Prior to the St. Louis Cardinals’ afternoon game against the Washington Nationals of Thursday, the 2014 Appalachian League champion Johnson City Cardinals were recognized on the main field at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida.
Led by manager Johnny Rodriguez (right), pitching coach Paul Davis (center) and hitting coach Chris Swauger (left), the Cards received their rings from a group that included former Johnson City broadcaster Houston Stutz, JC assistant general manager Zac Clark, JC GM Tyler Parsons, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak, farm director Gary LaRocque and baseball ops coordinator Tony Ferreira (from left to right in photo below).
Courtesy of outfielder Anthony Ray, here is an example of the hardware.
Four staffers and 28 players were present to receive their rings in person.
Rodriguez receives his ring.
Outfielder Blake Drake accepts congratulations.
After finishing second in the Appalachian League West Division at 37-31, just one game behind Elizabethton, the Cards played the role of the road warriors in the postseason. The rookie Redbirds capped off 2014 by winning their third Appalachian League crown in five years.
Congratulations to everyone involved on continuing a very successful run.
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