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      Syracuse Chiefs rack up postseason awards, making final push for playoffs

      The Syracuse Chiefs (78-58) lead the International League North Division by 3.5 games with seven games to play in the regular season, and already took home some hardware on Tuesday.

      Currently called up to the Washington Nationals, Steven Souza Junior was named the International League Most Valuable Player, International League Rookie of the Year and a postseason All-Star. He's the first Chiefs MVP since Chad Mattola in the year 2000.

      Click here to watch our interview with Souza Jr. in June.

      Manager Billy Gardner was named International League Manager of the Year as well. It's the second time in three years Gardner won the award. Click here to watch our interview with Gardner in the month of July.

      Brandon Laird and Emmanuel Burriss both were named postseason All-Stars. Click here to watch our interview with Burriss last week, and click here to read our story on Brandon Laird earlier in the month of August.

      The Chiefs are looking to clinch their first playoffs spot since 1998, and their first division championship since 1989.