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I Saw Them in Fort Wayne: Jerry Sands

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…

Jerry Sands at the Midwest League All-Star Game in 2010
Jerry Sands at the Midwest League All-Star Game in 2010

Kicking Off Midwest League All Star Week

Midwest League All Star Game LogoYes 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

Post-event: Fireworks!

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.

TinCaps Add Valdez, Mikolas to All-Star Roster

TinCaps’ infielder Jeudy Valdez and right-hander Miles Mikolas were added to the Midwest League All-Star roster Tuesday, bringing the host city of Fort Wayne’s total All-Star representatives to six.

The additions are thanks to the promotion of Lansing’s Mark Sobolewski and an injury to Lake County’s Trey Haley.

Valdez, 21, is in his second season in the Midwest League. He’s batting .251 with a team-leading seven home runs and 15 stolen bases. His best game at the plate this year came May 26 vs. Great Lakes when he clubbed a pair of homers, including a grand slam, to finish with six RBI.

Mikolas, 21, has been one of the most reliable relievers on the staff, going 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA. A seventh-round selection in last year’s draft out of Nova Southeastern University, Mikolas had a 26- inning stretch without allowing an earned run this year.

Valdez and Mikolas join TinCaps infielder Nate Freiman, outfielder Danny Payne and righties Jerry Sullivan and Nick Schumacher on the Eastern Division All-Star roster.

Midwest League All-Star Game Coming Back to Fort Wayne

Midwest League All Star Game LogoThe 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.

Home Run Derby LogoThe 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!

Press Coverage:

Fort Wayne, IN – The Fort Wayne TinCaps announced today details of the 2010 Midwest League All-
Star Game festivities that will take place in Fort Wayne, Indiana this coming June 21st and 22nd.
The Midwest League All-Star Game is a showcase for the top prospects in the league. Both the East
and West divisions will field a team of 35 players for a total of 70 top prospects from the sixteen teams
that make up the Midwest League.
The Midwest League consists of two eight-team divisions. The East will be the home team for the game
and will be managed by Fort Wayne’s coaching staff (the host city) – led by manager Jose Flores. The
Eastern division is comprised of the Dayton Dragons, Great Lakes Loons, Lansing Lugnuts, West
Michigan Whitecaps, South Bend Silver Hawks, and Fort Wayne TinCaps. The two final teams that
comprise the Eastern division are new comers to the league the Lake County Captains and Bowling
Green Hot Rods. Lake County and Bowling Green formerly competed in the South Atlantic League.
The Western Division will be managed by Burlington’s coaching staff (runner-up in the 2009 Midwest
League Championship series) – led by manager Jim Gabella. The Western division teams are the
Burlington Bees, Clinton Lumberkings, Cedar Rapids Kernels, Quad Cities River Bandits, Peoria Chiefs,
Beloit Snappers, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, and Kane County Cougars.
The Midwest League All-Star Game, which rotates between the sixteen member teams, returns to Fort
Wayne for the first time since Memorial Stadium played host to the game in 1994. Four players are still
currently active in the Major Leagues that were named to the 1994 Midwest League All-Star roster. Billy
Wagner, Raul Ibanez, Mike Sweeney, and Alex Rodriguez are currently playing in the Major Leagues.
(Rodriguez was named to the 1994 roster, but was promoted prior to the game being played.)
The Midwest League continues to be a showcase for future Major League talent. Albert Pujols, Prince
Fielder, Justin Morneau, Johan Santana, Jake Peavy, Joe Mauer, Dan Haren, and Miguel Cabrera are
just a few of the names that filled the rosters of Midwest League All-Star teams in the past. The 2010
All-Star Game will be yet another showcase for the future stars of the Major Leagues.
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The 2010 Midwest All-Star Game festivities extend beyond just the game itself on the evening of
Tuesday, June 22nd. The night before on Monday, June 21st the talent and power of the Midwest
League will be on display in a Skills Competition and Home Run Derby. The 2010 Midwest League
Home Run Derby will consist of four players from each division as well as a local participant, Fort
Wayne’s Hometown Hitter.
Fort Wayne’s Hometown Hitter will be a high school baseball player determined through a series of
preliminary contests, culminating in a single player qualifying to compete against the best power hitters
in the Midwest League. Schools in the SAC, NHC, ACAC, and Independent high schools Blackhawk
Christian and Canterbury, were invited to nominate one player each to compete in preliminary events
taking place after each Sunday game in May. The top power hitters will advance to the finals to
determine Fort Wayne’s Hometown Hitter. The Hometown Hitter will be allowed to compete with a
regulation IHSAA aluminum bat.
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, free to the public, at the Grand Wayne
Center starting at noon and lasting until 3:00pm. The Fan Fest will provide attendees with access to
players from both the Eastern and Western divisions for autographs. The Fan Fest will also include
interactive games, inflatables, and kids activities.
Not only will the players on the field be the best that the Midwest League has to offer, the
entertainment between innings will also be second to none. Fort Wayne has combined the best
entertainment in Minor League Baseball to entertain those in attendance during the 2010 All-Star
Game. The ZOOperstars, BirdZerk, Myron Noodleman, and Breakin’ BBoy McCoy will entertain Parkview
Field throughout the June 22nd star-studded event. Fireworks will also conclude the night’s festivities.Fort Wayne, IN – The Fort Wayne TinCaps announced today details of the 2010 Midwest League All-

Star Game festivities that will take place in Fort Wayne, Indiana this coming June 21st and 22nd.

