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Even Van Gundy was on hand

The first appearance by Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was greeted by over 5000 Florida visitors, Mark Lerner, the team’s principal owner, MASN Television crew that included Bob Carpenter and Rob Dibble and former Knicks and Houston Rockets basketball coach Jeff Van Gundy who sat behind home plate with an Orlando Magic hat on.

Strasburg was worth the price of admission, even if it was only two innings and 27 pitches.  He will pitch in the major leagues some day, just what day got closer than a lot of people thought going in.
Nats lost again, and righthanded pitcher Tyler Walker has pitched his way to AAA-Syracuse roster with his second 6-run appearance.  Aaron Thompson tossed two shutout innings of relief and has looked very good in his first two appearances.
Nats hitting came to life in the 8th inning when they scored four runs and had the tying run on deck before Josh Whitesell popped up to centerfield to end the rally.  Nats lost their 7th straight, 9-4.
–Chiefs COO/Vice President Tex Simone was seen talking to Tigers manager Jim Leyland, 3rd base coach Gene Lamont before the game.  Leyland and Lamont were teammates in 1965 with the Tigers when Tex was the team’s trainer.  
–Tex had a busy day when he also ran into another former Tigers and Chiefs catcher John Sullivan who was visiting from western New York where he still resides.
–And the day ended when Tex hit the trifecta when he was seen talking to Braves manager and longtime friend Bobby Cox in the Braves dugout before the Phillies vs Braves game in Orlando.
–Former Chiefs outfielder Jayson Werth hit an opposite field bomb vs the Braves in the 2nd inning.  Werth is sporting an unusual long beard and hair style.
–Two local “graphers” reported that today they were able to secure signatures from Ivan Rodriquez, Drew Storen, Ryan Howard and Braves super prospect Jason Heyward. In the “graphing world”  that’s pretty good.
Last stop on the tour will be at the Braves minor league camp to catch up with former Chief Rocket Wheeler.

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.
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Congratulations to Tom Ganey, Carl Gutelius, and the entire Auburn staff on very nice event!

Hall of Fame Weekend

Two special nights at the ballpark tonight and tomorrow. Tonight is International League Hall of Fame night as Tex Simone and Hank Sauer are inducted into the IL Hall. Tomorrow is the Syracuse Wall of Fame Ceremony as Boomer Greg Wells and Terry Whitfield will be on hand as this year’s class is introduced.

On the field, the Chiefs look to make it two in a row after a thrilling walk-off hit by Travis Snider last night. Tonight Ricky Romero takes on Pawtucket’s Bartolo Colon – the 2005 American League Cy Young Award winner. If you can’t make it to the ballpark, you can catch the game on Time Warner Cable Sports channel 26 or listen on Nova 105.1 FM starting at 7:00.

See you at the ballpark!

GERALD FORD

As we remember Gerald Ford we thought all of you at Inside the Chiefs would enjoy this picture from 1976 of President Ford while campaigning in Syracuse at the Oncenter.  Look just to over Ford’s right shoulder and you will see our very own Tex Simone in the front row.

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SANTA SCOOCH A HIT AT UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

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!!!!

WINTER MEETINGS RECAP

With the Baseball Winter Meetings from Orlando, FL concluded it’s time to analyze moves made and not made by the parent Toronto Blue Jays General Manager JP Riccardi.  By striking out on Ted Lilly and Gil Meche the Jays saved between 30-40 million on payroll over the next four years.  Lilly ended up receiving 10-million per year and Meche 11-million.  The often injury prone Lilly was not worth the gamble over four years, while Meche was inconsistent in Seattle over the past three years.  With Roy Halladay, A.J. Burnett as solid number one and two starters, the Jays need only to add a number three or four guy to their rotation.  Gustavio Chacin who has won 24 games the past two seasons could be a number three.  That leaves Josh Towers, Shawn Marcum or Dustin McGowan to battle for the fifth spot that with off-days makes between 24-26 starts a year….Lost in all the non-pitching moves was the players Toronto picked up this off-season.  Frank Thomas as a full-time Designated Hiitter was huge.  Matt Stairs who hit 14 home runs and drove in 51 runs last season will replace Frank Cattalanatto and provide more power off the bench.  By deciding on Greg Zaun over Bengie Molina and Rod Barajas, the Jays pitching staff, who liked Zaun better will be more comfortable on the mound and the addition of Royce Clayton gives the Jays and up-grade on offense up the middle….NAME DROPPING at the Dolphin Hotel:  seen talking in the lobby were Chiefs Executive Vice President Tex Simone with former Chiefs manager and Atlanta Braves skipper Bobby Cox and his infield teamate on the 1970 Championship team Matt Galante now working with Houston.  Phillies GM Pat Gillick looks forward to visiting Syracuse this season to see his AAA-club that has moved to Ottawa from Scranton.  Brewers Assistant GM Gord Ash reports that his son Aaron, a frequent visitor to Syracuse when Gord was the boss in Toronto, has made the travel team of his area hockey club in Milwaukee.  Longtime Blue Jays trainer and Director of Florida Operations Ken Carson will step down this year after 30-years of service to the Blue Jays.  Ken will remain on as a consultant for the Florida based operation in Dunedin.  Longtime Los Angeles Angeles Scout Moose Stubing has left that team to work for the Washington Nationals.  Moose has been a frequent visitor to Syracuse over the years.  RULE 5 HELP:  The Blue Jays selected infielder Jason Smith from the Cubs in the rule 5 major league draft.  Smith, 28, will be placed on the 40-man roster of Toronto.  If he fails to make the club out of spring training, Smith can be sent to Syracuse or offered back to the Cubs for half the waiver price of $25,000.   At 28 years old Smith would likely clear and give the Chiefs additional infield potection.  At the present time, infielders include Chip Cannon and Kevin Barker at first base, Russ Adams and Ryan Roberts at second base, Sergio Santos and possibly Jason Smith at shortstop and John Hattig and Rob Cosby at third.  It’s more than likely that only six of the eight players begin the year in Syracuse.  The Jays also signed another big-time minor league free agent that will be added to the roster soon.  Look for an announcement on our website next week.

