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Congratulations to Vernon Wells as he picked up his third Gold Glove Award this week for his work during the 2006 season…..AAA-managerial moves include Charlotte Knights Razor Shines moving up to the White Sox becoming their 3rd Base coach, Ottawa manager and Chiefs front office favorite Dave Trembley taking over the Orioles major league field coordinator position.  In Richmond Brian Snitker moves to Atlanta and becomes the Braves 3rd base coach and is replaced by Dave Brundage.  Trent Jewett (Indianapolis), John Russell (Scranton) and Trey Hillman (former Clippers manager) are finalist for the Texas Rangers managerial position…..Crunch are on the Road this weekend at Hamilton and Hershey after going 2-0-1 last week and picking up 5-points.  Syracuse returns home next weekend Friday and Saturday….Sitting at the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night watching the Orange, one could wonder if baseball fans will ever get the chance to view a real video board in their stadium……Last week Wachovia Securities invited former Yankee outfielder Bobby Murcer to speak to clients at the Craftsman Inn. A great night was had by all, and Bobby shed some insight into the Yankees 2006 season and what is ahead for 2007.  A little know fact:  Bobby Murcer would have played the 1967 season in Syracuse, but was called to military service and missed the entire year.  He spent another year in the military in 1968 and made the Yankees team in 1969…..Grass vs Turf online poll update: Grass 83%, Turf 17%….After the barrage of negitive tv and radio ads for those seeking office are you ready to vote on Tuesday for anyone….Pop Warner Football invades Alliance Bank Stadium on Saturday with five big games beginning at 9:00 AM….Former Chiefs batboy Brady Quinn takes on the North Carloina tomorrow as the Irish look to go 8-1.  Brady, who was friends with I.L. President Randy Mobley’s son Taylor, visited MacArthur Stadium as a youth and suited up for two games in 1996.  Quinn could become the first Chiefs batboy to take home a Heismann Trophy later this month….Have a great weekend everyone!!!!

WEEKEND UPDATE

Hope you had a chance to hear “Inside Pitch” our new weekly talk show devouted to baseball in Central New York.  Our host Bob McElligott did a great job for the first show with guest Jason and Steve Grilli who offered their insights on a majical season in Detriot.  Chiefs GM and co-host John Simone brought us up-to-date on what really happened with the working agreement changes in the I.L. and explained  that the team will play on either field turf or grass in 2007 or as late as 2008.  The decision will be that of Onondaga County and the County Legislature. MLB Executive Jimmie Lee Solomon was unable to hook up with us this week due to his duties at the World Series, but will be a guest on next weeks show to talk about the recently announced agreeement with the players association for another 5 years….Syracuse Crunch took two home games this weekend and after a terrible start they seem to be on track to compete against a tough conference…..Red Auerbach passed away on Saturday and with him so did much of the Celtic pride.  Former Chifs infielder Danny Ainge, one of Auerbachs favorites was brought in a ew years ago to restore the team.  Hopefully, Danny can rekindle Red’s spirit and bring the Celtics back.

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The Tigers need to win tonight or the season is over.   Let’s hope it goes seven to extend the baseball season for a few more days….Is it me or did the national media make a major case out of Kenny Rogers pine tar incident.  Not that we have any knowledge of wrong doing with pitchers in the minor leagues, but has anyone ever looked at or touched a catchers shin guard or chest protector and wondered why its sticky??? And if Tony LaRussa makes a major case out of it, wouldn’t that prevent his pitchers from doing the same?  Even our own Bud Poliquin had to be schooled by Steve Grilli on radio this week on what he did back in the 70′s…..Minor league free agents were announced this week and the Blue Jays have 19 players eligable.  Names of interest who could play elsewhere include Mike MaHoney, Luis Figueroa, Wayne Lydon, Ben Howard, Rodney Ormond, Adrian Burnside and Kevin Barker. Figueroa would like to return in 2007.  Lydon and Barker might move on.  Next week we will publish players we might want to see in Syracuse that are available….”Inside Pitch” airs tomorrow (Saturday October 28th) at 9:00 AM on ESPN Radio 1260 AM.  Guest include Tigers pitcher Jason Grilli and Major League Baseball Executive Vice President, Baseball Operation Jimmie Lee Solomon from the commissioners office.  We will also have time to talk World Series, hopefully game 6, turf vs grass, and major league affiliations…..Inside Pitch is also the lead in for Syracuse University vs Louisville pre-game show hosted by Matt Park…Our weekly Football prediction Syracuse 17 Cincinnati 16……Pop Warner football invades Alliance Bank Stadium this weekend.  Friday-Sunday over 12 games will be played by area Pop Warner teams….Have a great Weekend….

INSIDE PITCH

IINSIDE PITCH comes to Central New York this Saturday, October 28th at 9:00 AM on ESPN Radio 1260 AM .  The voice of baseball in Syracuse, Bob McElligott will host the weekly show and be joined by Chiefs General Manager John Simone each week.  The show will feature interviews of current and past players as well as coaching staff insights and major league updates all season long.  For Chiefs fans it’s an opportunity to know what’s really going on with the hometown team on a timely basis.

This continues the Chiefs’ multimedia presentation that has been created over the past year.  In November of 2005 the Chiefs teamed up with Citadel Broadcasting and signed a two year radio deal to broadcast all 144 Chiefs games on ESPN Radio 1260 AM.  In January 2006 the team announced that they would join the growing number of minor league baseball teams and signed a ten year web site development agreement with Baseball Advanced Media. The BAM agreement links the Chiefs with MLB.Com and offers the club all the advantages of a major league web site including the very popular “pitch by pitch” Game Day Program that was unveiled in April 2006.  After radio and the internet were taken care of the Chiefs agreed to expand their television coverage and signed a two year deal with Time Warner Cable to broadcast over 20 games a season on TW26.  In September 2006 the Chiefs introduced their own blog  with the help of BAM and post on a daily basis to give fans an up-to-date take on the days news.  And in October 2006 we will become talking heads on weekly basis and give you our take on what’s really going on.

We appreciate the positve feedback we have received concerning these additions to Chiefs Baseball in 2006. Look for our blog each Thursday for announcement of show topics and guest.

See you every Saturday on ESPN Radio 1260 AM.

Thanks For Coming

It was great to see so many fans at the Stadium this past weekend at the Chiefs 1st Annual Memoribilia and Merchandise Sale.  Fans picked up some great bargains on cleats, jerseys, pants, helmets and much more.  But more importantly they were able to return to the stadium and talk baseball.  We appreciated all who stopped by and hope to have you all back again before the holidays…..Our good friend Bud Poliquin forgot to mention one former native Syracuse player Dave Giusti in his story on Saturday.  Giusti lived in Syracuse and attended N. Syracuse High School and later Syracuse University.  Dave appeared in the 1971 World Series with the Pirates and did not alllow a run in 5 innings in the Pirates Champioship season…..Kudos to LeMoyne College as they put on an outstanding show Friday night as they welcomed four new members into the Gold Wave Hall of Fame.  Sheila Doyle Lawrence ’96, Robert Tifft ’94, Ken King (Honorary) and former Chiefs pitcher Jon Ratliff ’94 were honored. Jon mentioned that he was thrilled to conclude his baseball career in Syracuse with the Chiefs.  Our own Anthony “Tex” Simone received the Rev. Vincent B. Ryan, S.J. Dolphin Award and thanked LeMoyne Athletic Director **** Rockwell for all his support over the years…..Is it me or did Fall come and go to fast.

BIG SALE ON SATURDAY

The SkyChiefs like many minor league teams this month will be holding a merchandise and memoribilia sale at Alliance Bank Stadium on Saturday, October 21st beginning at 9:00 AM.  (A special sneak peak will be held for season tickets holders on Friday, October 20th from 10AM – 2PM).

