30 in 30: A Chiefs Countdown to Opening Day – Day 1

If you looked at the title of this post and did a double take, I don’t blame you. How can baseball be 30 days away when it’s not even close to 30 degrees outside? For the love of Hank Sauer, it’s closer to -15 degrees than it is to 30. Negative 15!

And yet here we are just the same, with the good folks here in the offices of NBT Bank Stadium plugging away as we prepare for 2014 baseball in Syracuse. Every day from now until Wednesday, April 2nd, we’ll post here about something relating to the Chiefs’ upcoming season and the return of baseball in Syracuse. There’s no rhyme or reason for our selection of topics outside of “Chiefs” and “baseball”, so things might get a little wacky around here.

Today, Day 1, we’ll take a look at the new man in charge on the NBT Bank Stadium diamond…Chiefs manager Billy Gardner, Jr.


After two seasons of Tony Beasley, Chiefs fans will soon learn to know a new managerial style. Billy Gardner joins the Chiefs after seven years at the helm of the Montgomery Biscuits, the Double-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. For more on that managerial style, and the new skipper’s background, I sat down with Billy at the team’s annual Hot Stove Dinner a few weeks ago…

Syracuse will be the 11th stop as manager for the well-traveled Gardner. The previous 10, in order:

  • Butte, Montana
  • Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Battle Creek, Michigan
  • Augusta, Georgia
  • Trenton, New Jersey
  • Sarasota, Florida
  • Wilmington, Delaware
  • Adelanto, California
  • Dayton, Ohio
  • Montgomery, Alabama

I’ve attempted to crudely link together those stops on one picture, thanks to my brilliant MS Paint skills. Behold!

Gardner travelsThe life of a minor-league manager, folks.

Tune in for Day 2 tomorrow on 30 in 30: A Chiefs Countdown to Opening Day. What’s next? Who knows? (Seriously, though. I actually have no idea what’s next. Your guess is as good as mine.)


Have something you want to see or talk about on the blog? Hit us up on Twitter @ChiefsRadio – or shoot me a message at kbrown@syracusechiefs.com.

Kevin Brown


Thanks for the read, Kevin. It won’t be long now. We won’t be able to get there in time for Opening Day, but hope to stop by sometime in May or June.

Hey Kevin…..just a minor correction, in your 2nd paragraph you stated everyday from now to Wednesday, March 2nd…..dion’t you mean April 2nd? Later Gordy

Sent from my iPhone


I quite clearly do mean that. Thanks for catching!

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