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No Joke! Will Ferrell to DH for Sox

Thursday, March 12, 2015

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Today’s News

Stay Classy, White Sox Fans

Actor/comedian Will Ferrell will DH for the Sox today in the team’s 6:05 p.m., CT game against the San Francisco Giants at Camelback Ranch-Glendale.  Ferrell is participating in a once-in-a-lifetime role for the lifelong baseball fan, as production begins on a new special from Funny Or Die, in partnership with Major League Baseball, to air exclusively on HBO later this year.

Dedicating today’s project to the fight against cancer, Ferrell also is honoring the historic feat by Oakland’s Bert Campaneris five decades ago by playing every position on the field and maybe some off the field for 10 different teams in the same day.

Ferrell’s goal is to honor Campaneris while also helping organizations dedicated to fighting cancer, including Cancer for College.  Formed in 1993, Cancer for College is a charity that helps individuals adversely affected by cancer realize their dream of a college education.

An important part of the fund-raising efforts will be game-used memorabilia from Ferrell’s journey across the five ballparks that will be auctioned online later in the year on MLB.com with proceeds being donated to Cancer for College as well as Stand Up To Cancer, a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research.  MLB is the founding donor of Stand Up To Cancer.

Ferrell’s historic day will be chronicled in the exclusive HBO special which will air later this year and also feature major-league players, managers, coaches, executives and fans.  Fans can follow along live and on-demand throughout the day across MLB Network, MLB.comwhitesox.com and all the official social media accounts of MLB and the White Sox.

This Afternoon’s Games

White Sox (Split Squad) vs. Rangers at Surprise (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable Sox starter: RHP Frankie Montas. Others scheduled are RHP Chris Beck and RHP J.D. Martin.

White Sox (Split Squad) vs. Giants at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (6:05 p.m., CT). Probable Sox starter: RHP Hector Noesi. Others scheduled to see action are: RHP David Robertson, RHP Zach Putnam, RHP Matt Albers, RHP Maikel Cleto, RHP Erik Johnson.

Yesterday’s Highlights

The White Sox overcame a 3-0 first inning deficit and fought back to tie the Rangers 4-4 in a game called after nine innings, the club’s second come-from-behind tie in the last three days…Conor Gillaspie (in photo below) knotted up the game at 3-3 in the sixth with a double and Andy LaRoche knocked out his own two-base hit in the eighth to tie the contest at 4-4…Geovany Soto went 2-4 with an RBI…Logan Kensing (0.2 IP), Daniel Webb (1.0), Zach Duke (1.0), Javy Guerra (1.0), Dan Jennings (1.0) and Jake Petricka (1.0) each pitched scoreless ball…The Sox are now 3-3-2.

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Welcome to the White Sox, Michael Ynoa

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-see-big-potential-michael-ynoa

Quotes of the Day

The White Sox on Ferrell playing for the Sox:

Robin Ventura:

“Hopefully he’ll help us. It’s a good for Major League Baseball, raising some money for a good cause. For us, spring training is long days. Hopefully it’ll be a lot of fun. I think he’ll get on base for us. I might have to pinch run for him, though.”

Adam Eaton:

“I love new teammates! Welcome!!…Will Ferrell ? Hmm not sure how I feel about this… Gonna need to see some production.”

Micah Johnson:

“If the man is on base in front of me tomorrow I hope he’s ready to double steal.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale (3:10 p.m., CT).

Photo of the Day

Alexei and Jose: friends and teammates.

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It’s Rodon on the Bump vs. Rangers

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable pitching order: LHP Carlos Rodon, RHP Javy Guerra, LHP Dan Jennings, LHP Zach Duke, RHP Jake Petricka, RHP Daniel Webb, RHP Logan Kensing.

Rodon (pictured above) makes his second Cactus League start. In his first outing, vs. the Padres on March 6, he went two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit while striking out four.

Watch the game by clicking on this link:  http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/8878818/v40434483

Yesterday’s Highlights

A day after his ninth-inning solo homer tied the game with the Diamondbacks, Micah Johnson went 4-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI in the White Sox’ 6-2 win over the Royals in Surprise where the Sox pounded out 15 hits…Jose Abreu went 2-3 with a run batted in and run scored and Andy Wilkins, Alexei Ramirez, J.B. Shuck and Gordon Beckham each added an RBI…Zach Phillips (1.1 IP), Raul Fernandez (1.1), Scott Carroll (2.2) and Erik Surkamp (1.1) pitched scoreless ball in relief of highly touted prospect Tyler Danish, who gave up a pair of runs in 2.1 innings of work and got credit for the win…The White Sox are now 3-3-1 this spring.

Tune in Tonight

Sox starters Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija will be featured in an exclusive interview tonight in the latest edition of Inside Look, presented by Cadillac, at 9:00 p.m, CT on Comcast SportsNet.

And don’t forget, it’s the White Sox turn on the MLB Network’s “30 Clubs in 30 Days” tonight, airing at 6:00 p.m., CT.

