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GAUDIN NEWEST NAT, WANG RETURNS

The Washington Nationals signed righthanded pitcher Chad Gaudin yesterday to a minor league contract and invited the former Chiefs pitcher to spring training as a non-roster player.

Gaudin, still only 27 pitched for the Chiefs in 2005 and came within one out of tossing a no-hitter vs Columbus at Alliance Bank Stadium that season.

He spent the 2006 and 07 season with Oakland – pitching in relief 4-2 3.09 ERA in 55 appearances in ’06 and was 11-13 with a 4.42 ERA in 34 starts in ’07.

Chad began the 08′ season with the A’s but was traded to the White Sox in July and finished the season 9-5 with a 4.40 ERA in 50 games.

In 09′ he moved back to the starting rotation with San Diego before being traded to the Yankees again in July and posted a 6-10 record with a 4.65 ERA in 31 starts.

Last season he moved back to the bullpen and for the third straight season split time with Oakland to start the season and finishing with the Yankees.  In 42 games he was 1-4 with a 5.65 ERA.

Wang, now 30, missed all of the 2010 season.  He pitched in games in September/October at the Nationals Instructional League and was impressive.

Former Chiefs ready for MLB playoffs

With the Major League Baseball playoffs set to begin this afternoon, here’s a look at the former Syracuse players who will be participating in this year’s post-season:

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Philadelphia Phillies
Miguel Cairo, IF (1996)
Scott Eyre, RHP (2001)
Jayson Werth, OF (2002-’03) (pictured top)
New York Yankees
AJ Burnett, RHP (2006-’07)
Chad Gaudin, RHP (2005)
Eric Hinske, IF/OF (2003)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Casey Blake, IF (1999-2000)
Orlando Hudson, IF (2001-’02) (pictured bottom)
St. Louis Cardinals
Chris Carpenter, RHP (1997, 2002)
Dave McKay, 1B Coach (1979)
Colorado Rockies
Glenallen Hill, 1B Coach (1987-’89)
Minnesota Twins
Rick Stelmaszek, Bullpen Coach (1976)
Keep in mind that 15 of the last 16 World Series champions have had at least one former Syracuse player on their roster.  The only world champion since 1991 without a former Chiefs player on the active roster was the 2003 Marlins, but the Fish did have former Chiefs outfielder Bill Robinson on the bench as the team’s hitting coach.  (Sorry Boston & Anaheim fans.)
Enjoy the playoffs everybody!

Chiefs will be well represented in MLB playoffs

The Major League Baseball playoffs will begin on Wednesday and six of the participating teams (plus the potential AL Central Champion White Sox) will have two former Syracuse players on their bench.

The Angels and Twins are the only teams without a former Chiefs player, which doesn’t bode well for fans in Anaheim and Minnesota – 14 of the last 15 World Series winners have had at least one former Chiefs player on the roster. The only exception was the 2003 Florida Marlins. However the Marlins’ hitting coach that season was former Chiefs outfielder Bill Robinson.
Here’s a list of the former Chiefs who will be participating in this year’s playoffs:

Boston Red Sox
Kevin Cash
Mike Timlin
Chicago Cubs
Chad Gaudin
Reed Johnson
Chicago White Sox
Don Cooper (Pitching Coach)
Dewayne Wise
Los Angeles Dodgers
Casey Blake
Jeff Kent

Milwaukee Brewers
Dave Bush
Garth Iorg (3B Coach)

Philadelphia Phillies
Scott Eyre
Jayson Werth

Tampa Bay Rays
Gabe Gross
Eric Hinske

ALUMNI REPORT: CASH

In this week’s Alumni Report we take a look at Former Syracuse catcher Kevin Cash.

Cash2 Cash had his contact purchased by the Boston Red Sox on Saturday after Doug Mirabelli was placed on the DL.  He was immediately placed in the lineup on Sunday and also started last night, catching knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.  He will continue to be Wakefield’s personal catcher until Mirabelli returns.

In 59 games for Pawtucket this season Cash hit just .159 but did hit 7 HR and drive home 25 runs.  He was the back-up in Pawtucket to George Kottaras, whom the Red Sox chose to keep in Pawtucket playing on a regular basis.  Also helping Cash was he is the better defensive catcher and often caught Pawtucket’s two knuckleballers Charlie Zink and John Barnes.

