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HOT STOVE MORSELS

The 46th Annual Syracuse Chiefs Hot Stove is in the books and another outstanding job was done by the 2007 Hot Stove Committee chaired by Chiefs President Ron Gersbacher.

Over 300 fans attended the dinner at the Holiday Inn Liverpool that saw the Chiefs present seven awards, introduce the 2007 Syracuse Baseball Wall of Fame newest class, present equipment to the West End PBA on behalf of ****’s Sporting Goods, a silent auction of sports memoribilia that this year benefited Liverpool Little League, and listen and talk to new Chiefs manager Doug Davis, Chiefs outfielder Chad Mottola and Blue Jays Director of Canadian Scouting Kevin Briand. Also a thanks goes out to all of the former players who attended as well as LeMoyne College AD **** Rockwell and Head Baseball Coach Steve Owens. And to top it all off, the crowd was mesmerized by our featured speaker Bobby Richardson who was the hit of the night.

Thanks go out to our Master of Ceremonies Doug Logan and Time Warner Cable, Dave Perkins and ESPN Radio, our Decoration and table settings/favors duo of Wendy Shoen and Priscilla Venditti who made the room look great, John Bonura from Benefit Golf and Auctions who helped with our silent auction and provided the Derek Jeter baseball that went to Kevin Caldwell from Watertown, NY.

The staff at the Holiday Inn Liverpool again did a great job with our dinner and refreshments.  Tom Mattimore and Mike Mott provided the awards that were presented and the entire Chiefs Front Office staff that worked hard on the event from producing the program to picking up players at the airport.

GREAT JOB EVERYONE!!!!

Now it’s on to next year’s dinner which has been scheduled for Friday, January 11th, 2008 at the Holiday Inn Liverpool.  Circle that date for the Chiefs 47th Annual Event that will include our annual awards and some big time baseball guests.

BOBBY RICHARDSON COMES TO SYRACUSE

Former New York Yankees second baseman Bobby Richardson will attend the 46th Annual Syracuse Chiefs Baseball Dinner at the Holiday Inn-Liverpool on Friday, February 2nd beginning at 5:30 PM.

Richardson, now 72, played 11 years with the Yankees 1956-66 and appeared in seven World Series.  He captured the 1960 World Series MVP honor when he drove in 13 runs against the Pirates.

The Dinner will also include new Chiefs manager Doug Davis, Chiefs outfielder Chad Mottola, Detroit Tigers 2006 World Series pitcher and Baldwinsville, NY native Jason Grilli and a bevy of former major league players including John Johnstone, Frank DiPino, Mike Barlow, Mark Lukasiewicz, Steve Grilli, Peter Hoy, Jon Ratliff,  Dunedin Blue Jays pitching coach Tom Signore, LeMoyne College AD **** Rockwell, LeMoyne College Head Coach Steve Owens, OCC Baseball Coach Bryan Gaal and others.

In addition the Chiefs will honor local high school athletes in softball and baseball and will award the Tom Higgins Bullpen Chief Award and the Jake Meyers Great Guy Award.

Tickets for the evening that will include dinner and a silent auction are only $45 for adults and $20 for children and are available at the Alliance Bank Stadium Executive Offices or on line at  www.syracusechiefs.com.

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

It is the Night before Christmas and we hope that everyone has reached their destinations safely and can now sit back relax and enjoy the greatest night of the year.

We here at MLBlogs.com hope that you have enjoyed our somewhat serious, somewhat funny post during the year.  We have enjoyed providing the Baseball/Chiefs fans with up-to date information that only Chiefs Blogs can provide.

So as you sit back and relax this evening with a glass of egg nog with the company of family and friends lets leave Santa with a list of things we would all like to see in 2007:

*  First Place finish in the I.L. East and a Governors Cup Championship and a trip to the Bricktown Showdown in Oklahoma City in September.

*  One more good season from Chad Mottola as he continues to rewrite the Chiefs record book.

*  A healthy John Ford Griffin so he can duplicate his 30 HR’s and 103 RBI’s from the 2005 season.

