The Louisville Bats, which play in Louisville, Kentucky, are the AAA minor league baseball affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. The team, formerly known as the Louisville RiverBats, plays in the International League.
The then St. Louis Cardinals moved their Triple-A Redbirds’ team of the American Association to Louisville. After the American Association folded in 1998, Louisville moved to the International League and was affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1999 when they changed the name from Redbirds to RiverBats.
Later the team moved to Louisville Slugger Field stadium and again shortened the name to Louisville Bats, referring to the mammal bat as well as the famous Louisville Slugger baseball bat.
The Bats currently lead the Western Division with 55 wins.
The then Redbirds have won 3 American Association titles while the Bats won the 2001 title in the wake of the 9/11 attacks after which the rest of the series was called off and Bats were declared champions.
The Bats have also been the Governor’s Cup, International League Champions once.