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Alexei Ramirez and Adam Eaton Gold Glove finalists, but maybe not favorites

Stiffest competition at shortstop and center field appears to come out of Baltimore A White Sox position player hasn't taken home a Gold Glove since Robin Ventura won it at third base in 1998, but they'll have two chances to snap that streak in 2014. Rawlings, the sponsor of the award, announced the three finalists for each position, and the Sox show up a couple times: Shortstop: Alexei Ramirez, J.J. Hardy, Alcides Escobar Center field: Adam Eaton, Adam Jones, Jackie Bradley Jr. The vote used to be entirely up to managers and coaches, but Rawlings introduced a sabermetric-based...
South Side Sox Oct 23, 2014
Nori Aoki: The White Sox Killer of 2014

Nori Aoki: The White Sox Killer of 2014

Kansas City Royals outfielder joins elite company in his success against the Sox When looking through season splits for the biggest White Sox killer of 2014, one shouldn't get caught up in raw numbers, because sometimes they're not all that special. Take Victor Martinez. He enjoyed his share of success against the White Sox this year, and he spooked Chris Sale into seeing sign-stealers in the outfield. But overall, Martinez's line against the Sox (.314/.395/.500) was a cut below his season totals in all categories. You could say the Sox actually held him down a bit. So, Sox-killing requires...
South Side Sox Oct 22, 2014

World Series Game 2: Notes and discussion

Get ready for some Jake Peavy profanity Game 2: Kansas City Royals vs. San Francisco Giants Giants lead 1-0Time: 7:07 | TV: Fox Blogs: Royals Review | McCovey Chronicles Lineups Today's Lineups SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS KANSAS CITY ROYALS Gregor Blanco - CF Alcides Escobar - SS Joe Panik - 2B Norichika Aoki - RF Buster Posey - C Lorenzo Cain - CF Pablo Sandoval - 3B Eric Hosmer - 1B Hunter Pence - RF Billy Butler - DH Brandon Belt - 1B Alex Gordon - LF Mike Morse - DH Salvador Perez - C Travis Ishikawa - LF Omar Infante - 2B Brandon Crawford - SS Mike...
South Side Sox Oct 22, 2014

23 potential MLB free agents as SkyMall items

For customers who consider buying big-ticket items, even without the utmost confidence While waiting on a tarmac this past weekend, I spent some time thumbing through a SkyMall catalog and pondering its existence. A SkyMall catalog is like the Gideons Bible of the skies. When you see it in its designated storage compartment, sure, you feel like you're in a real airplane, but how often are they used for their intended purpose? And the bigger question -- how many times have they led to direct sales of big-ticket items? Maybe somebody circles a pet pillow that happens to be perfect, but I...
South Side Sox Oct 21, 2014
World Series Game 1: Notes and discussion

World Series Game 1: Notes and discussion

Kauffman Stadium is an unlikely site for the start of the Fall Classic Game 1: Kansas City Royals vs. San Francisco Giants Time: 7:07 | TV: Fox Blogs: Royals Review | McCovey Chronicles Lineups Today's Lineups SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS KANSAS CITY ROYALS Gregor Blanco - CF Alcides Escobar - SS Joe Panik - 2B Norichika Aoki - RF Buster Posey - C Lorenzo Cain - CF Pablo Sandoval - 3B Eric Hosmer - 1B Hunter Pence - RF Billy Butler - DH Brandon Belt - 1B Alex Gordon - LF Mike Morse - DH Salvador Perez - C Travis Ishikawa - LF Omar Infante - 2B Brandon...
South Side Sox Oct 21, 2014

The e-gus off-season plan

Magic Johnson Style off-season for me. Give me everybody. I haven't read any of these yet, but I'm impressed by the sheer volume of them, and have wanted to get my two cents in but haven't found the time, so here is my cliff notes version. Basically, I want the Sox to go big. Is this very feasible? Hell no. Would they flirt with 100 wins if they went this route? Abso-freakin'-lutely. There are fewer big names to hit the free agent market every year these days. It's the nature of the beast. The White Sox have some serious holes to fill, but fortunately every single spot they have that needs...
South Side Sox Oct 21, 2014

