Posts tagged "Jim Thome"

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 »

More playoff teams mean, well, more playoffs

More playoff teams mean, well, more playoffs
It’s not officially announced yet, but it’s looking like each league will be sending five teams to the playoffs this year.  Three division winners, and two wild cards forced to battle in a hellish one-game playoff with each other. In general, I enjoy the strong emphasis on the regular season–and the depth and endurance it... Read more »

Much Better Moments in White Sox History - Gavin Floyd announces his presence with authority

Much Better Moments in White Sox History - Gavin Floyd announces his presence with authority
In the shiny new Baseball Prospectus’ Annual for 2012, Gavin Floyd’s player comment starts out with “Blessed with the best stuff on the staff”, which is a fun little reminder since he spent most of 2011 refining his hard slider into more of a cutter, trading whiffs for control.  The comment went on to say... Read more »
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Much Better Moments in White Sox History: Gordon's Big Break

Much Better Moments in White Sox History: Gordon's Big Break
The reception for the first game retrospective was positive, and I was very appreciative for all the kind words. But I am nothing if not untrusting, and I fear the fondness for the piece was just held over happy memories about the Blackout Game itself.  Some people are content to write interesting pieces on popular... Read more »

Ghosts of SoxFests past

The spin that came out of this year’s SoxFest sounds a little weird, but it’s nothing compared to how the rationale coming out the SoxFests of previous years sounds now.  Click the title to read at Southside Showdown   Follow White Sox Observer on Twitter @ JRFegan and on Facebook

Much better moments in White Sox History - The Blackout Game

Much better moments in White Sox History - The Blackout Game
Perhaps I’m a bit of a sap, but all this talk of rebuilding and possibly competent attempts to be competitive are kind of, well, sad.  Ripe for uproarious mockery for sure, but still kind of sad.  In an effort to pep things up, and being the proud owner a robust iTunes gift card, I’d though... Read more »
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BREAKING: Guillen doesn't like Cooper, White Sox have still not named a hitting coach, Paul Konerko was a good minor league player

BREAKING: Guillen doesn't like Cooper, White Sox have still not named a hitting coach, Paul Konerko was a good minor league player
The initial reaction to a Joe Cowley column including such quotes from Ozzie Guillen as “We all knew Coop was Kenny’s b—-” and “The Sox were saying, ‘Yes, we want to f— you, but we don’t want to marry you.’ ’’ might be “Wow! What a bombshell!”  Colorful language catches the eye like that, and certainly this... Read more »

Everyone is on waivers! (and drugs!)

Everyone is on waivers! (and drugs!)
The waiver period is one big tease.  Exciting talk with no action.  But given the alternative of no action with boring talk deploring the lack of action, the wavier period is welcome. Big names!  Proposed trades!  Playoff relevance! Wahoo! The trick is, before the non-waiver deadline, teams can ponder who they want to trade in... Read more »

'Waiting for the World to Change' is an even worse motto than it was a song

'Waiting for the World to Change' is an even worse motto than it was a song
This is just piggybacking on the posts laid out by HighOPS of the Detroit Tigers blog Bless You Boys and by larry of South Side Sox. BYB featured a chart detailing what rate every other team needs to win to beat out the Tigers, at varying levels of Detroit performance.  The cross-section that stuck out... Read more »
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The White Sox didn't have a game on Monday, so you get this instead

The White Sox didn't have a game on Monday, so you get this instead
Birthday! Monday, August 15th is the birthday of former White Sox team owner, and former stadium namesake, Charles Comiskey.  I don’t imagine there was much celebration, because it tends to damper birthday celebrations when the guest of honor isn’t there.  Especially if he isn’t there because he’s dead. Celebrate Charles Comiskey’s 152nd birthday?  Why? He... Read more »