Back In The Saddle
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Back Into Circulation
After too long a break (my apologies), I’m back in the blog saddle again.
Introducing Orlando Cabrera
New shortsop Orlando Cabrera called in from Columbia this afternoon to speak to the Chicago and international media with his reaction to yesterday’s trade.
Cabrera, who won a Gold Glove Award this season with the Angels, just returned from his honeymoon.
"My wife and I were surprised," he said. "We’re really happy and excited.
"I really, really, really take this news with a lot of joy. We’re looking forward to coming to the City of Chicago."
Orlando was asked if he was concerned about his age and future production coming off what was the best season of his career.
"Every year, in my opinion, I keep getting better and better," he said, pointing out that Alex Rodriguez just turned 32 and is talking about signing a long-term contract. "The work I do on my body, my attitude, my mind, what I put into the game. If I’m healthy, I’m going to put up good numbers and help my team win games."
Cabrera has spoken with Ken Williams, Ozzie Guillen and bench coach Joey Cora.
"What they told me is what I had read recently," he explained. "They said, ‘Welcome, but we’re not done yet.’"
Cabrera also discussed being reunited with Guillen.
"It can’t be better for me," he said. "It’s a great challenge. Playing for one of the best defensive shortstops of an era, the 1980s and 1990s, will be a challenge every day. I’ve never played for a guy who knows my position maybe better than I do. He likes to win and likes to tell the truth."
Torii, Torii, Torii
Rumors continue to circulate that the White Sox remain in the Torii Hunter derby. Think what the addition of two Gold Glove performers could do for our defense.
It’s that time of year …
This afternoon, we designated OF Scott Podsednik for assignment and purchased the contracts of four players, C Cole Armstrong, RHP Jack Egbert, RHP Lucas Harrell and RHP Adam Russell.
We now have 10 days to trade or release Scotty Pods. He will always hold a very special place in White Sox history because of his 2005 season and his line shot into the right-center field stands to win a World Series game. When healthy, he was truly exiciting on the basepaths, and I certainly respect how hard he worked, and how frustrated he was, by the injuries that plagued him in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Here’s wishing him all the best in his career going forward. I’ll never forget that rainy, misty, cold October night when he hit his shot.
Armstrong, 24, had a good year at Class A Winston-Salem, while Russell, 24, impressed in big league camp last spring training. Harrell, 22, missed last year following shoulder surgery after a very good 2006 campaign.
Egbert, 24, went 12-8 with a 3.06 ERA in being named a SL All-Star at Class AA Birmingham. He struck out 165 to rank second in the league. In the Arizona Fall League, Egbert went 1-0 with a 3.26 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 19.1 IP.
Former White Sox PR director, Paul Jensen, who served as the Fall League’s PR maven, raved about Egbert yesterday when he and I attended our groundbreaking ceremony in Glendale.
Speaking of …
It seemed surreal yesterday in Glendale to hear Vin Scully emcee the groundbreaking event. Jerry Reinsdorf and Ken Williams attended the event on behalf of the Sox (I guess you can count me and Bill Melton, too). Construction us underway on the project, which will be completed in time for Opening Day 2009. If we can find a suitable replacement for Tucson, we will be there in 2009. Here are a couple of architectural renderings: