Chuck Greenberg on the Spikes and Cardinals

The State College Spikes are re-aligning with the St. Louis Cardinals after six years apart. Greenberg Sports Group chairman Chuck Greenberg explains why.

Attorney Chuck Greenberg and his Greenberg Sports Group have owned and operated baseball clubs all the way from Class-A ball up through the major leagues. One of the assets owned by the Pittsburgh native is the State College Spikes of the short-season Class-A New York-Penn League.

The Spikes' shared home
Greenberg's group purchased the franchise seven years ago and relocated it from New Jersey to a spacious new facility on the campus of Penn State University, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. An existing player development contract (PDC) with St. Louis had one year remaining.

When that expired, the Spikes aligned with the regional MLB club, the Pittsburgh Pirates, a move that was expected as soon as the sale was announced. A by-product was that the Cardinals were out.

After six years of losing clubs and declining attendance, the Spikes decided to end their affiliation with the Bucs and seek out alternatives this fall. The Cardinals were also interested in bettering their situation in Batavia.

Greenberg's relationship with St. Louis has come full-circle with Monday's announcement that the Cardinals and Spikes have agreed to a two-year PDC covering the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

In the audio interview that follows, Greenberg discusses then and now – the reasons behind both changes. He talks about how success is defined from a minor league franchise perspective, the unique relationship with Penn State and what to expect ahead.

Part one (5:00)
Part two (7:06)

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