Danks Gets Starting Nod Thursday in Cactus League Opener vs. Dodgers

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

For Openers…

In Thursday’s Cactus League opener at Camelback Ranch-Glendale vs. the Dodgers, John Danks will start and is expected to throw two innings. Others scheduled to pitch are Jake Petricka, Zach Phillips, Daniel Webb, Zach Duke, Matt Albers, Dan Jennings, Zach Putnam, Josh Wall, Phillippe Aumont and Matt Lollis.

Starting time is 2:05 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast via WLS Radio and can be seen on whitesox.com.

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The Year of Avi?

Entering his second full major-league season, Avi Garcia has gotten off to a great start by belting a two-run homer in yesterday’s intrasquad game. Here’s a look at Avi with some interesting comments by hitting coach Todd Steverson.

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160301&content_id=165842932&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Quote of the Day

Jimmy Rollins, a former MVP shortstop who knows a thing or two about the position, on Sox top prospect Tim Anderson:

“He has some hands. He’s quick. Just a few of the finer things will help him defensively to grow. … But he listens. He adapts very well, and it’s a matter of him growing into a major-league shortstop.”

Sox Agree to Terms with 20 Players

The White Sox have agreed to terms with the following players:

Pitchers (10): Chris Beck, Brandon Brennan, Scott Carroll, Erik Johnson, Tommy Kahnle, Petricka, Phillips, Carlos Rodon, Webb and Michael Ynoa

Catchers (2): Rob Brantly and Kevan Smith

Infielders (5): Matt Davidson, Leury Garcia, Mike Olt, Tyler Saladino and Carlos Sanchez

Outfielders (3): Daniel Fields, Jerry Sands and J.B. Shuck

All members of the 40-man roster are now under contract for 2016.

#SoxTixTour

http://mlb.mlb.com/cws/ticketing/soxtixtour.jsp

Photo of the Day

New TV voice Jason Benetti chats with the Sox braintrust.

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March-ing Toward Opening Day

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

Second Intrasquad Game

The Starting Lineups:

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Final Score:

Team Frazier defeated Team Abreu, 8-4. Avi Garcia smashed a two-run homer and J.B. Shuck went 3-3 with a triple and two RBI.

Bullpen Looks to be a White Sox Strength

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160228&content_id=165680844&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Sox’ Director of Amateur Scouting Hostetler: “It’s a Dream Job”

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160229&content_id=165744356&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

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Quote of the Day

Todd Frazier on new teammate Jose Abreu:

“He’s like the quiet assassin. He goes about his job the right way. He focuses hard. If he makes a mistake, he’ll do it 100 more times, it seems like. He attacks and he has a great swing, great body type.”

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Remembering Minnie

A year ago today we lost Mr. White Sox.

Photo of the Day

Nate Jones (second from left), Scott Carroll (center) and Adam LaRoche (second from right) made a visit to Luke Air Force Base.

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“It’s Focus Time”

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

Play Ball!

The first intrasquad game of the spring, a 5 1/2 inning affair this morning at Camelback Ranch, pitted Jose Abreu‘s Team Cienfuegos vs. Todd Frazier‘s Team Jersey Shore. Nik Turley started for the former, Carson Fulmer for the latter (starting lineups shown below). Abreu and Carlos Sanchez each doubled in a run and Brett Lawrie collected a sac fly for the Jersey boys. The Abreus defeated the Frazier’s, 5-4, thanks to Daniel Fields‘ three-run homer.

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Hot Corner Talk

Todd Frazier getting third base advice from a master–his manager.

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First Lieutenant

Rick Renteria (pictured below) talking about his role as Robin Ventura‘s bench coach:

“I’m just here to be a sounding board and give (Robin) some information. Like everything, we get so much information in the course of a series that you’re trying to clean it up and try to filter it and use the one that’s going to be the most appropriate for the moment. Sometimes you hit, sometimes you don’t, but you’re out there being prepared to do the best job you can.”

