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Today at 5:00 CT the National Baseball Hall of Fame will announce its newest inductees, who’ll be enshrined in Cooperstown this July. Among the potential inductees is former Sound Trevor Hoffman, the great closer for 16 years in San Diego who also spent time in the big leagues with the Marlins and finished his career with the Brewers. Hoffman, who pitched for the Sounds in 1992 with the Reds system and later had two rehab outings with the Sounds in 1999 when he was with Milwaukee, missed being inducted last year by just five votes. A players needs to receive at least 75% of the votes to be elected. He would seem to have a great chance for induction today.

Since Hoffman had such a decorated career on the mound — 7-time All-Star, 18 seasons, and 601 saves, second only to Mariano Rivera — it’s easy to forget he originally came up in the minors as an infielder. He was drafted as a shortstop out of the University of Arizona in the 11th round in 1989 by the Reds, and the Sounds were Cincinnati’s Triple-A affiliate in the old American Association from 1987-1992. After hitting .212 in 103 games in ’90 at Low-A, he transitioned to the mound in ’91 and immediately found success. He combined for a sub-2.00 ERA and 20 saves in ’91 between Low-A Cedar Rapids and Double-A Chattanooga. Then in ’92, he pitched in six games for Chattanooga and otherwise spent the entire year with the Sounds, going, 4-6 with a 4.27 ERA in 42 games (5 starts) and totaling six saves. He struck out 63 in 65 1/3 innings. In addition to Hoffman, that Sounds team in ’92 included a boatload of future major leaguers, including Darnell Coles, Geronimo Berroa, Dan Wilson, Keith Brown, and Scott Coolbaugh. They were managed by future major league managers Pete Mackanin and Dave Miley. Many of those guys are featured in the ’92 team photo shown below (click to zoom in).

Hoffman never got to the big leagues with the Reds. After that ’92 season with the Sounds, he was selected by the Marlins in the expansion draft preceding their inaugural ’93 season. Then in June that year, he was traded to the Padres in the deal that sent Gary Sheffield to Florida. The rest, as they, is history. He had 14 different seasons of 30-plus saves, including 53 in ’98 when the Padres won the NL pennant.

Hoffman would become the first former Sound to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, outside of Tim Raines and Barry Larkin, who played here on rehab assignments. Good luck to Trevor!

1992 Nashville Sounds team photo (courtesy Nashville Sounds)

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News and Notes

We are now 72 days away from Opening Day (April 5 at New Orleans) and 77 days away from the home opener (April 10 vs. Iowa). Won’t be long now until we hear the great phrase “Pitchers and catchers report.” Even if the Hot Stove has been unusually slow this year with free agent signings, it’s still a busy time of year. Some recent news and notes related to the Sounds…

  • Our media relations and marketing departments do a great job with their blog, Sound Bytes, and they posted recently about some Sounds promotional news, and our recent Skype interview with new manager Fran Riordan. Follow and bookmark the Sound Bytes blog if you haven’t already. Here’s the Riordan interview:
  • Baseball America this time of year releases their various Top 10 and Top 100 prospect lists, and the Sounds have plenty of connections. The A’s Top 10 prospects list is HERE.  I’d say it’s a safe bet at this point that at least four of the 10 are likely on the Sounds’ Opening Day roster: lefty A.J. Puk (1), infielder Franklin Barreto (2), infielder Jorge Mateo (3) and catcher Sean Murphy (7). We could see outfielder Dustin Fowler (4) and pitcher Logan Shore (10) at some point too. We also know a lot can happen between now and Opening Day, and certainly over the course of a season. Baseball America also has Puk (30), Barreto (43), Mateo (64) and Fowler (88) in their Top 100 overall.
  • In terms of recent updates on some former Sounds, right-hander Zach Neal (’15-’17) has signed a minor league free agent deal with the Dodgers, right-hander Michael Blazek (’14) reportedly signed a minor league free agent deal with the D-backs, and catcher Ryan Lavarnway (’17) has signed with the Pirates. The Sounds’ website also has a page HERE that keeps tabs on where some former Sounds have signed for 2018.
  • For updates on potential 2018 Sounds who are new to the parent-club A’s, the Sounds’ website has that info HERE.
  • Earlier this month, after the A’s had announced Riordan as Sounds manager, I posted about other Pacific Coast League teams and their managers. Since that time, several more clubs have released those details. On the Sounds’ side of the PCL, Marty Pevey (Iowa, Cubs), Arnie Beyeler (New Orleans, Marlins), Bill Hasselman (Oklahoma City, Dodgers) and former Sound Brian Poldberg (Omaha, Royals) are all returning as managers of their respective clubs. Poldberg continues to be just one of many Sounds connections in the Royals’ farm system, including Brooks Conrad. The ’12 Sound has retired as a player and will be a manager in rookie-ball for the Royals this year. Brooks will be a great teacher for young players at that level. I Tweeted about some of the other Sounds-Royals connections.

