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Keep an Eye on White Sox ACE product Ro Coleman and Vandy in College World Series

Friday, June 20, 2014 

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 Today’s News

 Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.37) for the Sox, RHP Ricky Nolasco (4-5, 5.66) for Minnesota.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Flowers C.

 

Aces

The White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program got a huge boost this season with two of its products, Vanderbilt’s Ro Coleman and Louisville’s Corey Ray (both pictured above), making it to the College World Series with their respective teams. What makes it an even better story is that freshman outfielders Coleman and Ray are also close friends and former teammates at Simeon Career Academy.

While Louisville has been eliminated, Vandy is still very much alive and undefeated in the double-elimination tournament going into their game today with the University of Texas.

“It’s kind of surreal, like I’m actually living a dream.” Coleman told MLB.com. “Just a wonderful experience and I’m blessed to be here.”

Since its inception in 2007, the ACE program for inner-city youngsters has had numerous alumni drafted by professional teams with 85 players receiving athletic aid to play collegiate baseball.  Last year’s graduating class included 13 players committed to collegiate institutions during the early signing period. 

Three ACE players were drafted during the 2014 First-Year Player Draft–Darius Day by the Rangers and Anthony Justiniano and James Davison by the Sox. Davison, a Morgan Park High School grad, has chosen to postpone his pro career and attend Howard College in Big Spring, Tex. on an athletic scholarship (see story below). 

Kevin Coe, the White Sox director of youth baseball initiatives who coached Coleman and Ray, traveled to Omaha with a group of about 50 current ACE players with the hope they could also make it some day to college baseball’s mecca.

“The kids really loved the trip. They were able to see in Ro and Corey, kids just like them, that if you dream and work toward a goal, you can make it happen,” Coe said. “During the trip, one of the 12-year-olds in our program came up to me, shook my hand and said, ‘Coach, I want to thank you for bringing us here. Now I know what all the work is for and what I’m working toward.’ And, of course, their parents were so grateful that their youngsters could experience all of it.”

Coe also talked about how Ray came by, spent time with the young players, talked to them individually and took pictures.

“This was what we set out to do at the beginning of the program–to teach them the fundamentals at a young age so when they get older, they’ll be prepared to do what Ro and Corey have done. This was just proof that we’re doing the right things.”

“We really could not be more proud of these two kids (Coleman and Ray),” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn told MLB.com. “They’ve literally grown up as teammates in the White Sox ACE program, and to see them excel at the college level in their freshman seasons speaks to their skills, their work ethic and the baseball fundamentals taught to our ACE kids by our staff and coaches.”

 

More on James Davison

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140618/morgan-park/white-sox-draft-pick-james-davison-has-major-league-confidence

 

Plays of the Day

Jose Quintana rebounded from his subpar last start, allowing just two runs, six hits and a walk while striking out a half-dozen batters in last night’s loss to the Twins…Conor Gillaspie drove in a pair of runs with a single.

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Sale Punks Carroll

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140619/bridgeport/chris-sales-hat-pranks-rookie-teammate-scott-carroll

 

“Wild Pitches”

Chicago White Sox Charities and the White Sox Wives will host the second annual variety show event, “Wild Pitches,” on Sunday, July 20 at Bub City in Chicago.

The evening of comedy, music and entertainment will be hosted by Chicago standup comedian Pat McGann and feature live music by the Rendition Band. The event also includes both live and silent auction packages.

In addition to last year’s star performers, Paul and Jennifer Konerko, participants will include Brittany and Gordon Beckham, John Danks and his wife, country singer Ashley Monroe, Katie and Adam Eaton, Nancy and Tyler Flowers and Lacy and Nate Jones. Manager Robin Ventura and his wife Stephanie also are participating. Tickets are available at whitesoxcharities.org.

 

Quote of the Day 

Sox reliever Nate Jones has made enough progress in his rehab from micro discectomy surgery to correct back issues leading to hip pain that he’s traveling with the team on the current road trip. While there’s no timetable for his return, he feels optimistic. 

