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Halloween fun with the Redbirds!


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…

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A Redbird

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And the cutest pumpkin of all!…
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Marketing Manager Erin O’Donnell’s puppy, Robert E. Lee!!

Looks like you all had fun getting into the Redbirds’ spirit during Halloween, thanks again for sharing it with us! We hope you had a…
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Only 157 days until Opening Day!

Over? It ain’t over ’til we say it is!


 

Six 2010 Memphis Redbirds join winter league teams

MEMPHIS, TNAlthough 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.

For more information on past, current and future Redbirds, check out the Chirp Chatter blog, our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter!

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With Halloween just three days away help us reach our “FOLLOW-EEN” goal of 4,000+ followers on Twitter and 2,000+ ‘likes’ on facebook before the ghoulish holiday hits! The Memphis Redbirds also have other Halloween fun to be had, with our pumpkin carving designs and costume contest. Send pictures of your pumpkin carving masterpieces to jordan.johnson@memphisredbirds.com to be featured on our blog and post your creative costumes to our facebook page for a chance to win a prize!

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.

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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!

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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
BATTERS CLUB LG AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
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
PITCHERS CLUB LG W-L ERA G GS IP H R ER HR HB BB SO GIDP WHIP AVG
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.

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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.

Player Spotlight: Relief Pitcher and Mr. Funny Man, Andrew Brown


A little background information on Andrew Brown before the interview portion begins. This year, he joins the Memphis Redbirds in his 12th season of baseball. Brown was originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the sixth round of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft. He’s pitched for not only the Braves organization but also for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sand Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics and Washington Nationals organizations.

He made his first big league appearance August 13th, 2006 with the Cleveland Indians. Brown pitched nine games with the Indians that season, finishing with a 3.60 ERA allowing four runs on six hits in 10 innings of work.

He was traded to the Oakland Athletics the next season and eventually made his way back to the majors appearing in 33 games tacking on his first big league win August 1st against the Detroit Tigers. He also pitched in 33 games for the A’s during the 2008 season. His major league totals are as follows: 73 games, four wins, 86.2 innings pitched, 38 runs on 67 hits with 46 walks and 78 strikeouts for a 3.84 ERA.

Enough with all the statistics and baseball talk…I think it’s time for you to get to know a little bit more about the relief pitcher who sports the number 51 for your Memphis Redbirds.

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Full Name: Andrew Aaron Brown

Nicknames: Brownie and in high school, Doodoo Brown

Hometown:Orange City, FL

Favorite baseball player of all time: The guys on the team would say Stephen Strasburg but I’d have to say I was a big Wade Boggs fan growing up.

 

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What team did you watch growing up? The Boston Red Sox

If you weren’t in baseball, what would you be doing? I’d probably be a pastor…or doing plus size modeling as a pastor.

Most embarrassing moment while playing baseball: Long story short, I was trying to play a joke on a guy and throw a baseball into the stands to kind of scare him by having it hit the seats close to him. It was a guy I used to play with but unfortunately it smoked him right in the neck from about 120 ft. away…it was pretty embarrassing.

Favorite play in a baseball game: 1. When we win and number 2. A triple play because you get three outs in one pitch- it’s a lot of fun.

What is your best moment on the diamond? First win ever was pretty

cool, that was against the Detroit Tigers…I also struck out A-Rod once.

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What is the most difficult part about playing professional baseball? The mental grind, especially as a reliever because you could pitch any day. Just having to go out and be successful and dealing with not being successful because in your own mind you’re supposed to do well every time so if it doesn’t go well it’s hard to get over and if you do well, it’s not really satisfying because you were expected to do well.

What is your favorite thing about being a Redbird? Having Chris Conroy every day…he’s got such soft hands it’s unbelievable.
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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 Year

Where do you see yourself in 25 years? Hopefully with a house full of kids and just spending a lot of time with my family and doing my best to raise them right.

If you were on a reality TV show, which one would it be and why? Either the Biggest Loser or Celebrity Fit Club

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a Fighter Pilot for the Air Force. I’m kind of infatuated with planes, used to have simulators for my computer and stuff like that but I think at some point I grew too large to fit in the cockpit. (He’s 6’6)

Favorite food: Sushi, Jeremy Piven and I have mercury poison from all the sushi we eat.

