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Danny’s Song OR Collin All Chiefs

It’s almost October.  Can you believe that?  I mean, really.  Time flies.  And how ’bout that weather….it’s really  been scorching over the past week.  

Wait a second.  Why am I treating you, dearest blog reader, like a random person on the elevator?  That’s inappropriate.  I’m sorry.

For me, it feels like  a year since the Chiefs’ season ended when, in fact, it’s been no longer than three weeks at the time of this writing.  That Labor Day afternoon in Pawtucket was rather similar to the other finales I’ve ever seen.  Some players are excited the season’s over (they get to see their families or, less harmoniously, get to become free agents); others can’t really believe it’s time to put baseball away for half a year.  For the manager of the Chiefs, though, the season was not over.  Trent Jewett was summoned to the big-league team as an extra coach upon the conclusion of the season.  He was reunited there with Wilson Ramos, Joe Bisenius, Collin Balester and the rest of the ex-Chiefs on the Nats’ lineup card.  Trent also has under his watch one of his favorite players from his Indianapolis days, the much-in-the-news Nyjer Morgan.  Knowing Trent after a season, he’ll work until he finds a way to get Njyjer to stop doing Robin Ventura impersonations 

Let’s be honest, the Nats are a haven for former 2010 Chiefs right now.  In case you’ve been in football mode, here’s a rapid-fire what-are-they-now:

RHP Collin Balester:  Owns a major-league ERA of 2.12 in 14 appearances.  Has not allowed a run of any kind in 12 innings and a third, dating back to August 3rd.  He’s getting 2.5 ground balls for every fly ball.  We told you in late July he seemed to have bought into the reliever concept and turned a corner.  Looks like that shoe still fits.

RHP Joe Bisenius:  Has allowed just one run in four appearances–a solo homer for Carlos Ruiz against Bisenius’ former team, the Phillies.  In August, when we were in Louisville, I rode over to the park with Greg Booker and Bats outfielder Dave Sappelt.  When I came upon Book and Dave, they were talking about a reliever from the previous night whom Sappelt couldn’t believe was in the minors.  That man was Joe Bisenius.

RHP Yunesky Maya:  Has made four starts.  Has lost three of them.  Has thrown no more than 92 pitches and has finished six innings only once.  Throws so many breaking balls–a scout told me that Maya’s going to have to mix in the fastball more if he’s going to have any chance to be successful.  Keep showing the breaking stuff, the scout said, and MLB hitters will be all over it.

OF Michael Morse:  .296, 13 HR, 38 RBI.  Has walked in seven of his last eight games.  Most people involved with the Chiefs–and listeners alike–know that I like Michael Morse and his game.  When he was rehabbing in Toledo, though, Morse gave me a reason to appreciate him even more.  Talking to me for our On-Deck Show, Morse told me that he had finally figured out what he was–he’s someone that can play a number of positions at the big-league level and who should have success.  That’s why he was so down about his early-season injury.  He knew he was going to have a monster season.  Changed his mindset completely in the offseason, he said.  Good for him.

C Wilson Ramos:  Has a hit in five straight at the time of this writing.  Battered knuckleballer R.A. Dickey for a homer and a double on September 8th against the Mets.

IF Danny Espinosa:  With Jordan Zimmermann on the mound on September 6th, Espinosa hit a pair of homers, including a grand slam.  Jim Riggleman had this to say, “It’s one of those days where you really feel good about the direction the organization is going, you know, Zimmermann’s out there, young athletic guys are out there, everybody’s swinging the bat…It was a good day. It’s a statement for the organization that, as we say, “there is light at the end of the tunnel.”    Coincidentally enough, that day was one of two in 21 appearances in which Espinosa played his natural position, shortstop.  In each of his other starts, Espinosa has manned second base.  In the two games in which Espinosa has been the shortstop, Ian Desmond has not been in the lineup.

Football note of the week:  Congrats to F-M’s Hornets on starting the season at 4-0 with a win over Utica-Proctor Friday.  The offensive line opened up more holes than Woodward and Bernstein in the ’70s.

Travel note of the week:  I found out Saturday morning that I didn’t know what metal detectors actually detect.  A TSA agent at the conveyor belt at Hancock Saturday morning asked me if my belt usually sets off the alarm.  “No,” I said, never having to take off my belt previously.  I amble through the gray checkpoint and the siren sounds.  I wonder silently if the agent who asked that question is some sort of warlock.  I take off my belt, put it in a circular tub for screening and walk through again.  I’m clean.  

As I stride to gate 21, I place my phone back in my left pocket.  As I do so, my hand lands on the perp.  I had detached my Alliance Bank Stadium key from my ring for the trip to Syracuse.   Mathematically, then:

Belt = no alarm

Key = no alarm

Belt + key = alarm

I would have bet a lot of money that metal detectors scoured my person for types of metal, not a volume of metal.  That’s obviously not the case.

Stupid Benetti moment of the week:  As I fished my license out of my pocket so the gatekeeper with the fluorescent light at security could verify that I indeed am me, I realized I still possessed the keys to my rental car.   No, Jason, you can’t keep the tomato-red Chrysler Sebring.

Hey, and check out the front page of  Those nifty retro jerseys from Throwback Thursday are up for auction along with some Strasburg bric-a-brac.  I think you’ll see something you like.  

Oh, before I forget, the offseason does not exist for my email.  Send your notes or questions to   If it’s a hard question, I may refer you to the appropriate quiz on


Stories From Above — Starting Pitchers Edition

The Chiefs saw Chuck James start last night filling in for
Luis Atilano who was called up to the majors. (More on that in a moment).

