Wow! Can you believe this blockbuster trade that the Boston Red Sox have swung with the LA Dodgers?!?!? Gone from beantown is Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Nick Punto and Carl Crawford. Coming back in return is James Loney and a handful of prospects. One such prospect is Jerry Sands (who I actually thought had a higher upside than Mike Trout – shows what I know!). Both Sands and Trout were part of the Home Run Derby during the Midwest League All-Star Game festivities in 2010. Here’s one of the many hacks Sands took…
Former Fort Wayne TinCaps outfielder and Midwest League MVP Rymer Liriano will represent the San Diego Padres in the 2012 Futures Game that will be played on July 8th in Kansas City, Missouri. The game, played during Major League Baseball’s All-Star Weekend, showcases some of the top prospects in the minor leagues.
Liriano, the 2011 Midwest League Prospect of the Year, was third in the league in batting average, hitting .319, adding 12 home runs and 62 runs batted in for the TinCaps in 2011. He also stole 65 bases, second most in the league. Liriano also played 50 games for the TinCaps in 2010.
The 14th annual Futures Game takes place Sunday, July 8, at 5 p.m. ET. The game can be seen live on MLB.TV and ESPN2. The 25-man rosters for the U.S. and World teams are selected by Major League Baseball, along with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League baseball clubs.
Yes indeed, it’s All-Star Week in Fort Wayne. It’s a time when the best of the best in the Midwest (League that is) who hasn’t been promoted or sidelined will come to the Summit City to show off their home run hitting talents on Monday before displaying their skills on the field come Tuesday.
And while the TinCaps didn’t quite dominate the first half like they did last year – they in fact didn’t even get a post season berth and now must come through in the second half if they are to defend their crown – the fan support at Parkview Field has been tremendous. As a thank-you, the team will offering $1 soft drinks and beers at Parkview Field concession stands during Monday’s festivities.
5:05-6:45: Player autographs
6:30: Little League Home Run Derby
7:30: MWL Skills Challenge
8:15: MWL Home Run Derby
On the West, two first-rounders from last year’s draft, Cedar Rapids OF Mike Trout and Clinton INF Nick Franklin, will slug it out in the Home Run Derby. They’ll likely to be joined by Quad Cities infielder Matt Adams and Wisconsin outfielder Khris Davis. Davis has already launched an estimated 425-foot missile to center field earlier this month during a game at Parkview Field.
From the East, the Loons’ Jerry Sands (with a league-best 18 home runs) will be joined by Fort Wayne infielder Nate Freiman is expected to hit at his home ballpark. South Bend infielder Matt Davidson and Dayton infielder Henry Rodriguez will likely make up the other half of the contingent.
The Midwest League sluggers will be joined by 2010 Garrett High School grad Spencer Burns, who won the TinCaps’ Hometown Hitters competition.
The Fort Wayne TinCaps are hosting the 2010 Midwest League All- Star Game, with festivities taking place in Fort Wayne on June 21st and 22nd. The top prospects in the Midwest League will be showcased. Both East and West divisions will field teams of 35 players – or a total of 70 top prospects from the league’s sixteen teams.
The East will be the home team and led by Fort Wayne’s coaching staff. That division includes the Dayton Dragons, Great Lakes Loons, Lansing Lugnuts, West Michigan Whitecaps, South Bend Silver Hawks, and Fort Wayne TinCaps as well as league new-comers, the Lake County Captains and Bowling Green Hot Rods.
The Western Division will be managed by Burlington’s coaching staff and will be made up with players from the Burlington Bees, Clinton Lumberkings, Cedar Rapids Kernels, Quad Cities River Bandits, Peoria Chiefs, Beloit Snappers, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, and Kane County Cougars.
This is the first Midwest League All-Star Game in Fort Wayne since 1994, when it was played at Memorial Stadium. The 2010 edition will also include a Monday night (June 21st) Skills Competition and Home Run Derby, which will consist of four players from each division as well as a local participant, Fort Wayne’s Hometown Hitter.
The evening of the Home Run Derby will be preceded by an autograph session by All-Star Game participants as well as an exhibition home run derby featuring members from area Little Leagues. Participants in the Little League Home Run Derby will be 12 years of age or younger and special fencing will be erected for this portion of the event. The evening’s events will culminate in a spectacular fireworks display.
Tuesday afternoon will feature an All-Star Game Fan Fest at the Grand Wayne Center,which is free to the public starting at noon and going through 3PM. The Fan Fest will provide access to players for autographs and also include interactive games, inflatables, and kids activities.
For on-field entertainment during the game, Fort Wayne has partnered with the best entertainment in Minor League Baseball, including the ZOOperstars, BirdZerk, Myron Noodleman, and Breakin’ BBoy McCoy. Fireworks will also conclude the night’s festivities.
I’ve got my tickets and can’t wait to enjoy the festivities!
- TinCaps To Host All-Star Game At Parkview Field (INC)
- TinCaps release MWL All-Star details (News-Sentinel)
- Fort Wayne to Host Baseball All-Star Game (NEIRP)
- Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars and Thousands Expected In Downtown Fort Wayne (INC)
- Area youth to join top hitters (News-Sentinel)
- Home run derby gives local flair to festivities (Journal Gazette)
- All-Star lineup: Baseball, fan faves, fireworks (News-Sentinel)
It’s pretty interesting how technology has changed in the few years since the first words and photos were posted on BBIFW. To keep up with the happenings and news of the Midwest League, I had to rely upon Google Alerts and a lot of manual effort. The lone exception was MWLGuide. Today, the teams have their own Twitter feeds and Facebook pages. As do the players, managers and even the mascots.
