Archive for January 2011

Starting Brent Morel at 3rd base

Starting Brent Morel at 3rd base
More than any other major sport, rookies and prospects are coddled in baseball.  The inordinate propensity for super-talented prospects to just up and become Paul Wilson for no reason has spooked teams into spending a lot of time figuring out how to expose their young prodigies to the cruel world. The ideal practice? Platforming; which... Read more »

White Sox showing their hand by pursuing Freddy Garcia

There’s just no subtle way to court Freddy Garcia What the White Sox are going to do with Chris Sale–their best pitching prospect in recent memory–has been an ongoing mystery this off-season.  The best value for Sale is to start, as everyone, who is anyone, agrees on.  However, everyone at 35th & Wentworth was rightly... Read more »

White Sox player wrap-ups - John Danks

John Danks; team leader in innings pitched, and beard sweat I very desperately wanted to search for another topic to cover than the last White Sox wrap-up of for the 2010 season.  Ever since things like free agency, arbitration deals, and the convention that the organization itself puts on to hype up the 2011 season... Read more »
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SoxFest brings some clarity to roster, and death to some interesting ideas

SoxFest brings some clarity to roster, and death to some interesting ideas
Suits with baseball caps; always looks terrible While the off-season has been a delightful forum to opine about what the best use of the players on the White Sox roster would be, SoxFest comes now as a time to break all that chatter apart, as the people who matter tell us what the use of... Read more »

A chat with Chris Sale

As part of their continuing effort to be the rare baseball team that acknowledges the turn of the century, the Chicago White Sox invited myself, and a few other prominent Sox bloggers to participate in a conference call with Chris Sale Thursday afternoon.  I definitely heard J.J. Stankevitz of White Sox Examiner, Jim Margalus of... Read more »

Joe Crede gets another shot, signs with Rockies

Joe Crede gets another shot, signs with Rockies
In a move I had longed hoped would happen, Joe Crede is returning to professional baseball.  A 2005 post-season hero (.622 career playoff slugging percentage!), and a virtuoso 3rd baseman who somehow never managed to get recognized for a gold glove (+57.9 career UZR), Crede hasn’t logged 100 games since 2006 due to chronic back... Read more »
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White Sox finish off deals with Danks, Quentin, and Pena in time for SoxFest

Suit up, John As Jim Margalus was careful to point out the other day, players who aren’t under contract, tend not to show up to team promotional events that probably aren’t intrinsically enjoyable for them…like SoxFest.  With that almost certainly in mind, the Sox dished out contract offers to their arbitration eligible players on Tuesday.... Read more »

White Sox player wrap-ups - Gavin Floyd

White Sox player wrap-ups - Gavin Floyd
Gavin Floyd is the most talented pitcher in the White Sox rotation. The natural response to such an assertion is, “well, clearly talent isn’t everything.”  For reasons varying from high BABIP, a tendency for the calamitous big inning, the occasional injury, bad luck, inconsistencies in his stuff, that one year (’08) where he was on... Read more »

Chris Sale should probably start...I guess

Chris Sale should probably start...I guess
This is annoying for me. Chris Sale would be pretty fantastic in the bullpen.  He can close (setting up that rotating closer scenario), he can go multiple innings, he’s another plus left-hander to hide Will Ohman from any meaningful action, and he’d be a Mauer-killer on-call.  It would be really friggin’ great. But it’s not... Read more »
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White Sox player wrap-ups - Daniel Hudson

Sometimes the only picture of you big enough for a title line is a shot of you looking like you can’t stand the smell of the dugout. As much as I admittedly am charmed by the “We’re All-In” slogan, it’s a bit of a misnomer because…it’s not really new.  Maybe the White Sox aren’t going... Read more »