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Monday, October 10, 2016

OTP 2016 Oct 10: Sox fan Obama ‘pleased to see the Chicago Cubs play so well’

I asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest about Obama and the Cubs at the Wednesday briefing. Obama is a die-hard Sox fan. Less known: He has a mixed marriage. Michelle grew up on the Cubs.

“Well, the president is a loyal Chicago White Sox fan,” replied Earnest, taking a sip from his Kansas City Royals cup.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: October 10, 2016 at 07:47 AM | 1758 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago, cubs, politics, white sox

Sunday, October 02, 2016

White Sox expected to replace Robin Ventura with Rick Renteria | Chicago Sun-Times

I guess Ventura isn’t going to last after all.

Ventura is also respected by players and the organization as a sound baseball man and steady leader. The players competed hard to the end despite being out of contention for all of September. In Ventura’s defense, he managed teams his last four years that were too thin on talent and depth beneath a solid core.

Perhaps Renteria can do better, although the direction the Sox will take this offseason — rebuild, go for it or somewhere in between — is not yet known.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2016 at 08:32 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, rick renteria, robin ventura, white sox

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

White Sox will retain Robin Ventura if he wants to return: report - Chicago Tribune

Has he really earned a new contract?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2016 at 02:53 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, robin ventura, white sox

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Jerry Reinsdorf, who has always preferred baseball, is entering the Basketball Hall of Fame

Jerry Reinsdorf will be enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday. At first glance, his résumé looks unassailable. Reinsdorf won six titles as the owner of the Chicago Bulls, and became the third owner ever to win a championship in two of the four major American sports when the White Sox won the World Series in 2005.

Yet with his induction into the Hall of Fame, Reinsdorf has achieved his most striking accomplishment yet: reaching basketball’s highest honor despite being far more passionate about a different sport. He’s even pictured holding the World Series trophy in the Hall of Fame’s promotional package.

Reinsdorf purchased the White Sox in 1981 shortly after cashing out on his real estate investment company. He bought the Bulls four years later for only $16 million, and his timing couldn’t have been better. The Bulls drafted a rookie guard named Michael Jordan the year before, and the rest is history.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 10, 2016 at 12:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry reinsdorf, white sox

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Heyman: White Sox Have Little Interesting in Moving Sale or Quintana

Their 80-year-old owner wants to win now.

Does this mean the Sox will remain “mired in mediocrity” (as Rick Hahn put it) as long as Reinsdorf is around?

Dag Nabbit at Posted: September 01, 2016 at 11:27 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

Friday, August 26, 2016

White Sox GM Rick Hahn says talk of trade-deadline discord ‘simply untrue’

A pair of recent media reports suggested Hahn trade-deadline strategy clashed with that of executive vice president Ken Williams and Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, with Hahn favoring a rebuild. Those reports from Chicago radio and TV host David Kaplan and MLB reporter Jon Heyman again fueled the frequent speculation about how the front-office dynamic works between Hahn and Williams.

Hahn said the talk was “tired news and repetitive and there’s nothing there” and stressed there is “an open dialogue and exchange of ideas” between the trio before decisions are made as a group.

“The frustrating thing is it seems like every few months we need to have this same conversation,” Hahn said, noting he has been with the Sox for 16 years. “I have no idea where an unnamed, random report of any discord at the deadline came from. It’s simply untrue. There was no trade or direction vetoed, so to speak, at the deadline. We are of a similar mindset as to how best to proceed.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 26, 2016 at 10:54 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: rick hahn, white sox

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

U.S. Cellular Field Changing Name To Guaranteed Rate Field

Yuck.  It’ll always be The Cell to me.

U.S. Cellular Field will change its name to Guaranteed Rate Field, the White Sox announced Wednesday afternoon.

The White Sox and Guaranteed Rate, a national mortgage lender, have signed 13-year naming rights deal, according to the Sox. But the name could last even longer — the Sox have an option of extending the deal past 2030.

Worst new stadium name?  It’s up there.

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: August 24, 2016 at 07:59 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: dumb, naming rights, the cell, white sox, why

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Did Chicago White Sox steal Cleveland Indians’ signs? It happens in baseball |

A sign of the times.

Manager Terry Francona, when told of the speculation, said, “If it’s on the Internet, you know if has to be true. I think a lot of that goes on – more than people realize. Just because it gets written about doesn’t mean you react all of a sudden.

“We watch for that stuff all the time. Teams watch us. We watch them. It’s common. Some teams are better at it than others.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2016 at 07:26 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, white sox

Monday, August 01, 2016

Heyman - Rangers Dodgers And Red Sox In Mysterious Chris Sale Derby

Could the Yankees jump in on Sale?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 08:59 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, trade rumors, white sox, yankees

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Chris Sale talks about White Sox suspension |

I’m sorry. Where was the apology? FYI, Chris all those silly promotions help pay your salary. Grow up.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 08:37 AM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Monday, July 25, 2016

White Sox problems always more interesting than other teams’ problems - Chicago Tribune

When will baseball ban scissors from locker room? Haven’t uniforms suffered enough? Of course, had the White Sox only used breathable cotton, this tragedy could have been averted.