Items for sale on the concourse include Caps, Jerseys, Jackets, Batting practice tops, player worn and new pants, helmets, bats, balls, socks, belts, cleats and much more.  Items are priced as low as $1.  Player worn jerseys autographed by Alex Rios, Vernon Wells, and Gustavo Chacin among others and pants worn by Carlos Delgado and Vernon Wells will also be available for serious collectors.

Concession Stands will be open with Hot Dogs, Drinks, Apple cider and apples for the kids.  The Chiefs will also have face painters and weather permitting batting practice on the field.  All kids will receive candy compliments of Peanut Chews.

The Chiefs souvenir store will have big discounts on all merchandise left over from the 2006 season.  We need to clean out our storage rooms.  So don’t miss out on this once a decade sale – Saturday, October 21st beginning at 9:00 AM.

Final Score tonight, Mets 9, Cards 8… It’s Mets and Tigers in the World Series.

Look for Friday’s This and That Blog with a major announcement.

Al Hampton/More Grass vs Turf Talk

Al Hampton from Liverpool sent in a note that since the 1940′s Syracuse has always had teams that didn’t fair very well.  So we did some research and found out that Al was indeed correct….From 1942-50 the Chiefs worked with the Cincinnati Reds and despite capturing 3 Governors Cups (42, 43 and 47) they had two last place teams in 1944-45.  From 1951 to 1953 they worked as co-affiliate with the Yankees  and after two playoff seasons in 51 and 52 they finished with 95 losses in 1953….When baseball returned in 1961 and 62 , both seasons the Chiefs finished in last place under three different major league teams…From 1963-66 with the Tigers the team finished last in 1966…During the Yankees years  from 1967 -1977 the team finshed in last twice, although they captured three more Governors Cups 1969, 1970 and 1976 and an I.L. Pennant in 1970…Since 1934 Syracuse baseball has had 33 second division clubs and 27 playoff teams…

Just a note to all those conspiracy theorists who believe that the move for grass at Alliance Bank Stadium is a ploy by the Chiefs to keep soccer away:  It’s not true.  If soccer is to return to Syracuse in the near future, then field turf must be installed.  I’m sure that Onondaga County Executive Nick Pirro and  the County Legislature will take that into account when they make their final decision.  The Chiefs have indicated to Deputy County Executive Ed Kochian that grass would be our first choice, but understand for community and multiple use that field turf may be a more practical solution.  Either way we hope that a decision is made soon.

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Former Chiefs players Carlos Delgado, Shawn Green and Chris Woodward will be on display this weekend as the New York Mets try to reach the World Series for only the 5th time in the club’s history….While the Tigers continue to roll in the ALCS…Our picks are Tigers vs Mets….The 10th Annual North Area Athletic Dinner will take place tonight (October 13th) at the Holiday Inn Liverpool.  Honorees include Chiefs Directors Doug Logan and Armand Magnarelli.  Tonights proceeds benefit Youth at Risk Programs in Onondaga County….Don’t forget that next weekend the Chiefs 1st Annual Merchandise and Memorbilia Sale at Alliance Bank Stadium.  The Stadium opens at 9:00 AM Saturday, October 21st – with bats, balls, jackets, caps, helmets, cleats all at reduced prices.  There will be candy for the kids, Hot dogs, cider, apples, batting practice on the field (weather permitting) and a visit by Scooch….And speaking of Scooch, he will be at the ONCENTER, on Saturday, October 14th for the Kinney Drugs Baby Expo at 12 noon….CLUB CHIEFS returns for another season beginning in November when the Chiefs open their indoor batting cages to area players and teams.  There are monthly and daily rates.  For more information on prices and times please call the Chiefs office at 474-7833….. More Cory Lidel irony, 2006 Chiefs infielder Ryan Roberts hit his first ML home run off Lidle back in August…..Next Friday, October 20th, LeMoyne College honors Chiefs COO and Vice President Tex Simone into their Gold Wave Hall of Fame with former Chiefs pitcher Jon Ratliff….Word out of Orlando, Florida, home of Chiefs icon Chad Mottola is that the Blue Jays have offered Chad a contract for the 2007 season…..Did anyone realize that eight Chiefs pitchers (Casey Janssen, Shawn Marcum, Ty Taubenhiem, Dustin McGowan, Francisco Rosario, Brian Tallet, Brandon League and Davis Romero) spent more days in the major leagues than in AAA-Syracuse in 2006.  Despite their call-ups that group won 19-games, and likely would have won a few more if they were not needed in Toronto this season…..Syracuse Crunch open their 2006-2007 season tonight.  Good Luck to Crunch players and Staff and to the hardest working GM in Minor League Hockey Jim Sarosy.  We will be there seated in section 21…..College Football prediction time…West Virgina 37 Orange 7…..Have a good weekend everyone,  see you next week when I’m sure the topic of grass at a baseball stadium near you will be a hot subject

