Syracuse Chiefs

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Syracuse Chiefs
Founded in 1934
Syracuse, New York
Chiefslogo.png SyracuseChiefsCap.png
Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Triple-A (1946–1955, 1961–present)
Previous Double-A (1934–1945); Single-A (1956–1957)
Minor league affiliations
League International League
Division North Division
Previous leagues
Eastern League (1956–1957)
Major league affiliations
Current Washington Nationals (2009–present)
Previous Toronto Blue Jays (1978–2008);
New York Yankees (1967–1977);
Detroit Tigers (1956–1957, 1963–1966);
New York Mets/
Washington Senators (1962);
Minnesota Twins (1961); Philadelphia Phillies (1954–1955);
Cincinnati Reds (1937–1938, 1942–1950);
Pittsburgh Pirates (1940);
Boston Red Sox (1934–1936)
Minor league titles
League titles (8)
  • 1935
  • 1942
  • 1943
  • 1947
  • 1954
  • 1969
  • 1970
  • 1976
Division titles (2)
  • 1989
  • 2014
Team data
Nickname Syracuse Chiefs (1934–1957, 1961–1996, 2007–present)
Previous names
Syracuse SkyChiefs (1997–2006)
Colors Nationals scarlet, navy blue, Syracuse silver, and white
Ballpark NBT Bank Stadium (1997–present)[1]
Previous parks
MacArthur Stadium (1934–1957, 1961–1996)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Community Baseball Club of Central New York, Inc.[2]
Manager Billy Gardner, Jr.[3]
General Manager Jason Smorol[4]

The Syracuse Chiefs are a Minor League Baseball team based in Syracuse, New York. The Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, the team plays in the International League (IL). NBT Bank Stadium, on Syracuse's northside, is the Chiefs' home stadium.

History[edit]

Establishment[edit]

The first Syracuse Chiefs baseball team was established in 1934, when the International League's Jersey City Skeeters moved to Syracuse and were (re)named the Chiefs. The team played in the IL through 1955 (winning five championships), but was sold and moved to Miami as the Marlins for the 1956 campaign.

Another team known as the Syracuse Chiefs competed in the Class A Eastern League (then two levels below the IL) during 1956–57, but moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania on July 13, 1957.[5]

Syracuse was without professional baseball until the 1961 season, when the Montreal Royals franchise was abandoned by its owners (the Los Angeles Dodgers) and returned to Syracuse, becoming the Syracuse Chiefs.

Black, Gothic "S" hat logo from 1976–1979
1976–79 hat logo

Rebirth[edit]

The Chiefs have played in Syracuse without interruption since their rebirth in 1961. The team was renamed the SkyChiefs in 1997. The name reverted to the original "Chiefs" in December 2006.[6]

From 1978 to 2008, the Chiefs were the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. The three-decade Toronto–Syracuse affiliation is the longest of the 11 major league affiliations the Chiefs have had since 1936.

The Chiefs played at MacArthur Stadium from 1934 to 1996, moving to then-P&C Stadium in 1997.

Washington Nationals[edit]

On September 20, 2008 the Chiefs signed a two-year affiliation agreement with the Washington Nationals, ending their relationship with the Blue Jays. That season the players wore a decal on their uniforms with the letters "HB" to commemorate Harold Berman, former member of the team's board of directors, who died after the 2007 season. In 2009 the Chiefs wore a decal on their uniforms with the letters "HM" to commemorate Hy Miller, former state assemblyman and former member of the team's board of directors, who died after the 2008 season.

In 2010 the Chiefs celebrated their 50th season of community-owned baseball (1961–2010), wearing 1961 jerseys for every Thursday home game. The team brought back radio announcers from the past, such as Dan Hoard and Syracuse University alumnus Sean McDonough. They had a 76–67 won-lost record, with pitching prospect Stephen Strasburg winning two game and losing one in five appearances.

