Switching to Southern
For a period of nine baseball seasons, the Nashville Sounds have been members of the Pacific Coast League’s American Northern Division and have called the Memphis Redbirds, Iowa Cubs and Omaha Storm Chasers (and Omaha Royals) division rivals. But with 2014 on the horizon, the geography of the Pacific Coast League is changing.
Beginning next season, the Sounds and the cross-state-and-still-division-rivals Memphis Redbirds will be taking their talents to the league’s American Southern Division. The new-look division will also consist of the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA-Marlins), who shared a division with Nashville from 1998-2004, and the Round Rock Express (AAA-Rangers).
This minor league merry-go-round is a product of the Tucson Padres relocation to El Paso this offseason.
The Nashville Sounds went 655-654 in the American Northern Division from 2005-2013, logging the most PCL wins and only winning record among division opponents over that stretch (OMA-654, IWA-643; MEM-631).
After a few losing seasons, the division change should be a welcome sight for the Sounds, who won the Pacific Coast League Championship the last time the club changed divisions: in 2005, moving from the Eastern Division to the American Northern.