August 2013

Twin Bill

Friday, August 9, 2013

Today’s News

The Games

White Sox vs. Twins in a split doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Field. The extra game is a makeup contest that was originally scheduled for April 19, but postponed due to inclement weather.

Game 1 (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN)–Starters: LHP John Danks (2-9, 4.52) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (2-3, 6.69) for the Twins.

Sox Lineup (first game): De Aza, LF; Beckham 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn DH, Konerko 1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Jor. Danks, RF; Flowers C; Tekotte, CF.

This is the first major-league game with both Danks brothers in the Sox starting lineup.

Game 2 (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN)–Starters: LHP Charlie Leesman will be making his big-league debut for the Sox, RHP Liam Hendriks (0-1, 4.66) for Minnesota.

Sox Trade Rios

The Sox have traded outfielder Alex Rios and cash considerations to the Texas Rangers in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Avisail Garcia, acquired from the Tigers in the Jake Peavy deal, is on his way to Chicago to replace Rios on the active roster.

Who is Avisail Garcia?

Looking for some insight into the young outfielder who hopefully will make his Sox debut in Game 2 of the doubleheader? Here’s an interesting take from the Trib‘s David Haugh, which appeared in today’s paper before the Rios trade.

http://trib.in/13nCU5K

Play(s) of the Day

While the big club was taking a break from the rigors of their 162-game schedule, Charlotte’s Erik Johnson and Marcus Semien continued their outstanding seasons in a 3-2 victory over Lehigh Valley. Johnson, the White Sox’s highly-regarded pitching prospect, went seven strong innings, allowing just one run and four hits along with five strikeouts. Semien, the leadoff hitter and shortstop who was recently promoted from Class AA Birmingham and also is on the Sox’s top prospect list, blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to put the Knights over the top.

Quote of the Day

Robin on Sox reliever Nate Jones:

“Jonesy’s come a long way from where the season started. I think he got off to a rough stretch confidence-wise, and he’s just come back. I don’t know if there’s anybody as confident in the league right now coming out of the bullpen and locking down an inning. Left, right, anything, it doesn’t matter. You want him in the game.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (3:05 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0, 1.38) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (4-9, 5.23) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that Leesman was an 11th-round pick in the 2008 June draft, had an impressive 2.47 ERA in 26 starts last year and was rehabbing from ACL surgery this past spring? Robin has gotten “good reports” on Charlie and his current 3-1 record and 3.47 ERA in 13 starts, which is the reason he’s getting the nod tonight.

Sox Note of Note

Casper Wells was claimed on waivers by the Phillies. Outfielder Blake Tekotte has been recalled from Charlotte to replace him on the active roster.

Photo of the Day

We are looking for more of this vs. the Twins in the upcoming four-game weekend series:

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Sweep!

Thursday, August 8, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Off-day for the Sox.
 
One Million Strong
 
Today, the White Sox Facebook page hit the one million fan mark! 
 
Here’s a little video of thanks from some of the guys: http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=29498211
 
Head to the White Sox Facebook (facebook.com/whitesox) to get an exclusive offer code for 25% off WhiteSox.com Shop.
 
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Play(s) of the Day
 
Down 4-0 last night to the Yankees, Gordon Beckman’s third homer of the season in the fifth inning off of C.C. Sabathia, a solo blast, put the Sox on the board…We made it 4-3 in the seventh with three consecutive hits–singles by Alejandro De Aza and Alex Rios and a run-scoring double by Paul Konerko–and a Beckham fielder’s choice that scored Rios…With two outs in the ninth against Mariano Rivera, Beckham doubled and scored the tying run on an Adam Dunn pinch-hit single to the opposite field. It was only Rivera’s third blown save of 2013…Behind 5-4 as a result of Robinson Cano’s solo homer in the top of the 12th, we started our game-winning rally in the bottom of the inning–again with two outs. Tyler Flowers reached base on an infield hit, Alexei Ramirez followed with a single, sending Flowers to third. Then, the walk-off clincher–De Aza’s triple that scored both baserunners for the 6-5 win and three-game sweep. Enjoy the link:
 
 
Quote(s) of the Day
 
Paulie on last night’s triumph via @scottmerkin:
 
“We fought to the end. We always do. But tonight we can at least smile after the end.”
 