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Quote of the Day

Frazier on the early days of camp:

“I love the tone. Everybody has a role, everybody is taking accountability for themselves and it starts right now from Day 1. With the intrasquads we’ve got today, you can see it. It’s focus. It’s focus time. The ability to understand it’s not the offseason anymore. It’s time to go. I see that a lot with these guys.”

Updated Promotional Dates

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/165733354

Final Goodbye to Eddie Einhorn

http://www.northjersey.com/news/funeral-service-for-eddie-einhorn-white-sox-co-owner-and-north-jersey-native-an-intimate-gathering-1.1519429

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Happy Leap Day!

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Playing the Role of Jose Abreu…Melky Cabrera?

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

Oscar Night

In the spirit of tonight’s Academy Awards, @scottmerkin asked Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton who they would want to play them in a movie. Jose said teammate Melky Cabrera and Eaton opted for actor Adam Sandler. What do you think?

Hoop Dreams

A reporter approached Jimmy Rollins today and started chatting with him about his basketball skill. “What’s your shot like?” the shortstop was asked. Rollins replied with a laugh while imitating his jump shot: “Not Steph Curry-like, that’s for sure.”

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Quote of the Day

Chris Sale on pitching coach Don Cooper (via Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune), pictured above with righty Mat Latos.

“Coop is the ringleader, and he has had a long time to collect himself and know what’s going on. And there’s a reason he has done what he has done over the course of his career.

“And we all love him too, man. He’s fun to be around. He’s easy to be with. He’s a guy you’d see every day and never get sick of. And there’s something to be said for that too.”

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John Danks’ Most Memorable Game

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160226&content_id=165534158&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Prospect Beck on the Road Back

https://www.sportsmanias.com/news/chicago-white-sox/chris-beck-encouraged-by-gains-after-frustrating-end-to-last-season/56d22c5c4e6336184b8b4a22

Ready for Game Action

Intrasquad games are on tap for tomorrow and Tuesday at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. The starting mound matchup tomorrow will be Carson Fulmer and Tyler Danish in a battle of top prospects with Carlos Rodon and Brandon Brennan set to face each other on Tuesday.

The Sox begin their Spring Training schedule (see below) on Thursday. John Danks gets the start vs. the Dodgers in the opener at CR-G. Jacob Turner will go against the Indians at home on Friday and Fulmer starts Saturday vs. the Royals in Surprise.

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Photo of the Day

The Keystone Combo of Rollins and Brett Lawrie getting to know each other.

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Say Cheese…

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

Photo Day

It was all fun and games this morning as Sox players got their close ups…

…and then it was time to work:

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Sale Strategy

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/165560952/chris-sale-ramping-up-slowly-for-white-sox?tcid=tw_share

Quote of the Day

From MLB Trade Rumors:

“In searching for comparables for White Sox lefty Carlos Rodon, Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs found that Rodon’s slider bears a striking resemblance to that of Clayton Kershaw in terms of velocity, horizontal movement and vertical movement…”

Sox Note of Note

The White Sox will play intrasquad games on Monday and Tuesday and B games are scheduled on March 5 and 6.

Sox Flashback

On this date in 1972, the White Sox signed Dick Allen to three-year, $750K contract. It made him the highest-paid player in MLB history. How times have changed.

Chicago White Sox vs California Angels

Baseball: Chicago White Sox Dick Allen (15) victorious with manager Chuck Tanner after hitting home run during game vs California Angels at Comiskey Park. Chicago, IL 5/23/1973 CREDIT: Walter Iooss Jr. (Photo by Walter Iooss Jr. /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (Set Number: X17724 TK1 R9 F31 )

Photo of the Day

Buds.

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Friday Roundup: Thome and Ventura on Rollins, Top 30 Sox Prospects and More…

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

Thome on Rollins

Jim Thome and Jimmy Rollins were teammates on some outstanding Phillies teams. Thome talks about the newest White Sox shortstop as a player and mentor to youngsters like Tim Anderson. That’s Anderson (on the left) and Rollins pictured above.

