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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

White Sox offer $29 early-season plan

Getting White Sox fans to buy a package of 11 weekday home games in April and May is near impossible, except if you sell them for close to nothing. That’s exactly what the team is doing, announcing the “Ballpark Plan” that gives a fan a ticket to every home game the team plays on a Monday through Thursday in the first two months of the season—for $29 total. The cheapest ticket sold separately this season is $7.18. The White Sox are offering another package, which includes every game in April and May, for $49. That’s $2.33 a game.

Both plans don’t include Opening Day or May 23, Paul Konerko’s retirement ceremony.

The White Sox averaged 20,896 fans per game last year, the team’s ninth straight season it has seen a decline in attendance. Only the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cleveland Indians drew fewer fans to the ballpark than the Sox last season.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 31, 2015 at 03:28 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: desperation, white sox

Monday, March 30, 2015

Johnson has edge in second-base competition | whitesox.com

Micah Johnson “appears to be the guy” at second base for the White Sox to start the 2015 season, per comments made by Robin Ventura on Sunday. But the White Sox manager added that nothing is set in stone with five Cactus League games remaining.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2015 at 11:09 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos sanchez, micah johnson, white sox

Friday, March 27, 2015

Grantland (Keri): 2015 AL Central Preview

3. Chicago White Sox

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Worst Offseason Move: None. Seriously, the Pale Hose didn’t put a foot wrong this winter. Although, when we spoke a few weeks ago, Hahn getting fired up about a minor league deal for 36-year-old Brad Penny might’ve been a bit much.

I think it would have been fair to place the David Robertson deal here.

Eddo Posted: March 27, 2015 at 11:30 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: al central, indians, royals, tigers, twins, white sox

Jeff Samardzija ready for future - Chicago Tribune

If he’s not looking for top dollar, I’m sure he will have plenty of teams lined up not to give it to him.

“I’m not looking for top dollar,” Samardzija said. ”For me, it’s good to see those guys are compensated. But I think if you look at maybe outside of Shields, who maybe didn’t get his first choice, you look at Jon and Max and couple other guys, the big thing for them is they went somewhere they wanted to go to, and they were excited about where they were going to.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2015 at 11:18 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff samardzija, white sox

Thursday, March 19, 2015

White Sox trim roster by 13; 6 top prospects reassigned | whitesox.com

Some expected White Sox roster moves. Matt Davidson’s career arc is clearly headed in the wrong direction.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2015 at 06:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hahn talks focal points on locking down core players | whitesox.com

According to general manager Rick Hahn, there are focal points to be met when the White Sox think about [signing players long term].
“It’s a combination of feeling, one, that the player is a key part to what we have going here and want to make sure we are able to have him longer than the normal six-year control period,” Hahn said. “And second, probably almost as important if not more important, is the belief that the guaranteed money wouldn’t change the player’s approach to their preparation for the game.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2015 at 07:44 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: adam eaton, avisail garcia, rick hahn, white sox

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Joe Posnanski’s Top 100 Players: No. 40: Eddie Collins

Annnd, we’re back!

There is no satisfying way to compare ancient players from Deadball to the players today. For instance: There is an argument to be made, a strong one, that Eddie Collins was one of the ten best player in baseball history. If you treat the baseball of his time as equal to all other times, you almost have to rank him in that stratosphere. He ranks tenth In wins Above Replacement. He hit .333 with more than 3,000 hits, more than 700 stolen bases, more than 1,800 runs scored — only Ty Cobb has that combination…

How can you guess what Eddie Collins would be in 2015? He was a 5-foot-9, 175-pound competitor, a peerless bunter, a breathtaking base runner, a player with a brilliant baseball mind. Would that game play in 2015? Collins averaged — AVERAGED — more than 20 sacrifice hits per season over his 25-year career. Last year, no player had more than 13 sacrifice bunts. We don’t have complete information, but based on what we do know it seems Collins routinely would get thrown out 30 times a season attempting to steal. That obviously wouldn’t play these days. Collins seemed to get on base a lot with bunts … but even his admirers would say that he wasn’t breathtaking fast, he was just a great bunter. Would that work in 2015 against specialized defenses?

Then again he was just such a smart player — you have to believe he would adjust to modern times. Would have become a faster Dustin Pedroia? A Joe Morgan type? Your guess is probably as irrelevant as mine.

The District Attorney Posted: March 05, 2015 at 02:12 PM | 146 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, eddie collins, history, joe posnanski, white sox

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Crane Kenney: Cubs Considered Playing A Season In Milwaukee

The Chicago Cubs of Milwaukee?

Crane Kenney’s statement indicates that they had considered playing an entire season—perhaps 2015?—at Miller Park, which would have given them from September 2014 to April 2016 to do significant work at Wrigley Field.