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2018 PCL Managers Update

Happy New Year! We are 91 days away from Opening Day (April 5 at New Orleans) and 97 days away from the home opener (April 10 vs. Iowa). This time of the off-season is always fun to track free agent signings and trades as we near a new season, but in the Triple-A world it’s also fun to keep an eye on field staff announcements for the Pacific Coast League. In case you missed it, the Sounds will have a new manager in 2018, as the parent-club A’s announced last month that Fran Riordan will move from Double-A Midland to become the Sounds’ manager. Last year’s manager, Ryan Christenson, was added as Bob Melvin’s bench coach in Oakland. Today a couple more PCL teams and their parent club announced field staff assignments. While the Sounds will have a new manager this year, many teams around the league have returning skippers, though over half of the teams in the PCL have yet to name their manager for 2018. Below is the updated list from all I can gather. Note that “TBA” with last year’s manager in parenthesis doesn’t mean that guy couldn’t still or won’t return. It just hasn’t been announced publicly yet one way or the other by that team.

Sounds: Fran Riordan (Ryan Christenson promoted to Oakland bench coach)
Round Rock: Former Sound Jason Wood returning
New Orleans: TBA (Arnie Beyeler last year)
Memphis: Stubby Clapp returning, as announced today by the Cardinals

Iowa: TBA (Marty Pevey last year)
Omaha: TBA (former Sound Brian Poldberg last year)
Colorado Springs: TBA (former Sounds manager Rick Sweet last year)
Oklahoma City: TBA (Bill Hasselman last year)

Fresno: TBA (former Sound Tony DeFrancesco is on the move…see below for Las Vegas)
Sacramento: Dave Brundage returning
Reno: Greg Gross returning
Tacoma: TBA (Pat Listach last year)

El Paso: TBA (Rod Barajas last year)
Salt Lake: TBA (Keith Johnson last year)
Las Vegas: Former Sound Tony DeFrancesco, hired by the Mets in October
Albuquerque: Glenallen Hill returning, as announced today by the Rockies

The link I posted above for Memphis manager Stubby Clapp and the Cardinals’ assignments also includes former Sound Erick Almonte (’09-’12), who will be a manager for the Cardinals at their Gulf Coast League affiliate this year. He served as a hitting coach for their High-A Palm Beach affiliate last year.

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And then there were two. October baseball continues Tuesday as the World Series gets underway in Los Angeles, and there continue to be former Sounds involved on each side. What a match-up, too. Astros vs. Dodgers marks the first time since 1970 that two teams who won 100+ games in the regular season are meeting in the World Series. Details of the former Sounds are below, and the original post that was published when the playoffs began can be found HERE.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Record: 104-58
How they made it: Won the NL West; Defeated the D-backs, 3-0, in the NLDS; Defeated the Cubs, 4-1, in the NLCS
Fun fact: The Dodgers are in the playoffs for a franchise-record fifth straight season. Their 104 wins are a franchise record for their time in L.A., and the first time since 1974 they’d reached the century mark in Ws.

The Dodgers boast a pair of former Sounds on manager Dave Roberts’ coaching staff. Their third base coach again this year is Chris Woodward (’08), who played 12 years in the major leagues and hit .291 in 71 games for the Sounds in 2008. The Dodgers’ hitting coach is former Sound TurnerWard (’99), who also played 12 years in the major leagues. He hit .292 in 35 games for the Sounds in 1999. Vandy alum Walker Buehler, their 1st-round pick from ’15 who made his major league debut this year and had a 7.71 ERA in eight appearances, is not on their World Series roster.

