Syracuse Mets

The Syracuse Mets are a Minor League Baseball team of the International League (IL) and the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. They are located in Syracuse, New York, and play their home games at NBT Bank Stadium which opened in 1997 and has a seating capacity of 11,071.[4] The Mets are named for their major league affiliate and owner, the New York Mets.

Throughout most of its existence, from 1934 to 1996 and again from 2007 to 2018, the team was known as the Syracuse Chiefs, while from 1997 to 2006 it was known as the Syracuse SkyChiefs. The club was rebranded as the Syracuse Mets in October 2018.[5]The team has also used temporary nicknames such as the Salt Potatoes, Devices (for the Brannock Device), and the Butter Sculptures.

Syracuse Mets
Founded in 1934
Syracuse, New York
Syracuse Mets logoSyracuse Mets Home Cap 2019
Team logoCap insignia
CurrentTriple-A (1946–1955, 1961–present)
Minor league affiliations
LeagueInternational League
DivisionNorth Division
Previous leagues
Eastern League (1956–1957)
Major league affiliations
CurrentNew York Mets (2019–present)
Washington Nationals (2009–2018)
Minor league titles
League titles (8)
  • 1935
  • 1942
  • 1943
  • 1947
  • 1954
  • 1969
  • 1970
  • 1976
Division titles (2)
  • 1989
  • 2014
Team data
NicknameSyracuse Mets (2019–present)
Previous names
  • Syracuse Chiefs (2007–2018, 1934–1996)
  • Syracuse SkyChiefs (1997–2006)
ColorsBlue, orange, white               
BallparkNBT Bank Stadium (1997–present)[1]
Previous parks
MacArthur Stadium (1934–1957, 1961–1996)
New York Mets[2]
ManagerTony DeFrancesco
General ManagerJason Smorol[3]


Syracuse Chiefs

Establishment (1934-1957)

The Syracuse Chiefs baseball team was established in 1934, when the Jersey City Skeeters moved to Syracuse and were renamed the Chiefs. The team played in the International League (IL) through 1955. They won five Governors' Cup championships during this stretch, including back-to-back championships in 1942 and 1943. The team was then 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) in 1956 and 1957, but moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania, on July 13, 1957.[6] The Chiefs played at MacArthur Stadium from 1934 to 1996, moving to new then-P&C Stadium (1997-2005) in 1997.

Restart and multiple affiliations (1961-1978)

Syracuse was without professional baseball from 1957 until 1961, when the Montreal Royals franchise was abandoned by its owners (the Los Angeles Dodgers) and relocated to Syracuse as the top affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, becoming the Syracuse Chiefs. After which, the team had affiliations with the New York Mets and Washington Senators (1962), the Detroit Tigers (1963) and the New York Yankees (1967-1977). Baseball has been played in Syracuse without interruption since the rebirth of the Chiefs in 1961.

Toronto Blue Jays (1978-2008)

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 team has had since 1936. While the Chiefs reached three Governors Cup finals during this time, many of the players who helped lead the Blue Jays to consecutive World Series titles in 1992 and 1993 passed through Syracuse. In 1994, outfielder Shawn Green hit .344 for the Chiefs, winning the International League batting title and the International League Rookie of the Year Award. The team was renamed the SkyChiefs in 1997 before reverting to simply "Chiefs" in December 2006.[7]

Washington Nationals (2008-2018)

On September 20, 2008, the Chiefs signed a two-year affiliation agreement with the Washington Nationals, ending their relationship with the Blue Jays. That first 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 win–loss record, with pitching prospect Stephen Strasburg winning two games and losing one in five appearances.

In 2011, the Chiefs, 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 drinks.

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. It did, however, clinch the Chiefs' third Thruway Cup victory; 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 draft pick Bryce Harper, later that month 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 their games against the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees at the now renamed Alliance Bank Stadium (2005-2013) due to stadium renovations at the Yankees' ballpark in Moosic, Pennsylvania. On May 7, the Chiefs unveiled a new high-definition video board in left field, replacing the board which had been in place 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.

Fireworks following Syracuse Chiefs home game, August 2016

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, former Auburn Doubledays general manager Jason Smorol became the Chiefs' GM, with Jason Horbal as 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, clinching 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.

