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It All Begins Today

Monday, April 6, 2015


Today’s News

Opening Day

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (3:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the season opener. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura for K.C.

Sox Starting LineupAdam Eaton CF, Melky Cabrera LF, Jose Abreu 1B, Adam LaRoche DH, Avi Garcia RF, Alexei Ramirez SS, Conor Gillaspie 3B, Tyler Flowers C, Micah Johnson 2B

25-Man Roster

Pitchers (11): Samardzija, Jose QuintanaJohn DanksHector NoesiDavid RobertsonZach DukeZach PutnamMatt Albers, Dan JenningsJavy Guerra, Kyle Drabek

Catchers (2): Flowers, Geovany Soto

Infielders (8): Abreu, LaRoche, Ramirez, Gillaspie, Johnson, Gordon BeckhamEmilio Bonifacio, Carlos Sanchez.

Outfielders (4): Cabrera, Eaton, Garcia, J.B. Shuck

Disabled List:  Chris Sale (foot)Jake Petricka (right forearm) and Erik Surkamp (back strain) are all on the 15-day DL retroactive to March 27.


Quotes of the Day

Skipper Robin Ventura on Samardzija making the Opening Day start (via Scott Merkin,

“The football (background) that he has, and the athletic part of him, just attitude-wise and everything, it suits up well for him to be able to have an Opening Day (start). Guys will be excited with him. Personality-wise, he likes to go after it.”

For Hahn, Father Knows Best

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Wednesday, it’ll be the White Sox vs. Royals (7:10 p.m., CT, WGN) at Kauffman Stadium. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy for the Royals.

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the White Sox’ championship season…

The Sox began their title run with a 1-0 Opening Day victory over Cleveland on April 4 at U.S. Cellular Field. Mark Buehrle pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and Shingo Takatsu pitched a perfect ninth for the save. Aaron Rowand drove in the lone run and Paul Konerko doubled and scored. Ironically, the Sox clinched the World Series by the same 1-0 score in Game 4 vs. the Astros.

Photo/Video of the Day

White Sox Ready to Roll

Saturday, April 4, 2015


Today’s News

Opening Day on Monday

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (3:10 p.m., CT, CSN) on Monday in the season opener. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura for K.C. The club is idle today and tomorrow.

Yesterday’s Sox Moves

The Sox optioned RHP Erik Johnson to Class AAA Charlotte, outrighted RHP Maikel Cleto and LHP Onelki Garcia to Charlotte and Reassigned RHP Jairo Asencio, OF Engel Beltre, C George Kottaras and RHP Arcenio Leon to minor-league camp.

There are 28 players left in major-league camp with the 40-man roster now reduced to 37. There are 14 pitchers, two catchers, eight infielders and four outfielders.

Additionally, the Sox signed right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom to a minor-league contract.

Sox in Charlotte

In the photos below, General Manager Rick Hahn, Assistant GM Buddy Bell, Robin and Charlotte skipper Joel Skinner talk baseball at the Knights’ Leadoff Luncheon in Charlotte prior to last night’s White Sox-Knights exhibition and the Sox line up during pre-game introductions. The prospects defeated the varsity.



Rodon is “Special”

Happy Birthday, Hermie

Happiest of birthday wishes to Herm Schneider, the best athletic trainer in the business.


Quote of the Day

Samardzija, talking about playing on the South Side:

“It’s all baseball here. It’s what the White Sox are known for, just a bunch of dirt-balls who love to play the game, and get down and dirty.”

Photo of the Day


Sox in Charlotte Tonight, Open Season in K.C. on Monday

Friday, April 3, 2015


Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Charlotte Knights, the Sox’ Class AAA affilate (5:05 p.m., CT), at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, North Carolina. LHP John Danks, RHP David Robertson, LHP Zach Duke and RHP Zach Putnam are scheduled to be on the mound for their last outings before Opening Day on Monday vs. the Royals. The Sox are idle Saturday and Sunday.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Adam Eaton collected an RBI single and walked, Avi Garcia singled in a run and Micah Johnson singled, walked and scored as the Sox dropped their Cactus League finale to the Diamondbacks…Matt Albers and Dan Jennings each pitched two scoreless innings.

