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Abreu, Garcia and New-Look Sox are Creating a Buzz

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Today’s News

Drawing Attention

Here are two good examples of how the media is showing interest in the 2014 White Sox:


Friday and Saturday Pitching Schedule

The Sox open their Cactus League season on Friday at Camelback Ranch-Glendale against the Dodgers and host the Indians on Saturday. Here’s how the pitching will be set up.

Friday: Chris Sale, Eric Surkamp, Donnie Veal, Jake Petricka, Matt Lindstrom and a host of others.

Saturday: John Danks, Chris Beck, Omar Poveda, Scott Downs and others.

Brought Back by Popular Demand

Those 1983 “Winning Ugly” uniforms that were such a big hit with the Sox players and fans last year will be worn this season as alternate uniforms with a new “batterman” cap. They won’t be worn only on Sundays at home as they were for the most part in 2013, but rather anytime the players decide they want to wear them. See Photos of the Day.

Quote of the Day

Matt Davidson on the Sox wearing the ’83 throwback unis: “Awesome.”

Sox Note of Note

The Sox have claimed right-handed pitcher Maikel Cleto (Michael CLAY-toh) off waivers from the Kansas City Royals and have designated infielder Jake Elmore for assignment. Cleto, 24, split time last season between Class AAA Memphis in the Cardinals organization and Class AAA Omaha in the Royals system.

Photos of the Day




Intrasquad Game Takes Center Stage

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Today’s News


Dunns 4, Konerkos 2

In today’s intrasquad game, the first of the spring, Adam Dunn’s team defeated Paul Konerko’s squad, 4-2. Avi Garcia hit a two-run homer for the Dunns. There was a big crowd on hand, in fact a White Sox Cactus League record for an intrasquad contest.

Here was today’s lineup card:


Steverson Unplugged

Hitting coach Todd Steverson is mic’d up as he goes about his business in camp. More to come next month on CSN.

Join the #SoxTixTour

We’re kicking off the season with a #SoxTixTour! Join us Thursday for fun, prizes & more.

2014 Promotional Schedule

Kids Clinic

Camelback Ranch-Glendale will host its second annual Kids Clinic at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 28 following the 1:05 p.m. Cactus League game between the White Sox and Dodgers, who share the facility.

Youngsters from the Glendale Youth Project and Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix will get instruction from White Sox and Dodger players and coaches in the stadium. The children also will have the opportunity to take photos and receive autographs.

Play of the Day

Jose Abreu beat out an infeld hit in his first at bat in today’s intrasquad game.

Quote of the Day

“I got it!”  Abreu yelled out on a popup yesterday during defensive drills.

“Bueno English,” replied coach Joe McEwing.

Photo of the Day

Happy Birthday to the Chairman!


On the Red Carpet: Matthew McConaughey, Leonardo DiCaprio and…Adam Dunn?

Monday, February 24, 2014

Today’s News

The Envelope Please…

A big story in camp today centered on Adam Dunn and whether or not he will decide to attend Sunday’s Academy Awards in L.A. You see, Adam is an investor in the Best Picture-nominated Dallas Buyers Club and had a cameo as a bartender. 

Here’s Robin’s reaction:

“I’m telling him to go. I don’t know how many opportunities people in baseball would have to do that. You’re looking first at how many people get a chance to actually be part of it–and not to go just to go, but to be part of something that has a chance to do something special.”

Ventura kidded that it’s not something he’ll have to worry about very often: “I’m not worried about setting precedence. The next time somebody has something to do with the Oscars we’ll deal with it. It’s a cool thing and he should be able to go and enjoy it.”

This “screen grab” is a little dark, but that’s Adam behind the bar on the right in one of his two scenes. The movie’s stars, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto (in a blonde wig), are on the left of the picture. McConaughey is nominated for Best Actor, Leto for Best Supporting Actor.


Prospect Rankings

Baseball America has ranked the game’s top prospects, position-by-position.  Here’s how the Sox fared:

First base — Jose Abreu, No. 1, Keon Barnum, No. 15.