“I feel part of the team again, getting to watch the team on the field instead of on TV. So that’s pretty awesome. I’m glad to get to this point because it means I’m throwing.

“We’re getting closer, that’s for sure. I’m still increasing my workload and the amount of new things I’m doing. So it’s really day to day. Increasing my exercises and see how I react the next day. If all goes good, we’re going to increase the workload.”

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-4, 5.67) for the Sox, RHP Kevin Correia (3-8, 5.29) for Minny.

 

Photo of the Day

Eaton has reached base safely in 14 consecutive games, hitting .327 with a .413 on-base percentage during that stretch. Over his last 11 games, he is batting .372 with six walks and a .449 on-base percentage.

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A Good Night For The Good Guys With Rubber Match Tonight

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series with LA winning on Monday and the Sox emerging victorious last night. Starters: LHP John Danks (3-5, 4.66) for the Sox, RHP Josh Beckett (3-2, 2.52) for LA.

In his last start, on May 30 vs. the Padres, Danks threw seven innings allowing just two runs on eight hits while striking out four and walking one. It was his eighth quality start of the season.

Plays of the Day

It was indeed a good night for the Sox last evening. Hector Noesi won his first game since May 6, 2012, giving up just a run, five hits and four walks while striking out six in the 4-1 victory. Jose Abreu hit his second homer in as many nights, another two-run shot, in his successful return from the disabled list. It was his 17th of the season along with his 47 RBI. Tyler Flowers added his fifth home run of the year, a solo shot, and former Dodger Ronald Belisario returned triumphantly to Los Angeles with a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save.

The Abreu and Flowers blasts:

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Even Dodger Fans Want Jose’s Autograph

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Speaking of Abreu

Here is a list of major leaguers who recorded the most home runs after their first 46 games–from 1914-2014 (compliments of @ScottLindholm).

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The Wait is Almost Over: Draft Begins Tomorrow

Here are Sox GM Rick Hahn and Director of Amateur Scouting Doug Laumann talking about the Sox and this year’s draft, which gets going tomorrow night.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v33361843/white-sox-front-office-on-the-2014-draft/?partnerId=as_cws_20140603_25181866

Brothers

Conor Gillaspie will be keeping an eye on this week’s draft with his brother Casey a good bet to be selected in the first round. Here’s more:

http://atmlb.com/1tC4cSD

Minor League All-Stars

Four players from the Sox’ Class AA Birmingham affiliate have been named to the Southern League’s North Division All-Star team: OF Josh Richmond, C Kevan Smith, OF Trayce Thompson and RHP Cody Winiarski. The game will be played June 17 in Chattanooga.

Quote of the Day

Robin Ventura, in his own patented style, commented on Abreu hitting homers in his first two games back from the DL.

“He’s doing all right. I think we’re going to keep him.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, it will be the White Sox vs. Angels at Angels Stadium, Anaheim (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (4-2, 4.26) for the Sox, RHP Jered Weaver (6-4, 3.33)

Photo of the Day

Noesi is a winner.

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A Royal Showdown

Monday, May 19, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and the last leg of the Sox’ nine-game road trip. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-3, 5.24) for the Sox, LHP Jason Vargas (4-1, 3.00) for KC. Carroll, a native of Liberty, Mo., will be pitching in front of numerous family members and friends. Liberty is approximately 20 miles north of Kansas City.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Ramirez SS, Dunn 1B, Konerko DH, Viciedo LF, Flowers C, Sierra RF, Semien 3B.

Play of the Day

Catcher Adrian Nieto went 3-3 with a double and two singles and drove in both Sox runs yesterday in the loss to the Astros. Nieto is now hitting .324 in a backup role.

