The Springfield Cardinals have promoted from within their community, a feature that not only builds a bond with their organization, but also reinforces relations with the fans.
Kim Inman, who has been a member of the Springfield community for the past 14 years, has joined the team as Vice President of Sales.
“The Cardinals are a strong part of this community and baseball has such great tradition,” Inman said. “I can’t wait to share my excitement and passion with all of our great fans and supporters.”
Inman has been involved in numerous charitable foundations throughout the Ozarks, such as the American Cancer Society, the National GALA Task Force and the American Diabetes Association. She is also a heavy contributor to the Missourian Awards and is the Founding Executive Chairman of the Cattle Baron’s Ball, which raises funds for the American Cancer Society.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Kim to our staff,” said Vice President – General Manager Matt Gifford. “Many people in our community already know Kim and all the great things she’s done for Springfield. We’re excited to have her be a part of our team now.”
Springfield has also been very active in the offseason with a great addition to the coaching staff.
Dennis Martinez, who is best known for being the ace of the Montreal Expos in the late ’80s and early ’90s, has been named the newest pitching coaching coach of the Springfield Cardinals, replacing Bryan Eversgerd.
Eversgerd will join the Cardinals Palm Beach squad as their pitching coach.
“Dennis has three years of pitching coach experience to go along with a long and successful career as a player,” said Vice President of Scouting and Player Development Jeff Luhnow. “He has proven to be an effective teacher and motivator for all our players and has been an especially positive influence on our younger Latin players who see him as a role model”.
“As more of these players reach the upper levels of the minor leagues, Dennis can maximize his impact and prepare them for the big leagues. His big league experience helps all our players and staff and we look forward to watching him continue to develop as a pitching coach in Springfield.”
Martinez brings to a club 22 years of major league experience, 245 victories, and in 1993 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, pitched the 13th perfect game in MLB history.
For the past two seasons, Martinez has been serving as the pitching coach of the Palm Beach Cardinals in the Florida State League (FSL).
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