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Louisville Redbirds

The Louisville Bats, which play in Louisville, Kentucky, are the Triple-A minor league baseball affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. The team, formerly known as the Louisville RiverBats, plays in the International League. The Bats play their home games at Louisville Slugger Field; the naming rights for the stadium were purchased by Hillerich & Bradsby, makers of the famous Louisville Slugger baseball bat.[1]


In 1982, the St. Louis Cardinals switched their Triple-A team of the American Association, the Redbirds, from Springfield, Illinois to Louisville. During the 1982 season, the Louisville Redbirds broke the minor league attendance record by drawing over 800,000. In 1983, the Redbirds were the first minor league team to draw over one million fans in a single season. The Redbirds' success during the 1980's led to some speculation that Louisville could be a potential market for Major League Baseball expansion [2]; however this did not come to pass. In 1998, the American Association folded and the teams moved to either the International League or the Pacific Coast League. The league changed and expanded to Memphis and Durham, and the Cardinals shifted their Triple-A affiliation to Memphis, Tennessee and the new Memphis Redbirds not-for-profit franchise. In 1998 and 1999, Louisville was affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers and since 2000 with the Cincinnati Reds.[3][4]

From the time the Redbirds arrived in 1982 until the 1999 season, they played their home games at Cardinal Stadium (formally called Fairgrounds Stadium), located at the Kentucky Exposition Center, which seated over 30,000, allowing for the broken attendance records. In 1999, when the Redbirds became affiliated with the Brewers, they took the name Louisville RiverBats. In 2000 the team moved to Louisville Slugger Field a new stadium in downtown Louisville, seating 14,000 with a more intimate baseball setting than at Cardinal Stadium. In 2002 the team dropped the word "River" from its name and became simply known as the Louisville Bats. While the logo and mascot consist of the winged mammal, the bat is also synonymous with the Louisville Slugger baseball bat.[5]

The team's attendance was about 685,000 in the first season of Louisville Slugger Field and 663,961 the following year.[6] Traditionally one of the top-drawing minor league teams, the Bats' attendance in 2011 was second of all minor league teams with an average of 8,716 per game.[7]

In 2012, Forbes ranked the Bats as the fourth most valuable franchise in Minor League Baseball.[8]


The Bats have once won the Governors' Cup—the championship of the IL—and twice played in the championship series.

Note: The Bats were ahead 1-0 in the championship series when the September 11, 2001 attacks occurred. The league canceled the rest of the series and declared the Bats the champions, thus the series was reduced to being a championship game.

Under Jim Fregosi's leadership from 1983 to 1986, the Redbirds won the American Association title in 1984 and 1985, and were the league runner up in 1983, when they won the Eastern Division. The team later won another AA championship in 1995.

Redbirds Record

Year League Affiliation Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1982 American Association Cardinals 73-62 2nd (tie) Joe Frazier
1983 American Association Cardinals 78-57 1st Jim Fregosi Lost League Championship
1984 American Association Cardinals 79-76 4th (tie) Jim Fregosi American Association Champs
1985 American Association Cardinals 74-68 1st Jim Fregosi American Association Champs
1986 American Association Cardinals 64-78 4th Jim Fregosi; Dyar Miller; Dave Bialas
1987 American Association Cardinals 78-62 2nd Mike Jorgensen Lost in semifinals
1988 American Association Cardinals 63-79 4th Mike Jorgensen
1989 American Association Cardinals 71-74 4th Mike Jorgensen
1990 American Association Cardinals 74-72 3rd Gaylen Pitts
1991 American Association Cardinals 51-92 4th Mark DeJohn
1992 American Association Cardinals 73-70 3rd Jack Krol; Mark Riggins
1993 American Association Cardinals 68-76 3rd Jack Krol; Mark Riggins
1994 American Association Cardinals 74-68 4th Joe Pettini Lost in semifinals
1995 American Association Cardinals 74-70 4th Joe Pettini American Association Champs
1996 American Association Cardinals 60-84 4th Joe Pettini
1997 American Association Cardinals 58-85 4th Gaylen Pitts
1998 International League Brewers 77-67 1st Gary Allenson Lost in semifinals



This list contains former Louisville players who have played in at least 100 games in the major leagues:

Current roster

Players Coaches/Other





  •  1 Josh Fellhauer
  •  6 Billy Hamilton
  • 14 Felix Perez
  • 23 Denis Phipps



  • 48 Ted Power (pitching)
  • 16 Tony Jaramillo (batting)

7-day disabled list
* On Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated July 4, 2013
More MiLB rosters
Cincinnati Reds minor league players

See also

Baseball portal


  • 'Baseball, Professional', The Encyclopedia of Louisville, p. 70-73, John E. Kleber, Editor in Chief, ISBN 0-8131-2100-0

External links

  • Louisville Bats website
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