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SAN DIEGO – The Padres held open tryouts for their vacant public address announcer position Saturday.

The casting call began at 9 a.m. at Petco Park and lasted till 4 p.m.  Hundreds of hopefuls showed up as nearly 500 people passed PADRES PAthrough the gates of Petco Park.

Those chosen as semi-finalists will be interviewed, and the finalists will get to showcase their skills during the annual Padres FanFest, which is scheduled for Feb. 8.

Fans will choose the top three by casting votes online.

The winner will be selected in March and be required to work every home game on the schedule, team officials said.

The Padres did not say why Frank Anthony, the team’s PA announcer since Petco Park opened in 2004, is being replaced.

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