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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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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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Abreu on Abreu

Monday, February 23, 2015 blog post

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Today’s News

First Take

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

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

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

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

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

Around the Horn

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

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

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

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

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper

Legendary

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

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Sox Note of Note

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

Quote of the Day

Food for thought from Jeff Samardzija:

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

Photo of the Day

Fan-friendly Sox.

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Enter Adam LaRoche

Sunday, February 22, 2015

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Today’s News

Adam’s Arrival

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

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

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

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

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Scorpions Invade Sox Camp–Really

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

Mark Your Calendars

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

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

Quotes of the Day

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

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

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

“You’re going to need some ice.”

* Gordon Beckham on his return to the Sox:

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

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

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

Photo/Video of the Day

Robin on team leadership:

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

Pitchers and Catchers Eve

Thursday, February 19, 2015

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Today’s News

Early Birds

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

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

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GM Hahn on Twitter

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

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

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Thursday GIFs: That _ _ _ _ _

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

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

Quote of the Day

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

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

Photos of the Day

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

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