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Monday, May 30, 2016

Royals rally to top White Sox for series sweep | MLB.com

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 | MLB.com

“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 | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

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 | 33 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.

Renegade JE (Jason) Posted: May 26, 2016 at 08:02 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, small sample size, strikeouts, white sox

Friday, May 13, 2016

Tim Lincecum reportedly has 3 teams interested | MLB.com

He’s not close to signing.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2016 at 09:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, giants, tim lincecum, white sox

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Perry: Quintana is Emerging as Second White Sox Ace

In each of the last three full seasons, [Jose Quintana]‘s topped 200 innings and put up a K/BB ratio of 3.41. He’s done that despite over his career pitching almost half his innings in homer-friendly U.S. Cellular Field and ceding the platoon advantage to 73.7 percent of the batters he’s faced.

As well, Quintana is in his age-27 season at present, so it’s possible his peak has not yet been realized. (His slight bump in fastball and sinker velocity this season, during a month when gun readings tend to be down, is something to watch on this front.) If that’s the case, then the White Sox may well have a pair of aces under contract through 2019.

My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: April 28, 2016 at 01:06 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: al central, pitching, white sox

Friday, April 22, 2016

White Sox turn 9-3-2-6-2-5 triple play

Worst TOOTBLAN ever?

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 22, 2016 at 11:54 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: fundamentals, rangers, tootblan, white sox

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Chance (the Rapper) to sign with White Sox

The Cubs are hoping to soon close their deal with the surviving members of Chicago.

Walt Davis Posted: April 07, 2016 at 02:30 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: music, white sox

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Abreu: ‘I want to spend whole career with White Sox’ | Chicago Sun-Times

Abreu shared his allegiance while talking about his disdain for designated-hitter duty. When kiddingly asked if wants to be traded to the National League, which doesn’t the DH, he said through translator Billy Russo, “No, not even a joke. I want to spend my whole career with the White Sox organization because they were the ones who gave me the opportunity to play here. And they have done a lot for me. I love to be here.’’

The Sox were aggressive in their pursuit of Abreu three offseasons ago, and won his services with a six-year, $68 million contract, the largest in franchise history. In his first season on U.S. soil, Abreu finished third in American League Most Valuable Player voting and ran away with Rookie of the Year honors after batting .317 with 36 homers and 107 RBI. His .581 slugging percentage led the AL. Last season he batted .290 with 30 and 101 RBI to become just the second player to record 30 home runs and 100 RBI in each of his first two seasons, joining Albert Pujols with the Cardinals in 2001-02.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2016 at 09:58 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: jose abreu, white sox

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Griffey: LaRoche has the right to walk away

That’s just the way things go,’’ Griffey said. “Different places have different rules and you have to accept it and move on. Personally, I think the timing [this late in spring training] is crazy for this. But the organization has the right to do what they want to do and need to do. And [LaRoche] has the right to walk away. There is no right or wrong on this.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2016 at 10:02 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: adam laroche, white sox

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Chris Sale unloads on White Sox VP Kenny Williams after Adam LaRoche flap | For The Win

What a mess.

“I have to speak to the people who don’t have voices. I have to speak for my teammates now, and I have to speak for my teammates in the future. This is something that needs to be taken care of for the well-being of the White Sox, not just us in the clubhouse — not just Adam, not just me. This is something that could have a lasting impression for years to come, and could affect future teams, and I’m not a fan of that. I think if we’re truly trying to win a championship, there’s no room for this kind of stuff.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 128 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, white sox

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Trouble in Sox Camp

Should he stay or should he go now?
If he goes there will be trouble
An’ if he stays it will be double
So come on and let me know

Skigem Posted: March 17, 2016 at 04:15 PM | 151 comment(s)
  Beats: adam laroche, chris sale, kenny williams, white sox

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

White Sox DH Adam LaRoche planning to step away from baseball

White Sox designated hitter Adam LaRoche said Tuesday that he plans to step away from baseball following a personal issue.

The 12-year major-league veteran said he is confident in his decision, but his teammates asked him to reconsider during a nearly two-hour-long team meeting at Camelback Ranch on Tuesday morning….

LaRoche joined the Sox on a two-year, $25 million contract before the 2015 season, but his first season with the Sox was one of the more frustrating of his career. He hit .207 with 12 home runs, 44 RBIs and 133 strikeouts.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 15, 2016 at 03:01 PM | 166 comment(s)
  Beats: adam laroche, retirement, white sox

Monday, March 07, 2016

White Sox To Sign Austin Jackson - MLB Trade Rumors

Yet still no love for Pedro Alvarez? He’s a flawed player, but I’m shocked he hasn’t caught on with somebody.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2016 at 06:22 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: austin jackson, white sox

Monday, February 22, 2016

White Sox sign Jimmy Rollins to minor-league deal

e White Sox have signed shortstop Jimmy Rollins to a minor-league deal, according to a report from Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago. The deal includes an invite to major-league spring training, and includes a $2 million base salary if Rollins makes the team’s major-league roster.

Rollins, 37, will likely have a good shot to make Chicago’s Opening Day roster as a veteran complement to Tyler Saladino at shortstop. Alexei Ramirez had manned the spot for the ChiSox for years, but the team declined his option at the beginning of the offseason and he signed with the Padres last month….

Rollins spent last season with the Dodgers, posting a .224/.285/.358 line while hitting 13 home runs in 144 games as the Dodgers’ primary shortstop. He has never appeared in the American League, spending his entire career with the Phillies (2000-14) before being traded to the Dodgers last winter.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 22, 2016 at 08:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jimmy rollins, white sox

Monday, February 15, 2016

Dave Cameron: The Best Transactions of the 2016 Offseason

#2: White Sox Find a Third Baseman
Acquire: Todd Frazier
Cost: Frankie Montas, Trayce Thompson, Micah Johnson

A year ago, the White Sox tried to go for it despite a flawed roster, and ended up struggling due to the vast amount of at-bats wasted on replacement-level scrubs. This winter, the White Sox have again attempted to push their chips to contend in the short-term, but those hopes got a nice boost when they somehow managed to convince the Reds to give them Todd Frazier for a package of talent that won’t cripple the organization. Frazier’s second-half swoon may have dragged his value down below a reasonable level, since teams saw him hit just .220/.274/.390 in the second half, but kudos to Rick Hahn for taking advantage and turning some spare parts into a +3 to +4 win third baseman. With Frazier at third base, the team has turned a black hole into a real strength, and while they could still use some additional improvements, the Frazier acquisition should go a long way to getting the White Sox back into the AL Central race.


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 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

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