Posts tagged "mark parent"

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 »

Mark Parent is the bench coach...the bench coach

Mark Parent is the bench coach...the bench coach
Mark Parent has been saying things recently, things that some would consider disturbing depending on where they fall on the “plunking is a necessary evil” or “no, it’s just evil” debate.  However, I would offer that the Parent quote Scott Merkin put in his recent article is objectively disturbing. “Take advantage of what they give... Read more »

Plunken' Em

Plunken' Em
Mark Parent was talking pretty tough on Sunday, and no tough-guy, hard-nosed bench coach persona is really complete without some pledge of loyalty to the team, seasoned with a bit of implied violence.  Or at least, that’s what all the bench coach handbooks say. So while it was notable that Parent made a pledge of... Read more »
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SoxFest ends; time to parse out actual hope from hope for hope's sake

SoxFest ends; time to parse out actual hope from hope for hope's sake
SoxFest is such a gushing wellspring of optimism and good feelings that it’s difficult to pick on what alleged comeback-story-in-the-making to focus on.  Everyone is excited for a new start, which is good, because otherwise that would mean that some player or coach is dreading the beginning of the season.  Every mention of the coming... Read more »

Kenny Williams can't even pretend to be normal

Kenny Williams can't even pretend to be normal
No one is really still under the impression that Kenny Williams is a fantastic GM.  A 3-year playoff drought without even a whiff of rebuilding will do that. However, if possible, it’d be great to dismiss the notion that he’s a terrible GM, or one who has tragically outlived his usefulness.  As he continues to... Read more »

This is why we don't have meetings

This is why we don't have meetings
This past Tuesday and Wednesday, the Chicago White Sox held organizational meetings for the first time since 2007.  Why they waited so long is a matter for debate. Tuesday, November 8th, 8:00 AM (Scottsdale, AZ) Kenny Williams: First of all, let’s all thank Paul for allowing us use of his rumpus room on such short... 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 »