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Catch a Tiger by the Tail

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (6:08 p.m., CT, CSN) as the Sox try to gain some ground in the AL Central in the opener of a three-game series with the division leaders. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.15) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (7-4, 3.45) for the Tigers.

“Q” will be making his 22nd start of the season and 13th on the road. Six of his last seven starts have been quality and he is 2-0 with a 1.70 ERA, 49 strikeouts and a .188 opponents average during that period. He had a no decision in his last start on July 23 vs. the Royals, allowing just one run on seven hits while striking out three in seven innings. 

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Ramirez SS, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Gillaspie 3B, Beckham 2B, De Aza LF, Flowers C.

Tomorrow is Today

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Sox Notes of Note

Over the span of his hitting streak, Jose Abreu has the following slash line: .345/.389/.648 with 11 doubles, 11 home runs and 28 RBI…Tyler Flowers began wearing glasses on July 9. Since then he’s .395/.439/.658 with seven doubles, a homer and seven RBI…Sox starters own a 3.11 ERA since June 23, the third-best mark in the American League and fifth-best in baseball…Class AAA Charlotte first baseman Andy Wilkins has been named the International League Batter of the Week for the second straight time. He is hitting .483 with eight doubles, 12 homers. 30 RBI and 24 runs scored in his last 21 games. Wilkins leads the IL in homers (26), RBI (70), extra-base hits (53), total bases (217) and home run ratio (14.69) and ranks second in slugging percentage (.568)…I was in Cooperstown Sunday and didn’t post Adrian Nieto‘s first major-league homer. He deserves a mention here, so here it is:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v34859563

Quote of the Day

During the Legends of the Game Roundtable in Cooperstown yesterday, Frank Thomas was asked who among the Hall of Famers he most enjoyed spending time with over Induction Weekend. He answered without hesitation, “Hank Aaron,” and added that Aaron was Frank Sr.’s favorite player. “My Dad used to say to me, ‘You’re pretty good, but you’re no Hank Aaron.'”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:08 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (5-6, 4.37) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (12-3, 3.37) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

One of our special guests in Cooperstown for Induction Weekend was Jeff Torborg, who was the manager of the White Sox when The Big Hurt made his debut.

Baseball fans will remember that Torborg was a fine major league catcher who caught two no-hitters (Nolan Ryan’s first of seven and the one by Bill Singer) and a perfect game (Sandy Koufax). Thanks to diehard Sox fan Jacqueline Buzard, here’s a photo of the catcher’s mitt Torborg used in all three games. It is prominently displayed in the Hall of Fame Museum.

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A Day For The Ages

Sunday, July 27, 2014

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Induction Sunday

Cooperstown, NY — After months of anticipation, the annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will begin today at 12:30 p.m., CT, at the Clark Sports Center, which is located just a mile south of the Hall.

During the ceremony, we will hear from our Sox-connected inductees Frank Thomas and Tony LaRussa, pitching greats and former Braves teammates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and elite managers Bobby Cox and Joe Torre as they are officially are inducted into baseball’s shrine. The newest inductees will be welcomed by 55 of the 66 living Hall of Famers, who have made the trip here to be part of the festivities.

Frank and Tony: The Day Before

The six inductees spoke to the media yesterday in advance of today’s ceremony. Here’s a sampling of comments from Frank and Tony.

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Frank-ly Speaking

On the Hall of Fame experience as a whole:

“It’s really very stressful. A lot goes into it. I’m overjoyed, but the nerves are there. It’s just a different feeling. This is bigger than any ball game that I’ve every played in. Tomorrow will be magical. Just seeing the stage today, the field and thinking about all those people out there, it will really be special.”

On thinking about entering the Hall during his playing days:

“You never think about the Hall of Fame. It’s something you can’t control. As a player you just go out and play ball.”

On his speech:

“I’ve been doing a lot of traveling with my TV work and each night when I get back to my hotel room I add a few lines and add some names. It’ll be from the heart, giving credit to the people who got me here.”

