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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Alex Avila lands with Chicago White Sox

Thanksgiving dinner at the Avilas just got awkward.

Alex Avila is leaving town, but he isn’t traveling far.

The longtime Detroit Tigers catcher this morning signed a one-year deal with the division-rival Chicago White Sox. The deal, according to the Sox, is worth $2.5 million.

Avila, 28, is the oldest son of Tigers general manager Al Avila. He spent seven seasons with the Tigers, hitting .242 with 66 home runs.

He served as the starting catcher for the better part of six seasons, until losing his job this season to rookie catcher James McCann.

Avila’s career year came in 2011, when he was an All-Star and won the American League Silver Slugger at catcher, hitting .295 with 19 home runs and 82 RBIs.

In the seasons since, his offense has declined—he hit .191 with 2015.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 25, 2015 at 12:54 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: alex avila, tigers, white sox

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Adam Engel named Arizona Fall League MVP |

Adam Engel gets some attention in the AFL.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2015 at 07:23 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: adam engel, afl, white sox

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Jason Heyward likely to land monster contract | FOX Sports

How does Heyward not end up in Yankees Stadium?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jason heyward, white sox, yankees

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Offseason plotting for Cubs and White Sox picks up steam at GM meetings - Chicago Tribune

The White Sox have a lot of work to do.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2015 at 07:15 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, white sox

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Mark Buehrle to throw two innings on Sunday, then retire

Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle will pitch two innings on Sunday, then retire. He is not expected to be included on the Blue Jays’ post-season roster.

Two more innings would bring Buehrle to 200 innings for a 15th consecutive season. The 36-year-old has vastly outpaced the competition in this category, as his closest competitor since 2001 is James Shields, with nine 200-inning seasons.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 04, 2015 at 03:06 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, mark buehrle, marlins, retirement, white sox

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Chris Sale sets franchise strikeout record in White Sox win over Tigers | Chicago Sun-Times

Ed Walsh’s record for strikeouts stood for 107 years. It finally came down Friday night.

White Sox strikeout whiz Chris Sale did the honor by striking out Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann in the second inning of a 2-1 victory. Sale’s third of the night and the one that passed Walsh’s mark of 269 set in 1908.

McCann took a called strike on back-door slider on the outside corner from Sale, who received a standing ovation from a paid crowd of 18,030 before finishing with seven strikeouts over seven-plus innings and a record 274 for the season.

“It’s awesome, something that hasn’t set in yet but I know what it means, I know what it is, I’m very thankful for it and appreciative of it,’’ Sale said.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2015 at 09:47 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Friday, September 25, 2015

Chris Sale suffers a rare misstep against the Yankees

Baseball is awesome.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2015 at 07:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox, yankees

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Biggest offseason questions |

Dan O’Dowd asks some tough questions.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 02:05 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, free agency, giants, mariners, mets, orioles, white sox

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A’s tag Samardzija for 10 runs, trounce White Sox | Chicago Sun-Times

This is not the way to pitch for a big free agent payday.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff samardzija, white sox

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Facing Chris Sale of Chicago White Sox is a complete nightmare

“He’s that guy who, [when] you see he’s pitching, all of a sudden your hamstring gets tight or something,” Minnesota’s Brian Dozier says of Sale. “You don’t know if you can make it that game.”

“I try to save up any sick days or off days I have, and use them when he’s starting,” says Cleveland’s Jason Kipnis. “I’ve timed it up perfectly, I think, since 2013. If I had an off day coming up, I’d push it back a week until we were playing the White Sox and use it on him. I play dodgeball with him. You know that old thing: ‘How’s your back?’ ‘Hmmm, it’s tight today—the weather must be getting to me.’ Or it’s the old Rodney Dangerfield thing: ‘Wait. My arm. Yeah, it’s my arm.’ That’s how I feel when I know he’s pitching.”

“Go ask every hitter who the top five pitchers in baseball are, and I guarantee every one of them will mention him,” Philadelphia’s Jeff Francoeur says of Sale. “If they don’t, it means they never faced him.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2015 at 09:09 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Monday, August 17, 2015

Sale Strikes Out 15 as White Sox Beat Cubs 3-1 - The New York Times

It’s like a little league game.