@SouthSideSox on the dramatic win: 
 
“And that’s why we watch.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Twins in a doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Field. The extra game is a makeup contest that was originally scheduled for April 19, but postponed due to inclement weather.
 
 
Game 1 (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN)–Starters: LHP John Danks (2-9, 4.52) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (2-3, 6.69) for the Twins. 
 
Game 2 (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN)–Starters: LHP Charlie Leesman will be making his big-league debut for the Sox, TBA for Minnesota.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that the White Sox swept the Yankees in back-to-back series of at least three games for just the second time in franchise history and first in 100 years? And that the Sox have won six straight games against New York for their longest streak against the Yanks since July 1, 1990-April 16, 1991 (seven).
 
…that the White Sox have now won four in a row at home–against such elite starting pitchers as Justin Verlander, Andy Pettitte, Hiroki Kuroda and CC Sabathia? And you might want to throw in closer Rivera in the mix for good measure (courtesy of @soxnerd).
 
Photo of the Day
 
De Aza celebrates.
 
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A Sweep is in our Sights

Wednesday, April 7, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) as the Sox go for the three-game sweep. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.28) for the Sox, LHP C.C. Sabathia (9-10, 4.78) for N.Y. Santiago has a 3.15 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88.2 innings pitched (15 starts). Over his last six starts his ERA is 2.75.

Sox Lineup: Ramirez, SS; De Aza, CF; Rios, RF; Konerko, 1B; Beckham, 2B; Viciedo, DH; Wells, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Flowers, C.

For Starters…

White Sox starting pitchers rank among the top American League rotations in ERA (2nd, 3.80), strikeout/walk ratio (3rd, 3.04), batting average (3rd, .247), quality starts (5th, 64) and strikeouts per nine innings (5th, 7.83).

The Great Rivera

As future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera takes his farewell tour around major league ballparks this summer celebrating 19 spectacular seasons, he has been showered with goodbye gifts and has met with groups of fans throughout baseball.

Last night, we presented Mariano with a framed scorecard from the first time he appeared at New Comiskey Park on July 4, 1995, a game in which he started; a photo collage from his save on September 19, 2001, following the 9/11 attacks eight days before; and a donation in his name to the Jackie Robinson Foundation. We also introduced Rivera at a pre-game session to a group of fans and Sox staff members who represent who the White Sox are. Here’s Scott Merkin’s story on whitesox.com:

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130806&content_id=56131838&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

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Play of the Day

Chris Sale was in All-Star form last night, pitching a strong 7.1 innings while earning his seventh win of the season. He gave up just a first inning run and allowed only five hits while striking out six…Alejandro De Aza’s two-out, run-scoring double in the seventh drove in Gordon Beckhamwhich turned out to be the decisive run in the 3-2 victory.

Take a look at Sale’s performance and De Aza’s clutch hit:

http://atmlb.com/13F4FKM

http://atmlb.com/13ERCZU

Quote of the Day

A smiling Beckham commented on the usually slow-footed Paulie, who avoided hitting into a double play in the sixth by beating the throw to first, allowing the Sox to score the go-ahead run:

He works constantly on his speed, as we all know, and he blazed a trail down to first and got us the win. All kidding aside, that’s pretty gutsy for him to do that, because his back is probably not 100 percent. He’s gutting it out, and you’ve got to like that. That’s why he’s Paulie. We love him.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off-day.

On Friday, the White Sox and Twins will play a doubleheader. The extra game is a makeup contest that was originally scheduled for April 19, but postponed due to inclement weather.

Game 1 (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN)–Starters: LHP John Danks (2-9, 4.52) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (2-3, 6.69) for the Twins.

