Five Straight Seasons, Jaff to the Bigs, #Hashtag

For the fifth straight season, the Fort Wayne TinCaps are headed to the Midwest League Playoffs.

The post-game celebration in the Fort Wayne clubhouse.

The post-game celebration in the Fort Wayne clubhouse.

The TinCaps defeated the Lake County Captains, 7-4, on Tuesday night at Parkview Field, clinching a certain playoff spot, with the opportunity to win the division.

Entering play today, the TinCaps, who have six games remaining in the first half, are only 2.5 games behind the Silver Hawks. Fort Wayne has now won nine straight games, and 15 of its last 16 games. To give you an idea of where that hot streak ranks in Minor League Baseball, we look at the best records since May 26th around the minors:

Fort Wayne 15-1

Potomac (Nationals, High-A) 13-3

South Bend (Diamondbacks, Low-A) 13-4

Binghamton (Mets, Double-A) 12-3

Beloit (A’s, Low-A) 12-5

Winston-Salem (White Sox, High-A) 12-7

Mobile (Diamondbacks, Double-A) 11-5

Best ERAs in MiLB

  1. Savannah (SAL) – 3.00
  2. Lexington (SAL) – 3.04
  3. Jupiter (FSL) – 3.08
  4. Mobile (SOU) – 3.12
  5. Mississippi (SOU) – 3.15
  6. San Antonio (TEX) – 3.20
  7. Dunedin (FSL) – 3.20
  8. Jackson (SOU) – 3.24
  9. Myrtle Beach (CAR) – 3.26
  10. St. Lucie (FSL) – 3.27
  11. Bowling Green (MWL) – 3.30
  12. Indianapolis (INT) – 3.31
  13. Fort Wayne (MWL) – 3.38

Best Batting Averages in MiLB (excluding the Triple-A Pacific Coast League–11 of the 16 teams in the PCL are hitting .270 or better, but the TinCaps stack up well otherwise.)

  1. Lancaster (CAL) – .289
  2. Fort Myers (FSL) – .284
  3. Durham (INT) – .282
  4. Buffalo (INT) – .279
  5. Asheville (SAL) – .279
  6. Bowie (EAS) – .273
  7. Clearwater (FSL) – .271
  8. Norfolk (INT) – .271
  9. Kane County – .270
  10. Cedar Rapids – .270
  11. South Bend – .270
  12. Fort Wayne – .269

So, yeah, it’s been a pretty good season so far for Fort Wayne. On top of where they are in the standings around the Midwest League and Minor League Baseball, they could also have one of the best halves in franchise history.

Best Halves in Franchise History

2009 2nd – 49-21 (.700)

2009 1st – 45-25 (.643)

2010 2nd – 41-29 (.586)

2003 1st – 40-28 (.588)

2006 2nd – 40-30, 1995 2nd – 40-30 (.571)

1998 1st – 41-31 (.569)

Right now the team is 40-23 (.635) with six games to play in the half, so it could theoretically end up as the second-best half in franchise history. If not, at least being the best non-2009 half is still something pretty good to brag about.

PODCAST

To hear post-game comments from Manager Jose Valentin, listen to today’s TinCaps Report Podcast:

DECKER GETS THE CALL

Make it official–2009 TinCaps outfielder Jaff Decker, a part of the Midwest League championship-winning team, is now a member of the San Diego Padres, reaching the major leagues for the first time in his career. When he plays in a big-league game, he’ll be the 115th former Fort Wayne player to have reached Major League baseball, and the ninth member of the 2009 team to have played in the bigs.

In 2009, Decker hit .299 with 16 home runs and 64 runs batted in with the TinCaps, and he was only 19 years old. This season with Triple-A Tucson, he was hitting .251 with five home runs and 20 runs batted in.

Congrats, Jaff.

JOIN THE REVOLUTION

Facebook is adopting hashtags, folks. We knew this day would come, it was just a matter of when. From The New York Times:

Facebook has joined the hashtag revolution, introducing a tool on Wednesday that allows users to add the # symbol before a word to signify its topic. The topic would then be easily searchable by other users of the social network.

Of course, anyone who has used the microblogging service Twitter is familiar with hashtags, which have long been used there to organize public conversations. Right now, for example, #manofsteel is a popular hashtag on Twitter because of the coming Superman movie. Search for that hashtag on Twitter and you can see the global conversation about the topic.

Tumblr, Pinterest and other social networks also use hashtags, and Google announced last month that it was adding hashtags to its Google Plus service.

Should you care about this? No.

Will lots of people on Facebook and Twitter care about this? Yes.

Carry on.

MUSICAL GUEST

Led Zeppelin…take it away!

Thanks for reading. If you’d like to get in touch, you can reach me at Couzens@TinCaps.com or on Twitter @MikeCouzens.

MCsig

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