The Padres officially have a new voice, even if it isn't from San Diego.
Alex Miniak was named the team’s next public address announcer on Saturday night. He beat out more than 800 other candidates as the team held an open tryout for the position this year.
The New Hampshire resident was picked over two other San Diegans as the list was narrowed to three finalists this week. Each candidate worked an entire game during the team’s recent home stand.
The final decision was announced during the seventh-inning stretch of the Padres' win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night.
“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,” said Padres President and CEO Mike Dee. “In finding Alex, we accomplished that goal.”
Miniak is a Senior Account Executive with Gigunda Group, and is also the public address announcer for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. He said he plans to move to San Diego for the new gig.