Three weeks after selling the majority share of the Memphis Redbirds to Peter B. Freund, the St. Louis Cardinals are set to announce major changes coming to their AAA-affiliate team.
In the event that anyone missed the news, the St. Louis Cardinals sold the majority share of the AAA-affiliate Memphis Redbirds to Peter B. Freund. For more information, go read my write-up on the sale.
Freund owns several minor league teams and is known to establish strong guidelines for purchases of this nature. It appears the time has come to pay-up on Mr. Freund’s guidelines as the organization is set to make a big change announcement today.
From what I’m able to derive from my contacts with the Redbirds, Mr. Freund insisted on a few changes for the Redbirds to find success in his eyes. One of these immediate but minor changes was to be made to the uniforms.
Mr. Freund, who- according to the sale press release- never misses opening day at Yankee stadium, has insisted that Memphis introduce and wear a pinstripe uniform. According to my sources, this change will take effect on opening day in Memphis on Thursday.
I’m excited and nervous to share the next bit of information as my source with the Redbirds was very reluctant to let this slip prior to the announcement being released today. That aside, I can share that the Jose Oquendo injury news, while true, was a red herring meant to confuse until today’s announcement.
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Today’s announcement will note that Oquendo is slated to replace Mike Shildt as the Memphis manager. I’m glad to know that Oquendo is remaining with the organization but shocked by the news.
One final piece of news set to be released is the demand set by Mr. Freund that Yadier Molina join the Memphis coaching squad next season. Noting Yadi’s health, this might be a great solution but will be difficult to find a replacement for the Cardinals. Yadi will certainly have a long career and this will be great to see him regularly in Memphis!
With all these exciting changes, I’m left wondering what else is in store in the Peter B. Freund era of Memphis Redbirds baseball. Who else will Mr. Freund demand join the coaching squad: Wainwright? Jaime? I wonder now if Mr. Freund was behind the recent announcement by minor league baseball of the offical potato chip company affiliation? Let’s keep our eyes and ears open for more to come.
If you click on the link above you will see even more disturbing news released today. Likewise, if you click the link above for the next post you will be able to read another April Fool’s joke! I hope you enjoyed this cherade and had even more fun yourself on this April Fool’s Day! Stay tuned for REAL news as the season starts and continues!