Maloney on Memphis

Memphis Redbirds skipper Chris Maloney discusses his 2009 club in an exclusive audio interview.

Chris "Hammer" Maloney is in his third season as the skipper of the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds of the Pacific Coast League. He served two seasons as Springfield manager from 2005-06 prior to his promotion to Memphis. The 47-year-old returned to the Cardinals organization in 2005 after having spent 13 years as a St. Louis minor league manager and coach from 1988-2001.

Prior to his Cardinals return, Maloney spent three seasons as manager of the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs in the Houston Astros system. He posted a 212-220 record with the Zephyrs, 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, his clubs have compiled a 780-675 (.536) record.

Maloney's work with young Cardinals players was formally recognized when he was presented with the 2006 George Kissell Award, presented annually by the Cardinals for excellence in player development.

I spoke with Maloney prior to Memphis' series-opening contest with the Iowa Cubs in Des Moines. We discussed how his club is playing, standout and injured players and much more in this exclusive audio interview.


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