The 2015 season saw the Chiefs finish in fourth place in the six-team IL North Division with a record of 66–78. The Chiefs' early season struggles, including an 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 team 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 23 innings with an ERA of 4.66. The team's 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 player with the most hits in 2016 was Darin Mastroianni with 114. Trea Turner, with an average of .314 in 188 at bats, including 3 home runs, 7 doubles, and 15 RBI, lead the team with the best average among those with over 100 at bats was .

The Chiefs experienced another last-place finish in the North Division in 2016 with a record of 61–82, their worst record since the 1997 season. Billy Garnder Jr. managed his third season with the team. Players such as Ryan Zimmerman and Jose Lobaton rehabbed for the Chiefs that season. Syracuse also had three all–stars that season, which included Trea Turner, Brian Goodwin, and Rafael Martin. Matt Skole also won a Gold Glove for his fielding performance at first base. The Chiefs players with the most hits in 2016 were Matt Skole and Brian Goodwin with 122 hits. Goodwin also had the highest batting average: .280 in 119 at bats, including 14 home runs, 25 doubles, and 68 RBI. The team's best pitcher by record was A.J. Cole who went 8–8 in 22 games. Sean Burnett had the team's lowest ERA among those with at least 25 innings pitched with a 2.27 mark in 40 games and a record of 0–3.

Syracuse's 2017 record of 59–87 placed them at the bottom of the division standings for the third year in a row, their worst record since 1966. Billy Gardner, Jr. managed his fourth season with the team. Trea Turner and Jayson Werth rehabbed for the Chiefs that season. Brandon Snyder led the team with 110 hits, while Irving Falu has the best batting average (.280 in 382 at bats, including 9 home runs, 19 doubles, and 44 RBI). The team's best pitcher by record was Austin Adams who went 6–2 in 44 games coming out of the bullpen. The best pitcher by ERA with more than 25 innings pitched was Wander Suero who had an ERA of 1.70 in 36 games, with a record of 3–1.

Syracuse Mets

The chief operating officer of the New York Mets, Jeff Wilpon, joined Governor Andrew Cuomo and Joanie Mahoney, Onondaga County Executive, at NBT Bank Stadium on October 11, 2017, to announce that the Mets would purchase the Chiefs from the Community Baseball Club of Central New York in early 2018. Under the deal, the Chiefs' affiliation with the Washington Nationals continued through the end of the 2018 season, with the Chiefs becoming the Mets' Triple-A affiliate beginning with the 2019 season.[8] The team was rebranded as the Syracuse Mets, adopting the New York Mets' blue, orange, and white color scheme along with new logos and uniforms on October 16, 2018.[9]

The Syracuse Mets started their 2019 inaugural season with one of the most experienced rosters in the minor leagues. Of the 25 players on the roster, 21 of them had previously played in the majors. They had combined for 7,006 total games. The Opening Day roster consisted of veteran outfielders Carlos Gómez and Rajai Davis, former Syracuse Chief Danny Espinosa, catcher René Rivera, and star outfielder Tim Tebow.[10] The Mets played their first game on April 4, against the Pawtucket Red Sox in front of an Opening Day home crowd of 8,823 fans. Syracuse took a 3–2 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, but Pawtucket tied the game in the top of the eighth. The PawSox scored three more runs in the top of the tenth, defeating the home team, 6–3.[11] The Mets' first win came in game one of a doubleheader on April 6 in which they defeated Pawtucket, 6–3 in 7 innings.[12] In that same first Mets win, with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning, Dilson Herrera hit the Syracuse Mets first home run.

On May 31, 2019, Travis Taijeron hit the first cycle in Syracuse Mets history in a 13-4 win over the PawSox. It was the first in franchise history since 1987.[13] Rubén Tejada also hit for the cycle on June 19, 2019 against the Charlotte Knights. Despite his efforts, the Mets lost 9-7.

On June 11, 2019, Robinson Cano, Brandon Nimmo, and Justin Wilson were assigned to Syracuse on rehab assignments.

At the 2019 All-star break, the Mets were 42-47, good for 5th place in the IL North Division.

Current roster

Syracuse Mets roster
Players Coaches/Other







Injury icon 2.svg 7-day injured list
* On New York Mets 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated August 19, 2019
→ More rosters: MiLB • International League
New York Mets minor league players

Corporate structure

New York Mets

In October 2017, the New York Mets, headed by Jeff Wilpon, agreed to purchase the Chiefs for approximately $18 million pending approval by team shareholders. A vote was held on November 17, 2017, in which 88 percent of shareholders voted in favor of selling the team, thus meeting the required two-thirds vote needed for approval.[14] The Mets organization assumed ownership in early 2018.[15]

Community Baseball Club, Inc.

