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Baseball fans can listen live this week from Melbourne, FL home of the Washington Nationals to “INSIDE PITCH” the Syracuse Chiefs radio show. The voice of the Chiefs – Bob McElligott and Chiefs General Manager John Simone will report from the Nationals spring training home beginning Monday night from 6:00 – 7:00 PM on Sports Radio 620 WHEN. The Special Spring Training shows will continue through Wednesday, March 18th at the same time.

The Chiefs will wrap it all up with a special expanded show on Saturday, March 21st at 11:00 AM as Inside Pitch prepares for Opening Day 2009.

You won’t be able to get this information on Chiefs baseball anywhere else, but here on

Show Times

Monday – 6 PM – 7 PM 620 WHEN
Tuesday, 6 PM – 7 PM 620 WHEN
Wednesday, 6 PM – 7 PM 620 WHEN
Saturday 11 AM – 12:45 PM 620 WHEN

Doubledays Hot Stove

A few members of the Chiefs front office made the trip to Auburn on Saturday for the Doubledays Hot Stove Dinner.

Former Chiefs pitcher David Purcey was one of the featured speakers along with Doubledays manager Dennis Holmberg(standing between Tex and John Simone in picture below). Central New York baseball fans may remember that prior to his managerial stint in Auburn Holmberg was a coach for the 1985 division-winning Syracuse Chiefs.
Congratulations to Tom Ganey, Carl Gutelius, and the entire Auburn staff on very nice event!


Inside Pitch “Spring Training Edition” will come to you live on Sportsradio 620 WHEN beginning Monday, March 10th at 5:00 PM.

The show will orginate from the Spring Training home of the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Florida.  All week long (Monday-Friday from 5-6 PM) Bob McElligott and John Simone will provide interviews and insight into Spring Training 2008.

You can catch the Weekend Edition of Inside Pitch all season long from 11:00 AM-12:00 noon on the radio home of the Chiefs 620 WHEN.

This weekend Inside Pitch will talk to former Chiefs player and manager Frank Verdi, who will be inducted into the International League Hall of Fame this summer.


In an effort to improve our blog, we have created the following weekly schedule of posts:

Monday – “Chiefs Player Of the Week” by Dan Bumpus. Dan will choose a Chiefs player or players who excelled during the past week and let you know

Tuesday – “Chiefs Alumni Report” by Andy Gee. Ever wonder what happened to your favorite player from a few years back? Andy will provide updates on the whereabouts and exploits of former Chiefs players.

Wednesday – “Around the Farm” by Andy Gee. Andy will let fans know which players are performing well in the lower levels of the Blue Jays systems and which guys we might see in Syracuse soon.

Thursday – “Front Office Report” by John Simone. John will keep fans up-to-date on the latest developments related to the business side of the team.

Friday – “Coming Attractions” by Mike Voutsinas. Mike will cover the upcoming promotions and events happening at Chiefs games.


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


We would like to pass along a word of thanks to those people who have expressed their support for the Chiefs following Jeff Kramer’s recent article. It was nice to see a few positive letters to the editor published on Sunday.  We wanted to pass along two more responses to Jeff Kramer’s article that were submitted to the Post-Standard.  Since Patty Campbell’s letter did not appear in the paper and part of of Howard Dolgon’s letter didn’t make it to print, here are both letters in their entirety.  (The omitted lines from Dolgon’s letter are in red).

To the editor:

One of the few objective and verifiable comments in Jeff Kramer’s column of March 2, 2007 about the Syracuse Chiefs is that John Simone has been affiliated with the organization for the past 28 years.  In other words, for 27 years before Mr. Kramer decided to make himself a part of things here, John Simone worked tirelessly to keep Triple-A baseball alive and active in Syracuse.  And Mr. Kramer’s concern about dwindling fan base and uninspired baseball notwithstanding, the simple and real fact is that over the years, generation after generation of thousands upon thousands of fans have found great joy and fun following the Chiefs.  Are things perfect?  No.  Are we working to improve things and re-energize our fans?  Yes, we are.  Over three hundred people recently turned out for the Syracuse Chiefs 46th Annual Hot Stove Night.

In life, some people bring an energetic optimism to uplift their community, while others, like Mr. Kramer, use intellectually uninspired pessimism to tear it down.  People such as tex and John Simone, Nancy Cantor, and members of “40 Below” choose to work towards building and strengthening our community.

Those who serve on the Chiefs’ Board of Directors volunteer their time to keep Triple-A baseball in Syracuse and to insure that any parent, child, husband, wife or friend can enjoy America’s pastime.  They work so that throughout the summer everyone can come out and see a potential Major Leaguer at an affordable price.

