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Nashville Xpress all time roster

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Nashville Xpress all-time roster

The Nashville Xpress minor league baseball team played two seasons in Nashville, Tennessee, from 1993 to 1994 as the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. During those seasons, a total of 60 players played in at least one game for the Xpress. Of those 60 players, 22 have also played in at least one game for a Major League Baseball team.

After the 1992 baseball season, Charlotte, North Carolina, home of the Double-A Southern League's Charlotte Knights, acquired a Triple-A expansion team in the International League, leaving the Double-A Knights in need of a new home. Larry Schmittou, owner of the Triple-A Nashville Sounds, offered Herschel Greer Stadium as a temporary home for the displaced team, and the team relocated to Nashville and became the Nashville Xpress. The new Triple-A team in Charlotte inherited the Knights name and the legacy of the Double-A franchise that preceded it, while the Xpress were treated as new team with no previous history. In order to accommodate two teams at Greer, the Xpress scheduled its home games during the Sounds' road trips. Baseball America ranked the dual Nashville teams as number one on its list of the "top ten happenings in minor league baseball." In 1995, the Xpress relocated to Wilmington, North Carolina, becoming the Port City Roosters. A subsequent relocation in 1997 saw the Roosters moving to Mobile, Alabama, where they continued play as the Mobile Bay Bears.

In 1993, Nashville's Oscar Múñoz was chosen as the Southern League's Most Outstanding Pitcher. Outfielder Rich Becker was selected for the 1993 post-season All-Star team, and right-handed pitcher Brad Radke was named to the 1994 squad. Three players went on to be selected for a major league All-Star team after playing for Nashville: Eddie Guardado (2002 & 2003), Damian Miller (2002), and Brad Radke (1998). In 1995, Marty Cordova was chosen as the American League Rookie of the Year. Three Xpress players also played for Nashville Sounds: LaTroy Hawkins (2010), Todd Ritchie (1999), and Scott Cepicky (1993—one season before playing for the Xpress).

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