SoxFest and Other Items

Thursday, January 14, 2009

Hide & Tweet

Today is our first scavenger hunt related to SoxFest.  We’ve hidden two SoxFest passes somewhere in Chicago.  Check out @InsideTheSox for hints and between 5-6 pm tonight, we’ll twitpic the location of the tickets.  First fan to them gets them.

We’ll continue doing this Hide & Tweet until the middle of next week.  Should be fun.

(Oh, and we want the winner to twitpic us back an image showing them with the winning ducats).

Hot Stove League

As the hot stove continues to burn this January, trades are on the minds of baseball fans everywhere.  Obviously, some baseball trades work out better than others, and one author decided to take a closer look at the good, the bad, and the ugly from the past century.

In “Traded: Inside the Most Lopsided Trades in Baseball History” (ACTA Sports, 1-800-397-2282), author Doug Decatur profiles 306 of the most “lopsided trades” from the twentieth century.  In addition to spotlighting the most famous and infamous trades, the book also includes a section for all 30 Major League teams documenting both the positive and negative acquisitions throughout the years.

And how do your White Sox fare?

“In the twentieth century, the White Sox made 17 lopsided trades to the good and only 11 lopsided trades to the bad for a net of 590 wins,” Decatur writes, “making the White Sox the second best trading club in the twentieth century.”

Indeed, by Decatur’s math, the White Sox trail only the Cleveland Indians and rank ahead of the Minnesota Twins (tough division).  Decatur uses a formula which includes the future value of the players for each season after they were traded in conjunction with Bill James’ Win Shares stat. Win Shares are defined as “a way to relate a player’s individual statistics to the number of wins he contributed to his team.”

The White Sox made the eighth-best trade in the twentieth century, according to Decatur, when they acquired Tommy John, Tommy Agee and Johnny Romano from Cleveland in 1965 in exchange for Rocky Colavito as part of a three-team trade.

Some of the notables acquired by the White Sox over the years in “lop-sided” trades include: Eddie Collins, Nellie Fox, Chet Lemon, Billy Pierce, Al Simmons, Hoyt Wilhelm and Wilbur Wood.

And what about a certain Venezuelan shortstop who came to the Sox in 1985?  Well, that trade of LaMarr Hoyt for Ozzie Guillen ranks as the seventh most lopsided in franchise history.

Talk about a trade changing the face of a franchise forever!


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