The former Double-A Cardinals manager spent five years with the team in Springfield, MO. While with the S-Cards, Warner went 364-347 (.512) in the Texas League. This will be his first time as a manager in the Pacific Coast League but not his first time as part of the PCL. Pop was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1991 in the 17th round of the first-year player draft. Warner spent nine years in the Cardinals organization and played for Memphis from 1998-99 at Tim McCarver Stadium.
The 41-year-old hit .290 in 1999 at Tim McCarver Stadium while collecting 11 home runs and 33 RBI as a Redbird. In 2000, Warner made his transition to a coach when he served as the Cardinals batting practice pitcher. His previous coaching jobs include the New Haven Ravens (2001), New Jersey Cardinals (2002), Johnson City Cardinals (2003), Swing of Quad Cities (2004) and Palm Beach Cardinals (2005-06) before taking the job with the Springfield Cardinals in 2007.
Pop replaces previous manager, Hammer, who was promoted to first base coach with the St. Louis Cardinals. Maloney led the Redbirds to a 367-350 (.512) record in his five years as manager, becoming the club’s all-time winningest manager as he surpassed former skipper Gaylen Pitts (364 wins) this past season.
Pitching coach Blaise Ilsley and hitting coach Mark Budaska will both return to Memphis for their fifth season. Ilsley’s pitchers posted a 4.10 ERA, the lowest in the Pacific Coast League, while Budaska coached his hitters to a .270 average last season.
The Redbirds also say goodbye to long-time Athletic Trainer Christophe LaMonte Conroy. After seven years of service with the Memphis Redbirds, Conroy received his call up to the big leagues and will join the St. Louis Cardinals for the 2012 season as their Assistant Athletic Trainer. You will be missed CC, but we are more than proud of you!
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.
What a thrill it was to see the St. Louis Cardinals take the field this weekend at AutoZone Park. Albert Pujols and the gang were visitors to the Memphis Redbirds for a two-game series that took place on Friday and Saturday. The following photos are from Saturday, which turned out to be a perfect day for baseball.
Reigning National League MVP Albert Pujols had a killer day on Friday, going 3-for-5 and netting six RBI. He also hit a home run in Friday’s game and belted one over the Bluff in left field during batting practice on Saturday.
Friday and Saturday proved to be an exciting day for baseball fans in the greater Memphis area and a nice taste of what’s to come. For exhibition recap stories with quotes from Tony La Russa click the links below:
Tomorrow Ben and I will post the highs and lows of the weekend from our perspective in the press box and the clubhouse.