“I remember what he brought to our ball club. He was our leader and he was our catalyst. He was our shortstop. We knew we could count on him. For me, he was just so charismatic. As good as he was in the team meetings, he was just as good as a friend. For me, it was exciting to get him back here where we can be together again. He is that guy now who can help someone like Tim Anderson. He can help (Tyler) Saladino. I think the guys will look to him and they will rely on him. He will be that role model they look up to.

Ventura: Rollins is Not a Normal-Looking 37-year-old

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160225&content_id=165444500&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Sox Top 30 Prospects

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160225&content_id=165352246&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

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Quote of the Day

Sox Executive VP Ken Williams:

“The attitude coming in and the focus is a little different in the way that we were all disappointed in what happened last year. So the level of intensity, the level of seriousness, is not missing from this camp.

“What has kind of also filtered in is a little bit of light-heartedness with some of our recent additions. They have been through some of the wars and have a little bit of personality to them in the (Todd) Fraziers and the Brett Lawries (pictured above) and Jimmy Rollins adds to that, too. There’s a balance between intensity and having some fun, having enough fun to where your talent can come out.”

Photo of the Day

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Eddie Einhorn was a “Creative Whirlwind”

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Today’s News

Visionary Einhorn Dies at 80

The White Sox mourn the loss of Eddie Einhorn, a sports broadcasting visionary who was an executive with the Sox for 35 seasons. He passed away Tuesday night.

“Eddie was a creative whirlwind whose ideas–many of them far ahead of their time–changed the landscape of sports, and sports on television, forever,” said Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. “He was a man of many interests, projects, ideas and opinions, and we all will miss him dearly. It is exceedingly rare in this day and age to have enjoyed a friendship and a working partnership that lasted our lifetimes. We celebrated many great moments together.”

The Sox will wear a sleeve patch during the regular season to honor Einhorn.

More on Einhorn:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/165426300/white-sox-executive-eddie-einhorn-dies-at-80

https://t.co/oWKzMrtg0P

Rollins Reports

Veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins made his debut in camp today after being signed by the Sox earlier in the week. He went through a workout, signed autographs (the top photo below courtesy of @chtribkane) and met with the media (video courtesy of CST_soxvan).

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The Many Faces of Todd Frazier

Quote of the Day

Frazier on MLB Network Radio:

(Jose) Abreu‘s a monster, we have some monsters on this team, I thought I was big until I got here, him & (Avi) Garcia are gargantuans.”

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Q Ball

http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/7/71/1351209/jose-quintana-never-deviates-excellent-steady-norm

It’s Dioner Time

New Sox catcher Dioner Navarro poses for the scoreboard crew.

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Nate Jones: “Healthy and Smooth”

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-nate-jones-upbeat-bits-white-sox-spt-0225-20160224-story.html

Photo of the Day

Jim Thome, who slugged 612 major-league homers, imparts his knowledge to a younger generation.

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Optimism Reigns in Sox Camp

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

Abreu Report

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160223&content_id=165255132&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/7/71/1348385/jose-abreu-still-striving-break-language-barrier

More Abreu

Jose, agreeing with Todd Frazier‘s comments that the White Sox could be a special team:

“I have the same feeling. From the first day that I came here and I met (new bench coach Rick) Renteria and Frazier, that’s the feeling…the first practice, everybody was happy and was laughing and making jokes. That’s the kind of atmosphere that we need here. We need to feel the chemistry and be like a family. That’s something we need to build from here.”

Here’s Jose and Rick at the batting cage:

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Quotes of the Day

Adam Eaton on yesterday’s first full-squad workout:

“A refreshing start to the season because I think we’re in the process of changing the culture here.”

–Sox World Champion Aaron Rowand, now working on the Sox instructional staff, on newcomers Frazier, Rollins, Brett Lawrie and Alex Avila:

“Those are not just good player moves coming in but good people moves.”

