Monday, October 31, 2011

Extra Innings: Halloween Edition

Adam Dunn dressed as a productive baseball player for Halloween!

Extra Innings is a link dump that will run every weekday evening that features news stories that The Asylum didn't get to that day, or just posts throughout the White Sox blogosphere that are worth your attention.

- The White Sox surprised me a bit this afternoon by picking up the $3.5 million option on Jason Frasor. A part of me wonders if they only did this to try and trade him this winter instead of just letting him go, but if the team ends up trading John Danks after giving Frasor $3.5 million, I'm going to be somewhat pissed. [MLB Trade Rumors]

- Not surprisingly, Jerry Reinsdorf would love to have Tony La Russa return to the White Sox. I'll remind you again, Jerry. I CAN SAY THE SAME THINGS LA RUSSA WILL FOR A LOT LESS. [Chicago Tribune]

- A couple of teams in the AL Central added some pitching depth today, as the Indians got Derek Lowe from the Braves... [Hardball Talk]

- ....and the Twins got Matt Maloney and former White Sox Jeff Gray off of waivers. [Star Tribune]

La Russa To The White Sox Speculation Didn't Take Long


Before Robin Ventura was hired by the White Sox, Tony La Russa's name was one that kept coming up as a possible candidate to replace Ozzie Guillen. Well, that's obviously out of the question now, but it seems that La Russa might still be coming to the south side.

His announcement that he was retiring on Monday morning lasted nearly an entire five minutes before Phil Rogers floated the possibility.

The White Sox Have A Hitting Coach


And no, it's not Frank Thomas. It's not even Jim Thome.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

They Play Baseball In October? - The Cardinals Are World Champions


Every day during the MLB postseason, NotHawk will "recap" the games that took place the day before. Just so you don't have to watch, because he's charitable like that.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Extra Innings: 10/28/11


Extra Innings is a link dump that will run every weekday evening that features news stories that The Asylum didn't get to that day, or just posts throughout the White Sox blogosphere that are worth your attention.

- So there's at least one less place that Rick Hahn can leave the White Sox for. [Twitter]

- Here's the win probability chart from last night's game. It's pretty steady. [Hardball Talk]

- Joe Buck says that his "we'll see you tomorrow night" line that he took from his father last night was not planned. Though he'd used it before in Game 5 of the 2004 ALCS after David Ortiz's home run. [Deadspin]

- Alejandro De Aza and Gordon Beckham just missed the cut of becoming Super Twos. It's almost like Kenny Williams knew what he was doing. [MLB Trade Rumors]

They Play Baseball In October? - Holy Shit


Every day during the MLB postseason, NotHawk will "recap" the games that took place the day before. Just so you don't have to watch, because he's charitable like that.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Extra Innings: 10/27/11


Extra Innings is a link dump that will run every weekday evening that features news stories that The Asylum didn't get to that day, or just posts throughout the White Sox blogosphere that are worth your attention.

- Frank Thomas answers Joe Cowley's questions, which, shockingly, didn't include any about how evil Don Cooper is. [Chicago Sun-Times]

- Jesus, Reinsdorf hasn't paid for anything, has he? Are we paying Rios' contract too? [Chicago Tribune]

- Hey, nicknames, why you suck so bad? [South Side Sox]

- What are the chances the White Sox trade A.J. Pierzynski? [White Sox Talk]

- This is somewhat depressing. [Deadspin]

A.J. Pierzynski Voted Most Hated Player At The World Series


St. Louis, Missouri -- In a surprising upset, Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski was voted the most hated player in the 2011 World Series this week.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Extra Innings: 10/26/11


Extra Innings is a link dump that will run every weekday evening that features news stories that The Asylum didn't get to that day, or just posts throughout the White Sox blogosphere that are worth your attention.

- The 2012 White Sox won't resemble the 2005 team that won the World Series six years ago today. [White Sox Talk]

- A look at how well Paul Konerko performed even after suffering a knee injury late in the year provides some reason for optimism heading into next season, even if Paulie will be 36 once the season starts. [South Side Sox]

- Oh god, I can still remember that Arnie Munoz start. [White Sox Observer]

Six Years Ago Today


Feels like a lot longer than that, doesn't it?

