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Hot Stove itinerary for tonight

Without a doubt, the most frequent non-Bryce Harper, non-stadium lease related question we have heard in our office over the the last month is “What is Hot Stove?”  So, for those who are attending tonight’s event and those who are curious as to what the Hot Stove is all about, tonight’s itinerary is below.

Tickets for the event, which will be held at the Holiday Inn Convention Center on Electronics Parkway,  are still available: $55 for adults, $25 for children 12 & younger, or $500 for a table of ten.  You can call our ticket office at 474-7833 or stop by the ballpark to pick up tickets.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Syracuse Chiefs Charitable Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) corporation which implements programs to improve the health and educational opportunities of families and youth in the Central New York community and provides financial assistance to other 501(c)(3) organizations with similar purposes.


Doors open, cocktail hour and silent auction begin

We’ve got some great items up for bid this year including game-worn equipment, autographed baseballs, bobbleheads, collectible photos, and even a couple of autographed basketballs.

Also during the cocktail hour fans will have the chance to purchase numbered “raffle bats” for a chance to win one of 12 great prizes, including baseballs autographed by Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, and Ryan Zimmerman.  The bats will be $5 each and even if your number isn’t called you’ll still end up with a nice souvenir from the evening.


Dinner is served: Yankee pot roast with green beans almandine and twice baked potato, spinach salad with raspberry vinaigrette or white zinfandel dressing, apple pie

8:00pm (approximately)

Program begins with remarks from Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney

Mike Frost will say a few words on behalf of Ovations Food Service, the new concessionaire at Alliance Bank Stadium

Presentation of the Tom Higgins Bull Pen Chief Award to George Schunck

Presentation of the Jake Meyers Great Guy Award to Victor Gallucci

The following guests will address the crowd:

  • Former Chiefs pitching coach & former Major League All-Star pitcher Bill Monbouquette
  • Syracuse Chiefs infielder Seth Bynum
  • Washington Nationals Assistant General Manager Bryan Minniti
  • International League President Randy Mobley
  • Washington Nationals Director of Player Development Doug Harris
  • Syracuse Chiefs Manager Tony Beasley
  • Washington Nationals Vice President of Player Development Bob Boone

Announcement of the Syracuse Baseball Wall of Fame Class of 2012

Induction of Carlos Delgado into the Syracuse Baseball Wall of Fame

Guest Blogger: Brandon Massey at the job fair

Yes, Jose Reyes and Albert Pujols talks at the  2011 MLB Winter Meetings in Dallas, Texas are important. However there are many other events behind the scenes in Dallas that are extremely beneficial to people such as myself. As an intern with the Syracuse Chiefs this past season, I was given advice to take the trip down to Dallas and attend the PBEO Job Fair, which happens annually every year at the meetings. I took the advice the Chiefs had given me, and find myself with the world of baseball at my fingertips. I was asked to describe my experience thus far about how the Job Fair works. 

On Sunday December 3 I attended a Business of Baseball Workshop, which gave me an opportunity to listen to many important executives in the industry. The workshop began at 8:30am and continued until around 4:30pm. 

Pat O’Connor, the President and CEO of Minor League Baseball spoke about “Positioning Yourself for Success”. He discussed that the Hilton Anatole is a very memorable place for MiLB because in 1992, the constitution and bylaws of MiLB had been written. He told us the easiest way to get far in this industry is to: 

1) Outwork others
2) Give your best everyday
3) Develop healthy habits to help you become reliable, and consistent for your organization. 
4) Be honest to yourself, others around you, and your network. 
5) Have respect for the game
6) Listen more than your speak, you have two ears for a reason
7) “Be a prospect, not a project”

Katie Dannemiller, Vice President of Baseball Operations, Greensboro Grasshoppers talked to us about the importance of enhancing the baseball experience for the fans. Baseball is an entertainment business as much as it is a game. I was able to ask a question in regards to my service in the military. I asked during Q and A, ” Having served the military early on in my career, would you consider service in the military a skill set or a previous job”? Katie responded to me that, “Definitely it is a skill set that many others will not have such as leadership and maturity”. 

