New Kids on the Block
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Today’s Spring Training News
Frazier on Changing Leagues
New Sox third baseman Todd Frazier (pictured in top photo above meeting with the media) addresses the adjustment from the National to the American League as he comes over from the Reds.
Avila on Leadership
Catcher Alex Avila (shown in bottom photo above), who joins the Sox from the rival Tigers, talks about what it takes to be a leader.
Enjoy White Sox Hall of Famer Frank Thomas and comedian Pat McGann as they present the first episode of the the new Sox podcast, “The Cycle.”
Quotes of the Day
–Pitching coach Don Cooper on the Sox’ new catchers, Avila and Dioner Navarro, being able to successfully handle the pitching staff (via @CSNHayes):
“Avila caught Justin Verlander, David Price, Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez (with the Tigers). If he can catch them, I’m pretty sure he can catch anyone we’ve got. Both guys are experienced. Navarro caught (Mark) Buehrle (with the Blue Jays).”
–Sox starter and elder statesman John Danks on starting shortstop candidate Tyler Saladino (via @scottmerkin):
“We are not throwing a slouch out there. This kid can play. He plays hard. He’s exactly what the fans of the White Sox love, kind of a gritty dirtball kind of guy. Grinder, if you will.”
Photo of the Day
Just a couple of talented pitchers from Lakeland, Florida, awaiting their bullpen sessions (courtesy of @scottmerkin):