The Nashville Sounds have officially announced its Triple-A affiliation with the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Sounds reunite with the Brewers for the first time in 10 years from when it was a minor league affiliate for Milwaukee from 2005-2014. The new deal comes after the Sounds signed a 10-year Professional Development License (PDC) with Major League Baseball as part of the 20-team Triple-A East League.
The Sounds and Texas Rangers originally agreed to a four-year PDC that was scheduled to run from 2019-2022, but the two organizations only had one season together due to the cancelled 2020 season.
“We are incredibly excited to officially reunite with the Milwaukee Brewers and become their Triple-A affiliate once again,” says Sounds General Manager Adam Nuse. “When we received the invitation to partner together back in December, we heard our fans’ excitement loud and clear. We’re eager to re-introduce Milwaukee Brewers baseball to the City of Nashville and Sounds fans everywhere.”
The Brewers have built a success franchise over the past 10 years with two National League Central Division Championships (2011, 2018) and four postseason appearances including two National League Championship Series (2011, 2018.)
Rick Sweet will be the manager of the Nashville Sounds for the 2021 season and will be joined with pitching coach Jim Henderson, hitting coach Al LeBoeuf, coach Ned Yost IV, athletic trainer Lanning Tucker, and strength and conditioning specialist Andrew Emmick.
“We are excited to return to Nashville and begin a new partnership with the Sounds organization. We look forward to working with Sounds co-owner Frank Ward and the entire Nashville team to prepare our minor league players on their final stop before Milwaukee,” says Milwaukee Brewers President of Baseball Operations David Stearns.
Nashville will play in the Southeast Division of the Triple-A East League. The rest of the division includes the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox), Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays), Gwinnett Stripers (Atlanta Braves), Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Miami Marlins), Memphis Redbirds (St. Louis Cardinals) and Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles).
The Sounds will start its season on May 4, since Minor League Baseball decided to delay the beginning of the season.
Former Sounds players from 2005-14 that also played for the Brewers include Ryan Braun, Lorenzo Cain, Nelson Cruz, Khris Davis, Tim Dillard, Alcides Escobar, Prince Fielder, Mike Fiers, Yovani Gallardo, Scooter Gennett, J.J. Hardy, Corey Hart, Jeremy Jeffress, Brandon Kintzler, Jonathan Lucroy, Martin Maldanado, Jimmy Nelson, Manny Parra and Rickie Weeks.