Archive for November 2011

Ozzie makes it easy, White Sox hire a Paddy

Ozzie makes it easy, White Sox hire a Paddy
It’s still kind of weird to read a story about “manager Ozzie Guillen”, and realize it’s not White Sox-related, but rather pertaining to some strange southeastern franchise that has Chris Volstad on it. Luckily, there’s a feature with ESPN the Magazine where Tim Kurkjian seemingly allowed Guillen to speak extemporaneously on the often-addressed topic of... Read more »

Trade all of the relievers!

Trade all of the relievers!
Recently there’s been the news that the rest of the league is hot-to-trot for cheap and wildly talented reliever Sergio Santos and wish to make a trade.  It’s also been learned that maybe the White Sox should trade John Danks already seeing as they haven’t made him a real extension offer since 2009.  Finally, on Tuesday, it... Read more »

The White Sox have lowered ticket prices!...kinda...not really

The White Sox have lowered ticket prices!...kinda...not really
There is one solace for the fan of the disappointingly mediocre baseball team; and it’s not the high draft pick, nor the Dylan Axelrod spot start.  No, it’s the reluctant and marginal rollback of ticket prices. For once, the White Sox did not disappoint.  The reductions were marginal, and maaaaan, were they reluctant: Prices for... Read more »
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Hot Stove Watch - Day 32: "Is thing on?...I smell gas, but I don't hear anything clicking"

Hot Stove Watch - Day 32: "Is thing on?...I smell gas, but I don't hear anything clicking"
It would appear that the GMs of the league have for the most part remained doggedly dedicated to waiting until next week’s winter meetings to get into the crazy trading and signing frenzy that, well, traditionally happens in the winter meetings. A new CBA that promised to–and did–completely re-shape the nature of free agent compensation... Read more »

Kenny Williams can't even pretend to be normal

Kenny Williams can't even pretend to be normal
No one is really still under the impression that Kenny Williams is a fantastic GM.  A 3-year playoff drought without even a whiff of rebuilding will do that. However, if possible, it’d be great to dismiss the notion that he’s a terrible GM, or one who has tragically outlived his usefulness.  As he continues to... Read more »

Thankful for the White Sox

Thankful for the White Sox
Happy Thanksgiving!…still.  In keeping with the spirit of the holiday, I’m going to take this special time out to try to say something nice about every player who donned a White Sox uniform in 2011.  Here goes! (holds breath) Thanks Dylan Axelrod!: For providing the thrill of seeing someone who looks exactly like my friend Joe... Read more »
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Happy Juan Pierre Didn't Get Offered Arbitration Day!

Happy Juan Pierre Didn't Get Offered Arbitration Day!
What’s so different about Juan Pierre and Pablo Ozuna? Besides the whole part where Ozuna lied about his age and never had an actual prime, I mean to ask, “What is the crucial difference in their White Sox legacies?”  They were both impatient slap-hitters, and while they both brought plenty of speed, their defense was... Read more »

Collective Bargaining Argreement signed, revealing more details that tick off almost everyone but the White Sox

Collective Bargaining Argreement signed, revealing more details that tick off almost everyone but the White Sox
The idea of the Collective Bargaining Agreement as an enormous and onerous set of regulations on acquiring amateur talent has been floating around for a while.  For a remarkably exhaustive rundown of all the provisions installed, Larry from South Side Sox has must-read primers on the changes to amateur talent, and to free agency. It’s... Read more »

We still have a ways to go

We still have a ways to go
Justin Verlander captured the AL MVP award on Monday, and it’s hard to argue with the top-boss of starting pitchers in the league capturing the prize because, well, the criteria is not set up for anyone to be objectively dismissed. It would at least be nice if Verlander represented a departure from the archaic thinking... Read more »
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MLB labor peace, and its annoying consequences

MLB labor peace, and its annoying consequences
The MLB owners and the players union shook hands on a new 5-year Collective Bargaining Agreement to be announced on Monday, and perhaps that’s all we should care about. The NBA has been kind enough to provide reference on how dreary and dull it can be to watch two sides grapple endlessly in a stalemate... Read more »