Fort Wayne, IN – Parkview Field, the home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps, has been named as the top Minor League Baseball experience for the second straight season by Stadium Journey magazine. The publication reviewed 1,225 sports venues in compiling its “Top 101 Stadium Experiences for 2012”.
Parkview Field ranked as the #14 experience in all sporting venues. Parkview Field was also rated as the top experience in Minor League Baseball in 2011, when the magazine reviewed 754 stadiums.
“The thing about Parkview field is that it combines all of the elements that we recognize as making a stadium experience great,” said Stadium Journey President and co-founder Paul Swaney, who visited
Parkview Field this past season. “The food and beverage is better than you’ll find most places and (the concessions options are) related to the overall theme. When I go to Parkview Field, apple turnovers are
something that I seek out. Having a downtown location is an important factor as well. The variety of seating selections is important, too. Fans can go back again and again and have different experiences
each time depending on where they want to sit.”
Stadium Journey utilizes its FANFARE scale for ranking the stadiums on its website and in creating this list. The scale takes into account the food & beverage at the stadium, overall atmosphere, the neighborhood in which it resides, the fans, access outside and inside the stadium, return on investment, and allows for room for "bonus points" for unique features.
“This award is a testament to our great community and fans who continue to make Parkview Field an enjoyable place to be,” said TinCaps President Mike Nutter. “We’re honored to be ranked among the best venues in all of professional sports, including another Indiana landmark like (#1 overall experience) Lucas Oil Stadium.”
Fort Wayne, IN – The Fort Wayne TinCaps are pleased to announce that Burt Hooton, a veteran of 15 Major League seasons, will serve as pitching coach for the 2013 season. Hooton, 62, is joined on the coaching staff by second-year manager Jose Valentin and first-year hitting coach Morgan Burkhart. The addition of Hooton, who most recently served as the pitching coach for Triple-A Oklahoma City of the Houston Astros organization, gives Fort Wayne a coaching staff of three former major league players for the second consecutive season.
Hooton, a native of Greenville, Texas, spent his Major League career with the Chicago Cubs (1971-75), Los Angeles Dodgers (1975-84) and Texas Rangers (1985). On April 16, 1972, in his fourth Major League start, Hooton threw a no-hitter for the Cubs against the Philadelphia Phillies. He finished his Major League career with a 151-136 (.526) record with 1,491 strikeouts over 2,652 innings. Over 11 career postseason games, Hooton was 6-3 with a 3.17 ERA, including the 1981 postseason, in which Hooton was 5-1 with a 0.82 ERA in five starts for the World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers. Hooton was named both an All-Star and MVP of the National League Championship series that season.
He played collegiately at the University of Texas at Austin, putting together a career 35-3 record and a 1.14 ERA. Hooton earned first-team All-American honors in three consecutive seasons from 1969 to 1971. He was drafted second overall in the 1971 amateur draft by the Cubs, and did not play in the minor leagues prior to making his Major League Baseball debut.
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