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**The original post about former Sounds in the playoffs has been updated for the World Series**

Kansas City Royals
Record:
89-73
How they made it: Won a Wild Card spot; Defeated the Oakland A’s; Defeated the Los Angeles Angels; Defeated the Baltimore Orioles
Fun fact: The Royals, as many know, hadn’t been to the playoffs since ’85 when they won the World Series against the Cardinals. They’d inauspiciously held MLB’s longest active playoff drought, which now falls on the Blue Jays, who’ve been without playoff baseball since ’93.

Playoff baseball has returned to the City of Fountains, and four former Sounds helped the Royals get there. Lorenzo Cain (’08, ’10) hit .301 and stole 28 bases in 133 games during the regular season as KC’s everyday center fielder, and shortstop Alcides Escobar (’09) hit .285 with 31 stolen bases in all 162 games for the Royals.  The Royals’ field staff has a pair of former Sounds. Dale Sveum (’99), the former Brewers and Cubs manager, latched on with Kansas City as hitting coach, and Rusty Kuntz (’85) is the Royals’ first base coach.

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San Francisco Giants
Record:
88-74
How they made it: Won a Wild Card spot; Defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates; Defeated the Washington Nationals; Defeated the St. Louis Cardinals
Fun fact: Of the last four World Series titles, two were claimed by the Giants.

The Giants have three former Sounds, including renowned pitching coach Dave Righetti (’95), who pitched for the Sounds near the end of his career (Triple-A American Association, White Sox) and went 4-5 with a 3.23 ERA in 16 games (15 starts). Ryan Vogelsong (’01, ’03) went 8-13 with a 4.00 ERA in 32 starts this year in San Fran under Righetti. The Giants also have Travis Ishikawa (’12), the Bobby Thomson-style hero of the NLCS, who rehabbed in a few games with the Sounds a couple of years ago when he was with the Brewers. With Michael Morse and Angel Pagan hurt, the Giants have used Ishikawa in left field.

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Keep an eye out for these former Sounds, and enjoy the October baseball. It’s the best!

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The Sounds put a wrap on 2014 today as they play their season finale in Round Rock, Texas. Jay Jackson (0-3, 5.40) makes the start against Jimmy Reyes (1-2, 9.00). It’s a 12:05 first pitch on 102.5 The Game, and I hope you’ll join me one more time this season for some Sounds baseball on the radio. Pregame starts at 11:50 a.m. Thank you all so much for listening throughout the season. It’s been a fun ride!

Today’s interview on this Labor Day is our final weekly Monday chat with Sounds manager Rick Sweet, who discusses the Sounds’ successful season, the disappointment of being eliminated from the playoff race with Memphis on Saturday, how he, pitching coach Fred Dabney and hitting coach Bob Skube self-evaluate the job they’ve done, which players improved significantly over the season and what lies ahead with roster decisions, free agents, etc.

September 1 – Interview with manager Rick Sweet

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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The Sounds play their penultimate (Yes! A reason to use the word “penultimate!”) game of the season tonight as they take the field in Round Rock against the Express. With their loss in Game 2 of last night’s doubleheader, the Sounds were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention and Memphis clinched the division title. The Sounds’ playoff hopes were alive in 142 of their 144 games this season, a lot more than many other teams around the league can say and a lot more than the past couple of years for the Sounds themselves.

Tonight Texas native Taylor Jungmann (8-6, 4.10) takes the hill for the Sounds against Lisalverto Bonilla (3-2, 4.39). First pitch on 102.5 The Game is set for 6:50 with 5:50 pregame.

Tonight’s interview is with Sounds first baseman Hunter Morris, who is hitting .314 in his 11 games since rejoining the Sounds from arm injury. Morris describes the team’s disappointment in finishing second in the division, what he went through missing several weeks with the injury and how he’s felt since returning.

