Good day from Toledo…..
News item first: The Nationals have officially announced that Drew Storen, last year’s 10th overall pick in the entry draft, has been promoted to the Chiefs. If Drew’s ERA were a state, it would be Rhode Island. He compiled a 0.92 earned run average with Harrisburg and succeeded in all four of his save opportunities. He struck out 11 and walked just one. No word on whether Storen will join the team here in Toledo or at our next destination, Columbus.
Other notable things from the past few days:
*Chase Lambin belted his fifth home run of the season last night. His OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) of 1.080 would be 31st in all of MLB, just shy of Jim Thome for 30th. 11 of his 22 hits are for extra bases (6 doubles, 5 triples).
*The Chiefs are one of five teams in the IL not to have lost three straight games. They’ve gone wire-to-wire in first place so far this season.
*The batter’s eye here in Toledo has been giving Chiefs hitters trouble during the series. It’s a black canvas in center field as you’d expect, but it’s pretty slender. Lefties say the ball actually comes out of a righty’s hand to the left of the batters eye, in line with a tan granite conference center across Huron Street. I’ll be posting a picture of the view on Twitter shortly @ChiefsRadio.
*This is the first press box I’ve ever done a game in which has a refrigerator stocked with grape soda. Dave Chappelle is pleased.
Gametime is 6:30 tonight. Jeff Mandel starts for the Chiefs in his Triple-A unveiling. His college coach, 16th-year Baylor skipper Steve Smith, will join us on the On Deck Show. Mike will have highlights of last night’s win and other tidbits. Listen live at sportsradio620.com.
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From NW Ohio,
The Syracuse Chiefs, the AAA Affiliate of the Washington Nationals will begin the 2010 spring training schedule on Saturday, March 20th agsinst the Gwinnett Braves at Disney Wide World of Sports.
The Chiefs will take on the Toledo Mud Hens the next day at home in Viera, FL and play 15 games before they return to Syracuse, New York for the start of the 2010 Internatinal League season on April 8th.
The Chiefs will also play the Round Rock Express (Houston Astros affiliate) during the spring.
Important dates: Minor league Staff reports – March 4th
Pitchers & Catchers report – March 5th
First Workout – March 6th
Position Players report – March 9th
First Workout – March 11th
Chiefs vs Braves – March 20th @ DisneyWWS
Chiefs Break Camp for Syracuse – April 4th