Favorite movie: Now this is pre Mel Gibson crazy stage. I’m a pretty big Braveheart fan, Gladiator…and to show a little of my sensitive side I enjoy City of Angles.
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Song that gets you pumped up: “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve

Favorite TV Show: Currently, my favorite show is anything that has to do with the NFL. Anything on the NFL channel or ESPN (pronounced as a word, not as individual letters)

I’m afraid…that I won’t represent Jesus Christ the way I should.

Tell us one thing about you the fans don’t already know: I was home schooled from the fourth grade on. And I took my sister to prom…too much? That was a joke people.

Who is your greatest influence? My parents.

Do you have any autographs? I’ve been in pro ball for twelve years and I’ve only asked for three people’s autographs. I’ve asked for Frank Thomas, Mike Piazza and Stephen Strasburg’s. I’ve caught a lot of flack for the Stasburg one since he is younger than me, but he’s a good dude and he’s going to be pretty good some day.

Newest Hobby: Cycling and I’m pretty excited about my new bib shorts.

(These are the bib shorts he is referring to and no, this is not actually Andrew Brown)

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What do you like best about the city of Memphis? I like the weather, people seem nice and the food it good.

Any broken bone stories? Just a broken heart (that part he sang)…no but seriously, no broken bones. I did break some teeth in high school on a bad hop on a ground ball and I had braces at the time. The teeth broke, stuck to the braces and my lip was embedded in the braces. But we won the game, so it was all good.

Describe yourself in five words or less: Chill, goofy, responsible, shnuggly (that’s for you honey!) and Christian.

Three things you can’t live without: My family, my Bible and my laptop

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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…(“just like Craig. Allen Craig, he’s the best!” Brown said.)
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That’s a wrap on Andrew Brown.

Jordan. Out.

Player Spotlight: Second Baseman, Daniel Descalso


Daniel Descalso joined the Redbirds this season being ranked as the Cardinals no. nine prospect, he played consistently for the first two months in 44 consecutive games all at second base.Descalso continued to play very well, that is, until June 29th when him and Tyler Greene collided with one another going after a play over second base. Greene’s knee struck Descalso in the shoulder putting Descalso on the disabled list with a broken collar bone.

Good news is, it’s been almost a month and Descalso was reactivated from the DL July 27th going 3-for-9 with one run scored since being back and has extended his hit streak to five games, including three games from before his DL stint. Looks like he’s back and better than ever!

Here is an article about Descalso from earlier this year:

Redbirds’ Daniel Descalso wants clutch situations and a video of him from when he first arrived in Memphis: Daniel Descalso interview with StLtoday

…and a little more about number 13 that most of you probably didn’t know, enjoy!
 

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Full Name: Daniel William Descalso

Nicknames: DD, Dirty D, ‘Scals

Hometown:San Carlos, CA

Favorite baseball player of all time: Carney Lansford

What is your best moment on the diamond? Being a part of the gold medal winning team USA last year in the Baseball World Cup.

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What team did you watch growing up? I was a big Oakland A’s fan

If you weren’t in baseball, what would you be doing? Probably something business related, running my own company.

Where do you see yourself in 25 years? Sitting in my backyard by my pool.

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Favorite food: My Grandma’s homemade ravioli

Newest Hobby: FIFA World Cup Soccer

Favorite movie: Rudy

I’m afraid of… heights.

Favorite TV Show: “24”

Song that gets you pumped up: “Automatic” by E-40

Most embarrassing moment while playing baseball: Forgetting the number of outs one time in college and running and getting double up.

Favorite play in a baseball game: Anytime you can make a diving play and take a hit from someone is pretty fun.

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Tell us one thing about you the fans don’t already know…I have five younger brothers and sisters and my last name in Spanish is ‘barefoot’.

If you were on a reality TV show which one would it be? The Real World

Best prank pulled that you’ve seen or been a part of while in pro ball: In 2008, a teammate and I took another guy’s keys to his car, filled his AC vents
with baby powder and turned his air conditioning on high so when he got in and turned on his car after the game he got sprayed with baby powder all in the
face.