Dodgers hitting coach Turner Ward (Photo courtesy of MLB.com)

Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward (Photo courtesy of MLB.com)

The Astros’ team leader in starts by a pitcher this year was former Sound Mike Fiers (’11-’14), who went 8-10 with a 5.22 ERA in 29 outings (28 starts) for a pitching staff that missed anchors like Dallas Kuechel and Lance McCullers at various times. Fiers, though, was not on the Astros’ LCS roster, and as I write this, is not expected to be on their World Series roster. He is with the team in the playoffs and was part of the celebration on Friday night. His former Sounds teammate Dayton Buller was watching on TV, spotted Fiers and gave Fiers (and his mustache) a shout-out on Twitter. The Astros’ other former Sound is Josh Reddick (’16), who spent a week with the Sounds in June ’16 on a rehab assignment for the A’s. He was coming back from a left thumb fracture and had 25 at-bats in six games. The Astros’ third base coach under manager A.J. Hinch is former Sounds hitting coach Gary Pettis (’05), who was with the Sounds in 2005, the first year of their affiliation with the Brewers that culminated with a PCL title. Pettis joined the Astros last year after spending several seasons as third base coach with the Rangers under Ron Washington. Franklin native and former Vanderbilt star Tony Kemp, who we’ve seen oppose the Sounds with Fresno the past two years, has not been on their playoff roster. Many may recall Kemp was with Fresno in Nashville in ’16 when he got word of his first-ever major league call-up.

Astros pitcher Mike Fiers (Photo courtesy of Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Astros outfielder Josh Reddick (Photo courtesy of Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Astros third base coach Gary Pettis (Photo courtesy of Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Enjoy the Fall Classic!

Jeff

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October baseball is in full swing as the LCS rounds are unfolding. There continue to be several former Sounds involved on all the remaining teams, and the original post that was published when the playoffs began can be found HERE.

Chicago Cubs
Record: 92-70
How they made it: Won the NL Central; Defeated the Nationals, 3-2, in the NLDS
Fun fact: The Cubs have now reached the post-season — and at least the LCS round — three years in a row for the first time since 1906-08.

Just like last year, the Cubs have two former Sounds on their roster. Pitching coach Chris Bosio (’09, ’11), in his sixth year with the Cubs, was the Sounds’ pitching coach in ’09 and then again in June ’11 through the end of that season. Bosio enjoyed an 11-year playing career, including a post-season appearance in ’95 with a Mariners team that defeated the Yankees in the ALDS in dramatic fashion. The other former Sound on the Cubs is Ben Zobrist (’15), the always-versatile star who appeared in three games for the Sounds in 2015 on a rehab assignment with the A’s. Zobrist, an Illinois native, and his wife, Christian recording artist Julianna Zobrist, also have local ties as they make their home in Franklin. Some Sounds fans may also remember Julianna from being a featured artist at a Faith Night concert at Greer Stadium many years ago.

Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio (Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Cubs infielder Ben Zobrist (Photo courtesy of MLB.com)

Los Angeles Dodgers
Record: 104-58
How they made it: Won the NL West
Fun fact: The Dodgers are in the playoffs for a franchise-record fifth straight season. Their 104 wins are a franchise record for their time in L.A., and the first time since 1974 they’d reached the century mark in Ws.

The Dodgers boast a pair of former Sounds on manager Dave Roberts’ coaching staff. Their third base coach again this year is Chris Woodward (’08), who played 12 years in the major leagues and hit .291 in 71 games for the Sounds in 2008. The Dodgers’ hitting coach is former Sound TurnerWard (’99), who also played 12 years in the major leagues. He hit .292 in 35 games for the Sounds in 1999. Vandy alum Walker Buehler, their 1st-round pick from ’15 who made his major league debut this year and had a 7.71 ERA in eight appearances, is not on their NLCS roster.

