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Spring Training is just a week away for pitchers & catchers and with the weather outside less than appealing to the baseball fan we thought we would give you an up-date on former Chiefs listed on major league rosters as non-roster invitees.

A non-roster invitee is not listed on the 40 man roster and usually is assigned numbers in the 60’s or 70’s.  He’s usually the first player cut or he is a veteran who waited too long to sign his contract and is desperate for a job.

Anyway, here’s the up-to-the minute list, less of course the parent Washington Nationals:

Boston-Jason Bergmann, Hector Luna
Baltimore-Mark Hendrickson
Detroit-John Bale
Chicago (AL)-Lastings Milledge
Florida-DeWayne Wise
Chicago (NL)-Reed Johnson
Houston-Gustavo Chacin
Los Angeles (AL)-Kevin Melillo
Milwaukee-Zack Segovia
Minnesota-Chase Lambin, Chuck James
Philadelphia-Erik Kratz, Peter Orr
New York (NL)-Mike O’Connor, Russ Adams, Willie Harris
New York (AL)-Gustavo Molina
Tampa Bay-Felipe Lopez, Ray Olmedo
Texas-David Bush, Kevin Cash, Zach Jackson
San Diego-Guillermo Quiroz, Gregg Zaun
Oakland-Vinnie Chulk
Toronto-WilLedezma, Corey Patterson
San Francisco-Brad Eldred

Enjoy Ft. Myers, Florida, Jason Bergmann.



2010 Mid-season I.L. All Star Chase Lambin has reportedly signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins with an invite to their major league spring training camp for the 2011 season.

Lambin, 31 was signed by the Nationals last winter after playing in Japan during the 2009 campaign.  With the Chiefs last season he batted .252 with a team high 15 home runs and 58 RBI in 136 games.

After being named as the MVP of the AAA All Star game in Lehigh Valley he batted only .182 with 4 home runs and 13 RBI in 48 games the rest of the season.   With the Chiefs he played third base, second base, first base and rightfield. 

If Lambin does not make the Twins major league roster he could spend the 2011 season at Rochester their AAA-affiliate.



Each season players not placed on the 40-man roster that have accumulated at least six years of service time (minors and majors inclusive) are free to sign with any of the 30 major league teams.

Last season the Nationals signed for AAA-Syracuse catchers Carlos Maldonado and Jamie Burke, infielders Eric Bruntlett, Chase Lambin, Pedro Lopez, and Josh Whitesell and outfielders Chris Duncan and Kevin Mench.  Pitchers Chuck James and Joel Peralta.  They also re-signed utility man Pete Orr and pitcher Andrew Kown.

The 2011 group of free agents includes Lambin, Lopez, Duncan, James, Orr and Kown along with 21 additional players from the single A to AAA level.

RHP:  Jimmy Barthmair -Potomac, Zach Dials – Potomac, Luis Garcia – Hagerstown, Jason Jones – Harrisburg, Andre Kown – Syracuse, Dan Leatherman – Harrisburg, Carlos Martinez – Potomac, LHP; Jesse English – Syracuse, Victor Garate – Syracuse, Glenn Gibson – Vermont, Chuck James – Harrsiburg, Yunior Novoa – Harrsisburg.

Catchers; Nolan Brannon – Vermont, Devin Ivany – Harrsiburg.

Infielders; Chase Lambin – Syracuse, Ofilio Castro – Harrisburg, Peter Orr – Syracuse, Wilberto Ortiz – Potomac, Pedro Lopez – Syracuse.

Outfieders; Jason Botts – Syracuse, Leonard Davis – Syracuse, Chris Duncan – Syracuse, Marvin Lowrance – Harrisburg, Edgardo Baez – Harrsiburg, Brad coon – Harrsiburg, Jerry Owens – Syracuse, Jamar Walton – Potomac.

We will follow the Nationals free agent signings during the winter and provide player interviews of possible 2011 Chiefs players.

The path to the All-Star Game


Dragnet’s Joe Friday spent his childhood wanting only to become a
police officer.  His father was on the force and Joe modeled himself
after dad.  Imagine then, this scenario.  Joe Friday goes through
training, earns his badge and, after three months walking the beat in
Los Angeles, decides he wants to become a fireman.

That, loosely, is the story of Chase Lambin’s collegiate life.

was a diehard Longhorn fan, my parents went to Texas, my brother went
to Texas,”  Lambin said.  My baby room had Longhorns all over it. 
Everything I wore growing up had Longhorns on it.”


