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Sox Bats Batter A’s

Monday, March 9, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable pitching order: LHP Jose Quintana, RHP Brad Penny, LHP Zach Duke, LHP Onelki Garcia, RHP Matt Albers, RHP Zach Putnam, LHP Zach Phillips, RHP Maikel Cleto.

Sox Starting Lineup: Emilio Bonifacio CF, Alexei Ramirez SS, Melky Cabrera LF, Adam LaRoche 1B, Avi Garcia RF, Conor Gillaspie 3B, Gordon Beckham DH, Tyler Flowers C, Carlos Sanchez 2B.

Yesterday’s Highlights

George Kottaras socked a solo homer (see link below), Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton both doubled in a pair of runs and Carlos Sanchez singled in two tallies in the White Sox’ 10-4 victory over the A’s…Courtney Hawkins, Rob Brantly and Tyler Saladino each added an RBI single, with the latter two going 2-3, and Trayce Thompson went 2-2 with a pair of singles. The Sox, who scored six runs in the fourth inning, had 12 hits in all…Jeff Samardzija made his first start in a Sox uniform (see video below) and got credit for the win. He pitched two scoreless, hitless innings before giving up two runs in his third and final frame…Jake Petricka, Javy Guerra and Dan Jennings each pitched a scoreless inning.

http://atmlb.com/1F0ZBCs

Samardzija Not Feeling the Pressure

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-jeff-samardzija-not-feeling-pressure

Robin: Shark’s a Competitor

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/chi-white-sox-jeff-samardzija-20150308-story.html

Nate Jones Update

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/nate-jones-sticking-white-sox-recovery-plan

Quote of the Day

Avi Garcia (via @scottmerkin):

“The season is starting now. Not in April. You got to do everything right now. The season starts now.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Surprise (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable pitching order: RHP Tyler Danish, LHP Erik Surkamp, RHP Scott Carroll, LHP Joe Savery, RHP Arcenio Leon, RHP Raul Fernandez, LHP Zach Phillips.

Photo of the Day

The subject, no doubt, is hitting as coach Todd Steverson, Adam LaRoche and Micah Johnson (left to right in foreground) share info around the cage.

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Mr. White Sox: No. 9

Friday, March 6, 2015

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Today’s News

Celebrating the Life of a Legend

A public visitation for Minnie Minoso was held from Noon to 8:00 p.m., CT, today at Holy Family Church at 1080 Roosevelt Road. A memorial service will take place at Noon tomorrow at the church.

Speakers at the service will be Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County commissioner John Daley (on behalf of the Daley family), historian and author Dr. Adrian Burgos, friend of the family Zach Strauss, White Sox executive vice president Howard Pizer, former Sox teammate Billy Pierce and Charlie Minoso (on behalf of the family).

There will be a procession immediately following the service that will pass U.S. Cellular Field and the home plate of Old Comiskey Park, located in the parking lot adjacent to the ballpark.

In lieu of flowers the Minoso family has asked that donations be given to Chicago White Sox Charities.

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/white-sox/post/_/id/23074/family-friends-fans-gather-for-minoso

Rodon Shines in Sox Debut vs. San Diego

White Sox    0  8  1

Padres         5  9  1

Plays of the Day

Top prospect Carlos Rodon (pictured below) struck out four in two scoreless innings today against the Padres, striking out the side in the first inning. The young left-hander threw 31 pitches, 21 for strikes…Veteran righty reliever Matt Albers, a non-roster invitee, came on in relief of Rodon and pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk while striking out a pair…Avi Garcia singled twice, stole a base and is now 4-5 (.800) with a walk in his first two Cactus League games…Maikel Cleto and Jairo Asencio each pitched a scoreless inning.

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A Determined Avi

http://bleacherreport.com/tb/dg8j6?utm_campaign=tsipad&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=teamstream

Crain Making Progress

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-jesse-crain-continues-climb-his-way-back

Quotes of the Day

*Rodon on his first spring performance:

“After that first pitch, I settled in and felt comfortable. … (Butterflies) went away real quick.”

