New Manager for 'Birds in 2007

New hitting coach on the way as well

By Kyle Parkinson, Media Relations Coordinator / Memphis Redbirds | September 15, 2006 12:37 PM

Memphis, Tenn. - After a disappointing 2006 campaign that saw Memphis finish with a franchise-worst 58-86 record two Redbirds field staff members will not return next season.

Manager Danny Sheaffer will not be at the helm for the Redbirds next season. The former Cardinal and Redbird was named the manager in the middle of the 2003 season in place of Tom Spencer. The Redbirds went 244-266 (.478) in Sheaffer's tenure with one second place finish and two third place finishes in the Pacific Coast League's American Northern division.

Hitting Coach Tommy Gregg will not be assigned to the 'Birds next season. Gregg had been the Redbirds hitting instructor since 2002. Memphis set several franchise-lows offensively in 2006, including being shutout a Memphis professional baseball record 16 times. Under Gregg's watch Memphis hitters batted .257 and set the franchise-record for home runs in a season with 174 in 2004.

The St. Louis Cardinals have not named replacements for Sheaffer or Gregg. For information on 2007 season tickets call (901) 721-6000 or visit

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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