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WINTER MEETINGS NOTES

Ex-Chiefs outfielder Jayson Werth was signed to a record seven year 126-million dollar contract by the Nationals at the start of the Baseball Winter Meetings last week.  Werth replaces the loss of Adam Dunn who signed on with the White Sox earlier.

In the Major League Rule 5 draft, the Nationals selected righthanded pitcher Elvin Ramirez from the Mets organization off their AA-Binghampton roster and another righty Brian Broderick from the Cardinals organization off the AA-Springfield roster.

Ramirez, 23, is from the Domincan Republic and spent most of the 2010 season at A-St Lucie and was 4-3 with a 4.17 ERA in 49 relief appearances.  He posted 65 strikeouts in 73 innings, but also walked 43 batters.  He finished the season with Binghamton-AA and appeared in 3 games.

Broderick, 24, is 6’6″ and started the 2010 season at Jupiter-A and went 3-5 with a 5.47 ERA in 9-starts.  He moved up to AA-Springfield and finished 11-2 with a 2.72 ERA.

The Nationals also selected 23 year old Mike Allen, a righthanded pitcher off the Twins AA-New Brittan roster.  Allen was only 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA in 37 relief appearances between AA-New Brittan and A-Ft. Myers last season, but had 49 K’s in 51 innings combined.

On the Free Agent front outfielder Jonathan Tucker was signed after spending six years in the Baltimore Orioles organization.  Last season at Bowie-AA in the Eastern League, he batted .221 with 2 HR, 27 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 83 games.  He also played 21 games at Norfolk.

Even Van Gundy was on hand

The first appearance by Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was greeted by over 5000 Florida visitors, Mark Lerner, the team’s principal owner, MASN Television crew that included Bob Carpenter and Rob Dibble and former Knicks and Houston Rockets basketball coach Jeff Van Gundy who sat behind home plate with an Orlando Magic hat on.

Strasburg was worth the price of admission, even if it was only two innings and 27 pitches.  He will pitch in the major leagues some day, just what day got closer than a lot of people thought going in.
Nats lost again, and righthanded pitcher Tyler Walker has pitched his way to AAA-Syracuse roster with his second 6-run appearance.  Aaron Thompson tossed two shutout innings of relief and has looked very good in his first two appearances.
Nats hitting came to life in the 8th inning when they scored four runs and had the tying run on deck before Josh Whitesell popped up to centerfield to end the rally.  Nats lost their 7th straight, 9-4.
–Chiefs COO/Vice President Tex Simone was seen talking to Tigers manager Jim Leyland, 3rd base coach Gene Lamont before the game.  Leyland and Lamont were teammates in 1965 with the Tigers when Tex was the team’s trainer.  
–Tex had a busy day when he also ran into another former Tigers and Chiefs catcher John Sullivan who was visiting from western New York where he still resides.
–And the day ended when Tex hit the trifecta when he was seen talking to Braves manager and longtime friend Bobby Cox in the Braves dugout before the Phillies vs Braves game in Orlando.
–Former Chiefs outfielder Jayson Werth hit an opposite field bomb vs the Braves in the 2nd inning.  Werth is sporting an unusual long beard and hair style.
–Two local “graphers” reported that today they were able to secure signatures from Ivan Rodriquez, Drew Storen, Ryan Howard and Braves super prospect Jason Heyward. In the “graphing world”  that’s pretty good.
Last stop on the tour will be at the Braves minor league camp to catch up with former Chief Rocket Wheeler.

Former Chiefs ready for MLB playoffs

With the Major League Baseball playoffs set to begin this afternoon, here’s a look at the former Syracuse players who will be participating in this year’s post-season:

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Philadelphia Phillies
Miguel Cairo, IF (1996)
Scott Eyre, RHP (2001)
Jayson Werth, OF (2002-’03) (pictured top)
New York Yankees
AJ Burnett, RHP (2006-’07)
Chad Gaudin, RHP (2005)
Eric Hinske, IF/OF (2003)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Casey Blake, IF (1999-2000)
Orlando Hudson, IF (2001-’02) (pictured bottom)
St. Louis Cardinals
Chris Carpenter, RHP (1997, 2002)
Dave McKay, 1B Coach (1979)
Colorado Rockies
Glenallen Hill, 1B Coach (1987-’89)
Minnesota Twins
Rick Stelmaszek, Bullpen Coach (1976)
Keep in mind that 15 of the last 16 World Series champions have had at least one former Syracuse player on their roster.  The only world champion since 1991 without a former Chiefs player on the active roster was the 2003 Marlins, but the Fish did have former Chiefs outfielder Bill Robinson on the bench as the team’s hitting coach.  (Sorry Boston & Anaheim fans.)
Enjoy the playoffs everybody!