Prior to the Mets' purchase, the franchise was owned by the Community Baseball Club of Central New York, Inc., "a community-owned club, controlled by a [13-person] board of directors,"[16][17][18] acting on behalf of approximately 4,000 shareholders, who together held 15,857 shares from 1961 to 2017.[18]

According to Dick Ryan, a former club chairman of the board and treasurer, a majority of the Community Baseball Club shares were "owned by people who own one or two shares."[16] 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 were not publicly traded. A provision in the Chief's certificate of corporation stated that "no one may vote more than 500 shares."[16] This provision was intended to make it difficult for the club to be sold and moved to another location, as happened earlier in its history.[16]


Officers of the Community Baseball Club of Central New York, Inc., included:

  • Robert F. Julian, Chairman of the Board
  • William Dutch, President
  • Jason Smorol, General Manager[3]

Among those serving on the organization's Board of Directors were Stephen A. Rogers, Chairman, Syracuse Media Group;[17] and Crandall Melvin III, "a software executive from Syracuse and the team's largest single shareholder with 502 shares."[18]

Dutch was 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 controlled the team's 13-member board.[19]


The Chiefs operated at a loss from 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.[20][21] Under general manager Jason Smorol, their losses were reduced to $241,584 in 2014, and $169,011 in 2015.[22]


Top season attendance

NBT Bank Stadium

  • 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[23]
  • 2016: 274,427
  • 2015: 262,408[24]
  • 2014: 247,046*

* Includes playoffs

MacArthur Stadium

  • 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

  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. May 30, 2018 (12,269)
  18. July 11, 1998 (12,255)
  19. July 23, 1994 (12,224)
  20. August 1, 2008 (12,208)
  21. July 13, 2001 (12,121)
  22. April 3, 1997 (12,112)
  23. May 29, 1994 (12,112)
  24. July 4, 2019 (12,063)
  25. July 4, 2014 (12,045)
  26. July 18, 1994 (11,899)
  27. July 11, 1994 (11,679)
  28. August 20, 1994 (11,485)
  29. August 9, 1963 (11,476)
  30. August 30, 1994 (11,469)
  31. July 10, 1995 (11,455)
  32. May 9, 1970 (11,398)
  33. June 25, 2002 (11,356)
  34. June 29, 2000 (11,295)
  35. August 18, 1999 (11,228)
  36. June 22, 1999 (11,219)
  37. July 13, 1970 (11,144)
  38. June 27, 1977 (11,100)
  39. May 5, 2006 (11,012)
  40. July 16, 1981 (10,835)

Titles and pennants

Syracuse Chiefs

Governors' Cup

The Chiefs won the Governors' Cup (the IL championship) 8 times, and played in the championship series 17 times.

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

Junior World Series

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

Season standings

Regular season
Wild Card
Season League Division Affiliate Manager Regular season Postseason
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 (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)
Second 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. 6th 61 82 .427 30 Did not qualify
2017 IL North Washington Billy Gardner, Jr. 6th 54 87 .383 32 Did not qualify
2018 IL North Washington Randy Knorr T-4th 64 76 .449 21 Did not qualify
Syracuse Mets
Regular season
Wild Card

All-time records

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
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
Second Syracuse Chiefs / SkyChiefs (1961–2018)
Regular season record 3954 4328 .477 15 3
Post-season record 55 55 .500
Regular and post-season record 4009 4383 .478
Syracuse Mets (2019–present)
Regular season record 0 0 .000 0 0
Post-season record 0 0 .000
Regular and post-season record 0 0 .00
All-time records (1934–55, 1956–57, 1961–present)
Regular season record 5731 6207 .480 25 8
Post-season record 117 113 .509
Regular and post-season record 5848 6320 .481

Notable people


Chien-Ming Wang pitching for the Chiefs, July 2011


Retired numbers and recognized people

No. Player Notes
Tex Simone Team founder and former GM
9 Hank Sauer
42 Jackie Robinson Retired throughout Baseball

Game broadcasts

Locally games are broadcast on the Mets' flagship radio station, WSKO "The Score" 1260 AM, and globally online via All games are broadcast by Eric Gallanty and Steve Grilli. In addition, all games are broadcast on MiLB.TV, an internet video subscription service. Select games were broadcast live on Spectrum Sports, provided on Spectrum Cable services throughout the Central and Northern New York area until Spectrum ceased operations of its sports channels in the state sometime around 2017. The games on Spectrum Sports were called by Steve Grilli, Syracuse Wall of Fame member and former major leaguer. All games against thruway rivals Rochester or Buffalo were broadcast on Spectrum Sports and fed between the cities, with the host city providing the presentation and announcers.