Dodgers hitting coach Turner Ward (Photo courtesy of MLB.com)

Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward (Photo courtesy of MLB.com)

New York Yankees
The Astros’ team leader in starts by a pitcher this year was former Sound Mike Fiers (’11-’14), who went 8-10 with a 5.22 ERA in 29 outings (28 starts) for a pitching staff that missed anchors like Dallas Kuechel and Lance McCullers at various times. Fiers, though, is not on the Astros’ LCS roster. The Astros’ other former Sound is Josh Reddick (’16), who spent a week with the Sounds in June ’16 on a rehab assignment for the A’s. He was coming back from a left thumb fracture and had 25 at-bats in six games. The Astros’ third base coach under manager A.J. Hinch is former Sounds hitting coach Gary Pettis (’05), who was with the Sounds in 2005, the first year of their affiliation with the Brewers that culminated with a PCL title. Pettis joined the Astros last year after spending several seasons as third base coach with the Rangers under Ron Washington. Franklin native and former Vanderbilt star Tony Kemp, who we’ve seen oppose the Sounds with Fresno the past two years, is not on their playoff roster. Many may recall Kemp was with Fresno in Nashville in ’16 when he got word of his first-ever major league call-up.

Astros pitcher Mike Fiers (Photo courtesy of Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Astros outfielder Josh Reddick (Photo courtesy of Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Astros third base coach Gary Pettis (Photo courtesy of Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Enjoy the playoffs!

Jeff

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Welcome back to October baseball! Tonight the MLB postseason officially gets underway with the American League Wild Card game, and this year, like most years, the playoffs are loaded with former Sounds. Between the 10 clubs in the post-season and what their active roster looked like at the end of the regular season, nearly 20 former Sounds will be involved in the playoffs, and several more who have local Nashville ties. It’s also interesting that it’s a 50-50 split this year between teams who reached the playoffs last year and teams who did not. Here’s a look at the teams and any former Sounds they will or may feature.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Record: 93-69
How they made it: Won the top NL Wild Card spot
Fun fact: The D-backs are in the playoffs for the first time since 2011, which was also their most recent winning season until this year.

The D-backs boast three former Sounds on manager Torey Lovullo’s coaching staff. Their assistant hitting coach is Tim Laker (’98-’00), who played 11 years in the major leagues and hit 42 homers in 277 games over three years with the Sounds when they were a Pirates affiliate. The D-backs bullpen catcher is Humberto Quintero (’12), who played 12 years in the major leagues, mostly with the Astros, from ’03-’14. He played in 25 games for the Sounds in ’12 when he was in the Brewers organization. Former Sound Ariel Prieto (’03) is in his third year as a coach and interpreter for the D-Backs. The former A’s pitcher and coach spent six years in the big leagues as a player, and made four starts for the Sounds in ’03 when they were a Pirates affiliate. On the pitching staff, Zack Greinke (’11) made two rehab starts with the Sounds when he was a Milwaukee Brewer. Arizona also has a local connection on their roster in Greinke’s rotation mate Robbie Ray, the former Brentwood High School star who went 15-5 with a 2.89 ERA in 28 starts in an all-star season in the desert.

D-backs bullpen coach Humberto Quintero (Photo courtesy of Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

D-backs assistant hitting coach Tim Laker (Photo courtesy of MLB.com)

D-backs coach and interpreter Ariel Prieto

Colorado Rockies
Record: 87-75
How they made it: Won the second NL Wild Card spot
Fun fact: The Rockies are in the playoffs for the first time since ’09 and third time in their franchise history, which began in ’93.

One of the moves the Rockies made at the July trade deadline was acquiring former Sound and veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy (’10, ’12) from Texas, marking the second year in a row Lucroy got dealt to a contender at the deadline. Overall it’ll be the third trip to the post-season for the former Brewers backstop. He was batting .242 with a .297 on-base percentage for Texas at the time of the trade, and then hit .310 with a .429 OBP in hitter-friendly Colorado. The Rockies’ pitching coach is former Sound Steve Foster (’91-’92), who pitched in 59 games for the Reds from ’91-’93 and appeared in 58 games as a Sound. He posted a 2.14 ERA in 12 saves for the Sounds in ’91 and then had a 2.68 ERA in 17 outings (7 starts) in ’92, the final year of the Sounds’ affiliation with the Reds before they became a White Sox affiliate.

Rockies catcher Jonathan Lucroy (Photo courtesy Nashville Sounds)

Rockies pitching coach Steve Foster (Photo courtesy of MLB.com)

Chicago Cubs
Record: 92-70
How they made it: Won the NL Central
Fun fact: The Cubs have now reached the post-season three years in a row for the first time since 1906-08.

