The Nashville Sounds unveiled the 2015 promotions schedule today. Among the highlights are free T-shirts at every Tuesday home game for the first 2,000 fans, a bobblehead in the style of the Nashville Vols, Sulphur Dell's former tenants, and, on the popular $2 beer (and also soft drinks, apparently) Throwback Thursdays, the Sounds will look like those Vols, too:
Continuing our popular Throwback Thursday series for a fifth year, the Sounds reach back into the rich baseball history at Sulphur Dell to honor the 1940 Nashville Vols as this season's uniform style. The white uniforms feature royal blue accents, including the popular "V" Vols logo on the left chest, as well as two-toned socks. During its centennial celebration in 2002, Minor League Baseball rated the 1940 Southern Association champion Nashville Vols as their #47 entry on its list of the Top 100 All-Time Minor League Teams. In addition, fans will be able to purchase select beers and soft drinks for $2 all night.
The Nashville Sounds will once again air the bulk of their games on WPRT 102.5 The Game FM in the 2015 season, the team announced Wednesday. Team and station have been broadcast partners since 2012.
Jeff Hem will return as the play-by-play voice and will be joined on select broadcasts by Kevin Jarvis, a journeyman who pitched for 10 Major League teams in 15 seasons and spent 2004 with the Sounds.
All 144 games will be broadcast. The April 9, April 11 and any game that conflicts with Nashville Predators playoff games will be broadcast on 94.9.
The Nashville Sounds have named senior advisor Garry Arthur as the team's COO. Arthur had been in his role as advisor since the acquisition of the team by the current ownership group in 2009.
Nashville is Arthur’s fourth stop in the Pacific Coast League. He previously served a combined 14 seasons as General Manager in Sacramento (1999-2004), Vancouver (1998-99), and Calgary (1989-95). During those tenures, Arthur’s teams recorded more than 1,000 wins and his teams carry a 30-18 record in eight postseason appearances.
Arthur was the 2002 winner of The Sporting News’ Minor League Executive of the Year award. He was also named as the 1999 recipient of the PCL Executive of the Year award.
Arthur was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the River Cats during the team’s first six seasons in Sacramento from 1999-2004 and oversaw the successful opening of Raley Field. During his tenure, the River Cats won two Pacific Coast League Championships (2003-04) and four PCL South Division titles (2000-01, 2003-04).
During his six years as Sacramento GM, Arthur was affiliated with the Oakland Athletics organization, the new parent club of the Sounds.
After departing Sacramento at the conclusion of the 2004 campaign, Arthur served as a consultant to the River Cats as well as to the Pacific Coast League, chairing its Scheduling Committee. He has been associated with the PCL since October 1988 when he was named General Manager of the Triple-A Calgary Cannons, a position he held for seven seasons from until 1995.
After his Cannons stint, he was named Vice President of Japan Sports Systems, a Japan-based company which owned the Triple-A Vancouver Canadians, in November 1996. He became General Manager of the Canadians in 1998, and he held that position until the franchise was relocated to Sacramento following the 1999 Triple-A World Championship season.
Prior to his career in baseball, Arthur spent five years working for the XV Olympic Winter Games, which were held in 1988 in Calgary. He began his tenure with the XV Olympic Winter Games as the Manager of Information Systems (1984-85) and was promoted to Press Secretary (1985-87) in 1985. In 1987, he was appointed Director of the Chairman’s Office for the XV Olympic Winter Games.
His professional career began in sports broadcasting. Arthur was a broadcaster with Canada's CBC on radio and television for 12 years.
The Nashville Sounds rolled out a new logo this morning ahead of the unveiling of their offseason rebranding campaign.
The mark is a guitar pick with a stylized "N" on top of an orange and beige color scheme.
"Broadway Burnt Orange, Sunburst Tan, Neon Orange, and Cash Black make up the club's new official colors," reads a release from the club. "The Sounds are the first professional sports team to use Neon Orange in its color scheme."
"With this new logo scheme, we wanted to capture the vibrant nature of the city, of downtown Nashville. There is nothing more striking than burnt orange - you see it everywhere in this town," said Sounds assistant general manager Brandon Yerger, who headed the Sounds' rebranding process.
"The Nashville Sounds name has always reflected what this city is all about — musical sounds. With our new look, we want to really celebrate 'this is Music City.' We have incorporated a number of fun new elements, which you'll see as we unveil more in the future."
The rest of the rebranding effort — including new uniforms and alternates — will be made public at a season ticket holder event next month. As for a change in mascot, supposedly from Ozzie the cougar to a hot chicken, the club was mum.
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.
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