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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Finally, Twins see White Sox, and bring memories of Jerome Holtzman: “The Dean”

The Chicago White Sox are the only team that has been in the same competitive grouping as the Twins throughout the 59-season existence of the Minnesota franchise.

The White Sox and the Twins were in the 10-team American League from 1961 to 1968, the six-team (and then seven) American League West from 1969 to 1993, and the five-team American League Central from 1994 to the present.

The Twins entered this season having played the White Sox a total of 920 games (including three ties), 65 more games than the second team – Detroit – on the list of games played.

The Twins also would see Chicago in spring training, what with the White Sox encamped in beautiful Sarasota from 1960 to 1997. Those March exhibitions were infrequent when the Twins were in Orlando, and then a regular occurrence when the Twins moved to Fort Myers in 1991.

A case of recollections, both of longtime competition and of a reporter now gone.

QLE Posted: May 25, 2019 at 06:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jerome holtzman, twins, white sox

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Gerrit Cole might be White Sox fans’ next free-agent crush, but will he land on the South Side?

White Sox fans’ crush on Manny Machado during the winter of 2018-19 is about to become White Sox fans’ crush on Gerrit Cole during the winter of 2019-20.

Thanks to a wave of extensions signed by some of the best players in the game, Cole, the Houston Astros pitcher who threw against the South Siders on Wednesday night in the Lone Star State, is on track to be the most sought after player on next offseason’s free-agent market.

There will be no Nolan Arenado, no Chris Sale, no Paul Goldschmidt. Whether you already thought Cole was more desirable than that trio or not, he’s the last man standing. And with other names yanked off the market — guys like Justin Verlander, Xander Bogaerts, Aaron Hicks and Miles Mikolas — what was once an absolutely stacked free-agent class is significantly less stacked.

But Cole is still out there. Will he be the White Sox No. 1 target?

In case you’re wondering what players will be unsigned into March…..

 

QLE Posted: May 23, 2019 at 10:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gerrit cole, hot stove, white sox

White Sox are fourth team in 50 years to pull off this rare combination of plays

The Chicago White Sox have produced a surprising number of exciting moments this season despite having a losing record.

On Wednesday in Houston, they added a pair of memorable plays to their highlight reel while also carving out a unique place in MLB history.

The White Sox turned a triple play and hit a grand slam during their 9-4 win against the Houston Astros. Prior to this occasion, only three other MLB teams had managed to pull of this same rare combination of plays in the same game dating back to 1969, when the league began divisional play.

 

QLE Posted: May 23, 2019 at 10:32 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: grand slam, triple play, white sox

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Not exactly a Matt Davidson moment, but Jose Rondon becomes latest position player to pitch for White Sox

It’s safe to say Jose Rondon probably doesn’t have ambitions of becoming baseball’s next two-way sensation.

Matt Davidson made headlines last season when he made three trips to the pitcher’s mound. But instead of just being a bullpen-saving novelty — though he was that, too — Davidson raised eyebrows by repeatedly saying that he’d like to add relief pitching to his game, which to that point had consisted almost exclusively of bringing a power bat to the White Sox lineup.

Davidson’s a Texas Ranger now, but Rick Renteria isn’t done using position players to pitch in times when his bullpen needs saving.

Friday night, in the same game where Chris Sale shut down his former team, Renteria turned to Rondon, who, to put it mildly, looked a lot different than Davidson did during the latter’s tryout of sorts in 2018. While Davidson leaned on the pitching experience of his high school days to rack up three scoreless innings over the course of the year — highlighted by a strikeout of home-run machine Giancarlo Stanton in a game against the New York Yankees — Rondon was lobbing balls to the plate, sometimes not even fast enough to register on the in-stadium radar gun at Guaranteed Rate Field.

So, if they’re going to do this, why the need to have seven or eight relievers on the team at any given moment, plus a taxi squad in the minors?

