Nashville Sounds

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Southern League[edit]

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.

American Association[edit]

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.

Pacific Coast League[edit]

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 was not built immediately. In fact, it took until 2015 for the move to the new facility to happen.

Triple-A East[edit]

With the reorganization of the minor leagues following the cancelled 2020 season, Nashville moved leagues again, joining the Triple-A East section of the Professional Development League, which was composed essentially of teams from the former International League. However, as geographic considerations were paramount, Nashville and a few other teams were moved to the eastern component of the new structure.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting Coach Pitching Coach Coach
1978 64-77 9th Chuck Goggin
1979 83-61 2nd George Scherger League Champs
1980 97-46 1st Stump Merrill Lost in 1st round Ed Napoleon Pat Dobson
1981 81-62 1st Stump Merrill Lost League Finals Ed Napoleon Pat Dobson
1982 77-67 2nd Johnny Oates League Champs Ed Napoleon Hoyt Wilhelm
1983 88-58 2nd Doug Holmquist Lost in 1st round Jim Saul Hoyt Wilhelm
1984 74-73 5th Jim Marshall Lost in 1st round Jim Saul Hoyt Wilhelm
1985 71-70 5th Lee Walls (3-4); Leon Roberts (2-5); Gordie MacKenzie (66-61)
1986 68-74 6th Leon Roberts
1987 64-76 7th Jack Lind Wayne Garland
1988 73-69 4th Jack Lind (38-39); Wayne Garland (1-2); Jim Hoff (12-10);
George Scherger (0-1); Frank Lucchesi (22-17)
Wayne Garland
1989 74-72 4th Frank Lucchesi Ray Rippelmeyer
1990 86-61 2nd Pete Mackanin Lost League Finals Ray Rippelmeyer
1991 65-78 6th Pete Mackanin Jim Lett Don Gullett
1992 67-77 6th (tie) Pete Mackanin (35-41); Dave Miley (32-36) Jim Lett Frank Funk
1993 81-62 2nd Rick Renick Lost League Finals Roger LaFrancois Rick Peterson
1994 83-61 2nd Rick Renick Lost League Finals Roger LaFrancois Rick Peterson
1995 68-76 6th Rick Renick Roger LaFrancois Don Cooper / [[]]
1996 77-67 4th Rick Renick Roger LaFrancois Don Cooper
1997 74-69 3rd (t) Tom Spencer Von Joshua Kirk Champion
1998 67-76 12th Trent Jewett Richie Hebner Bruce Tanner
1999 80-60 4th Trent Jewett Richie Hebner Bruce Tanner
2000 63-79 13th Trent Jewett (29-28); Richie Hebner (34-51) Richie Hebner / Dave Clark Jim Bibby
2001 64-77 13th Marty Brown Jeff Livesey Darold Knowles
2002 72-71 8th (tie) Marty Brown Curtis Wilkerson Darold Knowles
2003 81-62 2nd Trent Jewett Lost League Finals Jay Loviglio Darold Knowles
2004 63-79 14th Trent Jewett Jeff Livesey Darold Knowles
2005 75-69 6th Frank Kremblas League Champs Gary Pettis Stan Kyles
2006 76-68 1st Frank Kremblas Lost in 1st round Gary Pettis Stan Kyles
2007 89-55 1st Frank Kremblas Lost in 1st round Harry Spilman Stan Kyles
2008 59-81 16th Frank Kremblas Harry Spilman Stan Kyles
2009 75-69 5th Don Money Sandy Guerrero Chris Bosio/Jim Rooney
2010 77-67 5th Don Money Sandy Guerrero Rich Gale
2011 71-73 6th (t) Don Money Sandy Guerrero Rich Gale/Chris Bosio
2012 67-77 12th Mike Guerrero Al LeBoeuf Fred Dabney
2013 57-87 16th Mike Guerrero Bob Skube Fred Dabney
2014 77-67 5th Rick Sweet Bob Skube Fred Dabney
2015 66-78 12th Steve Scarsone Webster Garrison Don Schulze
2016 83-59 1st Steve Scarsone Lost in 1st round Eric Martins Rick Rodriguez
2017 68-71 8th Ryan Christenson Eric Martins Rick Rodriguez
2018 72-68 6th Fran Riordan Eric Martins Rick Rodriguez
2019 66-72 9th Jason Wood Howard Johnson Brian Shouse Éric Gagné Geno Petralli
2020 Season cancelled
2021 Rick Sweet Al LeBoeuf Jim Henderson Ned Yost IV

Further Reading[edit]

  • Bill Traughber: Nashville Baseball History: From Sulphur Dell to the Sounds, Summer Game Books, South Orange, NJ, 2017. ISBN 978-1-938545-83-2

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