Peoria Chiefs to Auction Off Senate Seats in 2009

In keeping with the ongoing story of the Chicago political scene, the Peoria Chiefs (A) have decided to auction off "Senate Seats" this season.

Just as the United States Senate Seat vacated by President-Elect Barack Obama is viewed as the best opening in the Senate, the “Senate Seats” will be the two best seats in the house for Chiefs games.

The seats, which are located in the second row of section 108, are directly behind home plate and protected by the screen sell for $10 per game. They will be available via auction on the Chiefs website at beginning February 1. The auctions will end 24 hours prior to each home game and begin at $20. All proceeds from the “Senate Seat Auctions” will go into a pot which will be distributed at the end the season among various local charities.

“These are the two best seats in the house and a great location to experience the on-field entertainment and watch Peoria Chiefs baseball,” said Chiefs President Rocky Vonachen. “The open senate seat in Illinois is very popular and has caused quite a stir locally. We hope that our two Chiefs “Senate seats” create the same water cooler talk and allow us to help some local charities in the process.”


Might I suggest another charity event where anyone who wants to can "Pay to Play"?

That would be nice. It reminds me of something Jim Bouton said in Ball Four. He mentioned that he thought each team should let one fan play out of the stands each game.

Yeah, just like baseball fantasy camp, which, I know, some clubs do just before spring training. I have a friend who does the Rockies fantasy camp every year. They play with a few real players, and a bunch of other fantasy guys... The "pay to play" premise would be especially appropriate for Peoria, though...

I just hope that they make all the people who win the auctions wear Blagojevich wigs for the whole game.

In unrelated news, my wife has me going to Randy Hundley's fantasy camp this year. Probably the best Christmas present ever. If anybody else on this board is going let me know.


Please share your stories when you come back.

Hope you have fun.

Lucky you! Always wanted to go.

I'd be interested in your take on Hundley.

Listening to his rare color broadcasts, he seems articulate, knowledgeable, and a bit of a hard ass.

He sounds like he'd be good substrate for managing. Maybe ask him why he stayed out of it?

Do you think his son will stop by? He can show everyone how to take steroids and still suck.

Off topic and re-posted from the other thread --

Taken from MLBTradeRumors:

Per Joel Sherman, the Yankees -- "He says they'll now attempt to trade one of Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, Xavier Nady, and Nick Swisher."

Awesome news. Nady? Swisher? Matsui? Suddenly, a whole new market for OF opens up.

Buster Olney column about Teix fallout:

Lower in the column, Doug Melvin talks about inequity in the draft compensation system and then tips his hand a little, saying the Brewers had been thinking about Juan Cruz but now might not because Cruz is Type A and Mke's CC pick is probably going to fall in the 60-something pick area of the draft.

Does Cincy have the payroll to add Manny? Seems like they could probably clear a little space more space (Arroyo?) and fit him in. Besides the Dodgers, who already have four starting outfielders, all the other teams you would think would want him, Angels, Yanks, Mets have intimated their not interested.

" Gathright can play RF and be a pesky leadoff hitter -- assuming he can learn to take a pitch or two. Seriously, why am I NOT the Cubs GM?" --Brad, Twin Cities, Minn.

What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Can someone please explain to me why the Cubs seem so hot on Bradley instead of Abreu? Everything I read says the Cubs are going after Bradley, but have not expressed any interest in Abreu. What upside does Bradley have over Abreu? What am I missing here?

bradley has the tools (when healthy) to play CF/RF/LF...abreu can play RF/LF and his arm is on a noticeable decline.

no idea the "real" reason abreu isn't being looked at by the cubs, though.

Both of Gathright's arms were effed up last year. Hendry signed him with a lot of enthusiasm.

Bad arms don't stop the Cubs. Need I elaborate?

i think you might be missing the point of gathright's role on the team...and 800K vs. 10+million.

Age, personality, one player on the upswing one player in decline.

my reasoning is bradley comes at a cheaper price

then again maybe cubs are waiting for abreu market

to come down before jumping in, i would think

abreu would like to play for cubs wonder if a

2 year contarct for 25 million would work say

11 million then 14 million in 2nd year

I hope you are right because I am not a real fan of Bradley. Abreu is a much better player and I would rather have him in a Cubs uniform than Bradley.

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  • delayed until 7:20 -EST- (tarp off the field)...

    CLE/TOR in the top 18th in case you're bored. 2nd baseman r.goins pitching for TOR...hit 90mph so far. 1ip 2h 1bb 0k, 0 r/er (bb was ibb). he threw a fastball/change mix. crowd loved it. d.ross is not impressed.

    d.barney strands j.lake at 2nd in the bottom 18 for the cubs the 19th!