On his hitting style:

“I was a hitter, not just a home run hitter. I was about scoring runs, driving in runs. I knew I had to do something to help the team every night. (Sox hitting coach) Walt Hriniak had a whole lot to do with my approach in my first eight years in Chicago and me being here in Cooperstown. It was all about discipline. You knew you had to work hard every day.”

On his Dad, Frank Sr., who has passed away:

My Dad was my man. He saw something in me and it was push, push, push, all the time–he got me off that couch. Without him I wouldn’t be here. I keep thinking what a big smile he would have if he were still here. He’d be running around with No. 35 on his back, that’s the kind of person he was.”

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The World According to Tony

On the role of a manager:

“I’ve been with coaches in other sports and we talk about how our first responsibility is to create a frame of mind for the players. Once you have their attention you can go from there. I think I had a feel for it, but I got better and better over the years.”

On his time with the Sox, notably 1983 when the club won the AL West by 20 games. It was also the team’s first playoff appearance since the AL pennant-winning year of 1959.

“1983 was a magical year. We had big personalities, great leaders like Bull (Greg Luzinski) and Kooz (Jerry Koosman) and a great coaching staff.”

On Frank:

“He was the type of hitter that you had to take out of the game. He hit for power, average, hit to all fields. He was a marked man.”

On Harold Baines and the Hall of Fame:

“My heart aches for him. If he had only been healthy enough to get 3,000 hits.”

On his managerial career with the Sox, A’s and Cardinals:

“Thirty years and three great places. How lucky I’ve been.”

Yesterday’s Award Presentations

Yesterday afternoon the Hall of Fame Awards presentation took place at Doubleday Field, for years the site of exhibition games between American and National League teams. Author Roger Angell received the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. Former player and broadcaster Joe Garagiola, who was not in attendance, won the Hall’s Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award and Texas Rangers’ broadcaster Eric Nadel was honored with the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for major contributions to baseball broadcasting.

The Parade of Legends

With thousands of fans lining the streets cheering them on, the Hall of Famers rode down Main Street last evening in trucks en route to the Museum. Here’s Frank and his wife Megan waving to the crowd.

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Main Street

Cooperstown’s main drag was again all abuzz yesterday with activity on another bright, sunny day. In addition to the thriving businesses we mentioned yesterday that were teeming with fans, other establishments enjoying the presence of the baseball faithful the past few days are the Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum, Mickey’s Place (as in Hall of Famer Mantle), Shoeless Joe’s and the Batter’s Up Restaurant. Again, where else can you find these places?

Among the former players signing yesterday were Pete RoseAndre DawsonMaury WillsDenny McLain, Bert Campaneris, Frank Howard, John RockerRyan Klesko and many of the players who signed earlier in the week that we mentioned yesterday.

Among the oddest sights yesterday on Main Street? Somebody I could swear was Babe Ruth and the craziest Harley you ever saw.

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A Hall of a Party

The White Sox hosted a party for Frank and Tony last night at Cooperstown’s Templeton Hall with friends and family celebrating the occasion. The Big Hurt took to the microphone upon his arrival and expressed what an honor it is to be entering the Hall. He also admitted his “knees will be knocking,” but is looking forward to the big day. Tony talked emotionally about his days with the Sox and led the crowd in singing “Na, Na, Hey, Hey, Goodbye.”

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A Sox Fan’s Delight

Museum exhibits I thought you’d like to see.

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And While We’re in Cooperstown…

The Sox won their third straight last night with a 7-0 whitewash of the Twins. We go for the sweep of the four-game series today. Chris Sale was in vintage form. He won his 10th game of the season against a single loss via a brilliant five-hit shutout, which included a dozen strikeouts over eight innings–and he lowered his ERA to a miniscule 1.88…Alexei Ramirez hit a two-run homer, Conor Gillaspie was 3-4 with a double two runs scored, Tyler Flowers singled and doubled and drove in a pair and Adam Eaton had two singles, two RBI and scored a run. Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a ninth-inning single. He has now recorded a hit in 34 of his last 35 games.

Photos of the Day

I guess you could say it was SoxFest East yesterday on Main Street.

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Carroll Looks to Continue Winning Ways

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (4-5, 4.19) for the Sox, LHP Bruce Chen (1-2, 6.46) for KC.

