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Sports Writer, Memphis Flyer and Managing Editor, Memphis Magazine

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Q & A: Memphis Redbirds Manager Mike Shildt — Mike Shildt has been part of the St. Louis Cardinals organization since 2004, the last seven years as a manager. He won championships at rookie-league Johnson City (2010 and 2011), then with Double-A Springfield in 2012 (a team that featured current Cardinals Kolten Wong, Carlos Martinez, and Seth Maness).

Memphis Tiger Trivia — Former Tiger guard Elliot Williams is expected to sign with the Charlotte Hornets today. The Hornets will become the fifth franchise to employ Williams since he was drafted by Portland in 2010. (The others: Philadelphia, Utah, and New Orleans.) Among former Tigers to reach the NBA, who played (or has played) the most games for any single franchise?

Next Card Up: Redbirds Becoming Cardinals — click to enlarge The Memphis Redbirds have contributed mightily to an extraordinary 2015 season (thus far) for the St. Louis Cardinals. From a single plate appearance by Dean Anna to game-changing heroics by the likes of Tommy Pham and Greg Garcia, no fewer than 15 players have made the trip north on I-55 and impacted the team that calls Busch Stadium home.

Memphis Tiger Trivia — The Tiger football team tied a program record with 10 wins last season. What are the most wins in consecutive seasons for the Memphis program?...

Perspective From Pluto — News is delivered with the frequency (and often fury) of a hailstorm these days. I confess to a growing addiction to my Twitter feed. What has happened to change my world since I last checked ... 20 minutes ago? As a sportswriter, the addiction can numb the brain.

Memphis Tiger Trivia — Posted By Frank Murtaugh on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 8:00 AM Tiger senior Shaq Goodwin will enter the 2015-16 season needing just 44 points to become the 50th member of the program's 1,000-point club. Last season, no Memphis player scored his 1,000th career point.

Austin Nichols/Marc Gasol: It's All About Relationships — click to enlarge This week has been a lesson in relationships for Memphians, at least for those of us who pay attention to basketball. (And there are a few in the Mid-South who do.)

M.E., Myself, and CMI — July 1995 "Memphis" magazine cover I take anniversaries seriously, maybe more so than I should. As Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige famously warned, "Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you." (Paige also advised us to "avoid running at all times." So his wisdom should be incorporated with discretion.)

Memphis Tiger Trivia — Two former Tigers were taken in May's NFL draft: cornerback Bobby McCain by the Miami Dolphins and defensive end Martin Ifedi by the St. Louis Rams. When was the last time a Tiger was drafted by a team from each of the NFL's eight divisions? (You have the AFC East and NFC West already covered.)

Put Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame ... with an Asterisk — click to enlarge For more than a quarter-century now, Pete Rose has been a one-man barstool debate. Does the man with the most hits in baseball history deserve a plaque in the Baseball Hall of Fame despite partaking in serial gambling in the late 1980s as manager of the Cincinnati Reds?
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Aug 03, 2015

Very close to must-win for #Redbirds tonight (and tomorrow) at Round Rock. Won't face Express again this season. Currently 5 back.

Aug 02, 2015

"True Detective" question: Last week's episode, Ray "DVRed the Cardinals." A California cop ... St. Louis baseball fan?

Aug 01, 2015

St. Louis system has produced only one player this century with 100-RBI season for Cardinals (Pujols had 10). Surprising factoid.

Jul 31, 2015

My theory (again) for Cards' success: all about Carpenter/Grichuk/Piscotty troika. Production from trio can hide Holliday's absence nicely.

Jul 31, 2015

Shildt spoke of players "owning their game" (strengths/weaknesses) as consistent trait for those who reach majors. I think of Carpenter.

Jul 31, 2015

A team/manager will come along and beat shifts with regular bunt hits. They'll be called innovative.

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