Results tagged ‘ Nashville ’

Two Minor League affiliations left to settle

The Brewers signed a player development contract extension with rookie-level Helena on Tuesday that runs through 2012. In May, they signed a similar deal with advanced Class A Brevard County that covers the same years. The Brewers are already under contract with “low” Class A Wisconsin through 2012.

But the team’s deals with its top two affiliates expire after this season, and both Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville were in the news today. 
– In this piece from the Huntsville Times’ Mark McCarter, he reports “indications are that the parent club is interested in exploring options elsewhere because of dissatisfaction with Joe W. Davis Stadium.” If Milwaukee doesn’t return, McCarter speculated, the most likely potential major league affiliates for Huntsville are the Angels, Reds, Tigers, Padres, Giants or Mariners.
More from McCarter:
Currently 22 of the 30 Class AA working agreements have been renewed or are in the process of renewal. (They are done so on even-numbered years, for either two- or four-year terms.) Four Southern League teams have announced renewals in the past two weeks, leaving Huntsville, Carolina (Cincinnati Reds) and West Tenn (Seattle Mariners) unsigned. Major league teams can shift their affiliations among the three Double-A leagues.
Teams must notify their respective league offices by Sept. 11 if they do not plan to renew their player development contracts, then there is a period from Sept. 16-30 where potential new deals may be negotiated; there are stiff fines for negotiating with new teams outside that two-week window.
It is clearly a situation where Huntsville’s ownership will be wooing the Brewers once Prentice can begin discussions with Milwaukee Executive Vice President/General Manager Doug Melvin and his chief aide, Gord Ash.
“We’d certainly love to have the Brewers back,” Rogers said. “They’re one of the classiest organizations around.”
Brewers’ officials have grown weary of the lack of response by Huntsville and Stars ownership for improvements to the 26-year-old stadium since the Brewers began their relationship with the Stars in 1999.
“Obviously there are certain areas that need to be addressed with the facility at Joe Davis,” said Scott Martins, business manager for the Brewers’ minor league operation. “It’s a stadium that has had relatively little maintenance. There are few stadiums that old that haven’t undergone some major renovation. I think anybody who has been to any other park and then to Joe Davis knows there are issues that need to be addressed.”
– I’ve heard that the Brewers are pretty happy with some of the improvements made at Triple-A Nashville, though “historic” Greer Stadium is also in need of more work.http://newsok.com/nashvilles-loss-could-be-redhawks-gain/article/3486212?custom_click=headlines_widget This story from The Oklahoman newspaper says the Brewers could leave Nashville and move to Oklahoma City, which expects to lose the Rangers. 
(Editorial comment: The key word in that story is, “could.” The way I read it is this: City losing its affiliate, needs another, reporter looks around for outdated stadiums, connects dots. Perhaps I am reading that wrong, but it looks like speculation to me. Doesn’t mean there’s not fire behind the smoke, but I’d hold off on fitting Brett Lawrie for an Oklahoma City jersey for now.)
Anyway, both situations are worth watching after the season comes to a close. 
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Sounds play along with Will Ferrell

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Give the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate some credit for playing along with a gag at Round Rock, Tex. on Thursday night. 
The Nashville Sounds’ game was interrupted in the top of the sixth inning for an appearance by Rojo Johnson, an East Texas-born, Venezuela-raised ex-con who had just signed with the Astros and was actually comedian Will Ferrell. He didn’t last long, firing his only pitch behind a fake Sounds batter and drawing an ejection. 
Ferrell, of course, didn’t let the gag end there. He ran around the field while the batter gave chase. The video is available at MLB.com.
“Mentally, I feel like I have the strength of 10 men, after that,” Ferrell/Johnson, who ripped off his mustache during the on-field chase, told reporters in a postgame press conference.
“Nashville showed a lot of stuff tonight,” he said. “They’ve got a lot of moxie.”
They also won the game. Nashville avoided a three-game sweep with a win behind six scoreless innings from starter Kameron Loe and home runs by Adam Stern and Jonathan Lucroy. 
Keep an eye on Stern, who returned from a rib-cage injury about a week ago and could be a candidate for a promotion this weekend, depending on the results of Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez’s MRI scan this morning. The Brewers would probably prefer to promote a right-handed outfielder if Gomez misses time, but Lorenzo Cain is still on the disabled list at Double-A Huntsville and Brendan Katin is still injured at Nashville. 
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Triple-A Sounds off to 4-0 start

