The first professional baseball game in history was played in Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1871. The early part of the 20th century saw the city play host to several professional teams, and the legendary Babe Ruth even came through Fort Wayne briefly as a player. However, after the 1935 season, the Fort Wayne Chiefs left town, and the city spent roughly six decades without a baseball team to support. In 1993, a new team was created as an expansion team and the Single-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. The team was initially called the Wizards, a name they kept until the beginning of the 2009 season. The Twins served as the parent organization of the Wizards from 1993 to 1998. During that span, the team made the playoffs three times. In 1999, the San Diego Padres took over the team but kept the Wizards name. The Wizards would make the playoffs in five of the next 10 seasons before becoming known as today’s current TinCaps for the 2009 season. The new name serves as a tribute to the legend of Johnny Appleseed, who also inspires the team’s branding and logo. Along with a new name, the 2009 season saw the team get a new stadium and marked the beginning of a run of unprecedented success as they went on to win the league championship in 2009 and subsequently make the playoffs six other times. You can get your Fort Wayne TinCaps tickets at StubHub to see the squad play ball this season.
Where do the Fort Wayne TinCaps play their home games?
While the TinCaps were founded in Fort Wayne in 1993, their home stadium was built in 2009. The team’s home diamond, Parkview Field, is an 8,100-seat stadium that has attracted well over three million fans since it first opened for the 2009 season. Since the TinCaps' logo is an apple wearing a tin cap, the stadium offers a plethora of apple-based concessions. These include apple dumplings, apple crisps and apple pies. Not only are the 8,100 seats positioned close to the field, but you can also opt to bring a blanket and enjoy the game from one of the grassy berms beyond the outfield wall. The TinCaps are consistently one of the leaders in fan attendance across the Midwest League.
Are there any former TinCaps playing in Major League Baseball?
Since the 1993 inception of the team, Fort Wayne has put 172 players into the majors. As recently as 2018, there were 50 former TinCaps on major league rosters. Some notable names include Trea Turner and Joe Ross from the Washington Nationals, Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber and veteran infielder David Freese. Players who made it to the Padres' major league roster include Austin Hedges, Chase Headley, Hunter Renfroe and Jose Castillo.
What are some big games for the TinCaps this season?
While the presence of the South Bend Cubs in Indiana and within the same division creates a natural rivalry, historically, the TinCaps have also had a rivalry with the Great Lakes Loons. Not only are the two teams divisional rivals, but the Loons' parent organization is the Los Angeles Dodgers, which maintains a long-standing rivalry with the TinCaps’ own MLB affiliate, the San Diego Padres.
Who manages the Fort Wayne TinCaps?
The 2020 season will be Anthony Contreras' fifth as the manager of Fort Wayne. Contreras, who guided the TinCaps to the 2017 Midwest League Championship, is already the winningest manager in the history of Fort Wayne baseball. The 2019 season saw Contreras guide the TinCaps to a record of 62-76. Despite being 14 games below .500, Fort Wayne was in playoff contention late into the season. During his record tenure as the manager of the TinCaps, Contreras has seen 23 players make their way to the major leagues. Contreras had his own lengthy playing career as a minor league infielder. He spent nine seasons as a player, including the 2008 season with Fort Wayne.
Where can I buy Fort Wayne TinCaps tickets?
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