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Cardinals end long Triple-A, Double-A playoff drought

The last time the St. Louis Cardinals’ top two farm clubs have been in the post-season together was the same year that Lou Brock entered the Hall of Fame and Whitey Herzog’s club fell to the Kansas City Royals and Don Denkinger in the World Series.

That was 24 long years ago, in 1985.

In other words, just making the playoffs in the same year has never happened since the Cardinals moved their Triple-A club to Memphis in 1998 and their Double-A club arrived in Springfield, Missouri in 2005.

To actually find Cardinals championships at both levels at the same time, one has to go all the way back to 1980.

To help put into perspective how long ago that was, Springfield, MO is the Cards’ fourth Double-A stop since 1980 and Memphis is the Triple-A team’s third home during that time.

Even more ironic perhaps is the fact that the Cardinals’ 1980 Triple-A champion was located in Springfield – Springfield, Illinois, that is. The Double-A champs of 1980 were based in their long-time Arkansas home.

To delve into the Cardinals’ minor league club records and history, check out my series from the last off-season, and specifically these two articles:

Cardinals in Triple-A – 1977 to present

Cardinals in Double-A – 1966 to present

Since I assembled the following for myself, I thought I would share it with others too. Here are the 2009 post-season schedules for the Pacific Coast League and Texas League.

PCL American North (Memphis) vs. South

Road Home Date Eastern time
Game 1 Memphis Albuquerque Wednesday, September 09, 2009 9:05 PM
Game 2 Memphis Albuquerque Thursday, September 10, 2009 9:05 PM
Game 3 Albuquerque Memphis Friday, September 11, 2009 8:05 PM
Game 4* Albuquerque Memphis Saturday, September 12, 2009 7:05 PM
Game 5* Albuquerque Memphis Sunday, September 13, 2009 2:35 PM

PCL Pacific North vs. South

Game 1 Sacramento Tacoma Wednesday, September 09, 2009 10:00 PM
Game 2 Sacramento Tacoma Thursday, September 10, 2009 10:00 PM
Game 3 Tacoma Sacramento Friday, September 11, 2009 10:05 PM
Game 4* Tacoma Sacramento Saturday, September 12, 2009 10:05 PM
Game 5* Tacoma Sacramento Sunday, September 13, 2009 4:05 PM

PCL finals

Road Home Date Eastern Time
Game 1 Sacramento Memphis Tuesday, September 15, 2009 8:05 PM
Game 2 Sacramento Memphis Wednesday, September 16, 2009 8:05 PM
Game 3 Memphis Sacramento Friday, September 18, 2009 10:05 PM
Game 4* Memphis Sacramento Saturday, September 19, 2009 10:05 PM
Game 5* Memphis Sacramento Sunday, September 20, 2009 4:05 PM

TL North first-half (Springfield) vs. second-half

Road Home Date Eastern time
Game 1 Northwest Arkansas Springfield Wednesday, September 09, 2009 8:10 PM
Game 2 Northwest Arkansas Springfield Thursday, September 10, 2009 8:10 PM
Game 3 Springfield Northwest Arkansas Friday, September 11, 2009 8:05 PM
Game 4* Springfield Northwest Arkansas Saturday, September 12, 2009 8:05 PM
Game 5* Springfield Northwest Arkansas Sunday, September 13, 2009 8:05 PM

TL South first-half vs. second-half

Road Home Date Eastern time
Game 1 Midland San Antonio Wednesday, September 09, 2009 8:05 PM
Game 2 Midland San Antonio Thursday, September 10, 2009 8:05 PM
Game 3 San Antonio Midland Friday, September 11, 2009 7:30 PM
Game 4* San Antonio Midland Saturday, September 12, 2009 7:30 PM
Game 5* San Antonio Midland Sunday, September 13, 2009 7:00 PM

TL finals

Road Home Date Eastern time
Game 1 NWA MID Tuesday, September 15, 2009 7:30 PM
Game 2 NWA MID Wednesday, September 16, 2009 7:30 PM
Game 3 MID NWA Friday, September 18, 2009 8:15 PM
Game 4* MID NWA Saturday, September 19, 2009 2:05 PM
Game 5* MID NWA Sunday, September 20, 2009 7:05 PM

* if necessary

I should have also mentioned that the PCL winner will play the International League champ in the annual Triple-A Championship – Tuesday, September 22 at Oklahoma City’s Bricktown Ballpark (7:05 p.m. EST).

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