Game 2 (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN)–Starters: LHP Charlie Leesman will be making his big-league debut for the Sox, TBA for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that according to South Side Sox (southsidesox.com) the White Sox have indeed touched up the normally untouchable Mariano on a few occasions? Enjoy this interesting look back:

http://www.southsidesox.com/2013/8/6/4592810/mariano-rivera-white-sox-blown-saves-losses

Photo of the Day

On Monday, President Obama hosted a group of former Negro League players and honored them for their contributions to American history, civil rights and athletics. One of the players attending was none other than White Sox icon Minnie Minoso, shown here giving his own state of the union.

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With a Win in the Books, Sox Look to Continue Momentum

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-11, 2.92) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki Kuroda (10-6, 2.38) for New York.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Beckham, 2B; Jor. Danks, CF; Phegley, C.

Meet Sox Groundskeeper Roger Bossard: The Sodfather

http://wgntv.com/2013/08/05/meet-the-sodfather/

Play(s) of the Day

Outstanding pitching and an offense that scored seven runs in the first three innings highlighted our 8-1 victory last night and ended the 10-game losing streak…Jose Quintana got credit for his sixth win of the season with an impressive 6.2 innings, allowing just one run and eight scattered hits along with five strikeouts…Alexei Ramirez and Alex Rios led the way offensively. Ramirez went 4-5 with two RBI and a run scored and Rios was 2-4 with four RBI, a walk and a run scored.

Here’s Alexei’s run-scoring double in the sixth inning that gave the Sox an 8-0 lead.

http://atmlb.com/11IPoHE

Quote of the Day

Robin on last night’s win:

“It starts with pitching and “Q’ was great…offensively it was just one of those (games) that just clicked. You get some balls that fall in and I can’t remember too many of the ones that just fall into the outfield for us, especially with guys on. So, it’s one of those that relieves a lot of the psyche or whatever of not knocking guys in. Guys are swinging, they’re taking ball four, it was just a good night offensively.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.28) for the Sox, LHP C.C. Sabathia (9-10, 4.78) for N.Y.

Did You Know…

…that the Sox are 6-2 against the Yankees in the last two seasons?

Photo of the Day

The Sox are counting on an All-Star performance from Chris tonight in Game 2 of the series.

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“Q” and Sox Host Yankees in First of Three

Monday, August 5, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-3, 3.62) for the Sox, LHP Andy Pettitte (7-8, 4.28) for New York. “Q” is 2-1 with a 2.79 ERA with 38 strikeouts over his last six starts.

Sox Starting Lineup: Ramirez, SS; Keppinger, 3B; Rios, RF; Konerko, 1B; Dunn, DH; Beckham, 2B; Viciedo, LF; Wells, CF; Phegley, C.

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On the Bright Side

White Sox starters rank 4th in the American League with a 3.87 ERA. Their ERA has improved during the current losing streak.

Robin and the “Ryan Express”

Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the brawl between Robin Ventura and the Rangers’ Nolan Ryan on the mound in Texas.  In addition to making me – once again – feel old, I chuckled about my perspective on that moment.  I was traveling with the team on that trip and for some reason, I can’t quite remember why, I was asked to deliver an autographed Frank Thomas baseball to a young boy in the stands just over our dugout.  So I waited until a good time in the game to head down to deliver the gift.  The elevator at that old ballpark might have been the slowest ever – to go only one floor – and I recall walking down the stands looking for the right row and seat number.  All of a sudden, the crowd roared, I looked up just in time to see Robin reach Ryan.  The rest is photographic history.  I dropped off the ball, said a quick hello and dashed back upstairs to the press box to catch footage of the pitch and its result.

Last Opening Day in Texas, Ryan stopped by our clubhouse to shake hands with Robin.  My recollection of that meeting was that Nolan Ryan remains a big human being.  Big.

