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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Walt “No Neck” Williams passes at 72

I’m a Walt, I grew up in Chicago, I really started becoming a baseball fan in 1970.  Of course he was one of my favorite players.

RIP.

Walt Davis Posted: January 28, 2016 at 05:24 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: colt .45's, indians, walt williams, white sox, yankees

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Is Dexter Fowler a better option for White Sox than Yoenis Cespedes? - Chicago Tribune

Isn’t Eaton a better defender than Fowler in centerfield?

Aside from being more affordable, Fowler seems like a better clubhouse fit than Cespedes, who already has been on four teams. Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said last October: “(Fowler) always has a smile, he’s always bouncing around the clubhouse, he’s very loose and confident in his abilities, sometimes in almost a brash way. And that’s great with our team.”

It’d be great for the Sox too. And it would allow manager Robin Ventura to play Adam Eaton in left and right, giving Melky Cabrera and Avisail Garcia time as designated hitters while decreasing Adam LaRoche’s at-bats. Before Trayce Thompson was dealt, Ventura said at the winter meetings that Eaton was amenable to a switch from center.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 21, 2016 at 10:12 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: dexter fowler, free agents, white sox, yoenis cespedes

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

White Sox to name Jason Benetti as Hawk Harrelson’s half-season replacement

Good news for anyone with ear drums and a brain:

Ken Harrelson will be working a reduced schedule. With a few exceptions, the 74-year-old announcer will be calling the Sox road games, saving him the 180-mile, round-trip grind of commuting to games at U.S. Cellular Field from his home in South Bend, Ind. Analyst Steve Stone will be back, working with Harrelson and Benetti.

That’s from the Trib article (registration), so I’ve linked to a blog post that quotes the story extensively.  Benetti has an interesting story:

The story is even more unlikely given the challenges Benetti has faced. The only child of Rob and Sue Benetti, Jason was born 10 weeks premature. After being diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a condition that primarily affects body movement and muscle coordination and often is caused by damage to the brain before or at birth, he went through three extensive surgeries that left him in casts from the waist down. Benetti spent part of first grade in a wheelchair and eventually had to wear braces on his legs.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

LOOK: White Sox giving away Chris Sale bobblehead with K-counter

We have a leader in the clubhouse for the best bobblehead giveaway of the 2016 Major League Baseball season. The Chicago White Sox are giving away these Chris Sale bobbleheads on May 7

This is pretty awesome.

Meatwad wont hit were you tell him Posted: January 12, 2016 at 01:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bobbleheads, chris sale, white sox

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

MLB Network To Air Documentary On Ken ‘The Hawk’ Harrelson

In a new documentary titled Hawk: The Colorful Life of Ken Harrelson, MLB Network will dive deep into the life of the famed player-turned-broadcaster, who is celebrating his 50th year in Major League Baseball.

Airing Thursday, July 18 at 6:00 p.m. CT, the hour-long documentary, narrated by Bob Costas, will feature Hawk telling stories of what “Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams thought of each other’s playing ability; his friendship with Mickey Mantle; meeting Hall of Fame NFL coach Vince Lombardi; and being encouraged to pursue professional golf by Jack Nicklaus,” a press release on the film states.

Hawk even explains why he never became a manager.

“I turned down three manager’s jobs and that’s the reason I turned them down: because my temper is not conducive to being a good manager at all,” he said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 30, 2015 at 10:15 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: documentaries, hawk harrelson, mlb network, white sox

White Sox, Orioles pursuing Yoenis Cespedes | MLB.com

The White Sox and Orioles have emerged as the favorites to sign Cespedes, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. The Angels, Giants and Rangers are all reportedly monitoring the situation as well.

Cespedes, 30, has been reportedly seeking a six-year deal or at least a deal worth more than $100 million after a career year in 2015. He batted .291/.328/.542 with 35 home runs and 105 RBIs in 159 games with the Tigers and Mets. CBS Sports reported last week that a reunion with the Mets is unlikely, as they had turned their sights toward a complementary fifth outfielder instead.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 30, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, orioles, white sox, yoenis cespedes

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Sports on Earth: Ten Years of Three Team Trades

The three-team trade is nothing new by any means, though it has become increasingly common in recent years. The first three-team deal on record came in 1904 when the New York Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds all teamed up for a relatively tame three-player swap.

