Salem Redbirds

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The Salem Redbirds played in Carolina League from 1981 to 1986. Previously known as the Salem Pirates, the Redbirds were first a San Diego Padres farm club and later became a Texas Rangers affiliate. During this time the Padres had another high-A affiliate in the Reno Padres so Reno got more of the talent, and the Rangers just didn't have enough talent. As a result, the Redbirds had only one winning season and no playoff appearances. Some of their most notable alumni include pitchers Kenny Rogers and Mitch Williams. After the 1986 season, they re-affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates and were renamed the Salem Buccaneers.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1981 66-74 7th Glenn Ezell
1982 39-101 8th Jim Zerilla
1983 50-89 8th Steve Smith
1984 64-74 7th Bill Stearns
1985 72-65 2nd Bill Stearns
1986 45-93 8th Mike Bucci