Archive for February 2011

White Sox televised Spring Training Game #1 - What did we learn?

Your baseball itch? Consider it scratched // Phil Velasquez, Chicago Tribune The lesson to begin with–and it will be in however many of these I write–is that nothing can be definitively learned or proven in a single Spring Training game.  They can only be very forcefully suggested. Actually scratch that, we can be sure of... Read more »

Terry Francona negotiates the supposed end of the Guillen-Jenks feud

Well that was quick. Just a day after the verbal dust-up that emerged, and threatened to re-emerge even bigger between Bobby Jenks and Ozzie Guillen, Terry Francona informed the press that he spoke to Jenks and contacted Guillen, and conveyed the same message to each: ‘Knock if off, eh?’ “That’s over,” Francona told the Boston... Read more »

Drama-free White Sox season was fun while it lasted

It merits this type of reaction // Kirby Lee, US PRESSWIRE When Mark Buehrle made it clear that he’d liked to have seen Kevin Kolb get more playing time for the Eagles, Kenny Williams joked that he would file it away to the “No drama for Kenny zone”.  Well, unless they’re knocking out walls at... Read more »
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White Sox Season Preview 2011 - Positional Battles

White Sox Season Preview 2011 - Positional Battles
Morel may look innocent, but really he’s engaged in brutal warfare of the mundane and pre-determined variety // Phil Velasquez, Chicago Tribune Positional Battles are generally something bad teams have.  To have a spot on the field up in the air going into Spring Training means you have no strong incumbent, then you followed that... Read more »

Conference call with White Sox prospect Anthony Carter

For the second time in this young year, Marty Maloney of the White Sox PR Department was generous enough to invite a collection of bloggers for a conference call interview with a member of the organization.  And for the second time this year, Marty was generous enough to include me. This month’s subject is Anthony... Read more »

AJ Pierzynski wants to play 162, he should not

AJ Pierzynski wants to play 162, he should not
To prove his point, A.J. has been carrying around 162 clean pairs of compression shorts // Kyle Terada, US PRESSWIRE There’s nothing surprising about A.J. Pierzynski’s declaration.  His appetite for playing time has long been apparent (over 800 games in 6 years), even if it’s been aided by a lack of competent backups from 2006-09. ... Read more »
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White Sox Season Preview 2011 - Breakout Candidates

You don’t bunt your way to a breakout season, Juan. Someone’s off the list // Kirby Lee, US PRESSWIRE Contrary to what you may hear (from me), there is young talent on the Chicago White Sox.  Not young talent in the sense of “he’s so good, he’s so young, My God, he could do anything!”,... Read more »

White Sox Season Preview 2011 - The War on Southern Regression - Final thoughts

“Whaaaaaaaa? I made the list?” Not really, Juan, not really. // Phil Velasquez, Chicago Tribune Well, as I’ve taken some effort to discuss, the fate of the White Sox this season will rest a great deal upon Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko, Mark Buehrle maintaining their performance levels into their mid-30′s…an age I can only imagine... Read more »

White Sox Season Preview 2011 - The War on Southern Regression - Mark Buehrle

White Sox Season Preview 2011 - The War on Southern Regression - Mark Buehrle
Steady as he goes // Kyle Terada, US PRESSWIRE Would now be a good time to mention that the series after this is “Breakout players for 2011″?  It really seems like that should be thrown out there before getting any more bogged down in potential negativity. To ignore the role all the relatively young pitching... Read more »
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White Sox Season Preview 2011 - The War on Southern Regression - A.J. Pierzynski

I’m betting the camera caught A.J.’s shirt filling with an unfortunate gust of wind because otherwise OOOOOOOOHHHHHHH GOOOODD!!! // Kyle Terada, US PRESSWIRE Unlike with Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko, to address the possibility of offensive struggles for A.J. Pierzynski doesn’t really count as an attempt to suck out the optimism for the White Sox... Read more »