The Sale-Rodon Connection



Snubbed by Seattle, Watch Kenny Mayne of ESPN Fame Look for a New Team 

Hint: He didn’t do much better with the Sox.

Fun at the Ballpark

Here are some of this season’s hot promotional items and one of the delicacies you’ll find this summer at U.S. Cellular Field. What could be better than a Jose Abreu Rookie of the Year blanket and ribs in a batting helmet?



White Sox Preview

Chuck Garfien and Bill Melton will preview the 2015 White Sox tonight at 9:00 p.m., CT, on Comcast Sports Net.

Quote of the Day

Robin on Brad Penny, who was a mentor to Carlos Rodon this spring. Both pitchers will start the season as teammates at Charlotte.

“He’s been through a lot of experiences, which is one of the reasons we brought him here. He’s been the phenom. He’s been hurt. He’s bounced back. He has a lot of knowledge that I think he can pass along, and Carlos was receptive enough to kind of pick guys’ brains and Brad was one of them. He got lucky that he got a guy a little long in the tooth to be here and pick his brain.”

Photo/Video of the Day

Enjoy this video tour of the impressive new Sox clubhouse.

Last Day in Arizona, Roster Down to 34

Thursday, April 2, 2015


Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields, Scottsdale (2:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the Sox’ final Cactus League contest. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, RHP Rubby De La Rosa for Arizona.

Roster Moves

The Sox sent Brad Penny and Scott Carroll to minor-league camp, reducing the roster to 34. Robin Ventura says 25-man roster will be revealed tomorrow.


Yesterday’s Highlights

Sox vs. Mariners in Peoria:

Led by an unlikely hero and a cast of the usual suspects, the White Sox pounded out 22 hits in their 12-4 victory over Seattle…The surprise of the day was the performance of DH Jeremy Farrell, who spent time at Class AA Birmingham last season. Farrell made the most of his opportunity to play with the major leaguers, going 4-5, including a two-run homer, a double, a pair of singles and three runs scored…Joining the Sox farmhand in the onslaught were Carlos Sanchez (4-4, two RBI, a walk and a run scored), Avi Garcia (3-4, two-run homer, four RBI), Gordon Beckham (3-4, a double, two RBI, two runs scored), Melky Cabrera (2-4, double, two RBI, run scored) and Jose Abreu (2-4, double, two runs scored).

Here’s Avi’s homer and Melky’s two-run double:

Sox vs. Padres at Camelback Ranch-Glendale: 

Adam Eaton went 2-3 with an RBI, Micah Johnson singled and doubled in three at bats and scored, Tyler Flowers continued his hot hitting with a 2-3 afternoon and Geovany Soto drove in a run in the Sox’ 8-2 loss to the Padres.

Pitching Rotation

Robin has confirmed that following Jeff Samarzija in the opener on Monday and Quintana on Wednesday, John Danks will pitch the finale of the three-game series in Kansas City a week from today. Hector Noesi will start the home opener a week from tomorrow.

Sale Sails

Chris Sale showed he’s on the way back from his fractured foot. He went six innings (90 pitches, 67 strikes) yesterday, allowing a run, two hits, no walks while striking out 13. Listen to Chris after his outing:


Petricka on the Mend

Dealing with a forearm injury, Jake Petricka was able to play catch yesterday. And although he’s going to start the season on the DL, he said that he feels he’s “on the right track.”

Rodon to Start the Season in Charlotte

Good Pick

Former Mets GM Steve Phillips and ex-major leaguer Todd Hollandsworth agreed on at least one thing today during their MLB Radio Network show: Abreu is their choice for the 2015 American League MVP.

Looking Back at 2015 Spring Training

Quote of the Day

Carlos Rodon won’t be starting the season in Chicago, but he made a huge impact on the mound–and with this great moment–during spring training.