*Former No. 1 draft pick Courtney Hawkins (pictured below)who homered for the Sox in yesterday’s game vs. the Dodgers, on his spring training approach:

“All I’m doing is going out every day and busting my butt to do what I need to do to make sure that my game is where it needs to be. And as far as the organization standpoint, whatever they feel like is best for the team, where I go, whatever happens, that’s up to them.” “My only job is to go out every day and play to the best of my ability. That’s what they got me here to do.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m., CT). Hector Noesi makes his first spring start for the Sox. There is also a “B” game scheduled for tomorrow against the Rockies at Camelback Ranch (10:00 a.m., CT). Erik Johnson and Nolan Sanburn are among the pitchers who will see action.

Here’s Noesi and some of his buddies in the latest selfie from Sox camp.

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Photos of the Day

Both sides of the prayer card given to all attendees in honor of Minnie.

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Jose and Alexei Quick Out of the Gate, Hawkins Homers and Singles

Thursday, March 5, 2015

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Today’s News

Game 2

Dodgers       6  6  1

White Sox    1  5  2

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu and Alexei Ramirez each singled today and both are 3-5 in the first two contests…Promising outfield prospect Courtney Hawkins homered and singled this afternoon…Jake Petricka (1.0 IP), Javy Guerra (1.0) and Dan Jennings (1.1) pitched scoreless, hitless ball in relief.

Paulie 

Paul Konerko received a Lifetime Achievement Award last night during the 27th annual CSN Sports Awards and today happens to be his 39th birthday.

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-paul-konerko-receives-lifetime-achievement-award

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Sodfather: Despite a Tough Winter, the Field Will Be Ready

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-sullivan-white-sox-weather-worries-spt-0305-20150304-story.html

Hawk Arrives

Hawk Harrelson is shown here joking with the skipper, GM and Jim Thome upon his arrival at Sox camp.

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Minoso Memorial Service Details

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/03/05/more-details-for-minnie-minoso-services-announced/

Sox Media Guide 

Four returning stars and four newcomers are featured on the cover of this year’s edition.

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Quotes of the Day

Adam LaRoche on Jose Abreu:

“He’s a workhorse. Every time I look up he’s hitting in the cage or doing something. You can tell he wants it. He wants to be good.” (courtesy of cst_soxvan)

CSNChicago’s Chuck Garfien:

Minnie Minoso is a noun, an adjective & a cure for a bad day…If there’s a HOF in heaven, that’s where Minnie is now.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Padres at Peoria (2:05 p.m., CT). Carlos Rodon is scheduled to start for the Sox.

Photo of the Day

A fitting addition to our uniforms honoring Mr. White Sox.

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Off to a Great Start

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Today’s News

Cactus League Opener

Dodgers    4 10 0

Sox            6  9  0

Plays of the Day

Alexei Ramirez doubled, singled, stole a base and had three RBI, Avi Garcia doubled twice, walked, scored a run and drove in another, Adam LaRoche doubled in a pair of runs, Jose Abreu singled twice with a run scored and Adam Eaton also singled twice and scored. Starter Jose Quintana pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts for the win and new Sox outfielder J.B. Shuck made a spectacular catch (see video above).

Eaton, Gillaspie, 22 Others Sign One-Year Deals

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/adam-eaton-tops-list-24-white-sox-players-sign-one-year-deals

Our Minnie

A moving tribute to Minnie Minoso from Congressman Steve Cohen of Tennessee.

Congressman Cohen Pays Tribute to the Life of MLB Legend Minnie Minoso

A Conversation With Mr. White Sox.

A Conversation With Baseball Legend Minnie Minoso

South Side Sox on Minnie.

http://www.southsidesox.com/2015/3/3/8139583/a-v-room-minnie-mi

CSNChicago will carry live coverage of the Minnie Minoso Memorial Service on Saturday beginning at 11:30 a.m. CT.

Sox in the Community

Sox pitchers Jake Petricka (pictured below) and Erik Surkamp read to Villa de Paz Elementary students yesterday as part of the Read Across America initiative.