In 2011 the Chiefs, playing their 51st season of community ownership, wore throwback jerseys for every Thursday home game to commemorate the 35th anniversary of their last International League Governors' Cup championship team (managed by Syracuse Wall of Fame member Bobby Cox). The Chiefs added four alternate jerseys to their rotation for the season: one for Latin American Day, a second for Jackie Robinson Day (commemorating Negro League uniforms), a third for national holidays such as Independence Day and Memorial Day and a fourth for Breast Cancer Awareness Night. The team played the Pawtucket Red Sox on August 20 at Fenway Park as part of a doubleheader in conjunction with the sixth annual Futures at Fenway event, featuring games involving Boston Red Sox minor-league teams. The Chiefs, behind starter Brad Meyers, defeated the PawSox 3–1 before more than 29,000 fans. At Alliance Bank Stadium (now NBT Bank Stadium) the Chiefs added a "Home Plate Club" to the stadium: premium seating in the first four rows behind home plate, with waitstaff for merchandise, food and drink.

On May 14 Chiefs DH Michael Aubrey went four for four, hitting four home runs in an 11–0 victory over the Durham Bulls and becoming the second player in team history to hit four home runs in a game; Gene Locklear was the first, on July 14, 1977. On August 27 Stephen Strasburg pitched his only rehab game for the Chiefs, against the Rochester Red Wings. Giving up two hits in the sixth inning (his only hits allowed before departing, with the Chiefs leading 1–0), he received no decision in Syracuse's 4–3 win (which won the Thruway Cup for the third time; the team's other wins were in 1999 and 2010). The club's record for the season was 66–74, 14 games out of first place and fourth place in the six-team North Division.

On April 5, 2012, the Chiefs opened at home against the Rochester Red Wings. Top pick Bryce Harper, since promoted to the Nationals, made the opening-day roster. Randy Knorr did not return for a second season as manager, and Tony Beasley was promoted from the Harrisburg Senators. The Chiefs played all 16 of its games against the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees at Alliance Bank Stadium due to stadium renovation in Moosic, Pennsylvania. On May 7 the Chiefs unveiled a new high-definition video board in left field, replacing the board which had existed since the stadium's 1997 opening.

The 2013 season, with manager Tony Beasley in his second season with the team, began on April 4 in Allentown, Pennsylvania against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs; the Chiefs' home opener was eight days later against the IronPigs. On Throwback Thursdays, the team wore jerseys from 1983 to 1996.

On September 30, 2013, it was announced that 16-year general manager John Simone and any family members associated with the team (including assistant GM Mike Vounitas) were fired. On October 8 it was announced that former Auburn Doubledays general manager Jason Smorol would become the Chiefs' GM, with Jason Horbal his assistant. It was the first time since 1970 that someone not named Simone was general manager of Syracuse; John Simone had taken over the job from his father, Anthony (Tex) Simone, in 1997.

The Chiefs opened their 2014 season on April 3 with a loss at home to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and finished the season with the best record (81-62) in the International League and clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 1998 and the first IL North Division title since 1989. NBT Bank Stadium hosted its first ever playoff game on September 5, 2014, a 7-6 loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox which capped off a 3-0 first round series sweep for the Red Sox. The season featured an aggressive promotional campaign, including Social Media Monday, Two-for-One Tickets on Tuesday, Winning Wednesday, Dollar Thursday, Fireworks Friday, Giveaway Saturday and Family Sunday. The Chiefs sold out the outfield wall, the dugouts and the field tarp, earning $500,000 in advertising. On July 1 the Chiefs introduced Tattoo Night, sponsored by Carmelo's Ink City.

The 2015 season saw the Chiefs finish in 4th place in the 6 team IL North division with a record of 66-78. The Chiefs early season struggles including a 11-game losing streak extending from May to June hurt the Chiefs too much to rebound despite going 39-26 after July 1 including an 11-game win streak in Mid July. Billy Gardner Jr. managed the Chiefs in his second season with the team. Stephen Strasburg went 1-1 with the Chiefs in two rehab starts. In the two games Strasburg pitched 9.2 innings with an ERA of 4.66. The teams best pitcher by record was Bruce Billings who went 8-5 in 27 games. The best pitcher by ERA with more than 25 innings pitched was Evan Meek who had an ERA of 2.15 in 30 games with a record of 2-4. The Chiefs with the most in 2016 was Darin Mastroianni with 114 hits. The Chiefs player with the best average with over 100 At Bats was Trea Turner with an AVG of .314 in 188 at bats including 3 home runs, 7 doubles and 15 RBI.

