Category Archives: Parkview Field

Celebrate the Holidays at Parkview Field

The Fort Wayne TinCaps have announced that a Christmas tree will take centerfield on the Parkview Field concourse during the holidays.

“The TinCaps are always looking for ways that Parkview Field can be more involved in the downtown community,” said TinCaps Vice President, Michael Limmer. “The long tradition of ‘Night of Lights’ and HolidayFest was something that we wanted to be a part of and being able to decorate a tree for the holidays was a perfect fit for the facility.”

On Wednesday night, November 25th – the same night that Santa’s sleigh, the wreath, the Wells Fargo display, and many other holiday-themed decorations are illuminated downtown, the join the decor. “We encourage people to swing by the ballpark that night,” said Limmer. “

Parkview Field will see extended hours  during the holidays on select nights.

“We wanted to give families the chance to come down to the ballpark and see the tree as it was intended at night,” said Limmer.

The ballpark will be open on Wednesday, November 25th until 8:30pm and then each Saturday until Christmas we will be open until 7:00pm. Each Saturday from 5:00pm until 7:00pm, there will be special holiday programming, music, and videoboard displays at the ballpark. Details of each Saturday event are still being finalized but they will be available on the TinCaps website the week proceeding the event.

TinCaps Break Attendance Record

Through 61 games 322,995 fans have walked into Parkview Field to take in a Fort Wayne TinCaps game, surpassing the previous franchise record of 318,506 which was set during the Wizards’ innagural season in 1993. There are still nine home games remaining in the season.

7,025 fans took in the game on Sunday (August 16th). It was the seventh sellout in the last 12 games.

“This is certainly a milestone for the franchise,” said TinCaps Team President, Mike Nutter. “It is a testament to the hard working men and women that I have the privilege to work with. They come to work each day dedicated to providing each and every person that walks into Parkview a first class experience. We can feel the energy in the ballpark and being at Parkview Field is as much fun for us as it is for the fans. This has been a tremendous first year and we still have more baseball left to play.”

Fort Wayne franchise yearly attendance totals (by attendance)

  1. 2009 – 322,995 through 61 games
  2. 1993 – 318,506
  3. 2005 – 278,631
  4. 2004 – 278,351
  5. 1994 – 266,670
  6. 2003 – 262,477
  7. 2002 – 260,166
  8. 2008 – 256,693
  9. 2001 – 254,017
  10. 1995 – 253,568
  11. 2006 – 253,564
  12. 2000 – 252,605
  13. 2007 – 230,210
  14. 1997 – 230,210
  15. 1996 – 226,740
  16. 1998 – 214,702
  17. 1999 – 201,395

TinCaps Continue History Book Makeover

The Fort Wayne TinCaps dream season at Parkview Field continued Saturday as the team won its 80th game of the year, breaking the franchise record with 21 regular-season games left to play. The previous record of 79 was set in 1998 when the club was an affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.

The TinCaps set a franchise record for wins in a half-season earlier this year, when they went 45-25 in the first half. They have continued a sensational pace in the second half despite promotions of several key players.

“The depth of this team has been unbelievable all year,” TinCaps president Mike Nutter said. “They play with a lot of hustle and every player has worked incredibly hard to improve themselves. That’s a testament to the coaching staff and the San Diego Padres’ organization. We’re proud of the season these guys have had so far and we’re looking forward to even more memories in the playoffs.”

Several more records are expected to go by the wayside in the coming days. With Saturday’s victory, manager Doug Dascenzo is four shy of setting the franchise record for wins by a manager. Randy Ready, now the San Diego Padres’ hitting coach, won 209 games during his three-year stint, 2004-06.

The TinCaps are also closing in on the franchise attendance record. With Saturday night’s sellout crowd of 8,375, the TinCaps’ season attendance at Parkview Field reached 315,970. That is just short of the record total of 318,506, set with the franchise’s inaugural season of 1993.

Saturday night’s crowd was the second-largest in Parkview Field history. The TinCaps have sold out six of their last 11 home games.

Parkview Field will also play host at least one Midwest League playoff game on September 10th at 7:05pm against an undetermined opponent. The TinCaps qualified for the post-season with a firsthalf Eastern Division championship.

Ballpark Digest Visits Parkview Field

Parkview Field was designed to be a ballpark to watch a game and visit with friends and loved ones — but not necessarily in that order. For us, that’s a good thing. TinCaps owner Jason Freier puts an emphasis on the ballpark as a community gathering spot, and that goal was superbly realized by architect Populous (formerly HOK Sport). In year where Populous opened multiple ballparks — including the overrated Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, and the underrated Goodyear Ballpark — Parkview Field is clearly the best of the lot.

Take a moment to hop over to Ballpark Digest and take a look at the full article. Great and accurate review of Parkview Field.

KCRG (Iowa) Takes a Look at Parkview Field

About a month or so ago, I met up with Matt Nelson from KCRG-TV at Parkview Field. Matt is a photojournalist in Iowa and was doing a tour of Midwest Ballparks – he even went and found Moonlight Graham. To say I was jealous is an understatement. His piece of Parkview Field is now posted on his site. I highly suggest. Thanks for the great story Matt.

