FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- The Fort Wayne TinCaps are a finalist for one of Minor League Baseball's major annual awards. The Midwest League nominated the TinCaps for the Larry MacPhail Promotional Award, which symbolizes the top promotion effort in MiLB.
The Larry MacPhail Promotional Award is presented to a club that demonstrates outstanding and creative marketing and promotional efforts within its community, its ballpark (including non-game events), in media, and other promotional materials. The TinCaps are one of 14 finalists out of MiLB's 160 teams. Nominees from each MiLB league are reviewed by the MiLB Awards Committee with recommendations being reported to the President and Executive Vice President of MiLB for final decision. Winners will be announced and presented with awards at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas in December.
"This is recognition we're exceptionally proud of, especially given the caliber of organizations in the Midwest League who do such a great job with their own promotions," said TinCaps President Mike Nutter. "Our Vice President for Marketing and Promotions, Michael Limmer, leads our tremendous staff in attracting and entertaining fans at an elite level."
This marks the seventh time in the last 16 years that Fort Wayne has been selected as the Midwest League's nominee for the Larry MacPhail Promotional Award. The TinCaps were most recently nominated in 2013, as well as in 2009, '10, and '11. Before the franchise rebranded to the TinCaps, the Fort Wayne Wizards earned the distinction in 2003 and '04.
"I continue to marvel at the creativity and dedication of the TinCaps," Midwest League President Dick Nussbaum said. "I congratulate the team on this and a great 2018 season."
In 2018, the 10th season for the TinCaps at Parkview Field, the team welcomed its 4,000,000th fan since opening the gates in 2009. The TinCaps also introduced new uniforms and additional brand marks. Meanwhile, Fort Wayne had more postgame fireworks shows, 32 (over a 70-game home schedule), than anyone else in baseball. The TinCaps continued to entertain fans in a variety of ways, including with theme nights (Fortnite Night was an example of a new one this year), national entertainers, and $1 concession items on select nights. Tickets for all games start at $5.
The TinCaps have won major MiLB awards in two of the past three years-the only team to have done so. Fort Wayne won the John H. Moss Community Service Award in 2015 and the John H. Johnson President's Award for organizational excellence in 2016.
TinCaps 2018 Accolades
· Continued Excellence Award - Ballpark Digest
· Larry MacPhail Promotional Award Nominee - Midwest League
· Best Class A Ballpark - Ballpark Digest
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