Archive for February 2012

Sun-Times front page summary of Konerko quote is kinda lazy

The biggest question about Paul Konerko’s Tuesday statements about it being possible for the White Sox to have a successful season without making the playoffs wasn’t what he meant by it, but how such a concession would be reacted to.  Konerko himself said ”I hope I don’t throw anybody off with this” The front page capsule... Read more »

The White Sox share your tempered expectations

The White Sox share your tempered expectations
The White Sox have begun every year gunning for the AL Central crown for so long, that to do otherwise seems like a crisis of conscience.  An unthinkable concession.  Their chances for contention are slim this season, but if they’re actually admitting it, good God, they may lose 100. Or at least that’s the concern that... Read more »

Rios and Dunn and the new order

Over at Southside Showdown, I wrote about how Robin Ventura might have just as strong of a need to stick by Alex Rios and Adam Dunn, despite how abominably awful that sounds.  Click the title to follow the link, and tell me if it doesn’t work, because it might tick me off enough to quit... Read more »
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Alex Rios needing to play right field is...less than ideal, but still fine

Alex Rios needing to play right field is...less than ideal, but still fine
Corner outfield spots are pretty interchangeable in the skill set they require.  Left field and right field are so interchangeable that at some point, someone started lumping them together and referring to the group as “corner outfielders”. The only real difficulty in transferring a player from one corner to the other would be an issue... Read more »

Position Battles!

Position Battles!
Spring Training doesn’t mean much. This is a point that’s been made time and again, but the lesson that the first, blessed taste of baseball in over 4 months should more or less be treated with a shrug and a yawn is a hard one to accept. So let’s not! If the White Sox got... Read more »

First dose of unbridled Spring Training optimism

First dose of unbridled Spring Training optimism
Taking even a day off the first burst of Spring Training is a good way to fall hopelessly behind all the positivism. It’s only fitting; it’s the beginning of the professional baseball season, professional baseball is a massive and onerous endeavor, so you’re either entering it with unbridled enthusiasm and energy or you’re not doing... Read more »
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Cuba Chatter

Cuba Chatter
Now’s a good time to talk about Cuban ballplayers.  As we are grappling with the Oakland A’s surprise signing of promising Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes; a move that, if the player isn’t traded, may help precipitate the Athletics relocation to San Jose (a proposition backed in full by leverage man Jerry Reinsdorf).  As we await the fate of young Cuban... Read more »

Nobody believes in the White Sox, except the people who are mistaking them for the Arizona Diamondbacks

Nobody believes in the White Sox, except the people who are mistaking them for the Arizona Diamondbacks
“Appreciate the Game” is a pretty lame slogan, admittedly. It also has to be.   The unvarnished bravado of “All In” doesn’t go down as easily when its placed alongside with multiple instances of pressing and cascading failure, and an off-season spent cooling heels and waiting for a new window. So they opted for the... Read more »

Pitchers & Catchers - Forced to interact!

Pitchers & Catchers - Forced to interact!
[Edit: It has come to my attention that White Sox pitchers and catchers don't actually report until tomorrow, February 23rd.  By "come to my attention", I mean that every other Sox blogger I read was operating under the correct date, and I inexplicably opted to go with the information from some website dedicated to Spring Training... Read more »
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Much Better Moments in White Sox History - Gavin Floyd announces his presence with authority

Much Better Moments in White Sox History - Gavin Floyd announces his presence with authority
In the shiny new Baseball Prospectus’ Annual for 2012, Gavin Floyd’s player comment starts out with “Blessed with the best stuff on the staff”, which is a fun little reminder since he spent most of 2011 refining his hard slider into more of a cutter, trading whiffs for control.  The comment went on to say... Read more »