Former Teammates Praise Jimmy Rollins

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-shortstop-jimmy-rollins-praised-ex-dodgers-teammates

Heard Around Camp

“Renteria can dive back into first base in two languages.”

Great Scott, a Gusher!

A note sent yesterday from Sox Senior Vice President, Communications Scott Reifert:

“So in addition to today being report date/physicals/first workout for the entire team, it also is an opportunity for middle aged members of the White Sox front office to also have their annual physicals (when only bad things can happen).

“At 6:30 am, as I went through the line of medical technicians, proudly carrying my urine specimen, I stopped to get blood drawn.

“‘I’ve been told I have good veins,’ I reported to the kind woman set to draw my blood.

“She fills one vial, then another, then another as I watched.

“Like 25 times before, she then patched me up and I stood up to leave paperwork in hand.

“All of a sudden, blood is flowing – pretty seriously – down my arm to my bent elbow.

“We have a gusher!!!” one trained medical staffer yells, sending me back to get cleaned up and re-patched. Nice way to start the day.”

Editor’s Note: Don’t worry, Scott is doing fine.

Photo of the Day

The beginning (Chris Sale) and end (David Robertson) of the Sox pitching staff. Chris threw live batting practice today for the first time this spring.

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Reunited

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

First Official Full-Squad Workout

It’s a day we’ve been waiting for–the first time the entire Sox team is reunited for the season ahead.

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Mr. Anderson Meet Mr. Rollins

Top White Sox Prospect Tim Anderson (pictured below) is eager to meet fellow shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who signed with the Sox yesterday and will report to camp on Thursday. Read more:

http://trib.in/1KHxnT8

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Quotes of the Day

Avi Garcia on his status with the Sox:

“They believe in me. I believe in me, too.”

Tyler Saladino on Rollins joining the club:

“It’s going to be an honor to be out there working with him. I’m excited to learn from him.”

Melky Cabrera on reuniting with former Blue Jays teammate Brett Lawrie:

“He’s a good player, but what I really like is his energy.”

Photo of the Day

@scottmerkin reports that New Jersey native Todd Frazier plans to use My Kind of Town, made famous by fellow Jersey celebrity Frank Sinatra, as his walk-up music.

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Sox Sign Former MVP Rollins to Minor-League Pact; Lawrie, Cabrera Arrive in Camp

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

White Sox Sign Rollins

The Sox have signed veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training. The 2007 NL MVP and three-time All-Star in his 15 years with the Phillies, Rollins played for the Dodgers last season.

The photo above shows Rollins with Sox legend Paul Konerko when the two players were announced as co-winners of the 2014 Roberto Clemente Award for charitable work and sportsmanship.

Rollins is expected to join the club on Thursday.

Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on Rollins:

“We envision Jimmy contributing both on and off the field. He provides us with another quality infield option with the potential to play a variety of roles, as well as another significant positive presence inside our clubhouse.”

Arrivals

Brett Lawrie and Melky Cabrera (shown in photos below) both checked into camp today. Brett, the new Sox second baseman, was quick to say that the club has World Series-caliber talent.

While the great majority of position players reported to camp early, the first official full-squad workout is tomorrow.

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Carlos Rodon on Sporting News List of 2016 Breakout Players

http://www.sportingnews.com/list/4695821-mlb-breakout-players-2016-fantasy-stroman-baez-rodon-franco

Around the Horn

Read about Todd Frazier‘s impact on the Sox, Carson Fulmer‘s first big-league camp and Adam LaRoche‘s quest for success.

https://www.sportsmanias.com/news/chicago-white-sox/todd-frazier-arrives-with-a-bat-and-a-personality-that-could-enliven-white-sox/56ca225b4e633689698b4e89

http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/7/71/1342935/carson-fulmer-soaking-first-big-league-camp

http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/7/71/1342796/white-sox-adam-laroche-still-looking-make-connection-dh

Photo of the Day

The Radio City Music Hall Rockettes? No, just Sox pitchers and catchers going through their conditioning drills.

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