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Nashville Mayor Proposes Plan to Build New Baseball Stadium at Historic Sulphur Dell


The Nashville Sounds could have a new home in 2015. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean’s administration has proposed a plan to build an $80 million development on the old Sulphur Dell site. Included in the project is $30 million for a new Sounds stadium.

The development would also include a parking garage and a residential development. However, the team is cautiously optimistic.

Plans in the past, including one in 2007 to build a ballpark on the river downtown, blew up. However, under new ownership and with a new mayor perhaps the plan to bring baseball back to the historic site will come through.

Sulphur Dell is the original home of baseball in Nashville. Baseball was played on the site shortly after the Civil War. A field, called Athletic Park, was built in 1870 and a grandstand added in 1885 when the Nashville Americans of the Southern League called it home.

It wasn’t until legendary sportswriter Grantland Rice referred to the park as Sulpher Spring Dell that the name began to change. Eventually it was shortened to just Sulpher Dell.

The field was known for its sloping outfield that had a steep incline all along the outfield wall.

Minor league teams played at Sulpher Dell for years through 1963. The last team to play were the Nashville Vols who played in the Atlantic League in 1963. However, due to poor attendance and financial problems the team was forced to leave.

The stadium sat vacant without a minor league team until it was torn down in 1969. And Nashville was without a team from 1964 to 1977 until the Nashville Sounds came to town.

The talks for the new ballpark are still in the early stages, but the Sounds are in dire need of an upgraded facility who play in the outdated Herschel Greer Stadium.

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Pacific Coast League: Tacoma Rainiers Win Title


Former first round-picks help Rainiers to title.

Dustin Ackley drew a walk in the 11th inning of Game 3 of the PCL Finals to start a 4-run rally leading Tacoma past Memphis 10-6. Tied 6-6, Ackley drew a walk and was followed by Greg Halman and Matt Mangini singles to break the tie. The bases were then loaded when David Winfree was hit by a pitch. Then Mike Carp extended the lead to 2 with an RBI single. Justin Smoak, a former first-round pick by Texas, capped the scoring with a 2-run single to end the scoring.

This is the first title since 2001 for Tacoma when they were crowned co-champions with New Orleans Zephyrs after the 9/11 attacks.

The entire championship was played in Memphis as Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium was undergoing renovations. This was only one of several things the Rainiers had to overcome during the course of the season. Tacoma finished 13-15 down the stretch, but they turned it around during the playoffs under interim manager, hitting coach Jose Castro. Castro took over after skipper Daren Brown was promoted to interim manager of the parent club Seattle Mariners.

Tacoma will now play in the Triple-A National Baseball Championship against the International League winner Columbus Clippers. The game will take place September 21 in Oklahoma City.

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Pacific Coast League: Smoak Powers Rainiers to Game 1 Win


Tacoma Rainiers 5, Memphis Redbirds 3

Justin Smoak powered the Tacoma Rainiers to victory in Game 1 of the PCL Playoffs Tuesday night at Memphis’ AutoZone Park. Memphis jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning on a Donovan Solano RBI single, but it was short lived. Tacoma bounced back quickly in the bottom of the 2nd with a Smoak 2-run home run.

The see-saw battle continued at Memphis retook the lead in the 4th inning with 2 runs. Tony Cruz tied the game at 2 with an RBI single, and then Cruz was singled home by Donovan Solano. But once again the lead was short lived as Tacoma came right back in the bottom of the inning to tie it on a Mike Wilson solo home run.

In the 5th inning, Justin Smoak would drive in the go-ahead run with an RBI single. Tacoma added an insurance run when Mike Wilson drove in the final run of the night on a sacrifice fly. That was all that was needed for Tacoma as Blake Beavan picked up his first postseason win going 6 innings and giving up 2 runs on 8 hits. The Rainiers bullpen did the rest as Andrew Baldwin went 2 scoreless and Dan Cortes came in to close it out in the 9th.

