Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Extra Innings: 11/29/11


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 White Sox put their 14-game season ticket plan on sale today, and you'll notice it's up to 14 now instead of 13 because it's kind of hard to call it the "Ozzie Plan" when Ozzie is no longer around. However, they did lower prices. Not that you'll notice since you now have to pay for a 14th game. [White Sox Observer]

- By the time Kenny Williams is done this winter it's possible we won't even recognize the team before us. [South Side Sox]

- The White Sox are bringing Brian Bruney back on a minor league deal. [ESPN Chicago]

- On Monday the Royals said they were going against their original plans to add starting pitching because, news flash, starting pitchers are expensive. So instead they're moving Aaron Crow to the starting rotation and signed Jonathan Broxton. [Hardball Talk]

White Sox 'Trying To Move' Matt Thornton


Earlier this morning we wrote about how there are teams currently interested in Sergio Santos and that it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world if the White Sox traded their closer, depending on what was offered in return. Well, just because teams are interested in Santos, that doesn't mean the Sox are trying to move him.

No, there's a different reliever that the Sox are apparently trying to move at the moment.

Teams Are Interested In Sergio Santos


The winter meetings will be getting underway next week, and from the sounds of it, Kenny Williams is going to be a very popular man. Teams know that he's willing to trade some parts this winter, and there are plenty of parts that other teams are reportedly interested in.

One name that just came up on Monday that hadn't been mentioned before is Sergio Santos.


Monday, November 28, 2011

Extra Innings: 11/28/11


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.

- The White Sox are in no hurry to sign John Danks to a contract extension, which isn't all that surprising considering that he may be traded in the near future. [ESPN Chicago]

- Some interesting White Sox notes from the 2012 edition of The Bill James Handbook. [South Side Sox]

- Wouldn't this just be wonderful? [White Sox Talk]

- Gavin Floyd did a pretty wonderful thing for somebody. [Big League Stew]

EXCLUSIVE: Kenny's World Series Plan


Once again we have used our expert espionage skills to procure one of Kenny Williams' most treasured documents. DO NOT ASK US HOW WE ACCOMPLISHED THIS. Oh, and we're suddenly down a guy, AND IT'S NOT DUE TO THAT STORY LINKED ABOVE, WE SWEAR, so we're hiring if interested.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving


Enjoy your holiday weekends and all the turkey and football that comes with it. We'll be taking the weekend off here and back on Monday unless something huge breaks, or we're inspired to write something incredibly stupid while in some sort of tryptophan coma.

Which is very possible. The tryptophan, not the White Sox doing anything. 

So see you Monday.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Extra Innings: 11/23/11


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 three-part series at South Side Sox on how the new CBA affects the White Sox. [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3]

- The White Sox chose to offer arbitration to Mark Buehrle but not Juan Pierre, which isn't a surprise at all. Buehrle's not going to accept it, and Pierre probably would. [Chicago Tribune]

- The Indians have re-signed Grady Sizemore. [Hardball Talk]

- And the worst news of the day: Kansas City is bringing back Cy Chen. [MLB Trade Rumors]


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What You'd Find In NotHawk's Home


If you didn't already hear about it, some idiot broke into Kenny Williams' house, drank his beer, ate his pizza, defrosted some lobster, probably sniffed his underwear, wore his clothes and stole his World Series ring. Which is hilarious. As funny as it all is, after about 10 minutes of laughing I began to think, what if it had been me?

What if some deranged psycho broke into the Hawkaroo's Chicago pad while he wasn't around? What would he find?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Extra Innings: 11/21/11


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.

- The Washington Nationals sent some folks to Mark Buehrle's house to beg him to accept their millions of dollars. [Chicago Tribune]

- A look at how the new team store at The Cell will affect The Grandstand down the street. [Southtown Star]

- Jerry Reinsdorf tells you the same things Kenny Williams has been saying for weeks now. [ESPN Chicago]

- The White Sox announced their spring training dates. [Chicago Sun-Times]

- Justin Verlander can now put the MVP trophy next to his Cy Young. [Big League Stew]

- Speaking of the AL MVP, one writer from Texas voted for the Rangers Michael Young. How ridiculous! AFTER HIM, INTERNET!! [Hardball Talk]

White Sox Offer Adam Dunn To Chicago Bears


Chicago, IL -- Under budget constrictions for the 2012 season, White Sox general manager Kenny Williams is being forced to shave some salary from a White Sox payroll that approached $128 million in 2011.

