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‘Everything’s fresh’ at ABS: Chiefs anticipate electrifying 2012 season

Seth Bynum gets on base for the Chiefs during the 2011 season. He’s back this year, and he’s joined by the country’s top prospect, Bryce Harper.

Seth Bynum gets on base for the Chiefs during the 2011 season. He’s back this year, and he’s joined by the country’s top prospect, Bryce Harper. Photo by Herm Card.

— The stadium’s menu will include grilled Angus cheeseburgers, chicken tender baskets and Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. Vinny’s Pizza stand will bake cheese and pepperoni pies along with garlic rolls. The Hank Sauer Room, and ABS Party Patios and Terraces, catered by Ovations, will also feature expanded menus.

Empire Yankees

Chiefs fans have hungered for a New York Yankees connection ever since 1977, when the Bronx Bombers relocated their top farm club from Syracuse to Columbus, Ohio. The Yanks’ Triple-A affiliate is now Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but its stadium – PNC Field in Moosic, Pa. – is scheduled for a $40 million renovation. So the junior Yankees will play 10 of its 2012 “home” games at ABS, April 14-15, June 14-17, and July 14-15.

On those dates, CNY Yankees fans can root for future stars like pitchers Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances and infielder Ramiro Pena. There’s even a chance that Yankee superstar lefty Andy Pettitte could make a start or two here in April.

The Empire State Yankees will also play 37 home games at Rochester’s Frontier Field, 10 games at Coca Cola Field in Buffalo and seven games at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia.

The 2012 Chiefs

Syracuse’s real home team, the Chiefs, will be managed by 46-year-old Tony Beasley, who led the Double-A Harrisburg Senators into the Eastern League playoffs last season. Beasley also spent four seasons in the National League as third-base coach for both the Pirates and the Nationals.

Beasley was named Double-A Manager of the Year in 2004, and now boasts a minor-league managerial record of 452-320 after six seasons.

Perhaps more importantly, the first-year Syracuse skipper has already developed a solid relationship with Harper after managing the phenom both at Harrisburg and in the Arizona Fall League.

New Chiefs hitting coach Troy Gingrich will spend untold hours in the cage with Harper while third-year pitching coach Greg Booker oversees the hurlers.

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