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Sox Notes of Note

Chris Sale is in Kansas City today and is being evaluated by Robin, Coop and the Sox training staff. On the DL since April 22, Chris allowed just one infield hit with two walks and 11 strikeouts over four scoreless innings last Friday in his first rehab start with Class AAA Charlotte at Durham…Jose Abreu, on the DL with tendinitis in his left ankle, will wear a walking boot for the next several days and will be re-evaluated during the next homestand, which begins on Thursday.

Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on Abreu being placed on the 15-day disabled list: 

“It just got to the point it was clear we were going to have to take a step back for the long-term benefit of his recovery and take whatever time is necessary to get this thing right, as opposed to going back and forth every few days and letting him try to fight through it. I know that Jose certainly would have wanted to fight through this and stay in the lineup. That’s how his makeup is, and it speaks to his competitiveness as well as the type of player he’s going to be for us for a long time…Ultimately we had to take the decision out of his hands and do what we feel is the more cautious and more prudent route toward getting him healthy for the long term.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters RHP Andre Rienzo (3-0, 4.20) for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura (2-2, 2.34) for KC.

Photo of the Day

No. 1 is back in action–and he’s a sight for sore eyes.

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The 2014 White Sox: It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

Thursday, May 15, 2014

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Today’s News

Plays of the Day

We learned once again yesterday that this year’s White Sox simply never give up.

Offensively, it was all about the number 1, 2 and 3 hitters in the batting order as the Sox staged a dramatic comeback to defeat the A’s, 4-2, in the series finale. Leadoff hitter Gordon Beckham homered on the first pitch of the game and added two singles. Batting in the No. 2 slot, Conor Gillaspie doubled and singled twice. And both Beckham and Gillaspie were on base in the eighth inning when Jose Abreu launched the three-run bomb, his major-league best 15th homer of the season, that gave the Sox a lead they never relinquished. In all, the threesome accounted for all of the Sox RBI and seven of their nine hits.

Pitching-wise, Andre Rienzo was outstanding, allowing only a pair of solo homers and two walks along with four strikeouts in 6.1 innings pitched. Scott Downs (0.1 IP), Ron Belisario (1.1) and Matt Lindstrom (1.0) closed it out with scoreless baseball. Belisario got credit for his second win of the season, Lindstrom chalked up his sixth save.

Enjoy the Beckham and Abreu homers:

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Sox Notes of Note

Abreu is the first Sox player and fourth in MLB history to hit 15-plus homers in their first 42 career games (also Wally Berger, Kevin Maas and Wally Joyner)…Beckham became the first White Sox player to homer on the first pitch since Ray Durham did it twice in 2000. 

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Sale, Eaton in Rehab Starts; Micah Gets First Triple-A Hit

Chris Sale is set to go for Class AAA Charlotte tonight in a rehab start at Durham. He will be joined by Adam Eaton, who hopes to be back with the Sox on Sunday if his rehab appearances the next couple of days go well. 

And click the link below to watch highly regarded prospect Micah Johnson double for his first hit with Charlotte since being promoted from Class AA Birmingham. He also singled and drove in a run in last night’s game vs. the Durham Bulls.

http://www.milb.com/multimedia/vpp.jsp?content_id=32883231&sid=milb

Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on designating infielder Jeff Keppinger for assignment:

“We had a brief conversation this morning, he understood the rationale for it and we wished each other well. Basically this comes down to wanting to use the plate appearances at the big league level for some of the younger players that we have here right now. Conor certainly has stepped up and seized the primary role of third base. Obviously we want Gordon to play, as well as Marcus and Leury Garcia and we have some young players in Charlotte who are knocking on the door and may contribute at some point this year. The decision was made that now is the time to move on and focus more on some of the younger pieces that are going to be here for a while.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off day today. Tomorrow, it will be the White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:10, CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-3, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Collin McHugh (2-1, 2.81) for the Astros.

Photo of the Day

@ESPNStatsInfo: Jose Abreu is tied for the MLB lead with 5 HR of 430+ feet this season, including his HR (yesterday)

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Rienzo in Stopper Role for Today’s Series Finale with A’s

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at O.co Coliseum (2:35, CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series with Oakland winning the first two. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (3-0, 4.56) for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone (1-3, 4.54) for the Athletics.