Longtime face of the franchise Mark Buehrle is expected to leave the team this winter via free agency, and there have been rumors that Williams will trade other players such as Carlos Quentin, Gavin Floyd and John Danks in an effort to field a cheaper team in 2012.

Though on Sunday a new opportunity was presented to Williams to cut costs on the south side.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Extra Innings: 11/18/11


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.

- A look at the Hall of Fame Forum the White Sox held for Minnie Minoso on Thursday. [South Side Sox]

- The White Sox added Deunte Heath and Charlie Leesman to the 40-man roster. Still no spot for Jordan Danks. DOES THIS MEAN JOHN DANKS IS GETTING TRADED? [Chicago Tribune]

- The Twins signed Ryan Doumit, which isn't exactly the type of signing that makes you scared of the Twins, but it's exactly the kind of signing that will see Doumit hit .467 with 6 home runs against the White Sox next season. [Hardball Talk]

- The Blue Jays are bringing back their old school uniforms, which is a move I strongly approve of. Even if it does remind me of 1993. [Big League Stew]

- And of course, I wouldn't be me if I wasn't whoring something. So have you bought a shirt yet? WHY NOT? [South Side Asylum Shop]

The South Side Asylum Shop Is Now Open


You know, the White Sox just opened up a new team store at US Cellular Field in order to find a new revenue stream which gave me an idea.

Why not open my own store that sells shirts, for much cheaper than what you'll find at the stadium, and also with a lot more sarcasm?

Plus, the White Sox team store can't sell NotHawk themed shirts. South Side Asylum can.

Above is our featured design, one of NotHawk's signature sayings and, of course, the pinwheels we're all so accustomed to.

The design is courtesy of @twoeightnine, a White Sox fan forced to watch from afar in upstate New York or wherever he happens to be traveling at the time.

The shirt is available in different styles and colors, so if you're interested, there's likely a perfect fit for you. So buy like 10 of them.

Christmas is coming, after all.

You can visit the South Side Asylum shop here.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Extra Innings: 11/17/11


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.

- If Chris Sale handles his new job as a starter as well as he handled his role as a reliever, both on the mound and off, well then the White Sox have themselves a potential ace. [South Side Sox]

-Chuck Garfien says there's no chance that Mark Buehrle ends up with the Cubs. [CSN Chicago]

- The White Sox are the MLB champions of charity. [White Sox]

- Though that will be the only thing they're the champions of if ZiPS knows what it's doing. [BBTF]

- And finally, I think NotHawk did a nice job of summing up the Cubs managerial hire today.


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It's Time For Everybody To Play By The Same Rules


There were some big changes announced in the world of Major League Baseball on Thursday. While it had been rumored to be happening for a while, it was officially announced that in 2013 the Houston Astros would be leaving the National League Central and joining the American League West.

This now puts 5 teams in every division, and also means that one team from each league will be playing each other in interleague play from Opening Day until the final day of the season.

Kenny Isn't Going To Trade Both Danks and Floyd


I should point out right away that the headline of this post is not a statement of fact, but rather an opinion. Though I'm confident enough of this opinion that I consider it a fact.

It just wouldn't make any sense for the White Sox to trade both John Danks and Gavin Floyd.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Extra Innings: 11/16/11


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.

- There are apparently 13 teams interested in Mark Buehrle. 13! And considering that C.J. Wilson is running around saying he wants 6 years and $120 million, that number might actually increase. In other words, Buehrle's gone, kids. [MLB Trade Rumors]

- Though it's likely that wherever Buehrle ends up, it won't be with the Cubs. [Chicago Tribune]

- The good and the bad of the GM meetings. [South Side Sox]

- Arizona's Kirk Gibson and Tampa's Joe Maddon are your Managers Of The Year. [Hardball Talk]

Alejandro De Aza Will Be The Lead Off Hitter


Among the topics Kenny Williams talked about on Tuesday aside from Chris Sale's future, was what the Sox plan on doing to fill spot left by Juan Pierre at the top of the lineup. Well, for once it appears that Williams might actually agree with what most fans seem to want.