ONE OF THE BEST IS GONE

John “Buddy” Kerr, a former all-star shortstop for the New York Giants and a longtime New York Mets scout died this past week after a short illness.  He was 84.  Kerr was best known for compiling a streak of 68 games without an error, a record at the time for shortstops, during the 1946-47 seasons.  It 1948 he was a National League All-Star with the Giants.  After his playing career he scouted for the New York/San Francisco Giants from 1953-1974 and the New York Mets from 1975-1996.  During that time the Astoria, NY native spent many nights at Old MacArthur Stadium and then as a part-time scout in Alliance Bank Stadium.  He often called Syracuse, NY he second home and was a good friend of Dutch Dotterer, Chiefs great Hank Sauer and Chiefs Executive Vice President and COO Tex Simone.  Buddy will be missed but not forgotten.

THIS AND THAT

Former Chiefs players Carlos Delgado, Shawn Green and Chris Woodward will be on display this weekend as the New York Mets try to reach the World Series for only the 5th time in the club’s history….While the Tigers continue to roll in the ALCS…Our picks are Tigers vs Mets….The 10th Annual North Area Athletic Dinner will take place tonight (October 13th) at the Holiday Inn Liverpool.  Honorees include Chiefs Directors Doug Logan and Armand Magnarelli.  Tonights proceeds benefit Youth at Risk Programs in Onondaga County….Don’t forget that next weekend the Chiefs 1st Annual Merchandise and Memorbilia Sale at Alliance Bank Stadium.  The Stadium opens at 9:00 AM Saturday, October 21st – with bats, balls, jackets, caps, helmets, cleats all at reduced prices.  There will be candy for the kids, Hot dogs, cider, apples, batting practice on the field (weather permitting) and a visit by Scooch….And speaking of Scooch, he will be at the ONCENTER, on Saturday, October 14th for the Kinney Drugs Baby Expo at 12 noon….CLUB CHIEFS returns for another season beginning in November when the Chiefs open their indoor batting cages to area players and teams.  There are monthly and daily rates.  For more information on prices and times please call the Chiefs office at 474-7833….. More Cory Lidel irony, 2006 Chiefs infielder Ryan Roberts hit his first ML home run off Lidle back in August…..Next Friday, October 20th, LeMoyne College honors Chiefs COO and Vice President Tex Simone into their Gold Wave Hall of Fame with former Chiefs pitcher Jon Ratliff….Word out of Orlando, Florida, home of Chiefs icon Chad Mottola is that the Blue Jays have offered Chad a contract for the 2007 season…..Did anyone realize that eight Chiefs pitchers (Casey Janssen, Shawn Marcum, Ty Taubenhiem, Dustin McGowan, Francisco Rosario, Brian Tallet, Brandon League and Davis Romero) spent more days in the major leagues than in AAA-Syracuse in 2006.  Despite their call-ups that group won 19-games, and likely would have won a few more if they were not needed in Toronto this season…..Syracuse Crunch open their 2006-2007 season tonight.  Good Luck to Crunch players and Staff and to the hardest working GM in Minor League Hockey Jim Sarosy.  We will be there seated in section 21…..College Football prediction time…West Virgina 37 Orange 7…..Have a good weekend everyone,  see you next week when I’m sure the topic of grass at a baseball stadium near you will be a hot subject

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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