Current roster[edit]

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Corporate structure[edit]

Community Baseball Club, Inc.[edit]

The Chiefs are owned by the Community Baseball Club of Central New York, Inc., "a community-owned club, controlled by a [13-person] board of directors,"[2][7][8][9] acting on behalf of approximately 4,000 shareholders, who together hold 15,857 shares.[9]

Shares[edit]

According to Dick Ryan, a "former club chairman of the board and treasurer", a majority of the shares "are owned by people who own one or two shares."[7] Shares in the club were first sold in 1961, at a price of $10 each; as of 2011, shares had a resale value of approximately $126, but are not publicly traded. A provision in the Chief's certificate of corporation states that "no one may vote more than 500 shares."[7] This provision is intended to make it difficult for the club to be sold and moved to another location, as happened earlier in its history.[7]

Management[edit]

Current officers of the Syracuse Chiefs/ Community Baseball Club of Central New York, Inc., include:

  • Robert F. Julian, Chairman of the Board
  • William Dutch, President
  • Jason Smorol, General Manager[4]

Among those serving on the organization's Board of Directors are Stephen A. Rogers, Chairman, Syracuse Media Group;[8] and Crandall Melvin III, "a software executive from Syracuse and the team's largest single shareholder with 502 shares."[9]

Dutch is a partner in Chiefs First LLC, an investment company established in September 2013, which loaned the Chiefs $500,000 in return for 600 shares and control of the team's new, 13-member board.[10]

Finances[edit]

The Chiefs have been operating at a loss since 2006, except for the 2010 season when they ended the season $100,000 in the black. The team lost $973,516 in the 2013 season, on operating expenses of $3.1 million.[11][12] Under new general manager Jason Smorol, their losses were reduced to $241,584 in 2014, and $169,011 in 2015.[13]

Attendance[edit]

Top season attendance[edit]

NBT Bank Stadium[edit]

  • 1999: 446,025
  • 2001: 423,405
  • 1998: 420,488
  • 2010: 416,382
  • 2002: 413,566
  • 2000: 402,450
  • 1997: 400,804
  • 2009: 392,518
  • 2008: 392,028
  • 2005: 382,896
  • 2007: 380,152
  • 2004: 364,648
  • 2003: 356,303
  • 2006: 347,699
  • 2013: 345,047[14]
  • 2014: 247,046*
  • 2015: 262,408[15]

* Includes playoffs

MacArthur Stadium[edit]

  • 1994: 368,971*
  • 1991: 307,922
  • 1995: 300,589
  • 1996: 300,405
  • 1992: 276,786
  • 1993: 265,486
  • 1970: 257,650*
  • 1990: 250,048
  • 1989: 233,161*
  • 1985: 232,073*
  • 1971: 216,115*
  • 1987: 211,315
  • 1964: 208,956*
  • 1975: 201,725*
  • 1977: 200,302
  • 1981: 198,101
  • 1979: 196,228*
  • 1976: 196,121*
  • 1980: 189,250
  • 1986: 187,758
  • 1988: 184,967
  • 1973: 184,461
  • 1982: 184,297
  • 1974: 182,082*
  • 1963: 180,971*
  • 1972: 179,048
  • 1983: 163,859
  • 1978: 160,427
  • 1967: 152,781
  • 1969: 152,201*
  • 1965: 152,072*
  • 1968: 150,295
  • 1984: 142,571
  • 1961: 126,016
  • 1966: 106,669

* Includes playoffs

Top 40 attendance dates since 1961[edit]