Abreu Adjusts to Fame

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/112081866/white-sox-slugger-jose-abreu-comfortable-on-field-not-yet-with-fame?tcid=tw_share

Robertson on Robertson

The new Sox closer (pictured below) on his first spring appearance.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/chi-white-sox-david-robertson-20150309-story.html

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Trayce Thompson 

The young outfielder hopes to be the next in his family to shine at the highest level in sports. By the way, Trayce‘s brother Klay, in Phoenix with his Golden State Warriors, was in Surprise yesterday watching his bro on the baseball diamond.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/111919176/white-sox-prospect-trayce-thompson-honing-focus

Tyler Flowers: Pitch Framer

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/tyler-flowers-adds-his-value-pitch-framing-studies

Danks Builds Arm Strength

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/112089776/white-sox-left-hander-john-danks-uses-sim-game-to-build-arm-strength#

Hitting Coach Steverson on White Sox Hitters

Todd Steverson, shown here with veteran 1B/DH Adam LaRoche, discusses the Sox offense in the story below.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/111933180/white-sox-hitters-starting-to-get-

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Sox Notes of Note

Outfielder Michael Taylor, 29, announced his retirement yesterday. Taylor played in 11 games with the Sox in 2014 after being acquired from the A’s…Outfielder Engel Beltre will replace Taylor in major-league camp. Beltre signed with the Sox as a free agent in January after spending last year in the Rangers organization.

Quote of the Day

Robin on Emilio Bonifacio (via Colleen Kane at the Trib):

“(He has) energy, and he’s a smart player. You see him doing the small things–getting guys over, running the bases. He does a lot of things well. Having that kind of versatility, there’s not many people who can do that.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox (Split Squad) vs. Rangers at Surprise (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable Sox starter: RHP Frankie Montas.

White Sox (Split Squad) vs. Giants at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (6:05 p.m., CT). Probable Sox starter: RHP Hector Noesi.

The start time of the second game was originally 2:05 p.m. CT, but was changed to accomodate MLB, which is working with HBO to film a special that day during Cactus League games. The production will be dedicated to the fight against cancer and will include a charitable component and awareness campaign.

Photo of the Day

Micah is certainly enjoying the spring in Glendale.

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“Adam Eaton Will Forever Be a Hero in His Eyes”

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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Today’s News

An E-mail From a Sox Fan Titled “Biggest Little Sox Fan!”

Good morning,

I am a Chicago native that was born and raised a die-hard White Sox fan, but I now live in the Phoenix, AZ area. I have a 4 year old son, Colton (pictured above) who is also a huge Sox fan. We had the opportunity to attend opening day at Camelback Ranch on March 4th. My son started noticing the ballparks getting ready for spring training a few weeks ago and has been asking non-stop when baseball is starting. He is such a HUGE Sox fan, he even has a White Sox bedroom. That being said, I can’t say enough about how amazing your players are when it comes to interacting with your fans.

We arrived at the stadium 90 minutes early so we had time to grab some hot dogs and get to our seats in time for autographs. My son received autographs from Penny, Eaton, Ramirez and more. This made him so happy, he was even telling me that he’s lucky. And then his day got even better. In the middle of the 4th inning Adam Eaton was on his way off the field. While passing by he tossed a handful of bubble gum to the fans. He then stopped in front of my son and handed him the bat he used to play the game, saying it was for the little fan. At the moment my son was sort of stunned and speechless, but once Adam walked away and he realized what had happened he was so excited. All he’s talked about for the past 2 days is his White Sox bat. I had to explain to him why he can’t take it to school and I’m pretty sure he would sleep with it if I let him. I don’t know if this is something that happens often during games, but it meant more to my son than words could ever explain. Adam Eaton will forever be a hero in his eyes.

He loves baseball so much and being able to interact with players really made a lasting impression on him. We make 2-3 trips to Chicago during the summer and going to game day with his Grandpa is always the highlight of the trip. He was sad to leave after the spring training game and was already asking when we can go to the park with the shower (fan shower in the outfield concourse at U.S. Cellular Field). He is truly your biggest little fan.

I’ve attached a picture of my son with his new, most prized possession at opening day. Please pass along our immense gratitude to Adam Eaton if at all possible. We will be attending several more games during spring training (I would take the whole month of March off if I could) and look forward to cheering on the White Sox.

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This Afternoon’s Game

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, RHP Nolan Sanburn.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Micah Johnson (pictured below) came to the rescue with a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the White Sox came back to tie the Diamondbacks at 3-3 in a game called after nine at Camelback Ranch-Glendale…Shortstop Juan Diaz also smashed a solo homer and outfielder Trayce Thompson drove in a run on a sac fly…In his Cactus League debut, David Robertson gave up a hit and struck out a batter in a scoreless third…Matt Albers and Jairo Asencio pitched a perfect six and seventh, respectively, and Maikel Cleto struck out the side in the ninth.

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White Sox Featured on MLB Network

The White Sox will be front and center on the “30 Clubs in 30 Days” series tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m., CT.

Sox Notes of Note

Jesse Crain (pictured below) is getting closer to pitching in a game. He threw 30 pitches during live batting practice yesterday and will be out there again tomorrow or Thursday…John Danks will pitch a simulated game today and Hector Noesi is scheduled to pitch in a “B” game tomorrow…The Sox are putting a high priority on baserunning and basestealing this spring. Click on the link: http://chicago.suntimes.com/baseball/7/71/426857/white-sox-embracing-better-baserunning-stealing-bags

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Quote of the Day

Former Sox MVP Dick Allen on the passing of Minnie Minoso and the adulation Minnie is getting from his hometown fans.

“Goes to show all the baseball world of the true sincere loyalty of Chicago Sports Fans. The White Sox did retire his number 9…Well Deserved…a real player and even better human being…he had a love of baseball, The White Sox and a spirit of love for all human life. He loved Chicago almost as much as I do for what the city has done for me. Rest in Baseball Peace Minnie. Shame on the writers for not giving him his due in the The Hall. Nevertheless, he’s in mine. My friend Minnie Minoso.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m.). Probable pitching order: LHP Carlos Rodon, RHP Javy Guerra, LHP Dan Jennings, LHP Zach Duke, RHP Jake Petricka, RHP Daniel Webb, RHP Logan Kensing.

Photo of the Day

Spring Training fun.

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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.”

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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.

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