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HOT STOVE WEEK

This Friday, January 11th the Syracuse Chiefs will hold their 47th Annual Hot Stove Dinner beginning at 5:30 PM at the Holiday Inn LIverpool.

The silent auction of great baseball memoribilia will run from 5:30-7:00 PM with items that include autographed baseballs, bats, jerseys and highlighted by a autographed Derek Jeter jersey compliments of Benefit Golf and Auctions.  All proceeds will benefit the Hillside of Family Agencies here in Syracuse.

The guest list includes former Chiefs manager and player and current Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox, Philadelphia Phillies General Manager Pat Gillick, Red Sox pitching great Bill Monbouquette, Chiefs manager Doug Davis, Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Scott Cassidy, Blue Jays Director of Canadian Scouting Kevin Briand and International League President Randy Mobley.

Local players also scheduled to appear include Steve Grilli, Mark Lukasiewicz, Jon Ratliff, Noah Hall, Frank DiPino, New Hampshire Pitching Coach Tom Signore, Syracuse Baseball Wall of Famer Frank Tepedino and LeMoyne College Baseball Coach Steve Owens.

Tickets are only $45 for adults and $20 for children.  You can call 315 474-7833 or stop by the Chiefs Offices during business hours (9 AM-5PM) to pick up your tickets.

BOBBY RICHARDSON COMES TO SYRACUSE

Former New York Yankees second baseman Bobby Richardson will attend the 46th Annual Syracuse Chiefs Baseball Dinner at the Holiday Inn-Liverpool on Friday, February 2nd beginning at 5:30 PM.

Richardson, now 72, played 11 years with the Yankees 1956-66 and appeared in seven World Series.  He captured the 1960 World Series MVP honor when he drove in 13 runs against the Pirates.

The Dinner will also include new Chiefs manager Doug Davis, Chiefs outfielder Chad Mottola, Detroit Tigers 2006 World Series pitcher and Baldwinsville, NY native Jason Grilli and a bevy of former major league players including John Johnstone, Frank DiPino, Mike Barlow, Mark Lukasiewicz, Steve Grilli, Peter Hoy, Jon Ratliff,  Dunedin Blue Jays pitching coach Tom Signore, LeMoyne College AD **** Rockwell, LeMoyne College Head Coach Steve Owens, OCC Baseball Coach Bryan Gaal and others.

In addition the Chiefs will honor local high school athletes in softball and baseball and will award the Tom Higgins Bullpen Chief Award and the Jake Meyers Great Guy Award.

Tickets for the evening that will include dinner and a silent auction are only $45 for adults and $20 for children and are available at the Alliance Bank Stadium Executive Offices or on line at  www.syracusechiefs.com.

HOT STOVE DATE SET

The 2007 Syracuse Chiefs Hot Stove will take place on Friday February 2nd, 2007 at the Holiday Inn Liverpool.  Tickets are only $45 ($20 for children) and are available at the Alliance Bank Stadium office. 

Chiefs manager Doug Davis will be on hand while local players Jason Grilli, Scott Cassidy and former players Frank DiPino, John Johnstone, Mark Lukasiewicz, Steve Grilli and Jon Ratliff will also attend.

In addition the Chiefs will honor four local athletes, High School and College, with the Pre-season Player of the Year Awards and their Annual Jake Myers Great Guy Award and Tom Higgins Bullpen Chief Award.

Check our blog and website for additional guest players that will be announced soon.

WEEKEND UPDATE

Hope you had a chance to hear “Inside Pitch” our new weekly talk show devouted to baseball in Central New York.  Our host Bob McElligott did a great job for the first show with guest Jason and Steve Grilli who offered their insights on a majical season in Detriot.  Chiefs GM and co-host John Simone brought us up-to-date on what really happened with the working agreement changes in the I.L. and explained  that the team will play on either field turf or grass in 2007 or as late as 2008.  The decision will be that of Onondaga County and the County Legislature. MLB Executive Jimmie Lee Solomon was unable to hook up with us this week due to his duties at the World Series, but will be a guest on next weeks show to talk about the recently announced agreeement with the players association for another 5 years….Syracuse Crunch took two home games this weekend and after a terrible start they seem to be on track to compete against a tough conference…..Red Auerbach passed away on Saturday and with him so did much of the Celtic pride.  Former Chifs infielder Danny Ainge, one of Auerbachs favorites was brought in a ew years ago to restore the team.  Hopefully, Danny can rekindle Red’s spirit and bring the Celtics back.

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….

TIGER FEVER

Don’t you think that is great to see the Detroit Tigers keep winning.  Our own Jason Grilli, son of former Chiefs pitcher Steve Grilli has been on a great ride this season.  Steve, has been to all the games and reports that former Chiefs catcher and current Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont sends his regards to Central New York, while Tigers manager Jim Leyland, also a Chiefs catcher in spring training 1965 and 66 sends his regards to his former Trainer and Chiefs current COO, Vice President Tex Simone.  Lamont, Leyland and Simone became close friends during the Tigers years (1963-66) and have remained friends ever since.  Steve also reports that former Chiefs Willie Horton, Mickey Stanley, Jim Northrup, Mickey Lolich, Gates Brown are all still members of the Tigers family and still remember their days in Syracuse.  Wouldn’t it have been interesting if the Tigers wanted to return to Syracuse!!!!!

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