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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.

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.

PLAYOFFS!?!??! You’re Talkin About Playoffs?

TinCaps Reveal Playoff Schedule, Fireworks & Thirsty Thursday for First Round Game, September 10th ~ Playoff Tickets On Sale Tuesday, July 14th at 10:00am

The Fort Wayne TinCaps, with a record of 45 wins and 25 loses in the first half of the 2009 Midwest League season, clinched first place in the Eastern Division and a playoff berth. The first round is best two out of three games, with the winner advancing one step closer to the Midwest League Championship series. It is set to begin with the TinCaps on the road for game one on Wednesday, September 9th.

The team return to Fort Wayne for game two on Thursday, September 10th. The first pitch will be thrown at 7:05pm. The TinCaps also announced today that they have added a post-game fireworks show for this game and are continuing the Thirsty Thursday promotion for the Thursday playoff game. If a third game is necessary, it will take place at Parkview Field on Friday, September 11th beginning at 7:05pm.

Individual tickets for the TinCaps first home playoff game on Thursday, September 10th go on sale Tuesday, July 14th at 10:00am and are available by logging on to TinCaps.com, calling the TinCaps Ticket Office at    260-482-6400    or visiting the Parkview Field Ticket Office located at the south entrance to the ballpark. Tickets for a potential Game #3 will also be available for purchase.

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.