  1. May 7, 2010 (14,098)
  2. May 24, 2010 (13,288)
  3. July 17, 1993 (13,124)
  4. May 29, 2010 (13,115)
  5. July 17, 1967 (13,082)
  6. July 25, 1967 (13,063)
  7. August 17, 1995 (12,711)
  8. July 30, 2010 (12,674)
  9. June 28, 1995 (12,659)
  10. July 4, 2015 (12,526)
  11. July 14, 2001 (12,455)
  12. June 28, 2001 (12,368)
  13. August 17, 1999 (12,344)
  14. August 22, 1972 (12,322)
  15. August 16, 1961 (12,321)
  16. August 14, 2009 (12,288)
  17. July 11, 1998 (12,255)
  18. July 23, 1994 (12,224)
  19. August 1, 2008 (12,208)
  20. July 13, 2001 (12,121)
  21. April 3, 1997 (12,112)
  22. May 29, 1994 (12,112)
  23. July 4, 2014 (12,045)
  24. July 18, 1994 (11,899)
  25. July 11, 1994 (11,679)
  26. August 20, 1994 (11,485)
  27. August 9, 1963 (11,476)
  28. August 30, 1994 (11,469)
  29. July 10, 1995 (11,455)
  30. May 9, 1970 (11,398)
  31. June 25, 2002 (11,356)
  32. June 29, 2000 (11,295)
  33. August 18, 1999 (11,228)
  34. June 22, 1999 (11,219)
  35. July 13, 1970 (11,144)
  36. June 27, 1977 (11,100)
  37. May 5, 2006 (11,012)
  38. July 16, 1981 (10,835)
  39. May 15, 1999 (10,767)
  40. June 22, 1971 (10,677)

Titles and pennants[edit]

Governors' Cup[edit]

The Chiefs have won the Governors' Cup (the IL championship) eight times, and have played in the championship series 17 times.

The Chiefs have won the International League pennant — finishing the regular season with the best record in the league — eight times.

Junior World Series[edit]

The Chiefs have played in the Junior World Series five times, winning it once, in 1970 against the Omaha Royals, 4-1.

Season standings[edit]

Regular season
champions
League
champions
Division
champions
Wild Card
berth
Season League Division Affiliate Manager Regular season Postseason
Division
finish
W L Win% GB
Original Syracuse Chiefs
1934 IL (AA) -- Boston Red Sox Andy High
Bill Sweeney
7th 60 94 .390 33.5 Did not qualify
1935 IL -- Boston Red Sox Nemo Leibold 2nd 87 67 .565 5 Won Semi-finals vs' Newark, 4–0
Won Governors Cup vs. Montreal, 4–3
1936 IL -- Boston Red Sox Nemo Leibold
Mike Kelly
7th 59 95 .383 35 Did not qualify
1937 IL -- Cincinnati Reds Mike Kelly 3rd 78 74 .513 31 Lost Semi-finals vs. Newark, 0–4
1938 IL -- Cincinnati Reds Jim Bottomley
Dick Porter
2nd 87 67 .565 18 Lost Semi-finals vs. ???, ?–?; Playoff data missing
1939 IL -- None Dick Porter 5th 81 74 .523 9 Did not qualify
1940 IL -- Pittsburgh Dick Porter 7th 71 90 .441 27 Did not qualify
1941 IL -- None Bennie Borgmann 6th 70 83 .458 29 Did not qualify
1942 IL -- Cincinnati Jewel Ens 3rd 78 74 .513 13.5 Won Semi-finals vs. Montreal, 4–1
Won Governors Cup vs. Jersey City, 4–0

Lost Junior World Series vs. Columbus, 1–4
1943 IL -- Cincinnati Jewel Ens 3rd 82 71 .536 13.5 Won Semi-finals vs' Newark 4-2
Won Governors Cup vs' Toronto 4-2

Lost Junior World Series vs' Columbus 1-4
1944 IL -- Cincinnati Jewel Ens 8th 68 84 .447 16 Did not qualify
1945 IL -- Cincinnati Jewel Ens 7th 64 89 .418 31 Did not qualify
1946 IL (AAA) -- Cincinnati Jewel Ens 2nd 81 72 .529 18.5 Won Semi-finals vs' Baltimore 4-2
Lost Governors Cup vs' Montreal 1-4
1947 IL -- Cincinnati Jewel Ens 3rd 88 65 .575 5.5 Won Semi-finals vs' Montreal 4-0
Won Governors Cup vs' Buffalo 4-3

Lost Junior World Series vs' Milwaukee 3-4
1948 IL -- Cincinnati Jewel Ens 3rd 77 73 .513 15.5 Won Semi-finals vs' Newark 4-3
Lost Governors Cup vs' Montreal 1-4
1949 IL -- Cincinnati Jewel Ens 6th 73 80 .477 16.5 Did not qualify
1950 IL -- Cincinnati Bruno Betzel 6th 74 79 .484 19 Did not qualify
1951 IL -- None Bruno Betzel 3rd 82 71 .536 12.5 Won Semi-finals vs' Rochester 4-1
Lost Governors Cup vs' Montreal 1-4
1952 IL -- None Bruno Betzel 2nd 88 66 .571 8.5 Lost Semi-finals vs' Rochester 0-4
1953 IL -- None Bruno Betzel 7th 58 95 .379 38.5 Did not qualify
1954 IL -- Philadelphia Skeeter Newsome 4th 79 76 .510 18.5 Won Semi-finals vs' Toronto 4-2
Won Governors Cup vs' Montreal 4-3

