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PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (8/27 – 9/2)

BATTER OF THE WEEK: Picking up a base hit in every game he’s played the past week has not only earned Kevin Barker a seven game hit streak but also the Chiefs Batter of the Week award. Barker has batted .407 (11-27) with three doubles, a triple and three home runs. The Virginia Tech product has scored four runs and driven in six more. Barker has four multi-hit games in the past seven games.

HONORABLE MENTION: Ryan Roberts ranks second behind Barker with 10 base hits in the past week. Roberts went 10-for-28 (.357). The native Texan drove in six runs with three doubles and a home run. Roberts has a base hit in every game to run his hitting streak to 10 games. Also, Wayne Lydon has hit successfully in every game. Lydon has two stolen bases while batting .303 (10-for-33).

PITCHER OF THE WEEK: RHP Lee Gronkiewicz made one of the best relief appearances August 30th tossing four perfect innings in support of Jeremy Cummings. Gronkiewicz faced 12 batters and dismissed them all with four strikeouts. He also made one other appearance throwing two more shutout innings. For the week, the University of South Carolina product threw 6.0 innings without giving up a run on two hits while striking out five.

HONORABLE MENTION: RHP Josh Banks finished his 2007 year with the Chiefs on a positive note. Banks made two starts picking up a win (1-0) while throwing 13.2 innings and giving up just four runs (2.63ERA). Banks added nine strikeouts to his Chiefs high total.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (8/6 – 8/12)

BATTER OF THE WEEK: Chiefs OF Michael Vento earns the knod this week after putting together a 7-for-21 week (.333). Vento hit safely in the first four games he played of the week to run his hit streak to a personal season-high seven games. He began the week with a 3-for-6 day in Ottawa scoring two runs while smacking a double.

HONORABLE MENTION: C Robinzon Diaz had a team-high .357 batting average (5-for-14) with two doubles and a RBI.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK: The bullpen was terrific for the Chiefs over the past seven days so it only makes sense that a reliever takes home the honor this week. RHP Lee Gronkiewicz posted a 1-0 record in two games throwing four shutout frames. Gronkiewicz gave up only two hits with no walks and four strikeouts.

HONORABLE MENTION: A pair of relievers gave Gronkiewicz a run for his money this week. RHP Jordan De Jong went 1-0 in three appearances throwing 3.1 innings. He surrendered no runs on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts. RHP Justin James threw five innings without giving up an earned run in two appearances.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (7/2 – 7/8)

BATTER OF THE WEEK: Chiefs 1B Kevin Barker drove in seven runs in the six games this week. Barker hit .348 (8-for-23) with a double and two home runs. He helped celebrate our nation’s independence with a fireworks display of his own on the Fourth of July and homered again the next night. His home run on July 5th came in the 10th inning in an 8-7 Chiefs victory.

Honorable Mention: OF Chad Mottola put together the best performance with a 4-for-4 night on July 6th where he scored four runs and socked a game-winning home run in the 10th inning. Mottola was 6-for-15 (.400) for the week.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK: RHP Ryan Houston earned the distinction this week. Houston went 1-0 with a save in three relief appearances. The hard-thrower gave up just one hit and one walk in 4.1 innings while striking out five.

Honorable Mention: RHP Lee Gronkiewicz made two relief appearances over the past seven days. Gronkiewicz earned a win and tossed three scoreless innings. He struck out four batters while giving up just two walks.

FISHER CATS UPDATE

Kevin Gray, who covers the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats for The New Hampshire Union Leader had a nice article Friday summarizing the Fisher Cats recent homestand.

During a eight game homestand New Hampshire won six games including four comeback wins.  Including games this weekend the Fisher Cats are 12-7 and in second place in the Northern Division of the Eastern League, five games behind Trenton.

Santos_1 After a slow start Sergio Santos has heated things up.  Over his last 10 games Santos is hitting .316 with 7 doubles, 5 HR and 10 RBI and now leads the Eastern League with 6 HR on the season.  Santos has committed 5 errors in 17 games at shortstop.  Arizona Fall League MVP Chip Cannon is hitting just .194 with 3 HR and 8 RBI.

Purcey David Purcey is off to a strong start on the mound with a 3-1 record a 2.81 ERA.  Purcey ranks second in the Eastern League with 28 strikeouts and has show increased control this season, walking just four batters.  Two other Fisher Cat hurlers also have 3 wins, Mike MacDonald (3-0, 2.19) and Jesse Litsch (3-1, 1.19).