Now I am not going to go posting all the individuals’ pages here, but I thought some social media links would be nice. So heare goes…
- Beloit Snappers – Facebook | Twitter (@snappydturtle)
- Bowling Green Hot Rods – Facebook | Twitter (@BGHotRods)
- Burlington Bees – Facebook | Twitter (@BurlingtonBees)
- Cedar Rapids Kernels – Facebook | Twitter (@CRKernels)
- Clinton LumberKings – Facebook | Twitter (@LumberKings)
- Dayton Dragons – Facebook | Twitter (@DaytonDragons)
- Fort Wayne TinCaps – Facebook | Twitter (@TinCaps)
- Great Lakes Loons – Facebook | Twitter (@GreatLakesLoons)
- Kane County Cougars – Facebook | Twitter (@KCCougars)
- Lake County Captains – Facebook | Twitter (@LCCaptains)
- Lansing Lugnuts – Facebook | Twitter (@LansingLugnuts)
- Peoria Chiefs – Facebook | Twitter (@PeoriaChiefs)
- Quad Cities River Bandits – Facebook | Twitter (@QCRiverBandits)
- South Bend Siver Hawks – Facebook | Twitter (@Silver_Hawks)
- West Michigan Whitecaps – Facebook | Twitter (@WMWhiteCaps)
- Wisconsin Timber Rattlers – Facebook | Twitter (@TimberRattlers)
Update: John Asher has taken the Twitter feeds provided here and put them into a Twitter list. Surely a suggested follow.
Yes, a very cold Opening Night for the TinCaps at Parkview Field as they welcomed the Bowling Green HotRods to the MidWest League. A rather rude welcome at the hands of a 7-2 beating I might add. I snapped this pano pic from the outfield just before heading out. I’ll try to get a gallery posted as soon as possible.
The honors keep coming for the Fort Wayne TinCaps; recently being named MiLB.com’s Team of the Year. The Midwest League champion won a record 101 games in 2009 and beat out Triple-A Durham, Double-A Akron and Advanced-A San Jose for the overall Team of the Year award.
“Nobody could’ve dreamed for a better opening to Parkview Field in 2009 and our team on the field was a big part of that,” TinCaps President Mike Nutter said. “The guys went out and won more games than anybody in the minors this year. They were talented players but the team chemistry was what put them on another level. We can’t thank the San Diego Padres enough for their support.”
In all, the TinCaps broke sixteen franchise records, including wins in a regular season (94) and wins in a half-season (49) and longest winning streak when they opened the season with 10 straight wins.
Additional honors on the season included infielder, James Darnell and right hander Simon Castro being named Padres’ Minor-League Player and Pitcher of the year while Manager Doug Dascenzo won the Padres’ award for top player development staffer. The TinCaps’ front-office staff also received the Midwest League President’s Trophy.
Parkview Field to play ESPN Radio 1380AM broadcast
While the TinCaps travel to Burlington, Iowa fans in Fort Wayne have the chance to follow the team on ESPN Radio 1380AM as Dan Watson describes the championship action.
The Fort Wayne TinCaps will be extending Parkview Field’s normal hours to allow fans the opportunity to listen to the game together at the ballpark.
Parkview Field will be open to the public each of the remaining games of the 2009 Midwest League Championship Series, beginning Thursday night. A limited concessions menu will be available for fans to enjoy during the broadcast. There will be no cost for admission. Fans are encouraged to enter through the ballpark’s south gate at the corner of Brackenridge and Ewing.
REMAINING CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SCHEDULE
Thursday, September 17 @ 7:30pm (EST) – Game #3
Friday, September 18 @ 7:30pm (EST) – Game #4 (if necessary)
Saturday, September 19 @ 7:30pm (EST) – Game #5 (if necessary
The TinCaps were held scoreless through four innings by South Bend’s Ryan Cook. They finally got on the board in the bottom of the 5th on a leadoff home run by Allan Dykstra to cut the deficit to 2-1.
South Bend bounced back in the top of the 6th as A.J. Pollock and Reynaldo Navarro hit back-to-back doubles to make it 3-1. Alfredo Marte followed with an RBI single to left to push the deficit to 4-1. RHP Chris Fetter was replaced by Schumacher, who came in to shut down the Silver Hawks through the 8th inning.
Fort Wayne scored a run in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Jaff Decker. In the eighth, Kevin Hansen belted a triple high off the left-field wall, Daniel Robertson and Decker drew back-to-back two-out walks to load the bases. An opposite-field single by Vince Belnome made it a 4-3 game. Then, Figueroa lined an 0-1 pitch down the left-field line to plate Robertson and Decker and give Fort Wayne a 5-4 lead.
In the ninth, RHP Brad Brach allowed a one-out single, but slammed the door for his second save of the series and his 35th of the season. Schumacher (7-0) notched the win in relief.
The win advances the TinCaps to the second round of the playoffs, where they will face the Great Lakes Loons (Class-A Los Angeles Dodgers). Game 1 of the Eastern Division Championship Series, will be Saturday at 7:05pm at Dow Diamond in Midland, Mich.
Starting pitchers for Saturday’s game are to be determined. Games 2 and 3 are set for Parkview Field on Sunday (5:05pm) and Monday (7:05pm), if necessary. Make sure you are there! Get your tickets online right now! The winner of that series advances to the Midwest League Championship Series.