December 8, 2021

NATS/CHIEFS: Syracuse Chiefs Opening Day Roster, April 4

Today, April 4 is the opening day for the Syracuse Chiefs, Washington Nationals Triple-A Affiliate.

12 players from last year’s team to return

Syracuse, NY—The Syracuse Chiefs, Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, are pleased to announce their preliminary roster for the 2013 season. Syracuse, led by second-year manager Tony Beasley, will begin its season on Thursday, April 4, at 7:05 at Lehigh Valley, with its home opener on Friday, April 12 at 2:05 vs. the IronPigs.

Syracuse’s active Opening Day roster features 16 former major leaguers and seven players on the Nationals’ 40-man roster. The Chiefs also return 12 players from last year’s Syracuse squad and 15 former Chiefs in total.

The Chiefs’ opening day staff will consist of 13 pitchers, five of whom spent time in Syracuse last season. Yunesky Maya (11-10, 3.88 ERA in 28 starts with the Chiefs in 2012), Tanner Roark (6-17, 4.39 ERA in 26 starts) and Ryan Perry (1-1, 4.50 ERA in 11 relief appearances) are slated to hold three of the spots in Syracuse’s rotation. Maya returns for his fourth season with Syracuse, with Roark and Perry as second-year Chiefs.

The other two spots in Syracuse’s season-opening rotation will be held by right-hander Ross Ohlendorf and left-hander Danny Rosenbaum. Ohlendorf, a veteran of 108 major league games with the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres, is in his first year with the Nationals’ organization. Rosenbaum, recently returned from Colorado after being selected in the 2012 Rule V draft, will begin his fifth professional season in the Nationals’ organization. He sported a 3.94 ERA for Double-A Harrisburg in 26 starts last season.

The bullpen will feature returning right-handers Erik Davis and Jeff Mandel, with Mandel also entering fourth Syracuse season and Davis his second. Right-hander Ryan Tatusko also rejoins the team for the second time after spending the entire 2012 season in Harrisburg, where he sported a 3.50 ERA.

Two other former Chiefs join the bullpen – left-hander J.C. Romero and right-hander Jeremy Accardo. Romero, a veteran of 680 major-league games, pitched in five games for the Chiefs in 2011. Accardo, who’s pitched 262 games in the majors, tossed five games for the Chiefs in 2008, the final year of Syracuse’s affiliation with the Toronto Blue Jays.

The remaining three spots in the bullpen are filled out by two former major leaguers – left-hander Fernando Abad (Houston) and right-hander Mike Crotta (Pittsburgh) – and left-hander Patrick McCoy, who finished 7-3 with a 3.70 ERA in 50 games for Double-A Harrisburg last season.

Offensively, both Chiefs catchers return from last year’s squad. Jhonatan Solano rejoins Syracuse for the fourth time after a season in which he made his major league debut (.312 batting average in 12 games with Washington), while veteran Carlos Maldonado also returns to Syracuse for the fourth time. The two have combined to play in 306 career games with Syracuse.

Syracuse’s infield is split between three returning Chiefs and three newcomers. First baseman Chris Marrero, shortstop Zach Walters, and third baseman Carlos Rivero – a postseason International League All-Star last season – will rejoin the Chiefs after spending time in Washington’s major league camp this spring. Infielder Jeff Kobernus, who led stole 42 bases for Double-A Harrisburg to lead the 2012 Eastern League, will join them for his Triple-A debut. Former major leaguers Mike Costanzo (Cincinnati) and Will Rhymes (Detroit, Tampa Bay) round out the six-man group.

In the outfield, postseason International League All-Star Corey Brown will return to Syracuse for the third time. Brown led all Chiefs players in 2012 with 25 home runs and also appeared in 19 major league games for Washington. He’ll be joined by 22-year-old Eury Perez, the youngest Chief on the Opening Day roster. Converted pitcher Micah Owings, who’s appeared in 174 major league games, and former Canadian Olympic outfielder Jimmy Van Ostrand will both join the Chiefs for the first time.

Tickets for all Syracuse Chiefs home games are on sale now and can be purchased online at, by calling 315-474-7833, or in person at the Chiefs ticket office. Full- and partial-season ticket plans are also available through each of the same three methods.

NATS/CHIEFS: Tony Beasley to Manage Syracuse Chiefs


New skipper guided Harrisburg to playoff berth last season

Syracuse, NY—The Syracuse Chiefs, Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, are pleased to announce Tony Beasley as the club’s manager for the 2012 season.  Beasley replaces Randy Knorr, who was hired last week as the Nationals’ bench coach.

Last season, his first back with the organization, Beasley steered the Double-A Harrisburg Senators to the Eastern League playoffs.  Harrisburg won the league’s Western Division and finished the year with a record of 80-62.  In qualifying for the playoffs, the Senators’ pitching staff finished with an ERA of 3.61, the second-best mark in the circuit.

Beasley spent the three seasons prior to joining the Nationals as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ major-league staff, including a stint as the team’s third base coach.

In his first stint with Washington, Beasley was the third base coach for the Nationals in their second year back in the nation’s capital, 2006.

Beasley spent five seasons managing in the Pirates’ minor-league system.  In each of his five seasons, his team qualified for the playoffs.  Overall, his record is 452-320, a winning percentage of .585.  In 2002, Beasley’s Hickory Crawdads–a team featuring Jose Bautista–won the South Atlantic League title.  He has three times been selected as a classification’s Manager of the Year by Baseball America (Low-A 2002 & 2003, Double-A 2004).