Sox Starting Lineup: Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu DH, Viciedo LF, Ramirez SS, Konerko 1B, Flowers C, Sierra RF, De Aza CF.

Eaton Close to Returning

Adam Eaton will continue the last phase of his road back today after being on the 15-day disabled list since May 3. He will work out this morning in Oakland and then will take off for Durham, N.C., to play with Class AAA Charlotte on Thursday and Friday. He’ll then head to Norfolk, Va. with the Knights to play on Saturday. He’ll join the White Sox in Houston on Sunday if all goes well.

Keppinger Designated for Assignment

The White Sox returned infielder Jeff Keppinger from his injury rehabilitation assignment with Class AA Birmingham, reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list and designated him for assignment.

GM Rick Hahn on the decision: “We are focusing on the future as opposed to trying to justify a decision from the past.”

Groundskeeping 101

Here’s Roger Bossard, the Sodfather, addressing the crowd at today’s inaugural Turf Clinic at U.S. Cellular Field.

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“Wimpy” Houston-bound

Tom Paciorek will work with Hawk Harrelson in the TV booth this weekend in Houston with Steve Stone taking the series off. Some will remember that Wimpy played both baseball and football at the University of Houston.

Congrats to the Blackhawks

We congratulate our friends with the Blackhawks on their exciting OT victory last night over the Wild. The win gave the Hawks a 4-2 series win and they now advance to the Western Conference finals. Good luck from everyone in the White Sox organization!

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Quote of the Day

Rienzo on facing the A’s for the first time:

“I know they’ve got a tough team. It’s a team where you want to pitch to contact. I’m just trying to do that so if they get a hit, they get a hit. If not, then I’ll get an out. Something I’m working with Don Cooper on is trying to pitch to contact. I’m not trying to change anything, just going to do what I have to do and make it happen.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park, Houston (7:10, CT, CSN) in the first of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-3, 3.67) for the Sox, RHP Collin McHugh (2-1, 2.81) for the Astros.

Photo of the Day

Sox infielder Marcus Semien is a native of the Bay Area and had about 30 friends and family attend last night’s game. Semien remembers that he was in the stands at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in 1997 when then-LA Dodger Paul Konerko played in his fourth major-league game. It was Semien’s seventh birthday. Little did Marcus know that all these years later he would be teammates with Paulie and even have the opportunity drive him in on a game-winning grand slam as pictured below. 

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Home Again

Friday, April 25, 2014


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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the first of a four-game series and six-game homestand. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (1-1, 5.32) for the Sox, RHP Chris Archer (2-1, 3.65) for the Tampa Bay.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Semien 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Ramirez SS, De Aza LF, Flowers C, Beckham 2B.

Plays of the Day

Adam Dunn homered (No. 5 on the season, No. 445 in his career), doubled, scored twice and drove in a run in yesterday’s loss to the Tigers…Dayan Viciedo was a homer shy of the cycle with a single, double and triple and improved his league-leading batting average to .377…Alexei Ramirez drove in two runs with a single and sac fly and Tyler Flowers collected three singles…Jose Quintana had a quality start, giving up three runs in six innings of work.

Adam’s homer:

http://atmlb.com/1mJdeOP

 

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox have claimed right-handed pitcher Hector Noesi off waivers from the Texas Rangers.

Noesi, 27, has appeared in 69 games (21 starts) over parts of four major-league seasons with the Yankees, Mariners and Rangers…Jose Abreu needs one more home run to tie Albert Pujols (2001), Carlos Delgado (1994) and Kent Hrbek (1982) for the all-time record among rookies in March/April with eight.