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Jared Mitchell Thinking Positive

http://bleacherreport.com/tb/dg6qj?utm_campaign=tsipad&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=teamstream

Soto Too? Yes, Soto Too

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-geovany-soto-catchers-spt-0303-20150302-story.html

Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn:

“Our goal is not to jump up and contend for one year and then the next couple scrambling to put us back in position and jump up again. Our goal is to contend on an annual basis. Part of that is the introduction and development of young talent on an annual basis.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Dodgers vs. White Sox at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m., CT). LHP John Danks for the Sox vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw. Other Sox pitchers scheduled are: Javy Guerra, Petricka, Daniel Webb, Dan Jennings, Zach Phillips, Raul Fernandez and Joe Savery.

Photo of the Day

Many faces of the Shark.

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Sox vs. Dodgers in Tomorrow’s Cactus League Opener

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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Today’s News

Shirts vs. Skins

Yesterday’s intrasquad game was rained out, but it was a go today as the Sox Shirts and Sox Skins faced each other a day before Cactus League play begins. Highlights of the day: Micah Johnson went 3-4 with two stolen bases and three runs scored, Conor Gillaspie connected for two triples, Tim Anderson went 2-3 with two RBI and Trayce Thompson homered.

Jeff Samardzija was on the mound for today’s intrasquad contest and he’s feeling good.

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/white-sox/post/_/id/23048/samardzija-says-hes-ahead-of-schedule

Tomorrow’s Opener

Sox vs. Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m., CT).

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Cabrera LF, Abreu 1B, LaRoche DH, A. Garcia RF, Ramirez SS, Beckham 3B, Flowers C, Sanchez 2B, Quintana P.

Scheduled to follow Quintana on the mound are: Brad PennyNolan SanburnTyler DanishErik SurkampZach PutnamLogan Kensing and Arcenio Leon.

Up Close & Personal with Carlos Rodon

Scott Merkin of whitesox.com talks with the Sox’ rookie (pictured below).

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/110942450/carlos-rodon-lets-his-game-do-the-talking-at-white-sox-camp

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The New John Danks

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-john-danks-has-confidence-changes-his-delivery

“Yoga” Johnson

Micah Johnson used Yoga to help his development this past offseason.

http://www.sportsmanias.com/tweets/article/54f4da37c2e8d6e933000043

Who knows if Adam LaRoche‘s son Drake will be the third generation LaRoche to reach the big leagues, following in the footsteps of his grandad Dave, a 14-year major-league pitcher, dad Adam and uncle Andy, who is also in Sox camp this spring. But if Drake does reach the bigs, he very well may look back at this conversation with Jim Thome at Sox camp as being one of the reasons why he made it.

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Taking a Look at Prospect Courtney Hawkins

http://bleacherreport.com/tb/dg7kJ?utm_campaign=tsipad&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=teamstream

The Wonder of Minnie Minoso

Yet another wonderful tribute to Mr. White Sox.

http://sportsworld.nbcsports.com/remembering-minnie-minoso/

Jose Abreu on Minnie

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-mourning-jose-abreu-happy-return-field

Minoso Visitation and Memorial Service Announced

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/111030446/visitation-memorial-services-announced-for-minnie-minoso?partnerId=as_cws_20150303_41456146&adbid=572877594661502978&adbpl=tw&adbpr=53197137

Quote of the Day

Robin on Micah Johnson:

“When you see him on the field, you’re drawn to him. He makes a lot of stuff happen.”

Photo of the Day

Getting ready for his closeup: Abreu prepares for an MLB Network photo shoot that will also include some of baseball’s biggest stars.

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Rainy Day in Glendale and More Minnie

Monday, March 2, 2015

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Today’s News

Game Called

Rain nixed today’s scheduled intrasquad game and limited the Sox to batting cage and bullpen work. Weather permitting, another Sox vs. Sox game is on tap tomorrow.

Here is some of today’s activity. That’s Jose Abreu above and Jake Petricka, Alexei Ramirez and Avi Garcia below.

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Wednesday’s Opener

Jose Quintana is set for the start in the Sox’ first Cactus League game on Wednesday vs. the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. Scheduled to follow him on the mound are: Brad Penny, Nolan Sanburn, Tyler Danish, Erik Surkamp, Zach Putnam, Logan Kensing and Arcenio Leon.