In the bullpen 36 year old Rookie Jo Matumoto, a side-arming lefty, started the season with nine plus scoreless innings and currently boasts a 1-0 record and a 2.53 ERA while allowing just five hits in  10-plus innings.  Jordan De Jong has allowed just six hits and one earned run in over 14 innings while striking out 18 opponents.  Former Chiefs closer Lee Gronkiewicz (1-0, 2.25)has 3 saves in 9 appearances.

THIS AND THAT

Congratulations to infielder Ryan Roberts who becomes the third Chiefs player called up this season when Troy Glaus was placed on the DL.  Roberts was taken off the 40-man roster this off-season but put himself back on the map with a solid Spring Training.  Roberts joins Adam Lind and Jamie Vermilyea in Toronto.

It looks like Lind will be in Toronto for awhile because Reed Johnson will miss two months after having back surgery.  Also closer BJ Ryan will miss 4-6 weeks with tenderness in his elbow.  Former Chiefs Jason Frasor and Shaun Marcum will be called upon to close games in his absence.

Insidethedome.com is reporting that the Toronto Blue Jays have reached three year contract extensions, through the 2010 season, with Tony LaCava, Director Player Personnel, **** Scott, Director Player Development, Jon Lalonde, Director Scouting, Sal Butera, Special Assistant to the GM & Charlie Wilson, Manager Minor League Operations.

Taking a look at our Double-A affiliate the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (4-2)some former Chiefs are off to a hot start.  Closer Lee Gronkiewicz has 3 saves in four outings.  Outfielder Wayne Lydon is hitting .333 with 2 HR and 8 RBI in six games.  Catcher Erik Kratz is hitting .583 with 2 doubles a HR and 5 RBI in five games played.  Pitcher David Purcey is 1-0 and had 7 strikeouts and just one walk in six innings in his only outing.

Infielder Rob Cosby was hitting .278 in five games before being placed on the DL Saturday after being hit on the hand by a pitch.

CHIEFS GET FIRST WIN

The Syracuse Chiefs picked up their first spring training victory on Saturday 4-1,  with the help of former Cy Young pitcher Roy Halladay.  The Chiefs took on the Ottawa Lynx (Phillies farm team) and with the Jays major league club playing the Tigers, the Jays brass thought it would be better if Halladay got his work in a AAA-game instead.  The Phillies countered with big league righty Jon Lieber who pitched against the Chiefs.

The lineup for the Chiefs included:

Jason Phillips C, Russ Adams 2B, Sergio Santos SS, Chip Cannon 1B, Ryan Klosterman DH, Dustin Majewski RF, Justin Singleton CF, Luke Hetherington LF and Brad Hassey 3B.

The Chiefs scored two runs off Lieber in the 4th on solo home runs by Jason Phillips and Sergio Santos.  They scored two additional runs in the 10th-inning (the teams agreed to play 10) on a fielders choice and error.

Halladay went 5-innings allowing only 3-hits and struckout 7 batters and threw only 56 pitches.  Mike MacDonald followed that up with 2-shutout innings with relievers Jamie Vermilyea and Lee Gronkiewicz tossing one shut out inning each.  Jean Machi also pitched one-inning and allowed one un-earned run.

The Chiefs did committ 4-errors in the field, two by shortstop Sergio Santos. The Chiefs take on the Phillies (Ottawa) again today in Dunedin.

JAYS BEGIN TO DELETE ROSTER

The Toronto Blue Jays minor league camp opened last week and games for their four affiliates will begin on Wednesday vs the Philadelphia Phillies organization.  At the major league level, the parent club has begun sending down players including seven pitchers.  Lefty Jo Matumoto joins righthanders Beau Kemp, Josh Banks, Ismael Ramirez, and yesterday Ryan Houston, Jean Machi and Tracy Thorpe found their way back to the Englebert Complex.

Only shortstop Sergio Santos and catcher Erik Kratz have been assigned from the group of non-pitchers.

First glance at the Jays pitching staff only Roy Halladay, A.J. Burnett, Gustavo Chacin, B.J. Ryan, Scott Downs, Jason Frasor, and Brian Tallet seem to be locks.  That leaves probably five spots available and righthanders Jeremy Accardo and Brandon League if healthy will take up two of those.  The other three spots, two are starting pitchers and one long reliever. 

The candidates, Tomo Ohka, John Thomson, Josh Towers and Shaun Marcum are leading contenders with Victor Zambrano, Pete Walker and Geremi Gonzalez also in the mix.  Francisco Rosario is out of options and can’t return to Syracuse.

Pitchers most likely left out and headed back to Syracuse include Dustin McGowan, Davis Romero, who was injured early in camp, Matt Roney, Ty Taubenheim, Lee Gronkiewicz, Blaine Neal, and Brian Wolfe.

