Sounds tap veteran minor-league manager to lead team in 2014

Sweet's career as a manager dates back to '87, includes stints with seven different organizations

Rick Sweet, a veteran Class AAA manager, has been hired for that job with the Nashville Sounds, the team announced Thursday.

The 61-year-old spent the last two seasons as a roving catching instructor in the Cincinnati Reds’ system but has 23 years of experience as a minor-league manager. His career record is 1,588-1,520.

Sweet was International League manager of the year in 2008 and 2009 with Cincinnati’s AAA affiliate at Louisville, where he led the team to three straight division championships (2008-10). He also was the Pacific Coast League manager of the year in 1994 with Tucson, then the Houston Astros’ top farm team.

He has been a minor-league manager for seven different Major League organizations and spent one season as a Major League first-base coach (1996 with Houston) and two as field coordinator (1999-00 with Montreal). He replaces Darnell Coles, whom the Sounds hired in October but never managed a game for Nashville. Coles left last month to serve as hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers.

Sweet, who currently is managing in the Venezuelan Winter League for the third straight year, inherits the staff that had been hired to work with Coles: coach Bob Skube, pitching coach Fred Dabney, trainer Aaron Hoback, and strength and conditioning specialist Andrew Emmick.