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Thursday, January 24, 2013

ESPN: Is monumental honor headed A.J. Pierzynski’s way?

Stop the pigeons!
Stop the pigeons!

A.J. Pierzynski might be gone now, but there is a good chance he one day will be as visible around U.S. Cellular Field as much any player that ever put on a Chicago White Sox uniform.

Sizing up the chances that Pierzynski one day receives a statue on the outfield concourse, the veteran could actually find himself frozen in time inside the ballpark. That honor would go along with his dominating presence in front of Gate 4 atop the 2005 World Series sculpture.

A high-ranking White Sox official, who was contacted about Pierzynski’s chances of possibly receiving a statue, didn’t say one is in the works at the moment, but didn’t deny that it could eventually happen either.

In fact, Pierzynski, Mark Buehrle and Paul Konerko all stand a solid chance of receiving the honor that was last given to Frank Thomas in 2011. Another future candidate, especially since he has recently returned, is manager Robin Ventura. And don’t count out the chances of Ozzie Guillen getting one too at some point in the future.

Current or former White Sox personnel who have statues are Charles Comiskey, Minnie Minoso, Carlton Fisk, Luis Aparicio, Nellie Fox, Billy Pierce and Harold Baines.

Repoz Posted: January 24, 2013 at 12:41 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Danny Posted: January 24, 2013 at 12:56 PM (#4354124)
A high-ranking White Sox official, who was contacted about Pierzynski’s chances of possibly receiving a statue, didn’t say one is in the works at the moment, but didn’t deny that it could eventually happen either.

So the entire column is based on getting a "no comment" from a team official?
   2. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: January 24, 2013 at 01:00 PM (#4354129)
When does Lamarr Hoyt get his?
   3. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: January 24, 2013 at 01:01 PM (#4354130)
I always loved this song. But what does Dick Dastardly mean by "You invent me a thingamabob that catches that pigeon, or I lose my job"?

What is his job? Someone is paying him to sabotage the Wacky Races? Is he a pawn in the game of international intrigue, like Boris Badenov? He never seems to report to a Fearless Leader equivalent.
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 24, 2013 at 01:12 PM (#4354139)
Birds need something to poop on I guess.
   5. The Good Face Posted: January 24, 2013 at 01:23 PM (#4354151)
This thread needs some Jack Keefe.
   6. Bruce Markusen Posted: January 24, 2013 at 01:23 PM (#4354153)
So when do Dick Allen, Bill Melton, and Wilbur Wood get their statues?
   7. Rants Mulliniks Posted: January 24, 2013 at 02:37 PM (#4354270)
Current or former White Sox personnel who have statues are Charles Comiskey, Minnie Minoso, Carlton Fisk, Luis Aparicio, Nellie Fox, Billy Pierce and Harold Baines.


No love for Luke Appling and Ted Lyons, the best position player and pitcher in team history, but ######## Pierzynski gets one????
   8. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: January 24, 2013 at 02:41 PM (#4354276)
Billy Pierce himself agrees with you that there should be a statues of Appling and Lyons if there is a statue of Billy Pierce.
   9. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: January 24, 2013 at 03:01 PM (#4354291)
White Sox catchers with 800 games in Chicago:

Player            WAR/pos    G   PA    H  HR   BA  OBP  SLG
Carlton Fisk         26.5 1421 5500 1259 214 .257 .329 .438
Ray Schalk           25.0 1757 6226 1345  11 .254 .340 .316
Sherm Lollar         24.3 1358 4924 1122 124 .265 .358 .402
Ron Karkovice        13.3  939 2948  574  96 .221 .289 .383
A
.JPierzynski      10.2 1068 4177 1087 118 .279 .318 .424
Billy Sullivan        3.5 1052 3652  692  11 .207 .250 .270
Mike Tresh            0.9  989 3597  780   2 .249 .336 .284 


Build a statue of Sherm Lollar!
   10. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 24, 2013 at 03:05 PM (#4354294)
I can support this, as long as it's a statue of him being punched by Barrett.
   11. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: January 24, 2013 at 03:11 PM (#4354300)
Mutley was over-rated.
   12. Walt Davis Posted: January 24, 2013 at 03:21 PM (#4354308)
ragglesnaggleragglesnaggleragglenuss
   13. Derb Posted: January 24, 2013 at 04:25 PM (#4354357)
They'll make a statue of anyone in Chicago, apparently.
   14. Yastrzemski in left. Posted: January 24, 2013 at 04:30 PM (#4354363)
I had no idea Fisk's OBP was so low in Chicago. Why it's almost Pierzynski-esque.
   15. Tippecanoe Posted: January 24, 2013 at 04:56 PM (#4354388)
Fisk's Chisox stats are dragged down by 1986, a horrible crash-into-a-cornfield of a season (60 OPS+).

Edit: Which gives me an idea for his statue...
   16. phredbird Posted: January 24, 2013 at 05:23 PM (#4354412)
(channeling Jack Keefe)

well al if pierogi is immobilized in bronze i hope they don't put him in a squat that would be un dignified and an embareassment to the ladies who would have to pass by his post area.
   17. Jim Wisinski Posted: January 24, 2013 at 06:10 PM (#4354442)
This should only happen if they build a statue of Doug Eddings next to him
   18. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: January 24, 2013 at 08:47 PM (#4354536)
Build a statue of Sherm Lollar!


I didn't think there were any Lollards left in the world.

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