Rodon Gets Friday Start

LHP Carlos Rodon, the Sox’ No. 1 draft pick in 2014, is expected to start Friday against the San Diego Padres at Peoria. He replaces the injured Chris Sale.

While Rodon is on the fast track, according to Carlos there’s another pitching stud from last year’s draft that’s thriving in the Sox system–Spencer Adams, the 44th pick overall. Enjoy the following story on Adams, who is pictured below.

http://www.sportsmanias.com/tweets/article/54f1fdb9f7ed2f062a000000

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The LaRoches: Like Father, Like Son

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-adam-laroche-white-sox-spring-spt-0301-20150228-story.html

Sox Note of Note

The White Sox have promoted Jeremy Haber to assistant general manager. Haber is involved with roster management, contract negotiations and player acquisitions.

All About Minnie

Ron Kittle on Mr. White Sox:

http://www.myfoxchicago.com/clip/11189506/ron-kittle-reflects-on-the-life-of-minnie-minoso

A fascinating look at Minoso’s Hall of Fame candidacy and valid reasons why he never got enough support.

http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2015-03-01/minnie-minoso-dead-dies-hall-of-fame-obituary-white-sox-indians-election?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Something special from the archives:

https://archive.org/details/MinnieMinoso1969InterviewByJoeWright

Quote of the Day

Baseball great and fellow Cuban Tony Oliva upon Minnie’s passing:

“I don’t know if he was better than me, but in my book, when they talk about the best Cuban ballplayers, I always say Minoso. I know I’ve got all the batting championships and all that stuff, but he did all that stuff, too. He didn’t win the batting championships, but if you look at his records and his numbers, you know he was a great ballplayer.”

Photo of the Day

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“We Have Lost Our Friend and a Great Man. Many Tears Are Falling”

Sunday, March 1, 2015

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Today’s Sad News

RIP Minnie Minoso

“Mr. White Sox” has died.

White Sox great and fan ambassador Minnie Minoso (Saturnino Orestes Armas “Minnie” Minoso Arrieta), 90, died last night in Chicago.

The beloved Minoso endeared himself to millions of Chicagoans over the years, first as a dynamic player with the popular Go-Go Sox of the 1950s and 1960s and later as a community relations ambassador of the club for decades.  It was often joked that Minoso had signed enough autographs that every man, woman and child in Chicago had at least one.

“Our organization and our city have suffered a heart-breaking loss today,” said Jerry Reinsdorf, chairman of the White Sox.  “We have lost our dear friend and a great man.  Many tears are falling.”

Minoso, also nicknamed “The Cuban Comet,” became the first black player in White Sox franchise history on May 1, 1951.  He also was baseball’s first black Latin star and a seven-time All-Star.

Minoso leaves behind his wife of 30 years, Sharon, sons Orestes Jr. and Charlie, and daughters Marilyn and Cecilia.

“Minnie truly was the heart, soul and smile of the White Sox,” said Christine O’Reilly, vice president of community relations for the White Sox.  “We saw him every day at the ballpark and he loved the fans and the White Sox dearly.  Nothing made him prouder than to be at the ballpark.

“When I die, I want to be playing baseball,” Minoso once said.  “Truly.  They don’t bury me without my uniform.  If I die, I die happy because I was wearing No. 9 for the White Sox.  Minoso’s uniform No. 9 was retired in 1983 and a sculpture of Minoso was unveiled in 2004.

O’Reilly shared a few special memories of Minnie–who addressed everyone he met with a “Hello, my friend!”–including how passionately he cheered on the White Sox as Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in what was an eventual White Sox victory against the Red Sox in the 2005 American League Division Series.

“Minnie stood up as El Duque entered the game, clasped his hands together and chanted a Spanish prayer,” she said.  “’Madre de Dios el Cubano!’ I will never forget it.  He was so proud of the Cuban players.  He would talk to anyone about the White Sox.  He meant so much to the team, and he was so nice to everyone, every single day.  If you met him, you adored him.