    -cubs game has begun-

    crunch 3 min 48 sec ago view
  • BRADSBEARD: Javier Assad was still pitching into the 6th inning, and the first batter he faced reached base on an E-4 (that was Assad's 70th and final pitch of the game). Then Leathersich relieved Assad and retired the second batter 4-3 on the first pitch of the AB (the runner at 1st base advanced to 2nd on the play), and then on an 0-1 pitch the third batter in the inning (second one faced by Leathersich) lined into an inning-ending 6-4 DP (baserunner doubled off 2nd base). When calculating GO/AO, double plays and triple plays count as only one out. 

    Arizona Phil 19 min 39 sec ago view
  • Wow. The site actually loaded without an error! Happy 4th all, and Go Cubs!

    The E-Man 1 hour 15 min ago view
  • OK -- my 4th of July resolution is to try to stay more positive. So -- 10 games to the AS break, meaning the Cubs will be in first place at the break! First time since...2008? Also, hopefully, Willson, KB and Javy learned something about Familia yesterday that they can use in the future.

    billybucks 1 hour 50 min ago view
  • Hmmm, my math might be fuzzy but if he retired 3 batters with 3 pitches, how did he get a 1/1 GO/AO ratio?

    bradsbeard 3 hours 15 min ago view
  • Pls DFA Peralta when Richard comes back. Richard 1 IP, O R, O ER, 0 BB, 2 Ks in first rehab appearance. We really need to trade for a LHRP.

    chitownmvp01 3 hours 32 min ago view
  • "The Boston Red Sox were banned from signing any international players for the next year and had five of their teenage prospects declared free agents on Friday after a Major League Baseball investigation showed they circumvented signing-bonus rules last year, a source familiar with the situation told Yahoo Sports."

    Rob Richardson 7 hours 12 min ago view
  • The thing with Heyward is its not just free agency. He is way under performing his career #s. He's making the same % of contact but his soft contact is much higher and hard contact much lower than all his previous years so there is something very specifically going on this year causing the issues. Chances are he will eventually get back to his previous #s and it's better to get the slump now and get that hot run later but I wish I knew what is different about this year. He's either just not seeing the ball as well or a swing change is causing it.

    johann 7 hours 27 min ago view
  • Only 3 pitches for Leathersich. Not much of a rehab outing.

    Thanks for the reporting Phil.

    QuietMan 7 hours 39 min ago view
  • He's the nastiest pitcher I've seen in awhile. I'm gonna give them all a mulligan on this one.

    Coghlan's strike out was more disappointing. He was fighting off a lot of pitches and not swinging at crap, and on the last pitch, he swung at stuff he was laying off, and struck out.

    And Heyward, too. I don't blame Heyward - I blame free agency. I hate it. You almost never get a valid return on the investment.

    I look forward to the day when ball players own the teams. The current economics are not sustainable.

    Old and Blue 8 hours 40 min ago view
  • Oh, I'm sure you're right. He's not 27-27 in saves for nothing. But, man, I hope they learned last night that he didn't throw a single pitch in the zone to KB, Contreras or Baez, and they all just kept swinging.

    billybucks 10 hours 48 min ago view
  • Sounds like a much better game than last night's fiasco in Flushing.

    Old and Blue 11 hours 5 min ago view
  • I'm pretty sure it looks like a sweet pitch on the way in. How many sinkers like that are there at 98 mph? I agree that they should just do a Lackey and stand their with their bat on their shoulders until he throws a strike next time, but I can see how that's hard to do.

    The bullpen, on the other hand, is a mess, and Heyward is starting to piss me off.

    Old and Blue 11 hours 6 min ago view
  • I noticed that too. He's getting to everything, but when he gets right under it on a high flyball he looks uncomfortable

    cubbies.4ever 19 hours 40 min ago view
  • Did you expect anything different?

    billybucks 20 hours 10 min ago view
  • Wow, did they blow this game. Stupid plays by the kids in the 7th -- Almora throwing to 3rd instead of 2nd to keep the DP in order (when a DP probably wins the game) and Baez throwing to 3rd (to a backpedalling KB) instead of getting the easy 2nd out at first - cost them the game. Also, Contreras almost throws the ball into RF on a nonexistent pick-off play. And Maddon, for using Peralta in the first place. Did they do a bunch of shots in the dugout before the 7th? Unbelievably bad baseball. I thought Almora had a high baseball IQ?

    billybucks 20 hours 32 min ago view