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The Washington Nationals continue to add pitching today claiming lefthander Gary Lee Hyde off the Atlanta Braves roster and optiioned him to AAA-Syracuse.

Hyde, 26, split last season between AA-Mississippi and AAA-Gwinnett, two cities with the most double letters combined -5.  He was 2-3 with a 2.95 ERA in 29 games and recorded 8 saves before a July promotion to AAA-Gwinnett where he went 2-3 with a 4.29 ERA in 22 games.

The native of Atlanta, Georgia was the Braves 4th selection in the 2006 June draft by current Nationals Director of Scouting Roy Clark.  He missed much of the 2007 season and part of the 2008 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Lee joins lefties Attie Severino, Matt Chico and Ron Villone in the Chiefs camp.

In other news former New York Mets lefthander Oliver Perez signed a minor league contract with the Nationals today and joined them in their minor league complex in Viera, Florida.

Perez, 29, has spent the past two years with the Mets.  He has also pitched for the Pirates and will work with his former pitching coach and current Nationals Minor League pitching instructor Spin Williams.

With the Mets paying all of  Perez’s 12 million dollar salary this season, the Nationals believe that if Williams can work his magic with the fallen pitcher it will be worth the gamble.



Stories from above–1936 edition

We are coming to you live from the Hotel Bethlehem in Allentown, which seems to have a history of being on fire:

The hotel is taking precautionary steps to make sure this never happens again.  First, it has a rule that the wireless internet signal cannot be strong on the seventh floor.

We were rained out last night, so Mike and I went to the Apple store.  My computer power cord ceased to work yesterday morning, so I began to search for a new one in Scranton before yesterday’s game river.  I found an apple service center in Scranton and called to see if the store had power cords on sale.  This exchange ensued:

Me:  Do you sell Mac power cords?
Sales guy: No, but we should.  People call for them all the time.
Me:  Do you know where I might find one?
Sales guy:  Your best bet is the Apple Store in Allentown.

Moral of the story (and travel tip): If you need electronics in Scranton which are not made by Atari and do not involve rotary technology, go to Allentown, the comparative Silicon Valley of the Keystone State.

The Chiefs will throw Shairon Martis tonight against Lehigh Valley’s IronPigs.  He got a no decision in his first start against the snouted ones. 

Couple of notes:

*OF Marvin Lowrance has a hit in five of his first six Triple-A games.  The guy, according to the Nationals, has worked diligently on his defense over the past year.

*RHP Andrew Brown has been added to the roster, giving the Chiefs a full cabinet of 24 players.  Brown last pitched in the IL with Buffalo in ’06.

*4 of the top 10 batting averages in the Nationals’ farm system come from Syracuse (Lambin .375, Mench .348, Whitesell .308, Bernadina .300)

*Tommy John will throw out the first pitch tonight at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown.  Here’s his website:  Unfortunately, the Google Ad on the right side of the page seems to always say something about “ulnar ligament pain.”  I’m not joking.

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The results for the 2007 Hall of Fame are a week away and we here at “Inside the Chiefs” have our take on this years nominees: of the 32 players eligable we have eliminated 13 right off the bat: Gone are Dante Bichette, Bobby Bonilla, Scott Brosius, Jay Buhner and Ken Caminiti. All were nice players but not Hall of Fame material. Eight others, Albert Belle, Eric Davis, Paul O’Neill, Dave Concepcion, Wally Joyner, Bret Saberhagen, Devon White and Bobby Witt were a step above our first group but hardly need to stay on the ballot in future years.

The remaining nineteen players only Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken are assured of the 75% and above for induction. That gives us 17 players that careers were good enough for consideration but could fall short once again.

Let’s break it down by position: Starting pitchers, Bert Blyleven, Jack Morris, Orel Hershiser and Tommy John. Two played in Minnesota and two played in Los Angeles most of their careers. Both Blyleven and Morris were dominant during their era with Morris getting a slight edge due to World Series titles. Tommy John, like Jim Kaat pitched for 26 years and never was the best pitcher on his own team. Hershiser was, but had his career cut short due to heavy work load early in his career.

Our Pick: 1. Morris, 2. Blyleven 3. Hershiser, 4. John. Both Hershiser and John should be off the ballot with Morris and Blyleven still holding out hope.

Relief Pitchers:Rich Gossage and Lee Smith. It’s hard to argue on either one not going in. Both were dominant with Gossage establishing himself as the most feared pitcher in the game in the late 70’s and ealry 80’s.

Our Pick: 1A. Gossage 1B. Smith. Both should receive 50% or more of the vote with Gossage having an outside shot of sneaking in this season.

Infielders: The two shortstops Tony Fernandez and Alan Trammell played during the same period and were clearly the best in the American League in the 80’s even though Cal Ripken also played in the AL during the same time. Tramell received only 18% of the vote last season and is in danger of losing his place on the ballot. Fernandez his equal probably won’t receive much more support. The other three infielders all played first base. Don Mattingly was very good, but with only 13% of the ballot in 2006 seems destined to be gone. Steve Garvey was also very good and played on championship clubs, something Mattingly never accomplished. Garvey though never put up first baseman numbers. McGwire cheated big time and that’s enough for this voter to say no way.

Our Picks: 1. Trammell 2. Garvey 3. Fernandez 4. Mattingly 5. McGwire. None of these five will ever see the Hall of Fame, but four of them played really good during their careers.

Outfielders: Six big time names, Harold Baines, Dave Parker, Andre Dawson, Dale Murphy, Jose Canseco and Jim Rice. All six one MVP Awards, Rookie of the Year, HR, and RBI titles, etc.. Rice and Dawson have nearly made it each year falling just short. Parker and Murphy combined, never get more than 25% of the vote. Canseco and Baines are on the ballot for the first time.

Our Pick: 1. Jim Rice, 2. Andre Dawson 3. Dave Parker 4. Dale Murphy 5. Harold Baines and 6. Jose Canseco. Rice and Dawson deserve to be in now. Parker had an equally great career and won World Series titles but will still fall short. Murphy played in Atlanta and they never won when he was there. Baines spent much of his career as a DH, but so did Paul Molitor. Canseco like his bash brother McGwire cheated, but at least he admitted it.

Our top 10 Votes:

1. Tony Gwynn
2. Cal Ripken
3. Jim Rice
4. Andre Dawson
5. Rich Gossage
6. Lee Smith
7. Alan Trammell
8. Jack Morris
9. Bert Blyleven
10. Tony Fernandez

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