Reading Room: A wild card of a World Series

Plus: Quotes from Jose Abreu, awful postseason commercials, and a look into the minor-league compensation system After a too-long layoff, the World Series between the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants finally commences in Kansas City tonight. Normally, this could be something of a story: Coming soon to sports talk--the 4-0 LCS days of rest advantage: pic.twitter.com/9WaxV7kErK — Scott Lindholm (@ScottLindholm) October 16, 2014 Had the Giants strung out the NLCS a little longer, perhaps this would mean something. But while the Royals' sweep of the Orioles afforded them five...
South Side Sox Oct 20, 2014

larry's Offseason Plan

By popular request Let me start off by saying that I take the "plan" aspect of this seriously. As the proverb teaches, no plan survives contact with the enemy. I expect the White Sox to be very active once again in the trade market. The "big" deals aren't something that's easy to project. I do not expect all of these moves to happen or even for close approximates of these moves to happen. So this is the plan I would submit to Rick Hahn. That means I don't simply suggest the things that I would do but what I think would be reasonable to expect the White Sox to be willing to do. I expect to...
South Side Sox Oct 20, 2014
Jose Abreau wins the Sporting News AL Rookie of the Year

Jose Abreau wins the Sporting News AL Rookie of the Year

Today, the White Sox' Jose Abreu was named the AL Rookie of the Year by Sporting News.  He received 149 votes in the landslide victory. The next closest, Matt Shoemaker, received four votes.  Here's the votes with one little surprise, Marcus Semien. Name Votes Jose Abreu 149 Matt Shoemaker 4 Dellin Betances 3 Masahiro Tanaka 3 Marcus Semien 1 The award isn't a big surprise since he won the AL Rookie of the Month award in April, June, and July.  He also picked up the AL Player of the Month award in April and June.  He lead the AL in Slugging at .581, and, if you like...
South Side Sox Oct 19, 2014

Lost in Isolation: A White Sox fan abroad.

In the running for "Best fan story of the year" is SungWoo Lee. You would remember him during his trip to Kansas City this summer in which the Royals and fellow fans made it the ultimate experience. Expect him to be on television Tuesday evening for Game 1 as Erin Andrews chats with him for a half inning about being a Royals fan in South Korea for 20 years and what that experience is like. Baseball has such a global outreach that you can find fans of teams anywhere. Take the Chicago White Sox for example and South Side Sox. People listen to our podcast in more than 25 countries with the...
South Side Sox Oct 18, 2014

Pnoles' 2014 White Sox offseason plan

A look at one way for the Sox to make a push for contention in the coming years In case you missed it: Draw up your own winter road map by filling out the 2014-15 White Sox offseason plan template. We're already at double digits over the first 24 hours, and you can read and react on the right rail, or by perusing the offseason plan project group. Thanks to Rhubarb, Josh, Mad Max, gnix, Lil Jimmy, daggins, Kevin Chambers, Chet Lemonhead, Tom Fornelli and KenWo for being the first to step up. After much hemming and hawing, followed by frustration over tossing out a reliever signing upon...
South Side Sox Oct 17, 2014
The South Side Sox 2014-15 White Sox offseason plan project

The South Side Sox 2014-15 White Sox offseason plan project

Beat Rick Hahn to the punch by making trades and signings before he can For the second straight season, the White Sox got a jump on their winter before the end of the summer, eliminating a couple of potentially difficult decisions in August. You don't have to worry about (non-)tendering Alejandro De Aza or Gordon Beckham because Rick Hahn traded them. He also dealt Adam Dunn, and Dunn excused himself from free-agent candidacy by retiring. But there's still some work to be done, and that's where you, the discriminating, rosterbating fan, come into play. Below, you'll find a White Sox...
South Side Sox Oct 16, 2014

Gamethread: NLCS Game 5

The Giants can set their date with the Royals in the World Series with a win Game 4: St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants Giants lead 3-1Time: 7:07 p.m. | TV: Fox Sports 1 Blogs: Viva El Birdos | McCovey Chronicles Lineups Today's Lineups ST. LOUIS CARDINALS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS Matt Carpenter - 3B Gregor Blanco - CF Jon Jay - CF Joe Panik - 2B Matt Holliday - LF Buster Posey - C Jhonny Peralta - SS Pablo Sandoval - 3B Matt Adams - 1B Hunter Pence - RF Randal Grichuk - RF Brandon Belt - 1B Kolten Wong - 2B Travis Ishikawa - LF Tony Cruz - C Brandon...
South Side Sox Oct 16, 2014

The longest White Sox home runs of 2014

Jose Abreu hit the fastest, shortest and highest homers this past season, but a teammate topped him in distance The Kansas City Royals are representing the American League in the World Series. Do you want to talk about that horrifying truth, or do you want to see some White Sox dingers? I thought so. As is October tradition, it's time to fire up Hit Tracker Online and look for the longest home runs hit by the White Sox over the past season.  But before we list the longest bombs of the year, let's take the time to honor the most extreme homers in other respects: Shortest home run: 339 feet,...
South Side Sox Oct 15, 2014