A little irony, a little humor, a little wit goes a long way.  Sarcasm is a cut below all of that, and what Mr. Kramer writes is a few levels below pure sarcasm.  It’s mean, unconstructive, and in no way humorous.  Maybe instead of concerning himself with medical diagnoses as to who is and who is not “sclerotic”, Mr. kramer ought to return to his efforts at being a humorist.  Because right now, he just ain’t funny.

Patricia C. Campbell
Vice President
Community Owned Baseball Club of CNY

To the editor:

I don’t know Jeff Kramer personally and quite frankly, I don’t normally read his column. In truth, I never read it. But when someone brought his recent (March 2) – – and not at all humorous – – column on Syracuse Chiefs general manager John Simone to my attention, I felt compelled to comment.

As an owner of a professional sports team (Syracuse Crunch) I’ve certainly developed thick skin over the past 13 years. During that time we’ve earned our fair share of criticism and praise from fans, the media and even local politicians. It comes with the territory. I’ve had my fair share of disagreements with columnists Bud Poliquin, Sean Kirst and our beat reporter, Lindsay Kramer. But I’ve always respected their opinion and professionalism.

I can’t say the same for Jeff Kramer.

Professionalism? Kramer seized the opportunity to sit-in on a SU management class in which Simone was voluntarily lecturing on the subject of sports marketing. How ironic, our not very humorous, humor columnist, must have thought. What a great opportunity to rehash, ad nauseum, all the stuff that’s been written and re-written and re-re-written about the Chiefs, the stadium, etc., etc., etc. Must have been a slow humor day in the Salt City.

Funny guy. Actually, pretty pathetic and mean-spirited if you ask me.

I don’t know John Simone all that well nor do I know how he runs his organization. What I do know about him is that he’s a good guy whose heart is in the right place. He’s lived and died Syracuse baseball for more than half his life and has kept a pro team in town when many other cities have lost their franchises.

A few years ago I attended a Chiefs game with a bunch of friends. Simone was sitting a few sections away when a foul ball was hit near our area. A group of men and one young boy chased the ball, with one of the older fellows eventually scooping it up. The youngster was visibly upset. An inning later, much to my surprise (because I didn’t think he noticed what had occured) Simone brought the kid a brand new baseball. A class act in my book.

Simone didn’t have to speak at the management school. With the Chiefs season quickly approaching, I’m impressed that he made the time and effort to do so. I’m sure he’s working 15-18 hour days in preparation for his home opener.

It’s always easy to take the lazy route, to take a cheap shot at a vulnerable target. But that doesn’t make it the right thing to do. Or the professional thing.

Like I said, I don’t know Jeff Kramer. I do know that he’s not funny. That he showed no class. That he should be ashamed of himself. And that humor really isn’t his strength.

Howard Dolgon
Syracuse Crunch


Minor League camp is underway and it’s time to turn our attention to more significant matters – like reporting baseball.   We have made our point and we are not going to waste your time by beating a dead horse on this space.   Again only here on “Inside the Chiefs” will you receive first hand knowledge of what’s going on in spring training with the major league club, Toronto and the Syracuse Chiefs.

Non-roster catcher Erik Kratz was the first player to be sent to minor league camp as the Jays minor league affiliates reported this weekend.

Jays righty Josh Towers pitched two innings today vs the Pirates and allowed only 1 hit, a solo home run to Pirates first baseman Brad Eldred in two innings of work.  Towers also struck out two batters and looked good in his first outing.  Also pitching today in a B-game were righthanders Dustin McGowan and Casey Janssen.  In the lineup today are: Royce Clayton -ss, Greg Zaun -c, Lyle Overbay – 1B, Vernon Wells -cf, Troy Glaus – 3b, Matt Stairs – rf, Aaron Hill – 2b, Adam Lind – lf, Jason Phillips -c.

Over the weekend John Thomson also pitched well – two shutout innings and Shaun Marcum  pitched 2 innings, 1 run, 3 strikeouts. Francisco Rosario, who was slowed by back pain earlier this spring, pitched one shutout inning.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has said that Russ Adams would begin the season in Syracuse and play second base.  The Blue Jays hope that Adams can return to his 2004-2005 form when he played for the Chiefs and Blue Jays and batted over .280 playing shortstop.

Former Chiefs pitchers Dave Stieb and Pat Hentgen are in camp helping with the younger pitchers and throwing batting practice.

In yesterday’s win Curtis Thigpen (2), John-Ford Griffin and John Hattig combined for 4-RBI in their 7-4 win over the Rays.  On Saturday, Rob Cosby went 1 for 3 with Curtis Thigpen providing another RBI and, on Friday, Kevin Barker had a two-run home run and Ryan Roberts went 2 for 2.

