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Cards Go Back to the Future, Rickey Style

"The Mahatma"

The St. Louis Cardinals' intent to purchase Triple-A Memphis harkens a look back at baseball pioneer and former club GM Branch Rickey, the architect of the farm system.

Tuesday's news that the St. Louis Cardinals, the Memphis Redbirds Baseball Foundation and Blues City Baseball signed a non-binding letter of intent to begin the process for the Cardinals to acquire the Triple-A Pacific Coast League franchise from the non-profit Foundation was not a surprise. As I had listened to the executives from all three camps speak at last week's announcement of a four...

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