The Padres improvement at the minor league level continues as today it was announced that the Fort Wayne TinCaps have been named winners of the 2011 Bob Frietas “Organization of the Year” Award for the Class-A level, recognizing their successful 2011 campain and continuing contribution to minor league baseball.
The award, given annually, is presented by Baseball America. From the release:
“The Fort Wayne TinCaps have demonstrated a spirit of innovativeness as well as commitment to the Fort Wayne community with an out-of-the-box approach and dynamic new facility, Parkview Field, in downtown. We are pleased to recognize Fort Wayne as the 2011 Bob Freitas Award winner for the A level classification in Minor League Baseball,” said Lee Folger, President/Publisher of Baseball America.
The TinCaps’ honor continues the trend of success and improvement throughout each level of the Padres organization, following league championships by both the Lake Elsinore Storm (California League) and San Antonio Missions (Texas League) this year.
In addition to the uniform updates, the Padres also unveiled three new logos for use in 2012. The “SD” logo has been updated to a circular mark featuring the text “San Diego Padres Baseball Club” and is to be used as the team’s primary mark.
The Padres’ new secondary logo features the Padres script under skyline imagery of PETCO Park. The new secondary mark also includes the classic “SD” along with “Est. 1969” and will be featured in a patch on the sleeve of the club’s blue and gray jerseys.
In addition, the Padres have wheeled out a revamped Swinging Friar logo for 2012. The mark makes use of the original classic Swinging Friar from the early days of Padres history, with updated colors to match the blue and white currently worn by the club. It will be featured in a patch on the sleeve of the Padres’ white jerseys.
The Padres today unveiled their updated uniforms and new logos for the 2012 season at a special event for select season ticket holders at PETCO Park. Padres President/Chief Operating Officer Tom Garfinkel was on hand along with several Padres players to make the announcement.
Included in the uniform changes for 2012, are updated home whites and road grays, along with a new blue alternate uniform featuring the Padres’ “SD” on the chest. San Diego’s military jerseys will still feature the digital camouflage pattern modeled after the U.S. Marines, but will have updated numbers and text on the back to remain consistent with the Padres’ other uniforms.
All four of the updated jerseys are currently available for sale at the Padres store and online at padres.com/shop.