Lee Folger, President and Publisher of Baseball America discussed the importance of attending baseball games as a fan. He described after being involved at a ballpark and then watch games on TV you appreciate the game more, and the time that is put in to make sure your time at the ballpark is nothing short of spectacular. He explained that there are too many things to plug into for fans, specifically the teenagers, which is why the generation coming up is more football sport driven. Lastly, he talked about how soccer has such a great youth rate but does not have the same production professionally. Soccer has no commercials, and is a very fast game so to speak, so it makes you wonder.

Others who spoke before opening of the Job Posting room were:

Martie Cordaro, President and General Manager, Omaha Storm Chasers
Juliana Paoli, Chief Marketing Officer, San Jose Giants
Sam Bernabe, President and General Manager, Iowa Cubs
Mike Tamburro, President, Pawtucket Red Sox
Ken Young, President, Norfolk Tides

When the Job Posting room opened initially, hundreds of job seekers flocked to the third floor of the Hilton Anatole to find them overwhelmed by the amount of people competing for jobs. Over 200 jobs were posted on Sunday, with many more to follow on Monday. You were asked to take down the job number, team name, and job position. I applied for over fifteen positions on Sunday from sales to team development job titles. You then write the information on your resume, which is then put into the proper container. Each container is labeled 1-50, 51-100, 101-150, and so on. The following day, teams receive resumes from the 500 job seekers and post names on a sheet of paper that is hung up on the wall in a different section of the Job Posting room. When your name is posted on the wall, you are to sign up for interview times and then wait for your slotted time to interview. 

This all happens right in the middle of baseball’s mecca for the upcoming week. In a hotel that is literally turned into a massive studio for ESPN,, MLB Network, YES, SNY, local Dallas news, and many more. With names like Ron Washington and Ozzie Guillen walking around speaking to anyone, the lobby is a fun place to network and take in everything that is happening. The 2011 Winter Meetings have proved to me why I want to be involved in baseball. The people in the business really are in place to help you get better and get you to where you want to go. I recommend anyone who is passionate about baseball to consider attending the meetings just for the experience alone. 

The time I have had thus far has brought motivation and confidence to do the best I can to get ahead in this industry. I have met people from all over the world, and hope to look forward to working with all of them.

From Dallas, Texas this has been Brandon Massey (Syracuse Chiefs Summer Intern 2011), LETS GO GET A JOB!

Aikens back in baseball as Minor League coach’s Dick Kaegel has a nice article on former Chiefs first baseman/designated hitter Willie Aikens, who has returned to baseball as a Minor League coach for the Kansas City Royals.

Aikens played in Syracuse during the 1985 season, joining the team in late May and batting .309 with 16 HR for the pennant-winning club. 
Good luck, Willie!

If it was up to us Alomar, McGriff would get in

The results of the 2011 BBWAA Hall of Fame election will be announced at 2:00pm today.  Thirty-three players are hoping to receive enough votes to join former Blue Jays (and Orioles, Mariners and Phillies) General Manager Pat Gillick in the Hall’s 2011 induction class.  Gillick is also a member of the Syracuse Baseball Wall of Fame, having been inducted at the Chiefs’ Hot Stove Dinner in 2008. 

In anticipation of today’s big announcement, the Chiefs front office staff held our own vote this morning and we are pleased to announce that Roberto Alomar and Fred McGriff were each named on at least 75% of our ballots, thereby earning election (if it was up to us).

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McGriff, of course, played in Syracuse for all or parts of the 1984-1986 seasons and hit a total of 37 home runs in 254 games.  The “Crime Dog” went on to hit 493 career big league home runs for Toronto, San Diego, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Chicago (NL), and Los Angeles (NL).
Alomar, who came up through the Padres’ system, made one appearance in Syracuse, going 0-2 with a run scored in the Blue Jays’ 1992 exhibition game against the Chiefs.  Alomar was acquired by Gillick from San Diego on December 5, 1990 along with Joe Carter in exchange for McGriff and Tony Fernandez.  
Wouldn’t it be ironic if 20 years after the trade that shaped two Blue Jays world championship teams Alomar, McGriff, and Gillick were all part of the same HOF induction class? 
Good luck to all of the candidates! 