He was originally signed by the Blue Jays as a non-drafted free-agent out of Florida State where he was an infielder.  While playing in the Cape Cod League in 1999 both catchers on Cash’s team were injured and he voluntered to play the position.  In his first inning catching he threw out two baserunners and it just so happened that Blue Jays scout Tim Wilken was in attendance.

He was the first of many former infielders the Jays converted to catchers (Joe Lawrence, Curtis Thigpen, Robinzon Diaz).  He has become a solid defensive catcher, in 2004 he threw out 42.4% of base stealers when the Major league average was 25.5%, but while concentrating on defense his offensive numbers have declined.

The 30-year old spent two seasons in Syracuse and was the SkyChiefs selection to the All-Star game in 2003.  He hit .270 with 28 doubles, 8 HR and 37 RBI in 93 games that year and was promoted to Toronto on August 11th.  He started 32 of the Jays final 44 games to finish the season.

In 2004 he was the Jays Opening Day catcher before going on the DL at the end of May.  While on the DL Greg Zaun took over the everyday catching duties and when Cash returned he was the backup.  After the 2004 season Cash was traded to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for pitcher Chad Gaudin.

He spent the majority of the 2005 and 2006 seasons with Triple-A Durham.  He appeared in 13 games for the Devil Rays in 2005 making 10 starts.  He signed with the Red Sox as a Minor League free agent before the 2007 season.

ALUMNI REPORT: MLB 1ST HALF

As Major League Baseball takes centerstage tonight in San Francisco, today’s Alumni Report takes a look at former Syracuse players that played in the majors for teams other than the Blue Jays during the first half of the season and how they performed.

(YEARS IN SYRACUSE)

AMERICAN LEAGUE

A’s

Gaudin_chad1Right-handed pitcher Chad Gaudin (’05) was one of baseball’s biggest sup rises during the first half of the season.  Gaudin, who spent the ’06 season in the Oakland bullpen, was elevated to starter status with an injury to Esteban Loaiza and ended up finishing the first half with an ERA of 2.88, which ranked him 8th among all Major League pitchers.  The Louisiana native also went 8-3 and struck out 68 batters in his 18 starts.

Outfielder Shannon Stewart had a solid first half hitting .309 with 7 HR, 26 RBI and 8 SB.

DEVIL RAYS

Right-handed pitcher Gary Glover (’99-’00) appeared in 36 games for the Rays going 3-3 with a 5.32 ERA.

INDIANS

Casey Blake is putting together one of his best seasons for the Tribe as he returned to his normal position at 3B after spending the last few season in the outfield.  Blake is hitting .276 with 14 HR, 21 doubles and 48 RBI.

RANGERS

Catcher Adam Melhuse (’97-’99) began the season in Oakland but was traded to Texas about a month ago.  Combined this season Melhuse has appeared in 21 games and is hitting .273 with 1 HR and 7 RBI.  Infielder Desi Relaford (’05) appeared in 6 games and was 3-15 at the plate.  Pitcher Bruce Chen (’04) pitched in 5 games, was not involved in a decision and had a 7.20 ERA.

RED SOX

Eric Hinske (’03) has appeared in 45 games for the Sox and is hitting just .193 with 3 HR and 11 RBI but his diving catch in right-field did rank as one of the top plays of the first half on Baseball Tonight.  The Sox bullpen is anchored by two former Syracuse pitchers, Mike Timlin (’92, ’95) and Brendan Donnelly (’99-’00).  Timlin has appeared in 22 games going 1-0 with a 4.38 ERA and 1 saves while Donnelly has also appeared in 22 games going 2-1 with a 3.05 ERA.

TIGERS

Former Chiefs closer Aquillino Lopez (’04) appeared in 6 games for the Tigers going 0-0 with a 4.26 ERA.

YANKEES

Veteran utility-man Miguel Cairo (’96) is having a solid season in the Bronx hitting .263 with 10 RBI and 7 SB in 44 games.  Josh Phelps (’02-’03) beat out Andy Phillips for the right-handed platoon spot at 1B and hit .263 with 2 HR and 12 RBI in 36 games before being traded to the Pirates.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

ASTROS

Veteran pitcher Woody Williams (’90-’96) is 4-10 with a 5.34 ERA in 19 starts allowing 34 walks while striking out 58 opponents.

