Sam Geaney, the San Diego Padres' new director of player development, attended his first games at Parkview Field this weekend as he gets acclimated with the farm system he now oversees.
And while the TinCaps lost two out of three games against South Bend, including a 7-0 defeat Sunday afternoon in the series finale, Geaney was amazed at the quality of the ballpark.
"It's stunning," said the 29-year-old executive, who was hired away in the offseason from the Oakland Athletics. He had been the A's coordinator of international scouting. Geaney said others with the Padres prepared him to visit Parkview Field by telling him "how impressive it is."
"And it is," he said. "It's very special. It's a special place."
Geaney wanted TinCaps fans to know how happy he is to be in his new role with the Padres, one that will heavily involve him with Fort Wayne's professional franchise.
"I'm ecstatic to be here," Geaney said. "I'm looking forward to getting out here as frequently as I can."
Jones out again: TinCaps slugger Duanel Jones, their usual starter at third base, did not play for a second consecutive game. Manager Francisco Morales revealed afterward that Jones was battling general soreness but is not expected to miss any further time, as the team was being more precautionary.
On deck: The TinCaps are off Monday leading up to a three-game series against Dayton, which has a 9-9 record. In Tuesday's opener Fort Wayne has Taylor Aikenhead (1-0, 8.74) on the mound to oppose the Dragons' Wyatt Strahan (2-1, 3.45).