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Thursday, February 26, 2015
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.
A Comeback Story in the Making?
Third base prospect Matt Davidson (pictured below) is looking to rebound from a very tough 2014.
A Positive Sign
Jesse Crain is looking good in his Sox return.
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.
Here’s Jeff Samardzija throwing BP during today’s workout.
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.
A warm, sunny afternoon at Old Comiskey
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.
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.”
Photo of the Day
Jose Abreu and Adam LaRoche: a pretty impressive combo.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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:
Adam LaRoche on Joining the Sox
Chip Off the Old Block
And here’s Adam (sitting, second from right) taking a break with No. 25, his son Drake.
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.
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.
Speaking of baserunning/stealing, Micah Johnson expounds on the art.
Today is Jerry Reinsdorf‘s birthday. Have a great day, Chairman!
Sox players talk about the latest Derrick Rose injury.
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:
Photo of the Day
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The Gang’s All Here
Today was the first official day of full-squad workouts as all White Sox position players joined pitchers and catchers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. A sight for sore eyes: live batting practice–Sox hitters vs. Sox pitchers.
Sale and Samardzija: Friendly Competitors
A bond is building between these two All-Star pitchers, who are on the same side for the first time.
The Vince Coleman Factor
The versatile Emilio Bonifacio (pictured above) is expected to add a great deal of flexibility to the White Sox this season. Click on the link below to hear his thoughts about playing for the Sox. And he sure looks happy to be on the South Side (via CST_soxvan).
Where the Sox pitchers will be during the next few days:
More Promo Dates for the 2005 Celebration
Quotes of the Day
Here’s what the Chicago media is tweeting from the first day of full-squad workouts. If you don’t follow these reporters, it would definitely be worth your while to do so.
@ESPNChiSox: Bonifacio was asked if he likes Jose Abreu and all his production: “Yeah, yeah, yeah.” #quoteofthespring
@scottmerkin: From @Micah_Johnson3: “You have to be confident but not arrogant. If you become arrogant, that’s when you lose your edge to work hard.”
@scottmerkin: Micah on Vince Coleman: “He’s already made some adjustments on my running game. I’m open ears to him.”
@ChiTribKane: White Sox 2B Micah Johnson is fluent in Spanish, has been studying it since elementary school. Surely helps with clubhouse communication.
@ESPNChiSox: Eaton said working with Vince Coleman is intense. Wanted to get out there immediately vs. a pitcher to try some base-stealing advice.
@ChuckGarfien: Adam Eaton on Adam LaRoche: “I’ve heard great things. He’s got a great beard. I think we’ll have a good set of beards this season.”
@CST_soxvan: Adam Eaton has Konerko card on locker, talks about leadership void. ‘Nobody can replace Paul’
@ChuckGarfien: Gillaspie bulked up, quit chewing tobacco and wants to make sure he’s still got his strength at the end of the season.
Photo of the Day
ESPN is at CR-G today. Here is the network’s Jay Crawford (left) with Jose Abreu.
Monday, February 23, 2015 blog post
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 Sale, David Robertson and Don Cooper on high expectations, new faces in camp and top prospect Carlos Rodon.
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!
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
Sunday, February 22, 2015
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.
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:
Thursday, February 19, 2015
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.
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!
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.
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.
Friday, February 13, 2015
While We Eagerly Await the Start of Spring Training…
A week from today, White Sox pitchers and catchers report to the Sox’ Camelback Ranch spring training facility in Glendale, Ariz. and four days later the full squad will go through their first workout. In the meantime, pass some of the time this weekend by enjoying and/or sharing these special Valentine’s Day cards from several of your favorite Sox. To send or to see more go to:
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
In just 10 days, on February 20, the highly anticipated 2015 White Sox season gets underway with pitchers and catchers reporting to the Sox’ Camelback Ranch spring training facility in Glendale, Ariz. Just four days later, on February 24, the full squad reports and will undergo physicals and participate in the first full-squad workout.
An Extraordinary Offseason
Baseball experts and fans alike are virtually unanimous that the Sox had one of the most productive offseasons with many declaring our winter haul as the best in baseball. Several pundits also have commented that the Sox were able to make it happen without sacrificing top prospects. Whatever order you place them, the newest additions on the South Side give us enormous hope for the upcoming season.
Just to review: the marquee acquisitions by the Sox front office were right-handed starter Jeff Samardzija, righty closer David Robertson, left-handed relievers Zach Duke and Dan Jennings, first baseman/DH Adam LaRoche, outfielder Melky Cabrera, the versatile infielder-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio and a familar face–infielder Gordon Beckham.