Carroll is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA over his last two starts. He tossed five scoreless innings on July 12 vs. Cleveland before leaving with lower back stiffness and allowed just one hit over 6.2 scoreless IP in his previous outing on July 7 at Boston.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Ramirez SS, Gillaspie 3B, Viciedo LF, Dunn DH, Konerko 1B, Beckham, 2B, Sierra RF, Nieto C.

Plays of the Day

Chris Sale was his usual brilliant self in his first start since the All-Star break in last night’s 3-1 win over the Royals. He allowed just a single run, seven hits and two walks along with eight strikeouts as he won his ninth game and lowered his ERA to 2.03…Chris is 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA in his last three starts and is 7-1 with a 1.90 ERA at home this season…the bullpen did its part as well as Ronald Belisario pitched a scoreless eighth and Jake Petricka (shown below with Tyler Flowers after the final out) did likewise in the ninth while chalking up his fourth save…Adam Dunn drove in a pair of runs in the first innng with an opposite field single against the shift and Gordon Beckham brought home a run with a sixth inning sac fly…after getting on base four times on Sunday with two hits and two walks, Adam Eaton reached base three more times last night with two singles and a walk, lifting his batting average to .284…Jose Abreu‘s seventh-inning double extended his hitting streak to 11 games and he has now hit safely in 30 of his last 11 games.

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For Starters, This is Pretty Impressive

White Sox starters own a 3.18 ERA since June 23, the best mark in the American League and fourth-best in the MLB during that span.

Look Who Was Signing Today at Brookfield Zoo

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Quotes of the Day

Sale, who has always been a team-first guy, on his Cy Young Award candidacy:

“I don’t really pay too much attention to any of that. I have a job to do and I have to focus on doing that and winning games. We’re right in the hunt right now. These are the dog days, and you’ve got to bear down. Now is not the time to be thinking about yourself or some trophy or whatever.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.26) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (9-5, 3.70) for Kansas City.

Photo of the Day

What could be better than watching the Sox win while wearing your Adam Eaton t-shirt on “Free T-Shirt Monday?”

The remaining dates of the new promotion will be August 4 vs. Texas, featuring an Abreu t-shirt, August 18 vs. Baltimore, highlighting Sale, and September 8 vs. Oakland featuring Paul Konerko.

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All-Star Sale Takes On Royals

Monday, July 21, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (8-1, 2.08) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (5-8, 4.56) for KC.

Sale would rank among the American League leaders in virtually every category with the necessary innings pitched. He will be making his 15th start and 10th at home. He is 5-1 with a 1.93 ERA, 83 strikeouts and a .186 average over his last 11 starts. This is his first outing since his one-inning stint in last Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

Left-handed hitters are hitting just .118 against Chris this season, the lowest mark in the major leagues. Furthermore, lefties have connected on just one extra-base hit. That was Robinson Cano‘s double on July 4.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Ramirez SS, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Gillaspie 3B, De Aza LF, Beckham 2B, Flowers C.

Plays of the Day

Adam Eaton reached base four times with two singles and a pair of walks, Jose Abreu singled twice and drove in his 74th run and Alexei Ramirez, Adam Dunn, Adrian Nieto and Alejandro De Aza each collected an RBI in yesterday’s loss to Houston…Taylor Thompson, just called up from Class AAA Charlotte, made his major-league debut a successful one. He tossed a scoreless 1.2 innings in relief, giving up just one hit and striking out two.

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The Abreu Report

Jose leads MLB with 29 homers and a .621 slugging percentage, ranks second in total bases (208), is tied for second in RBI (74) and is third in extra-base hits (51).

Wilkins is the International League’s Player of the Week

Charlotte first baseman Andy Wilkins has been named the International League’s Player of the Week for the period of July 14-20. Wilkins hit .647 with seven runs scored, one double, five home runs and eight RBI. He leads the league with 21 homers, total bases (182) and extra-base hits (45) on the season.