Just like last year, the Cubs have two former Sounds on their roster. Pitching coach Chris Bosio (’09, ’11), in his sixth year with the Cubs, was the Sounds’ pitching coach in ’09 and then again in June ’11 through the end of that season. Bosio enjoyed an 11-year playing career, including a post-season appearance in ’95 with a Mariners team that defeated the Yankees in the ALDS in dramatic fashion. The other former Sound on the Cubs is Ben Zobrist (’15), the always-versatile star who appeared in three games for the Sounds in 2015 on a rehab assignment with the A’s. Zobrist, an Illinois native, and his wife, Christian recording artist Julianna Zobrist, also have local ties as they make their home in Franklin. Some Sounds fans may also remember Julianna from being a featured artist at a Faith Night concert at Greer Stadium many years ago.

Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio (Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Cubs infielder Ben Zobrist (Photo courtesy of MLB.com)

Washington Nationals
Record: 97-65
How they made it: Won the NL East
Fun fact: This is the fourth time in six years the Nats have made the playoffs. The first three times had been under three different managers (Davey Johnson in ’12, Matt Williams in ’14, and Dusty Baker in ’16 and again in ’17).

As the first several months of the 2017 season unfolded, the Nationals proved two things: they were going to win the NL East by a lot, and they badly needed bullpen help. And two of the biggest ‘pen reinforcements they acquired are former Sounds — Sean Doolittle (’15-’17) and Brandon Kintzler (’10-’12). Doolittle appeared in 13 games for the Sounds on rehab assignment over the past three years during his time with the A’s. This past season his lone rehab outing as a Sound came on the road in Omaha on June 7 and turned out to be part of a combined no-hitter! He and Ryan Madson were dealt to the Nationals in mid-July as the A’s began their full rebuild, and Doolittle posted a 2.40 ERA with 21 saves in 30 appearances for the Nats. Kintzler was acquired by the Nats a couple weeks later from the Twins, where he’d put together an all-star season (28 saves, 2.78 ERA, 45 games). Then with Washington he worked in 27 games and had an 3.46 ERA. The Nats also list former Sound Randy Knorr (’00) as a senior baseball advisor as part of Dusty Baker’s staff after he’d spent four years as a bench coach. The former catcher played in 253 games in the majors from ’91-’01, including with the Blue Jays’ championship teams in ’92 and ’93. He played in 13 games for the Sounds in 2000 (Triple-A Pacific Coast League, Pirates) in the twilight of his career.

Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle (Photo courtesy of MiLB.com)

Nationals reliever Brandon Kintzler (Photo courtesy of Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Nationals senior baseball advisor Randy Knorr (Photo courtesy of MLB.com)

Los Angeles Dodgers
Record: 104-58
How they made it: Won the NL West
Fun fact: The Dodgers are in the playoffs for a franchise-record fifth straight season. Their 104 wins are a franchise record for their time in L.A., and the first time since 1974 they’d reached the century mark in Ws.

The Dodgers boast a pair of former Sounds on manager Dave Roberts’ coaching staff. Their third base coach again this year is Chris Woodward (’08), who played 12 years in the major leagues and hit .291 in 71 games for the Sounds in 2008. The Dodgers’ hitting coach is former Sound Turner Ward (’99), who also played 12 years in the major leagues. He hit .292 in 35 games for the Sounds in 1999. The Dodgers are loaded with arms, but depending on how they shape their roster for the NLDS, they could include Vandy alum Walker Buehler, their 1st-round pick from ’15. He made his major league debut this year and had a 7.71 ERA in eight appearances.

Dodgers hitting coach Turner Ward (Photo courtesy of MLB.com)

Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward (Photo courtesy of Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sound)

New York Yankees
Just like last year, the Indians have two former Sounds, one on the mound and one on their field staff. Reliever Dan Otero (’15) once again proved that his rough ’15 season, which included 15 appearances with the Sounds in a return to Triple-A in addition to a 6.75 ERA with the A’s, was the exception and not the rule. He was an important part of the A’s teams that made the playoffs in ’13 and ’14, had a 1.53 ERA in 62 appearances for Cleveland last year, and followed up that with a 2.85 ERA in 52 outings this year. His bullpen coach in Cleveland is former Sound Jason Bere (’93, ’95-’97), who pitched for 11 years in the big leagues from 1993-2003. In that ’93 campaign, he went 12-5 with a 3.47 ERA in 24 starts for a White Sox team that won its division. He’d made eight starts that year for the Sounds, made eight more over parts of three other seasons and was an AL all-star in ’94.

