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With the World Series
set to get underway tonight, we thought we’d use this space to provide you with
some expert analysis on which team will hoist the Commissioner’s Trophy this year.
match-ups, situational hitting, team defense and the like, this year’s Fall
Classic will boil down to one factor common to every championship club since
the 1992 Toronto Blue Jays: each of the last 17 champions have had a former
Syracuse player in uniform for the World Series.
A quick scan of the
Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants rosters and coaching staffs reveals only
one man who meets this very important criteria – Rangers bench coach Jackie
Moore was a catcher for the Syracuse Chiefs from 1963-1966. Sorry San Francisco fans, but Jackie Moore is
the key to the World Series.
Regardless of which
team captures the title, this year will mark only the second time in the last
18 World Series that a former Chiefs player won’t be on the active roster of
the winning team (the 2003 Marlins had former Chiefs outfielder Bill Robinson
on the bench as the team’s hitting coach).
More about Moore: Jackie Moore was a Detroit Tigers
farmhand who appeared in 278 games during his four-year stint in Syracuse. He entered the coaching ranks following an
11-year playing career and was a member of the Toronto Blue Jays’ inaugural
coaching staff in 1977. Following three
years as the big league club’s third base coach the Blue Jays named Moore to be
the manager of the Syracuse Chiefs for the 1980 season.
However, the Rangers offered Moore a chance
to stay in the Major Leagues as their third base coach and the native Texan
accepted a position on Pat Corrales’ staff rather than return to Syracuse.
Enjoy the World Series everybody and good luck to both teams!
The Washington Nationals signed veteran outfielder Kevin Mench as a free agent and assigned his contract to the Syracuse Chiefs.
Mench, 32 last played in the major leagues in 2008 with the Blue Jays appearing in 51 games and batting .243 in 115 at bats. He also played 21 games for the Chiefs that season batting .284 with 1 HR and 12 RBI.
He spent last season with the Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese Cemtral League and had only 54 at bats before a season ending injury.
The native of Delaware began his career in the Texas Rangers organization in 1999. He joined the Rangers major league team in 2002 and spent parts of five season in Texas. He had his best seasons in 2004- 26 HR 71 RBI .279 AVG and 2005 – 25 HR 73 RBI .265 AVG.
In 2006 he was traded to Milwaukee mid-way thru the season and batted a combined .270 with 13 HR and 68 RBI that season.
He spent another season with the Brewers in 2007 batting.267 with 8 HR and 37 RBI in only 288 at bats that season.
Mench joins Josh Whitesell, Chris Duncan, Eric Brunlett, Jerry Owens and Pete Orr (re-signed) as off-season pick-ups this season.