@JenLada: Penny approached Rodon early in camp. Rodon said “Holy crap, you’re Brad Penny. I watched you throw 100 w/Marlins in 2003 WS.” Rodon was 10.

Two of the Greatest

Sox legends Luke Appling (1907) and Billy Pierce (1927). were both born on this date. Happy 88th Billy!

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Charlotte, the Sox’ Class AAA affilate (5:05 p.m., CT). Danks, David RobertsonZach Duke and Zach Putnam are scheduled to pitch their last outings before Opening Day Monday in K.C.

Photo/Video of the Day

A classic conversation between Bo Jackson and Adam LaRoche‘s son Drake.

No Fooling, Only Two Days and Three More Games Remaining in Arizona

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


Today’s News

On the Move

Packing up in Glendale, shown in the photos above, can only mean that the regular season is just around the corner: In our case, Monday, April 6 in Kansas City.

This Afternoon’s Games

White Sox (SS) vs. Padres at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, RHP James Shields for San Diego.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Shuck LF, Ramirez SS, LaRoche 1B, Flowers C, Gillaspie 3B, Beltre RF, Hayes DH, Johnson 2B.

White Sox (SS) vs. Mariners at Peoria (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable Starters: RHP Brad Penny for the Sox, LHP James Paxton.

Sox Starting Lineup: Bonifacio CF, Cabrera LF, Abreu 1B, Garcia RF, Kottaras C, Beckham SS, Michalczewski 3B, Farrell DH, Sanchez 2B.

Sale Update

Chris Sale will start a minor-league game today. He is scheduled for 6.0 IP/90 pitches.

Opening Day Roster

Robin indicated that the entire 25-man roster will be revealed tomorrow.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Carlos Rodon continued his solid spring, ending his first White Sox camp with a strong 5.1 innings pitched. He allowed just a run, four hits, two walks and two strikeouts in the Sox’ 2-1 victory over the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. In all Rodon, was 2-0 and posted a 3.06 ERA with 21 strikeouts and only five walks in 17.2 IP… Jose Abreu has certainly given every indication that he’s going to pick up this season where he left off in 2014. As a result of going 4-4 yesterday–two doubles, two singles–with an RBI (click on link below) Jose is now hitting a major-league-leading .519 in Cactus League action…Geovany Soto was on fire yesterday, throwing out three baserunners to stifle L.A. rallies…J.B. Shuck (pictured below) singled, doubled and scored a run. He’s batting .370 in Cactus League play…Carlos Sanchez singled twice and scored…In his first appearance in a Sox uniform, Kyle Drabek pitched 1.1 scoreless innings while Jairo Asencio pitched scoreless ball in the eighth and ninth.


Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on Rodon:

“We’re talking about a kid who is 22, 23 years old, who was in the ACC a year ago at this time, has fewer than 25 professional innings, and yet here we are talking about the finishing elements of his development. That’s fantastic. We’re in a great position. Carlos is in a great position. …You’re not talking about talent. You’re not talking about ceiling. You’re not talking about mechanics or health or anything that’s going to be a factor in his long-term success–we’re talking about practice.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields, Scottsdale (2:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the final Cactus League contest. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, RHP Rubby De La Rosa for Arizona.

Friday in Charlotte

The plan is for John Danks, David Robertson, Zach Duke and Zach Putnam to pitch against the Class AAA Knights in Charlotte on Friday.

Photo of the Day

Make sure you pick up these scents from the new White Sox fragrance line.


Rodon Makes Final Cactus League Start Today; Flowers Crushes Third Spring Homer

Tuesday, March 31, 2015



Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon for the Sox, RHP Joel Weiland for L.A.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Tyler Flowers slammed his third home run of the spring and singled, Adam Eaton singled twice, walked and stole a base and Conor Gillaspie knocked out a pair of singles in the Sox’ 4-1 loss to the Indians at Camelback Ranch-Glendale…Zach Putnam pitched a scoreless seventh.

Flowers Blooming

Roster Move

The Sox have reassigned RHP Chris Beck to minor-league camp.