BRAVES

Infielder Chris Woodward (’98-’01) has appeared in 54 games and his hitting .219 with 1 HR and 7 RBI for former Chiefs player and manger Bobby Cox (’70, ’73-’76 MGR).

BREWERS

Bush_david_191Outfielder Gabe Gross (’03-’05) has appeared in 50 games for the Brew Crew hitting .200 with 3 HR and 7 RBI and has 15 BB while striking out just 18 times.  Starter Dave Bush (’04-’05) is 7-7 with a 4.86 ERA in 18 appearances including 17 starts.

CARDINALS

Chris Carpenter (’97, ’02) was inked Opening Day and has been on the DL since.

DIAMONDBACKS

NL All-Star Orlando Hudson (’01-’02) is hitting .296 with 20 doubles, 5 triples, and 47 RBI in 89 games.  Reliever Brandon Lyon (’01-’02) has appeared in 41 games and is 5-3 with 2 saves and a 2.36 ERA.

DODGERS

2B Jeff Kent (’92) is hitting .279 with 10 HR, 18 doubles and 41 RBI in 81 games.  Left-hander Mark Hendrickson (’01-’03)  has appeared in 21 games, 10 starts, and is 3-4 with a 4.02 ERA, walking 23 opponents and striking out 64.

GIANTS

Reliever Vinnie Chulk (’01-’04, ’06) has appeared in 35 games and is 3-2 with a 2.65 ERA.  Infielder Luis Figueroa (’06) went 1-5 at the plate while appearing in 6 games.

MARLINS

Miller_justin_341_2 Have Tattoo’s Will Travel.  Reliever Justin Miller (’02, ’04-’05) began the season with AAA Ottawa before being released at the end of April.  He was picked up by the Marlins and assigned to Triple-A Albuquerque before being promoted to the Marlins.  For the Fish he is 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA, 8 BB and 27 K in 25 appearances.

METS

Carlos Delgado (’91, ’94-’95, ’98, ’04) is hitting .242 with 22 doubles, 14 HR and 49 RBI in 83 games for the Mets while best-friend Shawn Green (’94) is hitting .275 with 18 doubles, 7 HR and 27 RBI in 71 games.

NATIONALS

Infielder Felipe Lopez (’01-’02) is hitting .242 with 4 HR, 32 RBI and 11 SB in 82 games.

PADRES

David “Boomer” Wells (’86-’88) is 4-5 with a 4.31 ERA in 17 starts registering 55 K and 25 BB.

PHILLIES

OF Jayson Werth (’02-’03) is hitting .235 with 3 HR and 10 RBI in 42 games for the Phillies.  Reliever Francisco Rosario who was acquired at the end of Spring Training has appeared in 18 games and is 0-3 with a 6.64 ERA.

PIRATES

Since being acquired from the Yankees Josh Phelps (’02-’03) has appeared in 6 games and is 4-11 at the plate.

REDS

Closer David Weathers (’92) has registered 17 saves and is 1-3 with a 3.27 ERA in 37 appearances.  Utility-man Ryan Freel (’98-’01) spent most of the last two months on the DL after a violent collision with a teammate in the outfield. Freel appeared in 54 games and hit .258 with 2 HR, 12 RBI and 10 SB.  Dewayne Wise (’01, ’03) appeared in 5 games and was 1-5 with a triple.

In other Reds Notes last week former SkyChiefs Manager Pat Kelly (’99-’00) was promoted from Manager of the Gulf Coast League Reds to the Bench Coach for the Reds.

ALUMNI REPORT: ALL-STARS

Two former Syracuse players were selected to play in this year’s All-Star game in San Francisco. Outfielder Alex Rios was selected to his second All-Star game while 2B Orlando Hudson was selected to his first All-Star game.

Entering play today Rios is hitting .288 with 17 HR, 46 RBI and 8 SB.  12 of Rios long balls have come from the leadoff spot this season where he has filled in admirably for the injured Reed Johnson.  Only the Indians Grady Sizemore has more home runs, 13, than Rios from the leadoff spot this season.

Rios was selected to play in last year’s game but was unable to play due to a staph infection in his foot.

The O-Dog will be playing in his first All-Star game.  Entering play today Hudson is hitting .299 with 7 HR and 46 RBI.  While Hudson has always been noted for his defensive abilities, including two Gold Gloves, this year has been a breakout-year for Orlando at the plate.