Sale matched a career high with 15 strikeouts while pitching seven scoreless innings, and the White Sox snapped the crosstown Cubs’ nine-game win streak with a 3-1 victory on Sunday.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 17, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, cubs, white sox

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Kyle Schwarber avoids beer can, delivers big hit for Chicago Cubs - Chicago Cubs Blog - ESPN

Somebody picked a weird time to give up drinking.

Schwarber got a taste—almost literally—of the Cubs/Sox rivalry when a fan threw a beer can at him during the Cubs’ 6-3 win on Saturday, their ninth consecutive victory.

“A tallboy,” Schwarber said, laughing afterwards. “And it wasn’t even drunk all the way.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2015 at 10:01 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber, white sox

Thursday, August 13, 2015

David Robertson pans ‘bush league’ Mike Scioscia for standing in way

Icing the closer?

Shortstop Erick Aybar struck out to lead off the ninth against Robertson. The ball was in the dirt, so White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers reached out to tag Aybar on the leg, with plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth making an out signal. Abyar kept on running to first base, though, with Flowers not making a throw after Culbreth made his out call.

Scioscia argued, ultimately challenging the ruling via replay. White Sox manager Robin Ventura questioned why there should even be a replay since an out signal was made.

Umpires reviewed the play and upheld their original call that Aybar was tagged out by Flowers. Scioscia, though, came back out to the home plate area to get an explanation. By rule, managers are not allowed to argue a replay decision, but Culbreth gave Scioscia the courtesy of explaining the decision.

Robertson, however, didn’t care for the delay as he waited on the mound to pitch.

“I felt that Scioscia was very bush league, coming out there and standing in front of home plate after the play had already been reviewed,” Robertson said. “I felt like once it has been reviewed, it has been reviewed on film and he’s called out, there’s no reason for you to come back out and argue the call. I guess that’s just the way he is. It kind of changed the whole momentum in the ninth.”

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Rays clobber Chris Sale, hand White Sox fifth loss in last six

A human Chris Sale won’t get the White Sox into the Wild Card game.

So what’s wrong with Sale, the AL strikeout leader who was 6-3 with a 1.76 ERA over 12 starts before this recent run of three losses in four starts?

“I don’t know,’’ Flowers said. “For a couple innings there he was locked in — command, executing pitches, then the next inning a couple mistakes where they took advantage, walking guys, pretty uncharacteristic of him. I’m not entirely sure, I didn’t see anything different aside from just missing spots.

“We all just expect him being an ace and how talented he is to just dominate every time and the reality is he’s human.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 06:22 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Friday, July 31, 2015

Former Tigers pitcher Billy Pierce dies at 88

Billy Pierce, a seven-time All-Star pitcher who played in two World Series and retired after spending most of his 18 years in the majors with the Chicago White Sox, has died at the age of 88.

His family and the White Sox said Pierce died today, after a battle with gall bladder cancer.

RIP Billy. Led the league in ERA once and in complete games 3 times.  And 2 WS victories

A friend of mine at Princeton remembered him as a color man for the Chisox. He claimed he introduced himself as “Billy Pierth”

Monday, July 20, 2015

Rieper: White Sox announcer Ed Farmer is not a fan of the Royals

Is Farmer’s goal to make Harrelson look sympathetic by comparison?

Years later, Cowens, as a member of the Tigers, would face Farmer, then with the White Sox. Cowens had not forgotten about what had happened. On a routine grounder, Cowens ran straight for the pitchers mound. Cowens landed a few punches, even ripping Farmer’s nostrils in a bench-clearing brawl. The brawl was so violent, it led to charges being filed, potentially preventing Cowens from returning to Chicago until Farmer agreed to drop the charges in exchange for an apology. But perhaps that is the kind of violence Farmer is looking for to enforce the “no fun” rules of baseball

JE (Jason) Posted: July 20, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: announcer, announcing, royals, white sox

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Robin Ventura’s faith in White Sox is being rewarded - Chicago Tribune

The White Sox haven’t given up yet.

“They just go out and pitch well,” Ventura said. “I don’t know what they’re expecting when they go out there, but they know their room for error might be a little (slim). But they’re continuing to battle. With what (Samardjiza) did (Thursday) and what the kid ( Rodon) did (Friday) … I think it’s great for him to come and pitch in this environment and do what he did.”

