Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Jake Peavy Gets Half A Gold Glove

This play clinched it
So this is a pretty good day for Jake Peavy. First he signs a two-year deal worth $29 million to stay with the White Sox, and then he finds out he's won a Gold Glove.

Get Ready For Two More Years Of Bulldoggin'

Well Rick Hahn sure isn't wasting a lot of time before getting to work is he?

Hahn's first official act as the general manager of the Chicago White Sox was to sign Jake Peavy to a two-year extension, which the Sox announced on Tuesday.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Torch Shall Pass On Friday

The news first went public over a month ago that Kenny Williams would be stepping up in rank this winter and allowing Rick Hahn to take over the role of general manager, but it won't be official until tomorrow.

That's when the White Sox plan on making the announcement formally.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Kick In The Nuts From The Mailman

Things I never thought I'd say: I'd have preferred the Lakers cover.

Bruce Levine Is Out Of His Damn Mind

Bruce Levine is insane. He finally proved it today.

Levine wrote about Ozzie Guillen being fired by the Miami Marlins and sanely predicted that Guillen would get into broadcasting somewhere before eventually returning to a dugout as manager. A reasonable assumption.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Carlton Fisk Arrested In A Corn Field Because Why Not?

Well this has just been a banner day for former White Sox players, hasn't it? First Ozzie Guillen got fired by the Miami Marlins, and now comes word that Carlton Fisk was arrested.

For a DUI.

In a cornfield.

The Marlins Have Fired Ozzie Guillen

I'm not going to turn this post into Ozziefreude because, the problems I had with Ozzie's managerial style aside, particularly in his last couple years with the White Sox, I've never hated the guy. I'm not happy to know that he's been fired for the second time in two seasons.

Which he has been, by the way. The Marlins fired him on Wednesday.

Adam Dunn Is Sporting News Comeback Player Of The Year

In reality, Adam Dunn didn't have all that great of a season. He had the lowest OBP for a guy with over 100 walks in MLB history at only .333, and a lot of that had to do with a batting average that barely got to the right side of the Mendoza Line at .204.

However, he did hit 41 homers -- many of which were important homers -- and drive in 96 RBI. So when you compare his 2012 season to what he did in 2011, it was a remarkable turnaround.

How Justin Verlander Saved At Least 800 People

On Wednesday night the World Series will begin. It will be played between the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants.  The series will start in San Francisco thanks to Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander.

And because of that, Justin Verlander saved the lives of at least 800 people.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

It Is What It Is

Congratulations, Detroit.

Just Say No To A-Rod

One thing has become abundantly clear watching the MLB postseason this month: Alex Rodriguez will not be back with the Yankees next season. I just don't see it being possible that a man who is being paid  $29 million in 2012 can be benched during the ALCS and come back from that in the organization.

Though I suppose if there's a team that can afford a 37-year old $114 million -- which is how much Rodriguez is owed through the 2017 season when he'll be 41 -- backup third baseman it would be the Yankees. Of course, that also means the Yankees are a team that can afford to pay Rodriguez $114 million to play somewhere else too.

The White Sox Are Lowering Ticket Prices

Congratulations, White Sox fans. By not going to any games this season you have assured that the next time you do go to a game -- if you choose to do so -- it will cost you slightly less.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Restart The Steve Stone Rumors

Yes, this is related to the Cubs broadcast booth, but there's now an opening in the Cubs television booth. A place where Steve Stone spent years working alongside Harry and Chip Caray.

The rumors shall begin again.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Derek Jeter: 'I'm Not Dead'

New York, NY -- With the New York Yankees preparing to play the third game of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday night in Detroit, injured Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter held a press conference at Yankee Stadium in New York Tuesday morning.

Monday, October 15, 2012

The White Sox Rule The Arizona Fall League

So are you having fun watching the Detroit Tigers get ever closer to the World Series?

Yeah, I'm not either. I only wish that the Arizona Fall League games were being televised here in Chicago so I could watch White Sox players playing well in October.

Friday, October 12, 2012

MLB.com Can See The Future

Do you see it? If not, check the far right.

A.J. Pierzynski Will Continue To Be A Big Time TV Star

Between Ozzie Guillen and A.J. Pierzynski I'm getting tired of seeing people associated with the White Sox working for Fox during the postseason. I'd much rather see the Sox playing in October, but what can you do?

Besides not blowing a division lead in the last couple of weeks, I mean.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Offseason Off Topic: I Really Just Wanted To Post This Gif

Seeing Walton Goggins show up on Sons of Anarchy last night as a transgender prostitute may be one of my favorite moments in television history. If for no other reason than Kurt Sutter and Goggins -- who worked together on The Shield -- were able to keep it a secret.

Oh, and because of the boobs. Definitely the boobs.

Farewell, Ray Olmedo

According to Mark Gonzalez the White Sox have outrighted Ray Olmedo to Charlotte, which makes him a minor league free agent. It also opens a spot on the 40-man roster, which now sits at 39.

Will the Sox be able to replace Olmedo's .537 OPS and his passable defense in the infield? I suspect that will be the biggest question mark surrounding this team over the winter.