Pitcher Roy Halladay, who missed two weeks of the season, is still in the running to make the AL squad as part of MLB.com’s final vote.

Other former Syracuse players who are not playing but should have received strong consideration include Oakland pitcher Chad Gaudin, who ranks 4th in the AL in ERA, and Toronto 2B Aaron Hill, who leads all AL 2B with 46 RBI.

CHAD GAUDIN

Gaudin_3 Former Syracuse pitcher Chad Gaudin is having a breakout year for the Oakland Athletics.  Gaudin picked up his 5th win of the season last night and has now won four straight decisions.  The right-hander is 5-1 and ranks 2nd in the American League with a 2.32 ERA behind only his teammate Dan Haren.

Gaudin who was traded to the A’s by the Blue Jays at the Winter Meetings in December of 2005 made 55 appearances out of the bullpen last season registering a 4-2 record and a 3.09 ERA.

When Esteban Loaiza was sidelined prior to the start of the season the A’s gave Gaudin a shot in the starting rotation and Chad has made the most of his opportunity.  With Loaiza and Rich Harden both currently on the DL Gaudin has found a home in the A’s rotation.

MLB Post-Season

The Major League Playoffs begin today and many former Syracuse players will be in action as well as local product Jason Grilli for the Tigers.

National League:

Los Angeles:  P Giovanni Carrara (1995-96), P Mark Hendrickson (2001-03), IF Jeff Kent (1992) and OF Jayson Werth (2002-03). 

NOTES: Werth missed the entire 2006 season after having surgery on his wrist. Carrara was told by Dodgers Manager Grady Little after the final regular season game that he will not be on the playoff roster.  Former NBA player Hendrickson who started in 25 of his 31 appearances this season will pitch out of the Dodgers bullpen.

New York: IF Carlos Delgado (1991, 94-95, 98, 04-05), OF Shawn Green (1994) and IF Chris Woodward (1998-01). 

NOTES:  Two members of Blue Thunder from the 1994 season, Green and Delgado, are wearing a different shade of blue these days.  I’m sure a lot of Central New York fans will be pulling for the Mets in the NL. 

San Diego:  P Scott Cassidy (1998, 2001-03), P David Wells (1986-88), P Woody Williams (1990-96), Bullpen Coach Darrel Akerfelds (1985-86) and Hitting Coach Merv Rettenmund.

NOTES:  The Padres have yet to announce their playoff roster and local product Cassidy is probably on the bubble but according to the Padres website, he will travel with the team during the playoffs regardless.  The ageless wonder Wells is schedule to start Game 3 and Williams is scheduled to start Game 4.  Rettenmund was a roving hitting instructor for the Blue Jays from 2003-2005 and made many visits to Syracuse.  If the name sounds familiar he also endorse the Hit-A-Way that you probably seen so many commercials for a few years ago.

St. Louis: P Chris Carpenter (1997, 2002) and 1st Base Coach Dave McKay (1979)

NOTES:  Carpenter has gone from throwing out the first ever pitch at Alliance Bank Stadium to one of the best pitchers in baseball and will start Game 1 today.

American League:

Detroit: Third Base Coach Gene Lamont (1965)

NOTES:  I’m sure a lot of patrons at the Change of Pace will be torn between their beloved Yankees and their beloved adopted son Jason Grilli.

Minnesota:  OF Shannon Stewart (1996-97, 2003)

NOTES: Stewart is on the 60-day DL and will not play.  The rest of the Twins roster you probably saw play for Rochester this year, including Boof Bonser who went from starting Opening Day versus the SkyChiefs to starting Game 2 of the Playoffs versus Oakland.  Even Rochester PR Director Chuck Hinkel has joined the Twins for the playoff run.

New York:  IF Miguel Cairo (1996), P Cory Lidle (2003) and Pitching Coach Ron Guidry (1975-76)

NOTES:  Lidle will pitch out of the bullpen unless the Big Unit is unable to go. Cairo is on the playoff roster.

Oakland: P Chad Gaudin (2005), P Estaban Loaiza (2002) and C Adam Melhuse (1997-99)

NOTES:  Gaudin made the most of his opportunity in Oakland after being traded this off-season and is one of the A’s reliable middle inning options.

–AG

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