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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.

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.

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!



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.


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.


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.


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

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.


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



That about wraps it up!

Jordan. Out.

Player Spotlight: Left Fielder/First Baseman, Allen Craig

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After Allen Craig’s outstanding outing as a St. Louis Cardinal yesterday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, I thought it was the perfect time to post his Q & A. But before we get into that, let’s recapitulate last night’s game and Craig’s amazing performance! The Cardinals were down 4-0 in the bottom of the eighth with both Albert Pujols and Colby Rasmus sitting out for the day. Craig hit a two-run double to left field plating Brendan Ryan as well as fellow Memphis Redbird Jon Jay. Shortly after, Randy Winn singled to right field to drive in Craig putting St. Louis down by only one run.

Fast forward to the bottom of the ninth. Allen Craig is up again with Yadier Molina on second, Jon Jay on first and two outs. Craig singles to center field,  Molina scores to tie up the game! Matt Holliday up next hits a single to right for the winning run. Cardinals win 5-4!! And all on the former Cal Bear’s birthday!

Not only did Craig receive his first Major League double, but he also had his first multi-hit game with the Cards while collecting three RBI. Allen Craig did an exceptional job and St. Louis posted videos to prove it. Check them out!

Allen Craig’s first Major League double

Allen Craig’s single ties up the game


Q & A with Allen Craig

What is your best moment on the diamond? Getting my first major league hit (this year) in Milwaukee 



























Who is your greatest influence? My family in general, mom and dad, grandparents, aunts and uncles

What is your favorite food? Pizza

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What is your favorite sports movie? Major League

Favorite Baseball Player: Ken Griffey Jr.

Where do you see yourself in 25 years? Having a family, kids sitting in the front row at the Lakers games with season tickets

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What is your favorite off-day activity? Getting rest

Song that pumps you up: “Imma Do It” by Fabolous

Tell us one thing about you the fans don’t already know. I have a pet tortoise back home.


Do you have any autographs? A bunch! Cal Ripken, A-Rod, Griffey, etc.

What is the most difficult part about playing professional baseball? The grind of the game, playing and staying focused every day and working hard.

What is your favorite part about the city of Memphis? Huey’s

What was your favorite baseball team growing up? The Angels


What was your favorite athlete of all time? Kobe Bryant

Three things you cannot live without: Food, water and family.

Describe yourself in six words or less: Work hard at what I do.

What is your favorite part about being a Redbird? It’s unpredictable.

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*All photos by Allison Rhoades

That’s it for Allen Craig, we send our congratulations from Memphis and wish him the best of luck!

Jordan. Out.

Baseball Is Here!

Thumbnail image for cardsfield.JPGWhat 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.


The Redbirds getting loose in left field during pregame warm-ups.

pujols.JPGReigning 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.

managersandAP.JPGManagers Tony La Russa and Chris Maloney talk before the game. Maloney had the honor of taking the last at-bat on Saturday, producing a ground out off of Jason Motte.

fielding.JPGFriday 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:

Friday Night’s Exhibition

Saturday’s Exhibition

Tomorrow Ben and I will post the highs and lows of the weekend from our perspective in the press box and the clubhouse.

Technology! We did it!

Hello and welcome to what will be many new entries into the world of two dudes interning with the Redbirds. Hopefully this will be an enjoyable experience for those who are fans of the Redbirds, the sport of baseball and the even bigger game…of life. And more importantly, we hope this won’t be a complete waste of time. We’ll be making new posts as much as possible to keep you informed about the comings-and-goings of the Redbirds family. We absolutely encourage and welcome as much feedback as possible. Our goal is to make this area as much about you guys as it is about letting everyone know what’s happening with the Redbirds this season. So, make sure and tell us what you like, what needs improvement and what you think is just absolutely horrible. We can take it.

Let’s get started with some background information to show you that we aren’t just a couple of 17-year-old punks who don’t know the first thing about life, we both have college degrees! Introducing: Ben and Alex…

Ben’s take on Alex:
In his apparent quest for the perfect indie-chic outfit, Alex made his way to Memphis by way of Knoxville, TN, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Tennessee. Outside of baseball, Alex is an authority on all things Nashville Predators and is a firm believer in the glory that is novelty pin collecting. Where as most males might be bashful of their shortcomings, Alex is frighteningly open about his paralyzing fear of flying insects and knows when to bring in reinforcements when bug killing dirty work needs to be enacted. He has a well-developed background in the underground music scene, always keeping his ear to the ground to catch what new sounds are making their way to the listening public. He’s pretty good at it, too. Some call him skinny, but most of us call him friend. Thanks for all you do.

Alex’s take on Ben:
If there’s one thing that is glaringly obvious when you walk into the Redbirds Media Department, it’s the fact that there is a Texan in the room. Thankfully the office has a dress code policy, leaving his boots and spurs hanging in the closet at home. Granted I’ve only known the 24-year-old spittoonin’ cowboy for a little over a month, but not a day goes by without a ‘guns up’ cheer and hand gesture (the equivalent of a pleasant ‘how are you’ in Lubbock, the proud city of Texas Tech and Ben’s college of choice). Ben is using this internship to fulfill his final 6 credits to earn his Master’s in Mass Communication. Overkill I think. So while the Texan pride may not yet be evident in his writing, before long you could start seeing posts about the Astros, Rockets and dirt.

We’ll start getting into a little baseball and begin gearing up for the season in future posts. Along the way we might throw in some music, movies and other miscellaneous interests, but first and foremost we are a baseball blog meant to let you know what’s happening with your Memphis Redbirds. Stay tuned.