Archive for October 2011

Frasor and Pierzynski headline a day of absurdities

Frasor and Pierzynski headline a day of absurdities
The White Sox picked up Jason Frasor’s 2012 option for $3.75 million on Monday, which is confounding for two reasons. 1) For a team that’s made no secret of a desire to scale back it’s budget, spending $3.75 million on a guy who figures to rank behind Sergio Santos, Jesse Crain, and Addison Reed among... Read more »

Four treasonous White Sox players file for free agency

Four treasonous White Sox players file for free agency
Mark Buehrle, Ramon Castro, Juan Pierre, and Omar Vizquel all filed for free agency Sunday, meaning another season will go by where no player with an expiring contract neglects to file any paperwork, continues to show up to the ballpark on a daily basis, mills about in the lobby of the executive offices, uses the... Read more »

Baseball is over: PREPARE

Baseball is over: PREPARE
On Friday night, the baseball season ended with the St. Louis Cardinals as the World Series champions.  If they hadn’t already hammered this point home in 2006, St. Louis reiterated that you always gun like hell for the playoffs if at all possible.  Even if your rotation is sort of blegh, even if at any... Read more »
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Goodness Gracious Game 6

Goodness Gracious Game 6
I had a thought prepared for tonight.  It was a snarky thought, indirectly or pretty directly rebuking something Phil Rogers said about the White Sox decision on Buehrle coming this week. That’s absurd, the White Sox don’t let long-time veterans get all the way to free agency, then break their necks rushing to operate within... Read more »

Six years ago...and very much right now

Six years ago...and very much right now
On October 26th, 2005, the Chicago White Sox captured their first World Series in 88 years.  For any team, winning a championship is a stand-alone moment in franchise history, but perhaps more so for the White Sox. Their triumph was not a culmination of years of buildup, and despite a formidable 2006 squad, did not... Read more »

FOUND: One Arnie Munoz...and more White Sox notes

FOUND: One Arnie Munoz...and more White Sox notes
Back in 2004, the White Sox went through a period commonly referred to as “5th starter hell”, when they stretched into late June without a win from the last slot in the rotation. In fairness, this team entered the year with Scott Shoeneweis as their No. 4 starter, and skipped spots on enough occasions to... Read more »
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White Sox are just sitting around watching the World Series too

White Sox are just sitting around watching the World Series too
Whether for sheer moments of virtuosity, or Monday night’s delightful tone change into slapstick, it’s been an enormously entertaining World Series.  It will bring a pang of sadness when it–and baseball itself–comes to a close, but it will also re-start the journey. That is, the journey toward a new White Sox season.  When things can... Read more »

Kenny Williams insists upon re-building the Kenny Williams way

Kenny Williams insists upon re-building the Kenny Williams way
Kenny Williams is willing to shed some of his regulars in exchange for some young, cheap talent.  However, he’d appreciate it if that cheap talent came major-league ready. “Williams admitted that the offers might not be overwhelming.”  I’ll say. There’s a temptation to rail on about how Williams’ complete unwillingness to sacrifice the immediate  for... Read more »

Adam Dunn, and the worst White Sox I can remember

Adam Dunn, and the worst White Sox I can remember
Adam Dunn had pretty much the worst season I could have imagined.  It was known coming in that he couldn’t run, probably offered nothing defensively and struck out of a lot. Instead, his attempts at contact were more hopeless than ever before, his country-strong power was absent, and did you see him play 1st base?!?... Read more »
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Danks, Buehrle, or Floyd?

Danks, Buehrle, or Floyd?
I’m sure when Scott Merkin wrote his piece declaring that the White Sox 2012 rotation would not be absent both Mark Buehrle and John Danks, he believed that he was giving loyal fans a bit of peace.  True enough, every starter returning makes it less likely Zach Stewart makes 25 starts next season, and that’s good.... Read more »