Should tonight's World Series game be postponed, I believe I'll pop in the DVD of Game Four instead to relive one of the best nights of my life.

The Cell Could Be Getting More Expensive For Reinsdorf


As you've noticed, the White Sox have been trying to figure out ways to get more money out of us at The Cell. Just this year they opened Bacardi At The Park, which I've been in once and it wasn't half bad. I also sat at a table next to the table Ron Kittle was sitting at, and I was somewhat disappointed that Kitty ordered a Miller Lite.

I mean, I'll drink it when there aren't any other options, but damn it, there were other options.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Extra Innings: 10/25/11


Extra Innings is a link dump that will run every weekday evening that features news stories that The Asylum didn't get to that day, or just posts throughout the White Sox blogosphere that are worth your attention.

- Hopefully Robin Ventura was watching the World Series last night, because he could have seen a whole lot of things he shouldn't do next season. [South Side Sox]

- Addison Reed was named as the best reliever in the minor leagues. [MiLB]

- Not a whole lot going on in the world of the White Sox today, but you may have heard that the Cubs made the Theo Epstein hire official. Theo also confirmed that it was him at that Starbucks. [ESPN Chicago]

Frank Thomas Wants You To Know He's Still Available


Remember earlier this month when Frank Thomas let the world know that he'd love to be the next hitting coach of the White Sox? Yes, well, it's been about three weeks since that happened and Frank Thomas has not been hired to be the hitting coach of the White Sox.

So just in case the White Sox forgot, Frank made sure to put it back out there on Monday night.

They Play Baseball In October? - I Had Another Title But Tony La Russa Changed It For No Reason

"I wish they'd let me bring in three relievers at a time."

Every day during the MLB postseason, NotHawk will "recap" the games that took place the day before. Just so you don't have to watch, because he's charitable like that.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Extra Innings: 10/24/11


Extra Innings is a link dump that will run every weekday evening that features news stories that The Asylum didn't get to that day, or just posts throughout the White Sox blogosphere that are worth your attention.

- Na na na na, na na na na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye to Paul Leko who wrote that song. [Chicago Tribune]

- So much for the idea about Jim Thome being the White Sox hitting coach next season, he fully intends on playing again next season if somebody will have him. So maybe the White Sox can sign him to be the first player/hitting coach. [ESPN Chicago]

- An interesting look at the player files of former White Sox pitcher Eddie Cicotte. When Margalus spends all day in Cooperstown, we all win. [South Side Sox]

Kenny Wants Major League Talent In Any Trade


By the time the White Sox meet again next spring we know that the roster is going to look a bit different. We just don't know how different.

We've all heard the talk about how the team is going to shed some payroll, but since the payroll that we'd like to get rid of isn't going to go anywhere, the names that have come up most often in trade rumors are Carlos Quentin, John Danks and Gavin Floyd. Odds are that at least one of those three won't be back, and I'm damn near certain that Carlos Quentin is going to be moved to make room for regular playing time for both Alejandro De Aza and Dayan Viciedo.

Though Kenny Williams said in a radio interview that he's going to be "as aggressive as we can possibly be" but that aggression came with a caveat. He's not moving anybody for prospects.

They Play Baseball In October? - Behold The Power Of The Creepy Kid Next Door Mustache


Every day during the MLB postseason, NotHawk will "recap" the games that took place the day before. Just so you don't have to watch, because he's charitable like that.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

They Play Baseball In October? - Right In The Pujols


Every day during the MLB postseason, NotHawk will "recap" the games that took place the day before. Just so you don't have to watch, because he's charitable like that.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Extra Innings: 10/21/11


Extra Innings is a link dump that will run every weekday evening that features news stories that The Asylum didn't get to that day, or just posts throughout the White Sox blogosphere that are worth your attention.