Which is a rarity the last few years.

But it seems Kenny has anointed De Awesome.

Chris Sale Is Officially A Starter

EEEEK! A SPIDER!!!
This doesn't come as much of a surprise considering that it's been talked about since the White Sox drafted him in 2010, but Chris Sale will be joining the White Sox starting rotation in 2012. Kenny Williams confirmed the news at the GM meetings in Milwaukee on Tuesday.

Which confirms a few things.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Extra Innings: 11/15/11


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 not sure this would actually come into play this winter, but it's possible that the White Sox won't receive any compensation for Mark Buehrle or any other Type B free agents should he sign elsewhere. [CSNChicago]

-Carlos Quentin's agent says he's fully recovered from his injury and ready for the 2012 season. So over pay for him while you still can, general managers of MLB! [Chicago Tribune]

- Just in case White Sox fans needed any more reason to hate Bruce Chen. [South Side Sox]

- Considering the way the free agent market has worked so far this offseason, it's probably a good thing that the White Sox aren't looking to buy much. [White Sox Observer]

- Should Gordon Beckham continue to struggle, he may end up losing his job to Eduardo Escobar. [ESPN Chicago]

It Doesn't Sound Like Kenny Expects Buehrle To Be Back


Kenny Williams is in Milwaukee this week for the GM meetings, but that doesn't necessarily mean they'll be any major news coming in the next few days, though it is possible. More likely however will be more gnashing of the teeth when it comes to Mark Buehrle.

And if we're going to listen to what Williams said about the situation on Monday, then it doesn't sound like Buehrle will be back with the White Sox next season.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Extra Innings: 11/14/11


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.

- Kenny's in Milwaukee this week for the GM meetings which means the groundwork for some deals is likely being made. With that in mind, Doug Padilla takes a look at which teams may come calling for Carlos Quentin. [ESPN Chicago]

- Exciting minor league coaching decisions! [Chicago Sun-Times]

- This could end up being great news for draft stingy teams like the White Sox. [White Sox Observer]

- A fun possible solution for Adam Dunn on how to deal with boos. [South Side Sox]

- Craig Kimbrel and Jeremy Hellickson are your Rookies of the Year. [MLB Trade Rumors]

- It's looking like the Astros will be in the American League in 2013, which means that we're going to have interleague games going on all season. [Hardball Talk]

This Headline Poses A Good Question


Does Kenny have something brewing? That's an excellent question Daryl Van Schouwen and his Chicago Sun-Times editors. One that isn't easy to answer.

Though we're going to try to after the jump.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Extra Innings: 11/11/11


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.

- More thoughts on what Kenny told the media on Thursday from Margalus.... [South Side Sox]

-...and from Fegan as well. [White Sox Observer]

- One of the other topics Kenny talked about was Mark Buehrle, and the he says the Sox will take a patient approach with him. Which kind of sounds like "we'll let him get a big deal from somewhere else and then tell him we can't match it" scenario to me. [White Sox]

- Kind of a crazy day for spending on Friday. First the Phillies decided that it made sense to spend more than $50 million on a closer. [MLB Trade Rumors]

- And up north the Twins gave 37-year old Jamey Carroll $7 million to play short every day. [ESPN]

Kenny Williams Talks, Doesn't Say A Lot Of Anything


Kenny Williams took some time to talk to reporters on Thursday night, and what he had to say didn't really come as much of a surprise. He said he's got less money to work with for next season, but he also made it sound like it won't be a very large cut in the budget.

He also said that he's received interest from a few teams on different players like Carlos Quentin, John Danks, Gavin Floyd and Matt Thornton. Of course, Williams then said that he's not sure if he's going to trade any of them, and that he has to figure out what next season's team's chances are.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Extra Innings: 11/10/11


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.