 

QLE Posted: May 04, 2019 at 04:30 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: jose rondon, position players pitching, white sox

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Ervin Santana is now a free agent

After three lackluster starts, the White Sox designated for assignment pitcher Ervin Santana on Friday. Santana cleared waivers and refused an assignment to Triple-A Charlotte, electing to become a free agent, the club announced on Monday.

Nice to know that some of us can truly be free- it should interest the philosophers at least.

 

QLE Posted: April 30, 2019 at 04:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ervin santana, free agent, white sox

Friday, April 19, 2019

MLB hands out suspensions after White Sox-Royals fight

Kansas City Royals pitcher Brad Keller was handed a five-game suspension Friday for intentionally throwing at Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson – an act that sparked a benches-clearing fracas at Guaranteed Rate Field earlier this week.

Anderson and White Sox manager Rick Renteria were also suspended one game apiece for their roles in the kerfuffle, which came after Anderson flipped his bat following a home run off Keller in the fourth inning of the Royals’ 4-3 win on Wednesday.

Sadly, I don’t think suspensions this short will do the slightest in discouraging this behavior….

 

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 08:57 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brawl, royals, suspensions, white sox

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Will Ervin Santana join the White Sox starting rotation soon?

Will Ervin Santana be with the White Sox soon?

It’s seemed like just a matter of time — a matter of the schedule, to be exact — before the White Sox needed to summon the veteran right-hander from Arizona to join the major league rotation. His jersey was already hanging in the White Sox clubhouse Friday ahead of the team’s home opener.

Perhaps the call is coming very soon, with Hector Gomez reporting that Santana is getting brought up to join the big league roster.

The pitching games have already started this season, I see….

 

QLE Posted: April 06, 2019 at 07:59 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: ervin santana, white sox

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Cardinals, White Sox postpone their home openers

Opening Day and home openers are a big deal, so unless you play in a dome or in California, Major League Baseball gives you an off day after your opener in the event that is rained or snowed or colded out. Two teams are taking advantage of that this week, with both the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox moving their home openers to Friday due to predicted inclement weather.

No chance of them having to move to a neutral-site, is there?

 

QLE Posted: April 04, 2019 at 05:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, home openers, rain delays, white sox

Friday, March 22, 2019

Allen Thomas, Alek Thomas share a precious father-son moment after son homers against dad’s White Sox

Every father loves seeing their son hit a home run in a game, but White Sox director of conditioning Allen Thomas had a different perspective of his son’s home run on Wednesday.

Thomas’ son, Alek Thomas, was drafted in the second round of the 2018 draft by the Diamondbacks and is still in big league camp with Arizona. He homered against the White Sox in the ninth inning of a Cactus League game.

Alek, an 18-year-old Mount Carmel grad, went through the normal celebrations with his teammates, but soon after wanted to get dad’s attention. He was waving in dad’s direction as if to say, “Hey dad, did you see that?”

This time of year, there’s always something to be said about the small slice-of-life moments.

 

QLE Posted: March 22, 2019 at 07:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alek thomas, allen thomas, fathers and sons, white sox

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Eight Myths Out: The Black Sox Scandal

Outstanding work by SABR’s chair of the Black Sox Scandal Committee, Jacob Pomrenke, exposing myths about the 1919 World Series.

SABRJoe Posted: March 20, 2019 at 08:04 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: black sox, sabr, white sox

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Dane Dunning undergoes Tommy John surgery as another White Sox prospect goes on the shelf

Another highly rated White Sox prospect will spend much of the next year in recovery mode.

Dane Dunning underwent Tommy John surgery Monday, the team told reporters in Arizona, pairing him with Michael Kopech as pitching prospects in recovery mode.

Dunning was shut down last June because of a forearm issue, the White Sox hoping to avoid Tommy John at that time. He wasn’t invited to big league camp this spring, with general manager Rick Hahn explaining that decision away as a way to ease Dunning into the 2019 campaign. But Dunning again experienced forearm discomfort during camp, and Hahn said last week that all options were on the table, including the Tommy John surgery that came Monday.

Think they regret not going for it vis a vis free agents this off-season?

