Our congratulations go out to former Chiefs pitcher Roy Halladay who was chosen to start tonight’s MLB All-Star Game on the mound for the American League.
The Chiefs and Pawtucket Red Sox will wrap up their four-game series with a 2:00pm contest on Sunday, June 14 at historic Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY.
Thursday’s doubleheader with pawtucket has been postponed due to rain. The games will be made up as part of doubleheaders on Friday, June 12 and Sunday, September 6. Both doubleheaders will begin at 5:00pm.
All signs point to future Hall-of-Famer John Smoltz making a rehab start for Pawtucket at Alliance Bank Stadium next week. The Chiefs will host the PawSox June 11-14, and it looks like Smoltz will start one of the games in Thursday’s double-header.
The Pawtucket Red Sox have confirmed on their website that Smoltz will start for the team Friday, June 5 at McCoy Stadium. His next scheduled start would be June 10, which is an off-day, leaving him available to start June 11.
Daniel Barbarisi of the Providence Journal reports that Smoltz “expects to throw 90 pitches or six
innings for the PawSox Friday at home against the Louisville Bats. His
second start would probably come the next Thursday, in a road
doubleheader against Syracuse.”
Smoltz last pitched on Sunday for Boston’s Single-A affiliate in Greenville. The following day, Bart Wright of GreenvilleOnline wrote that Smoltz will “fly to Detroit to meet the Red Sox for the start of their
three-game series there Tuesday, and then return with the team to
Boston before two more preparatory starts at Class AAA Pawtucket.”
Here’s another tidbit from PawSoxBlog.com: “Smoltz is expected to throw 90 pitches or 6 innings for Pawtucket
against the Bats (on Friday). He will then make another Pawtucket start next week
in Syracuse before making his 2009 debut with the Red Sox.”
Tickets for all Syracuse Chiefs games can be purchased in person at the team’s ticket office at Alliance Bank Stadium, by calling 315-474-7833, or online.
The Syracuse Chiefs conclude an eight-game homestand tonight with their game against the Gwinnett Braves. Gwinnett’s starter, James Parr, will take on Syracuse’s J.D. Martin as the Chiefs attempt to split the four-game series at two games apiece.
First pitch is at 7:00pm. Tickets are still available through the Chiefs’ Ticket Office and can be purchased by calling (315) 474-7833. As part of Yellow Book Night, complimentary Level 300 General Admission tickets are available also from Yellow Book and its advertisers. You may also present a program from your place
of worship at the Chiefs Ticket Office and receive one complimentary
Level 300 General Admission ticket.
After the game, the Chiefs will be off for an eight-game road trip to take on Scranton-Wilkes-Barre Yanks and the Rochester Red Wings. They will not return to Syracuse until Thursday, June 11, when they will play a double-header against the Pawtucket Red Sox.The first game starts at 5:00p.m.
Don’t miss the Cooperstown Classic II on June 14. The Chiefs will take on the
Pawtucket Red Sox at historic Doubleday Field in Cooperstown at 2:00p.m.. Tickets
and packages that include Hall of Fame admission tickets and/or bus
transportation are available from the Chiefs Ticket Office.
Syracuse plays another double-header at 5:00pm against the Buffalo Bisons on Monday, June 15 before wrapping up the homestand against the Bisons the next day with a start time of 7:00pm.
Members of the Chiefs staff will be helping out on WCNY’s TelAuc tonight from 8:30pm-11:30pm. We’ll be answering phones, updating bids, and running bids among other tasks.
Fan favorite program seller Jim Durkin has asked us to pass on some information about a bus trip to Washington, DC to see the Nationals take on the New York Mets.
The trip will take place June 5-7 and the cost is $370 per person per double occupancy. The price includes hotel and baggage handling for two nights, game tickets for Saturday and Sunday, and travel expenses. The hotel is the Holiday Inn Capitol, which is located only minutes from the city’s most popular museums and monuments.
For more information, contact Jim or Rose Durkin at 668-8418 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required.
Members of the Chiefs front office will be in Las Vegas this week for the Baseball Winter Meetings.
The Winter Meetings are best known for the Major League side of things where GMs get together and make trades, sign the big free agents, and draft the next Johan Santana in the Rule V Draft. However, all 160 Minor League teams also gathr at the same time to conduct business.
Here’s a quick rundown of what goes on at the Minor League meetings…
Monday is the annual Freitas Seminar, which consists of lectures and roundtable discussions about the business of baseball. Topics like ticket sales, media/public relations, marketing, merchandise, security, and fan experience are discussed. The awards banquet also takes place on Monday with several awards going out to various Minor League teams, players, executives, and even groundskeepers.
On Tuesday, the International League conducts its annual meeting. Also, Tuesday, there are a few breakout sessions, which are similar to Monday’s roundtable discussions, but limited to the IL teams.
On Wednesday, there is a joint triple-A meeting, where issues related to all IL and PCL teams are discussed.
The other big event that goes on throughout the meetings is the trade show. The trade show is huge with vendors set up to sell promo items, entertainment acts, ticket software, batting cages, seats, concession items, etc. Basically everything imaginable is on display at the trade show.
So that’s it in a nutshell, maybe not as exciting as signing CC Sabathia to a record contract, but probably just as important.
By the way, the Chiefs office is open this week, so if you still haven’t picked up your Entertainment Bailout Plan, Coupon Book, or Season Tickets, you can get that taken care of.