- The Sox made some BIG TIME MOVES on Thursday, signing left-handers Donnie Veal and Jose Quintana and adding them to the 40-man roster. [Chicago Tribune]

- Middle relief and utility infielders are no place to throw your money. [White Sox Observer]

- A story that's been lost in the shuffle thanks to the Penn State mess, but here's some scary thoughts and truths about the Wilson Ramos kidnapping and Venezuela. [South Side Sox]

- With all the shit we're currently mired in these days, if you have seven minutes available, this is a great way to heal your soul for a bit. I know it worked for me. [With Leather]

Thinking Like Kenny: Left Field Options


We all know that when it comes to free agency this winter the White Sox aren't likely to make much of a splash. Instead the team will try to find a couple of reasonably priced players to plug in for 2012, and one area the team is likely going to be looking to replace is Juan Pierre's spot in left field.

More specifically, Pierre's spot in left field and his place as the team's lead-off hitter. There aren't a lot of options out there in free agency, and though it's also possible that the Sox find Pierre's replacement by trading Carlos Quentin or Gavin Floyd for him, I decided to look at the free agent pile and see what Kenny might be thinking.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Extra Innings: 11/8/11


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 Yankees, Red Sox and Rangers are all interested in Mark Buehrle. [Fox Sports]

- And because of their interest, Doug Padilla sees the odds of Buehrle returning to the White Sox next season shrinking. [ESPN Chicago]

- The White Sox are having organizational meetings today and tomorrow in Arizona. While there everybody will get to know each other by eating turkey sandwiches and playing Truth or Dare. [Chicago Tribune]

- Dayton Moore says that the Royals will explore the option of trading for Carlos Zambrano. [Hardball Talk]

Buehrle Meeting With The Marlins

Reunion in the works?
As I've said before, over the next few weeks, free agency rumors are going to be coming from everywhere saying everything. The good news is that the White Sox only have one free agent any of us care about losing, and aren't likely to sign anybody big enough to warrant a lot of attention.

So I have a lot less to keep tabs on, but that also means we're all going to be reading about Mark Buehrle a lot.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Extra Innings: 11/7/11


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 latest player to be featured by Margalus following his trip to Cooperstown is Luke Appling. [South Side Sox]

- Paul Konerko, Mark Buehrle and Sergio Santos all got awards from the White Sox for being extra special. Adam Dunn got a stern talking to and was told to sit in the corner and think about what he's done. [White Sox]

- It makes a lot of sense for the White Sox to trade Carlos Quentin this winter, but should they? [White Sox Observer]

- This came as a bit of a surprise: the Twins fired general manager Bill Smith on Monday. No word on whether or not he was able to give Joe Mauer another $200 million before leaving. [Hardball Talk]

Good Riddance, Melky


Not much going on in the world of the White Sox today, but the Kansas City Royals did make a decent sized trade on Monday that should affect the Sox. If you haven't heard, Kansas City sent Melky Cabrera to San Francisco for Jonathan Sanchez.

The Royals focus this winter will be to add arms to their starting rotation, and it seems they've already found one. As far as the Royals are concerned, this is probably a good move for them to make. Melky Cabrera had a great season for Kansas City in 2010, as he finished the year with a line of .305/.339/.470 with 18 home runs and 87 RBI.

I Was Misquoted By The Daily Herald


I'm an important man and because I'm so important there are many people out there who want some of my time. I can't go to the local grocery store without being hassled by my fans asking for autographs or stories about YAZ while I'm fondling melons in the produce section.

It's the price of fame. I try not to complain about it too much, but the truth is that all you regular people are annoying and I wish you'd all just leave me the fuck alone.

No matter, this is the Hawkaroo's cross to bear. Much like Jesus I will carry it without complaint. Unfortunately, I'm also like Jesus in that people take the words I say and contort them whichever way they so choose.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Extra Innings: 11/4/11

Via Smells Like Mascot

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 the White Sox are doing to help Minnie Minoso's Hall of Fame campaign, plus some other interesting stories on Minoso. [South Side Sox]

- The Royals were talking to the Braves about a deal for Jair Jurrjens but talks stalled when Atlanta asked for too much. Which is fine with me. I prefer the Royals without pitching. [Kansas City Star]

- Would trading Tim Lincecum be that crazy of an idea? [Big League Stew]

- This looks like a very interesting piece of fiction. [Hardball Talk]

I'm Now Officially Terrified Of Jeff Manto

Flail away, big guy!

