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Today’s Roundup: From “Q” to a Dynamic Duo

Thursday, February 26, 2015

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Today’s News

Underrated But Greatly Appreciated

Jose Quintana, one of baseball’s most underrated pitchers, is looking to make a statement about  his worth (click link below). And it was announced today that Quintana will get the nod as the starter in the Cactus League opener Wednesday against the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/110375036/low-key-jose-quintana-works-in-the-zone-under-the-radar-for-white-sox

A Comeback Story in the Making?

Third base prospect Matt Davidson (pictured below) is looking to rebound from a very tough 2014.

http://trib.in/1wkvSxh

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A Positive Sign

Jesse Crain is looking good in his Sox return.

http://t.co/FTEsSo0upL

The Rejuvenation of Hector Noesi

Early last season Hector Noesi, then a Texas Rangers reliever, was hit hard by the White Sox lineup. Shortly after that performance the right-hander joined the Sox and became a different pitcher–in large part due to the influence of pitching coach Don Cooper.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/7/71/398361/hector-noesi-aims-keep-climbing

Shark Alert

Here’s Jeff Samardzija throwing BP during today’s workout.

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Robertson Enjoying Sox Camp

New White Sox Closer David Robertson is finding that his first Sox spring training is more relaxed than what he was used to with the Yankees.

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/david-robertson-takes-advantage-relaxed-white-sox-camp

Throwback Thursday

A warm, sunny afternoon at Old Comiskey

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Micker Adjusts to Big League Life

Micker Adolfo, a Dominican youngster who signed with the White Sox in 2013 as the No. 2 ranked International Prospect, is one of about 30 minor league players in camp early as part of the minor league mini camp.  So is former major leaguer Brian Anderson.

Each day, once the major league team is done on the fields, our top minor leaguers run through their own early practices to get a jump on their own spring training.

Adolfo, who is now 18 years old, arrived in the United States last summer and then played in the Fire League.  Last year, he seemed like a 17-year-old who was trying to understand how to be a professional baseball player while adapting to everything new in his life.

This year?

Yesterday, as the minor leaguers gathered for their first workout, Adolfo approached another young Latin player and corrected how he was wearing his baseball pants, literally helping the player roll them correctly.

“That’s a small thing, a small example,” one White Sox staffer said.  “But is also says a lot about how much he has grown up.

“And he’s the equivalent of a senior in high school.”

Sox Note of Note

According to Robin Ventura, there will be intrasquad games on Monday and Tuesday with the veterans more likely to get at-bats in the Tuesday game.

Quote of the Day

Catcher Geovany Soto on lefty Carlos Rodon (pictured in center of photo below):

“I think this kid is going to be special. His raw ability is through the roof.”

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Photo of the Day

Jose Abreu and Adam LaRoche: a pretty impressive combo.

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The Melk Man and the Beard Man

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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Today’s News

A Welcome Sight

It’s nice to see Melky Cabrera in a White Sox uniform. He’s shown above on the far right working out next to new outfield mate Avi Garcia.

Here’s more on Melky:

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-moves-wife-were-biggest-factors-melky-cabrera

Adam LaRoche on Joining the Sox

http://trib.in/1MRcUZx

Chip Off the Old Block

And here’s Adam (sitting, second from right) taking a break with No. 25, his son Drake.

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It Won’t Be Long Now

A week from today, March 4, the Sox open up Cactus League play against the Dodgers at Cameback Ranch-Glendale. First pitch is 2:05 p.m., CT.

Undivided Attention

When new baserunning coach Vince Coleman talks, people listen. Ken Williams said Coleman’s talk to the troops today (pictured below) was the best he’s ever heard on baserunning.

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Speaking of baserunning/stealing, Micah Johnson expounds on the art.

http://atmlb.com/18lI5wt

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Happy Birthday

Today is Jerry Reinsdorf‘s birthday. Have a great day, Chairman!

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Sympathy Pains

Sox players talk about the latest Derrick Rose injury.

http://bit.ly/1DbaOf3

Quotes of the Day

Robin on newcomer LaRoche’s beard:

“I’m not going to grow one like that, but he seems to like it and as long as it’s not one of those they can sweep home plate with, we’ll be good.” 

Adam on Ventura’s comment:

“Good enough.”

Photo of the Day

The beard.

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This Could Be the Start of Something Big

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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Today’s News

The Gang’s All Here

Today was the first official day of full-squad workouts as all White Sox position players joined pitchers and catchers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. A sight for sore eyes: live batting practice–Sox hitters vs. Sox pitchers.

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Sale and Samardzija: Friendly Competitors

A bond is building between these two All-Star pitchers, who are on the same side for the first time.

