Chris Maloney is entering his third season on the Cardinals Major League coaching staff as the team's first base coach after being named to that position in 2012. Maloney spent the previous five seasons (2007-11) as the Memphis Redbirds (AAA) manager, leading the team to winning records in four of his five seasons. He guided the 2010 Redbirds to the Pacific Coast League Championship Series for the second straight season and entered the 2010 series on a nine-game PCL playoffs win streak dating back to 2009 when his Memphis club won the PCL Championship by sweeping Albuquerque and Sacramento in six straight games.
Maloney skippered two seasons at Springfield (AA) from 2005-06 prior to his promotion to Memphis. "Hammer" returned to the Cardinals organization in 2005 after having spent three years in the Astros organization as manager of the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs. Maloney posted a 212-220 record with the Zephyrs, including a first place finish in 2002.
Maloney's previous tenure with the Cardinals included Manager of the Year honors in three different leagues: the New York-Penn League while leading Hamilton to a 56-20 (.737) record in 1992, the highest winning percentage by a Cardinals minor league team; the South Atlantic League with Savannah in 1993, and the Texas League with Arkansas in 1998. His 1993 Savannah squad posted a 94-48 record and captured the league title as Maloney was named Baseball Weekly's Minor League Manager of the Year. In his 17 seasons as a manager in the Cardinals system, Maloney compiled a 1016-870 (.539) record.
His work with young Cardinals players was formally recognized when he was presented with the 2006 and 2009 George Kissell Awards, presented annually for excellence in player development. The 2009 award made Maloney the first two-time winner.
Maloney, 52, is a native of Jackson, Miss. He graduated from Mississippi State University in 1983 and was later signed as a non-drafted free agent by the New York Mets. The former outfielder-first baseman was purchased by the Cardinals in 1986 and played one minor league season at Springfield, Ill. He and wife, Laurie, have a daughter, Ann Bradley, and son, Jake, and reside in Jackson, Miss., in the offseason.