White Sox Volunteer Corps

Join our Volunteer Corps on May 10 and help us refurbish a local high school.

http://mlb.mlb.com/cws/fan_forum/volunteer.jsp

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We Have Many Candidates, So Support Your White Sox

Balloting for the 85th All-Star Game, which will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis, begins today. Fans can cast their votes for starters 25 times exclusively at at MLB.com and on whitesox.com.

RIP Connie Marrero, 1911-2014: Cuban Legend Was Oldest Living Major Leaguer

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/conrado-marrero-s-stint-in-mlb-doesn-t-tell-his-whole-story-042414

Quote of the Day

Gordon Beckham, talking about his struggles yesterday against the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner in his first game back from a rehab stint at Birmingham.

“There’s not a lot of Max Scherzers throwing around Double-A, I’ll tell you that…”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rays at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (2-0, 2.84) for the Sox, LHP Cesar Ramos (0-1, 4.91) for Tampa Bay.

Photo of the Day

How did young Sox fan Miguel Rodriguez get this baseball? Compliments of none other than GM Rick Hahn.

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Two Wins in a Row, Looking for Three

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:08 p.m., CT, WCIU) as we go for our third straight win. Starters: LHP Charlie Leesman (0-0, 0.00) for the Sox, RHP Justin Verlander (2-1, 2.08) for Detroit. Leesman (pictured above) has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte to replace Chris Sale in the rotation. Chris has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strain of the flexor mass muscle in his left arm.

Leesman is 0-2 with a 1.59 ERA in three starts this season at Class AAA Charlotte. He made one big league start, in 2013, giving up a run in five innings against the Twins. The left-hander also pitched seven games out of the Sox bullpen last season.

Sox Starting Lineup: Jor. Danks CF, Semien 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Ramirez SS, De Aza LF, Flowers C, L. Garcia 2B.

Plays of the Day

With John Danks pitching a superb 6.1 innings, allowing just a run on six hits, the Sox came from behind off of tough righty Anibal Sanchez with three runs in the seventh inning for the 3-1 victory last night. Conor Gillaspie doubled and Jose Abreu followed up with a ground-rule double, tying the score at 1-1…with one out, Dayan Viciedo doubled on a long fly ball to center field, scoring Abreu (click on link below for video)..Viciedo scored the third run on a Alexei Ramirez single…The Tigers challenged the Abreu double, but the call was upheld. The umpires reviewed Viciedo crossing the plate, where he was originally called out, and the call was overturned…Danks got credit for the win and is now 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA…Ronald Belisario pitched 1.2 scoreless innings and Matt Lindstrom retired Detroit in the ninth for his second save.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/video/v32267547/?partnerId=as_mlb_20140422_22400094

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox are tied for third in the American League this season with 37 doubles, including nine in their last two games. Gillaspie (T3rd, 7), Abreu (T9, 6) and Viciedo (T9, 6) all rank among the AL Top 10…the Sox assigned RHP Frank Francisco to Charlotte after a stint in extended spring training. He was signed to a minor-league deal on April 14.

Quote of the Day

Sox GM Rick Hahn on Sale:

“The preliminary read is that his ligament looks excellent. We believe we are dealing with a flexor mass strain of the muscle of his left arm. Similar to what we dealt with coincidentally in Detroit two years ago as well as a little bit last year actually. So, at this point, we figured we are much better off having him miss the start here in Detroit and miss the start against Tampa Bay and then re-evaluate. Hopefully the recovery from this goes as smoothly as the last couple of times we’ve dealt with this and he’s able to take the ball when his 15 days are up.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:08 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0, 0.00) for the Sox, LHP Drew Smyly (1-1, 4.00) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

There’s Abreu on the right waiting his turn during batting practice.

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The Beat Goes On

Monday, February 17, 2014

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Today’s News

Coop

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

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Flowers and Phegley: A Friendly Rivalry

http://m.mlb.com/video/v31366815/flowers-phegley-on-white-sox-catching-competition

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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Welcome to White Sox Baseball

Saturday, February 15, 2014

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Today’s News

A Good Start

For the first time of thousands this spring …

“Chief! (Bullpen catcher Mark Salas) I need some baseballs!”

