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Our congratulations on a great career go out to second baseman Jeff Kent, who announced his retirement from baseball yesterday in Los Angeles.
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. †
Don Cooper (Pitching Coach)
Garth Iorg (3B Coach)†
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)
Right-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.
Right-handed pitcher Gary Glover (’99-’00) appeared in 36 games for the Rays going 3-3 with a 5.32 ERA.
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.
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.
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.
Former Chiefs closer Aquillino Lopez (’04) appeared in 6 games for the Tigers going 0-0 with a 4.26 ERA.
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.
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.
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).
Outfielder 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.
Chris Carpenter (’97, ’02) was inked Opening Day and has been on the DL since.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Infielder Felipe Lopez (’01-’02) is hitting .242 with 4 HR, 32 RBI and 11 SB in 82 games.
David “Boomer” Wells (’86-’88) is 4-5 with a 4.31 ERA in 17 starts registering 55 K and 25 BB.
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.
Since being acquired from the Yankees Josh Phelps (’02-’03) has appeared in 6 games and is 4-11 at the plate.
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.
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.
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.
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.