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-chris-sale-and-jeff-samardzijas-special-relationship

The Vince Coleman Factor

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/white-sox/post/_/id/22925/coleman-has-sox-itching-to-step-on-gas

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Welcome Emilio!

The versatile Emilio Bonifacio (pictured above) is expected to add a great deal of flexibility to the White Sox this season. Click on the link below to hear his thoughts about playing for the Sox. And he sure looks happy to be on the South Side (via CST_soxvan).

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Pitching Schedule

Where the Sox pitchers will be during the next few days:

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More Promo Dates for the 2005 Celebration

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/110268560/white-sox-announce-2015-promotional-dates-to-celebrate-2005-world-series

Quotes of the Day

Here’s what the Chicago media is tweeting from the first day of full-squad workouts. If you don’t follow these reporters, it would definitely be worth your while to do so.

@ESPNChiSox: Bonifacio was asked if he likes Jose Abreu and all his production: “Yeah, yeah, yeah.” #quoteofthespring

@scottmerkin: From @Micah_Johnson3: “You have to be confident but not arrogant. If you become arrogant, that’s when you lose your edge to work hard.”

@scottmerkin: Micah on Vince Coleman: “He’s already made some adjustments on my running game. I’m open ears to him.”

@ChiTribKane: White Sox 2B Micah Johnson is fluent in Spanish, has been studying it since elementary school. Surely helps with clubhouse communication.

@ESPNChiSox: Eaton said working with Vince Coleman is intense. Wanted to get out there immediately vs. a pitcher to try some base-stealing advice.

@ChuckGarfien: Adam Eaton on Adam LaRoche: “I’ve heard great things. He’s got a great beard. I think we’ll have a good set of beards this season.”

@CST_soxvan: Adam Eaton has Konerko card on locker, talks about leadership void. ‘Nobody can replace Paul’  

@ChuckGarfien: Gillaspie bulked up, quit chewing tobacco and wants to make sure he’s still got his strength at the end of the season.

Photo of the Day

ESPN is at CR-G today. Here is the network’s Jay Crawford (left) with Jose Abreu.

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Abreu on Abreu

Monday, February 23, 2015 blog post

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Today’s News

First Take

Entering his second big-league season after an historic rookie year, Jose Abreu met with the media today for the first time this spring. Here are some of the highlights via an interpreter:

* “I cannot say that I will put up the same numbers or better. I just can say that I will try to do the best of me every day and help the team win games. If the numbers are the same as last year, it’s good for me. But my main focus right now is to try to be the best player possible and help the team.” 

* “My goal every day is to try to be better in the position and try to be closer to the perfection. I know perfection is not possible, but I always work for that, to be as close to perfection as could be.”

* “I learned how to handle the long season that is the major league season. I’m working on it right now. I’m trying to be in the best shape possible for the season, but not just for the beginning, for the whole season long…I came (here) more fresh. I know that I have to save my bullets or save my energy for the long season and not just throw it out in the first weeks.”

Jose also expressed how happy he is to have Adam LaRoche as a teammate, having heard he is an outstanding player and good person.

Around the Horn

Watch and listen to Adam Eaton, John Danks, Chris SaleDavid Robertson and Don Cooper on high expectations, new faces in camp and top prospect Carlos Rodon.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v38366383/white-sox-hold-high-expectations-going-into-2015

http://m.mlb.com/video/v38166383/sale-on-new-white-sox-teammates-goals-for-15-season

http://m.mlb.com/video/v38163783/robertson-discusses-his-role-on-the-2015-white-sox

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper

Legendary

John Legend and the rapper Common, a native South Sider, both have spent time at U.S. Cellular Field. Last night they were awarded an Oscar for the song “Glory” from the movie Selma. Congratulations!

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Sox Note of Note

Because of the club’s bench flexibility, Robin has indicated that it’s possible that the Sox will start the season with eight relievers.

Quote of the Day

Food for thought from Jeff Samardzija:

“Listen, I can get (hitters) out without even throwing a pitch.”

Photo of the Day

Fan-friendly Sox.

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Enter Adam LaRoche

Sunday, February 22, 2015

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Today’s News

Adam’s Arrival

First baseman/DH Adam LaRoche (pictured above) checked into camp today, two days before the full squad reports on Tuesday. It’s interesting to note that LaRoche, one of the club’s key acquisitions in the offseason, will be occupying Paul Konerko‘s old locker. He’s also here with his brother Andy, a third baseman who is a non-roster invitee (photo compliments of CSN’s Chuck Garfien).

Top Prospect Carlos Rodon: “Stay in the Background and Keep Quiet”

Rodon talks to the Trib…and confers with pitching guru Don Cooper.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-carlos-rodon-white-sox-spring-spt-0222-20150221-story.html

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Scorpions Invade Sox Camp–Really

A group of honest-to-goodness scorpions were seen at Camelback Ranch on Saturday. The eight-legged predators caused a bit of a scare, but no harm was done. Some media members looked at it as a natural progression–a Shark (Jeff Samardzija) officially arrived on Friday followed the next day by a group of arthropods.