Physicals moved quickly and we were out on the field way ahead of schedule.

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What They’re Saying on Day 1

@CST_soxvan: Reliever Mitchell Boggs, who said his deal is contingent on making 25-man, is confident: ‘My expectations are as high as they’ve ever been.’

@scottmerkin: John Danks told Herm Schneider that he feels like he’s 18 again. Ball coming out of his hand different than last year, per Danks.

@ESPNChiSox: Long shot closer candidate Daniel Webb says he just wants to make the roster. He’ll be happy with whatever role he earns.

@ChuckGarfien: Chris Sale: “I’ve got 8.6 body fat.”

Robin Ventura: “I’ve got some if you want some.”

Skipper Ventura, GM Hahn Quotes of the Day

Robin on the possibility of an 11-man pitching staff:  “It’s not always easy to do, but the way we’re structured, we have to go that way every once in a while.”

Rick on Jose Abreu: “He wants to earn that money and show it was a damn good deal for the White Sox.”

Sox Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

The White Sox, Comcast SportsNet, WGN-TV and WSCR-AM 670 The Score have announced the team’s 2014 spring training broadcast schedule.

The White Sox will have 10 Cactus League games televised from Arizona (nine on Comcast SportsNet and one on WGN), and seven additional webcasts of spring training games free on whitesox.com.  WSCR-AM, the club’s flagship radio station, will air nine games (including three interactive broadcasts).

Comcast SportsNet’s first spring training broadcast is scheduled for Friday, March 14 at 3:05 p.m. CDT when the White Sox face Cleveland at Camelback Ranch – Glendale (CBR). CSN will air the Sox-Cubs game at CBR on Friday, March 21.  Along with airing seven home games, CSN will broadcast games at Colorado (Scottsdale) on March 23 and at Seattle (Peoria) on March 24.  WGN will close out the spring broadcast schedule on Thursday, March 27 when the White Sox play the Cubs in Mesa at 2:05 p.m. CDT.

Ken “Hawk” Harrelson and Steve Stone will work all 10 television games in their sixth season together as the White Sox broadcast team.  Harrelson is set to begin his 30th season as the television voice of the White Sox, while Stone enters his sixth year in the Sox television booth.

WSCR-AM broadcasts the first of its nine games on Friday, February 28 at 2:05 p.m. CST when the White Sox open Cactus League play vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers in Glendale.  WSCR-AM features the on-air tandem of Ed Farmer and Darrin Jackson.  Three of the nine game broadcasts (March 2, 8 and 16) feature an “interactive” format, allowing listeners to interact with Farmer, Jackson, and pre and post-game host Chris Rongey during the broadcast. 

In addition to television and radio broadcasts, the White Sox will present webcasts of seven spring training games, in their entirety, at whitesox.com.  The spring training webcasts begin on February 28 vs. the Dodgers and are available free to all fans with internet access.  Russ Langer will serve as the play-by-play announcer for all seven webcasts.

Additional information regarding spring training broadcasts and tickets at CBR can be found at whitesox.com/spring.

Sox Notes of Note

Reliever Nate Jones has a mild to moderate glute strain. He’ll be evaluated in a few days…Bullpen mate Ron Belisario is having visa issues and is not yet in camp.

Photos of the Day

Robin and Rick meet the media.

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Sox Pride

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Last night we celebrated what has become a favorite tradition around our organization – college signing day for our Amateur City Elite (ACE) youth baseball team.

It is one of my favorite days of the year. Talk about organization pride!

Thirteen young athletes in our ACE program saw their hard work pay off as they signed that dotted line, and it was just as exciting for the parents who get to see their child not only commit to a baseball team, but to a college education.  Kids signed with a range of colleges and universities, including Northern Illinois, Michigan and baseball powerhouse Arizona.

ACE signing night.