Other offseason additions now on the 40-man roster include right-handed pitcher Michael Ynoa (obtained in the Samardzija deal), catcher Rob Brantly, outfielder J.B. Shuck and left-handed pitcher Onelki Garcia, who were selected on waivers from the Marlins, Indians and Dodgers, respectively.
The Sox also agreed to terms on minor-league contracts with the following free agents: right-handed pitchers Jairo Asencio, Scott Carroll, Jesse Crain, Logan Kensing, Arcenio Leon, J.D. Martin and Brad Penny; left-handers Zach Phillips and Joe Savery; catchers George Kottaras and Geovany Soto; infielders Juan Diaz and Andy LaRoche (Adam’s brother) and outfielders Tony Campana and Michael Taylor.
All 15 players, in addition to nine players from within the organization, have received non-roster invitations to spring training.
Right-handers Chris Beck, Tyler Danish and Nolan Sanburn, left-hander Carlos Rodon, infielders Tim Anderson, Dan Black and Micah Johnson and outfielders Courtney Hawkins and Jared Mitchell received invites to major-league camp from within the organization.
Thirteen of the 24 invitees have major-league experience.
Enjoy These SoxFest Seminars
This year’s SoxFest was an enormous success with fan excitement off the charts. One of the most successful elements was the series of seminars. Here are four: a panel discussing the Sox’ young talent, some of the newest Sox talking about the ’15 season, a few of the Sox players and coaches talking about hitting and GM Rick Hahn and skipper Robin Ventura chatting about the Sox and taking questions from the fans.
Spring Training Broadcast Schedule
Quote of the Day
Photo of the Day
Florida Gulf Coast University recently honored alum Chris Sale by retiring his No. 41 jersey.
Friday, December 19, 2014
An Early Christmas for White Sox Fans
As Christmas Day approaches, many Chicagoans are asking, “Haven’t we already celebrated Christmas?”
It’s certainly understandable to feel that way after the White Sox’ three Santas–Jerry Reinsdorf, Rick Hahn and Ken Williams–have demonstrated their generous gift-giving to Sox fans this offseason. The extraordinary “presents” under the proverbial Sox Christmas tree are in the form of pitchers Jeff Samardzija, David Robertson, Zach Duke and Dan Jennings, 1B/DH Adam LaRoche and outfielder Melky Cabrera. And the impressive haul is being praised throughout baseball as one of the most successful of the Winter Meetings/offseason.
Other fall acquisitions now on the 40-man roster include pitcher Michael Ynoa (obtained in the Samardzija deal) plus catcher Rob Brantly, outfielder J.B. Shuck and pitcher Onelki Garcia, who were selected on waivers from the Marlins, Indians and Dodgers, respectively.
A Sampling of Positive Industry Reaction
The added bonus to the acquisitions of Samardzija and LaRoche is that they both grew up as White Sox fans. Jeff rooted for the Sox while growing up in Northwest Indiana and Adam patrolled the team’s clubhouse when his dad, Dave, was the club’s pitching coach. Pretty cool, if you ask me.
They Said It…
Sox pitching coach Don Cooper on the day the Sox acquired both Samardzija and Robertson:
“I’m as excited as I’ve been on December 9th that I can remember. It’s an early Christmas present for sure.”
Adam Eaton on that same day:
“I was really fooled. I found myself sitting next to my phone and refreshing my Twitter as quickly as I could. When (the Robertson signing) came over it was like, ‘Holy Cow!'”…“I definitely think I speak for all of us (players) when I say that this is very exciting.”
Photo of the Day
SoxFest and Spring Training will be here before you know it…and here’s wishing you and your families a Happy Hanukkah, a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Exciting times ahead.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Paul Konerko Day
It was a momentous and bittersweet night on the South Side. We at the White Sox along with 38,160 of our loyal fans gathered at U.S. Cellular Field to pay tribute to our captain, Paul Konerko, who has meant so much to the franchise for the past 16 seasons. Today, Paulie plays the last game of his career in the season finale and there’s no doubt there will be more standing ovations, curtain calls and goose bumps.
Furthermore, with Jose Abreu breaking the club’s all-time rookie home run record in last night’s 5-4 victory over the Royals, along with so many other positive signs during the course of this season, it certainly feels like the torch is being passed on to a new era of White Sox Baseball.
Here are some of the sights and sounds from last evening’s festivities:
–An emotional introduction by Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf was followed by the unveiling of a Konerko statue on the outfield concourse representing his grand slam pose from the 2005 World Series.
–The dramatic presentation of the World Series grand slam ball to Paulie from Sox fan Chris Claeys, who caught it during Game 2 of the ’05 Series. Believe it or not, he also caught a Konerko foul ball last night.
