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What's wrong with the CY Young picture?

  Hey everyone, I've been away for a while but now that the postseason awards are upon us and teams will reboot themselves, it's time to get after it again.
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Phillies, an old school team

  I'm starting to take a closer look at the Phillies and am leaning toward them winning this series.
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Umpiring means more than just missed calls

  This has officially become the year of the blown call in the 2009 playoffs.
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Playoff winners do so with dominance

  First round here and gone in a jiffy.  Not a whole lot of drama to go around.
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Um, the Twins win

  I have received much grief over the course of this year's blogs by touting the Twins organization.  I have also received much grief over my "told you so" tone at times.
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Ozzie's old school rant and generational gaps

  Every player from an era gone by fears becoming the "remember when" guy.  Ozzie Guillen is no different, but there's a lot more at work here.
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Peavy and White Sox win differently

  The Chicago White Sox beat the Tigers Friday in the type of game the Sox aren't accustomed to seeing this year.
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ESPN fans vote for 20th anniversary All Stars

  I saw this tonight.  Who the hell is doing this voting??
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Jake Peavy ready to launch

  Okay, none of us guessers got the date right, but after all the hoopla, tension and eventually watching the Sox chances fade, Jake Peavy is ready to take the hill.
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Ozzie's fault for the season?

  Ozzie Guillen recently commented that he would assume all the blame for the Sox collapse and mediocrity this season.  But whether you believe him, care about it, think that's admirable etc. is not the point of interest here.
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Chicago White Sox 2010 needs

  As we've gone along in this blog, everyone who had commented has had ideas about exactly what the Sox need to add, subtract or do to become the top dog again. And to everyone who idolizes Kenny Williams and will support and protect his every move, relax.  We are just speculating and B.S.ing about our individual ideas.  So here goes...
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White Sox' Beckham Rookie Of The Year?

  With yesterday's dramatic finish in the Sox 4-2 win over the Twins being sparked by back to back 2 out homers by Gordon Beckham and Paul Konerko, the young Sox third baseman is continuing his very productive rookie season.
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White Sox salary dump 101

So, after being swept in New York and showing little signs of life for a title drive, White Sox GM Kenny Williams went on an early salary dump trading Jim Thome and Jose Contreras for two mid level prospects at the last minute prior to teams solidifying their post season rosters.

I can't remember who, but somebody...OH YEAH, ME, suggested that Contreras should be traded way back when he had won three straight and his value had peaked. But there were a lot of naysayers.

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Na Na Hey Hey White Sox?

  As we all keep waiting for something to spark this years squad beyond .500, it appears that it may be a wasted September.
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Peavy throws scoreless 5

Once again, what does that mean?  Jake was hit by a line drive on his second to last pitch of the evening.  
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White Sox underachieving?

   Chicago White Sox GM Kenny Williams has labeled this year's team "underachievers."  That's one way to piss guys off and light a fire for a hopeful playoff run, but is it true?
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Strasburg signs, Nationals win World Series

  Okay, not so fast.  One pitcher can not come close to "saving" an organization as they are proclaiming the signing of Stephen Strasburg will do for the Nationals.
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Please Nationals, don't sign Strasburg

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  I've already covered this topic but as we wait for the final 16 hours of this made-up Scott Boras fiasco, I will ask once again to the Nats, please don't let this happen!
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Peavy's White Sox organization debut a success

  Not that three minor league innings are completely telltale, but Jake Peavy's return to live action in AAA went smoothly.  What I liked to see was the strikeouts.
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Alex Rios as a White Sox player

   I'm not sure about the naysayers in the Alex Rios waiver claim. 
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Chicago White Sox' Ozzie Guillen quotes former manager Jeff Torborg

   I loved seeing Ozzie Guillen's comments about his guys getting hit by pitches this year.  I had a smile filled flashback to the very first spring training I was in with Jeff Torborg as our manager. 
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John Hughes & Chicago

  I just had to comment that I can't truly find a John Hughes "stinker" in his history. He was a complete stud who captured every moment and scenario he wrote about.  The closest I came to   his glory was sharing an apartment building with Ally Sheedy in 1990 in Chicago.  And I still love Captain Crunch and Pixie Stick sandwiches. Goodbye to a complete star.

Guess when Jake Peavy will debut with the White Sox


So I decided it was time to have a little fun with the whole Jake Peavy drama.

I've gone on record saying he wasn't going to pitch for the Sox until September, and now here's my official prediction along with total wins in 2009:

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Will Jake Peavy be ready?

  I was just doing some math.  I haven't seen the White Sox timetable on Jake Peavy yet but here's how I see it.
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Ask Black Jack: Volume 5

Got a question for me? Send it to askblackjack@yahoo.com.

As we know, Alexei Ramírez is playing SS but is that going to be his final position when the music stops in a 2011? I say 2011 because that is when Dayán Viciedo should be playing 3B full time and Gordon Beckham moves to his rightful position of SS. Will Ramírez end up in CF, 2B or left out?

Brian D. Schultz

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Peavy to the White Sox...HUH?

  It's being reported that Jake Peavy has finally agreed to rescind his no trade clause and agree to a trade to the White Sox.  I am scratching my head. Not at the fact that Peavy would agree to come.  But why would the Sox make this move right now?
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Are any prospects can't miss?

  Well one more day to make the big sweeping trade that will deplete a team's minor league system while trading all those can't miss prospects.  But realistically, how many of these prospects are really worth a crap?
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Mark Buehrle, the Hall Of Fame and the end of my career

 It's so much fun to project an athlete's future.  We project college athletes as Hall of Famers before they get an out in A-ball.  By the way, how are those Strasburg negotiations going Nationals?  I love to say I told you so.  And we love to project things on current players such as Mark Buehrle being a future Hall of Famer.
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Buehrle perfect, Sox on track

There's really not much to say when a guy throws a perfect game that won't be repeated a thousand times from everyone with a typewriter.  But a no-hitter and a perfect game in a career is awesome.  Couldn't happen to a better guy.

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Pondering the Pitchcount

   I could write a 300 page book about this subject but I thought I'd just outline the basics of why pitch counts are a complete farce and are virtually worthless.
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