SAN DIEGO -- The road from Memphis to St. Louis will continue to be an important one for Cardinals prospects through at least the 2014 season: St. Louis announced Tuesday that they have extended their player development contract with Memphis for two years.
The move means that the relationship between the Cardinals and Memphis will grow to at least 17 years in a partnership that dates back to 1998, the Redbirds' first season of play in the Pacific Coast League.
"We are very pleased to have extended our relationship with the Redbirds organization and the city of Memphis for an additional two years," said John Mozeliak, Cardinals' Senior Vice President and General Manager. "The Redbirds ballclub and the Memphis fans have been tremendous supporters of the Cardinals organization for many years. AutoZone Park is considered to be among the finest ballparks in the country and we feel that there is no better place to develop Cardinals players who are one level away from reaching St. Louis and the Major Leagues."
Since the partnership began, Memphis has won two Pacific Coast League Championships. Thirty-two of the 40 players on the current St. Louis roster donned Memphis jerseys at some point prior to their time with the big club.
The Redbirds were sixth in the 16-team PCL in attendance this season, averaging just under 7,000 fans in 2012.