Posts tagged "Frank Thomas"

Morning notes: Appropriate honors

Morning notes: Appropriate honors
It’s high times on the South side, now that seven straight victories have brought the Sox into 1st place for the first time since the beginning of the month.  May 30th is already later than the Sox were in 1st place at any point last season.  Last season was rough. Konerko Paul Konerko’s 14-game hitting... Read more »

Sale's charming debut

Sale's charming debut
While it was lacking in the Japanese press coverage or the anxiety of an $100 million investment that Yu Darvish’s Monday night’s debut featured, Chris Sale’s first major league start could be argued to have been a better experience.  You’d have to swap out the electric Texas atmosphere for the mausoleum that was Progressive Field... Read more »

The White Sox don't crank out great position players, and other notes

The White Sox don't crank out great position players, and other notes
Two quotes stuck out to me this week in the wake of my overindulgence of Baseball Prospectus content.  The first was Jim Callis of Baseball America saying on a podcast “you win with stars”, and the second was Steve Goldman and Ben Lindbergh asking in their preview of the White Sox, “Is this the worst offense... Read more »
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Sox Index 2/18/12

Sox Index 2/18/12
White Sox team home runs in 1959: 97 MLB rank: 16 (last) White Sox team stolen bases in 1959: 113 MLB rank: 1 Games started for White Sox by Ed Walsh in 1908: 49 Games completed: 42 Stolen bases on Ray Schalk in 1925: 29 Runners caught stealing: 62 (68%) Major League baseball players born... Read more »

Off-season Equinox

Off-season Equinox
I’m declaring this the off-season equinox, because it’s roughly an equal period of time since the Winter Meetings and pitchers and catchers reporting.   I’m also declaring it the equinox because it’s snazzier than saying “I’ve got nothing besides a smattering of notes”, and makes it sounds like me not having enough time to do... Read more »

Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell, Mark Teahen, and Destiny

Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell, Mark Teahen, and Destiny
The Hall of Fame voting was announced Monday and hoooraaaaaaay for Barry Larkin!  As a high-average, long-tenured, face-of-the-franchise, OBP-hound with well-regarded defense, Larkin bridged every divide between traditionalists and saberists possible.  Well deserved, Mr. Larkin. But Larkin and his burly 86.4% of the vote, is the only player being inducted this year, so this year’s... Read more »
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Getting where Frank Thomas is coming from

Getting where Frank Thomas is coming from
Generally when the topic of steroid use in baseball comes up on a sports talk show, it’s an invitation to begin eye-rolling. It’s a noble effort for baseball to regulate what could otherwise be a wild arms race of experimentation in performance supplements in their sport, but the mass effort to extract a penance from the “steroid... Read more »

Goodbye, #56

Goodbye, #56
Mark Buehrle leaving doesn’t seem like it should have the immediately flooring impact that it does. For one, his departure was telegraphed beyond the realization that he was the 2nd best starter available in three agency, to when the White Sox decided they would play the same high-stakes game of letting him hit the market... Read more »

One more chance for Minnie Minoso

One more chance for Minnie Minoso
Frank Thomas figures to enter the Hall of Fame the first chance he gets in 2014.  He’s got the numbers, he’s got the reputation, and a pretty good nickname doesn’t hurt. After that, it’s hard to conceive of who the next player going into the Hall with a White Sox cap would be. Pure his... Read more »
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Frasor and Pierzynski headline a day of absurdities

Frasor and Pierzynski headline a day of absurdities
The White Sox picked up Jason Frasor’s 2012 option for $3.75 million on Monday, which is confounding for two reasons. 1) For a team that’s made no secret of a desire to scale back it’s budget, spending $3.75 million on a guy who figures to rank behind Sergio Santos, Jesse Crain, and Addison Reed among... Read more »