Who is your greatest influence? My dad, growing up he was always around coaching me in baseball and always being a good role model for me.

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What is your favorite off-day activity? Nice BBQ, hang out by the pool, etc.

Describe yourself in five words or less: Hard-working, all around good guy.

Do you have any autographs? I have a Derek Jeter one and my favorite one is my Joe DiMaggio autograph picture

What is the most difficult part about playing professional baseball? The grind, the long season, the 140 games and the travel, it all adds up.

What do you like best about the city of Memphis? The history

Any broken bone stories? I have a broken collar bone right now…it was a play over second base, me and Tyler Greene were both going after it. I dove and he slid, his knee hit me in the shoulder and I broke my collar bone.

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 Year Rookie of the Year because he’s the only one that actually plays.

Three things you can’t live without: My computer, my ipod and my family.

What is your favorite thing about being a Redbird? Playing at AutoZonePark..

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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

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

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That about wraps it up!

Jordan. Out.

Player Spotlight: Outfielder, Joe Mather


 

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Full name: Joseph Paul Mather

 

Nicknames: Joey Bombs, Jumper, Joe Joe

Favorite Color: Right now it’s royal blue.

So it changes? How often does it change? If I see a color that I really start liking, I’ll just change it.

Favorite baseball player of all time: Trot Nixon

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What team did you watch growing up? The Red Sox

If you weren’t in baseball, what would you be doing? Hopefully I’d be traveling around. If I had to have a job, I’d like to try and play tennis.

Where do you see yourself in 25 years? On a lake somewhere with my family watching my kids grow up.

Do you have any rituals? Drink a cup of coffee, hot tub, stretch and then pre-game high-fives.

Newest Hobby: FIFA 2010 Soccer for Play Station

Best prank pulled that you’ve seen or been a part of while in pro ball? I saw a cop come into the clubhouse and fake arrest a guy for being out after curfew.

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Favorite movie quote: “Life is short- stunt it.” ~ Rod Kimble from Hot Rod

Greatest memory since playing baseball: There’s so many…probably getting called up to St. Louis for the first time.

Who is your greatest influence? My parents

Song that gets you pumped up: “Forever” by Drake and “Drop the World” by Eminem

Most embarrassing moment while playing baseball: Running all the way back into the dugout with only two outs.

Describe yourself in five words or less: Goofy (just a little bit), fun-loving and super rad

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If you were a drink, what kind of drink would you be? Water because I love it. That’s pretty much all I drink, it’s good for you and…I like to be good for people?

Favorite play in a baseball game: Home run, it’s got to be a home run.

Any broken bone stories? Yes, I broke my hand. I broke it in Phoenix, we were playing the Diamondbacks and I was facing Randy Johnson and I swung and broke that bone. I ended up
striking out after that.

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 Year

Three things you can’t live without: Pizza, Nerf basketball hoop and my iphone

Three people you can’t live without: My mom, my dad and Andy Sandberg

Lightning Round Responses

Dogs or Cats

Summer or Winter

Fruits or Vegetables

Offense or Defense

Movies or Books (although books are usually better)

Ketchup or Mustard

Cold or Hot

Have the ability to fly or read people’s minds

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

Joe Mather, everybody.

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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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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.

Wanted: Memphis Redbirds Catcher, #47


He took all of our ticket vouchers!!

If you see the Memphis Redbirds catcher- please let us know. He’s been hiding on the outskirts of the ballpark and was last seen in the elevator on his way out of AutoZone Park late Monday afternoon with buy one get one ticket vouchers in his glove. These are the photos we’ve received of where he’s been spotted around downtown:

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We have a lead that #47 will be at the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Beale Street this Saturday, March 13th and is said to have an entourage with him including nine Redbird Redhots and Rockey.  We urge you to act with excitement if around the catcher and approach him for one of the ticket vouchers he has taken from the Memphis Redbirds. All you have to ask #47 is, “have you caught the baseball fever?”

Anyone who finds this catcher and is able to get a good photo of him, please e-mail them to me at jordan.johnson@memphisredbirds.com. It is crucial that we get a hold of this Memphis Redbird in order to bring you fans great promotions and more ticket voucher deals!

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