As Jerry Reinsdorf has often said to me, “The baseball scholarships are great, but what really matters is the education.”

For those unfamiliar with our ACE program, it’s a White Sox initiative to offer rising stars in the inner-city baseball community the opportunity to play baseball against other highly competitive groups on a traveling team.  Baseball has become an expensive sport for youngsters.  The days of playing for your local Little League team have been largely replaced by travel teams who play other elite talent at tournaments across the country.  This requires the financial means to play on these travel teams, with most professional scouts and college recruiters spending their valuable time at these suburban tournaments and showcases.  The resource-challenged kids who often live in the inner city lose out.  That’s where our ACE program steps in by funding competitive travel teams – coached by top-flight instructors and decked out in Sox uniforms – comes in.  But it’s not just about teaching baseball and developing baseball players.  Ultimately, it’s about developing character in young men on and off the field while allotting chances to be seen by scouts and recruiters.

White Sox pitcher Hector Santiago was nice enough to fly in to congratulate the guys and general manager Rick Hahn addressed the group and their families, giving them advice along with his best wishes.

Rick reminded them of their coach’s team motto, “TNDO,” or “Take No Days Off,” which the players couldn’t help but chuckle at a little, as it’s a phrase Coach Kevin Coe has probably said more often than they care to remember.

But Rick told them to take that attitude with them in everything they do moving forward, in the classroom, in the weight room and on the field – take no days off.

“No matter how hard you work on the field,” the ACE kids were told, “Work twice as hard in the classroom.”

Including last night’s 2014 class, 85 ACE players have now been awarded scholarships through the program, while 11 have been selected in the MLB draft.  Just as important, 99% of ACE participants have graduated from high school.

As the players introduced themselves to the audience, each had their own personal message, but the same theme – the White Sox ACE program had changed their life.   It is hard to envision a program with a more rewarding result than that.

ACE signing night.

The night ended with Troy White, a former ACE player who played at Northern Illinois, addressing the group in private.  White was part of the first ACE team and is a perfect example of utilizing his skills to obtain a college education and from that, more opportunities.

Now he works as a sales intern for the White Sox and certainly followed the TNDO motto and implored his ACE successors to do the same – something they’ll never stop hearing.

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Latest Ratings

Baseball Prospectus, a website (baseballprospectus.com) devoted to the analysis of baseball and various metrics, released its White Sox Top 10 Prospects list earlier this week, with RHP Erick Johnson ranked No. 1 (he was fourth last year).

Johnson is followed by SS Tim Anderson, OF Courtney Hawkins, RHP Chris Beck, RHP Tyler Danish, SS Marcus Semien, 2B Carlos Sanchez, 2B Micah Johnson, CR Trayce Thompson and RHP Francellis Montas.

Anderson, the club’s first-round pick from the June First-Year Player Draft, Danish (second round pick) and Montas (acquired from Boston as part of the three-team Jake Peavy trade) all made the list after joining the Sox organization during the season.  Not on the list was recently signed Jose Abreu (for obvious reasons), while OF Micker Zapata and OF Jacob May were listed as prospects on the rise.

BP adds a few interesting comments …

“… their farm system is in much better shape than it was at this point one year ago,” BP writes, “and there is some talent at the big-league level that could be part of the next winning club on the South Side.”

“All told, the White Sox appear to be headed in the right direction as they try to get back on a winning track.”

And as a parting thought from BP …

“I’ve been highly critical of the White Sox in the past – both in terms of prospects and process – but I really like their 2013 drat and the international pursuits, and the system looks much better today than it did at this time last season.”

While it is a subscription-based website, I would definitely recommend baseballprospectus.com to any fan interested in sophisticated statistical analysis of baseball.

Hahn on Hot Stove

Rick Hahn got the chance to call into MLB Network’s Hot Stove this morning to talk about ACE signing day, the offseason strategy and Hawk’s Frick Award candidacy.

If you missed it, the video can be watched here: http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=31232467

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