Second base — Micah Johnson, No. 7, Carlos Sanchez, No. 17

Shortstop — Tim Anderson, No. 11

Third base — Matt Davidson, No. 8, Marcus Semien, No. 10

Corner Outfield — Courtney Hawkins, No. 23, Trayce Thompson, No. 26, Jared Mitchell, No. 40

Right-handed pitchers — Erik Johnson, No. 26

Something to Look Forward to

Sox PA announcer Gene Honda is getting ready for the season with this intro of Jose Abreu at an empty and frozen U.S. Cellular Field.

Sox Announce ’14 Broadcast Schedule

The White Sox, Comcast SportsNet, WGN-TV, WCIU-TV, WSCR-AM 670 The Score and 97.5 FM ESPN Deportes have announced the team’s television and radio broadcast schedule for the 2014 season.

Comcast SportsNet (CSN) will televise 107 regular-season games, beginning with Opening Day on Monday, March 31 vs. Minnesota at 3:10 p.m. CDT.  CSN also will air the White Sox first road contest of the season on Friday, April 4 at Kansas City (3:10 p.m.)

WGN-TV is scheduled to broadcast 30 Sox games again this season, beginning with the club’s third game of 2014 on Thursday, April 3 vs. Minnesota (1:10 p.m.).  WCIU begins its 25-game schedule on Tuesday, April 8 at Colorado (7:40 p.m.).

All CSN, WGN-TV and WCIU-TV telecasts will be available in high definition.  Game times and television networks are subject to change.

The eight games scheduled for Comcast SportsNet Plus (CSN+) will be available on CLTV in the Chicagoland area.  Viewers in other areas should visit for specific channel locations.  The first CSN+ telecast is scheduled for Friday, May 9 vs. Arizona (7:10 p.m.).

WCIU will air the first game of the crosstown series vs. Cubs on Monday, May 5 at Wrigley Field at 7:05 p.m.  CSN will broadcast the second game on Tuesday, May 6 at 7:05 p.m.  When the series moves to U.S. Cellular Field, WCIU will broadcast the contest on Wednesday, May 7 (7:10 p.m.), while CSN will air the series finale on Thursday, May 8 (7:10 p.m.).

Play-by-play announcer Ken “Hawk” Harrelson begins his 30th season in the White Sox television booth in 2014 alongside analyst Steve Stone, who is set to begin his seventh season as a White Sox broadcaster.  Harrelson and Stone have worked together since 2009.

WSCR-AM 670 The Score, the White Sox flagship radio station, will broadcast all 162 games. The on-air duo of former Sox pitcher Ed Farmer (play-by-play) and former outfielder Darrin Jackson (analyst) returns for its sixth season together.

For the third consecutive year, 97.5 FM ESPN Deportes, Chicago’s first commercial FM radio station devoted to continuous Spanish language sports coverage, will broadcast all 162 games.  All home games will air live from U.S. Cellular Field.  Hector Molina (play-by-play) and Billy Russo (analyst) return as the broadcast team. 


Tomorrow’s Schedule

There will be an intrasquad game tomorrow at 11:30 a.m.  

Photo/Video of the Day

WGN’s Pat Tomasolu takes Photo Day to a whole new level.

In the Spotlight: Chris Sale and the Hairy Battle Between Beckham and Davidson

Sunday, February 23, 2014


Today’s News

Sale Featured in The New York Times

You Choose

Who’s got the best hair on the White Sox?

Outfield Drills

The Big Hurt’s Hall of Fame Tour

While he’s awaiting his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 27, Frank Thomas made a stop in Macon last night and was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. Here’s Frank with his Columbus, GA high school coach Bobby Howard at the ceremony.


Quote of the Day

@CST_soxvan: #whitesox coach Joe McEwing loves calling (Leury) Garcia “Leury Legend.”

Photo of the Day

New Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson.