Lost Junior World Series vs' Louisville 2-4
1955 IL -- Philadelphia Skeeter Newsome 5th 74 79 .484 20.5 Did not qualify
Syracuse Chiefs (Eastern League)
1956 Eastern (A) -- Detroit Glenn McQuillen
Joe Torpey
Frank Calo
5th 62 77 .446 22.5 Did not qualify
1957 Eastern (A) -- Detroit Frank Calo 5th 56 84 .400 29 Did not qualify
(Team moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania July 13, 1957)
Current Syracuse Chiefs
1961 IL -- Minnesota Gene Verble
Frank Verdi
8th 56 98 .364 36 Did not qualify
1962 IL -- Washington
New York (NL)
Johnny Vander Meer
Frank Verdi
8th 53 101 .344 41 Did not qualify
1963 IL North Detroit Bob Swift 1st 80 70 .533 -- Lost Semi-finals vs' Indianapolis 1-4
1964 IL -- Detroit Bob Swift 2nd 88 66 .571 2.5 Won Semi-finals vs' Buffalo 4-3
Lost Governors Cup vs' Rochester 2-4
1965 IL -- Detroit Frank Carswell 4th 74 73 .503 11.5 Lost Semi-finals vs' Columbus 2-4
1966 IL -- Detroit Frank Carswell 8th 54 93 .367 29 Did not qualify
1967 IL -- New York (AL) Gary Blaylock 8th 63 77 .367 17.5 Did not qualify
1968 IL -- New York (AL) Gary Blaylock
Frank Verdi
T-5th 72 75 .490 11 Did not qualify
1969 IL -- New York (AL) Frank Verdi 3rd 75 65 .536 3.5 Won Semi-finals vs' Louisville 3-2
Won Governors Cup vs' Columbus 4-1
1970 IL -- New York (AL) Frank Verdi 1st 84 56 .600 -- Won Semi-finals vs' Tidewater 3-0
Won Governors Cup vs' Columbus 3-1
Won Junior World Series vs' Omaha 4-1
1971 IL -- New York (AL) Loren Babe 4th 73 67 .521 13 Lost Semi-finals vs' Rochester 1-3
1972 IL -- New York (AL) Frank Verdi 7th 64 80 .444 17 Did not qualify
1973 IL American New York (AL) Bobby Cox 3rd 76 70 .521 3 Did not qualify
1974 IL North New York (AL) Bobby Cox 2nd 74 70 .514 14 Won Semi-finals vs' Richmond 4-1
Lost Governors Cup vs' Rochester 3-4
1975 IL -- New York (AL) Bobby Cox 3rd 72 64 .529 11.5 Won Semi-finals vs' Rochester 3-1
Lost Governors Cup vs' Tidewater 1-3
1976 IL -- New York (AL) Bobby Cox 2nd 82 57 .590 6.5 Won Semi-finals vs' Memphis 3-0
Won Governors Cup vs' Richmond 3-1
1977 IL -- New York (AL) Pete Ward 5th 70 70 .500 10 Did not qualify
1978 IL -- Toronto Vern Benson 8th 50 90 .357 35 Did not qualify
1979 IL -- Toronto Vern Benson 2nd 77 63 .550 8.5 Won Semi-finals vs' Richmond 3-2
Lost Governors Cup vs' Columbus 3-4
1980 IL -- Toronto Harry Warner 8th 58 81 .417 24.5 Did not qualify
1981 IL -- Toronto Bob Humphreys 7th 60 80 .429 28.5 Did not qualify
1982 IL -- Toronto Jim Beauchamp 6th 64 76 .457 18.5 Did not qualify
1983 IL -- Toronto Jim Beauchamp 7th 61 78 .439 21.5 Did not qualify