Three-team trades tend to be a bit more complex nowadays, as was the case Wednesday when the White Sox acquired slugger Todd Frazier from the Reds. In order to do so, the White Sox sent a package of prospects to the Dodgers, who, in turn, sent a trio of their own prospects to the Reds.

This marked the 17th three-team trade in the last 10 years, with the previous 16 producing various results. In some cases, it’s become obvious which team(s) got the better deal, while others proved to be relatively even and some still remain up in the air. The following is a look at each of the 16 three-team trades over the past decade:


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Reds trade Todd Frazier to White Sox | MLB.com

The White Sox have acquired All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier from the Reds as part of a three-team deal that includes the Dodgers, according to multiple reports.

None of the three clubs has confirmed the deal.

The Reds get prospects Jose Peraza, Brandon Dixon and Scott Schebler from the Dodgers in the deal while prospects Frankie Montas, Trayce Thompson and Micah Johnson go from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 16, 2015 at 12:38 PM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, reds, trades, white sox

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Shi Davidi on Twitter: “Brett Lawrie on move again, headed from

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 09:11 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, trades, white sox

More on A’s looming Brett Lawrie deal, John Axford pickup - San Francisco Chronicle

Once the A’s reacquired Jed Lowrie last week, it was obvious Oakland would move Brett Lawrie.

And late Tuesday night, The Chronicle learned that Oakland was nearing a deal with Chicago that would send the infielder to the White Sox in exchange for two minor-leaguers. According to two sources, the teams were still unsettled on the minor-league portion of the deal.


In addition, The Chronicle learned that the A’s are close to signing free-agent reliever John Axford.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 06:54 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, trade rumors, white sox, winter meetings

Thursday, December 03, 2015

White Sox, catcher Dioner Navarro reach 1-year deal

There’s a run on backup catchers!

Switch-hitting catcher Dioner Navarro has agreed to a one-year free-agent contract with the Chicago White Sox, pending a physical, sources confirmed to ESPN on Thursday.

Alex Avila has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the White Sox, who are looking to improve a catching position that finished ninth in the AL in batting average this past season.
Navarro, who will be 32 when the 2016 season begins, is a 12-year major league veteran. He was the Toronto Blue Jays’ every-day catcher as recently as 2014, when he batted .274 with 12 home runs and 69 RBIs. Navarro, however, lost his full-time job to Russell Martin this past season in Toronto, playing in 54 games.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 03, 2015 at 02:02 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dioner navarro, white sox

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 | MLB.com

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 | MLB.com

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, January 18, 2012

Orlando Cabrera To Retire From Baseball

OH NO, EXPO!

Last season, Orlando Cabrera batted .238 with the Indians and Giants, posting a 61 OPS+. The season before that, he posted a 76 OPS+. The season before that, he posted an 85 OPS+. Orlando Cabrera has been declining, and just turned 37 years old. As a free agent, Cabrera didn’t drum up much interest, which I’m guessing is why he’s intending to hang ‘em up. Enrique Rojas:

  “Orlando Cabrera to retire from baseball, he said in Colombia radio station. Thanks for memories!”

Cabrera had a long career that’ll be difficult to forget. He debuted with the Expos in 1997, and remained there until the giant Nomar Garciaparra three-way trade in 2004. That year, with the Red Sox, Cabrera won a World Series. He wound up with the Angels, earning the unfortunate nickname “The Wizard of O.C.”, and then he wound up with the White Sox, and the A’s, and the Twins, and the Reds, and the Indians, and the Giants ... He remained a shortstop to the end, and collected 2,055 hits. He will always be remembered as a pest. An absolute pest.

Repoz Posted: January 18, 2012 at 09:06 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, athletics, expos, giants, indians, red sox, reds, twins, white sox

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