Play(s) of the Day

Despite getting his second straight no-decision in yesterday’s 3-2, extra-inning loss, Andre Rienzo was impressive in his second big-league start No. 2. He went six innings, giving up only two runs on four hits…With yesterday’s mammoth 475-foot solo homer, Adam Dunn passed Cal Ripken Jr. for 43rd place on the all-time home run list with his 432nd.  It was Adam’s 26th of the season and he added three singles for good measure. Furthermore, he is hitting .308 with 13 home runs and 36 RBI over the last 48 games and has raised his average from .156 to .226…Paul Konerko homered to tie the game at 2-2 in the ninth…And how about this catch by Gordon Beckham?

http://t.co/jiUQrN8obK

Quote of the Day

Outfielder Avisail Garcia on being traded to the Sox:

“I’m happy for the trade. This is a new opportunity for me to be here. I thank God for that. I’ve just got to keep playing hard and try to do something good for my team and help my team win games.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-11, 2.92) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki  Kuroda (10-6, 2.38) for New York.

Did You Know…

…that Paulie’s homer was the 430th of his career, 45th against the Tigers, the 18th at Comerica Park and eighth of the season?

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Photo/Video of the Day

Dunn’s bomb on video and Paulie going deep in finale of Detroit series:

http://atmlb.com/14W23UB

Rookie Rienzo Goes for First Major-League Win in Series Finale

Sunday, August 4, 2013
Today’s News

 
This Afternoon’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (12:05 p.m, CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0, 0.00) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (8-6, 4.49) for Detroit. Despite having made a successful big-league debut last Tuesday in Cleveland, allowing no earned runs and five hits with six strikeouts in seven innings, Rienzo didn’t factor into the decision. He’ll be shooting for his first win today.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Konerko, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Beckham, 2B; Flowers, C.
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Play(s) of the Day
John Danks pitched a solid seven innings in last night’s 3-0 loss…and Conor Gillaspie robbed Jhonny Peralta on this outstanding play in the sixth inning.
 
 
Quote of the Day
 
Sox hitting coach Jeff Manto, in an interview with Scott Merkin on whitesox.com):
Our coaching staff can’t wait to get to the ballpark so we can teach. This is part of the gig, what we signed up for, but unfortunately we are in the position we are. But every coach in our room has been through this as a player.”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-3, 3.62) for the Sox, LHP Andy Pettitte (7-8, 4.28) for New York.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Carl Everett, who hit 23 homers with 87 RBI for the 2005 World Champions, visited the Sox clubhouse before last night’s game?
 
Photo/Video of the Day
 
Watch Avisail Garcia go deep to the opposite field on Friday night in his first start with Class AAA Charlotte.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Santiago Shines for the Sox, Garcia Explodes in First Start with Charlotte and Jacobs Extends Streak for Birmingham

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP John Danks (2-8, 4.57) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (15-1, 3.01) for Detroit.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Beckham, 2B; Phegley, C.

Play of the Day

Hector Santiago was outstanding in last night’s 2-1 loss to the Tigers, giving up just two runs and six hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings. His ERA now stands at an impressive 3.28.

The Future

Two of the Sox’s recent acquisitions, Avisail Garcia and Brandon Jacobs, had games to remember last night. Playing centerfield in his first start at Class AAA Charlotte, Garcia went 3-4 with a two-run homer, four RBI, two runs scored and a walk. Jacobs, stationed in leftfield for Class AA Birmingham, homered and has now collected a hit in each of his 16 games since joining the Barons, hitting .311. Garcia, of course, came from Detroit in the three-way Jake Peavy trade while Jacobs was obtained from Boston for Matt Thornton.

Here’s more on Garcia as his former All-Star teammate Torii Hunter raves about Avisail in this story from today’s Trib by Mark Gonzales.

http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/434/article/p2p-76893114/

Quote of the Day

Santiago, when asked after last night’s game how he reacted when he saw 2012 MVP and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera was not in the Tigers’ lineup (via @scottmerkin):

“Yes!!!”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (12:05 p.m, CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0, 0.00) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (8-6, 4.49) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

…that with his two hits last night Adam Dunn now has 1,500 in his career?

