Padres fill ballpark PA announcer position

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SAN DIEGO – The position of ballpark announcer for the San Diego Padres has been officially filled.

During the seventh inning stretch Saturday against the San Francisco Giants, Alex Miniask was in the Padres announcing booth at Petco Park when he officially announced that he won the job.

Miniak has been working as a public address announcer for a Double A team in New Hampshire.

The Padres held an open casting call in January that drew more than 800 people.  This week, three finalists, marine biologist Sam Chin of San Diego, Todd Leitz of Los Angeles, a former news reporter at KNX and Miniak, each announced a full game at the ballpark.

“Great guys, great voices — there was something different about how Alex delivered the script. It was a tough, tough decision,” said Padres Chief Marketing Officer Wayne Partello. “Alex has the iconic voice that we were looking for and we’re excited to welcome him into the Padres family.”

During Saturday’s game, in which the Padres beat the Giants 3-1, each finalist announced two innings.  Miniak announced the rest of the game after he officially won the job.

Padres Announcer

Alex Miniak

“I’ve always wanted to do what I do at the highest level and to finally achieve that here with the San Diego Padres is truly amazing. I’m in shock,” said Miniak.

Miniak will replace longtime announcer Frank Anthony.

Team officials said Miniak plans to relocate to San Diego. He had been employed as a senior account executive at Gigunda Group, a New Hampshire marketing and strategy agency, in addition to his gig with the Double A team in New Hampshire.

“We want to thank everyone who tried out for sharing their time and enthusiasm with us over the past few months,” team President and CEO Mike Dee said. “Our intent for this process was to offer a true open casting call, with the possibility of discovering talent in even the least expected of places. In finding Alex, we accomplished that goal.”

7 comments

  • Mike

    Frank Anthony was fine and never needed to be fired only to have the process to find his replacement be made a complete joke. The Padres made a mockery out of this and there were some awful flubs by candidates who preceded these 3. Luckily, they went with someone with experience working as a stadium PA announcer. But the whole contest was disgraceful and totally unnecessary because not everyone can do this job. Congratulations to Alex Miniak on being selected. Luckily he was one of the better ones in this process. Hopefully he won’t be unceremoniously sacked in the future like Frank Anthony was.

  • Roger

    I agree with the above comment and good luck Alex. I also enjoyed Adam Pearce's local voice and flavor…I think if a sometimes break is needed and a substitute announcer required he will be given the opportunity!

  • Kenneth

    Todd Gloria's office just look away 30 safe, affordable parking spaces from hard-working, working-class people in the east village (who already fight Petco visitors for parking) to create another free storage facility for the homeless. I hope they are registering the homeless to vote, too. Kevin Faulconer, Mathew Packard, Emmanuel Arellano, Deborah Ruane also to blame.

  • John B.

    I didnt hear the other two finalists, but I have heard Todd many times and love his voice. He is a fine singer as well. No one works harder than he does.

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