Archive for March 2012

White Sox opt for potential in final roster cuts

White Sox opt for potential in final roster cuts
The final winners of shiny, new major league minimum salaries were announced on Saturday, and joining IF Eduardo Escobar in the White Sox bench player winner cirlce is long reliever RHP Zach Stewart, and regular reliever RHP Nate Jones. Escobar had his utility role confirmed when IF Ray Olmedo was sent down, Stewart made the... Read more »

White Sox Season Preview - Bullpen

White Sox Season Preview - Bullpen
Ready or not, it’s time to assess how the 2012 White Sox bullpen can be expected to perform. This post will go up no sooner than March 30th, and it is likely that a complete understanding of who will possess each role will not be revealed for a few days yet. Still, think of all... Read more »

Only a few more days of this Spring malaise

Only a few more days of this Spring malaise
Real, major league baseball has been making isolated appearances in the Eastern hemisphere this week, and the bright lights from the spectacle only serve to put this shoddy Arizona facsimile of the game into unflattering relief.  When will all the dingers mean something?  When can we start freaking out about Dayan Viciedo for real?  What is Ray... Read more »
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South Side Baseball Legend: Rube Foster

South Side Baseball Legend: Rube Foster
Before Jackie Robinson, Satchel Paige, and Josh Gibson, the Kansas City Monarchs and the Homestead Grays, powerhouses of the Negro Leagues during the interwar years and beyond, there was Andrew “Rube” Foster and his American Giants of Chicago, which together ruled the African American circuit and later the Negro National League throughout the 1910s and... Read more »

Welcome Eduardo Escobar into your hearts, but not necessarily the field

Welcome Eduardo Escobar into your hearts, but not necessarily the field
A sweeping, decisive round of roster cuts were announced Tuesday.  The prolonged process of ‘getting a looksie’ at Jordan Danks, Josh Phegley, Jim Gallagher, and Tyler Saladino ended, and so did the spirited attempts to snag a major league minimum salary by Dan Johnson and Dallas McPherson. With Ozzie Martinez already removed from camp without... Read more »

The rotation is set, so now we can start worrying about people

The rotation is set, so now we can start worrying about people
John Danks finally won that Opening Day starting role that he sort of won already.  It’s an announcement that lacks the manufactured drama of the 25th man race, or the closer role, or the ‘who in the bullpen isn’t a closer candidate?’ question, but it’s something. Ventura went farther to outline the entire rotation order:... Read more »
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Don Cooper is allowed to be a curmudgeon

In a tale as old as time, a national writer makes a critique of a player or coach, and a local writer refutes their critique by adding loads and loads of context.  Still, I felt it necessary to refute Craig Calcaterra’s suggestion that Don Cooper being resistant to new ideas will lead to his immediate... Read more »

Closer Intrigue?

Closer Intrigue?
Jesse Crain had a successful bullpen session this weekend, and is scheduled to return to making regular outings after missing two weeks with a strained oblique.  It seems like he’ll recover in time to be ready for the start of the season, which is good if you don’t like unproven organizational arms snagging Opening Day... Read more »

Impressions from blogger call with Buddy Bell

Impressions from blogger call with Buddy Bell
Friday afternoon, us blogger scum got the chance to talk with White Sox Vice President and Director of Player Development, Buddy Bell.  If there is a better guy to talk about White Sox prospects with than Bell…well, then he really should promote himself better. Naturally, the conversation between Bell and the White Sox blogosphere was... Read more »
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One wacky, highly encouraging Spring day

One wacky, highly encouraging Spring day
Often in observing Spring Training stats–besides the desire to just absorb all of it at face value–there’s an inclination to disregard the negative, but take some cautious joy in the positive occurrences.  None of it is supposed to predictive of regular season performance, so your favorite player going 0-for-Spring Training can be waived off (thankfully),... Read more »