The Midwest League All-Star Game is a showcase for the top prospects in the league. Both the East

and West divisions will field a team of 35 players for a total of 70 top prospects from the sixteen teams

that make up the Midwest League.

The Midwest League consists of two eight-team divisions. The East will be the home team for the game

and will be managed by Fort Wayne’s coaching staff (the host city) – led by manager Jose Flores. The

Eastern division is comprised of the Dayton Dragons, Great Lakes Loons, Lansing Lugnuts, West

Michigan Whitecaps, South Bend Silver Hawks, and Fort Wayne TinCaps. The two final teams that

comprise the Eastern division are new comers to the league the Lake County Captains and Bowling

Green Hot Rods. Lake County and Bowling Green formerly competed in the South Atlantic League.

The Western Division will be managed by Burlington’s coaching staff (runner-up in the 2009 Midwest

League Championship series) – led by manager Jim Gabella. The Western division teams are the

Burlington Bees, Clinton Lumberkings, Cedar Rapids Kernels, Quad Cities River Bandits, Peoria Chiefs,

Beloit Snappers, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, and Kane County Cougars.

The Midwest League All-Star Game, which rotates between the sixteen member teams, returns to Fort

Wayne for the first time since Memorial Stadium played host to the game in 1994. Four players are still

currently active in the Major Leagues that were named to the 1994 Midwest League All-Star roster. Billy

Wagner, Raul Ibanez, Mike Sweeney, and Alex Rodriguez are currently playing in the Major Leagues.

(Rodriguez was named to the 1994 roster, but was promoted prior to the game being played.)

The Midwest League continues to be a showcase for future Major League talent. Albert Pujols, Prince

Fielder, Justin Morneau, Johan Santana, Jake Peavy, Joe Mauer, Dan Haren, and Miguel Cabrera are

just a few of the names that filled the rosters of Midwest League All-Star teams in the past. The 2010

All-Star Game will be yet another showcase for the future stars of the Major Leagues.

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The 2010 Midwest All-Star Game festivities extend beyond just the game itself on the evening of

Tuesday, June 22nd. The night before on Monday, June 21st the talent and power of the Midwest

League will be on display in a Skills Competition and Home Run Derby. The 2010 Midwest League

Home Run Derby will consist of four players from each division as well as a local participant, Fort

Wayne’s Hometown Hitter.

Fort Wayne’s Hometown Hitter will be a high school baseball player determined through a series of

preliminary contests, culminating in a single player qualifying to compete against the best power hitters

in the Midwest League. Schools in the SAC, NHC, ACAC, and Independent high schools Blackhawk

Christian and Canterbury, were invited to nominate one player each to compete in preliminary events

taking place after each Sunday game in May. The top power hitters will advance to the finals to

determine Fort Wayne’s Hometown Hitter. The Hometown Hitter will be allowed to compete with a

regulation IHSAA aluminum bat.

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, free to the public, at the Grand Wayne

Center starting at noon and lasting until 3:00pm. The Fan Fest will provide attendees with access to

players from both the Eastern and Western divisions for autographs. The Fan Fest will also include

interactive games, inflatables, and kids activities.

Not only will the players on the field be the best that the Midwest League has to offer, the

entertainment between innings will also be second to none. Fort Wayne has combined the best

entertainment in Minor League Baseball to entertain those in attendance during the 2010 All-Star

Game. The ZOOperstars, BirdZerk, Myron Noodleman, and Breakin’ BBoy McCoy will entertain Parkview

Field throughout the June 22nd star-studded event. Fireworks will also conclude the night’s festivities.

Opening Night 2010 at Parkview Field

Pan of Parkview Field on 4/8/2010
A cool - okay, COLD - Opening Night at Parkview Field

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.

TinCaps Invite Public to Parkview Field for Radio Broadcasts

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

TinCaps Ground Silverhawks, Face Loons in Next Round

The Fort Wayne TinCaps were down to their final four outs and trailing Friday at Parkview Field, but Cole Figueroa’s two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the 8th put Fort Wayne ahead as the TinCaps grounded the South Bend Silver Hawks, 5-4, to advance to the second round of the Midwest League playoffs. RHP Nick Schumacher delivered three crucial scoreless innings in relief as the TinCaps advanced to play the Great Lakes Loons in a best-of-three series beginning Saturday in Midland, Michigan.South Bend’s Justin Parker (a local native) launched a home run in the 2nd inning to put the Silver Hawks ahead, 1-0. A 3rd-inning sacrifice fly by Reynaldo Navarro made it 2-0.

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.