5 Sound Facts To Know For 2014
1. The Sounds have a new manager.
With former Sounds manager Mike Guerrero having received the call up, Nashville welcomes a new skipper to Greer’s home clubhouse. Taking over the ship for Nashville will be 61-year-old Rick Sweet, who begins his 24th managerial season and the first season within the Brewers farm system. Sweet last wore a manager’s cap with the Louisville Bats (2005-2011), who he led to division championships in three of his last four seasons. After the 2011 season, he left Louisville as the franchise’s winningest manager in franchise history (539-465). Sweet will need 321 wins to claim that title in Nashville, currently held by Trent Jewett’s 320 wins and .513 average.
2. The Sounds have changed divisions.
Sweet and the Sounds will both be charting new waters this spring as they join the American Conference’s Southern Division after spending the last nine season’s in the Pacific Coast League’s American Northern. The division consists of the previous cross-state rival Memphis Redbirds (STL) and new division foes the New Orleans Zephyrs (MIA) and the Round Rock Express (TEX). All in all, the realignment does not change a whole lot at the divisional level: the Sounds have always played these teams 16 times each year. But at the conference level, the Colorado Spring Sky Sox (COL) and Albuquerque Isotopes (LAD) have switched, which will pit the Rockies Triple-A affiliate against the Sounds 16 times a year (eight in Nashville) and the Dodgers PCL club only four times a season (rotating homestands every other year).
3. The PCL’s newest team is named the El Paso Chihuahuas.
Easy there lap dog lovers, the Sounds won’t get to see these perilous pups in Nashville until 2015, though tickets to this year’s series in Texas are most likely available here.
4. The Sounds will play 72 scheduled games in their final season at Greer Stadium.
The 2014 season schedule will mark the Sounds final season at Greer Stadium. To honor the 37-year-home, the Sounds have created a commemorate Greer Stadium mark featuring the iconic scoreboard and outfield wall with the slogan ’37 Years of Hits’. The mark, pictured below, will be used on select giveaway items and merchandise. And any fan that celebrates Greer’s final year by purchasing full or half season tickets will be given priority purchasing for the new ballpark at Sulphur Dell.
5. Greer will host 22 fireworks extravaganzas at the Big Guitar.
Every Friday and Saturday home game on the schedule (21 total) will be followed by a postgame fireworks show, beginning with the Sounds home opener on Friday, April 11. A bonus Independence Day show will take place after the game on Thursday, July 3rd. There’s even a ‘Deluxe Fireworks’ ticket plan for fans who don’t want to miss a show. More Sounds promotions and giveaways will be announced as the season nears.