- Bob Nightengale seems to think the Angels GM job is down to Rick Hahn and Dan Evans. [Twitter]

- Doug Padilla says that if the White Sox want to keep Hahn then it's probably time to give him a promotion. [ESPN Chicago]

- Greg Walker was hired as the new hitting coach for the Atlanta Braves today. [Hardball Talk]

- If Robin Ventura is going to be successful as White Sox manager then he's going to have to punch Paul Konerko in the face. At least, that's how I'm choosing to interpret Jim's post. [South Side Sox]

They Play Baseball In October? - Finally...Drama


Every day during the MLB postseason, NotHawk will "recap" the games that took place the day before. Just so you don't have to watch, because he's charitable like that.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Extra Innings: 10/20/11


Extra Innings is a link dump that will run every weekday evening that features news stories that The Asylum didn't get to that day, or just posts throughout the White Sox blogosphere that are worth your attention.

- Award season is approaching, and we're going to get to add another year under our belts of the White Sox missing out on the major awards. [South Side Sox]

- The White Sox plan on opening another place where you can give them your money and then watch them spend it on Alex Rios. [Crain's]

- Given his history, the fact that Kenny Williams won't be out there spending money on free agents this winter may not be a terrible thing. [White Sox Observer]

- I was going to do a running feature next season chronicling all the bunting the White Sox do and how useless it is, but then Ozzie got fired. Thankfully, J.J. decided to look at some bunting situations last season. [CSNChicago]

- What's to become of Mark Buehrle and John Danks? - [White Sox]

- Joel Skinner is the favorite to replace Joe McEwing at Charlotte. - [Chicago Tribune]

Rick Hahn To Interview With The Angels

By the time the season starts, only one of these guys may be left

There could be some more changes coming to the White Sox organization in the coming weeks.

Remember how Rick Hahn was one of the original candidates to take over as general manager of the Cubs when Jim Hendry was fired? Yeah, well with the whole Theo Epstein negotiation going on with the Cubs, it's obvious that Hahn is no longer in the running for that gig.

Though that doesn't mean there isn't another team out there interested in him.

They Play Baseball In October? - That's What You Get For Walking Nick Punto


Every day during the MLB postseason, NotHawk will "recap" the games that took place the day before. Just so you don't have to watch, because he's charitable like that.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

World Series Game One Live Blog with NotHawk


With Game One of the World Series beginning tonight, why not join NotHawk in our live blog of the game? It'll be just like following him on Twitter, except he'll actually interact with you here. That's right, tonight is your chance to be called an idiot by NotHawk.

What's better than that?

The fun starts at 7pm after the jump.

Extra Innings: 10/19/11


Extra Innings is a link dump that will run every weekday evening that features news stories that The Asylum didn't get to that day, or just posts throughout the White Sox blogosphere that are worth your attention.

Not much going on out there today, but the good news is NotHawk is going to be live blogging the World Series here tonight, so make sure you swing back for first pitch. Until then, read these links.

- Jim takes a look at the late-inning collapses of the White Sox this season and in years past while trying to figure out how big a role they played in the team's failures. [South Side Sox]

- J.J. Stankevitz goes over White Sox "prospect" Terry Doyle who is turning some heads in the Fall League and figures out what, if any, impact he may have with the White Sox next season. [CSNChicago]

- Some talk on who to root for in the World Series, and more from the Fall League. [White Sox Observer]

Mark Buehrle, Jake Peavy Go On Hunting Trip In Ohio


ZANESVILLE, Ohio - White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle and Jake Peavy made the trip to Ohio on Tuesday to help out local authorities who were dealing with a group of exotic animals that had been let loose from a local Ohio farm after the farm's owner released the animals before killing himself.

Two avid hunters, Buerhle and Peavy saw the trip as something they had to do, as it was a once in a lifetime experience.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Extra Innings: 10/18/11


Extra Innings is a link dump that will run every weekday evening that features news stories that The Asylum didn't get to that day, or just posts throughout the White Sox blogosphere that are worth your attention.