 

QLE Posted: March 19, 2019 at 03:20 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dane dunning, tommy john surgery, white sox

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

White Sox Option Eloy Jimenez To Triple-A - MLB Trade Rumors

What happens when the next ballyhooed prospect busts? We all assume the very top prospects will reach their potential. That’s not always the case though. Unfortunately, until the MLBPA and owners resolve this issue, a cloud of suspicion will hover over every decision to option a top prospect on the cusp of playing in the majors. Although this could wait until the current CBA expires, there is nothing that prevents both parties from resolving it sooner.

For the time being, Jimenez will be asked to continue honing his skills in the minors. Perhaps the Sox will opt not to call him up on the very first day on which he’d fall a year shy of big league service, using the delay as a means of further claiming that the move was a developmental decision rather than one driven by service time. It’s likely that they’ll point to Jimenez’s .154/.154/.346 slash in Spring Training as justification of the move, though few would find it plausible that 26 spring plate appearances are more indicative of MLB readiness than the 456 PAs during which Jimenez laid waste to minor league pitching in 2018. Furthermore, the move would surely have happened regardless of his performance; the White Sox, after all, declined to give Jimenez a September call-up in 2018 despite his aforementioned mastery of minor league pitching and despite the fact that he was already on the 40-man roster.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 13, 2019 at 06:30 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: eloy jimenez, prospects, white sox

Friday, March 01, 2019

VP Ken Williams: It’s a shame if White Sox are portrayed as cheap | Chicago Sun-Times

Teams can’t just budget based on this year and next. They need to have a long-term plan, which includes an eye on their view of their competitive window.

“People are lost on the fact that on a yearly basis, our offer was more than San Diego’s. The average annual value was $31 [million] and change. So it was about years guaranteed. So there is an argument that could be made that our offer was the better of the two. It certainly had more upside for him. All he had to do was basically stay healthy.’’

All the Sox had to do was dig a little deeper. But Williams said the long-range cost was too much.

“Our fans would have been much more disappointed in our inability to keep this next core together,’’ he said. “We would have overextended ourselves had we gone to an uncomfortable level.’’

The Sox’ potential stars — Eloy Jimenez, Michael Kopech, Tim Anderson, Carlos Rodon and Yoan Moncada — are years away from arbitration and big paydays, and this fact remains: The richest contract ever signed by a Sox player is Jose Abreu’s $68 million deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2019 at 08:56 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, free agency, white sox

In interview, Kenny Williams addresses fan anger and the fallout of White Sox missing out on Manny Machado and Bryce Harper

Manny Machado is still a San Diego Padre. Bryce Harper is still a Philadelphia Phillie. And White Sox fans are still angry.

No, nothing’s changed since earlier Thursday, when Harper broke Machado’s week-and-change-old record for the biggest free-agent contract in the history of American pro sports, officially leaving the White Sox empty handed in their pursuits of the two biggest names on this offseason’s free-agent market.

Neither guy ended up on the South Side, despite the fact that the team went after both, going especially hard on Machado, to the point where general manager Rick Hahn and team vice president Kenny Williams seemed blindsided when the 26-year-old infielder spurned them for the Padres last week.

One of the consequences with how long the free agency cycles have been lasting- the resentment of the GMs who don’t do the big signings seems to get even larger…..

 

QLE Posted: March 01, 2019 at 06:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, kenny williams, manny machado, white sox

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Will this be Jose Abreu’s final year with White Sox? ‘I would like to stay with this organization forever’

Will this be Jose Abreu’s final season with the White Sox?

The closest thing this team has to a face of the franchise at the moment — at least until Eloy Jimenez arrives from the minor leagues — is slated to hit free agency at the conclusion of the 2019 campaign. His advancing age could mean he doesn’t quite line up with the approaching wave of prospects planned to power this team to perennial contention. It’s possible that these will be the final 162 games we see of Abreu in a White Sox uniform.

But the relationship between Abreu and the White Sox says something different.

Well, with free agency in the shape that it’s in, that’s a increasingly real possibility…..