Mark Your Calendars

MLB Network’s “30 Clubs in 30 Days” series, which gives “inside access” to every team’s training camp, begins March 3.

The Sox will be featured on Wednesday, March 11 at 6:00 p.m., CT.

Quotes of the Day

* Manager Robin Ventura on the addition of Vince Coleman, one of the best basestealers of his time, serving as a baserunning instructor in spring training:

“We’re very fortunate to have him out there, especially with the basestealing stuff. I wouldn’t know what that is, but there are guys, there is a certain mentality of doing it. Especially with Adam [Eaton] leading off, he has the speed to steal more bases, so you want him to have that mindset that a guy like Vince had.”

* @Chuck Garfien: Jose Abreu in Spanish to the pitcher during his long hitting session:

“You’re going to need some ice.”

* Gordon Beckham on his return to the Sox:

“I feel like I have a good chance to go out there and win a job, that’s all I really want.”

* Coop on his conversations with newcomers Zach Duke and David Robertson:

“I said to them, ‘You know what I think when I see you two guys? There’s the 8th and 9th inning.’” 

Photo/Video of the Day

Robin on team leadership:

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/chi-robin-ventura-on-white-sox-leaders-20150222-premiumvideo.html

Day Two and the Beat Goes On

Saturday, February 21, 2015
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Today’s News
 
Vince Coleman: New Sox Baserunning Instructor
 
Having stolen 100 or more bases from 1985-87 with the St. Louis Cardinals and 752 in his 13-year major-league career, premier base thief Vince Coleman is in camp as a baserunning instructor. Here is Coleman (in the center) working with Sox second baseman Micah Johnson (on the right), who swiped 84 bags in the minors in 2013 (Photo courtesy of CSN’s Chuck Garfien).
 
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What They Reported From the First Day of Sox Camp
 
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The White Sox Rotation According to John Danks
 
 
Quotes of the Day
 
* A svelte Avi Garcia on his new diet and keeping the weight off:
“Lettuce, a lot of vegetables and salad every day. It’s good because I feel great, 
and I have to be skinny…After games I have to go to my bed and sleep because if I stay up late. Oh. Problem.
 
John Danks on new teammate Jeff Samardzija:
“He looks better in black than he does in blue.”
 
* Top Sox prospect Carlos Rodon on high expectations:
“The way I look it is you have to have your own expectations and live up to those because everyone else’s really don’t matter.”
 
* Skipper Robin Ventura on Rodon’s slider:
“It’s a sharp one, and he throws it hard. It’s weird when you say it about a pitcher but he’s a physical type pitcher.”
 
Photo of the Day
 
New Sox closer David Robertson.
 
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Day One

Friday, February 20, 2015

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Today’s News

A Very Bright Outlook

As the official opening of White Sox spring training began today with pitchers and catchers reporting, there’s more excitement in Sox camp than at any time in recent memory due to a solid group of returnees and all of the key acquisitions in the offseason. We can pretty much assume that skipper Robin Ventura is thinking positive thoughts in the photo below.

As Robin said today, “I expect us to make the playoffs.”

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The Rookie and the Comeback Kid

Rookie Micah Johnson is battling for the second base job and Brian Anderson is making a comeback. Listen to what they’ve got to say.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v37746883

2015 Sox Regular Season Broadcast Schedule

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New MLB Pace of Game Initiatives and Replay Modifications

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Sox Note of Note

Sad news. Gary Woods, a current White Sox scout, passed away unexpectedly yesterday at his home in Solvang, California. Woods was a former Major League outfielder and began scouting with the Sox in 2008 covering the Southern California area north of Los Angeles.

Quotes of the Day

Chris Sale:

“We’ve got a team to fight back now…It’s a fun group of guys and there’s a big buzz, obviously. We’re ready to rock…My only goal is to win the World Series.”

Jeff Samardzija:

“I like where I’m at. But I’m not content with where I’m at. There’s still room to grow.”

GM Rick Hahn:

“We happen to have very high hopes. There’s a great vibe around here. There’s a level of confidence and expectations and even some swagger in terms of how guys are going about their business.”

Photo of the Day

Sale (49) and Samardzija (29), one of the most potent 1-2 pitching combinations in Baseball, walking to work on Day One of Sox camp (photo compliments of Chuck Garfien, CSN).

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Pitchers and Catchers Eve

Thursday, February 19, 2015

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Today’s News

Early Birds

While tomorrow is the official arrival date for Sox pitchers and catchers and Tuesday is the report date for the full squad, as many as 25 major and minor league players have already arrived for spring training at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz.

