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AutoZone Park Ranked Second in all of MiLB

If you haven’t been to Memphis lately, it is time. The renovations directed by new Memphis Redbirds owner St. Louis Cardinals to AutoZone Park have taken the city-owner Redbirds’ home to a new level. And that says something about a stadium that was already superior to several current big-league venues.

The changes have been affirmed by those in the game. AutoZone Park is ranked No. 2 on the list of the nation’s Best Ballparks in the Minors. The national publication Baseball America surveyed more than 100 minor league general managers, radio announcers, league observers, and others involved in the game about the best ballparks to help create a top 25 ranking.

AutoZone Park recently underwent a $6.5 million offseason renovation that added significant state-of-the-art features and fan-friendly amenities. Enhancements include LED ribbon boards; a Left Field Video Wall; two new TruGreen “Bluffs” inside the main seating bowl; a destination bar in Left Field; an expanded Home Plate Club; the addition of the 4-Tops Table Seating; the stadium’s first All-Inclusive Redbird Club; and last but not least, a playing field replacement.

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9 Responses to “AutoZone Park Ranked Second in all of MiLB”

  1. Bw52 says:

    how is Memphis drawing this season?

  2. Bw52 says:

    CY Harvey of the Mets beating the punchless Judys 1-0 in the 8th.Harvey is a good ptcher but?????

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    Mike showed again why he is unsuited to manage. No, he should not have called on Rosenthal for a 4th consecutive game and for a second time in a non save situation. A disciplined person would not be so clueless.
    It was ok to call on Tuivalala. He was wild. It will happen. He should have been left out there to clean up his own mess and to build character. Mike displayed his own lack of character by dragging out Rosenthal again to waste him on a hopeless situation. Why not have him pitch in all 162?

    • JumboShrimp says:

      There has been talk about how Matt Carpenter needs to moderate and pace his efforts.

      ironically, this is Mike’s problem as well. He cannot control his urge to use Rosenthal. It’s a lack of self control, what Bernie has called a lack of discipline. Mike probably knows he should not use Rosenthal every game, but he does not have the self control to spread out the workload. It’s a big problem for Mo.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        The most important decision area for a manager is handling of pitchers. If Mike is not wise about this aspect of his job, it’s a pretty big deficiency.

        • Bw52 says:

          For a former catcher MM does make some headscratcher moves.Sometimes he is too loyal to a player by giving that player many chances to fix what is wrong while playing.Seems to be a player`s manager instead of being the boss.

  4. Bw52 says:

    While the Cards are still in 1st with a 25-13 record a deeper look shows a offense that has scored 3 runs or less 16 times this season.Cards have managed to go 8-8 in those 16 games.The pitching is already wearing down and its not a quarter thru the season.Offense must start to pull its weight.Too many listless bats,too many strikeouts.poor RISP.Holliday has turned in to a 17 million dollar singles hitter,Yadi lost his pop,Adams has proven to be Joe Hague the2nd.Jay is Jay and Bourjos goes from one extreme to the other.Hayward is a disappointment although he is showing some life lately.Have you ever seen such poor baserunning in the major leagues as the Cards ? Mo might need to think about offense also.

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