Posts in category "Spring Training"

Up, up, and away

Up, up, and away
Danks wasn’t locating particularly well Thursday night.  A quick, first-impression analysis is that he was leaving the ball up, but that judgment is affected by a few prominent attention-grabbers. First, the catastrophic Jason Kipnis home run came on a cutter up in the zone, and as Ventura noted, the lefty-heavy lineup took away Danks’ signature... Read more »

Fake baseball moves into real parks

Fake baseball moves into real parks
With the Cactus League season in the rearview mirror, the White Sox are beginning the slow transition to real baseball in time for the weekend series against the reigning AL Champions To ease the transition, The Sox are playing two games against the Houston Astros in Minute Maid Park.  Perhaps they’re easing the transition too... Read more »

There are more Conor Jacksons where that came from

There are more Conor Jacksons where that came from
This year and the next couple, depending on the fate of a few drafts and a Marco Paddy-led international scouting initiative, “depth” will be a oft-cited weakness of the White Sox organization.  With a barren farm system and a payroll that’s still weighing rather heavy, it’s going to be a tall task to find suitable... Read more »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »