Tennessee Smokies

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Team History[edit]

The Tennessee Smokies, formerly of the Southern League and now in Double-A South, may soon be formerly of Sevier County. Smokies owner Randy Boyd is working on returning the Chicago Cubs' affiliate from the Knoxville ring county to the city itself, which hosted many professional teams from 1897 through 1999. The state has budgeted more than $13 million toward a proposed $65 million stadium, a sports authority is in place to oversee it, a draft site plan has preliminary approval from the Knoxville-Knox County Planning Commission, and the proposed move-in season is now 2024 - the same year the Smokies' lease in Kodak expires.

Although the Smokies revived their four-decade nickname with their 2000 move to Kodak, they remained in the Toronto Blue Jays' system another two seasons. They affiliated with the Cubs after the 2006 campaign, starting a long partnership after changing parents in consecutive two-season affiliation cycles: St. Louis Cardinals 2003-2004 and Arizona Diamondbacks 2005-2006. Although the Blue Jays joined the American League in 1977, they did not have a Double-A farm team until they hooked up with Knoxville in 1980. Four seasons later, upon the death of the Knoxville Blue Jays' owner, they were sold to the parent Jays. Boyd bought the Smokies in 2013.

The K-Jays' assistant general manager when they were planning their move into Sevier County, Brian Cox, said at the time that "Tennessee" would refer not to the state but to the Tennessee Smoky Mountains.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
2000 71-69 4th Rocket Wheeler Hector Torres Craig Lefferts
2001 80-60 2nd (t) Rocket Wheeler Hector Torres Craig Lefferts
2002 69-71 6th Rocket Wheeler Hector Torres Craig Lefferts
2003 72-67 4th Mark DeJohn Lost in 1st round Steve Balboni Blaise Ilsley
2004 69-71 6th Mark DeJohn Co-Champs* Steve Balboni Blaise Ilsley
2005 64-76 7th Tony Perezchica Eric Fox Dan Carlson
2006 70-69 5th Bill Plummer Tony Dello Dan Carlson
2007 73-65 4th Pat Listach Lost in 1st round Barbaro Garbey Dennis Lewallyn
2008 62-77 9th Buddy Bailey Barbaro Garbey Dennis Lewallyn
2009 71-69 3rd Ryne Sandberg Lost League Finals Tom Beyers Dennis Lewallyn
2010 86-53 1st Bill Dancy Lost League Finals Tom Beyers Dennis Lewallyn
2011 83-57 2nd Brian Harper Lost League Finals Mariano Duncan Marty Mason
2012 72-68 4th Buddy Bailey Mariano Duncan Jeff Fassero Nathan Maldonado
2013 76-62 2nd Buddy Bailey Lost in 1st round Desi Wilson Jeff Fassero Carlos Figueroa
2014 66-73 5th Buddy Bailey Desi Wilson Storm Davis Leonel Perez
2015 76-63 4th Buddy Bailey Desi Wilson Storm Davis Guillermo Martinez
2016 58-81 9th Mark Johnson Desi Wilson Terry Clark Osmin Melendez
2017 68-70 7th Mark Johnson Jacob Cruz Terry Clark Ricardo Medina
2018 67-71 5th (t) Mark Johnson Jesus Feliciano Terry Clark Ben Carhart
2019 58-81 9th Jimmy Gonzalez Chad Allen Ron Villone Ben Carhart
2020 Season cancelled
2021 Mark Johnson Chad Allen Jamie Vermilyea Will Remillard

* Due to Hurricane Ivan the finals series was canceled. Tennessee and Mobile were declared co-champions.

Related Sites[edit]

SmokiesBaseball.com