Archive for March 2012

White Sox Season Preview - Starting Rotation

White Sox Season Preview - Starting Rotation
The break in position group previews was long enough to wait for the team Spring Training ERA to shed the moniker of “worst in baseball”, and allow us all to have positive thoughts about them again.  That was the reason for the pause.  It wasn’t apathy or anything like that. Onward! John Danks Solidly above-average... Read more »

Jesse Crain's oblique is tricky

The White Sox are responding to reliever Jesse Crain’s oblique strain perfectly; they’re demonstrating absolutely no hurry in returning a proven (relatively) veteran back from an injury that’s easily re-aggravated if not fully healed during a meaningless slate of baseball. Crain’s “tenatively scheduled” to throw off a mound again by the end of the week,... Read more »

Guess who's coming back (probably)!

Guess who's coming back (probably)!
On a lark, I decided to check on Arizona Fall League sensation-come-Rule 5 selection RHP Terry Doyle.  The soft-tossing 26 year-old righty who was snatched away by the Twins because the White Sox expressed indifference to his existence, and is trapped in the land of pitch-to-contact unless he falls off the 25-man roster sometime this... Read more »
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B'ham Barons Make Beeline for City Tax Dollars

B'ham Barons Make Beeline for City Tax Dollars
There are a couple of ways owners of minor league teams can go about generating higher revenue.  One way is to arrange for the most popular athlete on the planet to play right field for your bus league franchise, and then reap the pecuniary windfall resulting from the Jordan Effect.  Another, more conventional route, involves persuading a... Read more »

Large second wave of roster cuts set to make things fun

Large second wave of roster cuts set to make things fun
Perhaps setting a precedent that all games in which the White Sox get shutout will be followed by a third of the roster being cut, 14 players were sent packing from major league camp Monday. Alright, so perhaps this day was selected weeks ahead of time and several lockers were cleared out prior to the... Read more »

Dayan Viciedo has job security

I try to talk myself into not worrying too much about Dayan Viciedo over at Southside Showdown.  Click the title to follow the link.
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Peavy's future in the pen, Reed's tools for rising out of it, and the Escobar-Johnson battle

Peavy's future in the pen, Reed's tools for rising out of it, and the Escobar-Johnson battle
In the wake of throwing 5 no-hit innings on Saturday, Jake Peavy pondered the possibility of finishing up his career in a relief role.  It’s an interesting reaction given the shining success that his outing was–albeit against a minors-laden Mariners lineup–but was also addressing a suggestion that’s inevitable for any successful starter undergoing injury issues... Read more »

Adam Dunn is making us think about Spring Training stats

Adam Dunn is making us think about Spring Training stats
There’s been a shift in the dialogue about Adam Dunn. Going in, it was extremely important to temper expectations. @ESPNChiSox Adam Dunn said he doesn’t put any stock into spring training numbers, saying if he hits .500 w/ 20 HR it prob won’t translate to reg season. But now, Adam Dunn is doing something that... Read more »

First round of obvious Spring Training cuts....and senryus!

First round of obvious Spring Training cuts....and senryus!
They say that the first cut is the deepest. “They”, are clearly referring to a different type of cut, because the first round of Spring Training cuts are easy.  Maybe they’re a bit harder for teams with real prospects, but with the White Sox, the first round of cuts only purged from the major league camp... Read more »
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A trade for Floyd would make more sense if the White Sox were still rebuilding

A trade for Floyd would make more sense if the White Sox were still rebuilding
All White Sox trade rumors–especially ones that pop up improbably in the middle of Spring Training–are subject to the Code of Silence caveat. JJ Stankevitz: When you put together these lists, a lot of times it seems that a rumor comes out that team X is looking at player Y, do a lot of these rumors... Read more »