Category: Dailies

Winter baseball update

The Surprise Rafters had an exciting game last night, with our very own Tony Cruz hitting two home runs in a game for the first time in his career.

Congratulations Tony!!!

He went 2-for-4 with three runs and four RBI on the night and the Rafters went on to win 9-2 over the Peoria Saguaros. Here’s a recap/box score of the game and an article about Cruz’s performance!


On another note, there are many other players part of the Cardinals farm system that are also enjoying winter ball. Some are with the Surprise Rafters along with Tony Cruz and Adron Chambers, while others are spending the winter in Venezuela and Mexico. Here is list of individual statistics

***Memphis Redbirds are in bold.

Individual Statistics As of: 10/21/2010
Cazana, Amaury *** LMP .333 7 27 3 9 3 0 1 6 3 9 0 0 .400 .556 .956
Chambers, Adron SUR AFL .286 3 14 1 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 .333 .286 .619
Cox, Zack SUR AFL .059 4 17 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 8 0 0 .111 .118 .229
Cruz, Tony SUR AFL .200 6 25 4 5 0 0 2 8 1 6 0 0 .222 .440 .662
Garcia, Jose ARA VWL .273 4 11 3 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 .250 .273 .523
Kozma, Peter SUR AFL .190 5 21 3 4 1 1 0 1 1 5 0 1 .227 .333 .561
Avendano, Javier ARA VWL 0-0 13.50 1 0 0.2 3 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 4.50 .600
Broderick, Brian SUR AFL 1-0 0.00 1 1 3.0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 1.00 .111
De La Cruz, Manuel MXC LMP 0-0 1.80 3 0 5.0 3 1 1 1 1 3 2 0 1.20 .150
Delgado, Ramon SUR AFL 0-0 4.50 3 0 4.0 5 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1.25 .294
King, Blake SUR AFL 0-0 0.00 2 0 2.1 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2.14 .300
Rundles, Rich ARA VWL 1-0 0.00 4 0 3.0 3 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 1.33 .273
Swagerty, Jordan SUR AFL 0-1 6.00 2 0 3.0 6 4 2 0 0 0 2 0 2.00 .400

Check back to the blog for more updates! You can also check on the Cardinals farm system here

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Arizona Fall League

Although it’s the beginning of our off-season here at AutoZone Park doesn’t mean our players aren’t already working hard to prepare for next year. Two Redbirds, Adron Chambers and Tony Cruz, have joined the Arizona Fall League playing for the Surprise Rafters. The team includes players from the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers farm systems.

Adron Chambers was the Cardinals’ 38th round selection (1153rd overall) in the June 2007 First-Year Player Draft. Chambers joined the ‘Birds mid-July this year, appearing in 37 games for a .290 average (20Hx69AB) with 11 runs, eight RBI, nine walks and 18 strikeouts. During a 16-inning game on August 16th, the Florida Native was hit in the jaw by a wild pitch from Sky Sox reliever Franklin Morales and was forced to leave the game. Painful as this was, Chambers recovered well and made his way back into the Memphis line up.



Tony Cruz was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 42nd round of the 2005 June free agent draft, but did not sign. He became a Cardinal after being selected in the 26th round (802nd overall) of the June 2007 free-agent draft. He, like Chambers, joined the Redbirds late in the 2010 season appearing in only four regular season games. Going 3-for-14 (.214 average) with two runs and one RBI, the career catcher hit his first Triple-A home run in his first game as a Memphis Redbirds on September 1st.

Here’s a look at yesterday’s game recapitulation, where both Chambers and Cruz collected a hit.

We will be keeping tabs on these ‘Birds and updating the blog to let all of you know just how well they do, so continue to check Chirp Chatter for updates on your Memphis Redbirds while they endure winter ball!!

To catch up with the Cardinals affiliates participating in the AFL click here: AFL Surprise Rafters.

2010 Memphis Redbirds Recap

Although the Redbirds’ season ended somewhat bittersweet, I thought it would be a good idea to highlight how much fun we had this year. And what better way to do that than with pictures Allison Rhoades took throughout the season!

So here we go…

The 2009 Champs were back with a few new additions, but the same attitude and drive to win.


Rockey got some help in making his 2010 debut a little more exciting. Thanks Channel 5!

He made sure to visit with friends

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The crowd roared…


Autographs were signed…


We had some exciting visitors…Baby T-Rex threw out the first pitch!

