In 1982, the Springfield Redbirds, the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, moved to Louisville, Ky., and became the Louisville Redbirds. The team would spend the next 15 seasons as a part of the Cardinals organization, winning three American Association league championships along the way. After the 1997 season, the American Association folded. The franchise moved to the International League and became the Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. The team aligned with the Cincinnati Reds beginning in 2000 and became the Louisville Riverbats before shortening it to the Louisville Bats in 2002. Former manager Rick Sweet guided the Bats to three straight playoff appearances between 2008 and 2010, but now the Bats are looking to end a playoff drought that goes back to the 2010 season. Grab your Louisville Bats tickets at StubHub.
Who is the manager of the Louisville Bats?
Pat Kelly makes his return as the manager for the Louisville Bats this season. Kelly originally served as the Bats' manager in 2018 but was only in the position for 10 days before being promoted to the Cincinnati Reds Major League staff as the bench coach. Kelly spent the 2019 season managing the Reds' Double-A affiliate, the Chattanooga Lookouts. Kelly has been a member of the Reds organization for several years now, serving as manager at various levels of their Minor League system as well as the promotion to the Big League staff. Before joining the Reds, Kelly has served as a manager for the Ottawa Lynx, Syracuse Sky Chiefs and the Richmond Braves.
Who are some notable players that have played the Louisville Bats?
Some of the most recognizable names from the past and present have spent time playing for the Louisville Bats. One of the most famous names to play baseball in Louisville is a two-sport athlete and NFL Hall of Famer, Deion Sanders. Other Louisville Bats alumni include former MLB All-Stars Todd Frazier, Brian Jordan, Austin Kearns and Adam Dunn. Current MLB stars such as Zack Cozart, Homer Bailey, Billy Hamilton and World Series Champion, Aroldis Chapman also played their Triple-A ball in Louisville.
Do the Louisville Bats have any rivals?
There are a couple of teams in the Independent League that the Bats have a history with. The Bats' primary rival is the Indianapolis Indians. Not only do the Indians and the Bats battle for West Division supremacy, but the Indians are the Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates who are a rival of the Reds. The Bats also have a rivalry with the Columbus Clippers. The Clippers are also divisional rivals of the Bats while their parent organization, the Cleveland Indians, are a longtime intrastate rival for the Reds.
Where do the Louisville Bats play?
Located on the shores of the Ohio River, Louisville Slugger Field is the award-winning home of the Louisville Bats. The stadium was constructed in 2000 and has an impressive seating capacity of more than 13,000. The stadium does an incredible job of paying homage to legendary names who have played baseball in Louisville, such as Honus Wagner and Carlton Fisk. The Bats also take steps to ensure that the whole family can enjoy a day at the ballpark. There are two playground areas and a carousel that only costs $1 to ride.
Where can I get Louisville Bats tickets?
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