List of Nashville Sounds seasons

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A view of the giant black guitar-shaped scoreboard beyond the left-center field wall. Advertisements for local businesses adorn the guitar and the green outfield wall below.
Greer Stadium's unique guitar-shaped scoreboard

The Nashville Sounds minor league baseball franchise has played 36 seasons since its inception in Nashville, Tennessee in the 1978 season. As of the completion of the 2013 season, the club has played in 5,157 regular season games and compiled a win–loss record of 2,651–2,506.[1] They have a post-season record of 40–38.[2] These season-by-season records are correct as of the end of the 2013 season.

The club was established as an expansion team of the Double-A Southern League (SL) in 1978.[3] They moved to the Triple-A American Association (AA) in 1985 and to the Triple-A Pacific Coast League (PCL) in 1998.[3] The team won the Southern League title in 1979 as the Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds and again in 1982 as the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. The Sounds won the Pacific Coast League title in 2005 as the Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.[4]

Nashville's seven years spent playing in the Southern League resulted with the club figuring in the post-season picture during six of those seven seasons.[2] They won three Western Division titles and two Southern League Championships.[5] The club's 13 years with the American Association at the Triple-A level was a vast contrast. The Sounds only managed three trips to the post-season, including two by virtue of winning the Eastern Division title.[2] Though the team did not perform well during their first few years with the Pacific Coast League, the Sounds have since won four division titles, two American Conference titles, and one Pacific Coast League Championship.[6]

Season-by-season records[edit]

Division and League Champions
(1978–1997)
Division, Conference, and League Champions
(1998–present)
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Division and Conference Champions
(1998–present)
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Division Champions
(1978–present)
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Post-season Berth
(1978–1997)
Year Record[a] Win % League[b] Division[c] GB[d] Post-season
record[e]
Post-season
win %
Result MLB affiliate[f]
1978 64–77 .454 9th 4th 22½ Cincinnati Reds
1979
83–61 .576 2nd 1st 5–2 .714 Clinched Second Half Western Division title
Won Western Division title vs Memphis Chicks, 2–1[2]
Won SL Championship vs Columbus Astros, 3–1[7]
Cincinnati Reds
1980
97–46 .678 1st 1st 1–3 .250 Clinched Second Half Western Division title
Lost Western Division title vs Memphis Chicks, 3–1[3]
New York Yankees
1981
#
81–62 .566 1st 1st 4–3 .571 Clinched Second Half Western Division title
Won Western Division title vs Memphis Chicks, 3–0[2]
Lost SL Championship vs Orlando Twins, 3–1[7]
New York Yankees
1982
77–67 .535 2nd 1st 6–2 .750 Clinched Second Half Western Division title
Won Western Division title vs Knoxville Blue Jays, 3–1[2]
Won SL Championship vs Jacksonville Suns, 3–1[7]
New York Yankees
1983
88–58 .603 2nd 2nd 2–3 .400 Clinched Second Half Western Division title
Lost Western Division title vs Birmingham Barons, 3–2[2]
New York Yankees
1984
74–73 .503 5th 1st 1–3 .250 Clinched Second Half Western Division title
Lost Western Division title vs Knoxville Blue Jays, 3–1[2]
New York Yankees
1985 71–70 .504 5th 2nd Detroit Tigers
1986 68–74 .479 6th 3rd 12 Detroit Tigers
1987 64–76 .457 7th 7th 15 Cincinnati Reds
1988 73–69 .514 4th 2nd 16 Cincinnati Reds
1989 74–72 .507 3rd (tie) 3rd 13 Cincinnati Reds
1990
#
86–61 .585 2nd 1st 2–3 .400 Clinched Eastern Division title[g]
Lost AA Championship vs Omaha Royals, 3–2[8]
Cincinnati Reds
1991 65–78 .455 6th 3rd 16 Cincinnati Reds
1992 67–77 .465 6th (tie) 4th 20 Cincinnati Reds
1993
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81–62 .566 2nd 1st 3–4 .429 Clinched Eastern Division title
Lost AA Championship vs Iowa Cubs, 4–3[9]
Chicago White Sox
1994
83–61 .576 2nd 2nd 4–3 .571 Won AA semi-finals vs New Orleans Zephyrs, 3–0[10]
Lost AA Championship vs Indianapolis Indians, 3–1[10]
Chicago White Sox
1995 68–76 .472 6th 6th 20 Chicago White Sox
1996 77–67 .535 4th 3rd 7 Chicago White Sox
1997 74–69 .517 3rd (tie) 3rd 12½ Chicago White Sox
1998 67–76 .469 12th 4th Pittsburgh Pirates
1999 80–60 .571 4th 2nd 2 Pittsburgh Pirates
2000 63–79 .444 13th 4th 19 Pittsburgh Pirates
2001 64–77 .454 13th 3rd 19 Pittsburgh Pirates
2002 72–71 .503 8th (tie) 3rd Pittsburgh Pirates
2003
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81–62 .566 2nd 1st 3–4 .429 Clinched East Division title
Won American Conference title vs Albuquerque Isotopes, 3–1[11]
Lost PCL Championship vs Sacramento River Cats, 3–0[11]
Pittsburgh Pirates
2004 63–79 .444 14th 4th 17 Pittsburgh Pirates
2005
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75–69 .521 6th 1st 6–2 .750 Clinched American North Division title
Won American Conference title vs Oklahoma RedHawks, 3–2[12]
Won PCL Championship vs Tacoma Rainiers, 3–0[12]
Milwaukee Brewers
2006
#
76–68 .528 5th (tie) 1st (tie) 2–3 .400 Clinched American North Division title[h]
Lost American Conference title vs Round Rock Express, 3–2[13]
Milwaukee Brewers
2007
#
89–55 .618 1st 1st 1–3 .250 Clinched American North Division title
Lost American Conference title vs New Orleans Zephyrs, 3–1[14]
Milwaukee Brewers
2008 59–81 .421 16th 4th 23 Milwaukee Brewers
2009 75–69 .521 5th 2nd 2 Milwaukee Brewers
2010 77–67 .535 5th 4th 5 Milwaukee Brewers
2011 71–73 .493 6th (tie) 3rd 9 Milwaukee Brewers
2012 67–77 .465 12th 2nd 16 Milwaukee Brewers
2013 57–87 .396 16th 4th 13 Milwaukee Brewers