Gamethread: Game 4 for ALCS, NLCS

The Royals can put away a t-shirt controversy and the Orioles with a win today Game 4: Baltimore Orioles vs. Kansas City Royals Royals lead 3-0Time: 3:07 p.m. | TV: TBS Blogs: Camden Chat | Royals Review Lineups Today's Lineups BALTIMORE ORIOLES KANSAS CITY ROYALS Nick Markakis - RF Alcides Escobar - SS Steve Pearce - 1B Norichika Aoki - RF Adam Jones - CF Lorenzo Cain - CF Nelson Cruz - LF Eric Hosmer - 1B Delmon Young - DH Billy Butler - DH J.J. Hardy - SS Alex Gordon - LF Caleb Joseph - C Salvador Perez - C Ryan Flaherty - 3B Omar Infante -...
South Side Sox Oct 15, 2014
Alexei Ramirez remains top shortstop at turning two

Alexei Ramirez remains top shortstop at turning two

League-leading double-play numbers improve dramatically, even with a partial season from Gordon Beckham Last year, Larry noted that the White Sox boasted baseball's best double play combo with Alexei Ramirez and Gordon Beckham. The eye test suggested so, but the numbers confirmed it, as FanGraphs said both players led their respective positions in Double-Play Runs Saved. Their success was one of the few bright spots for an awful defensive team in 2013, and they carried their skills into 2014, more or less. Ramirez represented the "more," leading all shortstops with 4.5 Double-Play Runs, a...
South Side Sox Oct 14, 2014
Gamethread: Game 3 for NLCS, ALCS

Gamethread: Game 3 for NLCS, ALCS

Series shift to San Francisco, Kansas City Game 3: St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants Series tied 1-1Time: 3:07 p.m. | TV: Fox Sports 1 Blogs: Viva El Birdos | McCovey Chronicles Lineups Today's Lineups ST. LOUIS CARDINALS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS Matt Carpenter - 3B Gregor Blanco - CF Jon Jay - CF Joe Panik - 2B Matt Holliday - LF Buster Posey - C Matt Adams - 1B Pablo Sandoval - 3B Jhonny Peralta - SS Hunter Pence - RF Kolten Wong - 2B Brandon Belt - 1B A.J. Pierzynski - C Travis Ishikawa - LF Randal Grichuk - RF Brandon Crawford -...
South Side Sox Oct 14, 2014
White Sox decision review: The Addison Reed-Matt Davidson trade

White Sox decision review: The Addison Reed-Matt Davidson trade

One year in, the Sox and Diamondbacks are on the course for a lose-lose deal We started our look back at major White Sox decisions from last winter with the Adam Eaton-Hector Santiago trade, and so we'll continue with the other deal that involved Arizona. What the White Sox hoped: Ready to move on from the Jeff Keppinger debacle, Rick Hahn made his second swap in six days with the Arizona Diamondbacks, this time for a third baseman of the future. On Dec. 16, he sent closer Addison Reed to the desert for Matt Davidson, a top-100 prospect who was blocked at third by Martin Prado. He hit...
South Side Sox Oct 13, 2014
A quick look at Maikel Cleto's new changeup

A quick look at Maikel Cleto's new changeup

Don Cooper works some late season magic to give Maikel Cleto a new changeup. Among the many things we learned podcast interview with White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, he mentioned that Maikel Cleto had a new changeup.  Since Cleto had been mostly known for bringing his four-seam fastball to the mound, it was an interesting development. Count Frequency Velocity pfx HMov (in.) pfx VMov (in.) H. Rel (ft.) V. Rel (ft.) Through May 8th 33 10.75% 93.23 -8.65 4.33 -2.23 6.12 After August 5th 25 9.77% 86.18 -5.42 5.16 -2.39 6.42 Cleto's changeup at the start of the season looked a...
South Side Sox Oct 13, 2014

How to get more runs out of Jose Abreu's talent

Slugger's RBI count was impressive, but could have been a lot higher It sure feels nice to have an elite run-producing force in the middle of the White Sox lineup again. In his first season with the team, Jose Abreu made an immediate impact and drove in a stellar 107 runs, good for the fifth-best RBI total in all of baseball.  RBIs aren't a great way to evaluate the best sluggers in the game, but they do tell a story of what actually happened on the field.  RBIs are the intersection of talent, opportunity, and timely hitting. Jose Abreu certainly had the first leg of that tripod in...

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