Logistically, this would have created significant issues for Cubs season-ticket holders who live, say, anywhere south of the Lake/Cook county line in Illinois. Even that line is about 70 miles from Miller Park; those season-ticket holders who live in the city of Chicago would be faced with a 90-mile drive to every game. The Bears did something like this when they played a year in Champaign while Soldier Field was being redone—but that was just eight games, once a week, mostly on Sundays. Baseball is a daily commitment. Further, since the Cubs and Brewers are in the same division and are often home at the same time, scheduling might have been difficult.

The Cell would have been, in my view, a better answer if the Cubs wanted to vacate Wrigley for a year to complete the project. At least it’s in the city of Chicago and accessible by public transit. There is a small subset of Cubs fans who refuse to go there. I know some of these people personally and I simply don’t understand that position. It’s a major-league ballpark with (mostly) good sightlines and natural grass.


Sunday, March 01, 2015

Minnie Minoso Passes Away

The “Cuban Comet” blazed a trail for Latin American players in the big leagues starting in the 1950s. Minoso drove in 100 runs four times for the Sox and hit .300 or better six times
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Reinsdorf once said this of Minoso: “...He did everything. He could run, he could hit with power, he could field, he could bunt, he could steal bases. He did everything.  He was a complete player.  He was one of the most exciting players I’ve ever seen play, in the mold of a Jackie Robinson.”

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: March 01, 2015 at 10:13 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: deaths, white sox

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sale fractures right foot in accident at home | MLB.com

Chris Sale sustained an avulsion fracture on the lateral side of his right foot in an accident at his home on Friday. The left-hander is expected to be sidelined three weeks before resuming baseball activities, according to the White Sox.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 28, 2015 at 02:33 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, injury, white sox

Friday, February 27, 2015

Juan Pierre officially announces his retirement

Juan Pierre, who sat out last season after struggling for the Marlins in 2013, has officially decided to retire at age 37.

A delayed goodbye from one of the game’s fastest men.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ex-big leaguer (Jim) King, 82, dies

Former professional baseball player Jim King of Elkins died Monday in Fayetteville.

He was 82.

An outfielder, King played 11 seasons with six major-league teams. He began his major-league career in 1955 with the Chicago Cubs where he played two seasons. His first at-bat came at Wrigley Field, where he had a pinch-hit double against eventual Hall of Famer Robin Roberts.

King went on to play a year for the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants. He didn’t play in the majors in the 1959 and 1960 seasons.

King’s longest professional stint came with Washington where he played six years. He started the 1967 season with the Senators before wrapping up his career later that year playing a combined 42 games with the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Eight-man bullpen under consideration by White Sox | whitesox.com

Eight-man bullpens make very little sense. That only leaves twelve players on offense. (Yes, I have great math skills.) With one backup catcher, a team is left with one backup infielder and one outfielder. With thinking like this, no wonder offense is down.

That extra arm at the start of the season could help starters from getting their pitch count up too high early and work toward keeping them fresh all season. In order for that plan to manifest, either Micah Johnson or Carlos Sanchez would have to win the second-base job.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 24, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

Friday, February 20, 2015

White Sox’s Ken Williams want players to bring attitude to the field - Chicago Tribune

Ahh, the Diamondbacks approach.

“I prefer to talk more on the level of intensity on a day-to-day basis, that grind,” Williams said. “Whenever we’ve had teams that understand that (grind), we’ve been in the mix. … We purposely went out and got those types that really want it. If you don’t have (them), nothing else matters.

“I made a lot of mistakes early in my career by throwing a lot more talent against the wall and looking good on paper, but not having the guys who really wanted it and would grind it out for 162 games.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2015 at 09:32 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Schoenfield: Ranking the teams: 24 through 19

Can the Yankees compete with the large market teams?

Due for a better year: Rodriguez? CC Sabathia? Carlos Beltran? Take your old, injured veteran and project better numbers. And then go buy a lottery ticket.

Due for a worse year: Did Miller turn the corner in 2014? After averaging 5.3 walks per nine innings over his career, he lowered that to 2.5 while striking out a dominant 14.9 per nine. The Yankees forked over a lot of money to get the big lefty and now he and Betances could make for the best one-two relief punch in the majors if Miller replicates his 2014 success.

I’m just the messenger: Can the Yankees get 90 starts from Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda? Those three combined for just 41 last season, although Tanaka and Pineda pitched some sweet baseball when healthy. All are major health risks, of course, but keep this in mind as well: The Yankees are losing some quality starts from 2014. Kuroda, McCarthy, Greene and Phelps combined for 77 starts and a solid 3.68 ERA. Even if those guys stay healthy they may not be any better than that rate of production.

The final word: The Yankees have been outscored each of the past two years, although they managed to finish over .500 both seasons. While a lot of people are pointing to a healthier rotation and better seasons from some of the veterans as reasons the Yankees will contend this year, I turn that around and say: Who’s a good bet to improve? The only thing I’m sure of is the Yankees will have better defense at shortstop. I’m taking the under .500—for the first time since 1992.

