Thursday, December 19, 2013

Farm report on the Nashville Sounds' parent club does not sound promising in spite of our newly subsidized ballpark project


time will tell if Milwaukee decides to extend its agreement with the Sounds after a highly contentious negotiation session in 2013 ....

[The Sounds and the Brewers] entered into a working agreement in 2005 [after the Brewers were "jilted" by Indianapolis's minor league club due to the question of the Brewers not providing "top quality prospects"] and mutually agreed to continue the partnership through the 2014 season.

As Nashville opens the doors to the new stadium, other Major League clubs looking to find a new affiliate could step up.

And given the track record of Milwaukee’s stadium battle with Nashville, there are multiple reasons whether or not both teams will continue beyond 2014.

It has awful writing, but am I reading the report correctly? We could have a new ballpark in 2015 but no major league affiliate to play in it? Apparently gambling is actually allowed in professional baseball.


  1. In order to understand the writing, one must know how Player Development Agreements work. Nashville will have a team regardless of who the parent club is.
    As stated in the article, the Indianapolis Indians opted out of extending its agreement with Milwaukee to seek a partnership with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
    Forgot to mention the part where I mentioned baseball officials make an effort in finding agreements between affiliates and Major League clubs.
    Nashville is the affiliate. Milwaukee is the parent club.

    It actually reads as follows:
    "After Milwaukee was left without a Triple A team when the Indianapolis Indians jilted the Brewers in favor of working with the Pittsburgh Pirates – baseball officials needed to find a logical pair.
    Indianapolis opted out after showing discontent with the Brewers organization in providing the International League squad with top quality prospects.
    Both teams entered into a working agreement in 2005 and mutually agreed to continue the partnership through the 2014 season."

  2. What I meant by "major league affiliate" was "a minor league team affiliated with a major league parent club". That might not have been clear from what I wrote. Hence, if the Sounds split from the Brewers, there would be no affiliate of a major league team in Nashville, unless the Sounds can find an MLB team willing to take them.

    Having said that, it still looks like a risk Nashville is assuming in spending tax dollars on a new ballpark for a team that may not be affiliated with a major league club in 2015. League officials make an effort, but what if they don't find a parent club for the Sounds?