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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.

HOT STOVE DATE SET

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.

WEEKEND UPDATE

Hope you had a chance to hear “Inside Pitch” our new weekly talk show devouted to baseball in Central New York.  Our host Bob McElligott did a great job for the first show with guest Jason and Steve Grilli who offered their insights on a majical season in Detriot.  Chiefs GM and co-host John Simone brought us up-to-date on what really happened with the working agreement changes in the I.L. and explained  that the team will play on either field turf or grass in 2007 or as late as 2008.  The decision will be that of Onondaga County and the County Legislature. MLB Executive Jimmie Lee Solomon was unable to hook up with us this week due to his duties at the World Series, but will be a guest on next weeks show to talk about the recently announced agreeement with the players association for another 5 years….Syracuse Crunch took two home games this weekend and after a terrible start they seem to be on track to compete against a tough conference…..Red Auerbach passed away on Saturday and with him so did much of the Celtic pride.  Former Chifs infielder Danny Ainge, one of Auerbachs favorites was brought in a ew years ago to restore the team.  Hopefully, Danny can rekindle Red’s spirit and bring the Celtics back.

THIS AND THAT

The Tigers need to win tonight or the season is over.   Let’s hope it goes seven to extend the baseball season for a few more days….Is it me or did the national media make a major case out of Kenny Rogers pine tar incident.  Not that we have any knowledge of wrong doing with pitchers in the minor leagues, but has anyone ever looked at or touched a catchers shin guard or chest protector and wondered why its sticky??? And if Tony LaRussa makes a major case out of it, wouldn’t that prevent his pitchers from doing the same?  Even our own Bud Poliquin had to be schooled by Steve Grilli on radio this week on what he did back in the 70’s…..Minor league free agents were announced this week and the Blue Jays have 19 players eligable.  Names of interest who could play elsewhere include Mike MaHoney, Luis Figueroa, Wayne Lydon, Ben Howard, Rodney Ormond, Adrian Burnside and Kevin Barker. Figueroa would like to return in 2007.  Lydon and Barker might move on.  Next week we will publish players we might want to see in Syracuse that are available….”Inside Pitch” airs tomorrow (Saturday October 28th) at 9:00 AM on ESPN Radio 1260 AM.  Guest include Tigers pitcher Jason Grilli and Major League Baseball Executive Vice President, Baseball Operation Jimmie Lee Solomon from the commissioners office.  We will also have time to talk World Series, hopefully game 6, turf vs grass, and major league affiliations…..Inside Pitch is also the lead in for Syracuse University vs Louisville pre-game show hosted by Matt Park…Our weekly Football prediction Syracuse 17 Cincinnati 16……Pop Warner football invades Alliance Bank Stadium this weekend.  Friday-Sunday over 12 games will be played by area Pop Warner teams….Have a great Weekend….

TIGER FEVER

Don’t you think that is great to see the Detroit Tigers keep winning.  Our own Jason Grilli, son of former Chiefs pitcher Steve Grilli has been on a great ride this season.  Steve, has been to all the games and reports that former Chiefs catcher and current Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont sends his regards to Central New York, while Tigers manager Jim Leyland, also a Chiefs catcher in spring training 1965 and 66 sends his regards to his former Trainer and Chiefs current COO, Vice President Tex Simone.  Lamont, Leyland and Simone became close friends during the Tigers years (1963-66) and have remained friends ever since.  Steve also reports that former Chiefs Willie Horton, Mickey Stanley, Jim Northrup, Mickey Lolich, Gates Brown are all still members of the Tigers family and still remember their days in Syracuse.  Wouldn’t it have been interesting if the Tigers wanted to return to Syracuse!!!!!

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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