Thursday, June 4, 2009
One year ago today, Jim Thome became the very first player to ever hit a home run onto the Fan Deck concourse in center field (over the terraced ivy). He duplicated the feat on September 30 as the White Sox beat the Twins, 1-0, to win the American League Central title.
“Both were changeups,” Thome said, smiling.
To commemorate the anniversary and the two-homer feat, the White Sox and Thome unveiled a special plaque prior to today’s game. Fans can see the plaque on the field side of the Fan Deck, near the Billy Pierce sculpture.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Pods 7, Missile 6, jd 9, pk 3, aj 2, fields dh, wise 8, beckham 5, Nix 4. Buehrle pitching.
Gordon flew in this morning from Charlotte and was saying his hellos around the clubhouse. He said his mom and dad are on their way for today’s game. Beckham will wear uniform No. 15 (not No. 3, that one is taken).
It’s been interesting to listen to and watch the public reaction to his quick arrival.
Having watched Gordon this spring, here are my thoughts: the ball does jump off his bat, some guys have that, some do not; he played at a very high level in college, which certainly gives guys a head start when compared to a prospect who may just be coming out of high school; he’s had success at pretty competitive professional levels; our director of player development is Buddy Bell, who knows a thing or two about playing third base; and with Ozzie Guillen and Joey Cora, we have the middle infield thing covered.
Earlier today, I was talking with a media rep about Robin Ventura and his big league debut. If you recall, and I’m sure most of you do, RV went something like 0-for-41 to start his career and turned out to be a pretty good big leaguer … so don’t judge anyone too soon (i.e. let’s stay even keel about this kid whether today is 0-4 or 4-4).
Just my thoughts …
Following tonight’s game …
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, June 3, 2009
WHITE SOX TO PURCHASE CONTRACT OF GORDON BECKHAM
FROM CLASS AAA CHARLOTTE AND DESIGNATE WILSON BETEMIT
CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox have announced that prior to tomorrow’s game vs. the Oakland A’s they will purchase the contract of infielder Gordon Beckham from Class AAA Charlotte and designate infielder Wilson Betemit for assignment.
Beckham, 22, was the White Sox first-round selection (No. 8 overall) in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Georgia. He will reach the major leagues just 364 days after being drafted on June 5, 2008.
The 6-foot-0, 190-pounder combined to hit .326 (57-175) with 23 doubles, four home runs and 25 RBI in 45 combined games this season between Class AA Birmingham and Class AAA Charlotte. He appeared in 32 games at shortstop, eight at third base, four at second and one at designated hitter. Six of his seven starts at Charlotte were at third base.
Beckham began the season with Birmingham, batting .299 (44-147) with four homers, 17 doubles, four homers and 22 RBI in 38 games to earn a promotion to Charlotte on May 28. He hit safely in all seven of his games with the Knights, going 13-28 (.464) with six doubles and three RBI.
Beckham, a career .322 hitter (75-233) in 59 minor-league games, will be the third member of the 2008 draft class to reach the major leagues, joining Detroit’s Ryan Perry (No. 21) and Arizona’s Daniel Schlereth (No. 26), and the first position player.
He will be the fastest White Sox No. 1 draft choice to reach the majors since Alex Fernandez was selected fourth overall on June 4, 1990 and made his debut on August 2 of that season at Milwaukee, a span of 58 days. Beckham, a native of Atlanta, also will become the fastest Sox position player drafted in the first round to debut since shortstop Lee Richard was taken No. 6 overall in 1970 before making Chicago’s Opening Day roster in 1971.
Beckham entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 1 Prospect in the White Sox organization. He was named the SEC Player of the Year and a First-Team All-America in 2008 after hitting .411 with 28 home runs, 77 RBI and 97 runs scored to lead the Bulldogs to a runner-up finish at the College World Series. Beckham’s 28 home runs were a school record and tied for the NCAA lead.
Betemit, 27, batted .200 (9-45) with three RBI in 20 games with the White Sox this season. He was acquired from the Yankees on November 13, 2008 as part of a five-player deal.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Pods7, Missile6, JD9, Thomedh, PK3, Fields5, BA8, Castro2, Nix4. Richard pitching.
Castro will wear uniform No. 27
Can we pretend that Oakland’s pitchers the next two days are Hudson and Zito?
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Marquette Meets The Sox
Lou Hernandez, our director of public relations, graduated from Marquette, just loves his Warriors and was thrilled on Monday when Chicago native and Marquette basketball standout Jerel McNeal threw out a first pitch.
Jerel is a Sox fan. His father explained to Lou that Jerel’s passion for the Sox came from his year-round involvement with the Bulls/Sox Training Academy in Lisle, Ill. In the summer, it was Sox baseball teams and in the winter, Bulls basketball teams. So the Bulls/Sox Academy will have an alum in the NBA by the end of this month.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Podsednik 7, Ramirez 6, Dye 9, Thome dh, Konerko 3, AJ 2, Betemit 5, Wise 8, Nix 4. Colon pitching.
White Sox Assistant GM Rick Hahn meet with about 100 fans at the ballpark tonight as part of a group from Baseball Prospectus. Hahn fielded questions and talked about how the Sox use sabrmetric analysis when it comes to player acquisitions.
Don’t always believe what you read, was the gist of Hahn’s point. There always is some benefit to “flying under the radar.” Those benefits wear uniform No. 20, No. 34 …
Several members of the Blackhawks came out for batting practice prior to tonight’s game.