STOVE SET FOR JANUARY 27
Syracuse SkyChiefs have announced that the club will host its
44th Annual Hot Stove Event on Thursday, January 27 from 6-8 PM
at the Holiday Inn Syracuse/Liverpool on Electronics Parkway.
Anton French will head this year's list of special guests. French,
who joined the Toronto organization in June, agreed to a minor
league contract with the Blue Jays this off-season. The SkyChiefs
were 21-17 last season after French joined the club on July 30.
led the 2004 SkyChiefs with 15 stolen bases despite appearing
in just 36 games. The former International League All-Star hit
.349 with 7 HR and 23 RBI as a member of the SkyChiefs. French
combined to steal 44 bases in his three stops in 2004.
SkyChiefs Manager Marty Pevey will join French at the head table,
as will Blue Jays Assistant General Manager Tim McCleary former
Montreal Expos Manager and General Manager Jim Fanning, and new
Auburn Doubledays Coach Tom Signore. Pevey, who guided the SkyChiefs
to a 66-78 record in his first season as triple-A manager, also
attended last year's event.
43, has managed and coached in the Blue Jays organization since
1996. In 2003, he led the Double-A New Haven Ravens to a 79-63
record and a berth in the Eastern League Finals. His overall record
as a manager is 495-487 in 7 years.
Hot Stove will begin at 6 PM with the start of the annual silent
auction featuring sports memorabilia from around the country as
well as SkyChiefs "experiences", including batting practice
on the field and lunch with the coaching staff. Net proceeds from
the silent auction will go to benefit a local charity.
Hot Stove will also include a brief program beginning at approximately
7 PM. The SkyChiefs will also announce the winners of the Tom
Higgins Bull Pen Chief Award, presented annually to a community
leader who has provided exemplary support for professional baseball
in Syracuse, and the Jake Meyers Great Guy Award, which annually
goes to an individual who devotes a good deal of his or her time
to further enhance Syracuse SkyChiefs baseball in Central New
to the event is only $5 for adults and free to children 12 years
of age and under. For ticket information, contact the SkyChiefs
office during normal business hours at (315) 474-7833. Tickets
are available through the SkyChiefs at P&C Stadium or at the
door the night of the event.