Lambin and his family lived on the northwest side of Houston.  Chase played his high
school ball at Cypress Falls High School, an institution which has
produced, among others, Major League pitcher Scott Kazmir and former
Chief Clint Everts.  After 12th grade, Lambin spent two seasons at
Grayson County College in Denison, a stone’s throw from the Oklahoma

The next year, in 2001, Lambin achieved his childhood dream of wearing burnt orange on the field.

“It was great, I was 21 years old, living in Austin, Texas, playing for UT”, Lambin said.  “It was a lot of fun.”

In the middle of the season, though, Lambin was injured and
required surgery to remove the hammate bone from his right hand.  After
the procedure, he never was able to force his way into the starting

“I didn’t really play all that much,” Lambin recalled. 
“We had a lot of talent there with Omar Quintanilla and Brandon Fahey, a
couple of future big leaguers that were playing up the middle.  I
didn’t know if I was going to be getting enough at-bats to get noticed.”

With a career in professional baseball as the impetus, Lambin chose
to strike through the top item on his childhood wish list.  With a
Houstonian named Matt Pavlich as his guide, Lambin landed one state to
the east.

“I had a teammate in summer ball that played for
Louisiana-Lafayette and he was always talking about how much fun they
had, how good they were and how they needed a shortstop,” Lambin said.  I went and
met the coaches at Lafayette and fell in love with the whole program
and the way they did things.  I took to them like a duck to water.”

So, Lambin began his tenure as the starting shortstop for the
Ragin’ Cajuns where he learned that the team’s nickname was not
hollow.  Lambin played for coaches named Robichaux, Babineaux and
Simoneaux–“All ending in x”, Lambin points out wryly–and dined on food prepared by UL diehards.

“There’s a cooking club down the right field line,” Lambin said. 
There’s smoke billowing out from the right-field corner.   It’s kinda
like Mardi Gras at the baseball park every game.


The fans even feed the visiting teams the gumbo and etouffee they make.  The
warmth, though, toward fans from a certain school in Louisiana subsided
during Lambin’s season in the Bayou.  The Cajuns beat LSU twice during
the year and traveled to Baton Rouge to face the Tigers in the College
World Series regionals.

“We parked by their tailgating section and all their fans came up
and started shaking our bus screaming ‘tiger bait,'” Lambin said. 
“Both coaches got thrown out and there was so much bad blood that there
were people in the stands with knives pulling them on families.  They
canceled all LSU-Lafayette baseball games for the next six

LSU won the game, Lambin’s last until he was drafted in the 34th
round by the Mets in June of that year.  He was assigned to Brooklyn of
the New York-Penn League where he played for manager Howard Johnson. 
The next season, Johnson became the hitting coach for the Advanced-A
team in St. Lucie, Florida and used his position to advocate for Lambin.

“I had a really good spring training,” Lambin remembered.  “I was just hoping to go to
low-A but things fell my way to where they had an opening at shortstop
in High-A.  HoJo stuck his neck out for me and said I could play.”

That season, Lambin hit .289 with 49 RBI and played shortstop next
to future Met stalwart David Wright.  The St. Lucie team–which also
included Angel Pagan in center field–won the Florida State League
title over Dunedin’s Blue Jays.

Two years later, Lambin hit .310 with 25 home runs between Double-A
Binghamton and Triple-A Norfolk, but wasn’t invited to Major League
Spring Training with the Mets.  By May 6th of the following season,
Lambin was a .171 Triple-A hitter.

“It was really hard on me,” Lambin, now 30, said.  I put a lot of pressure on myself.  You
start to try to bat .330 with 30 (home runs).  I was so close I could
taste it.  I couldn’t handle being that close and not playing well to
start the season.”

Lambin finished the year in Double-A and was released in Spring
Training of ’07.  That started a four-year span which placed him in
Zebulon, North Carolina, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Japan and now

“I haven’t been handed anything in my career,” Lambin said.  “As a 34th
rounder, that’s the way it goes, when you get released and re-signed,
that’s the way it goes, when you go to a foreign country, that’s the
way it goes, when you sign as a free agent, that’s the way it goes.”

One can’t help but think that the decision Lambin made to leave his childhood dream behind steeled him for his winding pro career.


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Stories from above–1936 edition

We are coming to you live from the Hotel Bethlehem in Allentown, which seems to have a history of being on fire:

The hotel is taking precautionary steps to make sure this never happens again.  First, it has a rule that the wireless internet signal cannot be strong on the seventh floor.