*  Adam Lind all season

*  Kevin Barker, Chad Mottola and John Ford Griffin in the 3-4-5 spot.

*  25 starts from Dustin McGowan, John Banks, Ismael Ramirez, Ty Taubenheim and Casey Janssen without being called up once.

*  No Rainouts the entire season.

*  For Nick Pirro and the County Legistlature to approve funding for the relacement of the artifical turf, new video scoreboard and lights so our centerfielder can see the ball.

*  A new shortstop or a good deal of improvement from Sergio Santos in 2007.

*  Lee Gronkiewicz to save 35 games.

*  No injuries in Toronto (unless it’s Frank Thomas).

*  Frank Thomas to rehab in Syracuse for a week.

*  More fans to watch Chiefs Baseball than ever before.

*  A positive story about the Chiefs from our local newspaper.

*  Russ Adams to rebound from his 2006 season and get back to the major leagues.

*  Chiefs players to be the envy of the I.L. with our hot new uniforms.

*  Snow on April 5th, now that we are Opening the season in Durham.

*  70 degrees and sunny on April 14th vs Ottawa for the Home Opener.

*  Scooch to have another mascot to help him at the stadium.

*  Jeff Costello and the Everything Irish Committee good weather on July 12th so they don’t get rained out for the 3rd straight year.

*  Cooler weather for our next Dog Lover’s Night this summer.

*  A new Picnic Area for fans to enjoy.

*  Bud Poliquin to actually stay for a game.

*  And good health to everyone young and old for the year to come.

                              MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!

WHAT DID YOU SAY BUD!

Our good friend Bud Poliquin wrote today that he wondered why County Executive Nick Pirro did not chastise the Syracuse Chiefs for a poor record like he did the Syracuse Crunch on Wednesday.  First of all, the question should be why would any governmental official question the player development agreement that any professional team has.  Columbus with the Crunch or the Blue Jays with the Chiefs. In baseball, it works like this – the Chiefs provide a facility for the major league club (Toronto) to send their players to play for the season.  The Chiefs take care of travel, equipment, umpires, etc..  The Blue Jays provide 30 players, coaches and pay for their salaries that in 2006 totaled over 2.5 million dollars.  The Chiefs can ask their parent team to bring back players they believe are good for the team and community, ie Chad Mottola, Kevin Barker, etc..but can’t insist that they play here.  Example #1 top Blue Jays prospect Chip Cannon plays first base so does veteran Kevin Barker.   Cannon will play in Syracuse at some point in 2007 with Barker moving to DH or the outfield.  I believe in Hockey certain players need to play in Syracuse to find out if they can reach the next level – the NHL.  I can excuse Nick for not understanding the process, but Bud!! No major league organization can promise you a 80-60 season, just as I’m sure no hockey team can promise you a Calder Cup Championship team.  And by the way the 2005-2006 Crunch totaled over 100 points and had a pretty darn good club.  And the 2005 Chiefs finished 71-73 and were in the playoff race until the final two weeks of the season (only 4-games back on August 24th ).

The real issue, the one that Bud missed is that facilities like the War Memorial and Alliance Bank Stadium need to be taken care of by our community leaders.  That’s their job.  Not to be player development people.   Our job as operators of franchises are to make sure that the Toronto’s and Columbus’s want to stay here and send their players to our city.  We as operators must also contribute to the leagues we play in and not force those league’s to question our community’s commitment to our sports. 

Although only 10-years old Alliance Bank Stadium now needs new turf, the scoreboard is obsolete and seldom works properly, seats have begun to need major repair and the lighting failed major league baseballs latest testing.  The War Memorial  has seen it’s better day – like maybe when the Syracuse Nats played here.  Although the Veterans display is outstanding the remainder of the building is still stuck in the 60′s.  The players locker rooms are totally unacceptable for this level of Hockey and their playing surface (the ice) has been a problem since they returned in 1994.

Maybe it’s time that someone else was in charge of these decisions.  A group of  individuals who understand professional sports and facility management is needed.  Our County Executive, Deputy County Executive and Legislature are good people – but unfortunately in these two areas, they are either getting bad advise or they are in over their heads.