Donovan Solano went 2-4 with 2 RBI for Memphis in a losing effort.

Tacoma Rainiers vs. Memphis Redbirds
Game 2: MEM @ TAC Sep 15, 8:05 PM ET
Game 3: TAC @ MEM Sep 17, 8:05 PM ET
Game 4*: TAC @ MEM Sep 18, 4:05 PM ET
Game 5*: TAC @ MEM Sep 19, 2:35 PM ET

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Pacific Coast League: Memphis Takes 2-0 Lead in Semifinals


Memphis Redbirds 3, Oklahoma City 2

Memphis took a 2-0 lead in the Pacific Coast League Semifinals on Thursday night with a 3-2 victory over Oklahoma City. Brandon McCarthy went 6 innings giving up 3 runs on 8 hits to take the loss.   The game was scoreless until the 5th inning when Oklahoma City got on the board with 2 runs. Willy Taveras singled in a run and was promptly driven in by Chris Davis with another RBI single putting the RedHawks up 2-0.  Brandon Boggs committed a cardinal sin of baseball being thrown out at 3rd base on the play for the final out of the inning.

Memphis came right back in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game at 2.  Tony Cruz led off the inning with a ground-rule double.  After a single put runners at the corners, James Rapoport singled home Cruz to put Memphis on the board.  Allen Craig would later ground out driving in a run to tie the game.

The game would not stay tied for long as Memphis would get the go ahead and eventual winning run in the 6th.  The hero from game 1 Joe Mather would single to start the inning.  With 1 out, Ruben Gotay would then drive in the winning run with a double to right field.

The series will now switch to Oklahoma City as the RedHawks look to bounce back in the series.

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Pacific Coast League: Memphis Beats Oklahoma City in Game 1


Memphis Redbirds 7, Oklahoma City Redhawks 5
Joe Mather provided a couple of wakeup calls for the Memphis Redbirds.
Mather homered twice and drove in three runs Wednesday, powering the Redbirds to a 7-5 victory over the Oklahoma City RedHawks in Game 1 of their Pacific Coast League semifinal series.

Memphis was trailing, 1-0, in the second inning when Mather smacked a solo shot off RedHawks starter Guillermo Moscoso. Allen Craig snapped a 3-3 deadlock with a two-run shot in the fifth, Mark Hamilton walked and Mather deposited an 0-2 offering from Moscoso over the left-field fence.

“Joe has been clutch,” Redbirds manager Chris Maloney said. “He did what he had to do, that’s how the Cardinals play baseball. He had big hits tonight … those home runs really woke us up.”

Mather, who had 10 homers in 91 regular-season games for Memphis, became the first Redbird to homer twice in a postseason contest.

“It’s awesome,” he said. “There’s a lot of history, a lot of good players have played here, so it’s an honor to have that.”

Donovan Solano drove in two runs, while former Major Leaguer Ruben Gotay was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored for the Redbirds, who host Game 2 on Thursday.

Bruce Dickson (1-0) got the win, despite allowing five runs on eight hits with five strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings. Eduardo Sanchez pitched two hitless frames and Josh Kinney worked the ninth for the save.

Chris Davis hit a solo homer and finished a triple shy of the cycle for Oklahoma City. The big league veteran scored three times, once on Max Ramirez’s blast in the sixth.

Moscoso (0-1) was charged with seven runs on nine hits, including three homers, over 4 2/3 frames. Former first-round pick Tanner Scheppers struck out one over two innings of hitless relief.

In other Pacific Coast League action:

Tacoma Rainiers 10, Sacramento River Cats 8
Brad Nelson delivered a two-run double to snap a tie in the ninth inning as the Rainiers grabbed homefield advantage in the best-of-5 series. Greg Halman hit a three-run homer and former first-round pick Justin Smoak reached base six times for Tacoma. Box score

Source: MinorLeagueBaseball.com

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