Former Major League catcher Rick Sweet was named as the new Manager of the Nashville Sounds in an announcement made by the club Thursday.
Sweet, 61, will fill the vacancy left by Darnell Coles who left the organization to take the assistant hitting instructor position with the Detroit Tigers. Coles was promoted from Double A Huntsville after the Brewers decided to add Mike Guerrero to the Major League coaching staff in September.
The new Manager played one season for the San Diego Padres in 1978 and also caught for the New York Mets in 1982 along with the Seattle Mariners in 1983.
While his Major League statistics were less than desired, Sweet demonstrated a respectable track record as a Manager in the Minor League ranks.
Cincinnati fired Sweet in 2011 in a stunning move after compiling six consecutive winning seasons for the Triple A Louisville RiverBats of the International League. He produced a record 473-387 as the RiverBats Manager from 2005 until his departure in 2011.
Sweet oversaw the development of several Reds’ prospects including pitcher Homer Bailey through Sweet’s entire stint with Louisville.
In addition, he also played a role in Jay Bruce’s development when the current Reds’ outfielder arrived to Louisville in 2009.
There also is a family link to Brewers’ Manager Ron Roenicke when Sweet managed his nephew, Josh, in 2009.
Sweet made his Managerial debut in 1987 with Single A Bellingham of the Seattle Mariners organization where he posted a 30-46 record. He captured his first winning season managing the 1989 Osceola Astros of the Florida State League where he achieved a 72-65 record.
The new Nashville manager has a career 1702-1640 record as a minor league manager and additionally served as a roving catching instructor after his untimely departure in 2011.