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“Among all Cuban-born players in baseball history, Minoso ranks second in average (.298), third in triples (83), fourth in doubles (336), RBI (1,023), extra-base hits (605), total bases (3,023), stolen bases (205) and walks (814), fifth in hits (1,963), home runs (186) and runs scored (1,136) and eighth in games (1,835).

Minoso appeared in 1,835 career games over 17 major-league seasons with Cleveland (1949, ’51, ’58-59), the White Sox (1951-57, ’60-61, ’64, ’76, ’80), St. Louis (1962) and Washington (1963), hitting .298 (1,963-6,579) with 336 doubles, 83 triples, 186 home runs, 1,023 RBI, 1,136 runs scored and 205 stolen bases.  Minoso won three Gold Gloves, was named the 1951 American League Rookie of the Year and finished in the Top 5 of the AL MVP voting four times.

Minoso led the AL in doubles in 1957 (36), triples in ‘51 (14), ’54 (18) and ’56 (11), stolen bases in ’51 (31), ’52 (22) and ’53 (25) and total bases in ’54 (304).  He also led the league in hit-by-pitches 10 times during an 11-year span from 1951-61 and ranks ninth all-time in HBP (145).  Minoso eclipsed the .300 average mark eight times during his career.

“When you talk about the top players in the American League in the 1950s,” Reinsdorf said, “you talk about Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle and Minnie Minoso.”

Minoso ranks among the White Sox franchise leaders in numerous categories, including hit-by-pitch (1st, 145), on-base percentage (4th, .397), RBI (5th, 808), extra-base hits (T5th, 474), runs scored (6th, 893), triples (T6th, 79), walks (T6th, 658), doubles (7th, 260), total bases (7th, 2,346), average (8th, .304), hits (9th, 1,523), at-bats (10th, 5,011) and games (11th, 1,373).

“I am saddened by the news of Minnie’s passing, but when I think of him, laughter and joy come to mind,” said Ken Williams, White Sox executive vice president.  “He was just that way.  I only wish he would have lived long enough to see his plaque go up in Cooperstown.  He will be missed.”

Current White Sox players close to Minoso–including 2014 Rookie of the Year Jose Abreu and fellow Cubans Alexei Ramirez and Adrian Nieto–expressed their sadness at the news.

Details about services are still being determined.

“The most important thing in my life is the fans,” Minoso said.  “To receive a smile and pay them back with a smile.”

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Remembering Minnie

Reinsdorf“The first time I met him I fell in love with his infectious personality, his love for the White Sox…he was the most genuine person you could know…I really thought Minnie was going to live forever…there’s never been a better ambassador for the game and for the White Sox…outside of his family, the White Sox were the most important thing in his life…I just think it’s a miscarriage of justice that he hasn’t gotten in (the Hall of Fame).”

Former Teammate Billy Pierce: “When he got on base, he’d always take the extra base. He gave you 100% at all times. He was a great teammate & great friend.”

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/baseball-reacts-passing-minnie-minoso

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/white-sox/post/_/id/23005/passion-for-minnie-minoso-runs-deep

What Others are Saying

@ESPNChiSox: Adrian Nieto to cherish Minnie Minoso’s advice: “Just think you’re the best, but don’t say it or walk around like you are.”

@nlbmprez: Minnie Minoso’s historic career-from Cuba to the Negro Leagues to @mlb-is as important as any player in baseball history! @whitesox.

@whitesox: One of our favorite things about Minnie: he addressed everyone he met with a “Hello, my friend!” #MinnieMemories.

@TimRaines30: A big loss. My condolences to Minnie’s family & to his #Whitesox fans.”

@whitesox: “He was like a father to me. This is a tough day for me. I didn’t expect this.” – Alexei Ramirez on Minnie Minoso.

What They’ve Said in the Past

Orlando Cepeda: “Orestes Minoso was the Jackie Robinson for all Latinos; the first star who opened doors for all Latin American players. He was everybody’s hero. I wanted to be Minoso. Clemente wanted to be Minoso.”

Bill Surface: “It really doesn’t matter, though, if Minoso is 38 or 48. He plays ball like he hasn’t had a birthday in 10 years and at the age most athletes have retired, Minnie is the highest paid player on his team and the only player in the American League durable enough to appear in every game.”