Those on hand include Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton, Jeff Samardzija, Tyler Flowers, Avi Garcia, Carlos Sanchez, Micah Johnson, Carlos Rodon and Hector Noesi.

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GM Hahn on Twitter

White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn has been answering fans’ questions on Twitter, with subjects ranging from the extraordinary offseason to expectations for 2015.  Enjoy!

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/47150548/v37393383

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v37393383

http://m.mlb.com/video/v37393283

Thursday GIFs: That _ _ _ _ _

We’re having some fun featuring our favorite gif moments each week. If you’ve got something you’d like to see featured, tweet to us (@whitesox) using #ThatSoxMoment.

http://whitesox.mlb.com/cws/social/that.jsp?partnerId=as_cws_20150205_39986176&adbid=563362058939297794&adbpl=tw&adbpr=53197137

Quote of the Day

Avi Garcia, via CSN’s Chuck Garfien, talked about looking ahead after missing most of last season with a shoulder injury.

“It’s a lesson. You have to think of the future, not in the past. The past is the past. Now is the future. Now we have a new year. We’ve got the opportunity to have another day, to have another month, to have another year. You have to work hard. That’s it.”

Photos of the Day

Jose and Avi in the cage and all’s ready in the clubhouse.

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Happy Valentine’s Day From Your Chicago White Sox

Friday, February 13, 2015

While We Eagerly Await the Start of Spring Training…

A week from today, White Sox pitchers and catchers report to the Sox’ Camelback Ranch spring training facility in Glendale, Ariz. and four days later the full squad will go through their first workout. In the meantime, pass some of the time this weekend by enjoying and/or sharing these special Valentine’s Day cards from several of your favorite Sox. To send or to see more go to:

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/fan_forum/soxlove.jsp

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10-Day Countdown to Pitchers and Catchers…

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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Today’s News

In just 10 days, on February 20, the highly anticipated 2015 White Sox season gets underway with pitchers and catchers reporting to the Sox’ Camelback Ranch spring training facility in Glendale, Ariz. Just four days later, on February 24, the full squad reports and will undergo physicals and participate in the first full-squad workout.

An Extraordinary Offseason

Baseball experts and fans alike are virtually unanimous that the Sox had one of the most productive offseasons with many declaring our winter haul as the best in baseball. Several pundits also have commented that the Sox were able to make it happen without sacrificing top prospects. Whatever order you place them, the newest additions on the South Side give us enormous hope for the upcoming season.

Just to review: the marquee acquisitions by the Sox front office were right-handed starter Jeff Samardzija, righty closer David Robertson, left-handed relievers Zach Duke and Dan Jennings, first baseman/DH Adam LaRocheoutfielder Melky Cabrera, the versatile infielder-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio and a familar face–infielder Gordon Beckham.

Other offseason additions now on the 40-man roster include right-handed pitcher Michael Ynoa (obtained in the Samardzija deal), catcher Rob Brantly, outfielder J.B. Shuck and left-handed pitcher Onelki Garcia, who were selected on waivers from the Marlins, Indians and Dodgers, respectively.

The Sox also agreed to terms on minor-league contracts with the following free agents: right-handed pitchers Jairo Asencio, Scott Carroll, Jesse Crain, Logan Kensing, Arcenio Leon, J.D. Martin and Brad Penny; left-handers Zach Phillips and Joe Savery; catchers George Kottaras and Geovany Soto; infielders Juan Diaz and Andy LaRoche (Adam’s brother) and outfielders Tony Campana and Michael Taylor.

All 15 players, in addition to nine players from within the organization, have received non-roster invitations to spring training.

Right-handers Chris Beck, Tyler Danish and Nolan Sanburn, left-hander Carlos Rodon, infielders Tim Anderson, Dan Black and Micah Johnson and outfielders Courtney Hawkins and Jared Mitchell received invites to major-league camp from within the organization.

Thirteen of the 24 invitees have major-league experience.

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Enjoy These SoxFest Seminars

This year’s SoxFest was an enormous success with fan excitement off the charts. One of the most successful elements was the series of seminars. Here are four: a panel discussing the Sox’ young talent, some of the newest Sox talking about the ’15 season, a few of the Sox players and coaches talking about hitting and GM Rick Hahn and skipper Robin Ventura chatting about the Sox and taking questions from the fans.

http://m.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/16463658/v37207153/?c_id=cws

http://m.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/16463658/v37207121/?c_id=cws

http://m.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/16463658/v37206481/?c_id=cws

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/16463658/v37206617

Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

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Quote of the Day

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Photo of the Day

Florida Gulf Coast University recently honored alum Chris Sale by retiring his No. 41 jersey.

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