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The Syracuse Chiefs announced their 24-man roster for the start of the 2008 baseball season today. They include:
Lefthanded Pitchers: David Purcey, Bill Murphy, John Parrish, Jesse Carlson, Mike Gosling and Davis Romero. Righthanded Pitchers: Josh Banks, Kane Davis, Shawn Camp, Jordan DeJong, Bubba Nelson and Tracy Thorpe.
Catchers: Curtis Thigpen and Robinzon Diaz (Kevin Nelson will be placed on the disabled list).
Infielders: Chip Cannon (1B), Joe Inglett, Hector Luna, Sergio Santos (3B), and Pedro Lopez.
Outfielders: Russ Adams, Adam Lind, Wayne Lydon, David Smith, Matt Watson.
Coaching Staff: Doug Davis, Mgr, Rick Langford, Pitching Coach, Al LeBoeuf, Hitting Coach, Charlie Poe, Coach, Robert Helmick, Strength Coach, Jon Woodworth, Trainer.
This Friday, January 11th the Syracuse Chiefs will hold their 47th Annual Hot Stove Dinner beginning at 5:30 PM at the Holiday Inn LIverpool.
The silent auction of great baseball memoribilia will run from 5:30-7:00 PM with items that include autographed baseballs, bats, jerseys and highlighted by a autographed Derek Jeter jersey compliments of Benefit Golf and Auctions. All proceeds will benefit the Hillside of Family Agencies here in Syracuse.
The guest list includes former Chiefs manager and player and current Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox, Philadelphia Phillies General Manager Pat Gillick, Red Sox pitching great Bill Monbouquette, Chiefs manager Doug Davis, Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Scott Cassidy, Blue Jays Director of Canadian Scouting Kevin Briand and International League President Randy Mobley.
Local players also scheduled to appear include Steve Grilli, Mark Lukasiewicz, Jon Ratliff, Noah Hall, Frank DiPino, New Hampshire Pitching Coach Tom Signore, Syracuse Baseball Wall of Famer Frank Tepedino and LeMoyne College Baseball Coach Steve Owens.
Tickets are only $45 for adults and $20 for children. You can call 315 474-7833 or stop by the Chiefs Offices during business hours (9 AM-5PM) to pick up your tickets.
It’s a day late but one of the new features to the Chiefs Blog gets kick started right now. This is the First Edition of Chiefs Players of the Week.
BATTER OF THE WEEK
OF John-Ford Griffin put together a great week at the plate. Griffin went 10-for-24 with three doubles, two home runs and drove in eight runs for Syracuse. The Florida State product also scored six times while putting together that weekly batting average of .417. Chiefs manager Doug Davis attributed Griffin’s recent success to more confidence as well as standing up taller at the plate.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
RHP Jesse Litsch made his Triple-A debut Saturday with seven innings of two run baseball at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Litsch struck out five while only walking two batters. It was the only win of the series for the Chiefs. The righty was 7-2 in New Hampshire with a 2.35ERA at the time of his promotion to Syracuse. He’s also spent time in Toronto this year (1-2, 6.62ERA) where he won his first career MLB start lasting 8.2 innings and only giving up one run back on May 15th.
The Chiefs open the 2007 season tomorrow night in Durham. Dustin McGowan will take the ball for Syracuse against Jason Hammel for the Bulls.
Chiefs’ GM John Simone traveled to Durham for the Opener and to take the team out to dinner tonight. John reports that the team is a good bunch of guys and especially commented on how nice veteran catcher Sal Fasano is.
John will be calling the Chiefs Office tomorrow once the Opening Day lineup is posted and we’ll have it for you right here on Inside the Chiefs blog as soon as we receive the call.
It seems the only major decisions new Manager Doug Davis will have to make will be in RF and DH. He will have to choose from John-Ford Griffin, Mike Vento and Chad Mottola in right with the other two will be candidates for DH along with extra infielder Ryan Roberts.
