List of Nashville Sounds seasons

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Sounds players warming up before a game at First Tennessee Park in 2015

The Nashville Sounds minor league baseball team has played 39 seasons since its establishment in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1978. As of the completion of the 2016 season, the club has played in 5,587 regular season games and compiled a win–loss record of 2,877–2,710 (.515).[1] They have a postseason record of 42–41 (.506).[2]

The Sounds were 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 Championship in 1979 as the Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds and again in 1982 as the Double-A club of the New York Yankees. The Sounds won the Pacific Coast League Championship 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 postseason picture during six of those seven seasons.[2] They won three Western Division titles and two Southern League Championships.[5] The Sounds' 13 years with the American Association at the Triple-A level was a vast contrast. The Sounds only managed three trips to the postseason, including two by virtue of winning the Eastern Division title.[2] Though they did not perform well during their first few years with the Pacific Coast League, the team went on to win four division titles, two American Conference titles, and one Pacific Coast League Championship between 2003 and 2007.[6] The Sounds did not qualify again for postseason play until 2016.

The team's best season record occurred in 1980, when they finished 97–46 (.678). Their lowest season record was 57–87 (.396) in 2013. Of the seven major league affiliations in Nashville's history, the team experienced its best record from 1980 to 1984 as the Double-A farm club for the New York Yankees. The Sounds had a regular season record of 417–306 (.577). They reached the postseason in all five seasons, winning two Western Division titles and one Southern League Championship. Their postseason record was 14–14 (.500). Conversely, the team's lowest record was as the Detroit Tigers' Triple-A club from 1985 to 1986. The Sounds compiled a 139–144 (.491) record and failed to reach the post-season in either year.

Season-by-season records

League Champions
(1978–present)
League Champions
Conference Champions
(1998–present)
Conference Champions
Division Champions
(1978–present)
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Postseason Berth
(1978–1997)
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Year League Division Record[a] Win % League
position[b]
Division
position[c]
GB[d] Postseason
record[e]
Postseason
win %
Result MLB affiliate[f]
1978 SL Western 64–77 .454 9th 4th 22½ Cincinnati Reds
1979
League Champions
SL Western 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[5]
Cincinnati Reds
1980
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SL Western 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
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SL Western 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[5]
New York Yankees
1982
League Champions
SL Western 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[5]
New York Yankees
1983
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SL Western 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
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SL Western 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 AA Eastern 71–70 .504 5th 2nd Detroit Tigers
1986 AA Eastern 68–74 .479 6th 3rd 12 Detroit Tigers
1987 AA 64–76 .457 7th 7th 15 Cincinnati Reds
1988 AA Eastern 73–69 .514 4th 2nd 16 Cincinnati Reds
1989 AA Eastern 74–72 .507 3rd (tie) 3rd 13 Cincinnati Reds
1990
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AA Eastern 86–61 .585 2nd 1st 2–3 .400 Clinched Eastern Division title[g]
Lost AA Championship vs Omaha Royals, 3–2[7]
Cincinnati Reds
1991 AA Eastern 65–78 .455 6th 3rd 16 Cincinnati Reds
1992 AA Eastern 67–77 .465 6th (tie) 4th 20 Cincinnati Reds
1993
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AA Eastern 81–62 .566 2nd 1st 3–4 .429 Clinched Eastern Division title
Lost AA Championship vs Iowa Cubs, 4–3[7]
Chicago White Sox
1994
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AA 83–61 .576 2nd 2nd 4–3 .571 Won AA semi-finals vs New Orleans Zephyrs, 3–0[2]
Lost AA Championship vs Indianapolis Indians, 3–1[7]
Chicago White Sox
1995 AA 68–76 .472 6th 6th 20 Chicago White Sox
1996 AA Eastern 77–67 .535 4th 3rd 7 Chicago White Sox
1997 AA Eastern 74–69 .517 3rd (tie) 3rd 12½ Chicago White Sox
1998 PCL American Eastern 67–76 .469 12th 4th Pittsburgh Pirates
1999 PCL American Eastern 80–60 .571 4th 2nd 2 Pittsburgh Pirates
2000 PCL American Eastern 63–79 .444 13th 4th 19 Pittsburgh Pirates
2001 PCL American Eastern 64–77 .454 13th 3rd 19 Pittsburgh Pirates
2002 PCL American Eastern 72–71 .503 8th (tie) 3rd Pittsburgh Pirates
2003
Conference Champions
PCL American Eastern 81–62 .566 2nd 1st 3–4 .429 Clinched Eastern Division title
Won American Conference title vs Albuquerque Isotopes, 3–1[6]
Lost PCL Championship vs Sacramento River Cats, 3–0[6]
Pittsburgh Pirates
2004 PCL American Eastern 63–79 .444 14th 4th 17 Pittsburgh Pirates
2005
League Champions
PCL American Northern 75–69 .521 6th 1st 6–2 .750 Clinched American Northern Division title
Won American Conference title vs Oklahoma RedHawks, 3–2[6]
Won PCL Championship vs Tacoma Rainiers, 3–0[6]
Milwaukee Brewers
2006
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PCL American Northern 76–68 .528 5th (tie) 1st (tie) 2–3 .400 Clinched American Northern Division title[h]
Lost American Conference title vs Round Rock Express, 3–2[6]
Milwaukee Brewers
2007
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PCL American Northern 89–55 .618 1st 1st 1–3 .250 Clinched American Northern Division title
Lost American Conference title vs New Orleans Zephyrs, 3–1[6]
Milwaukee Brewers
2008 PCL American Northern 59–81 .421 16th 4th 23 Milwaukee Brewers
2009 PCL American Northern 75–69 .521 5th 2nd 2 Milwaukee Brewers
2010 PCL American Northern 77–67 .535 5th 4th 5 Milwaukee Brewers
2011 PCL American Northern 71–73 .493 6th (tie) 3rd 9 Milwaukee Brewers
2012 PCL American Northern 67–77 .465 12th 2nd 16 Milwaukee Brewers
2013 PCL American Northern 57–87 .396 16th 4th 13 Milwaukee Brewers
2014 PCL American Southern 77–67 .535 5th 2nd Milwaukee Brewers
2015 PCL American Southern 66–78 .458 12th 3rd 12 Oakland Athletics
2016
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PCL American Southern 83–59 .585 1st 1st 2–3 .400 Clinched American Southern Division title
Lost American Conference title vs Oklahoma City Dodgers, 3–2[6]
Oakland Athletics
Totals 2,877–2,710 .515 42–41 .506