GM Hahn: Petricka to Start Season on DL, But Should be Back Soon

Sox General Manager Rick Hahn said yesterday that reliever Jake Petricka, who hasn’t seen action since March 23 because of right forearm/elbow soreness, will begin the year on the disabled list. The good news is that an MRI has determined his arm is “clean” so it should be a short stint–he will be eligible to join the Sox as early as April 11.


“It did not make sense to try to rush and jam an outing or two in and force him on to the active roster. Hopefully it’s just a small setback. Again we prefer to err on the side of caution whenever possible.”


Quote of the Day

Known as a player who is all business on the field, Melky Cabrera (pictured above) showed his lighter side recently when he playfully threw a wad of paper at Jose Abreu when last year’s AL Rookie of the Year was being interviewed in front of a camera. Melky’s explanation via the Sun-Times‘ Daryl Van Schouwen:

“I showed that my arm is good. I always try to mess with him because he’s a good guy and we have a very good relationship. It’s good to have an atmosphere where you can relax and that kind of stuff.”

Home Opener Sold Out

The April 10 home opener vs. the Twins is sold out, except for a limited number of standing room only tickets and those remaining as part of season-ticket plans. Fans interested in buying SRO tickets should visit the U.S. Cellular Box Office.

Idea of the Day: Ballpark Pass

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox (SS) vs. Padres at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for us vs. TBA;  Sox (SS) vs. Mariners at Peoria (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable Starters: RHP Brad Penny for the Sox vs. LHP James Paxton.

Photo of the Day

Fans take advantage of one of the last chances to get Robin‘s autograph in Glendale this spring.


Countdown to Opening Day

Monday, March 30, 2015


Today’s News

A Week From Today: Kansas City Here We Come

The White Sox are down to their last four days in Arizona, then head to Charlotte for an exhibition game against the Class AAA Knights on Friday. The Sox have Saturday and Sunday off before the opener in K.C. next Monday, April 6.

The remaining spring schedule is as follows.

Today: vs. Cleveland (Camelback Ranch-Glendale)

Tomorrow: at L.A. Dodgers (Camelback Ranch-Glendale)

Wednesday: vs. San Diego (SS) (Camelback Ranch-Glendale), vs. Seattle (SS) (at Peoria)

Thursday: at Arizona (Salt River Fields)

Friday: at Charlotte

Saturday: Off

Sunday: Off

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi for the Sox, RHP Trevor Bauer for Cleveland.

Yesterday’s Highlights

A couple catchers–George Kottaras who was actually playing behind the plate and Tyler Flowers who was in the DH slot–led the White Sox offense in yesterday’s 4-1 win over the Indians at Goodyear. In the fourth inning, Flowers doubled in a run to tie the Tribe at 1-1 (click on top link below) and after a walk to J.B. Shuck, Kottaras doubled home both runners to give us a 3-1 lead (click on bottom link below)…In the fifth, Conor Gillaspie singled in Micah Johnson after the rookie collected his second base hit of the game…Sox pitching was outstanding. Scott Carroll went three innings, allowing one run, none earned, on two hits and a walk with a strikeout…David Robertson, who has been experiencing some soreness in his pitching arm, pitched a scoreless fourth and felt good after the game…Arcenio Leon pitched two perfect innings and Jace Fry, the Sox’ third-round pick in last year’s draft, threw three scoreless frames to earn the save.

Best Wishes to Chris on Number 26


Kyle Drabek’s Whirlwind

Final Four

There will be some good-natured ribbing this week among Sox staff leading up to Final Four Saturday. In one of the two semi-final games, Assistant Athletic Trainer Brian Ball‘s Kentucky Wildcats go up against the Wisconsin Badgers of Senior Executive Vice President Howard Pizer, Senior Director of of Media Relations Bob Beghtol and Director of Digital Communications Brad Boron. There will be more tension prior to the championship game a week from tonight if Senior Coordinator of Social Media Colleen Maxwell‘s Michigan State Spartans defeat Duke in the other semi-final and challenge either Kentucky or Wisconsin.

