St. Louis Cardinals: Memphis Redbirds are two-timing it

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28 Feb 2002 : Stubby Clapp of the St.Louis Cardinals during the Spring Training game against the New York Mets at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. The Cardinals won 5-2. DIGTAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Eliot Schechter/Getty Images
28 Feb 2002 : Stubby Clapp of the St.Louis Cardinals during the Spring Training game against the New York Mets at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. The Cardinals won 5-2. DIGTAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Eliot Schechter/Getty Images /
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The St. Louis Cardinals’ AAA team, the Memphis Redbirds, are once again atop the PCL as the Cards push for their own postseason berth.

The St. Louis Cardinals are finally back in contention for a postseason spot. Meanwhile, their AAA counterparts- the Memphis Redbirds- have clinched their PCL divison championship for the second season in a row.

Congratulations are in order for the magical Memphis Redbirds. What has helped them find their way to the top of their division for two seasons in a row?Well, quite honestly, Mike Shildt and Stubby Clapp.

Where many would argue against this statement only wanting to give credit to Stubby, this would be a mistake since it was Shildt who worked the AAA club into contention for years. It was his building of success that has maintained the success.

I mention this only to urge that the St. Louis Cardinals’ front office would remove the interim tag from Shildt and hand him the reins of the Cardinals for the 2019 season and beyond.

Back to the point… The Redbirds who lead their division by double digits this entire season have finally closed out their competition and did so at home. The glorious celebration of sprayed champagne occurred at Autozone Park this season. They clinched behind an unmatched 79-52 record.

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The St. Louis Cardinals are not close to 79 wins. In fact, MLB has only four teams sitting at plus-79 wins. These are the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, and Oakland Athletics. That’s right, all in the American League.

In other words, the Memphis Redbirds would lead all divisions of the National League as well as would top the AL-Central with their 79 wins. Their 79 wins rewards them with their PCL divisional title and entry into the AAA postseason wherein they will defend the PCL Championship title that they carried into the AAA championship last year.

Where they exited as the number-two team in AAA after losing in the finals, they still enjoyed the PCL Championship. Will they repeat again in 2018 and/or bring home the AAA championship?

To aid them in these efforts, the Redbirds will see a few of their All-Stars returning with them for the postseason. These include Patrick Wisdom, Carson Kelly, and Edmundo Sosa. Adding to the “vets” will be newcomers like Lane Thomas to bring the energy and youthful enthusiasm.

This mixture should spell success as well as prepare winners to rise to the St. Louis Cardinals for their postseason push.

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Congrats to the Memphis Redbirds and let’s hope the Cardinals continue their winning ways as well! Thanks for reading.

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