The Sounds will again be broadcast on 102.5 The Game (for the most part) next season, and play-by-play man Jeff Hem will return to the stick. A handful of games will be on partner station 94.9.
The design and construction team working on the Sulphur Dell ballpark planned for the Nashville Sounds and associated developments revealed a few more details about the project on Monday. Below is a first look at how the stadium will likely look from Jefferson Street as well as more info about the apartments Embrey Development will build just north of the ballpark. Chris Bundgaard at News 2 has more info and images from the meeting.
Our J.R. Lind weighs in on a bad deal at Sulphur Dell and the only way to rescue it — just buy the team. It's been done elsewhere and the manageable tab would bring with it some big benefits.
The value of the Sounds is hard to pin down (though, presumably, it's gone up with the promise of a new stadium). But Forbes' recent estimate of the 20 most valuable minor league teams did not include the Sounds. The 20th ranked team on that list — the Oklahoma City RedHawks — came in at $21 million.
For, say, $20 million, the city gets the team ... and it gets the revenue. Not just the increased sales taxes budgeted in the financing plan — all of it. Ticket revenue, beer money, parking costs. All of it.
The proposed Sounds stadium at Sulphur Dell — more details of which were revealed at numerous presentations Monday — will be designed to provide views of downtown over the outfield wall.
One rendering showed the stadium perfectly parallel to Bicentennial Mall, which would give a south-southeast orientation.
Baseball obsessives noted that this would be fairly unusual — and they are right.
Major League Baseball Rule 1.04 says: "It is desirable that the line from home base through the pitchers plate to second base shall run East Northeast."
This "desire" is born of a need to keep the afternoon sun out of the eyes of batters (and the customers sitting in the pricier seats behind home). It's long been accepted that this layout is why left-handed pitchers are called "southpaws," though that's disputed.
In any event, the Sulphur Dell stadium would not be aligned in the normal way.
Take a look at this graphic from Flip Flop Flyball. It's a little out-of-date (you'll notice the now-defunct Dolphin Stadium and Metrodome are included) but it still gives a great picture of how ballparks are aligned:
Sulphur Dell's alignment would be almost exactlythe same as Detroit's Comerica Park, the southernmost line on the infographic.
Rather interestingly, among the other extreme southern-aligned parks is Miller Park, home of the Sounds' parent club in Milwaukee (though Miller Park is mostly enclosed and sun is less of an issue).
The original Sulphur Dell, for what it's worth, was aligned in the more traditional way.