August 2005

Doubleheader Thoughts

Tuesday, August 30, 2005, 4:06 pmFrank_2

Frank Stops In

Frank Thomas stopped into the White Sox clubhouse today before the doubleheader in Texas, saying his ankle was beginning to show signs of healing.  He is scheduled to visit the doctor on Thursday for another checkup.

Moves

Joe Crede tried to take batting practice before last night’s game and just couldn’t go.  Officially, he was placed on the disabled list today (retro to August 26) and the Sox recalled infielder Willie Harris from Class AAA Charlotte.

Another move will be made today between games of the doubleheader so that rookie Brandon McCarthy can start game two.

Tadahito

Second baseman Tadahito Iguchi did not start game one of today’s doubleheader after experiencing a couple of tough games Sunday and Monday.  His caring and loving teammates tried to get a laugh out of the serious Tadahito by taping a frying pan into his glove after last night’s game.  Iguchi was charged with three errors last night.

Detroit Pitching

Detroit’s pitching for the upcoming four-game series at U.S. Cellular Field:

RHP Jason Johnson, RHP Sean Douglass, LHP Nate Robertson and RHP Jeremy Bonderman.

Game 1 Lineup

Tuesday, August 30, 2005, 3:30 pm

Game 1 Lineup

Pods, LF … Uribe, SS … Everett, DH … PK, 1B … AJ, C … Dye, RF … Rowand, CF … Willie, 2B … Blum, 3B.

Monday Thoughts

Monday, August 29, 2005 1:27 pm

Today’s Roster MovesPods_1

Jon Adkins and Brian Anderson are optioned to Class AAA Charlotte.  Scott Podsednik is back off the DL (rehab assignment) and Jeff Bajaneru are up for tonight.

Obviously, we will have more moves when the rosters expand on September 1.Bajaneru

Weekend Thoughts

Sorry to not post, but with the time difference and weekend, I did not have a lot of information to share out of Seattle …

A few random thoughts … Brian Anderson really turned on a couple of fastballs … those outings from El Duque and Jose reminded me of April/May.  I am taking them as very good signs … not sure what happened yesterday, but glad we won the first two games of the series before the implosion.

Iguchi The latest edition of Sports Weekly contains a pullout section with Tadahito Iguchi on the cover and includes a very complimentary article about our second baseman.  Momentum seems to be growing for Iguchi when it comes to AL Rookie of the Year honors.  We have been trying to push the bus along somewhat.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by today’s hurricane in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.  New Orleans is a teriffic town — baseball’s winter meetings were there two years ago — and it is sad to see the devastation.  We certainly hope injuries and any deaths are few. (Tracker.)

More Postive Notes

Mark Buehrle, tonight’s starter, is 7-0 with a 2.21 ERA lifetime against the Rangers (2-0, 3.31 ERA at Texas).

Working in Baseball

Some time ago, I promised to pass along to everyone the best way to begin a career in baseball.  Sorry for the delay in doing so, but here it goes …

There are really two routes.  The first is for the high school or college student who knows baseball is the career you want to pursue.

In that case, I recommend that you study in a field that you know you can use in baseball … PR, communications, marketing, business admin, etc …  Graduate school is an option.  When I went to school, sports management programs were rare (or just beginning).  Now, many schools offer programs.  Some focus on professional sports, some on college athletics.  Choose one that works for you.

In the meantime, volunteer to work every sports event, function, etc. that you can.  If you are in college, volunteer at the school’s athletic department, SID office, student newspaper, local media outlets.  What are some events (5K runs, golf tourneys, triathalons, etc) that go on in your town.  How can you be a part?  How can you volunteer and gain the experience?  Prove to us that you have experience selling, promoting or marketing sports on any level.

From this path, the best way to get your foot in the door is to find an internship with a major league team.  Some pay, some do not.  The White Sox do compensate our interns, and we hire many over the course of the year ranging from ticket sales, to guest relations, to purchasing, to baseball operations to media relations (and I probably ommitted some).Wheretogo

An internship is your chance to impress the team and/or connect with others in the industry.  If a job opens up while you are interning, hopefully you have proven your worth and will be first in line.  Many of our former interns are working here or are spread around MLB or in sports.

Internships are probably the most common way to people to enter the industry.  Obviously, it works best for entry level positions.  I suggest sending your resumes out to teams (use the Human Resources person whenever possible) in November/December.  We begin hiring in January and February.

The second way is a little tougher. 

For those looking to switch careers, getting into sports can be daunting.  We often receive letters and resumes from lawyers and other professionals now wanting to work in baseball.  It is a tough road. Openings are rarely posted.  Networking is everything.  My best suggestion is to network, to get to know people who work in the sports industry.  Try working for companies and or clients who have some connection to sports.

