Nashville Outlaws

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Nashville Outlaws
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Team logo Cap insignia
Information
League Prospect League (2010–11) (Central Division (2010–11))
Location Nashville, Tennessee
Year founded 2010
Year disbanded 2011
League championships none
Former ballparks
Colors Black, gold, white
              
Ownership Nashville Baseball Club LLC

The Nashville Outlaws were a collegiate summer baseball team of the Prospect League. They were located in Nashville, Tennessee, and were named for the city's association with country music, particularly the outlaw country genre which was popular during the late 1960s and 1970s.[1] The team played its home games at Hawkins Field in 2010 and Ken Dugan Field at Stephen Lee Marsh Stadium in 2011. The Outlaws were established in 2010 as an expansion team of the Prospect League.,[2] but ceased operations after the 2011 season.

Team history[edit]

The Nashville Outlaws began in 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee, as an expansion team of the collegiate summer baseball Prospect League.[2] The franchise was founded by three former Nashville Sounds executives: Brandon Vonderharr, Jason Bennett, and Chris Snyder. The Outlaws are named for the city's association with country music, particularly the outlaw country genre which was popular during the late 1960s and 1970s.[1]

The Outlaws played their first game, a 10 to 3 loss, against the Terre Haute Rex on the road at Sycamore Stadium in Terre Haute, Indiana, on June 4, 2010.[3] After three more games on the road, the Outlaws played their first home game at Vanderbilt University's Hawkins Field on June 8. The home team defeated the Springfield Sliders by a score of 4 to 2.[4] At the end of the first half of the season, the Outlaws were in third place in the Central Division with a 14–14 record.[5] Three Nashville players were selected to play on the East Team in the 2010 Prospect League All-Star Game: pitchers Matt Fitton and Navery Moore and catcher Doug Joyce. The game was played to a 9-inning 3–3 tie.[6]

Going into the next-to-last night of the season and scheduled for a doubleheader against Terre Haute, the Outlaws were tied with that team for first in the division. Nashville won both games and clinched the second-half pennant.[7] The Outlaws finished the second half in first place with a record of 16 wins and 10 losses.[5] They completed the season with an overall record of 30–24 (.556), good for second place in the division and fourth in the league.[5] More importantly, their second-half win earned the team a spot in the league championship playoffs.[8] However, Nashville was defeated by the Danville Dans in the first round, 4–2, eliminating them from the playoffs.[9]

Four Nashville players were awarded accolades for their performance during the Outlaws' inaugural season. First baseman Kevin Smith was named to the Prospect League's First Team All-Star Team.[10] Third baseman Greg Bachman, shortstop Sam Dove, and left-handed relief pitcher Matt Fitton were named to the Second Team All-Star Team.[10]

For the 2011 season, the Outlaws had a new home, Lipscomb University's Ken Dugan Field at Stephen Lee Marsh Stadium, as well as new management in the form of general manager Luke Collier, and three new members of management: Jared Swantner, Charlyn Ursell, and Adam Boone. The team folded after the 2011 season.

Alumni[edit]

The only former Outlaws player to have also played in Major League Baseball is pitcher Shae Simmons who played for the Atlanta Braves in 2014.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Frequently Asked Questions." Nashville Outlaws. Retrieved on January 23, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Boclair, David. "Baseball Outlaws ride into town this summer." Nashville City Paper. January 21, 2010. Retrieved on January 23, 2010.
  3. ^ "Scoreboard: Friday June 4, 2010." Prospect League. Retrieved on 23 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Scoreboard: Tuesday June 8, 2010." Prospect League. Retrieved on December 23, 2010.
  5. ^ a b c "Summer 2010 - Standings." Prospect League. Retrieved on 23 December 2010.
  6. ^ "East vs West: 3-3." Prospect League. July 6, 2010. Retrieved on December 23, 2010.
  7. ^ "Outlaws Sweep DH, Take Pennant." Nashville Outlaws. September 7, 2010. Retrieved on December 23, 2010.
  8. ^ "2010 Prospect League Playoff Schedule." Prospect League. Retrieved on December 23, 2010.
  9. ^ "Outlaws Fall to Dans." Nashville Outlaws. September 12, 2010. Retrieved on December 23, 2010.
  10. ^ a b "2010 Prospect League Season-End All-Star Team Announced ." Prospect League. August 13, 2010. Retrieved on December 23, 2010.
  11. ^ "Major League Baseball (MLB) Alumni." Prospect League. Retrieved on May 20, 2016.