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Soup's on for Knorr at Chiefs Hot Stove dinner

Tickets for Hot Stove dinner cost $55 for adults and $25 for children ages 12 and younger, or $500 for a table of 10. Fans can purchase tickets at the Chiefs ticket office at Alliance Bank Stadium or by calling 474-7833.

The Chiefs start the season April 7 in Buffalo before playing their home opener at 2 p.m. April 13, against the Pawtucket Red Sox at ABS.

Journeyman backstop

Even though he was unspectacular as a player (the California native caught for five different big-league teams: Toronto, Houston, Florida, Texas and Montreal. hitting .226 in 676 at bats with 24 HR and 88 RBI), Knorr earned two World Series rings after the Toronto Blue Jays went all the way in 1992 and 1993.

This season will be Knorr's sixth as a manager in the Nationals organization. After starting his managerial career in 2005 at Savannah, Knorr took the helm for three seasons at Potomac, winning the Carolina League Championship in 2008.

He spent part of 2006 and all of 2009 in the show as the Nationals bullpen coach. Last year, Knorr helmed the Eastern league Harrisburg Senators to a respectable second-place finish in the EL's Western Division with a record of 77-65. He's now 318-306 as a minor-league manager.

Although he became a Canadian citizen in 2004, Randy and his wife Kimberly live in Tampa, Fla. during the off-season.

'Carnival' Barker's back!

Too bad he won't be at the Hot Stove deal, but it's good news that slugger Kevin "Carnival" Barker will be back with the Chiefs this season. He'll turn 36 in July, but there are surely a couple dozen home runs left in his big bat.

The outspoken first baseman has clubbed 248 round-trippers in 14 minor-league seasons, and another six during cups of coffee in Milwaukee and Toronto. The 6-foot-3 lefty made a few other National League appearances for San Diego and Cincinnati.

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