But that doesn’t excuse our good friend Bud Poliquin who shouldn’t be questioning why our County Executive said what he said and excused the Chiefs on field performance -  but rather why did he say it at all.  Bud seldom misses the point but today he wasn’t even close.

THIS AND THAT

Just 21 more weeks until OPENING DAY 2007 at Alliance Bank Stadium……How about those Blue Jays signing FRANK THOMAS for thier designated hitter spot.  That all but assures that super prospect ADAM LIND will start the season in Syracuse for 2007.  A potential Chiefs lineup that includes Jeff Duncan CF, Adam Lind LF, Chad Mottola RF, John-Ford Griffin-DH, Kevin Barker-1B, Rob Cosby-3B, Curtis Thigpen-c, Russ Adams-2B, and Ryan Roberts/or Sergio Santos SS wouldn’t look so bad…..Former Chiefs in the news – catcher Ken Huckaby signed with the Dodgers and will likely spend the season in Las Vegas (PCL), Former Chiefs infielder Nelson Liriano was named hitting coach for the KC Royals single A team in Wilmington….Former Chiefs outfiedler Rick Leach was the Michigan quarterback for four seasons under Bo Schembechler, who passed away on Friday.  Rick was heard earlier today on ESPN Radio’s Dan Patrick show talking about his former coach…Prediction time:  Uconn 31 Orange 27 and Michigan 16 Ohio State 14…..Dont forget to listen to “INSIDE PITCH” on Saturday November 18th on ESPN RADIO 1260 AM at 9:00 AM when Chiefs General Manager John Simone and Bob McElligott talk to Chiefs players Chad Mottola and Kevin Barker……It was reported today that Doug Davis, who managed New Hampshire (Eastern League) last season will be named the Chiefs next manager.  Mike Basso, who managed the team last season would become the organizations roving catching instructor.  Look for an announcement from the team on Monday…..Chiefs Annual Stockholders Meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 21st at Alliance Bank Stadium.  The ballclub will report its financial statement for the year ending 2006 and give an overview on the upcomming 2007 season….Have a great weekend.

JAYS ADD ROONEY LOAD UP ON PITCHING

The Toronto Blue Jays continue to load up on pitching by adding righthander  Matt Rooney to their 40-man roster.  Rooney, 26, signed as a free agent after spending most of the 2006 season at Sacremento (PCL) when he recorded a 2.95 ERA in 47-relief appearances. He also appeared in 3-games with Oakland.   Rooney pitched in the IL with Toledo in 2004 and 2005.  Rooney joins a group of off-season free agent pitching help that includes Germi Gonzalez, Beau Kemp, Blaine Neal, Jason Scobie and Jean Machi.

That list will join Blue Jays prospects (starters) Josh Banks, Casey Janssen, Dustin McGowan, Ty Taubenheim, Ismael Ramirez, David Purcey, Michael MacDonald, Kyle Yates, Ricky Romero and veteran Josh Towers and relievers Ryan Houston, Davis Romero, Francisco Rosario, Jamie Vermilyea, Lee Gronkiewicz, Jordan DeJong, Tracey Thorpe and possibly late season acquision Jermey Accardo.

That’s alot of pitching to choose from with a whole off-season to go.

For more information on Free Agent signings make sure to listen to “INSIDE PITCH” this Saturday, November 18th at 9:00 AM on ESPN Radio 1260 AM when Chiefs GM John Simone and Bob McElligott talk to Chad Mottola and Kevin Barker who will both return to Syracuse in 2007 and take your calls on anything baseball.

BARKER AND MOTTOLA BACK

Jordan Bastian the beat reporter for BlueJays.com reported late yesterday that the Blue Jays have signed seven Minor League free agents to contracts including outfielder Chad Mottola and first-baseman Kevin Barker and extended invitations to Spring Training to all seven.  Other players signed include pitchers Geremi Gonzalez, Blaine Neal, Brian Wolfe and Beau Kemp and outfielder Jeff Duncan.  Look for an official release from the SkyChiefs on Monday. 

THIS AND THAT

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

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