- I'm done with all the Ozzie Guillen bullshit, so I didn't want to write about this, but I'm sure you've heard about it. Joe Cowley talked with THE FACE OF THE FRANCHISE OZZIE GUILLEN who decided this time he'd call Don Cooper Kenny's bitch without being an anonymous source. [Chicago Sun-Times]

- The White Sox defense, it's not too good and has helped waste a lot of good pitching the last five years. [South Side Sox]

- Doug Padilla says that Jeff Manto is likely to be named the White Sox hitting coach, not Frank Thomas, Jim Thome or even Dan Pasqua. [ESPN Chicago]

- Paul Konerko is a Hall of Famer! [Chicago Tribune]

Durr, What? Jim Thome As White Sox Hitting Coach?


Okay, this is all starting to get a bit comical. The White Sox shocked the world when they hired Robin Ventura, but if nothing else, it kept the string of former players running the franchise fully intact.

Kenny Williams, former player, is the general manager. Ozzie Guillen, former player, was fired and replaced by former player Robin Ventura.

The other two candidates who were favored to get the job, Sandy Alomar and Dave Martinez, are also former White Sox players.

So why should anyone be shocked by the latest rumored candidate to be the White Sox hitting coach?

Heyman Says Sox Looking To Give Buehrle A Two-Year Deal


Don't worry, everybody, I read Jon Heyman so you don't have to. Well, actually, I read MLB Trade Rumors breakdown of the info in Heyman's latest post. I can only take so much.

Anyway, the only reason I even went that far was because Heyman talked about the White Sox and Mark Buehrle. According to him, the White Sox are going to offer Buehrle a two-year deal.

The 2011 Adam Dunn Highlight Reel


So as we all know, Adam Dunn didn't have the best season in his first year with the White Sox. In fact, it was pretty much as terrible as terrible could be.

However, that doesn't mean there weren't some highlights! And one kind person was thoughtful enough to put together an Adam Dunn highlight reel from 2011 so we could all look back and remember the good times.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Extra Innings: 10/17/11


Extra Innings is a link dump that will run every weekday evening that features news stories that The Asylum didn't get to that day, or just posts throughout the White Sox blogosphere that are worth your attention.

- A look at what is to become of the catching situation between A.J. Pierzynski and Tyler Flowers. As I've said a few times, I think the Sox would be better off trading Pierzynski, but that's a lot easier said than done considering his age, price tag and no-trade clause. Still, I just feel that if Pierzynski's around, Flowers won't get the playing time he needs. [Chicago Tribune]

- Trying to figure out which White Sox outfielder should play where based on their arm strength. I have no real preference between Viciedo and Rios and which corner they play, just as long as Rios is not playing in centerfield, then I won't complain. [South Side Sox]

- Speaking of the outfield, the man that many assume will be the odd man out and traded, Carlos Quentin, is still trying to figure out a way to balance his murderous rage. [White Sox]

- One less reason to watch Baseball Tonight during the World Series. [Deadspin]

- Apparently NotHawk has begun writing for The Onion. [The Onion]

Not Everybody Hates The White Sox Drafts

Bacon prepares for a helmet to the Bits

Generally, whenever some publication like Baseball America comes out and ranks Major League teams by the strength of their farm systems, the White Sox are seldom near the top of the list. This is what tends to happen when, by and large, your franchise has been relatively successful for most of the last 20 years and you aren't drafting in the top ten every year.

There's a reason that teams like Tampa Bay and Kansas City are often home to some of the best farm systems in the league, and it's because they've had plenty of chances to draft top players.

They Play Baseball In October? - This Is The Best The NL Had To Offer


Every day during the MLB postseason, NotHawk will "recap" the games that took place the day before. Just so you don't have to watch, because he's charitable like that.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

They Play Baseball In October? - Stop, Nelson Cruz! They're Already Dead!


