Big Leaguer with the TinCaps

Fort Wayne was on the losing end of things again last night, falling, 6-3, against Lake County in the finale of their three-game series. Joe Ross had arguably the worst outing of his season, allowing six runs on a career-high 13 hits over four innings. That’s now back-to-back starts where the righty has only worked four innings. In his start prior to yesterday, he allowed six runs, and three home runs, at home against West Michigan. Ross hasn’t been the winning pitcher of a game since April 25th, believe it or not.

Now the TinCaps turn their attention to South Bend for four games, with the first two of the series taking place at Coveleski Stadium in South Bend, and the latter half of the set to be played at Parkview Field. The reasoning for that is because the Midwest League gives every team a home game on either July 3rd or July 4th, and so that’s how the schedule plays out this season. Usually, series will be of the three-game or four-game variety, with all of those games being played at the same venue.

In other baseball news today, the TinCaps will have a Major League Baseball player in their roster tonight, as Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, with Fort Wayne on a rehab assignment, will bat leadoff and play shortstop. Manager Jose Valentin told me that Cabrera is only scheduled to play five innings. At that point, it’s my guess that Tyler Stubblefield, who is not in the starting lineup, will come in to fill Cabrera’s spot on the card.

Cabrera went on San Diego’s disabled list on June 19th with a left hamstring strain. Although he led the National League last year with 44 stolen bases, and currently leads the NL with 31, I doubt we’ll see much running from him, considering the point of his assignment here is for him to ensure that his muscle is healthy for MLB game action.

This is just the second time in the TinCaps’ five-year history that the Padres have sent a player to Fort Wayne on a rehab assignment. It makes sense, given that of all 160 Minor League Baseball teams, the TinCaps are the seventh-farthest from their parent club. Right now, though, the Padres are in Boston, so the TinCaps are the closest affiliate, with the others being located in Eugene, Oregon, Lake Elsinore, California, San Antonio, Texas, and Tucson, Arizona.

The other rehab assignment was a three-game stint for the now-retired infielder David Eckstein back in 2010. He joined the team when they were playing at West Michigan.

I’ll look to have Cabrera on our pre-game show tonight, which gets going at 7:15 for a 7:35 first pitch tonight. I’ve also been told that Padres GM Josh Byrnes and Assistant General Manager AJ Hinch will be with the team for a few days, as they’d like to see some of the young arms (Weickel, Eflin and Fried) take the mound. I’ll hope to have chats with both of them, too.

Hope to have you along for the broadcast tonight. Mike Maahs and I have the call on The Fan 1380 and


In today’s edition of the podcast, I chat with TinCaps middle infielder Maxx Tissenbaum. Yesterday was Canada Day, so we delve into a little bit of Canadian history and trivia, but we also discuss the team’s hot first-half start compared to their stumble out of the gate here in the second half. Have a listen:


BuzzFeed had a list today that I really enjoyed, which is called “21 Rare Photos from the Final Days of “Seinfeld”, which, if you read this blog, you’ll know if one of my favorite shows of all time. I credit that partially to the fact that I have a sarcastic sense of humor, but also that it was what was watched each night at dinner in the Couzens household. So much for conversation…we had a conversation about nothing instead.

Here’s my favorite photo:


Enjoy the article for yourself:


Tom Petty and John Mayer…take it away!

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


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