Keep up on industry news through the web and publications like Sports Business Daily and SBJ. (By the way, there is an article about this MLBlog in the latest issue.)Shamrock

I don’t mean it to sound cold, but just like on the field, one person’s bad luck is another’s opportunity.  If a shortstop is sent down, someone else is called up.  And the effects often ripple through an organization.  The same is true in the front office.  A change in ownership or in leadership within an organization often means opportunities and a willingness for someone "outside the box" to receive a chance.  Try and look for those opportunities and take advantage of them.

Finally, we receive anywhere from 8-10 resumes a day in the fall/winter, as well as numerous phone calls and emails.  If you are interested in working for an organization, present your information (resume, samples, etc) to the right people and then be professional about followup and communication.  Too often, people eliminate themselves from consideration because they repeatedly call or email, to the point where they make a nuisance of themselves.  Try to avoid it if you can.  We receive so many requests and submissions, that if everyone began to call, write or email us multiple times, our work days would grind to a halt.

That said, I always try to reply in a timely manner whenever someone contacts me about an opening in the organization.  Baseball is such a great industry to work in (never a dull moment), and the Chicago White Sox are a terrific organization (I admit to a very strong bias).  I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Thursday Postgame

Thursday, August 25, 2005, 3:52 pm

Random Thoughts

Sorry, with the quick turnaround today, I did not get a lineup before the game began.Timo

I know that Timo Perez has received a lot of criticism here over the past couple of weeks.  Say what you will, but he certainly was a key in us winning that game today — both offensively and defensively.

Whenever they are asked, Ozzie Guillen and Joey Cora always respond that Timo finds a way to help the team every time he is in the lineup.  So, at least based only on today, let’s cut Timo so slack for a week or so.

Podsednik has joined Charlotte where he will work out tomorrow.  Plans are for him to play Saturday and Sunday and then a decision will be made about Monday.

How about the pitching we threw at the Twins this series?

One of Ken Williams’ goals before the trade deadline was to find another arm for our bullpen.  As he surveyed the options out there (and what it would cost), he and Rick Hahn, our assistant GM, kept coming back to Bobby Jenks, who was then at Class AA Birmingham.  Without knowing how Bobby would respond to the major leagues, Ken, Rick and others in our baseball operations department were convinced that no one out there had a better arm.  Not to put too many expectations on the guy, but remember how K-Rod came out of the minor league and made such a difference for the Angels down their stretch drive in 2002.

Joe Crede, who fouled off a ball while trying to bunt in the 10th inning, is going to have x-rays on his fingers/hand tomorrow and we will know more then.

Squirming

I stopped in to see Jerry Reinsdorf right after we won but he was on the phone.  Someone else had stopped in and commented, "he’s stopped squirming now!"

It is amazing how things sometimes can be portrayed.  Jerry’s only conversation with Carl Pohlad, owner of the Twins, at the recent owners meetings was to say hello.  Somehow, that became portrayed as Jerry Reinsdorf squirming at the recent play of his team (and our competitors in the American League Central).

On to Seattle for the weekend.

Wednesday Pregame

Wednesday, August 24, 2005, 6:00 pm

Tonight’s Lineup

Perez, LF … Iguchi, 2B … Everett, DH … PK, 1B … AJ, C … Dye, RF … Rowand, CF … Crede, 3B … Uribe, SS … Buehrle, LHP.

Good News

Scott Podsednik will leave Thursday for a rehab assignement at Class AAA Charlotte, where he is scheduled to play Saturday and Sunday.

Last Night

An unbelievable game … on several levels.  What a matchup of Venezuelan pitchers in Freddy Garcia and Johan Santana.  You could tell pride was on the line.

I tend to agree with Konerko’s assessment.  While we lost the game last night (and a loss is a loss), we really took a good approach to Santana and hit quite a few balls hard.  I have a good feeling about tonight if those kinds of swings continue.

Posts

Thanks for the link to the SI.com article ranking Tadahito as the top-ranked AL rookie.  I appreciate all the feedback and commentary.  The great thing about the web is that anyone can express his or her opinion and all opinions and thoughts are welcome.  My only reqeuest is that our discussion happen in the spirit of fans rooting for the same team.  We have enough trouble fighting the opposition right now.  We don’t need to battle each other.  Let’s beat the Twins …

Tuesday Pregame

Tuesday, August 23, 2005, 6:26 pm

Tonight’s Lineup

Ozuna, 3B … Iguchi, 2B … Everett, LF … Konerko, 1B … Rowand, CF … Dye, RF … AJ, C … Uribe, SS … Blum, 1B.  Freddy Garcia takes on Johan Santana in a matchup of Venezuelans.

Notes

It would be very nice to snag this game tonight from the Twins and Johan Santana.  Good way to start the road trip.

Today’s Minneapolis Paper

A Minneapolis columnist quotes Twins owner Carl Pohlad as saying "Reinsdorf is squirming."  The columnist contends that the Sox are nervous, as is the city of Chicago, because of our "historic Chicago baseball failure."

