A Change of Venue

A Change of Venue
For those of you who have been wondering where the heck I’ve been after posting regularly for so long, here’s the answer. I am now serving as the editor of Scott Reifert’s “Inside the White Sox” blog on whitesox.com. Like most editors, you won’t find my name anywhere, but I’m helping Scott, the Sox SVP... Read more »

Tomorrow's Agenda: Hail, Hail, the Gang's (Going to be) All Here...

Tomorrow's Agenda: Hail, Hail, the Gang's (Going to be) All Here...
After five days of focusing on pitchers and catchers, the full White Sox squad reports to Camelback Ranch tomorrow as the full journey begins. There will be the traditional first-day meeting with GM Rick Hahn and manager Robin Ventura, the first in a series of live batting and drills focused on making the Sox a... Read more »

Gratuitous boast of the day: Chicagoan Jenny McCarthy is a White Sox fan

Gratuitous boast of the day: Chicagoan Jenny McCarthy is a White Sox fan
Maybe it’s because I love when I undercover a celebrity Sox fan or maybe I was influenced by cupid on Valentine’s Day, but I had to post the following quote from Chicago actress Jenny McCarthy after it was tweeted by the White Sox on my twitter acount: “My favorite sports teams are the Bears and... Read more »
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Here's what we've learned about the Sox two days into camp

Here's what we've learned about the Sox two days into camp
In two days of pitchers and catchers, and some position players, beginning their routine for the long season, not much news is expected. But for White Sox fans starving for tidbits after the winter there are a few things to chew on. –Manager Robin Ventura turned down a contract extension in November because he wants... Read more »

10 questions as White Sox pitchers and catchers report tomorrow

10 questions as White Sox pitchers and catchers report tomorrow
For White Sox fans, beginnng this week and for the next month and a half, Camelback Ranch in Glendale, AZ will be the center of the earth as the Sox begin their 2013 journey. Here’s some food for thought in the form of 10 key questions as the first wave of Sox players arrive in... Read more »

White Sox-forever Buehrle to find it lonely in Toronto without his "best friend"--and, I for one, understand

White Sox-forever Buehrle to find it lonely in Toronto without his "best friend"--and, I for one, understand
Art of the Pale Hose is regularly devoted to opinions and observations about my favorite sports team. Sometimes, though, it’s necessary to bring to life a story about a former member of our extended baseball family. Today, the focus is on all-time fan favorite Mark Buehrle. Aside from the riches that came to him in... Read more »
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A special treat for White Sox fans: Hall of Fame sportswriter Bob Hammel lists his all-time favorite Sox

A special treat for White Sox fans: Hall of Fame sportswriter Bob Hammel lists his all-time favorite Sox
When I was an aspiring sportswriter at Indiana University in the late 1960s, Bob Hammel was a role model. He was (and is) not only a splendid writer and reporter but also a man of extraordinary kindness and generosity. I’m certainly not the only one in the Hammel fan club. Among the impressive accomplishments in... Read more »

The bags are packed and ready to go...pitchers and catchers report to Glendale on February 12

The bags are packed and ready to go...pitchers and catchers report to Glendale on February 12
In this case, a picture is worth a thousand words–Sox spring training begins in 10 days.

My All-Time Favorite White Sox (1954-2013)

My All-Time Favorite White Sox (1954-2013)
I was listening to the MLB Radio Network on Sirius/XM today and the hosts of the afternoon show, Casey Stern and former major league general manager Jim Bowden, came up with an interesting concept. Both of them selected their 30 favorite players that they actually saw play. Not necessarily the best players, but their favorites.... Read more »
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Is the best yet to come for Alexei Ramirez?

Is the best yet to come for Alexei Ramirez?
Who is Alexei Ramirez? Is he the outstanding defensive shortstop who has averaged 16 homers, 72 RBIs, a .276 batting average and .316 on base percentage in his five seasons with the Sox or is there room for him to get better? Ramirez, for one, seems to think there is room for growth. “I felt... Read more »
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