 

QLE Posted: February 26, 2019 at 05:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, jose abreu, white sox

Sunday, February 24, 2019

No matter how much money the Cubs and White Sox spend, it’s never enough for their fans

White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf was criticized for offering free agent Manny Machado only $250 million in guaranteed money intead of the $300 million it took for the Padres to sign him, while Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts was forced to defend his spending habits despite a $212 million payroll, the biggest in franchise history.

Whether the hustle-is-optional approach by Machado would’ve been a good fit on a young, rebuilding team, or the Cubs’ chemistry would’ve suffered with the addition of a high-maintenance player such as Bryce Harper, seems to be irrelevant. To paraphrase late Raiders owner Al Davis, “Just spend, baby” is the motto most fans live by.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 24, 2019 at 03:38 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, white sox

Saturday, February 23, 2019

White Sox sign Ervin Santana to minors deal

The White Sox take a chance- the odds suggest that a performance like that he had in 2017 isn’t likely (for a start, he had only played that well once before in his career), but, for the money involved, it is a relatively minor risk.

QLE Posted: February 23, 2019 at 04:54 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: ervin santana, white sox

Friday, February 22, 2019

Bryce Harper not expected to receive offer from White Sox

As the Bryce Harper sweepstakes rolls into the final week of February, one potential suitor is reportedly backing out of the race.

According to Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago, the White Sox will not be making a bid to sign the free-agent outfielder.

The White Sox are still reeling after missing out on their primary target, Manny Machado. But Levine’s sources say that won’t be enough to motivate Chicago’s front office to up the ante on Harper. He cited the team’s confidence in their up-and-coming outfield prospects as part of their reason for not going hard after Harper.

If Kenny Williams is going to sulk like this, there’s no chance that he’ll ever be allowed to return as announcer on The Hollywood Squares….

 

QLE Posted: February 22, 2019 at 06:43 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, white sox

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

White Sox boss on Manny Machado signing with Padres: ‘We thought we were the high offer’

Manny Machado isn’t going to Chicago after all. The Chicago White Sox, who signed Machado’s brother-in-law Yonder Alonso this offseason and added his friend Jon Jay, lost out to the San Diego Padres, who agreed to a 10-year, $300 million deal Tuesday with the star free agent.

Kenny Williams, the White Sox’s executive vice president, expressed surprise that they were beat out for Machado. He told reporters at White Sox camp they thought they had the highest offer.

Turns out they didn’t, especially when you consider this tidbit: They weren’t willing to go up to $300 million.

The level of management competence we’ve grown to expect from Kenny Williams!

 

QLE Posted: February 20, 2019 at 04:17 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: kenny williams, outbid, white sox

Thursday, February 14, 2019

White Sox still waiting for Manny Machado

GLENDALE, Ariz.—The Chicago White Sox opened spring training still waiting for Manny Machado.

“We’ll just see when it happens,” first baseman Yonder Alonso, Machado’s brother-in-law, said Wednesday.

Machado, among the offseason’s top free agents, still hasn’t agreed to a deal. Alonso spoke with the All-Star infielder on Tuesday.

Waiting For Manny Machado is commonly regarded as a legendary play in the Theatre of the Absurd.

 

QLE Posted: February 14, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, white sox, yonder alonso

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Report: White Sox offered Machado an eight-year, $250 million deal

Free agent Manny Machado doesn’t appear any closer to accepting a major league deal these days, but we may be starting to get a better idea of the offers that are on the table — at least when it comes to the White Sox. Héctor Gómez of Z Digital reports that the club proposed an eight-year, $250 million offer to Machado, a full $75 million above the previously (and erroneously) reported seven-year, $175 million deal that was said to be in play. Naturally, neither Machado’s agent nor the White Sox have confirmed the report.

So, passing on a $31.25 million/year offer- wondering what that means for the offers he’s hoping to get….