August 31 – Interview with first baseman Hunter Morris

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Less than 24 hours ago the Sounds were playing in Nashville in front of 11,000-plus fans in what could turn out to be the final game ever at Greer Stadium. The Sounds are 3.0 games back of Memphis with six to play, and Memphis has just five games left. Down but not out. Tonight the Sounds are in Texas to start their final series of the regular season — 6 games in 5 days — as they take on Round Rock at 7:05. Donovan Hand (4-7, 5.05) faces rehabbing-Rangers lefty Derek Holland (1-1, 6.52). Pregame starts on 102.5 The Game at 6:50.

Tonight’s interview is with outfielder Logan Schafer, who describes the atmosphere last night at Greer, how tough the loss was with the Sounds’ 5-2 lead becoming an 8-5 defeat and his two home runs on the homestand, including one last night that had Greer roaring as loud as I’ve ever heard.

August 28 – Interview with outfielder Logan Schafer

Photo courtesy of MLB / Milwaukee Brewers

Photo courtesy of MLB / Milwaukee Brewers

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Jeff

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The countdown has been going on for months, and the day has arrived. Tonight marks the final regular season game — and quite possibly final game overall — EVER at 37-year-old Sounds home Greer Stadium. The Sounds host the Sacramento River Cats tonight in the finale of an eight-game homestand. The Sounds are 2.0 games behind Memphis for the division lead with seven to play after falling last night while Memphis rallied to beat Fresno. The division race will culminate this weekend, as the Sounds play in Round Rock and Memphis goes to New Orleans. If the Sounds come back and win the division, they’ll have at least one more game at Greer — a home playoff game next Friday (after starting the playoffs on the road Wednesday and Thursday) and, if necessary, Saturday and Sunday in the best-of-five. If they don’t win the division, tonight indeed will be the #LastCheerAtGreer, as the Sounds will then fully turn the page toward moving to beautiful First Tennessee Park next season.

One of the things I wanted to incorporate for the Last Cheer at Greer was somehow including all of the various radio voices of the Sounds who’ve called Greer Stadium home and brought the games into middle Tennessee homes and cars since 1978. With help from my pal Pete Weber, who knows or has contact with some of the guys from further back, we were able to put together a montage of highlights and memories from the various regular Voices of the Sounds. I’m very proud to be in that group. I hope you enjoy this….

Image Courtesy of Nashville Sounds

Image Courtesy of Nashville Sounds

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Jeff

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The #LastCheerAtGreer and the playoff race continue tonight as the Sounds, one game back of Memphis with eight games to play, face Sacramento, which is one game ahead of Reno for first in its division with seven games to play. The pitching match-up has Taylor Jungmann (8-5, 4.22) facing former Vanderbilt Commodore Matt Buschmann (8-6, 4.56). First pitch on 102.5 The Game is set for 7:05 CT with pregame at 6:50.

Tonight’s interview is with former Sounds manager (’09-’11) Don Money, the longtime Milwaukee Brewers player and now minor league instructor. Due to his travel schedule as a roving instructor, Money will be seeing his final game at Greer Stadium tonight. He recalls some of his memories of managing in Nashville and what minor league ballpark facilities were like when he played.

August 26 – Interview with former Sounds manager Don Money

Don Money as Sounds manager in 2011. Photo courtesy of Nashville Sounds / Mike Strasinger

Don Money as Sounds manager in 2011. Photo courtesy of Nashville Sounds / Mike Strasinger

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Jeff

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The Sounds are down to nine games left in the regular season, and after they and Memphis won last night, the Sounds and Redbirds continue to sit in a first-place tie. Tonight it’s Game 2 of a four-game set against Sacramento, which has just a one-game lead over Reno its division race. Tonight it’s Billy Buckner (4-5, 5.80) against Zach Neal (6-7, 4.53). First pitch on 102.5 The Game is set for 7:05 CT.

Tonight’s interview is our weekly chat with Sounds manager Rick Sweet, who discusses the Sounds’ recent road trip (5-3 record through El Paso and Albuquerque), the excitement of the playoff chase, the continued hot hitting of Matt Clark, the return of Hunter Morris and the injuries to Hector Gomez and Ariel Pena.

August 25 – Interview with Sounds manager Rick Sweet

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Jeff

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