Roster Move

The Sox have requested waivers on outfielder Dewayne Wise, 35, for the purpose of granting him his unconditional release. Wise had been on the disabled list since June 2.

Photo of the Day

Another great effort by Hector.

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Sox Looking to Turn Things Around vs. First-Place Tigers

Friday, August 2, 2013 

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-6, 3.33) for the Sox, RHP Doug Fister (9-5, 3.67) for the Tigers.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Konerko, DH; Keppinger, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Beckham, 2B; Phegley, C.

Say a Prayer for Former Sox Catcher Ed Herrmann

http://www.hardball-times.com/main/article/cooperstown-confidential-praying-for-ed-herrmann/

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Quote of the Day

Rookie pitcher Andre Rienzo, who has already made an impression with his energetic style, via whitesox.com‘s Scott Merkin:

“You always want to be going at 100 (percent). I need to be at 100 for making the energy come through for the team and to help the team. This is awesome. My dream is to be here and hopefully I can answer well for coach Robin (Ventura) for giving me the opportunity. I will help the team and try to do my best.”

Play of the Day

Alejandro De Aza hit his 13th homer of the season and Jordan Danks collected a pair of singles in his first start since being recalled from Class AAA Charlotte in yesterday’s loss to the Indians.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP John Danks (2-8, 4.57) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (15-1, 3.01) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

…that infielder Marcus Semien has been named the Southern League Player of the Week and Class AA Birmingham teammate Scott Snodgress the Pitcher of the Week for the period of July 22-28?

Semien, who yesterday was promoted to Charlotte and singled and doubled in his first game while starting at shortstop, hit .583 for the week with four homers, a triple, three doubles, 11 runs batted in and 10 runs scored. On the season, he ranked among the league leaders in runs, walks, total bases on-base percentage, hits and batting average. 

The lefty Snodgress went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, allowing just five hits with seven strikeouts. He continued his solid pitching last night for the Barons, allowing just one earned run and three hits in eight innings of work against Tennessee.

Photo of the Day

Highly regarded prospects Semien and Snodgress.

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Rick Hahn on the State of the White Sox

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Today’s News

Today’s Game

The series finale of this four-game series between the White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland is underway (11:05 a.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-10, 2.69) for the Sox, RHP Justin Masterson (12-7, 3.42) for the Tribe.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Viciedo, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Keppinger, 1B; Jordan Danks, RF; Beckham, 2B; Flowers, C.

GM Rick Hahn on Today’s Trade Deadline, the Remainder of the 2013 Season and Moving Forward

On the team’s recent transactions:

When we entered this period, we had a couple of players who were on expiring contracts, such as Jesse Crain, or likely not to be here next year, such as Matt Thornton.  We felt it was time to move on and try to maximize on the return we could get.  After we were able to move Matt in the middle of the month, and Jesse earlier this week, our focus shifted to doing the best baseball deals.  There was no urgency to move any other of our popular players, simply for the sake of making a trade.  When the Peavy deal came together, it made sense from a baseball standpoint both for this year, in being able to get a guy like (Avisail) Garcia, as well as the three prospects behind him, but also provide us with a fair amount of flexibility going forward into the offseason and into the next few years.

Are you pleased with how the past few days have gone and with the acquisition of Avisail Garcia?

We are very pleased with it.  Garcia is a high-ceiling kid who just turned 22 and has already had success in the postseason at the major-league level.  His development isn’t finished yet, but he is on the verge of being a multi-tool talent and impact player, potentially at centerfield, if not at the outfield corners, on the South Side for many years to come.  We are thrilled that we were able to acquire a player like that.

What would you like to see from the team for the remainder of the season?

It’s been a disappointing season for all of us around here.  It’s exciting to see a few bright spots along the way.  Obviously it’s a thrill to watch Chris Sale pitch every fifth day, seeing where John Danks has come in his rehabilitation, and a guy like Jose Quintana take that next step, or even young kids like Josh Phegley or Andre Rienzo to debut in a big way, is exciting.  I hope that, although obviously further trades can take place in the post-waiver trade deadline, I would hope that there’s some degree of, almost exhaling, by the club where they’re not worried about the constant rumors and speculations that swirl around when your team underachieves and you’re leading up to the trade deadline.  Now the focus can be just playing the best baseball we’re capable of playing over the next two months.