 

QLE Posted: February 10, 2019 at 04:16 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: hot stove, manny machado, white sox

Friday, January 18, 2019

Remember That Guy: Chris Snopek

Chris Snopek was born September 20, 1970 in Cynthiana, KY. He was a multi-sport standout in high school, averaging 18.5 points and 8.0 assists on the hardwood, as well as hitting .576 with 20 HR as a senior on the diamond. He was a standout third baseman/shortstop at Ole Miss, hitting .407/.491/.725 with 13 home runs and 62 RBI (a school-record at the time) in 54 games as a junior. The White Sox made him a 6th round draft pick in 1992.

In 1994, Snopek played for the Double-A Birmingham Barons, where he was one of two players on the team with 50+ RBI and 50+ walks. The other one was Michael Jordan.By 1995, Snopek hit .323/.402/.494 with 12 HR in 113 games for Nashville (AAA); that batting average good for second in the American Association. He made his MLB Debut on July 31, 1995, going 2 for 3 with a run, RBI, walk and stolen base as the starting third baseman. The 6’1” right-handed infielder drew a walk in each of his first five career MLB games; the first White Sox player to do so since Ray Morehart in 1924.

The White Sox had Robin Ventura at third and Ozzie Guillen at short, so Snopek had to settle for a start here and a start there. He was sent back down to the minors but returned in September. On September 20, 1995, Snopek connected for his first career home run; the blast coming off Indians starter Joe Roa. The milestone round tripper came on Snopek’s 25th birthday. He remains the only player in White Sox history whose first career home run came on his birthday. It was his lone homer of 1995, though Snopek did quite well in his first taste of MLB action, hitting .324 (22 for 68), .407 vs lefties (11 for 27) in 22 games.

A prospect’s tale, and one offering a chance to reflect on prospects of years past.

 

QLE Posted: January 18, 2019 at 07:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: chris snopek, prospects, white sox

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

White Sox announce minor league managers and staffs for 2019 season

The White Sox minor league coaching staffs are in place for the 2019 season.

The most notable move on this front is something Our Chuck Garfien reported last month during the Winter Meetings. Omar Vizuqel was promoted from the manager of Class A Winston-Salem and is now the skipper at Double-A Birmingham.

Vizquel won the Carolina League’s Manager of the Year honors after leading the Dash to an 84-54 record in 2018. He managed Dylan Cease, Luis Robert, Blake Rutherford, Micker Adolfo, Luis Gonzalez, Gavin Sheets and Nick Madrigal and will get the opportunity to manage many of those players again this season at Birmingham.

For those of you wondering at home, Birmingham is roughly 1,050 miles away from Cooperstown- now, may he continue to keep such a distance….

QLE Posted: January 16, 2019 at 08:25 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, omar vizquel, white sox

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Source: White Sox offer to Manny Machado ‘was for less than 8 years’

Despite reports that the White Sox have made an eight-year offer to Manny Machado, their offer to the free agent infielder “was for less than 8 years and less money than has been reported,” a source has told NBC Sports Chicago.

The financial details of that offer are not completely known, but I’m told the White Sox have not changed their stance on either money or terms since making their initial offer, thought to be around $200 million.

Although it has often been projected that Machado could sign a contract north of 10 years and $300 million, a 7-year, $200 million offer, for example, would be comparable to the 7-year, $210 million contract Max Scherzer signed with the Washington Nationals in 2015. At $30 million, Scherzer’s is the third highest average annual salary in MLB history. The offer to Machado would also come close to the 6-year, $206.5 million contract Zack Greinke signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2016. Greinke’s $34.4 million average annual salary is tops in MLB history.

 

QLE Posted: January 15, 2019 at 04:28 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, manny machado, white sox

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

White Sox reportedly agree to deal with Jay

Jay joins first baseman/designated hitter Yonder Alonso, Machado’s brother-in-law, who was acquired in a trade from the Cleveland Indians.


Each of the three players wrote about training together in Miami during the offseason in a 2017 piece for the Players’ Tribune.

“The three of us all come from the similar backgrounds. I’ve known Yonder since he was 10,” Jay wrote at the time. “And we’ve both known Manny since he was a young kid coming up. We’re from the same neighborhoods, the same culture, so it’s just natural for us to stick together.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

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