A Photo Day Saturday

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Today’s News

Brotherly Love

White Sox outfielder Jordan Danks drew some chuckles at Sox Photo Day by flipping his name card around and scribbling, “John Danks Brother.”

“They mix up our photos on scoreboards across the American League,” Jordan laughed.  “Maybe this will help.”


Hey Jose, “Say Cheese”!

Cuban free agent Jose Abreu went through the photo stations for the very first time.  After a stop at the Comcast SportsNet tent where he announced “Jose Abreu, first base,” and gave a try to “South Side,” he was pleased to make this last stop at the twitter mirror.  When told all he had to do was pose for a simple twitter photo, Jose broke into a big smile.

A Matt Lindstrom Selfie


Adam Eaton and Photo Day Fun


And There’s More…

To see all of our #SoxSpringTraining @TwitterMirror photos, click here:

Sox Notes of Note

Robin indicated today that Chris Sale will start in the Cactus League opener against the Dodgers on Friday, followed by John Danks…Tyler Flowers will start out behind the plate…Righthanders Andre Rienzo and Chris Beck are scheduled to be the starters in an intrasquad game on Tuesday.

Photo of the Day

That’s a wrap. The final Photo Day for Paulie.


Four White Sox Among Top MLB Prospects

Friday, February 21, 2014

Today’s News

Young and Talented

There are four Sox players on Baseball America‘s 2014 Top 100 Prospects list. Here they are with the publication’s ranking and comments:

No. 29:  Jose Abreu, 1B/DH – Signed to a major league contract, Abreu has higher expectations than most on this list. The White Sox are counting on him to make the majors and hit in the middle of the lineup.

No. 63:  Erik Johnson, RHP — Listen to Don Cooper. Chicago’s major league pitching coach knows his stuff and should bring the most out of Johnson and his premium slider.

No. 72:  Matt Davidson, 3B (pictured below) — Davidson’s new organization gives him a shot at a big league job. 

No 91:   Marcus Semien, SS/2B/3B – Semien will battle Matt Davidson and Conor Gillaspie for the third-base job in Chicago, but he likely is headed to Triple-A to play all three infield spots and continue to show he has the bat to be more than a utilityman.



White Sox advance scout Bryan Little (aka Twig) was the target of some good-natured ribbing recently.  One of the reasons Twig is in camp each spring is to work with our hitters on bunting (and was seen today working with Alejandro De Aza and Adam Eaton) a skill at which he excelled during his time in the big leagues. 

But while his bunting prowess was well-known and well-respected, Little wasn’t exactly a feared hitter overall. And the other day, the topic of Billy Martin and his riding of Twig many years ago came up in our clubhouse.

“Be careful,” Martin use to yell, teasingly, from the Yankee dugout.  “He might swing.”

Martin used to threaten to bunch all of his fielders around the mound when Twig came to the plate.

Long Walks

Pitching coach Don Cooper goes for long walks each morning in camp.  And what motivates him?

“I imagine having to take 10 trips to the mound during a game in Oakland,” Coop laughs.  “Because that’s the longest walk in the league.”

It can’t get tougher than that!

A Little Too Much Information

According to Robin, Avi Garcia was sidelined today and likely out tomorrow with an in-grown toenail. A relieved Garcia was showing off the sliver of nail (removed by a podiatrist) to anyone in camp who has the stomach to look. Most people thought it was gross.

Back in Action

Having been sidelined with a strained glute, a happy Nate Jones returned to the mound –albeit briefly — today and took part in several drills.

On the Rebound

John Danks drew attention today.

Johnny looked good today,” Ventura said, noting that both his velocity and strength were impressive. “Last year, I’m sure he came in here not as strong as he’d like to be. He’s in a better spot this year compared with last.”

Good Sports

White Sox pitchers and catchers began the process of signing baseballs, photos and jerseys for the club’s community relations efforts throughout the year. By getting the signings done in spring training, the club has a stockpile of items to donate to charity and for good causes while the players don’t need to worry about signing too much stuff once the season begins.

