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Sunday, March 1, 2015
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.
“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.”
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.”
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.
From the Minoso Family
“Our entire family appreciates the kind expressions of concern, sympathy and compassion from so many of our friends and fans of the White Sox during this most difficult time. Minnie lived a full life of joy and happiness, surrounded always by friends and family. It is during moments like these that love matters most. Minnie enjoyed nothing more than to be at the ballpark cheering on his White Sox. For Minnie, every day was a reason to smile, and he would want us all to remember him that way, smiling at a ballgame. As he so often said, “God Bless you, my friends.”
From President Obama
“For South Siders and Sox fans all across the country, including me, Minnie Minoso is and will always be ‘Mr. White Sox.'”
“The first black Major Leaguer in Chicago, Minnie came to the United States from Cuba even though he could have made more money elsewhere. He came up through the Negro Leagues, and didn’t speak much English at first. And as he helped to integrate baseball in the 1950s, he was a target of racial slurs from fans and opponents, sometimes forced to stay in different motels from his teammates. But his speed, his power–and his resilient optimism–earned him multiple All-Star appearances and Gold Glloves in left field, and he became one of the most dominant and dynamic players of the 1950s.
“Minnie may have been passed over by the Baseball Hall of Fame during his lifetime, but for me and for generations of black and Latino people, Minnie’s quintessentially American story embodies far more than a plaque ever could.
“Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to his family and fans in Chicago, Cleveland, and around the world.”
Robin on Minnie
A Moving Tribute
Ron Kittle lays a bouquet of flowers at the statue of Minnie.
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
Photos of the Day
Cuban icons past and present.
Back in the day.
A moment of silence for Minnie at today’s Bulls-Clippers game at the United Center.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
It was the annual Photo Day at spring training today–and Sox players got the star treatment.
Second baseman Micah Johnson
Rookie lefty Carlos Rodon
Jack of All Trades Emilio Bonifacio
Top Prospects Courtney Hawkins, Tyler Danish and Frankie Montas
The Melk Man
The LaRoches–Adam and Son Drake
Hector Noesi, Adam Eaton and a cast of thousands.
Sox Offseason Creates Box Office Buzz
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.
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.
“Q” Excited About Starting Cactus League Opener
The Duke of the Bullpen
Newcomer Zach Duke covers all the angles.
A New Conor Gillaspie
Quote of the Day
@whitesox: “Muy guapo!” (translation: very handsome) “Yes, you know it.” – Avi #SoxSpringTraining with @avisailgarcia
Photo/Video of the Day
Behind the scenes.
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: