Posts in category "All-Star Game"

All-Star Game Mission Accomplished: White Sox avoid embarrassment

All-Star Game Mission Accomplished: White Sox avoid embarrassment
We’re only two years removed from our city’s greatest tragedy. After a rocky beginning to his career, Matt Thornton remade himself into a fireballing reliever, earned an All-Star appearance.  It was a glorious redemption story, right up until he was tagged for the go-ahead RBI double by eventual game MVP Brian McCann. The runner was... Read more »

Morning notes: While you were sleeping, everyone got added to the All-Star Team

Morning notes: While you were sleeping, everyone got added to the All-Star Team
As is the typical reward for finishing 2nd in the Last Man Vote, Jake Peavy has been added to the AL All-Star team as an injury replacement.  The reason for Peavy’s addition is almost a caricature of All-Star Game injury cop-outs: C.J. Wilson has a blister on his middle finger. In any case, Jake Peavy... Read more »

Afternoon notes: The Aaron Laffey menace looms

Afternoon notes: The Aaron Laffey menace looms
Aaron Laffey starts for the Toronto Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field Friday night, as a result of a rash of injuries to Toronto’s once promising starting rotation. The familiarity–and contempt–White Sox fans might have with Laffey stems from him spending 2007-10 skulking around the Cleveland Indians bullpen and making spot starts. He’s the soft-tossing... Read more »
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Morning notes: In the wake of the snubs

Morning notes: In the wake of the snubs
As any sabermetric writer has already exasperatedly told you, the proper reaction to All-Star selections is exasperation with the selection process, and to not be surprised when anyone outside the obvious choices gets shafted. Player reactions are a different animal.  They’re an odd mixture of the player’s personal feelings, sense of entitlement, level of comfort... Read more »

All-Star teams announced: a guide for your outrage

All-Star teams announced: a guide for your outrage
Chris Sale, Paul Konerko, and Adam Dunn were selected to the AL All-Star team.  That’s plenty of representation!  Think back to the years of waiting Magglio Ordonez to be subbed in at the end of the game. Sale’s 1st half performance stacks up against anyone else in the league, and he may yet have a... Read more »

Afternoon notes: Winning and feeling better while doing it

Afternoon notes: Winning and feeling better while doing it
The Baseball Prospectus’ Hit List power rankings–based on three different types of pythagorean calculations and league strength–have the White Sox as 2nd in all of baseball. The difference between them and No. 1 Texas is significant, but BP calculates their chances of making the playoffs at 61.8%, which has raised 27.6% in the last week.... Read more »
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All-Star Game completed - No White Sox players accidentally decapitated

All-Star Game completed - No White Sox players accidentally decapitated
This year’s All-Star game shone with promise for the boys on the South Side for one simple reason: No pitchers.  Because as any experienced baseball watcher knows; pitchers can only ruin things. Phil Humber was devoured by piranhas last week, making him ineligible to be added to the AL roster, and helping the Sox avoid... Read more »

White Sox Week That Was 6/27-7/3 - Pretty good, pretty good

White Sox Week That Was 6/27-7/3 - Pretty good, pretty good
These weekly wrap-ups are always heavily influenced by the result of the Sunday game.  Seeing as the Sox have been hugging all the turns on the road to mediocrity all year long, usually they’re one game away from being deemed a failure anyway, so it’s a flaw that’s easily hidden most of the time.  But... Read more »

White Sox All-Star game candidates, and other fictional creatures

White Sox All-Star game candidates, and other fictional creatures
And he won’t need someone to get a career-derailing concussion this time to get back! // Michael Buckner, Getty Images The All-Star Game can be kind of silly.  The fans vote for the starters, and that inevitably results in a great deal of the team being determined via popularity contest, and anyone who’s been to... Read more »
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White Sox Week That Was - 6/13-6/19: Let's just act like you turned a corner

He ain’t gonna make it. // Norm Hall, Getty Images This week was one uncharacteristically light on baseball for the White Sox, with only five games thanks to an off day and a rain delay.  Perhaps that’s a good thing.  The Sox are still 35-38 on the year, so they’re kind of below average at... Read more »