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[edit] Southern League

The Nashville Sounds began play in the Southern League in 1978 when the circuit expanded. Originally an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, the club led the league in attendance in their first season and won a championship in their second. In 1980, they joined the New York Yankees farm system. In five years with the Yanks, they won another title (1982) and featured future big leaguers such as Don Mattingly, Willie McGee, Otis Nixon, Steve Balboni, and Jim Deshaies on their roster. After the 1984 season, the Evansville Triplets of the American Association moved to Nashville and became the Sounds. The Southern League club relocated to Huntsville, Alabama.

[edit] American Association

After spending their first two AAA seasons as a Detroit Tigers affiliate, the Sounds rejoined the Reds organization in 1987. In their six years with the Reds, they reached the league championship series once (1990) but fell short in their quest for a title. In 1993, they switched affiliations once again, this time to the Chicago White Sox. They reached the league championships in their first two years with the club, but, again, lost each time. During five seasons in the Sox farm system, the team featured future major leaguers Magglio Ordonez, Ray Durham, and James Baldwin.

[edit] Pacific Coast League

After the 1997 season, the American Association ceased operations, so the Sounds moved to the Pacific Coast League. They also joined the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system at this time. Under the Pirates, they mostly struggled on the field but did reach the league championship series in 2003, again finishing as runner-up. Another highlight that year was pitcher John Wasdin throwing a perfect game on April 7th against the Albuquerque Isotopes. Since 2005, the Sounds have been a Milwaukee Brewers affiliate. In their first year with the Brewers, led by top prospects Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks, Corey Hart, and Nelson Cruz (who was named the playoff MVP), they won the PCL title, giving Nashville its first championship in over two decades. They made the playoffs again in 2006, but failed to defend their title. In 2007, Manny Parra, one of the most coveted draft-and-follow players ever signed, threw a perfect game for the Sounds. The Sounds were scheduled to move into a new downtown ballpark called First Tennessee Field in 2008, but due to problems with financing and design plans, the deal fell through and the new stadium will not be built.

[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year League Class Affiliation Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1978 Southern League AA Reds 64-77 9th Chuck Goggin
1979 Southern League AA Reds 83-61 2nd George Scherger League Champs
1980 Southern League AA Yankees 97-46 1st Stump Merrill Lost in 1st round
1981 Southern League AA Yankees 81-62 1st Stump Merrill Lost League Finals
1982 Southern League AA Yankees 77-67 2nd Johnny Oates League Champs
1983 Southern League AA Yankees 88-58 2nd Doug Holmquist Lost in 1st round
1984 Southern League AA Yankees 74-73 5th Jim Marshall Lost in 1st round
1985 American Association AAA Tigers 71-70 5th Lee Walls (3-4); Leon Roberts (2-5); Gordie MacKenzie (66-61)
1986 American Association AAA Tigers 68-74 6th Leon Roberts
1987 American Association AAA Reds 64-76 7th Jack Lind
1988 American Association AAA Reds 73-69 4th Jack Lind (38-39); Wayne Garland (1-2); Jim Hoff (12-10);
George Scherger (0-1); Frank Lucchesi (22-17)
1989 American Association AAA Reds 74-72 4th Frank Lucchesi
1990 American Association AAA Reds 86-61 2nd Pete Mackanin Lost League Finals
1991 American Association AAA Reds 65-78 6th Pete Mackanin
1992 American Association AAA Reds 67-77 6th (tie) Pete Mackanin (35-41); Dave Miley (32-36)
1993 American Association AAA White Sox 81-62 2nd Rick Renick Lost League Finals
1994 American Association AAA White Sox 83-61 2nd Rick Renick Lost League Finals
1995 American Association AAA White Sox 68-76 6th Rick Renick
1996 American Association AAA White Sox 77-67 4th Rick Renick
1997 American Association AAA White Sox 74-69 3rd (t) Tom Spencer
1998 Pacific Coast League AAA Pirates 67-76 12th Trent Jewett
1999 Pacific Coast League AAA Pirates 80-60 4th Trent Jewett
2000 Pacific Coast League AAA Pirates 63-79 13th Trent Jewett (29-28); Richie Hebner (34-51)
2001 Pacific Coast League AAA Pirates 64-77 13th Marty Brown
2002 Pacific Coast League AAA Pirates 72-71 8th (tie) Marty Brown
2003 Pacific Coast League AAA Pirates 81-62 2nd Trent Jewett Lost League Finals
2004 Pacific Coast League AAA Pirates 63-79 14th Trent Jewett
2005 Pacific Coast League AAA Brewers 75-69 6th Frank Kremblas League Champs
2006 Pacific Coast League AAA Brewers 76-68 1st Frank Kremblas Lost in 1st round
2007 Pacific Coast League AAA Brewers 89-55 1st Frank Kremblas Lost in 1st round
2008 Pacific Coast League AAA Brewers 59-81 16th Frank Kremblas
2009 Pacific Coast League AAA Brewers 75-69 5th Don Money
2010 Pacific Coast League AAA Brewers 77-67 5th Don Money
2011 Pacific Coast League AAA Brewers 71-73 6th (t) Don Money
2012 Pacific Coast League AAA Brewers 67-77 12th Mike Guerrero
2013 Pacific Coast League AAA Brewers 57-87 16th Mike Guerrero
2014 Pacific Coast League AAA Brewers Rick Sweet

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