Contests, Voting and Links

Hard to believe that Peoria Chiefs baseball is six weeks away! 44 days to be exact and the countdown is on. In case you missed it we have been very busy in our Social Media endeavors. For those of you on Facebook, make sure to like our page and once there click on the promotions tab (not available on a smartphone apparently) and enter our Opening Day Experience. One lucky fan will win a Suite to our Home Opener for 12 fans along with a first pitch plus Chiefs gear and four tickets to a St. Louis Cardinals game!

Also on Facebook right now we have a poll to decide which Hot Dogs will be served at our new concession stand. And not just any hot dogs, Franx, Hot Dogs with the Worx! We have already selected the traditional Chicago Dog, but now need fans help in choosing three more. Vote once a day for your top three choices.

And if that’s not enough we are letting YOU design one of the specialty Franx. That’s right if you have an idea for a Specialty Topped Franx that you would love to see offered at the Peoria Chiefs? We’re looking for our fans creations of a ‘perfect hot dog’! Facebook (either post to our wall or private message), tweet, or email us at kendran@chiefsnet.com a description of your dog along with a picture or video to be entered into our contest. Top 3 will be entered into voting, and we will add one to our menu for the season! Get as creative as you’d like with your Specialty Topped Franx! Submissions must be made by the 26th of February.

Finally, our website is scheduled for a remake on Thursday of this week. All Midwest League sites will change over to the new MLBAM Style this week with a lot of new features and upgrades. If you want a sneak peak at the style, check out the Springfield Cardinals page as the Texas League changed over last week.

Catching up with some links:

Three young pitchers are competing for a spot in the St. Louis Cardinals rotation as Spring Training opens in Jupter, Florida.

Meanwhile the Cardinals bullpen appears set in late-inning situations with ex-Chief Jason Motte as the anchor.

Adron Chambers, the star of January’s Caravan stop in Peoria, is working on his base running and bunting.

Russ Canzler has had a busy offseason touring the AL East but has hopefully found a home with the Orioles. Canzler hit .270 with 7 homers and 54 RBI in Peoria in 2007.

Out of a job in Chicago, Tony Campana was traded by the Cubs to Arizona on Monday for two 17-year old pitchers who threw in the Dominican Summer League in 2012. Campana played in just 18 games for the Chiefs in 2009 before earning a promotion. In those 18 games he hit .283 and stole 11 bases with 14 runs scored.

The Quad Cities River Bandits have a new GM. Henry Craw was named GM late last week and holds the distinction of being the first African-American General Manager in Midwest League history and the only current African-American GM in all of MiLB. Congrats to Mr. Craw and I look forward to meeting him in April.

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