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Memphis Redbirds Could Undergo Big Changes

The Mid-South's only minor league baseball franchise could see some major league changes. For some, those big changes are not exactly the best news.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - The Mid-South's only minor league baseball franchise could see some major league changes. Those big changes are not exactly the best news.

A deal has been worked out between the St. Louis Cardinals and the City of Memphis.

The Cards will take over the team. The city will take over the stadium.

But some city council members are saying don't count on anything yet.

Local 24 tried to talk with mayor AC Wharton or Chief Administrative Officer George Little and got a thumbs down.

Autozone Park cost $80 million to build. Now Memphis Mayor AC Wharton said he wants the city to buy it.

City councilman Harold Collins wants to know details. The St. Louis Cardinals will buy the team, as long as the city buys the stadium.

Mayor Wharton and others have not said how much the deal with cost.

“We understand there is a private rally meeting for stakeholders. But it's on council Tuesday. Many members of the council may not be able to attend, nor have we been invited to attend,” Collins said.

City council members have to approve the deal. Harold Collins found out about the proposal the same way everybody else did. He got his info from a press release.

“I'm trying to make sure I maintain any decorum while talking about this, but I don't know which direction we're going,” Collins said.

Consider that just a few weeks ago, council members refused to spend $300,000 to set up six trash compactors downtown in order to get rid of dumpsters. Also consider Memphis roads are still in terrible shape. Not enough money to repave them all.

“One minute we say we don't have the money. The next minute we've got the money for a stadium. One minute we say we don't have money, the next we spend $15 million in Crosstown. One minute we don't have money for Southbrook Mall, the next we've already inked a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals,” Collins said.
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