1984 IL -- Toronto Jim Beauchamp 7th 58 81 .417 24 Did not qualify
1985 IL -- Toronto Doug Ault 1st 79 61 .564 -- Lost Semi-finals vs' Columbus 1-3
1986 IL -- Toronto Doug Ault 5th 72 67 .518 7.5 Did not qualify
1987 IL -- Toronto Doug Ault 6th 68 72 .486 13 Did not qualify
1988 IL West Toronto Bob Bailor 2nd 70 71 .496 7 Did not qualify
1989 IL East Toronto Bob Bailor 1st 83 62 .572 -- Lost Governors Cup vs' Richmond 1-3
1990 IL East Toronto Bob Bailor 3rd 62 83 .428 27 Did not qualify
1991 IL East Toronto Bob Bailor 3rd 73 71 .507 6.5 Did not qualify
1992 IL East Toronto Nick Leyva 4th 60 83 .420 24.5 Did not qualify
1993 IL East Toronto Nick Leyva
Bob Didier
5th 59 82 .418 15.5 Did not qualify
1994 IL East Toronto Bob Didier 2nd 71 71 .500 7 Won Semi-finals vs' Pawtucket 3-1
Lost Governors Cup vs' Richmond 0-3
1995 IL East Toronto Bob Didier
Héctor Torres
Richie Hebner
5th 59 82 .418 13.5 Did not qualify
1996 IL East Toronto Richie Hebner 4th 67 75 .472 11 Did not qualify
Syracuse Skychiefs
1997 IL East Toronto Garth Iorg 4th 55 87 .387 28.5 Did not qualify
1998 IL North Toronto Terry Bevington 2nd 80 62 .563 0.5 Lost Semi-finals vs' Buffalo 0-3
1999 IL North Toronto Pat Kelly 3rd 73 71 .507 5 Did not qualify
2000 IL North Toronto Pat Kelly
Mel Queen
Omar Malavé
4th 74 66 .529 9.5 Did not qualify
2001 IL North Toronto Omar Malavé 3rd 71 73 .493 21 Did not qualify
2002 IL North Toronto Omar Malavé 4th 64 80 .444 27 Did not qualify
2003 IL North Toronto Omar Malavé 6th 62 79 .440 19.5 Did not qualify
2004 IL North Toronto Marty Pevey T-5th 66 78 .458 17 Did not qualify
2005 IL North Toronto Marty Pevey 4th 71 73 .493 11 Did not qualify
2006 IL North Toronto Mike Basso 6th 64 79 .448 20.5 Did not qualify
Syracuse Chiefs
2007 IL North Toronto Doug Davis 5th 64 80 .444 20.5 Did not qualify
2008 IL North Toronto Doug Davis 4th 69 73 .486 18 Did not qualify
2009 IL North Washington Tim Foli 2nd 76 68 .528 6.5 Did not qualify
2010 IL North Washington Trent Jewett 2nd 76 67 .531 11 Did not qualify
2011 IL North Washington Randy Knorr 4th 66 74 .471 14 Did not qualify
2012 IL North Washington Tony Beasley 5th 70 74 .486 14 Did not qualify
2013 IL North Washington Tony Beasley 6th 66 78 .458 14.5 Did not qualify
2014 IL North Washington Billy Gardner, Jr. 1st 81 62 .566 -- Lost Semi-finals vs. Pawtucket, 0–3
2015 IL North Washington Billy Gardner, Jr. 4th 66 78 .458 15 Did not qualify
2016 IL North Washington Billy Gardner, Jr. Season in progress
Regular season
champions
League
champions
Division
champions
Wild Card
berth