Sale’s crazy plan to get out of wearing the throwbacks reminded some of the “Seinfeld” episode in which George Costanza tied the Yankees’ World Series trophy to the back of his car and dragged it around in an effort to be fired by owner George Steinbrenner.

“I fear no reprisals,” Costanza shouted into a megaphone.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 08:44 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Texas Rangers: Rangers, Chicago White Sox appear to be circling one another in trade dance | SportsDay

I can’t see the White Sox dealing Sale. That said, every player should be available in the “right deal”.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 08:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, trade rumors, white sox

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Chris Sale gets 12th victory in White Sox win |

But what is his FIP?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Rick Hahn: Not ‘in anybody’s best interest for me to comment’ on Ventura, others’ status | CSN Chicago

“I don’t think it’s in anybody’s best interest for me to comment on the status of anybody in uniform — coach, manager, player — other than to say that on any given night, we’re doing everything in our power to support the group that’s here and to try to put them in the best position to win,” Hahn said. “That’s where everybody’s focus is. It’s not on the future or outside distractions or answering questions out the status of anybody within the organization. We’re trying to get this group in the best position to win tonight. It’s the only thing we can control right now and that’s where our focus is.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2016 at 08:28 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: rick hahn, robin ventura, white sox

Friday, June 10, 2016

White Sox call up Anderson, designate Rollins for assignment - Yahoo Sports

The Chicago White Sox have called up top prospect Tim Anderson and designated struggling veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins for assignment.

The White Sox purchased Anderson’s contract from Triple-A Charlotte on Friday, hoping the shortstop can help jolt a team that has gone from leading the AL Central with a 23-10 record to fourth with a 30-30 record entering this weekend’s series against Kansas City.

The 22-year-old Anderson batted .304 with four home runs and 20 RBIs in 55 games with Charlotte.

Rollins, the 2007 NL MVP, hit .221 in 41 games after signing in late February.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 02:01 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: jimmy rollins, tim anderson, white sox

White Sox sign Justin Morneau to contract for rest of 2016

The Chicago White Sox have signed former Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, the 2006 American league MVP, to a contract that will pay him $1 million for the rest of the season.

Morneau is being placed on the 15-day disabled list as he continues to recover from an elbow injury.

The news was first reported by CSN Chicago. Here is the website’s report.

During his 11 years with the Twins, Morneau hit 15 home runs in 64 games at U.S. Cellular Field along with a ,271 average at the Chicago ballpark.

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said he anticipates Morneau starting in the minors on a rehab assignment and being able to join the White Sox ion mid-to-late July.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 10, 2016 at 08:43 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: justin morneau, white sox

Thursday, June 09, 2016

White Sox Designate Mat Latos For Assignment

The White Sox have designated right-hander Mat Latos for assignment, according to Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago (Twitter link). Hayes tweets that Latos’ roster spot will go to 2013 second-round pick Tyler Danish — a 21-year-old right-hander with a 4.42 ERA, 5.6 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 in 75 1/3 innings (12 starts) for Double-A Birmingham this season.

Latos, 28, has been in the Chicago rotation since Opening Day after signing a one-year, $3MM contract this offseason. However, after a brilliant start to his 2016 campaign, he’s fallen into a prolonged slump, thus prompting today’s DFA. Over his first four starts to the season, Latos worked to a pristine 0.74 ERA in 24 1/3 innings. That production, though, was propped up by a clearly unsustainable .167 BABIP and 97 percent strand rate. Beyond that, Latos was sporting a meager 13-to-7 K/BB ratio through that four start run while displaying the lowest average fastball velocity of his career.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 09, 2016 at 03:48 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mat latos, white sox

Five things we learned Wednesday: James Shields flops for White Sox - SweetSpot- ESPN

Shields’ first game in Chicago was not good. Not exactly a surprise.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 07:07 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: james shields, white sox

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

There won’t be any winners in the James Shields trade | New York Post

Joel Sherman isn’t optimistic.

Shields is an innings eater, a pro and a righty – all of which were attractive because the White Sox rotation leans left and is weak at the bottom. But Shields’ indicators are that he is going the wrong way: his walk and homer rates are up and his strikeout rate is down. Even working home games in pitcher-friendly Petco Park the past two years have not made his overall numbers attractive, and his road numbers are revealing: 4.65 ERA/.442 opponents’ slugging percentage. Revealing because he is returning to a DH league and will play home games in the more hitter-benefiting US Cellular Field.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2016 at 09:02 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: james shields, padres, white sox

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Padres trade James Shields to White Sox

In their most public admission of a rebuild to date, the Padres on Saturday traded right-hander James Shields and cash to the Chicago White Sox for minor league right-hander Erik Johnson and infield prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. San Diego has agreed to pay a little more than half of the $58 million left on Shields’ contract.

