexican Pacific League. He has flourished during winter ball, appearing in 12 games while hitting .333 (16Hx48AB) with seven extra-base hits, eight runs scored and 13 RBI. Ruben Gotay joined the Puerto Rico Baseball League last week, playing for the Gigantes de Carolina. Going 2-for-13 in his four games, he has collected four walks and four strikeouts for a .507 on-base percentage. Oneli Perez is a reliever in the Dominican Winter League, pitching only one inning thus far as part of the Tigres del Licey with one walk. Rich Rundles joined the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League to play for the Tigres de Aragua. He has successfully fanned eight batters, issuing only one walk and three hits in six games to pitch 5.2 scoreless innings collectively.
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