Maloney, Warner New Cards AAA, AA Skippers

The St. Louis Cardinals will have familiar, yet new managers for their Triple-A and Double-A affiliates in Memphis and Springfield respectively, as Chris Maloney and Ron "Pop" Warner each move up one level for 2007.

Former Springfield Cardinals manager Chris Maloney, who had a two-year record of 136-142 with the Double-A club, was introduced as the Memphis Redbirds' new skipper at a press conference on Monday.

The 44-year-old Maloney is in his second tour of duty with the Cardinals organization. He spent 13 years as a St. Louis minor league manager and coach from 1988-2001.

Prior to being named Springfield manager in 2005, Maloney spent three seasons as manager of the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs in the Houston Astros' system, where he posted a 212-220 record, including a first place finish in 2002.

Maloney's previous tenure with the Cardinals included Manager of the Year honors in three different leagues: the New York-Penn League while leading Hamilton to a 56-20 record in 1992, the South Atlantic League with Savannah in 1993, and the Texas League with Arkansas in 1998. His 1993 Savannah squad posted a 94-48 record and captured the league title as Maloney was named Baseball Weekly's Minor League Manager of the Year.

In his 12 seasons as a manager in the Cardinals system, Maloney has compiled a 771-680 (.531) record. Maloney is a native of Jackson, MS and graduated from Mississippi State University in 1983.

He was later signed as a non-drafted free agent by the New York Mets. The former outfielder-first baseman was purchased by the Cardinals in 1986 and played one minor league season at Springfield, IL.

Maloney replaces Danny Sheaffer, who was not retained as manager of the Pacific Coast League Triple-A affiliate. Sheaffer compiled a 244-266 (.478) record in his four seasons at the Redbirds helm. The 2006 squad finished with a 58-86 record, placing them third in the four-team American Northern division of the Pacific Coast League.

Ron "Pop" Warner will take over as manager of the Springfield Cardinals of the Double-A Texas League for the 2007 season, replacing Maloney, who guided the Cards over their first and only two seasons to-date.

Warner, 36, joins Springfield from the Cardinals' High Class A affiliate in Palm Beach, where he has managed the last two seasons, going 144-131. In 2005, Warner led Palm Beach to the Florida State League title in a five-game series win over Lakeland.

That Palm Beach club featured several former Springfield players, including Reid Gorecki, Mike Parisi, Jarrett Hoffpauir and Mark Worrell. Palm Beach again went to the playoffs under Warner in 2006, but was ousted in the first round by St. Lucie.

Warner's background includes 16 years in the Cardinals' system, playing in the Minor Leagues from 1991 until 1999. Originally drafted in the 1991 June Free Agent Draft in the 17th round, Warner made it as far as Triple-A Memphis before becoming a coach in 2000.

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