Fort Wayne TinCaps

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Team History[edit]

The Fort Wayne TinCaps, of the Midwest League and briefly in High-A Central, are nicknamed for John "Johnny Appleseed" Chapman, who is buried in Fort Wayne; legend says his cooking pot doubled as a cap. The San Diego Padres farmhands play their home games at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne, IN.

In its first season under the new identity, the team finished first by 12 games, winning both halves of the Eastern Division season, then won the MwL crown by defeating the Burlington Bees in the finals. The old identity was Fort Wayne Wizards, the brand the Kenosha Twins adopted when they brought professional baseball back to Fort Wayne in 1993. They changed brands to TinCaps in conjunction with their 2009 into The View.

The city's baseball history includes the First game in major league history in 1871 - but the city lost its last previous pro team in 1935.

MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization raised the 'Caps, and most of the MwL, one level. The over-arching goal was to lessen distances between parent and farm clubs, but the Padres wanted to keep their players in the Summit City. Speaking of nicknames, Fort Wayne's is that because it was the highest point on the 1820s-era Wabash & Erie Canal.

The TinCaps play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Manzanas Luchadoras de Fort Wayne (Fort Wayne Fighting Apples).

Year by Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
2009 94-46 1st Doug Dascenzo League Champs Tom Tornincasa Tom Bradley
2010 77-63 5th Jose Flores Tom Tornincasa Bronswell Patrick
2011 69-70 9th Shawn Wooten Lost in 2nd round Kory DeHaan Willie Blair
2012 69-71 8th José Valentin Lost League Finals Jacque Jones Willie Blair
2013 72-67 6th José Valentin Lost in 2nd round Morgan Burkhart Burt Hooton
2014 63-76 12th Michael Collins Lost in 2nd round Morgan Burkhart Burt Hooton
2015 77-61 3rd Francisco Morales Lost in 1st round Lance Burkhart Burt Hooton
2016 62-78 13th Anthony Contreras Lance Burkhart / Vinny Lopez Burt Hooton Vinny Lopez / Raul Padron
2017 68-72 10th Anthony Contreras Lost League Finals Doug Banks Burt Hooton Jhonny Carvajal
2018 64-74 11th (t) Anthony Contreras Jon Mathews Burt Hooton Jhonny Carvajal
2019 62-76 12th Anthony Contreras Jon Mathews Burt Hooton Jhonny Carvajal
2020 Season cancelled
2021 54-66 10th Anthony Contreras Jon Mathews Jimmy Jones Felipe Blanco
2022 Brian Esposito Randolph Gassaway Jimmy Jones Jhonaldo Pozo

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