Tag: jeff manto

Why the White Sox probably won’t be particularly competitive in 2012

I accepted an invitation to start writing once a week at Southside Showdown, and started things out by telling my new audience that the 2012 team would probably be pretty bad.  Not definitely, not almost definitely, just probably.  Hooray for first impressions! You have to click the title for the link, so you can be whisked off to a different,... Read more »

Selling low on Gordon Beckham

Selling low on Gordon Beckham
By now you’ve probably heard Gordon Beckham’s name bandied about in trade rumors pertaining to the White Sox rebuilding effort. It’s notable because it’s not everyday you hear “Trade the 25 year-old cost-controlled 2nd basemen!” during a rebuilding effort, and because it wasn’t that long ago that Beckham was capable of acting as the centerpiece... Read more »

Jeff Manto speaks--and now we have to try to calm down

Jeff Manto speaks--and now we have to try to calm down
Fair warning was given on this, but new White Sox hitting coach Jeff Manto will not be handing out miniature run-expectancy matrices for everyone to put in their wallet. He doesn’t believe in getting on base above all, and accordingly, doesn’t believe in taking a walk just because it’s there and adds to the possibility... 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 »

Hot, sexy assistant coach hires!

Hot, sexy assistant coach hires!
The hiring of new 3rd base and bench coaches for mediocre baseball teams normally gets a lot of people hot under the collar, but the potency of ancillary coach arousal is only doubled by the uniqueness of the Robin Ventura situation. Because Ventura was hired with no experience whatsoever, offering the notion that the 2012... Read more »