Class A Winston-Salem: An Inside Look

Winston-Salem is the White Sox’ High-Class A affiliate. Enjoy this piece, which includes observations from top Sox prospects Courtney Hawkins, Jacob May, Tim Anderson and Tyler Danish.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v34676047/?partnerId=as_cws_20140721_28176756

Wild Pitches

A great time was had by all last night at the second annual “Wild Pitches” event, held to raise money for Chicago White Sox Charities and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

One of the Good Guys

The Sun-Times‘ Rick Morrissey writes about long-time Chicago baseball writer Joe Goddard, one of the really good guys in the business.

http://bit.ly/1mwWZ1P

The Sox and Social Media

Thanks to Danny Ecker of Crain’s Chicago Business for this nice piece on our Social Media efforts.

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140721/BLOGS04/140729996?template=mobile&X-IgnoreUserAgent=1

The White Sox Participate in the PLAY Campaign

The PLAY campaign made its annual stop at U.S. Cellular Field today as children with intellectual and developmental disabilities participated without segregation or restriction.

Created in 2004 by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS), the PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth) program was formed to raise awareness about children’s health issues and the obesity epidemic in the United States. PLAY has conducted over 150 events inside all 30 major-league ballparks, reaching tens of thousands of America’s young people with positive messages about making healthy decisions and living a more active and healthy lifestyle.

White Sox Head Athletic Trainer Herm Schneider was joined by Assistant Athletic Trainer Brian Ball as they educated youngsters from the Chicago area about the importance of activity and healthy nutrition. Sox pitcher Nate Jones and hitting coach Todd Steverson helped put the group of kids through a series of stations which emphasize a healthy and active lifestyle as well as conducting a discussion about the dangers associated with steroids.

Also teaming up with PLAY and the Sox was Don Hooton Jr. of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, an organization that educates children of all ages about the dangers associated with steroid abuse.

Quote of the Day

Sox fan Evelyn Berg celebrated her 104th birthday at the ballpark yesterday and made sure everyone knew it. God bless her!

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (4-5, 4.19) for the Sox, LHP Bruce Chen (1-2, 6.46) for KC.

Photo of the Day      

A pair of American League All-Star Joses, Abreu and the Astros’ Jose Altuve, demonstrate that major leaguers come in all shapes and sizes.

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Coming Up ACEs

Thursday, July 17, 2014

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Today’s News

White Sox ACE Program Gets Its Due

ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine columnist Scoop Jackson extols the virtues of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) Program in the story below. The photo above shows White Sox Director of Youth Baseball Initiatives Kevin Coe and ACE products Corey Ray (Louisville) and Ro Coleman (Vanderbilt), who both played in this year’s College World Series. 

http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/11223109/chicago-white-sox-ace-program-providing-division-baseball-opportunities-inner-city-kids?ex_cid=espnapi_public&partnerId=as_cws_20140716_27952466

#SocialSeries Correspondent

You have until Sunday to let us know why you should be the #White Sox #SocialSeries correspondent during our games vs. the Giants in San Francisco. Here are the details:

http://atmlb.com/1rowzoj

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Quote of the Day

Alexei Ramirez on replacing Derek Jeter at shortstop for the American League in Tuesday’s All-Star Game (through interpreter and Sox Director of PR Lou Hernandez):

“I was nervous when I was first told it was going to happen. To go out there and to take the place of someone who has been a baseball legend, I just took off my hat and showed him respect. It was a great moment.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule: The Season’s Second Half Begins

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that continues against the Royals. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.24) for the Sox, RHP Scott Feldman (4-6, 4.33) for Houston.

Photo of the Day

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Starry, Starry Night

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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Today’s News

American League 5, National League 3, in the 85th All-Star Game

Chris Sale pitched the fourth inning for the AL, making his third straight All-Star appearance…Alexei Ramirez entered the game in the fourth as well, replacing Derek Jeter at shortstop in one of the game’s most emotional moments (pictured above). He collected a fifth-inning single in his first at bat and scored on a sac fly for the AL’s fifth run. Prior to the scoring play he also exhibited some alert baserunning by getting back safely to third base when a wild pitch bounced off the backstop and ricocheted back to the catcher. Alexei reached base again on an error in the seventh and stole second base…Jose Abreu took over at first base in the sixth inning, made a fine pickup of a ball in the dirt on his first chance and flied out in the eighth in his only plate appearance.

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The Sox All-Stars pose together before game time–the first Midsummer Classic for both Alexei and Jose.

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Caps and jerseys are ready for action. 

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Chris and his son Rylan enjoy Monday night’s Home Run Derby.

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Jose and Alexei serve as the “corner men” for fellow Cuban star Yoenis Cespedes at the Home Run Derby and they backed the winner as the A’s slugger won the event for the second straight year.

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A “Red Carpet Sale” during yesterday’s All-Star pre-game parade.

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Jose and Alexei enjoy the red carpet and greet the fans during the parade.

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Jose and Alexei during BP.

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The Cuban All-Star contingent: Ramirez, Abreu, Cespedes, Aroldis Chapman of the Reds and Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers.

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Abreu celebrates with his victorious AL teammates.

White Sox All-Stars Ready to Shine in Tonight’s Midsummer Classic

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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Today’s News

Star-Studded Sox

Our guys–Chris SaleAlexei Ramirez and Jose Abreu–met the media yesterday along with the other American and National League All-Stars in advance of tonight’s Midsummer Classic at Target Field in Minneapolis, which will be televised on FOX beginning at 6:30 p.m., CT.

Abreu on His Parents Attending the All-Star Game…

Listen to Jose talk about the excitement around his parents being in Minneapolis to see him play in the major leagues for the first time (with expert translation by my PR colleague Lou Hernandez).

Video: Jose Abreu on joy of parents seeing him in All Star Game

…And His Parents’ Joy in Their Own Words

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-jose-abreu-and-family-cant-wait-all-star-party

Here they are: Jose’s mom and dad, Jose and Daysi.

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White Sox a Major Player in MLB Cuban Pipeline

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2125637-inside-mlbs-cuban-pipeline-its-high-risk-high-reward?utm_campaign=tsipad&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=teamstream

Quote of the Day

Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer of the Tigers on Abreu, the MLB home-run leader at the break (via Dan Hayes, CSN Chicago):

“He’s a difference-maker. He’s such a quality at-bat. His power is unbelievable. He can take so many different pitches and just take you yard. You obviously respect what he can do. He’s changed the complexion of their lineup and allows some of their other players to do other things as well. When you have a guy like that in your lineup, anchoring it, in a way it’s kind of like what we have in Detroit with Miggy anchoring our lineup. He’s only getting better and unfortunately that’s a detriment to us.”

“Welcome to Cooperstown: Frank Thomas” Debuts Thursday

Comcast SportsNet Chicago will present a special one-hour documentary, “Welcome to Cooperstown: Frank Thomas,” a little more than a week before the Sox legend is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 27. The special will be narrated by media personality and author Richard Roeper and will premiere Thursday at 6:30 p.m., CT, exclusively on CSN Chicago. The special will re-air at 10:00 p.m. the same night.

In addition, CSN Chicago currently has encore showings scheduled for Saturday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m., and on the day of the induction ceremony at 4:30 p.m.

“Welcome to Cooperstown: Frank Thomas” covers everything from the slugger’s childhood  as a three-sport star in Columbus, Georgia, to his historic, record-breaking career with the White Sox. The documentary will feature exclusive, candid interviews with those who played major roles in his life and career, photos and video including exclusive, behind-the-scenes access of when Thomas received the official phone call telling him he was elected as well as Thomas’ exclusive tour of the Hall of Fame with CSN Chicago’s White Sox Pre/Postgame Live host Chuck Garfien. 

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Photos of All-Stars and Abreu’s parents courtesy of Chuck Garfien.

 

 

 

The Fans Have Spoken: Sale is an All-Star

Thursday, July 10, 2014

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Today’s News

Final Vote

Thanks to the best fan base in baseball, Chris Sale has won the American League’s Final Vote and will join White Sox teammates Jose Abreu and Alexei Ramirez on the American League All-Star squad next Tuesday night in Minneapolis.

Chris is the fourth White Sox player to win the AL Final Vote, the most of any team, following in the footsteps of Scott Podsednik (2005), A.J. Pierzynski (2006) and Paul Konerko (2011). 

And a big congratulations and thank you to all my extraordinary colleagues in the White Sox organization who have been working 24/7 since Sunday to make sure Chris was an All-Star for the third straight year.

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.20) for the Sox, Jon Lester (9-7, 2.73) for Boston.

Quintana is 2-0 with a 0.94 ERA, 31 strikeouts and .188 opponent average in his last four starts, all of the quality variety. Jose currently owns a 15.2 scoreless innings streak and has allowed just one earned run over the last 25.2 innings. He is one of 13 American League pitchers since 2012 to work seven-plus scoreless innings at least eight times.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Viciedo LF, Ramirez SS, Konerko DH, Sierra RF, Flowers C, L. Garcia 3B.

Plays of the Day

Sale was brilliant last night, allowing a run and four hits along with six strikeouts in 7.2 innings, but the bullpen couldn’t protect the Sox’ late lead in the 5-4 loss to the Red Sox…Abreu and Conor Gillaspie each went 2-4 with a homer–it was Jose’s major-league high 28th (tied) and Gillaspie’s third of the year and second in as many nights (click on links below)…Alejandro De Aza was a homer shy of the cycle.

http://atmlb.com/1r9xmcC

http://atmlb.com/1r9AWUf

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Sox Notes of Note

Abreu’s 28 homers, 48 extra-base hits and 192 total bases are the most by a first-year player before the All-Star break since the first All-Star Game was played in 1933. He also has 70 RBI, is slugging .627 with a .961 OPS…Sox starting pitchers own a 2.61 ERA in the last 16 games (since June 23). It’s the best mark in the AL and third-best in the majors…Sox first-base prospect Rangel Ravelo now owns a 25-game hitting streak for Class AA Birmingham, second longest streak in the minor leagues this season…Class AAA Charlotte catcher Josh Phegley has been named to the 2014 International League All-Star team. Phegley, who spent part of the 2013 season with the Sox, leads all IL catchers with 13 home runs this season. He joins teammate Tyler Saladino, previously elected as the IL’s starting shortstop, as the Charlotte representatives for the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 16 in Durham, NC.

Quotes of the Day

Everything (almost) you ever wanted to know about Chris Sale via @danhayesCSN:

* Most ice cream cones consumed in one day: 5 (twice).

* Number of tattoos: 2.

* Most calories consumed in a day (estimate from John Danks with help from trainer Allen Thomas: 5,000-6,000.

* Healthy foods he eats: “I’ve never seen him dig into a salad or eat broccoli,” said Tyler Flowers.

* Favorite movie: “I’m not really a movie guy.”

* Favorite saying: (with help from Flowers): “Was that a good pitch?” said after hanging a slider.

* Favorite baseball venues to visit: Yankee Stadium, Target Field.

* Go-to karaoke song (with assist from Flowers): “Man in the Mirror,” Michael Jackson.

* Most random fact about him (assist from Danks): “He’s really good at ping pong.”

* Favorite vacation spot (assist from Danks): “He always talks about Jamaica.”

* Number of remote-controlled cars owned: One because he gave the second to Daniel Webb.

* Favorite video game: “Putting me on the spot. Three-way tie between NHL, FIFA and Call of Duty (Zombie mode).”

* Favorite snack food: “Pretty much anything. Whatever I can get my hands on.” Said he “goes off” at Wendy’s.

* Sport he’s good at besides baseball (with an assist from Danks): “He’s a pretty good golfer.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN+) in the opener of a three-game series and the finale of the seven-game road trip leading up to the All-Star break. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (3-6, 4.90) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber  (8-6, 2.86) for the Tribe.

Photo of the Day

Your 2014 White Sox All-Stars:

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Sox Shoot For Four Straight Wins With “You Know Who” on the Mound Tonight

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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Today’s News

The #TargetSale Campaign: Behind the Scenes

It’s been a terrific week so far for all of us with the White Sox. We’ve won three in a row with Chris Sale on the mound tonight and we are immersed in the excitement of the #TargetSale campaign to get Chris on the American League All-Star squad via the Final Vote.

I’ve been asked numerous times about our strategy in the Final Vote since we have been successful three times in the past with Scott Podsednik (2005), A.J. Pierzynski (2006) and Paul Konerko (2011). Like anything else, a lot of thought and planning is involved even though we don’t get any inside info until the day the All-Star rosters are announced.

Beyond the general planning and creating a strategy, here are three key factors:

1. First and foremost is that you have to have a great player with All-Star credentials. I think most baseball fans would agree that Chris absolutely fits that criteria. He is undoubtedly one of the best pitchers in baseball, is already a two-time All-Star and is having an outstanding season.

2. You have to have a passionate and engaged fan base to get on board. And it doesn’t hurt that they’re social media savvy to boot. Well, I’m happy to say that the Sox have exactly those kinds of fans and it’s been proven in the past with our three winners and this year with Sale leading the voting up to this point. And the fact we’ve once again formed an alliance with a National League club–the Washington Nationals and Anthony Rendon (#Vote Rendon)–and others like Sale’s alma mater, Florida Gulf Coast University, extends our reach even further. It seems those strategies are working so far as Chris has great support in the Midwest, the greater D.C. area extending into Pennsylvania and other parts of the Northeast plus his home state of Florida.

3. You need an internal organization whose staff enjoys the challenge and is eager to display its creativity to make it happen. And if you’ve been following our social media you have to agree that it’s obvious that my Sox colleagues, about two dozen of them, have risen to the occasion with some outstanding work–and are having fun doing it. 

How did we come up with the slogan #TargetSale? It actually came from a brainstorming session among GM Rick Hahn, manager Robin Ventura and me shortly after we got the news from MLB on Sunday morning that Chris was in the Final Vote. With the All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis, it just seemed like it would be something that would resonate. We then met with a larger group of Sox staffers and got more ideas, but none was better. I have to say that it really helped to have Rick and Robin as part of the process. Rick was responsible for coining the priceless “Punch A.J.” slogan in ’06 right after Pierzynski’s altercation with the Cubs’ Mike Barrett and Robin always has good ideas about these things.

Although Chris is in the lead, we can’t stop now. Voting continues until tomorrow’s 3:00 p.m., CT, deadline so give Chris your support at whitesox.com or mlb.com/vote or text A5 to 89269.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (8-1, 2.16) for our Sox, RHP Rubby De La Rosa (2-2, 2.51) for their Sox.

Sale is set to make his 14th start of the season and fifth on the road. He is 5-1 with a 2.10 ERA and two complete games over his last nine starts and 3-0 with a 2.57 ERA and 28 Ks over his last four. He earned the win in his last start, July 4 vs. the Mariners, as he allowed one run and six hits along wth 12 strikeouts over nine innings–his seventh career complete game. Chris is limiting left-handers to a .121 average with one extra-base hit in 2014.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Gillaspie 3B, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Flowers C.

Plays of the Day

Conor Gillaspie cranked a two-run homer (No. 2) in the sixth inning, breaking a 3-3 tie and giving the Sox the lead for good, and was a triple shy of the cycle as the White Sox won their third straight, 8-3, over the Red Sox…Jose Abreu went 3-4 with a pair of doubles and was on base for Gillaspie’s blast…Alejandro De Aza singled and tripled in a run…Ronald Belisario tossed 2.1 scoreless frames in relief of winning pitcher John Danks (8-6) and Eric Surkamp pitched a scoreless ninth. The Gillaspie round-tripper:

http://atmlb.com/1qTFfVU

Tonight’s Watch & Vote Parties

http://atmlb.com/1qVs4E7

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Sox Note of the Day

In addition to three victories in a row, The White Sox have won five of their last six games and eight of the last 11. Our .727 winning percentage since June 27 is the fourth-best in the major leagues.

Quotes of the Day

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.20) for the Sox, Jon Lester (9-7, 2.73) for Boston.