 Parkview Field in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is not only a ballpark that stands out in the Midwest League, but one that stands out nationally. The TinCaps forgot no detail and spared no expense in building this ballpark. It feels like a ballpark you would find at a higher minor league classification.

Fort Fragments: Wizards, TinCaps, Daisies, Local Ties

Been a while since I’ve done a Fort Fragments post, so ths one may get a bit long. Here’s some news and info tidbits related to Fort Wayne:

Former Wizard and Major League, Cory Doyne has signed with the Long Island Ducks.

Doyne joins the Ducks for his first season in the Atlantic League . . . Prior to last season, the Florida native spent eight years in the minors toiling in the Astros, Padres, Cardinals and Orioles organizations, earning a call up to the Major Leagues on June 16, 2007. The former eighth round draft selection appeared in five games for the Orioles that season, pitching three and two-thirds innings, while striking out three. He has 29 career minor league victories with a 3.32 ERA in 586 innings pitched.

Norwell native and current Arizona Diamondbacks’ farmhand, Jarrod Parker is ranked number twevle on Baseball America’s top 25 Prospects list. He’ll also pitch in the Baseball Future’s Game.

After a quick whip through the high Class A California League, Parker moved up to Double-A Mobile, where he has shown a fastball that can sit 92-96 mph with a plus slider and the makings of a potentially above-average changeup. A line drive off his wrist slowed the 20-year-old Parker down a bit, but he’s on pace to be one of the youngest pitchers in the big leagues by 2010 [Baseball America].

TinCaps in Full Motion: If you haven’t seen the commercial yet, take a look here (John King of Metta Audio).

Former (and recently retired) Wizard, Shawn Garrett is helping to develop players on an American League League roster.

I didn’t get to cover any of his visits to Parkview Field, but like Kyle Day, Justin Parker was wowed by the park when he visited with his South Bend Silverhawks.

“It’s a beautiful place,” Parker said Sunday. “I heard a lot of nice things about it, but I had no idea it was going to be this nice. It’s a really nice place.”

Former Fort Wayne Daisies player, Dr. Lois Youngen has endowed a baseball scholarship in honor of her father (Elden “Ty” Youngen) at Kent State University.

Baseball was quite prominent among the Youngen household. “Ty” Youngen was a member of the Kent State baseball team from 1924-26, earning three varsity letters and was a captain for his final season. Lois would follow in her father’s footsteps of playing baseball as she was a pitcher and catcher in the All-American Girls Professional League for the Fort Wayne Daisies and the South Bend Blue Sox.

In a game that involved many former Wizards/TinCaps, the Lake Elsinore Storm scored a 33-18 win over High Desert in Adelanto during late June. The Storm set league marks for RBIs, time of game (four hours, 10 minutes) and hits. Former TinCap Matt Clark went 5-for-6 with two doubles, a homer, five RBIs, two walks and scored a record-tying seven runs. Former Wizard, Felix Carrasco was 4-for-7 with two doubles, a triple, six RBIs and four runs. 

Left fielder Brad Chalk (4-for-9, two doubles, three RBI) . . . right fielder Sawyer Carroll (4-for-7, double, homer, three RBI, four runs scored) . . . third baseman James Darnell (4-for-7, two doubles, homer, three RBI, five runs scored). Center fielder Dan Payne (4-for-6, double, homer, three RBI, four runs scored). Second baseman Andy Parrino (2-for-6, two doubles, two RBI) . . . Left-handed reliever Matt Teague picked up the win allowing three runs on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings. Storm starter Jeremy McBryde allowed 11 runs on 13 hits over 4 2/3 innings. But he departed with a 22-11 lead.

Last season, after being released from the Yankees, former Wizard LaTroy Hawkins didn’t go home. He quitely came back to Fort Wayne. While back in town, he reconnected with agent, Matt Kinzer:

Kinzer is more than an agent. He’s a former major league pitcher and scout, and through the years has become the person who knows Hawkins as well as anyone . . Together, they studied video, did some bullpen sessions and attempted to rediscover the command of a fastball that has helped keep Hawkins in the big leagues for 15 years.

Memorial Stadium is pretty much long gone. Just some rubble left. The auction brought in about $20,000.

About 200 people attended the auction Saturday. Stadium general manager Randy Brown says the grand total for the day was $210,588. Aluminum bleachers along the third-base line brought the most money, selling for $65,000.

Former Wizard, Todd Donovan collected two hits off of future Hall of Famer, John Smoltz while the pitcher was rehabbing before making his season MLB debut with the Red Sox.

The TinCaps’ Blake Tekotte was the Midwest League Offensive Player of the Week for the week eneded June 29, 2009:

.538 (7-13), 2 R, 2 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB, 1.154 SLG
Currently on a 10-game hitting streak, Padres prospect Blake Tekotte put together another week of impressive plate appearances. The center fielder homered in consecutive games on June 25 and 26, amassing six RBIs in those two contests. He also recorded three multiple-hit games this week.