Every day during the MLB postseason, NotHawk will "recap" the games that took place the day before. Just so you don't have to watch, because he's charitable like that.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

They Play Baseball In October? - Starting Pitchers Are Useless


Every day during the MLB postseason, NotHawk will "recap" the games that took place the day before. Just so you don't have to watch, because he's charitable like that.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Extra Innings: 10/14/11


Extra Innings is a link dump that will run every weekday evening that features news stories that The Asylum didn't get to that day, or just posts throughout the White Sox blogosphere that are worth your attention.

Sorry for the lack of posting today, but there really wasn't much to post on.

- The White Sox opened some space on the 40-man roster by outrighting Kyle Cofield, Josh Kinney, Shane Lindsay and Leyson Septimo. All four will become free agents. The Sox also activated Tony Pena from the disabled list and then kicked him to the curb. [MLB Trade Rumors]

- Jim wants Mark Gonzalez to know that Alexei Ramirez is the last person the Sox need expect to see improvement from next season. I respectfully disagree. Is he a problem on a roster full of them? No, but as I said yesterday, I wouldn't mind seeing him making more plays on defense. He makes the spectacular plays often enough, but he also suffers from lapses of concentration out there as well. So he doesn't need to improve, but it sure as hell wouldn't hurt. [South Side Sox]

- Though I must admit I do find this funny. Yesterday Alexei needed to improve, and today Brent Morel is a mainstay at third. [Chicago Tribune]

- Jon Heyman says that Robin Ventura was the only candidate the White Sox ever gave serious consideration to. [SI.com]

They Play Baseball In October? - What The Hell Happened To Delmon Young?


Every day during the MLB postseason, NotHawk will "recap" the games that took place the day before. Just so you don't have to watch, because he's charitable like that.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Extra Innings: 10/13/11


Extra Innings is a link dump that will run every weekday evening that features news stories that The Asylum didn't get to that day, or just posts throughout the White Sox blogosphere that are worth your attention.

- It turns out that when A.J. Pierzynski was on The Dan Patrick Show he talked about more than just rally beers. He also made fun of the idea of Paul Konerko being manager. [Chicago Sun-Times]

- Mark Gonzalez thinks Alexei Ramirez has to step it up on defense, and I'm inclined to agree with him. He makes fantastic plays, but he also makes plenty of bad ones. [Chicago Tribune]

- Thoughts on the Houston Astros' possible switch to the American League. [South Side Sox]

- Our very own NotHawk coined a new nickname for Alejandro De Aza last night. [Beerleaguer]

- Though NotHawk's greatest contributions came when he was just shredding the National League, which I actually enjoy myself. Scroll his Twitter timeline for some solid LOLs, and my personal favorite is below. [NotHawk]


The National League drank a beer. Once.Thu Oct 13 03:08:03 via TweetDeck

Robin Ventura Won't Be Tweeting


Over the last two days I've been called twice by Robin Ventura. Seriously, on Tuesday he called to deliver a canned message about being happy to be the manager and blah blah blah. I actually don't remember much of what he said because ROBIN VENTURA WAS CALLING ME.

They Play Baseball In October? - Jim Leyland Outdumbs Ron Washington

The world's most dangerous 11th inning hitter

Every day during the MLB postseason, NotHawk will "recap" the games that took place the day before. Just so you don't have to watch, because he's charitable like that.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Extra Innings: 10/12/11


Extra Innings is a link dump that will run every weekday evening that features news stories that The Asylum didn't get to that day, or just posts throughout the White Sox blogosphere that are worth your attention.

- I love my job, but I won't lie and pretend that I'm not somewhat upset I won't be able to spend this Saturday morning hanging out with The Big Hurt at the Binny's in the south Loop. [Beerleaguer]

- Whether you agree or not, this headline can do nothing but hurt your heart. [White Sox Watch]

- Jim searches deep within the nooks and crannies of his mind and ponders Paul Konerko: Player Manager Guy. [South Side Sox]

- One of Robin Ventura's projects will be Gordon Beckham. [Chicago Tribune]

A.J. Pierzynski Drinks During Games Too

Look at how hammered he is in this photo

You've probably read or at least heard about the story in the Boston Globe today about things that took place in the Red Sox clubhouse this year that may have helped lead to the team's demise over the final month of the season, and one of the factors mentioned was the fact that guys like Josh Beckett, John Lackey and Jon Lester all drinking beer in the clubhouse and playing video games during games.