Quote of the Day

@CST_soxvan: Hit coach Steverson on Abreu’s swing: “He has a good path, ability to move barrel around zone. Inside, outside, down the middle…It has a nice shape to it. Pretty compact & he stays through ball pretty well. It’s all about approach to use swing & he has good approach”

Photo of the Day

No. 29 prospect Abreu taking BP.


The Gang’s All Here

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Today’s News


Captain Konerko

Paulie met with the media this morning before the first day of his final spring training as the full squad reported to camp. As he walked under a tunnel on his way into the clubhouse after practice, a Chicago sports reporter began his taped report with, “As Paul Konerko walks into the sunset …”  Tough love.

Words of wisdom from PK:

On Avi Garcia: “He has the potential to be a monster in this league.”

His advice to the young players on the Sox: “You only get one stab at this.”

Robin Addresses the Troops

Ventura’s message to his players today:

“It was more about being ready, getting your mind ready. It’s a long season, and if you don’t have your mind made up going in that you’re preparing for a season, in the right frame of mind as an organization and team, you’re going in the wrong direction. So when you’re doing drills you have to make sure your mind is ready and you’re doing the right things to get better.”

Quote of the Day

Pitcher Felipe Paulino had a long conversation before today’s team meeting with two Chicago front office staffers about the winter weather and driving.

“Because when we get even a little snow or ice in Houston, no one drives,” Paulino explained.

Play of the Day

During his final swing of BP today, Konerko blooped a pitch from Matt Lindstrom down the right field line. “Triple!” pitching coach Don Cooper immediately called out.

Konerko tipped his cap.

Photo of the Day


A Sight for Sore Eyes: Sale and Quintana on the Mound, Abreu and Garcia in the Cage

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Today’s News

Now Pitching for the White Sox…

That’s Robin in the above photo throwing BP today, while coach Joe McEwing takes charge of infield practice.

Nice Welcome

Hitters in camp early experienced the joy of facing live pitching today, with Jose Abreu and Avi Garcia drawing Chris Sale and Jose Quintana, among others. How’s that for a welcome to the big leagues for Abreu?

“How’s “take” practice going?” a coach asked as he walked up to the cage to see most hitters just tracking pitches.

“No one likes it,” said another about that first time in the cage against live pitching, “But you have to do it.”

Winter Woes

White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham spent most of the winter in Chicago and a little time back home in Atlanta.

“I’m just happy to get outside and move around,” he said.

Beckham’s timing this winter was horrible. After surviving a brutal Chicago winter, he escaped in time to land in Atlanta for the ice storm that shut down the city.

Big Men

Garcia stood next to Abreu at the batting cage today and made an impression.

“Avi Garcia managed to make Abreu look small and that’s not easy,” an observer noted. Here are the new teammates.


Quote of the Day

@ESPNChiSox: (Andre) Rienzo got Abreu to fly out twice during last spring’s WBC. Said Rienzo: “I told him we’re on the same team now and friends so forget it.”

Play of the Day

Garcia may have made Abreu look small, but when Sale saw the size of Jose as the slugger stepped into the batter’s box he kiddingly asked for someone to come out and relieve him.

Sox Note of Note

Adam Dunn will be wearing uniform number 44 this season (instead of 32), the number he wore with the Reds and Nationals.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

First day of full-squad workouts. 

Photo of the Day

Chris is a happy camper.


