January 25, 2022

NATS/CHIEFS: Zach Duke International League Pitcher of the Week

Syracuse, NY–The Syracuse Chiefs, Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, are pleased to announce that pitcher Zach Duke has been named the League’s Pitcher of the Week for August 6-12. Duke is the third member of the Chiefs to win an IL weekly award this season, following OF Corey Brown (May 21-27) and SP Tanner Roark (July 23-29.)

Duke extended his International League lead in wins to 13 over the past week by winning both of his starts. On Monday, Duke struck out a season-high eight in a 5-4 win over Buffalo, allowing just three runs in six innings. The eight strikeouts were Duke’s most in a single game since July 7, 2005 for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

On Saturday, Duke tossed a complete-game shutout in a 6-0 win at the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The left-hander allowed just three hits and no walks while striking out seven. He tossed 92 pitches, 66 for strikes, and secured the first nine-inning shutout for a Syracuse pitcher since Garrett Mock on June 22, 2009.

Duke, 29, has pitched in nearly 200 Major League games with the Pirates and Diamondbacks. He was the International League Most Valuable Pitcher in 2005 while with the Indianapolis Indians. Duke is a native of Clifton, Texas.

NATS/CHIEFS: Bryce Harper game-worn Syracuse Chiefs jersey for auction

There is still time to get a bid in for Bryce Harper’s game worn jersey. The current bid is $960.00 and the auction closes on August 2, 2012 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Description: White primary home jersey worn by Bryce Harper during his first series as a member of the Syracuse Chiefs. The jersey was worn by Harper on April 6 and April 9, 2012. Proceeds to benefit Syracuse Chiefs Charitable Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 corporation. Includes certificate of authenticity on Syracuse Chiefs letterhead.

Photo courtesy of Syracuse Chiefs

NATS/CHIEFS: Tanner Roark named International League Pitcher of the Week

The Syracuse Chiefs, Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, are pleased to announce that right-handed pitcher Tanner Roark has been named the International League Pitcher of the Week.

Roark, in his first Triple-A season, earned a pair of wins this week. He threw a total of 14 innings and allowed just two earned runs on nine hits. In his two starts against Rochester and Lehigh Valley, Roark walked two and struck out 13. The were of seven-inning starts were Roark’s first two seven-inning starts this season. In the two starts this week, Roark did not allow a run after the first inning in each.

NATS/CHIEFS: Corey Brown, Zach Duke, Carlos Rivero and Jim Negrych named to 2012 International League All-Star Team

Updated July 11: You can listen to the Triple-A All-Star Game at 7:00 p.m. tonight on The Score 1260, the Chiefs’ flagship radio station.

Updated July 9: Chiefs infielder Jim Negrych has been added to the International League All-Star Team. Negrych, a Buffalo native, is in his first season with the Nationals’ organization.  He’s hit .284 in 54 games with the Chiefs and has six home runs and 30 RBI.

Updated July 7: Chiefs infielder Carlos Rivero has been added to the International League All-Star Team as announced today by the league office. Rivero, in his first full Triple-A season, has hit .289 in 77 games with the Chiefs.

Outfielder Corey Brown at Nationals Park in September 2011 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

The Syracuse Chiefs, Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, are pleased to announce that outfielder Corey Brown and starting pitcher Zach Duke have been named to the 2012 International League All-Star Team. The game between the IL and the Pacific Coast League will be played on July 11th at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo.

Brown, in his second season in Syracuse, has hit .298 with this point and leads the Chiefs in home runs (17) and RBI (45). He is currently tenth in the league in batting average and third in homers. The Tampa native is also third in the IL with 37 extra-base hits and fourth with a .578 slugging percentage. At the time of his selection, Brown has hit in 14 consecutive games, the longest hit streak of his six-year career.

Duke, a former Major League All-Star in 2009, leads the International League with nine wins. Eight of those wins have come since May 1st. The 29-year-old Duke is fourth in the International League with 90 innings and a third pitched. He leads the Chiefs with 14 induced double plays.

With the International League’s 3-0 victory at last year’s Triple-A All-Star Game, the IL owns an 8-6 lead in the fourteen years since the event changed to the current IL vs. PCL format. The winning League this season will once again earn the right to have its champion play as the “home team” at the Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game which will take place Tuesday, September 18 in Durham, North Carolina.