While plans continue for the Chiefs home opener on Saturday April 14th, we would like to hear what you the fans would like to hear for music played at the stadium this season. If you have a song that you think should be played at the stadium this season, email us at email@example.com.
The Toronto Blue Jays had two pitchers battling for a starting rotation spot pitching on Monday against the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies minor leaguers.† Righthander Tomo Ohka was solid as he shut down the Yankees over five innings allowing only 1-run in a 9-1 victory.† Fellow righty John Thomson was not as sharp as he gave up 6-runs, in 5-innings of work against the Phillies AAA-Ottawa team that defeated the Syracuse Chiefs 7-2.
The Chiefs lineup today included:† Ryan Klosterman 2B, Sal Fasano C, Adam Lind LF, John Hattig 3B, Chip Cannon DH, David Smith RF, Dustin Majewski CF, Erik Kratz 1B, Manny Mayorson SS.
The Chiefs scored single runs in the 4th on a RBI single by Chip Cannon and one-run in the 6th on a RBI single by Adam Lind.† The Chiefs banged out 8-hits off of five Scranton pitchers.† Sal Fasano and Adam Lind each had two hits, while Erik Kratz had a two-out double in the ninth.
After Thompson departed in the fifth, Dustin McGowan pitched three innings giving up 1-run (solo home run) in the sixth and righthander Beau Kempwho pitched for Rochester last season tossed one scoreless inning, striking out one.
The Chiefs are off to Tampa to face Scranton on Tuesday with Ty Taubenheim expected to pitch for the Chiefs.
Don’t forget to listen to “Inside Pitch” on 1260 AM ESPN Radio on Tuesday live from Dunedin, Florida as Chiefs radio announcer Bob McElligott moves over to the Blue Jays minor league complex and talks with Chiefs skipper Doug Davis and Director of Player Development **** Scott.† Today Bob took in the Jays vs Yankees game at Knology Park and talked with Jays catcher Greg Zaun, Second Baseman Aaron Hill and pitcher Josh Towers and Brandon League.
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.
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.
The 2007 Syracuse Chiefs Hot Stove will take place on Friday February 2nd, 2007 at the Holiday Inn Liverpool. Tickets are only $45 ($20 for children) and are available at the Alliance Bank Stadium office.
Chiefs manager Doug Davis will be on hand while local players Jason Grilli, Scott Cassidy and former players Frank DiPino, John Johnstone, Mark Lukasiewicz, Steve Grilli and Jon Ratliff will also attend.
In addition the Chiefs will honor four local athletes, High School and College, with the Pre-season Player of the Year Awards and their Annual Jake Myers Great Guy Award and Tom Higgins Bullpen Chief Award.
Check our blog and website for additional guest players that will be announced soon.
It’s a busy day for the SkyChiefs today. This afternoon the team will hold it’s Annual Meeting of Stockholder’s in the Hank Sauer Room. Also today the Blue Jays made it official that Doug Davis will be Syracuse’s manager in 2007.
Davis brings Championship experience at both the Major League and Minor League level. He was Jack McKeon’s bench coach when the Florida Marlins defeated the New York Yankees to win the 2003 World Series. Davis also led the Pittsfield Mets to the 1997 New York Penn League Championship and the Mets Single-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League, Columbia, to the 1998 League Championship.
Speaking of Championships, the Phoenix Desert Dogs captured the Arizona Fall League Championship with a 6-2 victory over the Grand Canyon Rafters. The Desert Dogs included seven players who are Blue Jays property, pitchers Dustin McGowan, Kyle Yates, Jordan DeJong, Tracey Thorpe, infielders Chip Cannon and Ryan Klosterman and catcher Curtis Thigpen.
Cannon and Yates were named to the Arizona Fall League All Prospects Team. Cannon led the league in HR (11) and RBI (29) while Yates led the league in strikeouts (25) while posting a 2-0 record and a 1.13 ERA in 24 innings pitched.