Prediction: 78-84

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 10, 2015 at 06:57 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, david schoenfield, marlins, rays, reds, white sox, yankees

Monday, February 09, 2015

THE TOP 10 MLB LINEUPS FOR 2015

2. Blue Jays: Were Dalton Pompey more established, Michael Saunders and Justin Smoak more reliable and second base not such a worry, I’d strongly consider the Blue Jays for the top spot on this list. Alas, those are, of course, all big questions.

Still, there is a lot to like about a lineup that begins with Jose Reyes, Russell Martin, Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion. Those are five steady on-base presences and a middle of the order that can straight-up mash.

There are big questions to be answered in Toronto, but you’d be hard-pressed to find (on paper, at least) a lineup with a better top five.


Sunday, January 04, 2015

Johnson has high potential on and off the field | whitesox.com

Micah Johnson has big plans.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2015 at 09:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-18-2014

Rock Island Argus, December 18, 1914:

Naming of Clarence Rowland, manager last year of the Peoria Three-Eye league club, as head of the White Sox for the coming year has caused a profound sensation in Chicago baseball circles. Discussing the subject the Chicago Tribune today says…
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“Rowland’s previous experience has been with teams in smaller leagues, where his success has been such as to attract the attention of the master of the White Sox, who began his career in Dubuque before the new manager of the team was out of knickerbockers.”

Rowland reacts to his appointment as manager:

The opportunity I have been striving to obtain, the chance of handling a major league ball club, has been realized, and to say that I am pleased is entirely too mild an occasion. I’m tickled to death.

It was a surprise hire, but it was a great one. The Sox improved by 23 games in Rowland’s first season and won the World Series in his third year in charge. A slow start in year four in addition to disagreements with Comiskey led to the end of Rowland’s managerial career. He went on to serve as an American League umpire, president of the Pacific Coast League, and was named the top executive in minor league ball as the president of the 1944 Los Angeles Angels.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sox stealth pursuit of Melky Cabrera pays off - Chicago Tribune

I guess this means that steroid use really pays off in the end.

MLB.com confirmed the 30-year-old Cabrera agreed to a deal worth an estimated $42-$43.5 million, pending a physical.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2014 at 08:00 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, melky cabrera, white sox

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Semien poised to make quickest Majors impact | athletics.com

Jim Callis breaks down the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2014 at 03:27 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, white sox

White Sox reportedly acquire Samardzija from A’s | MLB.com

According to CBSSports.com, the deal sending the right-hander to the South Side was complete as of Monday night, and included infielder Marcus Semien going to Oakland along with two prospects. The San Francisco Chronicle reported right-hander Chris Bassitt to be part of the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2014 at 06:14 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, chris bassitt, jeff samardzija, marcus semien, white sox

White Sox To Sign David Robertson

The White Sox have agreed to sign David Robertson to a four-year deal worth more than $40MM, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter).  Robertson has been zeroed in on landing a four-year deal this winter and he found a team happy to give him one with a solid average annual value.

Robertson may not have landed the ~$50MM Jonathan Papelbon-type deal that he was said to be looking for, but he did out earn fellow free agent Andrew Miller, who will be pitching late in games for his former club.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 09, 2014 at 12:50 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: closers, david robertson, free agents, white sox, yankees

Monday, December 08, 2014

White Sox setting their sights on David Robertson | New York Post

The White Sox have serious interest in David Robertson and they aren’t blanching over the elite closer looking for a four-year deal in the $50 million neighborhood.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2014 at 06:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david robertson, free agents, white sox, yankees

Monday, December 01, 2014

White Sox interested in Jeff Samardzija, but price may prove too high - Chicago Tribune

Are the Cubs in on him?

A source close to Samardzija said he would prefer to come home if he’s dealt but added it was unlikely he would agree to an extension since he’ll be a free agent after 2015 and stands to cash in with another strong season.

Still, it’s a match that makes sense. Samardzija grew up in Northwest Indiana attending Sox games at U.S. Cellular Field before becoming a star wide receiver and Notre Dame and then pitching for the Cubs from 2008-14. He’s always been a fan of the Sox, and of the ballpark as well.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2014 at 06:22 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff samardzija, white sox

Friday, November 21, 2014

MLB.com: White Sox Land Adam LaRoche With 2 Year/$25M Deal

The White Sox added a veteran power bat to mix with their young sluggers Friday evening, agreeing to a two-year, $25-million contract with first baseman Adam LaRoche, sources have told MLB.com.

The agreement was first reported by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

LaRoche, 35, is an 11-year Major League veteran who spent the past four seasons with the Nationals, hitting .259/.362/.455 with 26 home runs and 92 RBIs in 2014.

Guys the Pirates discarded years ago are the new market inefficiency? Evidently the White Sox believe so.


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