Yes, it's a shocking revelation. Baseball players like beer, and they enjoy drinking it. In an even shockinger revolationer, it turns out that players do it outside of Boston too!

Like in Chicago.

Kenny Says The Market Will Determine Buehrle's Fate

The green seemed apropos

And he doesn't mean The Market that he owns and the Guillen kids hate, he means the free agent market.

This came out yesterday after I was finished writing for the day, but it turns out that there were other things discussed at yesterday's press conference besides Paul Konerko managing. The issue of Mark Buehrle's free agency was brought up, and Kenny was asked what he thought the chances were that Buehrle would be brought back.

The Play Baseball In October? - Generic Tigers Roar Back Headline Goes Here

Look at it, Torrealba. LOOK AT IT.

Every day during the MLB postseason, NotHawk will "recap" the games that took place the day before. Just so you don't have to watch, because he's charitable like that. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Extra Innings: A Very Special Edition


Extra Innings is a link dump that will run every weekday evening that features news stories that The Asylum didn't get to that day, or just posts throughout the White Sox blogosphere that are worth your attention.

As I said in the Konerko post, there is literally nothing out there about the White Sox other than the Konerko story for me to link to. So instead of not posting an Extra Innings today, I figured I'd just do A Very Special Edition of Extra Innings today.

The Very Special is after the jump and matters just as much to the White Sox next season as the fact that Kenny thought about hiring Paulie for a few minutes.

Did Ya Hear? Kenny Thought About Hiring Paulie!!1!

One Captain To Manage Them All

Here's something that we knew was going to happen the second that the White Sox announced that they hired Robin Ventura to replace Ozzie Guillen: press conferences are never going to be the same.

Sure, Ventura's introductory press conference started off with a laugh after Ventura pretended to walk away after it took a few seconds for somebody to finally ask a question, but for the most part, it was standard boring stuff.

How do you know that it was boring? Because in the hours that have followed it, all anybody in the media that attended has written about is that Kenny said he briefly considered hiring Paul Konerko.

Bud Talks Labor Peace And Playoff Expansion


There isn't a whole lot of news to talk about coming from the White Sox right now other than that the team is about to introduce Robin Ventura to a group of people that already know who he is, and announce that Mark Parent and Joe McEwing are joining his staff.

Given Ventura's personality, I'd put the odds of him saying something outrageous or worthy of your attention tomorrow somewhere between non-existent and not going to happen.

So I figure with the news that the NBA has canceled the first two weeks of its regular season on Monday night, now seems as good a time as any to listen to Bud Selig talk about baseball's labor situation.

They Play Baseball In October? - Walk Off Grand Slams


Every day during the MLB postseason, NotHawk will "recap" the games that took place the day before. Just so you don't have to watch, because he's charitable like that. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Extra Innings: 10/10/11


Extra Innings is a link dump that will run every weekday evening that features news stories that The Asylum didn't get to that day, or just posts throughout the White Sox blogosphere that are worth your attention.

- Mark Parent is going to be Robin Ventura's bench coach, and Joe McEwing will be coaching at third base. So McEwing will be the guy Paulie gives the "are you shitting me?" look anytime he's waved home. [ESPN Chicago]

- Speaking of White Sox assistants, there could be a lot less walks in Atlanta or San Diego next season. I hope it's San Diego, because Walk's "swing really hard and hope you hit it" approach will work well in PetCo. [Beerleaguer]

- South Side Sox gets in the time machine and takes a look back at the fight between Robin Ventura and Nolan Ryan that we're all gonna hear about a million more times. [South Side Sox]

- The fact that Mark Buehrle will likely be a Type B Free Agent makes it even less likely he'll be back in Chicago next season. It also makes it less likely that Kenny Williams would waste a first round draft pick, so, win-win? [Chicago Tribune]