Syracuse Chiefs ready to start the 2013 season

Itâ??s time to start swinging for the fences because baseball season is right around the corner. The Syracuse Chiefs will travel down to Lehigh Valley to take on the IronPigs on Thursday to kick off their 2013 campaign.

Even though it does not seem like baseball season here in Central New York because of all the snow, the Chiefs remain excited about the upcoming season.

â??Usually they are mowing the grass at this time,â?? said right-handed reliever Ryan Tatusko. â??But weâ??re wondering if weâ??re going to have to pick up some shovels.â??

Newly renamed, NBT Stadium will play host for the IronPigs next Friday (April 12) for the first home game of the season for Syracuse, whether it be snow or shine.

Syracuse hopes to start their season with a knockout punch, just like their major league affiliate: the Washington Nationals.

The Chiefs opening day roster features 16 former MLB players and seven players on the Washington Nationalsâ?? 40-man roster. The squad is also returning 12 players from last yearâ??s promising team.

Second year manager, Tony Beasley, is excited about the upcoming season and his roster, but not the current weather.

â??It got dark about 15 miles from Syracuse,â?? said Beasley. â??Fifteen miles, itâ??s a different world.â??

Beasley mentioned that any one of his players could start for him on any given night. This provides a great amount of depth and a level of confidence for the coaching staff.

Also, Beasley realizes that he is trying to get players ready for the major leagues. Nationals genereal manager Mike Rizzo can pull up players at any time and it is Beasleyâ??s responsibility to make sure that his squad is always ready.

The weather might be trying to hold back the Chiefs, but it will take much more to slow down this experienced roster as they prepare for their season opener and the long campaign ahead.