When the idea of Frank Thomas becoming the White Sox hitting coach was first floated, I was interested in it not just because Thomas was one of my favorite players growing up, but also because I think his approach to hitting could benefit this team greatly.

Frank was a guy who could pull a home run 450 feet with one arm, but he was also never afraid to take that fastball away and hit it to right field or take a walk. There's a reason he hit .307 with an OPS of .995 as a White Sox, and that's it right there.

Unfortunately Frank didn't get the job, and after hearing the man who did get the gig on the radio Friday morning, I'm officially terrified of him.

Mark Buehrle To Consider All Comers


It's been a long, strange trip to free agency for Mark Buehrle.

It all started a few years ago when after signing a deal with the White Sox, Buehrle said he'd probably retire when his contract ended. The retirement talk ended the closer the end of his deal came, but his possible destinations were basically limited to the same two teams it had always been: the White Sox and Cardinals.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Extra Innings: 11/3/11


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.

- Joe McEwing may not be the White Sox third base coach for long as he's going to interview for the St. Louis Cardinals job. [Chicago Sun-Times]

- Speaking of interviews, Rick Hahn will now be talking with the Orioles about their vacant general manager position. Though why the hell anybody would want that job I have no idea. [Twitter]

- An extremely early look at what the White Sox roster could look like in 2012. [White Sox Observer]

- Minnie Minoso up for election into the Hall of Fame. [CSN Chicago]

- If you're wondering, here are the officiall Elias rankings for MLB free agents this winter. And yes, as expected, both Mark Buehrle and Juan Pierre are Type B free agents. Which means the Sox don't get a first round pick for either of them. [MLB Trade Rumors]

La Russa Doesn't Sound That Interested In The White Sox


Tony La Russa had been retired for all of 20 minutes before the speculation that he might return to Chicago to find a job within the White Sox organization began. Speculation that was only fueled further when Jerry Reinsdorf said that he'd love to have La Russa back with the White Sox.

Well, it doesn't sound like that's going to happen.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Extra Innings: 11/2/11


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.

- You know, I was going to do something incredibly similar to this, but Margalus beat me to it. [South Side Sox]

- On the odds of Mark Buehrle actually going to the other side of town to pitch for the Cubs. [White Sox Watch]

- Something tells me that Colin over at SSS is not a huge fan of the Sox picking up Jason Frasor's option. [South Side Sox]

- In case you hadn't heard, the Cubs fired Mike Quade today. I'm shocked too. The problem is nobody knows if Quade was surprised because he has no eyebrows to raise. [Chicago Sun-Times]

- Oh, and the Cardinals would be heroes if they did this. [Hardball Talk]

The Rangers Will Spare Robin Ventura


One of the first things people noticed after the White Sox hired Robin Ventura as manager was that Ventura's first game on the bench will come in Texas against the Rangers. Which means Nolan Ryan will be in attendance sitting right next to the Rangers dugout.

And well, as you can see above, Ventura and Ryan have a history.

Everybody Wants Mark Buehrle


Mark Buehrle was awarded with his third consecutive Gold Glove on Tuesday night, though unfortunately his defense wasn't awesome enough to win one for A.J. Pierzynski as well. Still, the Gold Glove isn't the only reward Buehrle will be getting this winter.

He's gonna get paid too.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Extra Innings: 11/1/11


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.

- Get ready for a White Sox team that's grindy, old school and thinks walks are for sissies. [South Side Sox]

- The legend of Terry Doyle continues to grow! [Chicago Tribune]

- CC Sabathia already re-signed with the Yankees, and now CJ Wilson says there's a "great chance" he'll stay with the Rangers. Which means that teams are going to offer Mark Buehrle a lot of money. [Hardball Talk]

- Dave Dombrowski says that Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen probably won't be back in Detroit next season. [Jason Beck]

GoLOLd GLOLve Finalists Announced


MLB is going to announce the Gold Glove winners on Tuesday night, and just in case you were still one of the people who thought that the Gold Glove actually went to the best defensive player at each position, this year's finalists should be enough to finally help you see the light.