NATS/CHIEFS: Syracuse Chiefs Honor Former Board Member with Patch on Jerseys

Former Board member passed away on May 14

Syracuse, NY—The Syracuse Chiefs, Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, announced today that the team will wear a commemorative patch in honor of Joseph J. LaGuardia, a former member of the Chiefs Board of Directors who passed away on May 14.

The Chiefs’ home jerseys will feature a black patch with “JOE” in white letters on the left sleeve for the remainder of the 2012 season. LaGuardia was a long-standing member of the Chiefs’ Third Base, Inc. Night committee and joined the Board of Directors in 2008. After briefly serving in the role of Secretary last year, he was elected Treasurer this past December and served in that capacity until his death.

“Joe LaGuardia was a tremendous friend and advocate for the Syracuse Chiefs,” said Chiefs General Manager John Simone. “He was instrumental to the success of the Bob Dylan and Dave Matthews Band concerts that were held at the ballpark in 2009 and he was also a key member of several marketing committees both before and during his time on our board. He will be missed and this patch is our way of honoring his many contributions to the entertainment industry in Syracuse.”

LaGuardia was an active member of the Central New York sports and entertainment communities for more than 40 years. He was best known for his time with the Syracuse Eagles and Blazers hockey teams and as the Director of Marketing for the New York State Fair. Joe was also a board member for the Syracuse Sports Corp. and the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame.

NATS/CHIEFS: Chien-Ming Wang to Make Rehab Start in Syracuse

Chien-Ming Wang before getting injured on March 15, 2012 during spring training (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Right-hander is scheduled to pitch on Wednesday, May 9

Syracuse, NY – The Syracuse Chiefs announced today that Washington Nationals starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang is scheduled to start for the Chiefs on Wednesday, May 9. Wang will pitch in Syracuse for the second straight season, after the right-hander made two rehab starts with the Chiefs in 2011.

Wang is slated to pitch for the Chiefs against the Durham Bulls in Wednesday night’s game starting at 7:00pm. The 2006 American League Cy Young runner-up is currently 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in two starts on a rehab stint between Advanced-A Potomac and Class-A Hagerstown.

The right-hander has tossed 10 innings and has allowed seven hits, three runs (two earned) and one walks while striking out ten. Wang is recovering from a strained left hamstring suffered on March 15 in a spring training game.

Wang is 59-29 with a 4.15 ERA in 120 games (115 starts) over his Major League career with the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals. Wang pitched for the Yankees from 2005 to 2009 after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2000. The 31 year-old had his best season in 2006 when he compiled a 19-6 record with a 3.63 ERA. Wang led the American League that season with 0.5 home runs allowed per nine innings.

Last season, Wang was 4-3 with a 4.04 ERA in 11 starts for the Nationals in his second season with the team. Wang was signed by Washington in 2010, but missed the entire season due to shoulder surgery.

Tickets for Wednesday’s game and all other Syracuse Chiefs homes games can be purchased in person at the Chiefs ticket office at Alliance Bank Stadium, by calling 315-474-7833, or online at SyracuseChiefs.com.

NATS: Brett Carroll now in Syracuse

The Washington Nationals have outrighted OF Brett Carroll to Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. Carroll, in turn, has accepted the assignment.

Brett Carroll at spring training 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

NATS/CHIEFS: Live Syracuse Chiefs games this season

First broadcast will be Opening Day, April 5 vs. Rochester

Syracuse, NY—The Syracuse Chiefs, Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, are pleased to announce a renewal of the team’s partnership with Time Warner Cable Sports to televise Chiefs baseball in 2012. This partnership will continue the Chiefs’ lengthy association with Time Warner Cable Sports, the premier local sports network in all of Central New York.

A total of 33 Chiefs games will be broadcast on Time Warner Cable Sports this season, with 21 home contests and 12 away games. The televised schedule will begin on April 5 when Syracuse hosts Rochester at 2:00pm in the Chiefs’ season opener.

The Chiefs’ television schedule is highlighted by the 26 games of the team’s annual Thruway Series with the Rochester Red Wings and Buffalo Bisons. All 16 games with Rochester and 10 games with Buffalo are scheduled to be televised, including 15 of the 16 Thruway Series games to be played at Alliance Bank Stadium.

“We are excited to be teaming up with Time Warner Cable Sports once again in 2012,” said Chiefs General Manager John Simone. “Our partnership is an exciting one and we are pleased to increase the Chiefs’ broadcast presence once again.”