Don’t forget that “Inside Pitch” will broadcast live from Dunedin, Florida beginning on March 19th when the voice of the Chiefs Bob McElligott and Chiefs General Manager John Simone provide player interviews beginning at 7PM all week long.


Is there anything better at this time of the year than watching a Major League spring training game from Florida or Arizona?  Tigers vs Mets today on SportsNet New York officially ended winter for me.

And with Spring games beginning onThursday, including the Jays vs Red Sox, we will try to provide some insight on Blue Jays player moves this spring.  From the Blue Jays camp, it looks like Brandon League might be all right after all as he threw on the side for a second time without any pain.  The Jays are also happy with Victor Zambrano’s pace and aren’t counting him out from making the roster, possibly as a reliever, this spring.  36 year-old Japanese lefty Jo Matumoto will be given an opportunity to pitch in Major League games this spring and who knows what he can do.

Jays skipper John Gibbons also indicated that rule 5 pick-up Jason Smith will play everywhere this spring as he tries to make the team as a utility player or the 25th man.  Although Adam Lind is expected to begin the season in Syracuse, Gibbons isn’t ruling out him not making the team.  Could the Jays still be interested in trading Reed Johnson or Alex Rios for help in the pitching department (starting pitcher or set-up man)?

Thanks go out to Assistant Professor of Marketing Scott Lathrop from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management for inviting Chiefs General Manager John Simone to participate in the “Marketing Speaker Series” on Wednesday night.  John talked about Sports Marketing and Management, building interest in the community, developing alliances, the creation and launching of promotions, and the new branding of the Chiefs for the 2007 season.

The Chiefs hope to continue the association during the spring and summer sessions with Professor Lathrop and the university’s marketing program.  The Marketing Speaker Series has been such a success this winter that even Post Standard reporter Matt Michael attended Wednesday night’s talk.  Hopefully he enjoyed the presentation!


The Syracuse Chiefs spent the afternoon spreading Holiday Cheer at University Hospital compliments of ****’s Sporting Goods.  Jon Wing, manager of ****’s Sporting Goods Fairmount,  helped Scooch pass out toys to the children at the pediatrics units.  They were assisted by “Santa Scooch” elves Andy Gee, Mike Voutsinas, HJ Refici, John Simone and Executive VP/COO Tex Simone.

The Chiefs would like to thank Kathleen Paice, Gina Lozito and Suzanne Karl for all their help in making today possible. The children loved the visit by Scooch and enjoyed the early christmas presents he provided them.

The 2007 season will mark the 40th year that Chiefs players have visited the childrens unit at University Hospital under Chiefs Director Harold Berman.  With today’s visit a big success, the Chiefs plan on starting another tradition of visits to University, this time with “Santa Scooch” and in December.

Thanks Scooch, you made a lot children smile today!!!!


Just 21 more weeks until OPENING DAY 2007 at Alliance Bank Stadium……How about those Blue Jays signing FRANK THOMAS for thier designated hitter spot.  That all but assures that super prospect ADAM LIND will start the season in Syracuse for 2007.  A potential Chiefs lineup that includes Jeff Duncan CF, Adam Lind LF, Chad Mottola RF, John-Ford Griffin-DH, Kevin Barker-1B, Rob Cosby-3B, Curtis Thigpen-c, Russ Adams-2B, and Ryan Roberts/or Sergio Santos SS wouldn’t look so bad…..Former Chiefs in the news – catcher Ken Huckaby signed with the Dodgers and will likely spend the season in Las Vegas (PCL), Former Chiefs infielder Nelson Liriano was named hitting coach for the KC Royals single A team in Wilmington….Former Chiefs outfiedler Rick Leach was the Michigan quarterback for four seasons under Bo Schembechler, who passed away on Friday.  Rick was heard earlier today on ESPN Radio’s Dan Patrick show talking about his former coach…Prediction time:  Uconn 31 Orange 27 and Michigan 16 Ohio State 14…..Dont forget to listen to “INSIDE PITCH” on Saturday November 18th on ESPN RADIO 1260 AM at 9:00 AM when Chiefs General Manager John Simone and Bob McElligott talk to Chiefs players Chad Mottola and Kevin Barker……It was reported today that Doug Davis, who managed New Hampshire (Eastern League) last season will be named the Chiefs next manager.  Mike Basso, who managed the team last season would become the organizations roving catching instructor.  Look for an announcement from the team on Monday…..Chiefs Annual Stockholders Meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 21st at Alliance Bank Stadium.  The ballclub will report its financial statement for the year ending 2006 and give an overview on the upcomming 2007 season….Have a great weekend.

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