Former Chiefs pitcher Halladay to start for AL

Our congratulations go out to former Chiefs pitcher Roy Halladay who was chosen to start tonight’s MLB All-Star Game on the mound for the American League.

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Halladay, who appeared in a Syracuse uniform for parts of the 1997, 1998, 2000, and 2001 seasons, is 10-3 with a 2.85 ERA for Toronto this year.  This year marks the right-hander’s sixth All-Star selection and his first starting assignment.
The last Syracuse pitcher to start the mid-summer classic was Chris Carpenter who took the mound in 2005 for the National League.  Esteban Loaiza made one rehabilitation start for the Chiefs in 2002 then started the 2003 game for the AL as a member of the White Sox.
Three other former Chiefs pitchers from the Blue Jays era have also started the All-Star Game: David Wells (1998 & 2000 games), Jimmy Key (1994), and Dave Steib (1983 & 1984).
Former Chiefs infielder Aaron Hill (Halladay’s teammate in Toronto) also made the American league squad while former Chiefs Orlando Hudson (now with the Los Angeles Dodgers) and Jayson Werth (now with Philadelphia) are on the National League roster.  Our congratulations go out to those players as well.
Enjoy the game!

Chiefs will be well represented in MLB playoffs

The Major League Baseball playoffs will begin on Wednesday and six of the participating teams (plus the potential AL Central Champion White Sox) will have two former Syracuse players on their bench.

The Angels and Twins are the only teams without a former Chiefs player, which doesn’t bode well for fans in Anaheim and Minnesota – 14 of the last 15 World Series winners have had at least one former Chiefs player on the roster. The only exception was the 2003 Florida Marlins. However the Marlins’ hitting coach that season was former Chiefs outfielder Bill Robinson.
Here’s a list of the former Chiefs who will be participating in this year’s playoffs:

Boston Red Sox
Kevin Cash
Mike Timlin
Chicago Cubs
Chad Gaudin
Reed Johnson
Chicago White Sox
Don Cooper (Pitching Coach)
Dewayne Wise
Los Angeles Dodgers
Casey Blake
Jeff Kent

Milwaukee Brewers
Dave Bush
Garth Iorg (3B Coach)

Philadelphia Phillies
Scott Eyre
Jayson Werth

Tampa Bay Rays
Gabe Gross
Eric Hinske

ALUMNI REPORT: WERTH

In this week’s Alumni Report we take at former Syracuse outfielder Jayson Werth (’02-’03).

Jayson_werth_2 After recovering from a stint on the DL in July with an injured wrist, Werth is taking advantage of injuries to outfielders Shane Victorino and Michael Bourn.  In 10 August games he is hitting .294 with a home run and 8 RBI.

The 6’5″ outfielder was signed by the Phillies to a one-year contract this off-season after spending the last two years with the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

He was traded to the Dodgers during Spring Training of ’04 for reliever Jason Frasor.  That season Werth hit .262 with 16 HR and 47 RBI in 89 games.  He followed that up playing in 102 games in ’05 hitting .234 with 7 HR and 43 RBI before seeing his season ending wrist injury which sidelined him through the whole 2006 season as well.

A native of Springfield, Illinois Werth was originally selected out of Glenwood High School by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1st round, 22nd overall, of the 1997 draft as a catcher.  He was traded to the Jays on December 11, 2000 for John Bale.

In 2002 for the SkyChiefs Werth hit .257 with 18 HR, 80 RBI and 24 SB in 127 games.  He made his Major League debut for Toronto that season on September 1st against the Yankees and collected his first Major League hit off of David Wells.

ALUMNI REPORT: MLB 1ST HALF

As Major League Baseball takes centerstage tonight in San Francisco, today’s Alumni Report takes a look at former Syracuse players that played in the majors for teams other than the Blue Jays during the first half of the season and how they performed.

(YEARS IN SYRACUSE)

AMERICAN LEAGUE

A’s

Gaudin_chad1Right-handed pitcher Chad Gaudin (’05) was one of baseball’s biggest sup rises during the first half of the season.  Gaudin, who spent the ’06 season in the Oakland bullpen, was elevated to starter status with an injury to Esteban Loaiza and ended up finishing the first half with an ERA of 2.88, which ranked him 8th among all Major League pitchers.  The Louisiana native also went 8-3 and struck out 68 batters in his 18 starts.

Outfielder Shannon Stewart had a solid first half hitting .309 with 7 HR, 26 RBI and 8 SB.

DEVIL RAYS

Right-handed pitcher Gary Glover (’99-’00) appeared in 36 games for the Rays going 3-3 with a 5.32 ERA.

INDIANS

Casey Blake is putting together one of his best seasons for the Tribe as he returned to his normal position at 3B after spending the last few season in the outfield.  Blake is hitting .276 with 14 HR, 21 doubles and 48 RBI.

RANGERS

Catcher Adam Melhuse (’97-’99) began the season in Oakland but was traded to Texas about a month ago.  Combined this season Melhuse has appeared in 21 games and is hitting .273 with 1 HR and 7 RBI.  Infielder Desi Relaford (’05) appeared in 6 games and was 3-15 at the plate.  Pitcher Bruce Chen (’04) pitched in 5 games, was not involved in a decision and had a 7.20 ERA.

RED SOX

Eric Hinske (’03) has appeared in 45 games for the Sox and is hitting just .193 with 3 HR and 11 RBI but his diving catch in right-field did rank as one of the top plays of the first half on Baseball Tonight.  The Sox bullpen is anchored by two former Syracuse pitchers, Mike Timlin (’92, ’95) and Brendan Donnelly (’99-’00).  Timlin has appeared in 22 games going 1-0 with a 4.38 ERA and 1 saves while Donnelly has also appeared in 22 games going 2-1 with a 3.05 ERA.

TIGERS

Former Chiefs closer Aquillino Lopez (’04) appeared in 6 games for the Tigers going 0-0 with a 4.26 ERA.

YANKEES

Veteran utility-man Miguel Cairo (’96) is having a solid season in the Bronx hitting .263 with 10 RBI and 7 SB in 44 games.  Josh Phelps (’02-’03) beat out Andy Phillips for the right-handed platoon spot at 1B and hit .263 with 2 HR and 12 RBI in 36 games before being traded to the Pirates.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

ASTROS

Veteran pitcher Woody Williams (’90-’96) is 4-10 with a 5.34 ERA in 19 starts allowing 34 walks while striking out 58 opponents.

BRAVES

Infielder Chris Woodward (’98-’01) has appeared in 54 games and his hitting .219 with 1 HR and 7 RBI for former Chiefs player and manger Bobby Cox (’70, ’73-’76 MGR).

BREWERS

Bush_david_191Outfielder Gabe Gross (’03-’05) has appeared in 50 games for the Brew Crew hitting .200 with 3 HR and 7 RBI and has 15 BB while striking out just 18 times.  Starter Dave Bush (’04-’05) is 7-7 with a 4.86 ERA in 18 appearances including 17 starts.

CARDINALS

Chris Carpenter (’97, ’02) was inked Opening Day and has been on the DL since.

DIAMONDBACKS

NL All-Star Orlando Hudson (’01-’02) is hitting .296 with 20 doubles, 5 triples, and 47 RBI in 89 games.  Reliever Brandon Lyon (’01-’02) has appeared in 41 games and is 5-3 with 2 saves and a 2.36 ERA.

DODGERS

2B Jeff Kent (’92) is hitting .279 with 10 HR, 18 doubles and 41 RBI in 81 games.  Left-hander Mark Hendrickson (’01-’03)  has appeared in 21 games, 10 starts, and is 3-4 with a 4.02 ERA, walking 23 opponents and striking out 64.

GIANTS

Reliever Vinnie Chulk (’01-’04, ’06) has appeared in 35 games and is 3-2 with a 2.65 ERA.  Infielder Luis Figueroa (’06) went 1-5 at the plate while appearing in 6 games.

MARLINS

Miller_justin_341_2 Have Tattoo’s Will Travel.  Reliever Justin Miller (’02, ’04-’05) began the season with AAA Ottawa before being released at the end of April.  He was picked up by the Marlins and assigned to Triple-A Albuquerque before being promoted to the Marlins.  For the Fish he is 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA, 8 BB and 27 K in 25 appearances.

