Posts in category "Fielding"

If the Twins are just going to defend Adam Dunn wrong...

Perhaps you’ve noticed this, but no points taken off if you haven’t–teams have been defending Adam Dunn in a very specific way in the infield.  They’re featuring a shift.  I could describe it, but the Baltimore Orioles could just demonstrate it. The 2nd basemen is playing a sort of ‘Short Right Field’ position, the shortstop... Read more »

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 »

White Sox Season Preview - Infield

White Sox Season Preview - Infield
Well, the preview for catchers was 1200 words and was only about two players, so perhaps an emphasis on verbal economy would be good to have.  Oh boy, we’re already failing. This will be stated again, possibly during every other position group preview, but the White Sox infield has a lot of uncertainty to it.... 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 »

Middle relief, utility infielders, these are not the holes to throw your money into

Middle relief, utility infielders, these are not the holes to throw your money into
Between the Penn State debacle of moral failings, Wilson Ramos getting friggin’ kidnapped, and the inanity of the NBA lockout, it’s become clear that while there are White Sox outrages, they don’t resonate with the top outrages of the sports world at large.  Perhaps the White Sox are a lot more competent than anyone realized.... Read more »

Mark Buehrle wins his 3rd-straight Gold Glove, A.J. Pierzynski....eh

Mark Buehrle wins his 3rd-straight Gold Glove, A.J. Pierzynski....eh
It probably comes as no shock to any regular reader that I regard Mark Buehrle winning his 3rd Fielding Bible Award on Monday as a greater accomplishment than capturing his 3rd-straight Gold Glove on Tuesday. For some reason, managers and coaches have not proved to be as reliable of a voting population as they would... Read more »
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Alexei Ramirez is fine, when so much else isn't

Alexei Ramirez is fine, when so much else isn't
It’s just too dead of a period of time in the White Sox news cycle to pass up some media criticism.  That rainy day post about the biggest WPA swings of the season can always wait another day… The Tribune’s White Sox beat writer Mark Gonzales took out the time Thursday to identify Alexei Ramirez... Read more »

Disrespecting a veteran

Disrespecting a veteran
Omar Vizquel hasn’t played a whole lot, and if I had to hazard a guess, I would say it’s because he’s been terrible. His .245/.282/.294 line would be rough enough, but he’s paired it with the fielding range of a 44 year-old in a season where the threshold has been a bit more than ‘play... Read more »

Where's our breakout, Alexei?

Where's our breakout, Alexei?
There’s been enough railing on the management, time to get back to sighing deeply about the players. Let me start by saying that Alexei Ramirez is under no circumstances to ever be referred to as a disappointment.  He’s an elite fielder at the most important position in the infield, so much so that he leads... Read more »
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Charlotte Knights get 'revenge' on Twins

Charlotte Knights get 'revenge' on Twins
Last year, I attended the first and third games of last September’s 3-game set with the Minnesota Twins. In other words, I was there when the 2010 White Sox got put in the ground.  They would have been demoralizing losses for the consequences alone, but with the Twins racking up 25 runs against the Sox’... Read more »