New Syracuse Chiefs GM lives here in the village

— After the Syracuse Chiefs baseball club suffered significant financial losses last year, the board of directors replaced longtime General Manager John Simone in mid-October. The ballclub’s new GM, Jason Smorol, lives in Liverpool.

Smorol, 44, and his family reside on Balsam Street here in the village.

From 2002 to 2004, Smorol served as general manager of the Auburn Doubledays. Under his leadership the Single-A team’s attendance rose at Falcon Park while it won three division titles in the New York-Penn League.

Syracuse is that much closer to The Show. It’s a Triple-A team playing in the International League, one level below the major leagues.

Smorol recently managed accounts for Hilti Inc., a construction supply manufacturer, but he previously worked for minor-league ballclubs in Watertown, Batavia and Staten Island.

Lower ticket prices

An Energizer Bunny kind of guy, the first thing Smorol did was lower the Chiefs’ ticket prices by $3 per. At an Oct. 16 home-plate press conference at NBT Bank Stadium, he also announced that all U.S. military members will receive free general admission to the ballpark. The Chiefs open the 2014 season at home on the afternoon of April 3.

“The Syracuse Chiefs said we’re going to listen to our fans,” Smorol said. “We believe in affordable family entertainment, we think this is a positive first step in reaching our goals for the new Syracuse Chiefs.”

Speaking of family, Jason and his wife, Rachel, have two daughters, Julia, 10, and Mary, 8, who attend Liverpool schools. You might see the Smorols this fall when they’re out walking their three dogs, Mr. White, Daisy and Teddy.

Death has no mercy

Last week Death and his darker shadow descended on Second Street where two young women were brutally murdered.

Of course he continued his more routine rounds as well, finally taking a stubborn nonagenarian before sneaking up on a younger man, one of our most prominent business owners.

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