The Brewers will be trying to follow the lead of their Triple-A affiliate when they face the Cubs at Wrigley Field this week. 
The Nashville Sounds on Sunday finished a four-game road sweep of the Iowa Cubs with a 4-2 win and got another home run from outfielder Brendan Katin. Nashville’s 4-0 start is its best since 2003, when that eventual division champion club started the year 8-0. 
Katin already has three home runs and six RBIs after batting .417 in the season-opening series. Sounds relievers have only allowed one run in 14 1/3 innings, and closer Chris Smith already has three saves. Zach Braddock and John Axford, two relievers who figure to make their way to the big leagues at some point this season, have two scoreless outings apiece.
The Sounds continue their road trip on Monday with the opener of a four-game series against the Omaha Royals. Left-hander Chase Wright will make his first start of the season.
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Money returns to Triple-A with new pitching coach

DonMoney.jpgFormer Brewers All-Star infielder Don Money will return for a second season as manager of the organization’s top Minor League affiliate, and he will have a new pitching coach.

The Triple-A Nashville Sounds announced Wednesday that Money would be back along with hitting coach Sandy Guerrero. New to the staff is former Red Sox pitching coach Rich Gale, who replaces Chris Bosio in that role for the Sounds. The Brewers announced last week that Bosio would remain in the organization as the club’s advance scout.

The Sounds also said that strength and conditioning coach Tom Reynolds would return. He will work alongside new head athletic trainer Dave Yeager, who was promoted from Double-A Huntsville.

Money, 62, will enter his 13th year as an instructor in the Brewers organization including 12 seasons as a manager. He is 815-849 (.490) at the helm of the Sounds, Double-A Huntsville Stars (2005-2008) and Class A Beloit Snappers (1998-2004). In 2009, the Sounds led the PCL American Conference Northern Division for the majority of the season before finishing second with a 75-69 record, fifth-best in the 16-team Pacific Coast League.

Money finished the 2009 season serving as an extra coach for Brewers manager Ken Macha.

“You want to win your division title every year, of course,” he said in the final week of the Brewers’ season. “But at the same time, you have to realize that your No. 1 job is to get guys prepared to come up [to the Majors] when they’re needed, and that can have an effect on wins and losses. We battled through it, and the team we ran out there in the final week was much different than the one we had early in the season.”

Money is best-known in Milwaukee for his 11 seasons as a Brewers infielder. He represented Milwaukee in four All-Star games and became the team’s first All-Star starter in 1978. He was the Brewers’ club MVP in 1974 and 1977, and in 2005 he was voted into the “Walk of Fame” at Miller Park.

Guerrero guided Sounds batters to a .271 team average in 2009 and will continue in his role in Nashville. Prior to a 2009 promotion, he spent six seasons as Huntsville’s hitting coach.

Gale, who pitched for parts of seven seasons in the Major Leagues during a 12-year pro playing career, will serve his first year as a coach in the Brewers organization after spending 2009 as pitching coach for Class A Hagerstown in the Nationals’ system.

After his retirement in 1991 season, Gale worked two years at the big league level as the Red Sox pitching coach in before stepping away from the game for 12 years to spend time with his family. He returned to the coaching ranks in 2006 with Class AA Carolina in the Florida Marlins organization before logging two years in the PCL with Triple-A Albuquerque in 2007-08.

Gale was 55-56 with a 4.54 ERA in 195 appearances for Kansas City (1978-81), San Francisco (1982), Cincinnati (1983), and Boston (1984). He was named Sporting News Rookie of the Year in 1978 after going 14-8 with a 3.09 ERA in 31 games (30 starts) for the Royals.

Yeager joins the Sounds for his first year of service at the Triple-A level after spending the last five seasons with Double-A Huntsville. He was recognized as the 2007 Southern League Trainer of the Year in voting by his peers.

Reynolds returns to Nashville for his third season as the Sounds’ strength & conditioning coach.

The Sounds open their 2010 home slate on Friday, April 16 at historic Greer Stadium against the division-rival Iowa Cubs. Season ticket packages are currently on sale. Contact the Sounds at 615-690-HITS (4487) or visit http://www.nashvillesounds.com to order or for further details.

The Brewers typically announce their full Minor League coaching staffs closer to the start of Spring Training.

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