Posts tagged "Kenny Williams"

Blow it all up!: and other ideas for the White Sox off-season

Blow it all up!: and other ideas for the White Sox off-season
This off-season should be…interesting. The White Sox are coming off of a year where pretty much every member of their over-30 offensive core met, or improbably exceeded expectations (Jake Peavy even improbably made a bid for 220 innings), and they got all of 85 wins. My quick assessment would be that they’re due for the... Read more »

White Sox relievers are fungible to a fault

White Sox relievers are fungible to a fault
“”We’ve got a bunch of guys who are really bad at starting,” -Will Ohman, Feb. 26, 2011 Leave it to Will Ohman to make the self-deprecating statement that would later be used in his own post-mortem.  The 2012 season would see the White Sox take a step away from investing in “failed starters”, and their... Read more »

Reviewing the White Sox mid-season trades--What was accomplished here?

Reviewing the White Sox mid-season trades--What was accomplished here?
Mid-way through the year, Kenny Williams ran off a series of trades exclusively aimed toward winning the 2012 AL Central. That did not happen, and now it’s time to recalibrate the legacy of each deal to account for it.  The common sentiment accompanying all three of the White Sox mid-season deals was that they were... Read more »
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Changing the dialogue about attendance

Kenny Williams talked a good game about attendance this week, citing the need to improve the product on the field, and market it better to fans.  However, he has a long history of building the attendance shaming narrative to overcome.  Click the title to read my piece on Southside Showdown.

Morning notes: Sweeping up the mess

Morning notes: Sweeping up the mess
Everyone has been making their random selection of “tough losses that really killed the Sox”.  In honor of the series currently being played on the North side of town between two 100-loss teams, I would offer that dropping four games combined against the Cubs and Astros (all at home) really killed the Sox, since they currently trail... Read more »

Success without playoffs?

Success without playoffs?
When Paul Konerko made his (in)famous admission at the start of this year’s SoxFest that given the position of the franchise, a season that saw forward progress but no playoff birth could be a success, it provoked a lot of reactions. Gee, what a depressing thing to say at SoxFest. That’s probably really accurate. Oy,... Read more »
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Questions about the authority

Questions about the authority
I only got to see the last two innings of Thursday’s game live, but I understand that baserunning blunders that prevented the Sox from blowing things open, more ineffectiveness versus Jeremy Guthrie, and the chasm in the number of opportunities between Chicago and Kansas City made the 9th inning a culmination of a night of... Read more »

Your anxiety has little precedent

Your anxiety has little precedent
Full disclosure: I was born in 1987, which limits the reach of my memory. However, my earliest, and still strongest memory of the pain of a late-season collapse is Mark Langston of the California Angels sitting in the dugout with his head in his hands.  He had just been pulled after a disastrous four-run 7th... Read more »

Life without Paulie

Life without Paulie
Fitting in with his seemingly gradual recovery from concussion symptoms, Paul Konerko has been placed on the special 7-day DL that exists just for that injury. The 7-day concussion DL is an odd one.  It’s not retroactive for missed time, so Konerko is not eligible to return until next Friday.  Also, there was significant reference... Read more »
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Morning notes: White Sox will give this 'winning streak' thing a try

Morning notes: White Sox will give this 'winning streak' thing a try
A casual glance at the standings gives the impression that something like a crucial August series is taking place this weekend.  The Angels–still a heavy favorite to end their season in October with a wild card berth safely in tow–head into town fresh off a split with the Rangers where their bullpen allowed 11 runs... Read more »