CORY LIDLE

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Cory Lidle today.  Cory was the starting and winning pitcher in the first ever game at P&C Stadium on April 3, 1997 for Norfolk.  He later pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2003 winning 12-games.  He also made one appearance with the SkyChiefs that season on August 20th in Pawtucket.  He started and pitched four shutout innings in a game the Red Sox won in the bottom of the ninth when Earl Snyder hit a grand slam home run off Kevin Frederick.  Lidle left the Blue Jays organization as a free agent in 2004 and pitched for Cincinnati, Philadelphia and the New York Yankees.

I’m sure Chiefs fans who heard the news on Lidle yesterday remember when another former Chiefs player Thurman Munson also tragically died in a plane crash in August 1979.

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Just a few notes before the Holiday Weekend…. The Syracuse Crunch begin another season of Professional Hockey in Syracuse tonight in Toronto before returning for the Home Opener – Friday, October 13th vs Scranton.  Good Luck to new head Coach Ross Yates and GM Jim Sarosy and the entire Crunch staff….from the research department – the Chiefs record from 1985-1991 was 507-487 .510, best in the I.L. over that seven year period, and again from 1998-2001 the SkyChiefs were 298-272 .523 WPCT, second best in the I.L – so has the 29 year relationship with Toronto been that bad?……the SkyChiefs front office will be busy on Tuesday, donating their time and “muscle” to the Francis House Annual Dinner at the New York State Fairgrounds.  Tickets for the event are only $50  for the Wednesday, October 11th event…..Also Wednesday make sure to visit the ONCENTER for the SOHO 2006 and visit over 400 small business leaders for the annual event – we will be there with scooch and some neat giveway stuff….Also make sure to mark down Saturday, October 21st for our 1st Annual Fall Classic Memorabilia and Merchandise Sale at Alliance Bank Stadium from 9 AM – 2 PM.  Player worn jerseys, pants, caps, jackets, helmets, discounted souviners and even Mike Basso’s cleats will be available as we clean out our store room to make way for new stuff.  We will have hot dogs, cider, apples, mascots, free candy, batting practice on the field or in our indoor hitting tunnel and much more…..How about former Chiefs Chris Carpenter winning game one of the NLDS for the Cards, Carlos Delgado’s 4 for 4 with a 450′ Home Run and David Wells’ fine outing for the Padres in defeat. They all played here didn’t they???….Anyone catch Vernon Wells on SportsCenter this week?…..After Adam Lind batted .394 in Syracuse this year and batted .364 for the Blue Jays in September, does anyone think he will be back in Syracuse in 2007?…..Here’s a thought to ponder – How can the SkyChiefs owe Onondaga County $150,000 in utilities (as reported in the Syracuse Newspapers) for 2006, when 2006 isn’t even over with yet?…..Former Chiefs infielder Bryant Nelson spent the 2006 season in Bridgeport (Independent League) and batted .284…..Congrats to 620 WHEN’s Brent Axe and his wife on the birth of their daughter this week – your life will never be the same…College football prediction Orange 29 Panthers 28…..Enjoy the Holiday Weekend.

JS

 

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