Oso, the Gremlin and a Bearded Beckham

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 

Today’s News

Sights and Sounds in Sox camp

Gordon Beckham, Adam Eaton, Jeff Keppinger and Conor Gillaspie are among those who have just arrived in camp in anticipation of Thursday’s first full squad workout…Beckham has a new look. He put on muscle over the Winter and is sporting a beard. He also admitted that he may have to relinquish his “Best Hair on the Sox” distinction to new teammate Matt Davidson…More Beckham: Gordon has a nickname for Eaton–the Gremlin…Speaking of nicknames, Eaton says his Sox teammates call Jose Abreu “Oso,” (which is bear in Spanish) because of his size, and “Yogi” because he resembles the famed cartoon character…While we’re on the subject of Abreu, Sox strength and conditioning coach Allen Thomas, per a tweet by CSN’s Chuck Garfien, says Jose is usually the first player in camp and the last to go. Thomas also says that Abreu’s mental focus reminds him of fellow Cubans and former Sox pitchers Jose Contreras and Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez…More Abreu from Garfien: He’s dedicating part of each day to learning English so he can eventually do interviews in English. Jose met with the media today.


Prospect Profile: Keon Barnum

Keon Barnum talks about his love of hitting and how he’s growing as a player:

Play of the Day

“Heads Up!”

Warning shouted to pitchers and catchers throwing beyond the left field fence as Jose Abreu launched several massive home runs during today’s BP.

Quote of the Day

Robin on watching Abreu hit:

“He has more of a professional approach for being a big guy. He’s not worried about hitting every ball over the fence. He’s moving it around the field and hitting it on the barrel…You’re looking at a guy who knows what he’s doing and has a plan when he goes in there.”

Photo of the Day

Certainly an appropriate number for a leadoff hitter (photo courtesy of @ChuckGarfien).


The Beat Goes On

Monday, February 17, 2014


Today’s News


The Sox pitching coach was the center of attention today. Among his comments? Erik Johnson is “firmly” penciled into the starting rotation.


Flowers and Phegley: A Friendly Rivalry

Happy Presidents Day

Just for fun, we looked up all the former White Sox who shared last names with U.S. Presidents. I posted last year and now it just might be a Presidents Day tradition. The one addition this year is Erik Johnson.

Bobby Adams 3B 1955

Doug Adams C 1969

Herb Adams OF 1948-1950

Jeff Carter P 1991

Gene Ford P 1938

Jimmy Grant 3B 1942-1943

Frankie Hayes C 1946

Jackie Hayes 2B 1932-1940

Bo Jackson DH 1991-1993

Charlie Jackson PH 1915

Darrin Jackson LF 1994, 1999

Edwin Jackson P 2010-2011

Joe Jackson OF 1915-1920

Mike Jackson P 2004

Ron Jackson 1B 1954-1959

Jesse Jefferson P 1975-1976

Bart Johnson P 1969-1977

Charles Johnson C 2000

Connie Johnson P 1953-1956

Dan Johnson 1B 2012

Dane Johnson P 1994

Darrell Johnson C 1952

Deron Johnson DH 1975

Don Johnson P 1954

Erik Johnson P 2013

Ernie Johnson SS 1912, 1921-1923

Johnny Johnson P 1945

Lamar Johnson 1B 1974-1981

Lance Johnson OF 1988-1995

Larry Johnson C 1978

Mark Johnson C 1998-2002

Randy Johnson DH 1980

Stan Johnson OF 1960

Bob Kennedy OF 1939-1948

Vern Kennedy P 1934-1937

Larry Monroe P 1976

Billy Pierce P 1949-1961

Leo Taylor PR 1923

Wiley Taylor P 1912

Claudell Washington OF 1978-1980

George Washington OF 1935-1936

Bill Wilson OF 1950-1954

Craig Wilson 3B 1998-2000

George Wilson OF 1952

Jim Wilson P 1956-1958

Red Wilson C 1951-1954

Roy Wilson P 1928

Quote of the Day

Felipe Paulino, who is competing for a starting spot after shoulder and elbow injuries:

“I’m stronger, (my injuries) are in the past. I’m trying to do everything I can. I’m healthy and ready to compete and just enjoy the game.”

Sox Note of Note

Former White Sox infielder Jerry Royster is at Camelback Ranch as a baseball consultant on a three-day Nike commercial shoot in the Camelback Ranch-Glendale stadium. Royster, a 16-year major leaguer, played for the Sox in 1987.

Photo of the Day

The brain trust deep in thought.



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