Franchise totals[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • a The Record column indicates wins and losses during the regular season and excludes any post-season play.
  • b This column indicates position in the league standings.
  • c This column indicates position in the divisional standings.
  • d The GB column indicates "Games Behind" the team that finished in first place in the division that season. It is determined by finding the difference in wins plus the difference in losses divided by two.
  • e The Record column indicates wins and losses during the post-season.
  • f All minor league teams are affiliated with a Major League Baseball team. The purpose of a minor league club is to develop players for the major league team. For more information, see minor league baseball.
  • g The Sounds finished the season tied for first-place with the Buffalo Bisons. The division title was decided by a one-game playoff. On September 4, Nashville defeated Buffalo, 4–3, in an 18-inning game to advance to the American Association Championship series.[15]
  • h The Sounds finished the season tied for first-place with the Iowa Cubs. The division title was decided by means of a tiebreaker (winning the regular season series versus Iowa nine games to seven).[16][17]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Year-By-Year Results." Minor League Baseball. 2011. Retrieved on September 5, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Postseason History." Nashville Sounds 2008 Media Guide. 2008: 144.
  3. ^ a b c Weiss, Bill and Marshall Wright. "Historians Weiss, Wright Rank 100 Best Minor League Baseball Teams." Minor League Baseball. 2001. Retrieved on August 1, 2008.
  4. ^ Leonard, Tim. "Sounds capture PCL championship." Minor League Baseball. September 17, 2005. Retrieved on August 21, 2008.
  5. ^ "Southern League Champions." Southern League. 2007. Retrieved on September 3, 2008.
  6. ^ "Pacific Coast League Champions 1903–2007." Pacific Coast League. 2007. Retrieved on September 3, 2008.
  7. ^ a b c "Southern League Champions." Minor League Baseball. 2008. Retrieved on August 1, 2008.
  8. ^ "American Association Championships." Triple-A Baseball. 2003. Retrieved on August 1, 2008.
  9. ^ "1993 Nashville Sounds." Baseball-Reference. 2010. Retrieved on June 26, 2010.
  10. ^ a b "1994 Nashville Sounds." Baseball-Reference. 2010. Retrieved on June 26, 2010.
  11. ^ a b "2003 Nashville Sounds." Baseball-Reference. 2010. Retrieved on June 26, 2010.
  12. ^ a b "2005 Nashville Sounds." Baseball-Reference. 2010. Retrieved on June 26, 2010.
  13. ^ "2006 Nashville Sounds." Baseball-Reference. 2010. Retrieved on June 26, 2010.
  14. ^ "Pacific Coast League Champions." Minor League Baseball. 2008. Retrieved on August 1, 2008.
  15. ^ Pivovar, Steven. "Omaha's 1990 Class AAA Champs Endured a Long Journey." The Omaha World Herald. September 3, 2011. Retrieved on September 19, 2011.
  16. ^ "Pacific Coast League playoff procedures." Minor League Baseball. 2010. Retrieved on June 26, 2010.
  17. ^ "2006 Day-By-Day Results." The 2007 Nashville Sounds Media Guide 2007: 100.