We were rained out last night, so Mike and I went to the Apple store.  My computer power cord ceased to work yesterday morning, so I began to search for a new one in Scranton before yesterday’s game river.  I found an apple service center in Scranton and called to see if the store had power cords on sale.  This exchange ensued:

Me:  Do you sell Mac power cords?
Sales guy: No, but we should.  People call for them all the time.
Me:  Do you know where I might find one?
Sales guy:  Your best bet is the Apple Store in Allentown.

Moral of the story (and travel tip): If you need electronics in Scranton which are not made by Atari and do not involve rotary technology, go to Allentown, the comparative Silicon Valley of the Keystone State.

The Chiefs will throw Shairon Martis tonight against Lehigh Valley’s IronPigs.  He got a no decision in his first start against the snouted ones. 

Couple of notes:

*OF Marvin Lowrance has a hit in five of his first six Triple-A games.  The guy, according to the Nationals, has worked diligently on his defense over the past year.

*RHP Andrew Brown has been added to the roster, giving the Chiefs a full cabinet of 24 players.  Brown last pitched in the IL with Buffalo in ’06.

*4 of the top 10 batting averages in the Nationals’ farm system come from Syracuse (Lambin .375, Mench .348, Whitesell .308, Bernadina .300)

*Tommy John will throw out the first pitch tonight at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown.  Here’s his website:  Unfortunately, the Google Ad on the right side of the page seems to always say something about “ulnar ligament pain.”  I’m not joking.

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The Syracuse Chiefs major league affiliate the Washington Nationals have been busy during the 2010 off-season signing many players at the major league level – catcher Pudge Rodriquez, second baseman Adam Kennedy and pitchers Jason Marquis, Brian Bruney, Matt Capps, Eddie Guardardo, Miguel Batista and Tyler Walker,

At the minor league level, Nationals GM Mike Rizzo and his staff were busy replenishing the coffers at the AAA-AA levels.  They include the signing of catcher Jamie Burke, 1B Josh Whitesell, infielders Eric Brunlett, Pedro Lopez and Chase Lambin, outfielders Chris Duncan, Jerry Owens, Pedro Powell and Kevin Mench.  In addition they have resigned pitchers Andrew Kown and Logan Kensing and infielder Pete Orr from last years club.

Other players added by waiver claims and trades late in the year include pitchers Jesse English, Ryan Mattheus, Doug Slaten and Aaron Thompson.

Also expected to be in the mix is veteran lefthanded pitcher Matt Chico who looks to rebound after two injury interupted seasons.

Here is some brief tidbits on the players who could play in Syracuse this season:

Jamie Burke, 38 is a veteran catcher who split time last season between Seattle and AAA-Tacoma and also appeared in six games for the Nationals last season.  Used mostly as a back-up and insurance at the major league level.

Josh Whitesell, 27, orignally drafted by the Nationals in 2003 he was claimed by the Diamdbacks in 2008 and batted .328 wih 26 HR and 110 RBI that season with Tucson-AAA.  Last season he appeared in 63 games for AAA-Reno and batted .293 with 58 RBI before spending the remainder of the season in Arizona.

Eric Bruntlett, 31 spent the entire 2009 season with Philadelphia as a utility player appearing in 72-games.

Pedro Lopez, 26, split his 2009 season between Indianapolis-AAA and Altoona-AA.  he batted .241 in 42 games for the Indians and spent the entire 2008 season in Syracuse with the Chiefs as their everyday shortstop.

Chase Lambin, 30, spent the 2009 season in Japan with the Chiba Lotte Marines and batted only .192 in 120 at bats.  The season before he batted .300 with 14 HR and 54 RBI at AAA-Albuquerque (Marlins).  He was originally drafted by the Mets in 2003 and played for Norfolk in 2005-2006.  His best season coming in 2005 between Binghampton/Norfolk when he hit 24 HR home runs and batted over .300.

Jerry Owens, 29, lefthanded hitting outfielder with great speed played in only 12-games for the Chicago White Sox last season before being traded to Seattle and spending the remainder of the season with Tacoma.  He batted .323 with 23 stolen bases in 100 games. 

Chris Duncan, 27, batted .227 in 87 games for the St. Louis Cardinals last season before being released.  He signed with the Red Sox and played in only 27-games for the Pawsox the rest of the way before being released again.

Pedro Powell, 25 began his career in the Pirates organization before spending the past two years as property of the Tampa Bay Rays organization.  He has never played above the AA-level but has tremendous speed recording 268 career stolen bases in seven minor league seasons.  2004-60 , 2005-46, 2006-63, 2007-67, 2008-29 and 2009-28.

We will look at the new pitchers in the fold later on.




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