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Hot Stove ignites old and new flames in Syracuse

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The guest list for the 48th Annual Hot Stove and Dinner will be filled with stars on and off the field from the Syracuse Chiefs and the Washington Nationals. However, it has just been recently announced that Randy St. Claire, former Chiefs pitcher and current Nationals Pitching Coach as well as Collin Balester, Nationals’ top right-handed pitching prospect will also be in attendance this Friday Jan 16 for the annual event.

Randy St. Claire was a Chiefs pitcher for the 1993 and 1994 seasons. In 1994 he was named to the International League’s All-Star Team. He was also a big part of the Chiefs team that went to the Governor’s Cup finals in 1994. St. Claire also set a team record with 33 regular season saves, 13 of which earned in the month of August, another club record in itself.

St. Claire arrived in professional baseball when he was signed as a free agent by the Montreal Expos in September of 1978 and made his major league debut for the team in 1984. St. Claire spent ten years in the big leagues as a player then reverted to coaching in 1996. After seven years of coaching in the minor leagues, he made his big league pitching coach debut in 2003 replacing then Expos (Nationals) pitching coach Dick Pole.

Randy 1.jpgTo his credit, St. Claire coached some of the finest talent in the major leagues including Luis Ayala, Chad Cordero, and Shawn Hill. He is also given credit to the entire back end of the 2005 Nationals bullpen that participated in the inaugural World Baseball Classic. Randy St. Claire is the NL East’s longest tenured pitching coach. 


Collin Balester, 22, was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California. Throughout his young life, with his father’s influence, he has heavily participated in baseball. He even attributes his arm strength to surfing. That work finally began to pay off as he was drafted by the Montreal Expos and then made his professional debut for the Expos’ Gulf Coast League affiliate in 2004 at the age of 18. He pitched in 5 games and collected a .215 opponent batting average, 7.7 strikeouts per 9 innings, and no home runs allowed in over 24 innings.

Collin%20Balester.jpgIn his first complete season, Balester posted an 8-6 record with an impressive 3.67 ERA with the Savannah Sand Gnats. He went on to post exemplary stats during his time in the minors, and Balester got the call to “The Show” and made his major league debut on July 1, 2008, where he pitched 5 strong innings against the Florida Marlins and came away with his first big league win.

Balester pitched in 15 games last season for the Nationals and in 2009 will enter his first full season in Major League Baseball.

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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.


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.


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.

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