Hal Lebovitz, on Minoso’s trade to Cleveland: “Perhaps no player in recent years has received a greater compliment–or has been shouldered with a greater burden–than this sturdy, heavily muscled five-foot, 11-inch bundle of vitality, humor and shatteringly bright personality.”

Frank Lane, former general manager: “I felt Minnie was the one player in the American League who had that intangible quality of excitement that makes fans talk about him when they leave the park.”

Furman Bisher: “As much a part of Minoso as his ability to run and hit and throw is his electrifying appeal. As soon as he gets on base, which is often, a sort of restless hum sweeps across the stands.

World Baseball Hall of Fame: “As a pioneering black Cuban star, Minoso was one of the earliest players of his race to appear in American League action; the flashy outfielder also paved the way for hundreds of dark-skinned Caribbean and Latin ballplayers who him to the big leagues.”

J.G. Taylor Spink: “Be his name Minoso or Arrieta, this recital is not meant to set down only the exploits of the hard-hitting, fleet outfielder who is a flashing, neon-like advertisement for the pennant-minded Chicago White Sox and Ted Williams’ nominee as the individual who could become the greatest player of modern times. It rather is the story of the poor little Cuban Negro boy who came along fortunately at a time when racial barriers had been broken and by intensity of purpose fought his way into the big leagues.”

Robert Heuer: “Minnie Minoso blazed a trail that led to all the way to the Hall of Fame for players like Roberto Clemente, Juan Marichal, Orlando Cepeda, Rod Carew and Tony Perez. By the late 1950s, Minoso was a national idol and, as Perez told the Cooperstown gathering, his personal inspiration for success.”

Jerome Holtzman: “Minnie’s a pioneer. Just like Jackie Robinson.”

Authors Brendan C. Boyd and Fred Harris: “Minnie Minoso played the game the way it’s supposed to be played. He did not have the power of a Mantle or the overall talent of a Mays, but he sprayed hits to all fields, never swung at a bad pitch, crowded the plate, bunted, stole bases, broke up double plays, made diving catches and always hit the cut-off man. He loved to play baseball, was in every minute of every game he played and never let up, no matter how one-sided the score. He was what baseball is all about.”

Omar Minaya: “When we talk about major league baseball players, when we talk about the game that we’re seeing today, think about Albert Pujols. When we talk about these great ones, Mr. Minnie Minoso was one of the ones that paved the way for Latin players, to not only be recruited, but you’re talking about an All-Star.”

Tony Perez: “Every young player in Cuba wanted to be like Minnie Minoso and I was one of them. The way he played the game, hard all the time, hard. He was very consistent playing the game. He tried to win every game. And if you want to be like somebody, and I picked Minnie, you have to be consistent.”

Perez: “He was the biggest name in Cuba as a player. We followed him. Every young player over there wanted to be like Minnie Minoso. Myself, especially myself, because I came from a sugar company in Cuba like Minnie did. Minnie was a tremendous player and I hope pretty soon we get him in Cooperstown. I hope when his names comes up next time, he gets in.”

Bernie Williams: “When I was a kid growing up, I had two uncles who played baseball. One of them played professional baseball. Everybody in my family knew about the great feats of Minnie Minoso. When they were talking about the great players in my household, I said ‘Oh yeah, Minnie Minoso.’ Even though I never saw him play, I saw him in the eyes of my family.”

Felipe Alou: “I believe he is a Hall of Fame player and a Hall of Fame person. He played the game hard in Cuba, played the game hard in the Caribbean Series in Winter ball and played hard in the big league.

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From the Minoso Family

Our entire family appreciates the kind expressions of concern, sympathy and compassion from so many of our friends and fans of the White Sox during this most difficult time. Minnie lived a full life of joy and happiness, surrounded always by friends and family. It is during moments like these that love matters most. Minnie enjoyed nothing more than to be at the ballpark cheering on his White Sox. For Minnie, every day was a reason to smile, and he would want us all to remember him that way, smiling at a ballgame. As he so often said, “God Bless you, my friends.”