A couple transactions you might have missed. The Padres released Josh Alley and Derek McDaid while the Blue Jays called up Dirk Hayhurst. Alley was hitting .192 with Triple-A Portland at the time and has since signed with the St. Paul Saints. McDaid was 0-2 with a 7.42 ERA with Double-A San Antonio. He has since signed with the Quebec Capitales of the Can-Am League. Brockton (also of the Can-Am League) has released former Wizard Stevie Delabar. Hayhurst has quietly been productive with Toronto. In eleven appearances, he has a 1.84 ERA with nine strikeouts over 14.2 innings.

Fergie Jenkins Coming to Fort Wayne, Parkview Field

Chicago Cubs great, Fergie Jenkins will be visiting Fort Wayne on Wednesday, July 15th. Jenkins will be visiting Parkview Field for a ballgame that night at 7:05pm when the TinCaps take on the Clinton Lumberkings and will be throwing out a ceremonial first pitch to start the game.

Jenkins joins a long list of former Chicago Cub greats to visit Fort Wayne, including Ernie Banks, Andre Dawson and Ryne Sandberg. Kerry Wood also pitched in a rehab performance whiel with the visiting Peoria Chiefs in 2005 – the same day Sandberg was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. While not available for autographs during the TinCaps game, Fergie will be making an appearance, as a guest of Miller High Life at the Cap N Cork located on Coldwater Road beginning at 2:00pm that afternoon. Fans 21 years of age or older are invited to that location for an autograph session that is scheduled to run until 4:00pm.

Tickets are still available for the game by logging on to TinCaps.com, calling the TinCaps Office at (60) 482-6400 or by visiting the Parkview Field Ticket Office located at the south entrance of the ballpark. Ticket Office hours are from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

BallParks.Com Reviews Parkview Field

This has already been mentioned on AroundFortWayne and WhatsGoingDown(Town), but as I catch up with life, I feel it’s worth mentioning here: BallParks.Com recently reviewed Fort Wayne’s Parkview Field. And this is more than your standard fare. They go deep, taking a look at the park’s setting, exterior, design, parking, admittance cost, food and much, much more. In addition, there are many photos. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

San Diego Padres Host Open Tryout at Parkview Field

High School and College players invited to Parkview Field to be evaluated by Major League Baseball personnel

The San Diego Padres will be hosting an Open Tryout at Parkview Field, home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps, on Tuesday, July 21st. Registration will begin at 9:00am at Parkview Field and the tryout will begin promptly at 10:00am. Attendees are encouraged to use the south entrance, located on the corner of Ewing and Brackenridge. Free parking is available in the team’s Silver Lot, located just south of Parkview Field.

Undrafted high school juniors through college seniors, between the ages of 15 and 21, are invited to showcase their skills and talents at the tryout camp conducted by area scouts of the Padres organization.

“We receive quite a few questions about people wanting to try out for the TinCaps team,” said TinCaps Team President, Mike Nutter. “We explain that all of the players on the TinCaps team have either been drafted, or signed as free agents, by the San Diego Padres. That’s one of the benefits of being affiliated with a Major League team, they have a full staff of evaluators and scouts watching players across the entire country to provide the talent on the field in Fort Wayne, Indiana.”

“What the Padres offer with this Open Tryout is the opportunity for local players to showcase their skills. The personnel that will be at Parkview Field evaluating talent have seen the best high school and college players in this area for years. This Open Tryout is an opportunity for the Padres to get another look at local talent and it is also a chance for players in this area to showcase their abilities and receive some constructive feedback. There’s never a guarantee of being signed, but there’s a chance and that’s all I think most players are looking for.”

Scouting officials and personnel directors of the Padres system will handle the entire tryout camp. No player signing decisions will be made by the Fort Wayne TinCaps organization.

Players are not required to pre-register for the open tryout through the Fort Wayne TinCaps. All players under the age of 18 will need to have their approved registration waivers signed by a parent or legal guardian. Players trying out will need to bring the following items – uniforms, gloves, shoes and/or cleats, and if needed, catching equipment. All baseballs, wood bats and batting helmets will be provided.

Decker Blasts a 450ft Shot into the Treetops

Most figured it would take a little longer, but everyone speculated on how long it would take someone to blast a shot into the Treetop Seats at Parkview Field. Sunday, Jaff Decker slugged a solo home run to the TreeTops Rooftop in the bottom of the first inning.

The TreeTop seating/party area is beyond the right-field wall against the parking garage. It’s the first home run ever to reach that territory.  A staffer and cameraman went out to retrieve the ball and show on the video board where the bomb landed – an estimated 450 feet.

Sadly, the Fort Wayne TinCaps were defeated by the Peoria Chiefs, 5-2.

Every home run I have seen Decker hit is to right, and given the reputation that preceeds him, I am not too surprised he is the first. I expect he’ll hit a few more out there before it’s all said and done.