Archive for October 2012

Inevitably I'll realize I forgot something, and will have to come back

As someone who graduated with a degree in history, I can only hope that hundreds of years from now, the glut of baseball blog eulogies that I am about to contribute to will provide part-time classification work to some like-minded student. For that lucky student toiling for their professor of  Self-Indulgence in the Nascent Days... Read more »

Saturday morning cart--er, White Sox notes

Saturday morning cart--er, White Sox notes
In the end, Adam Dunn broke his promise to Hawk Harrelson, and failed to win the AL Comeback Player of the Year award.  Between this and the 2011 post-All-Star break pact he made with Alex Rios to save the season, it might be time to start taking Dunn’s solemn, steely-eyed vows with a grain of... Read more »

White Sox slash ticket prices with great purpose

White Sox slash ticket prices with great purpose
A fun annual ritual of baseball teams that have just capped off surprisingly good seasons is to capitalize–emphasis on capital–on fan enthusiasm by raising ticket prices. Another fun ritual is for baseball teams deep in the clutches of a multi-year attendance slide (such as, a run of six years of diminishing returns like the White Sox... Read more »
Advertisement:

Blow it all up!: and other ideas for the White Sox off-season

Blow it all up!: and other ideas for the White Sox off-season
This off-season should be…interesting. The White Sox are coming off of a year where pretty much every member of their over-30 offensive core met, or improbably exceeded expectations (Jake Peavy even improbably made a bid for 220 innings), and they got all of 85 wins. My quick assessment would be that they’re due for the... Read more »

Great improvements and disappointments of the 2012 White Sox

Great improvements and disappointments of the 2012 White Sox
There have been some attempts to sum up the surprises, both good and bad, for the White Sox this past season, and generally I feel they could use some context. Everything needs buckets of buckets of context; it’s just a matter of how much we can stand. Mark Gonzales of the Tribune highlighted a fun... Read more »

White Sox, not White Socks, or whatever

WSO Co-writer Chris Lamberti and I are friends on the internet, so we had an internet conversation during after Game 1 of the NLCS.  At the time, Pierzynski was messing with my goal for the playoffs–for them to slip by without the White Sox suffering any further nationally televised embarrassment.  He had brought up Lance Lynn’s... Read more »
Advertisement:

White Sox relievers are fungible to a fault

White Sox relievers are fungible to a fault
“”We’ve got a bunch of guys who are really bad at starting,” -Will Ohman, Feb. 26, 2011 Leave it to Will Ohman to make the self-deprecating statement that would later be used in his own post-mortem.  The 2012 season would see the White Sox take a step away from investing in “failed starters”, and their... Read more »

Your White Sox playoff rooting interests

Your White Sox playoff rooting interests
One might be so bold as to suggest, that this post is a week or so late, since the divisional round just completed.  But that is nonsense. No one needed my suggestion or influence to latch on to the noble, hopeless causes of the Oakland A’s or the Baltimore Orioles.  That’s just second nature for... Read more »

Another troubling update from old friend John Danks

Another troubling update from old friend John Danks
Not that long ago, John Danks’ return to the rotation was set to be the big trade deadline addition to the starting rotation.  It wasn’t the jazziest sales line of all time, but since the alternative was Francisco Liriano, a Danks 2012 return can reside in the realm of tortured White Sox fantasies. But now... Read more »
Advertisement:

Reviewing the White Sox mid-season trades--What was accomplished here?

Reviewing the White Sox mid-season trades--What was accomplished here?
Mid-way through the year, Kenny Williams ran off a series of trades exclusively aimed toward winning the 2012 AL Central. That did not happen, and now it’s time to recalibrate the legacy of each deal to account for it.  The common sentiment accompanying all three of the White Sox mid-season deals was that they were... Read more »