The TV broadcast team for home games will consist of Jason Benetti, the voice of the Syracuse Chiefs, as well as former Major League pitcher Steve Grilli. Road telecasts that are carried locally will feature the broadcasters of the home teams.

The complete broadcast schedule is as follows:

4/5 vs. Rochester 2pm
4/6 vs. Rochester 4pm
4/20 vs. Buffalo 7pm
4/21 vs. Buffalo 2pm
4/24 at Rochester 7pm
4/25 at Rochester 7pm
4/26 at Rochester 11:30am
5/11 vs. Rochester 7pm
5/12 vs. Rochester 2pm
5/13 vs. Rochester 2pm
5/14 vs. Rochester 12pm
6/12 vs. Lehigh Valley 10:30am
6/14 vs. Scranton/WB 7pm
6/18 vs. Pawtucket 7pm
7/4 vs. Buffalo 6:30pm
7/5 vs. Buffalo 7pm
7/6 vs. Buffalo 7pm
7/8 at Pawtucket 1pm
7/13 vs. Scranton-WB 7pm
7/24 at Rochester 7pm
7/25 at Rochester
7/26 at Rochester 11am
7/27 at Rochester 7pm
8/2 at Buffalo 7pm
8/3 at Buffalo 7pm
8/4 at Buffalo 7pm
8/6 vs. Buffalo 7pm
8/7 vs. Buffalo 7pm
8/17 vs. Toledo 7pm
8/18 vs. Indianapolis 7pm
9/1 vs. Rochester 7pm
9/2 vs. Rochester 2pm
9/3 at Rochester 1pm

NATS/CHIEFS: Syracuse Chiefs Updating Scoreboard

The Syracuse Chiefs are getting a new video display and scoreboard at Alliance Bank Stadium. It is expected to be operational on May 7, 2012 so fans should be able to see Bryce Harper on the screen, however, for how long?

Photo Courtesy of Syracuse Chiefs

Press Release:

30’ x 55’ LED display expected to be operational on May 7

Syracuse, NY—The Syracuse Chiefs, Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, will see a new video display and scoreboard at Alliance Bank Stadium this season.

Daktronics (Nasdaq-DAKT) will be designing, manufacturing and installing the new LED video display. Measuring 30 feet high by 55 feet wide, the new video display will have pristine color clarity and brightness from all viewing angles, as it features Daktronics 15HD pixel layout. The cabinet also features a more robust design with an improved ventilation system. The display is capable of showing one large image or being divided into separate windows to show live and recorded video as well as an array of vivid graphics, up-to-the-minute statistics, colorful animations and advertisements.

“This new video display from Daktronics is something that our fans have sought for a long time and we are happy to finally see it become a reality,” said Chiefs General Manager John Simone. “Daktronics has been great to work with, and we’re looking forward to seeing it installed.”

The video display system will come complete with a full front end video package featuring multiple Sony HD cameras to give the fans a full game-day experience with live video, slow motion and instant replay.

A new 1500HD audio system will also be installed at the ballpark. The sound system, which will be integrated with the video system, will provide full-range sound reproduction and deliver clear and intelligible speech. Fans will experience high-impact sound reinforcement and excellent sound quality throughout the stadium.

“Daktronics is very proud to partner with the Chiefs on this high profile project,” Daktronics Sales Representative Scott Willson said. “The Chiefs have made a major commitment to enhance the fan experience at the stadium, and this audio-visual package from Daktronics will bring true state-of-the-art technology to the stadium.”

Work on the project will begin next week with the removal of the existing scoreboard. The project is expected to be completed in time for the Chiefs’ home game on May 7 against the Durham Bulls. In the meantime, a temporary scoreboard will be installed in right field.

Washington Nationals sending Bryce Harper to AAA makes sense all the way around

To read comments from some national baseball writers, the Washington Nationals decision to send Bryce Harper down to the minor leagues to start the season was “the right thing to do,” simply because the player is just 19 years gold.

Bryce Harper watching game from the dugout during spring training (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

I’m not a scout, but what I saw of Harper last week while in Florida indicated to me he needs to see a good bit of Triple-A level pitching before he’s ready to be a difference-making contributor at the Major League level, and I’m guessing that Mike Rizzo felt the same way. [Read more…]

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