METS

Carlos Delgado (’91, ’94-’95, ’98, ’04) is hitting .242 with 22 doubles, 14 HR and 49 RBI in 83 games for the Mets while best-friend Shawn Green (’94) is hitting .275 with 18 doubles, 7 HR and 27 RBI in 71 games.

NATIONALS

Infielder Felipe Lopez (’01-’02) is hitting .242 with 4 HR, 32 RBI and 11 SB in 82 games.

PADRES

David “Boomer” Wells (’86-’88) is 4-5 with a 4.31 ERA in 17 starts registering 55 K and 25 BB.

PHILLIES

OF Jayson Werth (’02-’03) is hitting .235 with 3 HR and 10 RBI in 42 games for the Phillies.  Reliever Francisco Rosario who was acquired at the end of Spring Training has appeared in 18 games and is 0-3 with a 6.64 ERA.

PIRATES

Since being acquired from the Yankees Josh Phelps (’02-’03) has appeared in 6 games and is 4-11 at the plate.

REDS

Closer David Weathers (’92) has registered 17 saves and is 1-3 with a 3.27 ERA in 37 appearances.  Utility-man Ryan Freel (’98-’01) spent most of the last two months on the DL after a violent collision with a teammate in the outfield. Freel appeared in 54 games and hit .258 with 2 HR, 12 RBI and 10 SB.  Dewayne Wise (’01, ’03) appeared in 5 games and was 1-5 with a triple.

In other Reds Notes last week former SkyChiefs Manager Pat Kelly (’99-’00) was promoted from Manager of the Gulf Coast League Reds to the Bench Coach for the Reds.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Happy Halloween to all the great SkyChiefs’ fans.  As a special treat we unveil a list of the Top 10 Syracuse players that have a name related to a costume you may see at your door tonight.  Rankings are based on their contribution to baseball in Syracuse.

10. Mike “Nunn”- The 1st round pick of the Angels in the 1967 draft appeared in less than 10 games for the 1972 Chiefs.

9. Steve “Barber” – The left-handed flamethrower was a two-time American League All-Star with the Orioles (’63 and ’66) pitched in 7 games for the Syracuse Chiefs in 1968. 

8. Brandon “Lyon”- Current Arizona Diamondback reliever pitched for the SkyChiefs in 2001 and 2002 and was a combined 9-12.

7. “Doc” Estes - First-baseman hit .276 with 4 HR and 32 RBI for the 1987 Chiefs.

6. Pedro “Swann” – Left-handed hitting outfielder hit .277 with 14 HR and 62 RBI for the 2002 SkyChiefs.

5. “Goose” Gozzo - Went 5-1 for the 1989 team that lost to Richmond in the I.L. semifinals.  In 1990 he led the team with seven saves.

4. “Bert” Cueto and “Ernie” Whitt - Cueto was 4-8 for the ’61 Chiefs.  Current Blue Jays Bench Coach Whitt hit a combined 19 HR and 96 RBI for the Chiefs in ’78 and ’79.

3. “Jayson” Werth - He began is career with a mask, it didn’t glow in the dark though, before being converted to an outfielder.  In 2002 Werth hit 18 HR and drove home 82 RBI and also stole 24 bases.  In 2003 he hit 9 HR and also hit three doubles in a game tying the franchise record.   A scary thought, the SkyChiefs have had at least one Jason (or Jayson) on every team during the 21st century.  2000- Jason Bell; 2001- Bell and Jason Dickson; 2002- Jayson Werth; 2003- Werth and Jason Arnold; 2004- Arnold, Jason Kershner, Jason Frasor; 2005- Arnold, Jason Alfaro; 2006- Frasor and Jason Phillips.

2. “Otto” Velez- Velez who shares the same first name as SU’s popular mascot was named I.L Rookie-of-the-Year in 1973 after hitting 29 HR and 98 RBI and ranks 10th in franchise history with 52 total.

1. Howard “Fox” – Went 19-9 with a 2.68 ERA including 21 complete games for the 1947 Governor’s Cup Championship team.

Disagree with our rankings or have someone in mind we left out?  Send us an email to baseball@skyChiefs.com

Have a safe Halloween and if you eat too much candy be sure to sign up for Club Chiefs were you can work on your swing in the SkyChiefs indoor batting cages and workout in the SkyChiefs Training Facilities Monday – Friday from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM for the low price of $10 per day or $50 per month.  For more information or to sign-up call (315) 474-7833 and ask for H.J.

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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