Photo/Video of the Day

Tyler Flowers‘ Top 10 things batters say when facing Sale:

http://atmlb.com/1qW05Eh

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Sox Collecting Zeros and Tons of #TargetSale Votes

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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Today’s News

#TargetSale

The fans are speaking loud and clear. Chris Sale is the American League leader after the first 36 hours of the Final Vote. Deadline for voting is Thursday at 3:00 p.m. CT.

The secret of Chris’ success on the mound? Here’s one of them…

http://m.mlb.com/video/v34373239/?partnerId=as_cws_20140708_27406396

…and here are a few of his closest friends pleading to correct a grave injustice:

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/50892696/v34401517

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Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park (6:10 p.m, CT, WCIU). Starters: LHP John Danks (7-6, 4.12) for the Sox, RHP Brandon Workman (1-2, 4.17) for Boston.

Danks is making his 18th start of 2014 and 10th on the road. He is 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA with 12 strikeouts in his last two starts and 4-2 with a 2.65 ERA over his last eight. Although he didn’t factor in the decision in his last outing on July 2 vs. the Angels, he went 7.2 innings–allowing just two runs on seven hits and a walk while recording a season-high 10 strikeouts in the Sox’ 3-2 win.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Gillaspie 3B, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Flowers C.

Plays of the Day

Scott Carroll, who obviously hasn’t let his hard work for #TargetSale get in the way of his pitching (see above photo), picked up where Hector Noesi left off. After Noesi and two relief pitchers shut out the Mariners, 1-0, on Sunday, Carroll and a pair of relievers did likewise last night in the 4-0 whitewash of the Red Sox…Carroll was outstanding in his 6.2 innings of scoreless work, giving up just one hit and two walks while striking out five…bullpen mates Javy Guerra (1.1 IP) and Zach Putnam (1.0) sealed the victory…Adam Dunn hit a solo homer (No. 13)  and Dayan Viciedo connected with a three-run shot (11) to support the outstanding pitching (click on links below to see the two homers): 

http://atmlb.com/1qPKiqt

http://atmlb.com/1r4pGZf

Sox Notes of Note

Dunn’s homer was career No. 453 and moved him past Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski into 35th place on the all-time list…White Sox starters own a 2.59 ERA in their last 14 games, the best mark in the AL and fourth-best in baseball during that span…the last time Sox hurlers posted consecutive shutouts in the same season was on September 5 and 6, 2011, at Minnesota. Furthermore, Carroll became the third Sox pitcher in the last 100 years to toss at least six scoreless innings while allowing one or no hits within his first eight career starts…Meanwhile, on the farm, Rangel Ravelo of the Sox’ Class AA affiliate Birmingham Barons has extended his hitting streak to 24 games, the second longest in the minor leagues this season. He has hit in 28 of his last 29 games.

A Special Reunion

A bittersweet element of Jose Abreu‘s rise to the major leagues is that he’s been separated from his parents. But for the past two months, Abreu’s mom and dad have been in Florida and a week from today both of them will be in Minneapolis watching their rookie sensation of a son play in the All-Star Game. Here are Abreu’s thoughts through interpreter Lino Diaz:

“There are no words to describe how I feel just to be able to have them be there for something that you work as hard as I have for this. There are some times when I’m talking to them and I’m telling them about these things that they don’t believe and sometimes I don’t believe that it’s happening. It is a great thing and we enjoy it.”

More All-Star Buzz

Abreu and Alexei Ramirez are only the eighth pair of Cuban teammates to be chosen for the All-Star Game in the same season. This has happened once before in Sox history, 60 years ago when Minnie Minoso and pitcher Sandy Consuegra were picked  for the American League squad in 1954. It’s interesting to note that Consuegra had a career year in ’54, going 16-3 with a 2.69 ERA.

Here is Minnie (center) and Consuegra (far right) among a group of teammates after a big win. Others, pictured left to right, are: Cuban-born pitcher Mike Fornieles, Sox legend Chico Carrasquel and “Jungle Jim” Rivera.

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Quotes of the Day

Even two of our top prospects have joined in…

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Sale (8-1, 2.16) for the Sox, TBA for Boston.

Photo of the Day

#TargetSale is everywhere.

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