Press release from the TinCaps:
Fans invited to meet the TinCaps on Wednesday
Public workout begins at 5 p.m.; autograph session to follow
Fans can get a sneak peek at the 2010 Fort Wayne TinCaps at the “MeetÂ the Team” event Wednesday, April 7 at Parkview Field. A public workout begins at approximately 5Â p.m., with an autograph session to follow. Admission is free.
“One of the best parts about Minor League Baseball is that the players are so accessible,” TinCapsÂ president Mike Nutter said. “The Meet the Team event gives our fans a chance to watch the guysÂ practice a day before Opening Day and maybe pick out their favorite players.”
This year’s roster includes OF Everett Williams, the San Diego Padres’ second-round selection inÂ last year’s draft, INF Edinson Rincon, the Padres’ No. 9 prospect according to Baseball AmericaÂ and RHP Dexter Carter, one of four players acquired in the trade that sent RHP Jake Peavy toÂ the Chicago White Sox last season. Six TinCaps were drafted in the 10th round or earlier.
Manager Jose Flores joins the TinCaps after two seasons in the Arizona Rookie League. He isÂ joined by pitching coach Bronswell Patrick, who moves up from short-season Eugene. HittingÂ coach Tom Tornincasa returns for his eighth season in Fort Wayne.
Tickets are still available for each game on Opening Weekend. The TinCaps open the seasonÂ Thursday, April 8 at 7:05 p.m. against the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Class-A Tampa Bay Rays). TheÂ first three games of the season serve as the TinCaps’ championship celebration. Thirsty ThursdayÂ drink specials are in effect on Opening Night with a fireworks show to follow. The first 2,009 fans toÂ enter the ballpark on Friday receive a replica Midwest League championship ring. On Saturday, theÂ first 2,009 fans receive commemorative championship posters featuring Robert Lara’s game winningÂ home run in last year’s playoffs.
Tickets, group outings and picnics for the TinCaps’ 2010 season are on sale now. Visit TinCaps.com or call (260) 482-6400 for more information.