Padres name new PA announcer

SAN DIEGO - After an open casting call and a three-month long national search, the San Diego Padres have found their new public address announcer.

The team announced Saturday that Alex Miniak will replace longtime PA announcer Frank Anthony.

Miniak, a New Hampshire resident, was chosen out of a group of 800 people who applied to an open casting call in January. Those were narrowed down to 50 and then 30. All 30 finalists got the opportunity to announce a portion of a game during the season-opening series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.   

The 30 were narrowed down to 10 and then three. Miniak was announced as the winner during the seventh inning of the Padres’ home game Saturday against the San Francisco Giants.

“Alex has the iconic voice that we were looking for and we’re excited to welcome him to the Padres family,” said Padres Chief Marketing Officer Wayne Partello in a statement.

Miniak is currently the public address announcer for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, a Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. He is also a senior account executive for the Gigunda Group. He plans to relocate to San Diego.
 
Anthony had been the Padres' PA announcer since Petco Park opened in 2004. The Padres have never confirmed why he was let go after last season.

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