Posts in category "Catchers"

Too wild

Too wild
In Wednesday’s 6-3 loss to the Indians, Philip Humber continued to pay back the fates for the great control he was blessed with during his perfect game.  He lacked command and control for the second straight start and walked a career-high six batters. Through it all, Humber was just a misplay by Beckham and a hanging... Read more »

A.J.'s power trip

A.J.'s power trip
  I’ve seen Pierzynski get on hot streaks before, but never with this much extra-base power — Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) April 19, 2012 A.J. Pierzynski continued his early-season tear Wednesday night, going 2 for 4 with another homer.  This particular blast not only provided all the runs the White Sox would need on the night,... Read more »

Pierzynski is probably brilliant, Short is definitely hurt

Pierzynski is probably brilliant, Short is definitely hurt
The frustrating thing about trying to evaluate A.J. Pierzynski is reviewing his statistical profile, finding a decent but underwhelming player, and being met with the inevitable reply of “Yeah, but the intangibles”.  It’s a valid complaint, but one that’s hard to reconcile into a firm, sum total. Beyond the mystery of his bat-handling, or clutchitude,... Read more »
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White Sox Season Preview - Catchers

White Sox Season Preview - Catchers
On Thursday against the Rangers, Adam Dunn homered and doubled.  He homered off of Neftali Feliz, and hit the double off of a lefty.  A left-handed pinata, but still, a lefty.  Gordon Beckham also homered (a bomb).  Hector Santiago struck out three Texas Rangers in two innings, including Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz. It’s very... 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 »

Same Size, Different Shape - Replacing A.J. Pierzynski with Tyler Flowers

Over at Southside Showdown, I mull over whether Tyler Flowers can be expected to take over the starting catching gig by the end of the year, and replace Pierzynski’s production.  The gist–the kid is capable of taking the keys and driving just as well as the old vet did, but there’s also a not insignificant... Read more »
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SoxFest ends; time to parse out actual hope from hope for hope's sake

SoxFest ends; time to parse out actual hope from hope for hope's sake
SoxFest is such a gushing wellspring of optimism and good feelings that it’s difficult to pick on what alleged comeback-story-in-the-making to focus on.  Everyone is excited for a new start, which is good, because otherwise that would mean that some player or coach is dreading the beginning of the season.  Every mention of the coming... Read more »

Ventura meets the press, rings in new era of open-ended coach-speak

Ventura meets the press, rings in new era of open-ended coach-speak
With SoxFest coming up this weekend, new manager Robin Ventura is hitting all the press stops to drum up enthusiasm for the new season.  It’s nothing but a heart-pounding thrill-ride of understated professionalism. While Ozzie occasionally inspired the instinct to wince and hope he would work his way through every interview without a risque statement,... Read more »

Reinsdorf tries clear out the fuss so everyone can focus on non-roster invites

Reinsdorf tries clear out the fuss so everyone can focus on non-roster invites
There had been some word of trouble on the horizon.  Specifically… @OzzieGuillen I will kill peoples fellings no mercy i turn the page but they no let me a long then get ready going to be bad 20 Jan via Twitter for iPad In response to that, Jerry Reinsdorf–probably the very best man for the job of... Read more »
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Could the 2012 White Sox be competitive?

Could the 2012 White Sox be competitive?
It seems silly now, but part of me fully expected Kenny Williams to trade absolutely every fungible asset in the organization over the course of the four-day Winter Meetings.  Four days, trade Danks, Quentin, Floyd, Thornton, and even Beckham, Santos, Pierzynski–including convincing him to waive his no-trade–all out for prospects.  Boom, done, rebuild over, roll... Read more »