Wednesday, October 31, 2012

1990 Syracuse Chiefs

Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse in 2006. Alliance replaced MacArthur Stadium, home to the 1990 Syracuse Chiefs. (G21D Photo)
Features on each member of the 1990 Syracuse Chiefs, AAA affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Interviews (2)
1 - Webster Garrison, Every Day
Webster Garrison sometimes decided he was tired of baseball. He kept playing. And he made the majors.
2 - Tom Gilles, Seventh Tryout
Tom Gilles' major league career was short, just two games, but he got there by being convinced he should be.

1990 Syracuse Chiefs (29)
1 - Bob Bailor, Majors Return
Bob Bailor spent 11 seasons in the bigs as a player. He returned to the bigs as a coach in time for the Blue Jays' World Series runs.
2 - Derek Bell, Shut Down
Derek Bell's 11-season major league career ended poorly. His post-playing career has also gone poorly.
3 - Steve Cummings, Case of Nerves
Steve Cummings was nervous in his major league debut for the Blue Jays, but went seven innings and got the win. Only got one more win in bigs.
4 - Hector De La Cruz, Good Baseball
Hector De La Cruz' Licey Tigers played good ball in 2008 and won Carribbean title. He never saw the bigs himself.
5 - Carlos Diaz, Grief Stay
Carlos Diaz was itching to start after college. He made the majors for nine games.
6 - Rob Ducey, Big Responsibility
Rob Ducey put pressure on himself in 1997. He only was filling in for Ken Griffey Jr.
7 - Andy Dziadkowiec, Third Round
Andy Dziadkowiec was a third-rounder who played seven seasons as pro. He never made the bigs.
8 - Jim Eppard, Stay Ready
Jim Eppard stayed ready as a player, later ensured hitters were ready for the Angels as hitting coach.
9 - Jose Escobar, Long Wait
John Escobar used 'bald power' to help win a 1993 game. He couldn't use it to get himself to the majors.
10 - Webster Garrison, Credit for Hitting
Webster Garrison made the Athletics in 1996 after 13 seasons in minors. He got into five games, but got no hits.
11 - Tom Gilles, Major Leaguer
Tom Gilles played only two games in the majors, with the Blue Jays, but he got there.
12 - Mauro Gozzo, Real Test
Mauro Gozzo had fun wherever he pitched. He did in the majors for parts of six seasons.
13 - Paul Kilgus, Throw Strikes
Paul Kilgus was upbeat as a lefty going into 1991. He got two more seasons in the majors.
14 - Doug Linton, Ready to Pitch
Doug Linton was willing to do whatever it took to get back to the majors in 2003. He got there.
15 - Mike Loynd, Showing Confidence
Mike Loynd showed confidence early on with Rangers, but only appeared in two major league seasons.
16 - Rick Lysander, Multiple Returns
Rick Lysander returned to the pros twice, after career with four seasons with time in bigs.
17 - Pedro Munoz, Great Feeling
Pedro Munoz knew what a great feeling hitting a walk-off was.
18 - Stu Pederson, Walk-Off Win
Stu Pederson hit a walk-off for 1981 Cal League title. He went on to 12 seasons as pro, made the bigs once.
19 - Paul Runge, Player Development
Paul Runge turned to long career developing players, after long career as a player.
20 - Alex Sanchez, Release Point
A first-round pick, Alex Sanchez made the Blue Jays in 1989, but his stay was brief, just four games.
21 - John Shea, Serious Look
John Shea pitched well enough in 1993 to get a look at AAA. He didn't get a look at the majors.
22 - Bob Shirley, Only Thing
Bob Shirley went deep into major league debut for the win. He played in 11 seasons.
23 - Luis Sojo, Was Needed
Luis Sojo never sat back and relaxed. There was always a chance he'd be needed.
24 - Ed Sprague, Strong and Healthy
Ed Sprague got healthy, and then played in 11 major league seasons.
25 - Joe Szekely, Nothing Like It
The Braves called Joe Szekely up, then changed their mind. Szekely never got into a game, never got another call.
26 - Ozzie Virgil, Getting Hit
Ozzie Virgil paid the price of a bruise on the side to send '87 All-Star Game to extras.
27 - Steve Wapnick, Real Aggressive
Steve Wapnick moved quickly up the Blue Jays system, then made the majors with the Tigers. He got into 10 major league games.
28 - Rocket Wheeler, Lengthy Trip
Rocket Wheeler's message to his players: A trip to the majors could be quick.
29 - Mark Whiten, Hard Hitting
Mark Whiten got in the zone, hit four home runs in a 1993 game. He played in 11 major league seasons.

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