–Former teammates Sean Lowe, Chris Getz, Greg Norton, Jim Thome, Brian Anderson, Ross Gload and Cliff Politte were also on hand. Others such as Joe Crede and Scott Podsednik had planned to be there, but couldn’t make it because of the air traffic issue in Chicago.
–There were video tributes from the likes of Crede, Podsednik, Derek Jeter, Derrick Rose, Jonathan Toews, Torii Hunter, C.C. Sabathia, Gordon Beckham, Jermaine Dye, Jose Uribe, Ozzie Guillen, Juan Uribe, Mark Buehrle, A.J. Pierzynski, Aaron Rowand, Jon Garland and James Hetfield from Metallica. Paulie’s longtime walkup music was from the band’s song, “Harvester of Sorrow.”
–Paulie received a framing of baseballs in the shape of the number 14 signed by his 2005 World Champion teammates, a pair of vintage guitars (a 1976 Gibson, the year he was born, and a 1963 Fender Stratocaster), an oil painting of his swing and a bench made of bats, bases and balls from his 2014 mates with “Our Teammate” and “Our Captain” written on it. Governor Pat Quinn, a huge Sox fan also in attendance, proclaimed it Paul Konerko Day in the state of Illinois.
–The announcement that Paulie’s No. 14 will be retired next season.
–PK to the fans, calling them “friends”: “When you look at that statue and that number that is going up right there, your fingerprints are all over it.”
–Konerko was replaced by Andy Wilkins at first base in the top of the seventh. Take a look at what happened.
–And here’s the pregame ceremony in its entirety:
A Photo Gallery
MLB Tonight’s Tribute to Konerko
Plays of the Day
Abreu broke Ron Kittle‘s Sox rookie record with his 36th homer, a two-run shot, in the first inning of last night’s victory (click on top link below). Jose now has 107 RBI on the season with a game to go…Josh Phegley hit a pair of solo homers, his second and third long ones of the year and first career multi-homer game (click on middle link below)…John Danks continued his success against the Royals (7-0, 2.43 lifetime). He allowed just a pair of runs, five hits and a couple of walks in seven innings of work, finishing the season with 11 wins…Javy Guerra came on for Jake Petricka in the ninth and earned his first save…and take a look at the dazzling Alexei Ramirez to Carlos Sanchez to Wilkins double play in the eighth (click on bottom link below):
Quote of the Day
Respected baseball writer Jayson Stark on his choice for American League Rookie of the Year, written prior to last night’s game:
“Have we talked enough this season about how great Jose Abreu has been? Of course we haven’t. I recognize that he’s 27, and he’s played a lot more baseball than, say, Rougned Odor. But the rules still say the guy is a “rookie.” And since he is, he’s had one of the greatest rookie seasons in the history of rookies. Here’s his slash line: .315/.379/.576/.956. Over the past 75 years, exactly two rookies have matched or beaten it — Ted Williams in 1939 and Albert Pujols in 2001. Now add Abreu’s 35 home runs and 72 extra-base hits to that slash line, and you know how many rookies have ever had this season? Two — Pujols and Hal Trosky (in 1934). And here’s the money ball: Abreu’s Adjusted OPS-Plus is an incredible 167. Which, according to baseball-reference.com ranks No. 3 among all rookies in modern history. The only rookies who ever topped it? How ’bout Shoeless Joe Jackson (193) — over a century ago (in 1911) — and Mike Trout (168) two years ago. So I’d like to thank Jose Abreu for his help in writing this column. Even in a year when a half-dozen rookies in this league have had a better season than any rookie in the other league, he made this easy.”
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series, the final game of the 2014 season and Konerko’s last game in a Sox uniform as we aim for the split. Starters: RHP Chris Bassitt (1-1, 3.65) for the Sox, RHP Yordany Ventura (14-10, 3.07) for Kansas City.
Excited About the Future
While No. 14 will be missing when spring training commences in February, we’ll turn the page with a lot of optimism as a new era of White Sox Baseball begins. Want some thoughts to keep you warm (and positive) during the cold winter months? Think about Chris Sale, Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton, Jose Quintana, Alexei Ramirez, Avi Garcia and others who will be part of a winning White Sox future.
Look forward to seeing you at SoxFest, January 23-25 at the Hilton Chicago. Check whitesox.com for details.
Opening Day 2015
The Sox open the 2015 season in Kansas City against the Royals on Monday, April 6. The home opener is Friday, April 10, vs. the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field–see you then and there.
With the regular season ending, this is my last daily post. Keep in mind that I’ll be in touch during what promises to be an active and exciting offseason.
Photos of the Day
Expecting more of this in 2015.