On possible future changes:

We realize that our work is not done yet. We haven’t performed near the level we anticipated entering the season or that we expect going forward.  We will continue to have changes whether they come in this post-waiver trade deadline period, or the off-season or the come over the course of next season.  There is a level of consistent performance at the major-league level that we expect out of our guys and there certainly is room for improvement right now and we have begun that process.  It is going to take a little time, it’s not all going to get done on the cusp of one trade deadline, it’s going to be a process.

Can you shed any light on details on the long-term plans of the organization?

This trade deadline was a very public milestone in the midst of an underachieving season.  However, as we began this conversation with the fact that there were only a couple of players that had to be moved as part of this process of retooling the club, the goal is to get us to the point where we have sustainable success and are a playoff contender on an annual basis.  Entering the playoffs on an annual basis would put us in the position to win multiple World Series titles.   Obviously the team we have out there right now isn’t going to get that done, and we’re going to have to have some improvement both offensively and defensively to get there.  Given the young pitching we have in place and that we have under control, we think we’re going to be able to make that process as short as possible.  This is going to take some time, and this was only the first step towards that goal, but given what we have already in house, we think the process of getting to that level is not going to take too long. 

How would you describe your plan?

It’s really not on me to put labels on it, and we don’t need to come up with a bound book and title of ‘here’s what’s going on’ in terms of our process here.  I think that given a year ago, we had a club that was fourth in the league in runs scored and now we’ve plummeted to the bottom.  There are reasons for that that need to be addressed and will be addressed going forward.  I think you’ve seen us over the last two years, how we’ve spent internationally, how we spend in the domestic draft, reinforce our farm system and we’re going to start bearing fruits of some of that here in the coming season that’s going to allow us to have a home-grown core augmented by trade and free-agency that’s going to allow us to compete at a higher level than we have been this year.

How important are the prospects you’ve added to the farm system? How important are they in your long-term plan?

It is important. Obviously you want to have a farm system that can provide you with impact, championship-caliber talent in Chicago, or allows you assets to go out and acquire those types of players from other organizations.  Having a stronger farm system makes it easier for you on both fronts.  Since July 2 with the international signing deadline, with the signing of (Micker) Zapata, as well as drafting Tim Anderson and Tyler Danish in the weeks before that, much less the trade for guys like Avisail Garcia and Brandon Jacobs, along with some of the other arms we’ve acquired, helps solidify it.  Again, it’s a process, one that started a few years ago and took a nice step forward over the last six weeks and will continue into the offseason.

What are you most excited to see over the remainder of this season?

What I’m most excited to see is the continuing infusion of the younger guys.  To see Josh Phegley on a regular basis, seeing Andre Rienzo on every fifth day, and there’s a few more that may be making their debut in a White Sox uniform in the upcoming weeks.  It’s going to be exciting to see the first elements of that next wave of White Sox talent.

Hahn via video:

http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=29305809

More Hahn via Scott Merkin at whitesox.com:

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130731&content_id=55399612&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Quote of the Day

Pitching Coach Don Cooper, interviewed today on WSCR Radio, was asked what language he uses to communicate with rookie Brazilian pitcher Andre Rienzo, whose major league debut on Tuesday was a successful one:

“A good job is understood in any language.”

Play of the Day

Jeff Keppinger’s ninth-inning, pinch-hit, two-out, two-run single that gave the Sox a 5-3 lead before they eventually lost last night in 10 innings, 6-5.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-6, 3.33) for the Sox, RHP Doug Fister (9-5, 3.67) for the Tigers.

Did You Know…

…that as recently as July 7, newest White Sox Avisail Garcia hit for the cycle for Class AAA Toledo vs. Indianapolis?

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