Quote of the Day

Jose Quintana‘s response was short and sweet after allowing just one earned run in six innings against the A’s on Saturday, giving him a 2.92 Cactus League ERA.

“I’m ready.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN).

Photo of the Day

Robertson after his performance: “I feel good. I feel like I’m throwing the ball better than I was earlier in camp. I just needed a little time to get the soreness out, have my body recoup and get ready for the next outing.”


Alexei (RBI) and Jose (Batting Average) are Spring Leaders

Sunday, March 29, 2015


Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Goodyear (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Scott Carroll for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco for the Tribe.

Yesterday’s Highlights

As he has done all spring, Alexei Ramirez delivered the goods yesterday with a two-run double (click on link below) in the White Sox’ loss to Oakland at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. The two runs batted in gives Alexei a total of 17, which leads both the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues…While Ramirez leads all major leaguers in RBI, Jose Abreu is the MLB pacesetter in batting average with a .479 mark as a result of going 2-5 against the A’s with a pair of singles…Geovany Soto and J.B Shuck each doubled in a run…Sox starter Jose Quintana was solid in six innings of work. He gave up just one earned run on six hits with five strikeouts and no walks…Zach Putnam pitched the ninth, his third straight scoreless outing.

Roster Moves

The White Sox have optioned RHP Daniel Webb to Class AAA Charlotte and reassigned LHP Zach Phillips to minor-league camp. Sox now have 39 players in big-league camp–23 pitchers, three catchers, eight infielders and five outfielders.

Quote of the Day

Matt Snyder of CBS on Eaton:

“He hit .300 with a .362 on-base percentage, 15 steals and AL-best 10 triples last season. That’s the work of a great leadoff man. It’s not just that, though. Watch him play. He’s intense, a hustler, a max-effort guy…Fun player.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi for the Sox, RHP Trevor Bauer for Cleveland.

Noesi Keeping Things Loose

Photos of the Day

As Snyder said, Eaton is a “fun player.”





We’re “Minnie Minoso” Days Away From Opening Day

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Today’s News

That’s Right, Just Nine Days From Now…

It’ll be Jeff Samardzija and the White Sox vs. Yordano Ventura and the Royals on Monday, April 6, at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium in the season opener. Can’t wait.

And, of course, every day we think of Minnie is a good day.

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, LHP Scott Kazmir for Oakland.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Melky Cabrera went 3-4 with a solo home run (1) and a pair of singles, Tyler Flowers hit a two-run homer–his second Cactus League round-tripper–and J.B. Shuck singled, doubled, scored a run and stole his fifth base of the spring in the 6-3 loss to the Cubs…Zach Duke and Javy Guerra pitched scoreless ball in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively.

A Second Generation Drabek Joins Sox

The White Sox have claimed RHP Kyle Drabek off waivers from the Blue Jays. Kyle’s dad, Doug, was drafted by the Sox in 1983, went elsewhere and came back to us in 1997 when he won 12 games. In all, he was a 155-game winner in 13 big-league seasons and also played with the Pirates, Astros, Yankees and Orioles.

Tough Guy

UFC champion Chuck Liddell visited Sox camp today. Here he is with (clockwise from top left) pitchers Quintana, Guerra, Hector Noesi and Dan Jennings.


Quote of the Day

Things are progressing for Chris Sale. The All-Star lefty, recovering from a fractured foot, threw a 75-pitch simulated game (five sets of 15) yesterday and is getting closer to claiming his customary spot in the rotation. Here’s Sale on his effort:

“…I wanted to see how it feels when I’m at max effort. Don’t want to baby this thing along and first time I try to have a max effort is in a game and you run into problems there. You try to build up, put as much stress on it here as I can so when the season comes I can handle it. I feel great, really. Today was a big confidence booster being able to go out there five different times and really do everything I’ve always done.”