In popular culture

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.[27]

See also


  1. ^ Previously known as Alliance Bank Stadium (2005–2013) and P&C Stadium (1997–2005)
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Allentown Chiefs

The Allentown Chiefs were a minor league baseball team. They played in the Class A Eastern League, and started the 1957 season in Syracuse, New York. The team was purchased by the Boston Red Sox and was moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania, mid-season on July 13, 1957, and finished the season playing at Breadon Field in Whitehall Township, just north of Allentown.

The 1957 team was not affiliated with any major league team, however, the Chiefs were a longtime affiliate of the Detroit Tigers prior to the 1957 season. After finishing the season in Allentown, the team was re-designated as the Allentown Red Sox, with Boston moving their Eastern League Class A team from Albany, New York, to Allentown for the 1958 season.

A new Detroit-affiliated team in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, began operations for the 1958 Eastern League season.

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Ervin Santana

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Santana was born Johan Ramon Santana, and used that name until 2003. He changed his name to avoid having the same name as pitching star Johan Santana. According to Santana, "I just came up with Ervin... Ervin Santana, that sounds good."

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MacArthur Stadium

MacArthur Stadium was a stadium in Syracuse, New York. Opened in 1934 as Municipal Stadium, it was used primarily for baseball and was the home of Syracuse Chiefs before they moved to P&C Stadium, (now NBT Bank Stadium) in 1997. The ballpark had an initial capacity of 8,416 people; its capacity was increased to 10,006 before it was renamed in honor of General Douglas MacArthur in 1942. The stadium was razed in 1997 to provide a parking lot for the newly built P&C Stadium.

McCurdy Field

McCurdy Field, located in Frederick, Maryland, is the former home of the Frederick Hustlers, Warriors, and Frederick Keys, a class A minor league affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The current stadium structure is largely an aluminum superstructure with dual brick buildings on the sides. The field first opened in 1924. McCurdy Field was the home of the Frederick teams of the minor league baseball Blue Ridge League from 1924 to 1930.

On Monday, September 6, 1937, the Washington Redskins played their first Washington-area game following their move from Boston. Washington beat an American Legion All-Star team by a score of 50-0 before a crowd of 1,000 at McCurdy.During World War II, professional baseball teams conducted spring training in the north. The International League Syracuse Chiefs held spring training at McCurdy in 1943 and the Philadelphia Athletics also held spring training in Frederick in 1944 and 1945 and played their exhibition games at McCurdy Field.Lights were installed in 1947. In 1968, the old wooden grandstand was condemned. It was torn down in 1971, leaving just the field. Bob Marendt led an effort to renovate the park, raising $50,000 in donations, and federal and state government paid for the balance. A renovated concrete and steel park opened in 1974, with metal bleachers that sat 1,500 and clubhouse facilities to host the Babe Ruth League 13-year-old national tournament.

NBT Bank Stadium

NBT Bank Stadium is a publicly owned, 11,071-seat, minor league baseball stadium in Syracuse, New York. It is the home stadium for the Syracuse Mets Triple-A baseball team of the International League. The stadium, owned and at times operated by Onondaga County, opened on April 10, 1997, replacing the aging MacArthur Stadium which had served as home to Syracuse's professional baseball teams since 1934 and which was demolished in 1997.

Spectrum Sports (New York)

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Thruway Cup

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The I-90 Thruway Series is the name given to all the games played between the Bisons, Red Wings, and Mets. The series became official when the Bisons joined the International League in 1998 after moving from the Triple-A American Association. All teams are located in cities along the New York State toll road. Syracuse and Buffalo, which are at the furthest ends are about 150 minutes' driving time from each other, while the other cities are within 90 minutes of each other.

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In 2017, the Rochester Red Wings earned the right to keep their retired Thruway Cup trophy, making it the first time a team retired a Cup bearing no other team's name.

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