When I spoke to Jerry today, he was laughing at the report.  "The only time I spoke to Carl at the owners’ meetings was to say hello," Jerry said.  He chuckled at the use of the word "squirming."  It isn’t a phrase used to describe Jerry very often.

The article was posted in our clubhouse before tonight’s game.

Yesterday’s Report

Just to clarify, our players did not want to "forfeit" the to-be-made-up game with Boston.  The idea is ridiculous.  No one is happy to have to go back to Boston to play the game — whenever it will be re-scheduled — but of course we have to go and we will.  MLB would never let the Sox, or any other team for that matter, just decide not to play, thereby influencing another division or wild card race.  It was silly for anyone to even contemplate this happening.  I spoke to an official at MLB today and we were laughing about it (except about all the media calls we received yesterday as a followup to the report and an ESPN Radio commentary).  A makeup date will be announced soon. 

Saturday’s Lineup

Saturday, August 20, 2005, 9:46 am

Today’s Lineup

Perez, LF … Iguchi, 2B … Everett, DH … AJ, C … Rowand, CF … Dye, RF … Crede, 3B … Blum, 1B … Uribe, SS … El Duque.

Pregame Update

Friday, August 19, 2005, 5:42 pm

Revised Lineup

Perez, LF … Iguchi, 2B … Everett, DH … Pierzynski, C … Dye, RF … Rowand, CF … Crede, 3B … Blum, 1B … Uribe, SS … Garland, RHP.

Paul Konerko was scratched with a lower back strain suffered during batting practice.

Meeting

Someone mentioned a pregame, players-only meeting.  No one here was aware of anything.  The clubhouse was never closed.  There was the usual hitters’ meeting before tonight’s game.  This occurs before each series as Greg Walker sits down with the hitters and goes over the opposing team’s pitchers, strengths, weaknesses, tendencies, etc.

Pregame Notes

Friday, August 19, 2005, 4:50 pm

White Sox Lineup

Perez, LF … Iguchi, 2B … Everett, DH … PK, 1B … AJ, C … Dye, RF … Rowand, CF … Crede, 3B … Uribe, SS … Garland, RHP.

Perspective

Despite a season-high, five-game losing streak, the White Sox are 17-15 since the All-Star Break and have added 1.5 games to their lead in the American League Central … among AL Central teams, Cleveland owns the best record in the second half at 18-15, followed by the Sox, Minnesota 16-19, Detroit at 15-18 and Kansas City at 8-24.

Golf Outing Highlights

A number of White Sox players and coaches donated their off day yesterday to the annual Chicago White Sox Charities Fields of Green golf tournament at Harborside International Golf Course in Chicago.  The tournament helps CWSC raise funds to support cancer research at University of Chicago and Northwestern Memorial hospitals.  CWSC hopes to raise over $1 million for the first time ever in 2005.

Highlights of the day (other than didging some rain drops) included a 247-yard three wood by Paul Konerko at Starboard No. 18 to help his group to an eagle.  Jermaine Dye’s group captured the rain-shortened event.  Ozzie Guillen, Harold Baines and Tim Raines played, as did Cliff Politte, Chris Widger, Jon Garland, Aaron Rowand, Freddy Garcia and others.

Carl Everett drew appause as he rode one of the raffle items, a mountain bike, around the clubhouse during the live auction.

Thanks to all who donated time or contributed to CWSC by playing in yesterday’s outing.

Pregame Wednesday

Wednesday, August 17, 2005, 5:54 pm

Sox Lineup

Ozuna, 3B … Iguchi, 2B … Everett, DH … Konerko, 1B … Rowand, CF … Dye, RF … Uribe, SS … Widger, C … Anderson, LF … Buehrle, LHP.

Pitching Matchup

Tonight’s series finale features a matchup of two of the top left-handed pitchers in baseball, 2004 American League Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana, and Mark Buehrle, who currently ranks second in the AL with a 2.99 ERA.  Santana is 9-2 with a 2.17 ERA in 12 road starts in 2005, while Buehrle is 8-1 with a 1.96 ERA in 12 starts at U.S. Cellular Field.

Paulie

Tonight will be Paul Konerko’s 1,000th game with the White Sox.

Double Duty

Double Duty Radcliffe had to be proud today as he looked down on his funeral.  Many baseball greats, from the Major Leagues and the Negro League, attended this morning’s funeral at the beautiful Chicago Apostolic Church.  Duty will be missed at U.S. Cellular Field.

Greatest American Hero

Players were dying with laughter last night when Brian Anderson’s first plate appearance was greeted with the theme song from "Greatest American Hero."  Players claim the resemblance is uncanny.

Timo

I was all set to write something witty about Timo’s clutch double last night, but it took most of today to lose the lump in the pit of my stomach from the loss.  Last night was tough in that it had all the makings of a 2005 White Sox victory (rally, great bullpen outings, etc.) before Cuddyer’s blast in the ninth.  Both teams have outstanding bullpens, which made for very tense extra innings.  We just blew too many chances and it finally caught up with us.  Tough loss.

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