Darth Vader, Princess Leia and Stormtroopers stopped by

Jake the Diamond dog helped out during our Bark in the Park day!

Memphis Grizzlies’ mascot Grizz hung out on the field for a while

Even Batman and Wonder Woman made it out to see a game

Ryan Ludwick, Kyle Loshe, Jason Motte and Rick Ankiel all played a few games at AutoZone Park.


We hope you enjoyed our giveaways!

And who can forget how entertaining the on-field promotions were?!
The Delta Dental Tooth Fairy…

Backyard Burger Build-a-Burger


King Cotton Hot Dog Race

Tennessee Lottery Roller Ball Challenge

Fireworks were enjoyed…

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And somewhere in between all the commotion, even a couple baseball games were played…

Jim Rapoport

Kevin Howard/Tyler Greene
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Tyler Greene

Mark Hamilton


Daniel Descalso

Donovan Solano

Allen Craig

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There were many close calls…


But there were A LOT more celebrations!
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Thank you all so much for making the 2010 Memphis Redbirds’ season a wonderful one, for all your support and cheer! Have a great seven months off and we’ll see you next year!!

For the last time, Jordan. Out.

Thank you

Hey everyone!  Dave here for the final time.  Well as you know, the Rainiers came right in here and swept us in three games to win the Pacific Coast League Championship.  As Mark Hamilton said after the game, they were the hot team this year like the ‘Birds were last year, so congratulations and my hats off to the Tacoma Rainiers organization.

As for me, I want to personally thank everyone for such a great season.  It’s been a true pleasure spending the last eight months of my life here in the Mid-South with all of you.  Thank you for helping a guy from New Jersey make the adjustment of living down here…I have certainly learned a lot.

I encourage you to keep up with the ‘Birds on our Facebook and Twitter accounts all off-season for the very latest updates on the team and AutoZone Park.  I’m headed back north later this week, so make sure to check back here on ChirpChatter for our next season’s round of bloggers!

All the best and once again, thank you for a fantastic season!

It takes a leap of faith

Hey everyone!  Dave here.  Well, it looks like we’re in a bit of trouble.  The ‘Birds are down 2-0 in the Pacific Coast League Championship Series to Tacoma.

Being that the series is best-of-five, we have to win three straight games starting Friday night at AutoZone Park. 

Desperate times call for desperate measures.  I headed over to Germantown this afternoon to pay a visit to Dunkin’ Donuts for “Rally Donuts.”


Hopefully the power of these 25 munchkins will help turn the tide of the series.

Another thing that can turn the tide is the return of the…



And anyone who knows me understands how huge of a Bruce Springsteen fan I am.  So this video can also play a significant role in repeating as PCL champions…

Player Spotlight: Lefty Relief Pitcher, Rich Rundles

Rich Rundles was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the the 3rd round of the 1999 amateur draft at the age of 18. He is currently the first and only player from Jefferson County to ever be drafted right out of high school.

After playing in the Red Sox organization for two full seasons, he was traded to the Montreal Expos half way through his third season where stayed from 2001-2005. In 2006, Rundles signed with the St. Louis Cardinals before being traded that same year to the New York Mets. The left-hander signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Indians February of 2007 staying put until joining the Memphis Redbirds for the 2010 season.

While with the Indians organization, Rundles made his major league debut September 3rd, 2008. He appeared in eight games in the big leagues surrendering one run on five hits while walking three and striking out six in five innings of work that year. The following year he spent most of his time with the triple-A Columbus Clippers but  joined the Cleveland Indians for one game, May 24.

This year the Jefferson City product leads the Redbirds bullpen in game appearances with 56 (tied with Josh Kinney) and is second in innings pitched with 55.2. He ended the regular season with a 7-1 record, allowing 20 runs on 56 hits with 18 walks and 35 strikeouts for a 3.23 ERA.

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Full name: Richard Lambert Rundles

Nicknames: Richie, Rundy, that’s about it.

Hometown: Jefferson City, TN

Favorite baseball player of all time: Growing up, it was Dale Murphy.


What team did you watch growing up?Atlanta Braves

What is your best moment on the diamond? Probably my first time pitching in the big leagues.

If you weren’t in baseball, what would you be doing? Something to do with architecture.

Favorite play in a baseball game: A diving play or a behind-the-back catch by the pitcher.