Indians reliever Dan Otero (Photo courtesy of Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Indians bullpen coach Jason Bere (Photo courtesy of Nashville Sounds)

The Red Sox have two former Sounds on their coaching staff, and two very recognizable Middle Tennessee natives on their roster. David Price, the Murfreesboro native and former Vandy star, went 6-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 16 outings (11 starts) in an injury-plagued year, and Mookie Betts, an Overton High School alum, hit .264 with 24 homers and 102 RBIs in 153 games in a second straight all-star season. Manager John Farrell’s pitching coach is Carl Willis (’87), who made 267 appearances in the major leagues over nine years from ’84-’95. His Sounds time came in ’87 during his stint in the Reds organization, and he owned a 4.20 ERA and tied for the team lead in appearances with 53. The Sounds’ pitching staff that year included future Reds stalwarts Rob Dibble, Tom Browning and Norm Charlton and future Royals Hall of Famer Jeff Montgomery. The other former Sound on Farrell’s coaching staff is third base coach Brian Butterfield (’82), who played four years of professional baseball and appeared in 11 games with the Sounds in ’82 on a team that won the Southern League title and boasted players like Brian Dayett, Rex Hudler, Otis Nixon and Buck Showalter.

Red Sox pitching coach Carl Willis (Photo courtesy of MLB.com)

Red Sox third base coach Brian Butterfield (Photo courtesy of MLB.com)

The Astros’ team leader in starts by a pitcher this year was former Sound Mike Fiers (’11-’14), who went 8-10 with a 5.22 ERA in 29 outings (28 starts) for a pitching staff that missed anchors like Dallas Kuechel and Lance McCullers at various times. Fiers has made one career postseason appearance to this point. It came with Houston against Kansas City in the ’15 ALDS after he’d been acquired that July from Milwaukee. The Astros’ other former Sound is Josh Reddick (’16), who spent a week with the Sounds in June ’16 on a rehab assignment for the A’s. He was coming back from a left thumb fracture and had 25 at-bats in six games. The Astros’ third base coach under manager A.J. Hinch is former Sounds hitting coach Gary Pettis (’05), who was with the Sounds in 2005, the first year of their affiliation with the Brewers that culminated with a PCL title. Pettis joined the Astros last year after spending several seasons as third base coach with the Rangers under Ron Washington. The Astros have a couple of decisions to make for the ALDS roster, and they could elect to include Franklin native and former Vanderbilt star Tony Kemp, who’ve seen oppose the Sounds with Fresno the past two years. Many may recall Kemp was with Fresno in Nashville in ’16 when he got word of his first-ever major league call-up.

Astros pitcher Mike Fiers (Photo courtesy of Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Astros outfielder Josh Reddick (Photo courtesy of Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Astros third base coach Gary Pettis (Photo courtesy of Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Enjoy the playoffs!

Jeff

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And then there was one. The Sounds play their finale game of the season today as they take on the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins) on Labor Day in Louisiana. The Sounds are trying to finish the season with a sweep after another late rally and win last night down on the bayou. Today Zach Neal (3-8, 5.18) takes on lefty Victor Payano (4-3, 3.70) in the matinee.

First pitch tonight is set for 1:00 CT with the pregame at 12:45 on ALT 97.5-FM and the iHeart, MiLB First Pitch and TuneIn Radio apps. Here’s the online audio stream: http://milb.streamguys1.com/nashvillesounds.

Tioday’s interview is our final Monday chat with Sounds manager Ryan Christenson, who discusses the team’s strong finish, his “call-up” opportunity to join the A’s coaching staff in September, what he’d like to see from Renato Nunez if the young slugger gets called up to the A’s (as has been widely reported and hinted) and what types of conversations he has with players going into the off-season.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Thanks for listening! On the air and off.

Jeff

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