From President Obama

“For South Siders and Sox fans all across the country, including me, Minnie Minoso is and will always be ‘Mr. White Sox.'”

“The first black Major Leaguer in Chicago, Minnie came to the United States from Cuba even though he could have made more money elsewhere. He came up through the Negro Leagues, and didn’t speak much English at first. And as he helped to integrate baseball in the 1950s, he was a target of racial slurs from fans and opponents, sometimes forced to stay in different motels from his teammates. But his speed, his power–and his resilient optimism–earned him multiple All-Star appearances and Gold Glloves in left field, and he became one of the most dominant and dynamic players of the 1950s.

“Minnie may have been passed over by the Baseball Hall of Fame during his lifetime, but for me and for generations of black and Latino people, Minnie’s quintessentially American story embodies far more than a plaque ever could.

“Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to his family and fans in Chicago, Cleveland, and around the world.”

Robin on Minnie

Robin Ventura

A Moving Tribute

Ron Kittle lays a bouquet of flowers at the statue of Minnie.

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A Goodbye from a Special Friend and Colleague

On an unbearably sad morning, upon hearing the news that legendary White Sox star and ambassador Orestes “Minnie” Minoso had passed away at the age of 90, amid the tears, the memories flowed.

Christine O’Reilly – recalling that Minnie, all of people, opened the ballpark door for her on her very first day with the White Sox in 1980 – didn’t even know where to start.  “He just loved the White Sox so much.”

She also recalled when Minnie was having photos taken for what would become his life-size sculpture at U.S. Cellular Field.  “I said ‘Minnie, you’re running late.  You’re always on time.’ He said ‘I had to do some sit-ups before I came so I looked nice for the sculpture.’”

At former White Sox owner Bill Veeck’s funeral, Minnie dressed in a full White Sox uniform.  “There was no one who cared more for the White Sox, and he wanted to pay his respect the proper way,” said O’Reilly.

Rest in peace, our friend.

Minnie in Elite Company

http://sabr.org/latest/simkus-ichiro-suzuki-minnie-minoso-and-4000-career-professional-hits

Photos of the Day

Cuban icons past and present.

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Back in the day.

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A moment of silence for Minnie at today’s Bulls-Clippers game at the United Center.

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Photo Day

Saturday, February 28, 2015

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Today’s News

Say Cheese

It was the annual Photo Day at spring training today–and Sox players got the star treatment.

The Shark

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Guess Who?

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Second baseman Micah Johnson

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Rookie lefty Carlos Rodon

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Jack of All Trades Emilio Bonifacio

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Top Prospects Courtney Hawkins, Tyler Danish and Frankie Montas

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The Skipper

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Alexei

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The Melk Man

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The LaRoches–Adam and Son Drake

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Hector NoesiAdam Eaton and a cast of thousands.

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Sox Offseason Creates Box Office Buzz

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/white-sox/post/_/id/22990/big-ticket-sox-report-brisk-sales

Sale, Abreu on Elite List

The MLB Network has released the Top 20 players on its “Top 100 Players Right Now” list. Chris Sale is No. 5, Jose Abreu No. 9.

More Sale

Chris suffered an avulsion fracture on his right foot in an accident at his home yesterday.  He is expected to be sidelined 3 weeks. He underwent x-rays this morning and will have further tests once the swelling subsides. His status for Opening Day will be better determined then.

Both the Sox and Sale are thinking positive.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/chi-white-sox-chris-sale-20150228-story.html

Q” Excited About Starting Cactus League Opener

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/spring-opener-has-plenty-meaning-jose-quintana

The Duke of the Bullpen

Newcomer Zach Duke covers all the angles.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/110659490/white-sox-reliever-zach-duke-adds-arm-angle-to-deceive-hitters

A New Conor Gillaspie

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/conor-gillaspie-quits-tobacco-hopes-stay-strong

Quote of the Day

@whitesox: “Muy guapo!” (translation: very handsome) “Yes, you know it.” – Avi #SoxSpringTraining with @avisailgarcia

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Photo/Video of the Day

Behind the scenes.

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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