James threw five innings, gave up just one hit and struck
out five in an 8-3 Syracuse win. It was the first start for James since August
6th, 2008 as a member of the Atlanta Braves. He worked quickly,
threw strikes and looked impressive for a guy that hadn’t pitched at all last

After the game, James talked about coming off of a rehab
stint in extended spring training saying, “I’m sure there’s gonna be times that
I’m tired out there and all that, so it’s just good to come back and pick (up)
where I left off.”

Chiefs manager Trent Jewett was happy with James’ outing
too. “He pitched with a lot of confidence. I thought his rhythm and his pace
and his ability to throw the ball where he wanted was excellent. You want to be
cautious coming off an injury like he sustained, but he did everything you want
a pitcher to do. He worked both sides of the plate, I thought he read bats
well. Not much more you can ask out of a guy,” Jewett said.

As for Atilano, he started for the Washington Nationals last
in place of Jason Marquis and picked up his first major league win. It
was the first major league appearance for Atilano who threw six innings and
gave up just one run.

After the game, Atilano told that he was excited not
just to start, but for the chance to pitch to Ivan Rodriguez.

“I threw to Pudge, hopefully a Hall of Famer. My dream
would have never been better if I didn’t pitch to Pudge. Pitching in the big
leagues and then pitching to Pudge was just incredible. Winning the ballgame is
even better.”

Atilano was off to a 2-0 start for the Chiefs.

Today lefty Aaron Thompson will start for Syracuse after
being called up from AA-Harrisburg. The Nationals picked up Thompson at last
season’s trade deadline in a deal for Nick Johnson. Thompson’s 1-1 with a 2.87
ERA this season with the Senators.

We’ll see if he can make a start like Chuck James did
yesterday helping the Chiefs to take game one of the series against Rochester.

First pitch is at 2 p.m.



Nats announce Wang signing Friday

As reported this week on the Chiefs Blog Chien-Ming Wang has signed with the Nats and will be introduced to the Washington media on Friday. 

The former Yankee righthanded pitcher who won 19-games in 2006 and 2007 and had nine-wins before the All-Star break in 2008 will likely join the Nationals in May after recovering from shoulder surgery this past off-season.

That means that there is a good chance that the Wang could appear in a Chiefs uniform during the early part of the 2010 season.  Having Wang and Steven Strasburg in the AAA-rotation certainly will make manager Trent Jewett’s job a bit easier while they are here.


The Syracuse Chiefs 49th Annual Hot Stove took place on this past Friday night at the Holiday Inn Liverpool as over 300 fans gathered to talk baseball on a balmy January night.

Special thanks to the Washington Nationals who were represented by GM Mike Rizzo, Manager Jim Riggleman, Director of Player Development Doug Harris, Chiefs manager Trent Jewett, players Pete Orr and Seth Bynum and former major league all stars Bill Monboquette and 2009 Chiefs hitting coach Darnell Coles who received the Jake Meyers Great Guy Award.

Also in attendance were LeMoyne College Coach Steve Owens and his new pitching coach who also played for the Chiefs and in the major leagues with Toronto, Boston and San Diego, Scott Cassidy, Auburn Doubledays GM Carl Gutellius and others.

A full re-cap with photos will appear on Monday on

Special thanks to Chiefs Assistant GM Mike Voutsinas and Director of Merchandising Wendy Shoen for all their work on making the 49th one of the best ever.


Congratulations to Vernon Wells as he picked up his third Gold Glove Award this week for his work during the 2006 season…..AAA-managerial moves include Charlotte Knights Razor Shines moving up to the White Sox becoming their 3rd Base coach, Ottawa manager and Chiefs front office favorite Dave Trembley taking over the Orioles major league field coordinator position.  In Richmond Brian Snitker moves to Atlanta and becomes the Braves 3rd base coach and is replaced by Dave Brundage.  Trent Jewett (Indianapolis), John Russell (Scranton) and Trey Hillman (former Clippers manager) are finalist for the Texas Rangers managerial position…..Crunch are on the Road this weekend at Hamilton and Hershey after going 2-0-1 last week and picking up 5-points.  Syracuse returns home next weekend Friday and Saturday….Sitting at the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night watching the Orange, one could wonder if baseball fans will ever get the chance to view a real video board in their stadium……Last week Wachovia Securities invited former Yankee outfielder Bobby Murcer to speak to clients at the Craftsman Inn. A great night was had by all, and Bobby shed some insight into the Yankees 2006 season and what is ahead for 2007.  A little know fact:  Bobby Murcer would have played the 1967 season in Syracuse, but was called to military service and missed the entire year.  He spent another year in the military in 1968 and made the Yankees team in 1969…..Grass vs Turf online poll update: Grass 83%, Turf 17%….After the barrage of negitive tv and radio ads for those seeking office are you ready to vote on Tuesday for anyone….Pop Warner Football invades Alliance Bank Stadium on Saturday with five big games beginning at 9:00 AM….Former Chiefs batboy Brady Quinn takes on the North Carloina tomorrow as the Irish look to go 8-1.  Brady, who was friends with I.L. President Randy Mobley’s son Taylor, visited MacArthur Stadium as a youth and suited up for two games in 1996.  Quinn could become the first Chiefs batboy to take home a Heismann Trophy later this month….Have a great weekend everyone!!!!

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