Sale has been so brilliant of late that allowing one run while striking out 10 on Saturday was almost expected. With Sox fans louder at Wrigley than they are at the Cell, Sale admitted he was more “hyped” than usual.

“Yeah, man, it’s a rivalry,” he said. “You’re talking about two teams in the same city. It’s hard not to have fun. You get up a little bit for it. It’s fun. Good atmosphere, sold-out crowd …”

Now the Sox can head into the All-Star break on a high note before a key four-game series against the Royals begins Friday. Hard to believe it was only two weeks ago that Williams went into Ventura’s office in Detroit and asked a simple question.

“I asked him ‘Do you still have faith in these guys?’ ” Williams said. “And he said ‘Yeah, I’ll let you know when they stop believing in themselves and playing hard.’ “

Keeping the faith is all that really matters.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2015 at 09:19 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Sale fans 6 in complete-game win over Jays |

He only struck out six but he finished the game with 108 pitches and a win.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 07:24 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Friday, July 03, 2015

No Chicago White Sox front office rift

So there’s a rift in the White Sox front office ...

Walt Davis Posted: July 03, 2015 at 10:04 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: kenny williams, rick hahn, white sox

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

How to throw a no-hitter and lose by 4 runs

Those early 90s Yanks were something else.

Poor Jim Leyritz was in left field. Leyritz is not, was not, and never would be, a leftfielder. Injuries and general incompetence had forced the Yankees to experiment, and they were in the Diet Coke and Mentos phase of the experiment. It was Leyritz’s fourth game in the outfield in the majors, and he had just 55 chances in the outfield in the minors. He was a 26-year-old rookie with the kind of athleticism you would expect from someone who wasn’t drafted. He would become a postseason hero for the Yankees, but in 1990, he was the wrong outfielder at the worst time.

Also, it feels like every paragraph here should start with, “Remembering that the wind was awful,” before each and every thought is presented. And to be fair to Leyritz, he made a sliding catch on the first play of the game, a tough play made tougher by the tornado above the stadium. If he had muffed it, no one would have been surprised or upset. He made that play, and his reward was that he set himself up as one of the goats later….

Look at everything that goes wrong before it almost goes right. Tentative steps in the wrong direction. A dangerous crossover step to change directions. Unsure dancing and backpedaling. Then, just as he almost squares up, someone hits the eject button on Leyritz’s ID, and he’s transported to a different dimension.

It’s the magical confluence of different forces: a fielder who understandably played the ball as if he had about three hours of experience in the outfield, a no-hitter that’s still going because of an error and two walks, a pitcher who was almost unemployed three weeks earlier and the wind. That damned wind.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 01, 2015 at 07:29 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: andy hawkins, no-hitters, white sox, yankees

Sale away: Ace’s road show ties Pedro |

There are a lot of things wrong with the White Sox this year but Chris Sale isn’t one of them.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Maybe It’s Time To Blow Up the White Sox | FanGraphs Baseball

Dave Cameron wants the White Sox to blow up the team.

Yes, trading the only good players the team has would likely be a huge blow to the team’s revenues, and if you take those guys off this team, you’re left with an unwatchable product in the short-term. But in each case, it’s likely that the White Sox stars are currently at their peak value, and it’s hard to imagine there will ever be another time where the team will have as much leverage as a seller as they would this July. And these are the kinds of pieces that you don’t just have to move for future prospects; if you’re trading Chris Sale or Jose Abreu, you can demand the kinds of young big league talent that the team is desperately lacking.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2015 at 01:55 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Sale ties mark with 12-plus K’s in 5th straight |

The White Sox have some problems but Chris Sale isn’t one of them.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Monday, June 15, 2015

Chris Sale dominant again with 12 K’s, but Rays win to complete sweep

At the least, some fine company.

Sale was the third pitcher since data is available to strike out 12 in four consecutive starts. Martinez did it in 2001 (he had a streak of five in ’99) to go with a four-game streak in 1997. Randy Johnson strung together five straight of 12 or more in 1998. This was Sale’s 24th game with 10 or more, in 97 starts.

“The maturity of Chris Sale from this year to last year is going through the roof, just on and off the field,” Parent said. “It seems like he has really matured to that next level, almost superstar-type guys.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2015 at 06:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

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