Feel free to share your favorite memories of the Ray Olmedo Era in the comments.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Great Catcher Debate

One of the biggest debates amongst the fan base this winter will be what the White Sox should do about their catching situation. There will be the AJ Pierzynski loyalists, who after seeing their favorite catcher have a career year at the plate, will want to see him return on another multi-year deal. Then there is the other side, which doesn't necessarily dislike Pierzynski, but is willing to see the faults of keeping an aging catcher who just had a career year and isn't likely to be any better in the future.

Friday, October 5, 2012

I Know How The White Sox Can Increase Attendance

Got to use the money they're going to cut from the payroll this winter on something. Might as well be fans.


Your White Sox Winter Forecast

Well, Sox fans, the season is over. Finally. While the team played above the expectations of most and actually gave us a reason to stay interested all summer -- and not just to see what kind of prospects we'd get in trades -- the final month was one long death march to the finish line.

September 2012 will forever be remembered as one of my least favorite times in White Sox history. While I never had delusions involving a World Series title, I did get my hopes up about some postseason baseball.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Diamondbacks Want Steve Stone

Steve Stone returned to The Score this morning to talk to Dan McNeil and Matt Spiegel, and while he didn't come out and say he'd be returning, he sounded a lot more concrete about his plans than he did last time he hit the radio airwaves.

Week 25 Pitchers Poll: Peavy Uses Extra Start To Claim The Throne

Since Chris Sale was being saved for a possible Game 163 or Game 1 of the ALDS, it allowed Jake Peavy to get one extra start for the regular season, and it also allowed Jake Peavy to take over first place in the Pitchers Poll.

Though Peavy only wins the point total. When it comes to points per inning pitched he's overtaken by Sale.

Week 25 Hitters Poll: Jackin' Dayan Finishes Strong

It can't technically be the record since this final week was two days longer than every other one, and he did a lot of damage in those final two days, but Dayan Viciedo scored more points in this final week than any other Sox player this season -- both Viciedo and Rios put up 48 points in Week 7.

This week Dayan broke the 50-point mark.

Requiem For A Season

It was the summer after I graduated from high school and I had met some new friends who I'd be going to college with in August. These two ladies told me they had a friend from their high school who I just had to meet. Being a 17-year old male, there was always only one thing on my mind anyway, so I was open to the idea.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

White Sox 9 Indians 0: And This Season Is Ovah

The season is finally over, and thanks to Paul Konerko, Dayan Viciedo and the Charlotte Knights, it ends in victory.

It's A Good Thing Jon Heyman Isn't The White Sox General Manager

I work with Jon Heyman over at CBSSports.com, and he's a nice guy who is good at his job. I know some other baseball bloggers have a problem with him, but the truth is that baseball bloggers can find reasons to have a problem with anybody if they want to.

For instance, you, the one reading this, I don't like you! No, I'm kidding. You're great.

Game #162: White Sox at Indians

WHITE SOX  84-77 Gavin Floyd11-11 4.47 ERA 6:05 PM
INDIANS68-93David Huff3-0 2.86 ERA

It's my birthday today. I had been hoping the White Sox would get me a division title. I guess I'll settle for the end of this season.

Today's Bet: White Sox +104
Total: $99.18

Avert Your Eyes: The Final Lineup Of 2012

So this is what it's come to. Good god.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Indians 4 White Sox 3: Peavy Bulldogs His Way To A No Decision

If this was Jake Peavy's final start in a White Sox uniform I can't think of a more perfect way for his tenure here to end.

Game #161: White Sox at Indians

WHITE SOX  84-76 Jake Peavy11-12 3.37 ERA 6:05 PM
INDIANS67-93Justin Masterson 11-15 5.03 ERA

This game doesn't mean anything, but what the hell else are you going to do? Go outside? Spend time with your family?

Today's Bet: White Sox +108
Total: $100.18

Fox Saturday Blackouts Won't Exist In 2014

Good news for White Sox fans who don't live in Chicago: you only have one more season of not being able to watch the White Sox play during Fox Saturday broadcasts. MLB and Fox are finally displaying some common sense here.

Now if only we could just get rid of the blackouts in general.

Monday, October 1, 2012

White Sox 11 Indians 0: No Pressure, No Problem

I'm not going to sit here and pretend that watching the White Sox score 11 runs tonight now that they're out of it didn't piss me off, but I also won't pretend that I didn't enjoy watching them do it. It was just nice to know that this offense was still capable of doing something like this.

Game #160: White Sox at Indians

WHITE SOX  83-76 Hector Santiago 3-1 3.69 ERA 6:05 PM
INDIANS67-92Corey Kluber2-4 5.02 ERA

The final series of the season -- barring an absolute miracle -- begins tonight. I'm not going to lie to you, much like I suspect many of you will be, I'm only going to be watching this game until the Bears game starts.

I wish it wasn't this way.

Today's Bet: White Sox -120
Total: $99.35

Kenny Williams Buys New Gold Coast Mansion With Help From The White Sox

If the White Sox end up slashing payroll this winter know that's it's just sound business practice. After all, the franchise needs to protect itself in case Kenny Williams defaults on his loan.

That's right, the future president of the club just bought himself a new Gold Coast mansion and did so with the help of a $2 million loan from the White Sox.