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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!

ALUMNI REPORT: ALL-STARS

Two former Syracuse players were selected to play in this year’s All-Star game in San Francisco. Outfielder Alex Rios was selected to his second All-Star game while 2B Orlando Hudson was selected to his first All-Star game.

Entering play today Rios is hitting .288 with 17 HR, 46 RBI and 8 SB.  12 of Rios long balls have come from the leadoff spot this season where he has filled in admirably for the injured Reed Johnson.  Only the Indians Grady Sizemore has more home runs, 13, than Rios from the leadoff spot this season.

Rios was selected to play in last year’s game but was unable to play due to a staph infection in his foot.

The O-Dog will be playing in his first All-Star game.  Entering play today Hudson is hitting .299 with 7 HR and 46 RBI.  While Hudson has always been noted for his defensive abilities, including two Gold Gloves, this year has been a breakout-year for Orlando at the plate.

Pitcher Roy Halladay, who missed two weeks of the season, is still in the running to make the AL squad as part of MLB.com’s final vote.

Other former Syracuse players who are not playing but should have received strong consideration include Oakland pitcher Chad Gaudin, who ranks 4th in the AL in ERA, and Toronto 2B Aaron Hill, who leads all AL 2B with 46 RBI.

O-DOG

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Former Syracuse second baseman Orlando Hudson, always known for his outstanding defensive play, is having a breakout year offensively for the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Hudson has prospered in the #3 spot in the Diamondbacks lineup amongst many of Arizona’s young players.  Heading into action Saturday the “O-Dog” is hitting .350, with 4 HR, and he is tied for 4th in the National League with 25 RBI and ranks 4th with 42 hits.

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Not only is Hudson excelling on the field he is a leader in the D’Backs clubhouse.  Steve Gilbert, who covers Arizona for mlb.com, had a nice article on how Orlando is passing what he learned about playing hurt from Carlos Delgado and Shannon Stewart onto the young Diamondbacks.

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