All-time records[edit]

Note: One playoff series is missing from the original Syracuse Chiefs. It will be added to the records when found.

Statistic Wins Losses Win% Playoff
berths
League
championships
Original Syracuse Chiefs (1934–1955)
Regular season record 1659 1718 .491 10 5
Post-season record 62 58 .517
Regular and post-season record 1721 1776 .492
Syracuse Chiefs (Eastern League) (1956–1957)
Regular season record 118 161 .423 0 0
Current Syracuse Chiefs (1961–present)
Regular season record 3775 4083 .480 15 3
Post-season record 55 55 .500
Regular and post-season record 3830 4138 .481
All-time records (1934–55, 1956–57, 1961–present)
Regular season record 5552 5962 .482 25 8
Post-season record 117 113 .509
Regular and post-season record 5669 6075 .483

People of note[edit]

Alumni[edit]

Chien-Ming Wang pitching for the Chiefs, July 2011

Broadcasters[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

No. Player Notes
9 Hank Sauer
42 Jackie Robinson Retired throughout Baseball

Television and radio[edit]

Locally games are broadcast on the Chiefs' flagship station, WSKO "The Score" 1260 AM, and globally on SyracuseChiefs.com All games are broadcast by Eric Gallanty and Kevin Brown. In addition, all Chiefs' games are broadcast on MiLB.TV, an internet video subscription service. Select games are broadcast live on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel (TWCS) a central New York regional sports channel provided on Time Warner Cable services throughout the Central and Northern New York area. The games on TWCS are called by Brown and Steve Grilli, Syracuse Wall of Fame member and former Major Leaguer. All games against thruway rivals Rochester or Buffalo are broadcast on TWCS and fed between the cities, with the host city providing the presentation and announcers.[citation needed]

In popular culture[edit]

Writer Ken Levine based the Springfield Isotopes minor league team in The Simpsons episode Dancin' Homer on experiences as an announcer for the Syracuse Chiefs. The episode includes references to former announcer Dan Hoard and owner Anthony "Tex" Simone (named Antoine "Tex" O'Hara in the episode).

The Chiefs gained national media attention for a promotion planned for 2014's Tattoo Appreciation Night, where anyone who got a tattoo of their "C" logo would receive free tickets to Chiefs games for life.[20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Previously known as Alliance Bank Stadium (2005–2013), and P&C Stadium (1997–2005)
  2. ^ a b MiLB. (2011, November 21). "William Dutch named new Chiefs President." Accessed: September 6, 2013.
  3. ^ Kramer, Lindsey. (2013, December 20). "Billy Gardner Jr. will make Triple-A managing debut for the Syracuse Chiefs," Post-Standard. Accessed: December 21, 2013.
  4. ^ a b O'Brien, John. (2013, October 8). "Syracuse Chiefs, in deep financial hole, hire new general manager," Syracuse.com. Accessed: October 8, 2013.
  5. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, eds., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3d edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
  6. ^ "'Chiefs' Nickname Returns Full Steam Ahead". Syracuse Chiefs. December 11, 2006. Retrieved March 25, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b c d Leo, Tom. (2011, August 25). "Chiefs: Team Not for Sale," The Post Standard. Accessed: September 6, 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Staff Directory," SyracuseChiefs.com. Accessed: September 11, 2013.
  9. ^ a b c Kramer, Lindsay. (2013, November 19). "Syracuse Chiefs unveil pared down board of directors," Syracuse.com. Accessed: December 8, 2013.
  10. ^ O'Brien, John. (2013, September 30). "To escape fiscal crisis, Syracuse Chiefs' board considers offers: one for $500,000, another for $1 million," Syracuse.com. Accessed: December 8, 2013.
  11. ^ Kramer, Lindsay. (2013, November 21). "Syracuse Chiefs board president Bill Dutch on $1 million in losses: It is 'a shock to all of us'," Syracuse.com. Accessed: December 8, 2013.
  12. ^ O'Brien, John. (2013, October 1). "Syracuse Chiefs' ledger shows club going from profit to loss over past eight years," Syracuse.com. Accessed: October 2, 2013.
  13. ^ Moriarty, Rick (20 March 2016). "Chiefs ask county to cut stadium rent". The Post-Standard. p. C-4. 
  14. ^ Kramer, Lindsay. (2013, September 3). "Chiefs fans show disappointment", The Post-Standard, p.C-4.
  15. ^ "International League Attendance," MiLB.com. Accessed: 20 March 2016.
  16. ^ IMDb listing for "Almost Perfect (TV Series)"
  17. ^ IMDb listing for "Volunteers" (1985)
  18. ^ IMDb full crew for "Mannequin: On The Move"
  19. ^ "Chiefs congratulate former "Voice of the Chiefs" Jason Benetti". MiLB.com. 13 January 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  20. ^ Oz, Mike. "Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs offering free tickets for life if fans get a tattoo of team's logo". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 

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