Franchise totals

Franchise totals by classification
Classification Regular season Postseason
Record[a] Win % Record[e] Win %
Double-A (1978–1984) 564–444 .560 19–16 .543
Triple-A (1985–2016) 2,313–2,266 .505 23–25 .479
All-time 2,877–2,710 .515 42–41 .506
Franchise totals by league
League Regular season Postseason
Record[a] Win % Record[e] Win %
Southern League (1978–1984) 564–444 .560 19–16 .543
American Association (1985–1997) 951–912 .510 9–10 .474
Pacific Coast League (1998–2016) 1,362–1,354 .501 14–15 .483
All-time 2,877–2,710 .515 42–41 .506
Franchise totals by major league affiliation
Affiliate Regular season Postseason
Record[a] Win % Record[e] Win %
Cincinnati Reds (1978–1979, 1987–1992) 576–571 .502 7–5 .583
New York Yankees (1980–1984) 417–306 .577 14–14 .500
Detroit Tigers (1985–1986) 139–144 .491
Chicago White Sox (1993–1997) 383–335 .533 7–7 .500
Pittsburgh Pirates (1998–2004) 490–504 .493 3–4 .429
Milwaukee Brewers (2005–2014) 723–713 .503 9–8 .529
Oakland Athletics (2015–2016) 149–137 .521 2–3 .400
All-time 2,877–2,710 .515 42–41 .506

Notes

  • a The Record column indicates wins and losses during the regular season and excludes any postseason 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 postseason.
  • 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.[8]
  • 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).[9][10]

References

General
  • "American Association (AAA) Encyclopedia and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  • "Pacific Coast League (AAA) Encyclopedia and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  • "Postseason History" (PDF). 2015 Nashville Sounds Media Guide. Minor League Baseball. 2015. pp. 167–168. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 7, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  • "Southern League (AA) Encyclopedia and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  • "Year-By-Year Results". Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
Specific
  1. ^ "Year-By-Year Results". Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved September 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Postseason History" (PDF). 2015 Nashville Sounds Media Guide. Minor League Baseball. 2015. pp. 167–168. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 7, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Weiss, Bill; Wright, Marshall (2001). "Top 100 Teams". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ Leonard, Tim. "Sounds Capture PCL Championship". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Southern League Past Champions". Southern League. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "Pacific Coast League Champions". Pacific Coast League. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "American Association Playoff Results". Triple-A Baseball. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ Pivovar, Steven (September 3, 2011). "Omaha's 1990 Class AAA Champs Endured a Long Journey". The Omaha World Herald. Retrieved September 19, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Pacific Coast League Playoff Procedures". Pacific Coast League. The Omaha World Herald. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  10. ^ "2006 Schedule and Results". Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
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