Baseball America’s take on the deal. This is what they said about Tatis:

The White Sox signed Tatis as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic last July 2 for $700,000. Though a shortstop currently, the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder is expected to transition to third base or the outfield as he grows, particularly to take advantage of his strong throwing arm, which is largely considered his best tool. The son of 11-year major league veteran Fernando Tatis, the younger Tatis has not seen any game action yet in his young career. BA did not rank him as one of the top 30 international prospects in 2015 or one of the White Sox top 30 prospects before this season. Tatis is the third Latin American shortstop age 20 or younger the Padres have acquired in as many years, following Jose Rondon (in 2014) and Javier Guerra (in 2015).

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2016 at 08:50 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: james shields, padres, trades, white sox

Monday, May 30, 2016

Royals rally to top White Sox for series sweep |

Champions doing champion things.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2016 at 10:05 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, white sox

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Royals rally for 7-run 9th to beat White Sox |

“It ain’t over till it’s over.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2016 at 08:25 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, white sox

Padres discussing potential James Shields trade with White Sox |

The Padres are discussing a potential trade of right-hander James Shields with the Chicago White Sox, and it appears those talks have significant momentum, sources familiar with the discussions said Saturday.

It is unclear if a deal is imminent, but one source described the discussions as having “energy” at this current stage. While Shields has pitched well this season, posting a 3.06 ERA through 10 starts, the Padres are 10 games under .500 after Saturday night’s 8-7 loss to Arizona and would like to move some of their pricier contracts.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2016 at 07:41 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: james shields, padres, white sox

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Epic fall: Royals score seven in ninth to stun White Sox

Tough loss to Omaha, I mean, the Kansas City Royals.

It came the day after the bullpen blew a three-run lead to start a nine-game road trip. It was the Sox’ fifth loss in a row and 13th in their last 17 games and it left more than a couple players sitting at their lockers in stunned silence, a scene more common in late August or September than late May.

“When they won, I was like, ‘This is true?’ I can’t believe it,’’ Sox left fielder and former Royal Melky Cabrera said. “I just can’t believe it.”

Nor could a Sox fan base that saw its team storm to a 23-10 start and six-game lead in the American League Central. As the Cleveland Indians, who took three of four from the Sox at U.S. Cellular Field to start the week, won in Baltimore to knock the Sox out of first for the first time since April 22, “fire Robin Ventura” petitions were circulating on the Internet.

“You get to that ninth, and the way games have been going, you go to the guy to close it out, because we haven’t been able to get to him,’’ said Ventura, noting Robertson’s light workload of four appearances in the last 18 days and his first in five days. “There’s no time clock. If you can’t close it out, that’s what happens. And today we couldn’t close it out.’’

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 28, 2016 at 10:57 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: comebacks, royals, white sox

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Poz: Switch Your Style Up

Just one game (perhaps one inning) to shrug off ... or a sign of what’s to come?

The results have been striking. Batters are not swinging and missing Sale’s pitches in the same way — his swing and miss rate is all the way down to 9.2 percent. Hitters are not chasing his pitches out of the strike zone like they did. And even when they do chase, they’re connecting a lot more often. For the first time in his career, Sale is not striking out at least one batter per inning.

And the overall result? Well, for the first nine starts of the year, Sale was impossibly efficient. He started the year 9-0, completed three of those games (he threw a 99-pitch complete game) and posted a 1.58 ERA. The league was hitting .163 against him.

In the 10th game against Cleveland, though, he only lasted 3 1/3 innings and gave up seven hits and six earned runs. Cleveland went 7-for-17, a .411 average if you are scoring at home.

Of course, every pitcher will have a bad game now and again, and that might be the only thing that happened Tuesday. But here’s the question: Was Sale’s bad game INEVITABLE? Here’s what I mean: Sale’s shift in pitching tactics is based on a very simple premise. He wants hitters to make more contact. Sure, he still wants to get some strikeouts (he has 69 Ks in 71 2/3 innings, so we’re not talking about slow-pitch softball here) but strikeouts are hard on the arm, they require a lot of pitches, they are not always cost-effective. Sale wants, instead, for hitters to make light contact — ground balls, pop-ups, soft line drives — and for the White Sox defense to get the outs.

For nine games, this worked in a historic way. Nine games in, opponents’ batting average on balls in play (BABIP) was .197. How amazing is that? No pitcher in the record books has EVER held hitters a sub-.200 BABIP for a full season. When hitters put the ball in play, they will hit around .300; it has been that way for 20-plus years. One of the more prominent theories in baseball right now is that starting pitchers, no matter how good, do not have much control over BABIP.  After bat meets ball, this theory goes, it is up to the team’s defense and the hands of destiny to determine whether it becomes a hit.

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