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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

1990 Louisville Redbirds, Cardinals: Baseball Profiles

Gibson Alba 1990 Louisville Redbirds card

member of the 1990 Louisville Redbirds, AAA affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Players are as included in that year's team set.

Interviews (1)
1 - Pat Austin, Learned Much
Pat Austin was quick coming out of college. As a pro, he learned stealing bases took more than just speed.

1990 Louisville Redbirds (45) 
Pat Austin autographed 1990 Louisville Redbirds card1 - Gibson Alba made the majors, career spanned three games
2 - Luis Alicea played well enough for 13 major league seasons
3 - Scott Arnold made majors with Cardinals in 1988, saw 6 games
4 - Pat Austin worked to improve defense; Saw six pro seasons
5 - Brad Bluestone was trainer in Louisville in pros, college
6 - Rod Brewer saw 4 ML seasons with Cardinals, biggest in 1993
7 - Ernie Camacho returned from arm injury, saw 10 bigs seasons
8 - Cris Carpenter used multiple pitches over eight ML seasons
9 - Dennis Carter made Cardinals winter roster, saw 7 seasons
10 - Stan Clarke returned for bigs win after hurt shoulder
11 - Rheal Cormier saw majors, Olympics
12 - Danny Cox saw many games over 11 ML seasons, 3 World Series
13 - Todd Crosby chose college, then saw 7 pro seasons, made AAA
14 - Bien Figueroa, Stayed Healthy
Bien Figueroa was key to Florida State's run to the NCAA Championship game in 1986. His run in the majors lasted for 12 games.
15 - Terry Francon, Worked Hard
Terry Francona worked hard. Made majors as a player, manager. Broke a curse.
16 - Ed Fulton, Confidence Built
Ed Fulton built his own confidence as a player, others' as a coach.
17 - Bernard Gilkey, In the Lineup
The best manager Bernard Gilkey ever had was the one that put him in the lineup. He made major league lineups in 12 seasons.
18 - Mark Grater, Pitching Assignment
Louisville Redbirds 1990 checklist cardMark Grater wanted to be judged on more innings. His eight major league innings, though, was all he'd get.
19 - Ken Hill, Emerging Talent
He went from emerging talent to 14 major league seasons.
20 - Howard Hilton, Legitimate Chance
Howard Hilton made the majors in April 1990. His stay was brief, just two games. It was the extent of his major league career.
21 - Mike Hinkle, College Honor
Mike Hinkle made the "baseball brain team" and AAA. He never made the majors.
22 - Dale Kisten, Ran Out
He didn't throw super hard, but he did make AAA.
23 - Ray Lankford, Some Kind
Ray Lankford had some kind of 24-hour period in 1991. He then had some kind of a 14-season major league career.
24 - Dominic Latkovski, Billy Bird
He debuted as Billy Bird, later built a mascot empire.
25 - Lonnie Maclin, Got On
He was as hungry as Gilkey. Played in 12 major league games.
26 - Greg Mathews, Unexpected Start
He didn't expect to start Game 1 of the NLCS, but he did and got the win.
27 - Julian Martinez, Old Friend
Julian Martinez worked for Sammy Sosa, knowing him going back to the Dominican Republic. Martinez himself played eight seasons in minors, never making the bigs.
28 - Jesus Mendez, Venezuelan Nuggets
Jesus Mendez signed with the Cardinals as a free agent. He later signed free agents as a scout. As a player, Mendez lasted a decade, but never made majors.
29 - Scott Nichols, Scouting Rasmus
Scott Nichols played seven seasons as a pro, never made bigs. He later became a scout.
30 - Tom Niedenfuer, Looking Back
Tom Niedenfuer saved 97 games in the majors, missed two in the 1985 NLCS.
31 - Mauricio Nunez, Playing Ball
Mauricio Nunez came to the U.S. to play ball. His home, though, was always the Dominican Republic.
32 - Omar Olivares, Not His Style
Omar Oliveres tried to throw strikes and hit his spots. He did so in 12 major league seasons.
33 - Dave Osteen, Experience and Knowledge
Dave Osteen followed his father into baseball and coaching. He couldn't follow father to the majors.
34 - Geronimo Pena, Youth Movement
Geronimo Pena was part of the Cardinals' youth movement in 1991. He played in seven major league seasons.
35 - Mike Perez, Surprised Return
Mike Perez returned from surgery to pitch for the Cubs in 1995, part of a major league career that spanned eight seasons.
36 - Gaylen Pitts, Around Long
Gaylen Pitts believed his time in the major leagues would be short. It was. His time in baseball, though, has hit 50 years.
37 - Dave Richardson, Hard-Nosed
Played hard-nosed baseball in college. Made AAA as pro.
38 - Mark Riggins, Teaching Pitching
Mark Riggins could teach people how to pitch. He did with the Cardinals and the Cubs.
39 - Stan Royer, Different Feeling
He called making the Cardinals out of spring 1994 a different feeling.
40 - Tim Sherrill, Fishing and Baseball
Tim Sherrill liked to compete, whether that was on the baseball field, or the fishing pond. He competed in 18 games for the Cardinals in St. Louis.
41 - Roy Silver, Most Impressed
As an instructor, Roy Silver helped Josh Hamilton back on track and to the majors. As a player, Silver never got to bigs himself.
42 - Ray Stephens, Up in the Air
Ray Stephens went into 1992 with 11 total major league games played. He left it with 19, marking the extent of his major league career.
43 - Bob Tewksbury, Pitched Again
Bob Tewksbury pitched again over 13 major league seasons.
44 - Steve Trout, Improved Greatly
Steve Trout pitched the Cubs to within one win of the 1984 World Series.
45 - Craig Wilson, Be Consistent
Craig Wilson knew he had to be consistent to return to the majors after five seasons there. He never got back.

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