Road to the Final Four

It’s a big weekend for the following Sox: Right-hander Samardzija and Senior Director of Baseball Operations Dan Fabian (Notre Dame), Assistant Athletic Trainer Brian Ball (Kentucky), Senior Executive Vice President Howard Pizer, Senior Director of Media Relations Bob Beghtol and Director of Digital Communications Brad Boron (Wisconsin) and Senior Coordinator of Social Media Colleen Maxwell (Michigan State). Each has his or her Final Four hopes on the line. Good luck to all.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Goodyear (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Scott Carroll for the Sox, RHP Carlos Carrasco for the Tribe.

Photo/Video of the Day

Life in the White Sox weight room:

Abreu is En Fuego…and it’s Sox vs. Cubs II in Mesa 

Friday, March 27, 2015


Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at Mesa (3:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the second and final meeting this spring between the two Windy City clubs. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija  for the Sox and RHP Jason Hammel for the North Siders.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Jose Abreu went 3-3, raising his Cactus League batting average to a blistering .488…Adam LaRoche (double), Alexei RamirezJ.B. Shuck, Gordon Beckham (double) and minor-leaguer Christian Marrero each drove in a run in the Sox’ 9-6 loss to the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale…Zach Putnam, Jairo Asencio and Erik Surkamp each pitched a scoreless inning.


Words of Wisdom From the Front Office 

Earlier this week a group of Sox bloggers spoke with GM Rick Hahn and Assistant GM Buddy Bell. Here’s a sampling of what was discussed.

Hahn (pictured above), speaking about the importance of building the farm system:

“It absolutely was a priority for all of us. The end-all, be-all is winning in Chicago, and really the farm system plays into that two-fold. One, is providing impact talent that can help us win in Chicago, or two, providing us with viable trade assets to go get the pieces we need in Chicago. While I agree that we’re in a healthier spot than we’ve been in in a while, from a farm system standpoint, I do think for years it was serving that second purpose fairly well, as we were able to augment the big league club. But in an effort to try to create something around here that’s sustainable, not a situation where we just jump up once and contend and knock out an 88 to 90-win season and fall back down, but instead, put ourselves in position to contend annually. Getting the farm system to hit on all cylinders so that we were providing guys for Chicago was a priority.”

Bell, talking about the organization’s philosophy of challenging players:

“I think the benefit is that you’re able to see what kind of adjustments you have to make, ultimately.  I see low A and high A as not a tremendously big jump, I think in Courtney’s (Hawkins) case, in his first year he did a good job in Kannapolis and then went up to Winston-Salem for the playoffs and did well. I thought he needed to make some adjustments and he had to understand the adjustments and he had to be humbled a bit. He certainly was even though he put up some pretty good numbers from a strikeout standpoint. I think he suffered there a little bit.  I think probably from my experience as a player, I wanted to be pushed, I wanted to understand what I needed to do—it’s hard at times, this game is an awful hard game to play. Within reason, I think our philosophy is to push guys and I think we’ve been successful for the most part. Guys are ultimately going to determine if they are going to make it in the big leagues and a jump from low A to high A is not that big of deal in my mind. A jump—just to get away from that question for a bit—I think the jump from Charlotte to the big leagues is the biggest jump and I don’t think it ever used to be, I’m not sure what the deal is but the game the way it’s played in Triple A is not even close to how it’s played in the big leagues. The speed of the game in the big leagues has gotten so quick to how it’s played in triple-A. I think the jump from single-A ball to triple-A is not as great as it used to be, I think it is all kind of relative. But to answer your question—our philosophy is to push the guys a little bit, to be a little more aggressive than maybe (other organizations).”

Remember Me? 

Abreu Among Elite Sluggers

Tweet of the Day: Quite a Comparison

@BerniePleskoff: Heard it from scout today: #WhiteSox Carlos Rodon reminds him of  “young Steve Carlton.”  Not too shabby. I love what I’ve seen of Rodon.


More Rodon

Carlos Rodon‘s 19 strikeouts are tied with the Mariners’ Taijuan Walker and the A’s Drew Pomeranz for the Cactus League lead.

The LaRoche/Thome Connection

Quotes of the Day



Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, LHP Scott Kazmir for Oakland.

Photo of the Day

Straight A’s: Avi and Alexei.



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