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

It is the Night before Christmas and we hope that everyone has reached their destinations safely and can now sit back relax and enjoy the greatest night of the year.

We here at MLBlogs.com hope that you have enjoyed our somewhat serious, somewhat funny post during the year.  We have enjoyed providing the Baseball/Chiefs fans with up-to date information that only Chiefs Blogs can provide.

So as you sit back and relax this evening with a glass of egg nog with the company of family and friends lets leave Santa with a list of things we would all like to see in 2007:

*  First Place finish in the I.L. East and a Governors Cup Championship and a trip to the Bricktown Showdown in Oklahoma City in September.

*  One more good season from Chad Mottola as he continues to rewrite the Chiefs record book.

*  A healthy John Ford Griffin so he can duplicate his 30 HR’s and 103 RBI’s from the 2005 season.

*  Adam Lind all season

*  Kevin Barker, Chad Mottola and John Ford Griffin in the 3-4-5 spot.

*  25 starts from Dustin McGowan, John Banks, Ismael Ramirez, Ty Taubenheim and Casey Janssen without being called up once.

*  No Rainouts the entire season.

*  For Nick Pirro and the County Legistlature to approve funding for the relacement of the artifical turf, new video scoreboard and lights so our centerfielder can see the ball.

*  A new shortstop or a good deal of improvement from Sergio Santos in 2007.

*  Lee Gronkiewicz to save 35 games.

*  No injuries in Toronto (unless it’s Frank Thomas).

*  Frank Thomas to rehab in Syracuse for a week.

*  More fans to watch Chiefs Baseball than ever before.

*  A positive story about the Chiefs from our local newspaper.

*  Russ Adams to rebound from his 2006 season and get back to the major leagues.

*  Chiefs players to be the envy of the I.L. with our hot new uniforms.

*  Snow on April 5th, now that we are Opening the season in Durham.

*  70 degrees and sunny on April 14th vs Ottawa for the Home Opener.

*  Scooch to have another mascot to help him at the stadium.

*  Jeff Costello and the Everything Irish Committee good weather on July 12th so they don’t get rained out for the 3rd straight year.

*  Cooler weather for our next Dog Lover’s Night this summer.

*  A new Picnic Area for fans to enjoy.

*  Bud Poliquin to actually stay for a game.

*  And good health to everyone young and old for the year to come.

                              MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!

WINTERBALL

We wanted to give our readers a quick update on some potential Chiefs playing winter ball right now.

Rob Cosby has appeared in 19 games for Caguas in Puerto Rico and is hitting .284 with five doubles, two triples, one HR and 9 RBI.

Lee Gronkiewicz is pitching for Obregon in Mexico and is 3-2 with a 4.76 ERA and 5 saves with 3BB and 25K in 18 appearances.

David Purcey pitched in one game for Mayaguaz in Puerto Rico giving up one run in three innings.

Beau Kemp is pitching for Aragua in Venezuela and has appeared in 21 games going 3-2 with a 3.51 ERA, 12BB and 17K.

Geremi Gonzalez is pitching for Magallenes in Venezuela and is 1-1 with a 0.38 ERA, 10 saves and 7BB and 17K in 19 appearances.

JAYS ADD ROONEY LOAD UP ON PITCHING

The Toronto Blue Jays continue to load up on pitching by adding righthander  Matt Rooney to their 40-man roster.  Rooney, 26, signed as a free agent after spending most of the 2006 season at Sacremento (PCL) when he recorded a 2.95 ERA in 47-relief appearances. He also appeared in 3-games with Oakland.   Rooney pitched in the IL with Toledo in 2004 and 2005.  Rooney joins a group of off-season free agent pitching help that includes Germi Gonzalez, Beau Kemp, Blaine Neal, Jason Scobie and Jean Machi.

That list will join Blue Jays prospects (starters) Josh Banks, Casey Janssen, Dustin McGowan, Ty Taubenheim, Ismael Ramirez, David Purcey, Michael MacDonald, Kyle Yates, Ricky Romero and veteran Josh Towers and relievers Ryan Houston, Davis Romero, Francisco Rosario, Jamie Vermilyea, Lee Gronkiewicz, Jordan DeJong, Tracey Thorpe and possibly late season acquision Jermey Accardo.

That’s alot of pitching to choose from with a whole off-season to go.

For more information on Free Agent signings make sure to listen to “INSIDE PITCH” this Saturday, November 18th at 9:00 AM on ESPN Radio 1260 AM when Chiefs GM John Simone and Bob McElligott talk to Chad Mottola and Kevin Barker who will both return to Syracuse in 2007 and take your calls on anything baseball.

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