Randy Smith, vice president of player development for the San Diego Padres, sat in the office of TinCaps manager Michael Collins before Fort Wayne’s playoff opener and ruminated on the clubs’ 16-year partnership.
The D-League is moving toward a system in which there’s one team for every NBA team. But not all the NBA teams are yet interested in running a D-League team or even regularly sending players down.
The TinCaps went 63-76 in 2014 but won a round in the postseason before bowing out Sunday in the Eastern Divison championship series.

Local pro sports

  • Captains eliminate TinCaps
    The long faces said it all. The TinCaps’ chase for a second Midwest League championship came to a halt Sunday night as Lake County sent them home for the winter with a 5-4 loss in Game 2 to wrap up the Eastern Division Championship Series.
  •  Captains command Game 1
    If there’s something that won’t scare the TinCaps, it’s the potential of being eliminated.
  • TinCaps get quick jump, win
    If anyone was hesitant to call Kyle Lloyd an ace, the big right-hander removed any doubt Friday night.
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