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WINTER LEAGUES COME TO AN END

Its February and Spring training is just two weeks away and down in the warm tropics of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico the Carribean World Series is taking place. 

 From February 2nd thru the 7th the Tournament features teams from host country Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.

Former Chiefs players Luis Figueroa (PR), Michael Martinez (DR), Hugo Castellanos (Mex), Saul Rivera (PR), and Gustavo Molina (VZ) are participating.

2011 Free Agent Nationals players Kevin Barker (DR), Alex Cora (PR) and Edgardo Baez (PR) are also on rosters.

 

NON ROSTER INVITEES ANNOUNCED

The Toronto Blue Jays announced that they have invited 19 players to Spring Training in Dunedin, Florida that begins on February 16th.

Returning organizational players include Jesse Carlson (New Hampshire ’07), Jeremy Cummings (Syracuse ’07), Jamie Vermilyea (Syracuse ’07), Sal Fasano (Syracuse ’07), J.P. Arencibia (Auburn ’07), Brian Jeroloman (Lansing ’07), Chip Cannon (New Hampshire ’07), Hector Luna (Syracuse ’07), Wayne Lydon (Syracuse ’07), Ryan Patterson (New Hampshire ’07) and Travis Snider (Lansing ’07).

Players signed by the Blue Jays as minor league free agents include pitchers Shawn Camp, Lance Carter, Kane Davis, Mike Gosling, Ryan Ketchner, John Parrish, infielder Pedro Lopez and outfielder Matt Watson,

In addtion three Chiefs from last years squad have also been invited to big league camps. John-Ford Griffin (Dodgers), Ryan Roberts (Rangers), and Howie Clark (Twins).

Other former Chiefs in camps include Chad Hermansen (Angels), Tomas Perez and Jose Cruz (Astros), Scott Cassidy (Brewers), Josh Phelps, John Wasdin, and Hugo Castellanos (Cardinals), Mike Smith and Luis Figueroa (Cubs), Adam Melhuse (Rangers), Kevin Cash (Red Sox), Ken Huckaby (Royals) and Aquillino Lopez (Tigers).

ALUMNI REPORT: PCL

In today’s Alumni Report Inside the Chiefs takes a look at former Syracuse players currently on the rosters of teams in the Pacific Coast League.

(Year(s) in Syracuse), Statistics as of 7/16/07

ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES, FLORIDA MARLINS

Hermansen_chad_331After spending last season playing Independent League and the previous season in Mexico, OF Chad Hermansen (’04) is hitting .293 with 9 HR and 44 RBI in 82 games.

FRESNO GRIZZLIES, SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

IF Luis Figueroa (’06) is back in Triple-A after a cup of coffee with the Giants.  “Figgy” is hitting .295 with 1 HR and 27 RBI in 72 games.

IOWA CUBS, CHICAGO CUBS

C Mike Mahoney (’06) has appeared in just 10 games and is hitting .158.  Pitcher Ben Howard (’06) is 5-3 with a 3.65 ERA in 34 games.  Pitcher Mike Nannini has appeared in 3 games and has a 3.38 ERA.

LAS VEGAS, LA DODGERS

C Ken Huckaby (’02-’03, ’05) has appeared in 53 games and is hitting .269 with 1 HR and 26 RBI.  Pitcher Spike Lundberg (’05) has made 23 appearances including 11 starts and is 5-4 with a 6.03 ERA.

MEMPHIS RED BIRDS, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

Pitcher Mike Smith(’02-’04) is 8-8 with a 5.12 ERA in 22 appearances including 16 starts and is in the Top 10 in the league with 81 strikeouts.  Pitcher Hugo Castellanos (’02) is 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in 24 appearances.

NASHVILLE SOUNDS, MILWAUKEE BREWERS

Jackson_zach1_1Left-handed pithier Zach Jackson is 9-4 with a 4.72 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 19 starts.

NEW ORLEANS, NY METS

IF Jason Alfaro (’05) is hitting .254 with 6 HR and 24 RBI in 56 games.

OKLAHOMA RED HAWKS, TEXAS RANGERS

Catcher Guillermo Quiroz (’02, ’04-’05) is hitting .283 Whit 3 HR and 21 RBI in 46 games.  Pitcher Chris Baker (’02-’05) has pitched in 8 games including 4 starts and is 1-2 with a 6.29 ERA.

PORTLAND BEAVERS, SAN DIEGO PADRES

Cassidy_scott_271 Syracuse native Scott Cassidy (’98, ’01-’03) has made 20 appearances and is 1-1 with a 3.98 ERA and 6 saves.  Adrian Burnside (’05-’06) is Cassidy’s bullpen mate and has appeared in 9 games with a 2.79 ERA.

TACOMA RAINERS, SEATTLE MARINERS

Tomo Ohka (’07) is already in his third stop this season.  After being released by the Jays Ohka pitched in 3 games for the Memphis Red Birds (0-2, 6.87) and now is with Tacoma where he pithead once and let up 10 ER in 5.1 innings.

TUCSON SIDEWINDERS, ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Speedy OF Rich Thompson (’01, ’03) is hitting .294 with 3 triples 1 HR and 28 RBI and has swiped 8 bags.

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.

ALUMNI REPORT: COX

This week’s edition of the alumni report focuses on Atlanta Braves Manager Bobby Cox who played for the 1970 Chiefs and then managed in Syracuse from 1973-76.

Cox Cox tied a Major League record on Saturday after being ejected for the 131st time in his career.  Cox tied Hall of Fame Manger John McGraw who had 14 of his 131 ejections as a player while Cox was never ejected as a Major League Player.

Interestingly enough Cox was ejected by Chad Fairchild who is normally an umpire in the Internationally League but is one of the select few umpires who are promoted to the Majors when regular umpires are on vacation.

In other alumni news if you happen to watch the Yankees series versus the Giants this weekend you probably saw infielder Luis Figueroa and pitcher Vinnie Chulk who both played in Syracuse last year. 

Figueroa signed with the Giants as a Minor League free agent this off-season and was promoted to the big club on June 18th after hitting .310 for Triple-A Fresno.  For the Giants he has appeared in 6 games and is 1-5 at the plate.

Chulk was traded to the Giants last year along with Shea Hillenbrand in exchange for current Jays closer Jeremy Accardo.  Vinnie registered the victory in the extra innings game on Saturday and is now 3-2 with a 2.76 ERA in 33 appearances this season.

MANY FORMER CHIEFS INVITED AS NON-ROSTER PLAYERS

With Spring Training starting for many major league teams this week we glanced through major league baseball rosters and below is a list of former Chiefs players invited to major league camps as non-roster players:

Brewers – Corey Thurman, Vince Perkins
Cardinals – Mike Smith, Miguel Negron
Devil Rays – Gary Glover
Diamondbacks – Rich Thompson
Dodgers – Ken Huckaby, Sandy Martinez
Giants – Luis Figueroa
Mariners – Aaron Small
Nationals – Chris Michalak, Wayne Lydon
Twins – Glenn Williams
Padres – Adrian Burnside, Todd Greene
Phillies – Brent Abernathy
Pirates – Kip Bouknight, John Wasdin
Rangers – Bruce Chen
Red Sox – Kevin Cash
Reds – Jason Kershner, DeWayne Wise
Royals – Alex Gonzalez

In addition the Blue Jays added John Ford Griffin and Erick Kratz to their spring training roster as well as Rob Cosby and Ryan Roberts who were designated for assignment in January and taken off the major league roster.  Only Figueroa, Lydon and Burnside are from the Chiefs 2006 roster.

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….

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