Most embarrassing moment while playing baseball: Again, my first major league outing. There was a squirrel that ran up on the mound.


If you were a kid would you rather be the one in Rookie of the Year, Angels in the Outfield or Little Big League? Rookie of the

What is the most difficult part about playing professional baseball? The every day grind.

What is your favorite thing about being a Redbird? It’s pretty cool to be playing in my home state.

Tell us one thing about you the fans don’t already know: I used to ride mini horses in the rodeo when I was younger.


As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A baseball player

Where do you see yourself in 25 years? Somewhere in East Tennessee on a farm in the middle of nowhere.

Favorite food: Fried Okra, simply because every time I go home my Grandma makes it for me.

Newest Hobby: This off-season I made my own board game. That was pretty fun. I made all the pieces, boards, cards and the dice.

I’m afraid of…snakes.

Who is your greatest influence? My dad, for sure.

Who do people say you look like? Shaggy, from Scooby-Doo

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Do you have any autographs? I do, probably the most important one I have is from Hank Aaron. Pretty cool.

What do you like best about the city of Memphis? The fan support of the Redbirds

Any broken bone stories? When I was four my cousin and I were always competitive against each other and we were jumping down the stairs. One would jump down and the other would say “well, I can jump on the higher one.” So I went to the top, jumped down and broke my left arm. My Grandmother did not want to tell my dad because it was my left arm so they tried to hide it for a
little bit.

Describe yourself in five words or less: Tall.

Three things you can’t live without: My wife, family and friends.

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Lightning Round Responses

Dogs or Cats

Summer or Winter

Fruits or Vegetables

Movies or Books

Offense or Defense

Ketchup or Mustard

Sunflower Seeds or Bubble Gum

Have the ability to fly or read people’s minds

Know it all or have it all

Be able to stop time while you slept or never have to do laundry

Hit a grand slam or turn a triple play to win a game

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That’s a wrap for Mr. Rundles.

Jordan. Out.


Hey guys!  Dave here!  If you haven’t heard, the Tacoma Rainiers defeated the Sacramento River Cats to play the Redbirds for the Pacific Coast League Championship.

Rainiersceleb.jpgWhat makes that really sweet (for us at least) is that it means the entire series will be played right here in Memphis!  Why you may ask?  Because Tacoma’s ballpark, Cheney Stadium, is currently undergoing renovations and cannot have games played there.

The best-of-five series begins Tuesday night and tickets are on sale now.  Just go to our home page for more ticket information to watch your ‘Birds defend their Pacific Coast League Championship!

See ya at AutoZone Park!



Hey everyone!  Dave here.  Well, it wasn’t easy but the “Comeback Kids” of the Memphis Redbirds erased a three-run deficit in the seventh then Mark Hamilton hit the game-winning home run in the ninth to send them to the playoffs.
The playoffs start with two games at AutoZone Park on Wednesday against the RedHawks before they head to Oklahoma City to play the final three if necessary.

Visit our homepage on for more ticket information.


For all of the marbles…

Hey everyone!  Dave here.  In case you haven’t been following, today (Monday) is a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuge day in Redbirds nation.  They defeated Iowa 8-7 in 15 innings on Sunday thanks to an Allen Craig single to drive in Tyler Greene to win it.  What does this mean you may ask?  It means that the final regular season game will determine who wins the American North Division and make the playoffs…and who goes home.

Iowa has Jay Jackson on the hill while we have our Opening Day starter from way back in April, Evan MacLane, going for the ‘Birds.


          Today’s pitching match-up:  Jay Jackson (left) vs. Evan MacLane (right)

I already know my Labor Day plans:  At 1PM Central I will kick back, fire up the grill and tune into WIVG 87.7 FM and listen to Steve Selby call the decisive game that will determine both team’s seasons.  Exciting isn’t it?
I will post playoff ticket information on here if we make it there.  However, you can go to our home page on for all of that info (and I encourage you to do so), but I’m a superstitious baseball guy so I don’t want any sort of playoff jinx on this blog.

Happy Labor Day and go Redbirds!

Congrats Brandon Dickson!

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Brandon Dickson was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week. Dickson was given the honor for the week ending August 29th and compiled a 2-0 record, 2.40 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 15 innings pitched. Earlier in the year, he was named to the PCL All-Star Team. Dickson is the third Redbird to receive Pitcher of theWeek, joining Fernando Salas (week ending July 11) and P.J. Walters (week ending May 16).