Beasley was chosen by the Baltimore Orioles in the 19th round of the 1989 entry draft before being traded by the Orioles to the Pittsburgh Pirates in September of 1991. Beasley played nine years in the Orioles and Pirates organizations. He became a player/coach in 1998 and then retired to become a full-time coach in the Pirates organization in 1999. As a player, he was a 1990 and 1991 Carolina League All-Star and a 1996 Southern League All-Star. Beasley hit .260 in 859 Minor League games with 22 HR and 243 RBI.

NATS/CHIEFS: Syracuse Chiefs Hot Stove Dinner

Updated: Bob Boone has been added. Brad Peacock was traded to Oakland so will no longer be part of dinner.

Newest Wall of Fame inductee will be joined by Beasley, Bynum, Peacock

Carlos Delgado will be inducted into the Syracuse Baseball Wall of Fame on February 3. (Photo: Chiefs Website)

Syracuse, NY—The Syracuse Chiefs, Triple-A Affiliate of the Washington Nationals, are pleased to announce that former Major League All-Star Carlos Delgado will headline the guest list at the team’s annual Hot Stove Dinner & Silent Auction. New Chiefs manager Tony Beasley and Chiefs players Brad Peacock and Seth Bynum will join Delgado at the head table.

Delgado, who appeared in 181 games for the Chiefs during his Minor League career, will be inducted into the Syracuse Baseball Wall of Fame in a special ceremony held at the Hot Stove. The slugging first baseman spent smacked 43 career home runs in a Chiefs uniform, primarily during the 1994 and 1995 seasons. Delgado was a key component of the 1994 Chiefs team that reached the Governors’ Cup finals.

A native of Puerto Rico, Delgado enjoyed a 17-year Major League career with the Toronto Blue Jays, Florida Marlins, and New York Mets, compiling a career batting average of .280 with 473 home runs. He was a two-time All-Star (2000 & 2003) and also won a Silver Slugger award in 2003 when he led the big leagues with 145 RBI.

“We are thrilled that Carlos Delgado will be able to attend this year’s Hot Stove to take his rightful place in the Syracuse Baseball Wall of Fame,” said Wall of Fame Selection Committee Chairman Ron Gersbacher. “He was the driving force behind one of the most potent offenses in franchise history and this honor is well deserved.”

Beasley guided the Double-A Harrisburg Senators to an 80-62 record last season, good enough to win the Eastern League’s Western Division. He was named to the managerial post in Syracuse earlier this month. Beasley is a three-time winner of Baseball America’s Manager of the Year award.

Pitching prospect Brad Peacock played at three levels of the Washington organization last year. The right-hander began the 2011 season in Harrisburg, where he was 10-2 with a 2.01 ERA in 16 games through July 4. Peacock was promoted to Syracuse after the All-Star Break and after allowing seven earned runs in his first start for the Chiefs he allowed only 10 more over his next eight outings. Peacock closed out the year by allowing only one earned run in 12 big league innings for the Nationals (0.75 ERA) over three appearances (two starts).

Peacock was selected as the Eastern League’s Pitcher of the Year and the Washington Nationals’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year. He is currently rated the second-best prospect in the Nationals chain by and he is third on Baseball America’s list.

Fan favorite Seth Bynum will return to the Washington organization in 2012 after signing a Minor League contract with the Nationals this off-season. Bynum has spent the majority of the last three campaigns in a Chiefs uniform and was named to the International League’s mid-season All-Star team in 2009. The infielder has hit 43 home runs in 306 career Triple-A games.

ADDED:  Nationals Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Development Bob Boone has been added to the guest list for the Chiefs Hot Stove Dinner and Silent Auction.

Boone will be accompanied at the event by Nationals Assistant General Manager Bryan Minniti, Director of Player Development Doug Harris, and Director of Minor League Operations Mark Scialabba.  The Nationals contingent will join recently announced guests Carlos Delgado, Tony Beasley and Seth Bynum at the head table.

Four-time Major League All-Star catcher Bob Boone has been a member of Washington’s front office since December 2004.  Boone enjoyed a 19-year playing career as a catcher for Philadelphia, Anaheim, and Kansas City and was a member of the Phillies team that captured the 1980 World Series.  The native Californian won seven Rawlings Gold Gloves in his career and held the Major League record for games caught in a career (2225) at the time of his retirement in 1990.  Boone has worked in the front offices of the Philadelphia and Cincinnati organizations in addition to his tenure with the Nationals and he has also managed the Royals (1994-1997) and Reds (2001-2003).

“It is a tradition for our manager to attend the Hot Stove Dinner and we are glad that our fans will have a chance to meet Tony Beasley at this year’s event,” said Chiefs General Manager John Simone. “In addition, having players of the caliber of Seth Bynum and Brad Peacock will make the night that much better.”

The Hot Stove will take place on Friday, February 3 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Liverpool. A silent auction and cocktail hour will get underway at 5:30pm with the dinner program set to start at 7:00pm. The event will benefit the Syracuse Chiefs Charitable Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) corporation which implements programs to improve the health and educational opportunities of families and youth in the Central New York community and provides financial assistance to other 501(c)(3) organizations with similar purposes.

Tickets for the Hot Stove are $55 for adults and $25 for children 12 and younger or $500 for a table of ten. Fans may purchase tickets in person at the Chiefs ticket office at Alliance Bank Stadium or by calling 315-474-7833 during normal business hours, Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm.

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