Front office staff helps out at Francis House

Several members of the Chiefs front office staff volunteered their time this morning at Francis House by stuffing envelopes for the annual Holiday Appeal campaign.  The 11-member team that also included Centerplate Assistant GM Tracy Durkin and Onondaga County Parks Commissioner Bill Lansley prepared over 5,000 envelopes in less than two hours.

Chiefs fans may be familiar with the Francis House name as the Melvin & Melvin law firm donates $100 to the Francis House each year for every home run hit over the manual scoreboard in right field at Alliance Bank Stadium.  
To learn more about Francis House, please visit  

Congratulations Roy Halladay!

Halladay, Roy.jpgThe Syracuse Chiefs would like to congratulate former Chiefs pitcher Roy Halladay on winning his second career Cy Young Award today.

Halladay was a unanimous selection and, having also captured the AL Cy Young in 2003 with the Blue Jays, became only the fifth pitcher to win the award in both leagues.  He is also the 16th person to win the award multiple times, joining another former Chiefs hurler with multiple Cy Youngs: Denny McLain, who won the AL Cy Young in 1968 & 1969.
Before embarking on a career that has seen him accumulate 169 Major League wins, Halladay won 16 ballgames for the Chiefs over parts of the 1997 and 1998 seasons before spending the entire 1999 campaign with the Blue Jays.
He returned to Syracuse briefly in 2000 and 2001 as part of his well-documented “re-invention” under the tutelage of Mel Queen.  “Doc” struck out 13 batters in his final two starts for the Chiefs while allowing 12 hits and no walks in 14 innings.  The rest, as they say, is history.

Jackie Moore is the key to the World Series


With the World Series
set to get underway tonight, we thought we’d use this space to provide you with
some expert analysis on which team will hoist the Commissioner’s Trophy this year.

Forget pitching
match-ups, situational hitting, team defense and the like, this year’s Fall
Classic will boil down to one factor common to every championship club since
the 1992 Toronto Blue Jays: each of the last 17 champions have had a former
Syracuse player in uniform for the World Series.

A quick scan of the
Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants rosters and coaching staffs reveals only
one man who meets this very important criteria – Rangers bench coach Jackie
Moore was a catcher for the Syracuse Chiefs from 1963-1966.  Sorry San Francisco fans, but Jackie Moore is
the key to the World Series.

Regardless of which
team captures the title, this year will mark only the second time in the last
18 World Series that a former Chiefs player won’t be on the active roster of
the winning team (the 2003 Marlins had former Chiefs outfielder Bill Robinson
on the bench as the team’s hitting coach).

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More about Moore: Jackie Moore was a Detroit Tigers
farmhand who appeared in 278 games during his four-year stint in Syracuse.  He entered the coaching ranks following an
11-year playing career and was a member of the Toronto Blue Jays’ inaugural
coaching staff in 1977.  Following three
years as the big league club’s third base coach the Blue Jays named Moore to be
the manager of the Syracuse Chiefs for the 1980 season.  

However, the Rangers offered Moore a chance
to stay in the Major Leagues as their third base coach and the native Texan
accepted a position on Pat Corrales’ staff rather than return to Syracuse.

Enjoy the World Series everybody and good luck to both teams!

Chiefs & Centerplate donate ice to Red Cross

The Syracuse Chiefs and Centerplate
donated ice this week to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Team. The ice was needed due to the heat wave that affected the northeast.

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Steve Smith loves the Chiefs!

Even Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith loves the Chiefs.  (Thanks to our friend Dave Meluni over at SU ISP Sports for bringing this to our attention).  


Big April crowd sees Chiefs win third straight

Saturday’s attendance was the third largest for an April non-Opening Day Chiefs home game since the opening month of the ballpark in 1997.  

Yesterday’s attendance of 6,845 trails only an April 30, 1999 gathering of 7,853 fans and April 29, 2005 crowd of 6,846 (1 more than yesterday).
THANK YOU to those who came out on a beautiful spring day to see the Chiefs pick up their third consecutive victory.   Yesterday was a great day to spend at little league or soccer practice, on the golf course, or doing yard work, and we truly appreciate that you spent your afternoon with us.
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