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White Sox hope Vince Coleman has some star pupils this season

Vince Coleman meets with the White Sox speedsters in Arizona, and Kenny Williams hopes that they are M.F.E.O. For a long time, the White Sox have been a station to station team. While saying goodbye to Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko is going to help this, Kenny Williams noticed some problems with the fast guys they had. "I remember leaning over to [White Sox chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf] and [general manager] Rick [Hahn] and saying, 'We need a specialist for guys like Adam Eaton and Micah Johnson and Tim Anderson,'" Williams said. "I believe Avi Garcia can be a 30-stolen base guy. We have more...
South Side Sox Feb 26, 2015

Terrerobytes: Jose Quintana shows up on the radar

Jose Quintana arrives on the radar, Josh Hamilton meets with MLB officials, and Vince Coleman gets everyone excited to run. For the past few seasons, Jose Quintana has been the White Sox' No. 2 starter.  Unfortunately, when you've got Chris Sale as a No. 1 and a team with a losing record for multiple seasons, you don't get any respect.  Well, now that seems to be turning around for Jose Quintana. Now, when Jeff Samardzija sings his praises, it's time to get the respect he deserves. "I think his priorities are being one of the best pitchers in the league," Samardzija said. "And when that...
South Side Sox Feb 25, 2015

Actual Reading Room: "Joe Black: More than a Dodger"

White Sox employee publishes a book about her father, who was the first African-American pitcher to win a World Series game The gradual introduction of African-Americans into Major League Baseball kept Joe Black on the outside until age 28, but it didn't take him long to make headlines. He experienced immediate and astounding success with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1952, rising from obscurity to become the Bums' relief ace. He went 15-4 with a 2.15 ERA that season, which was good enough for the Rookie of the Year Award and a third-place finish in MVP voting. To top it off, as the surprise...
South Side Sox Feb 24, 2015

The 2014 White Sox's arguments against an eight-man bullpen

It's hard enough to find regular work for seven relief pitchers Enough with spring training optimism. Let's start with some premature panic. Manager Robin Ventura stated during his media session on Monday at Camelback Ranch that the White Sox are considering taking eight relievers and one fewer position player when they break camp in early April."Yeah, we could," Ventura said. "We are pretty open to it right now." Hey, if the game is a battle of the bullpens, then why shouldn't the White Sox carry eight relievers? And while we're at it, how come they don't just make the whole plane out of...
South Side Sox Feb 23, 2015

Podcast: Optimism is in the air

Our 40th episode features how optimistic the front office and coaching staff has been in the opening days of Spring Training. This week's rundown: Don Cooper is quite the happy man with the quality in this year's pitching arsenal. Jim discusses the modification in John Danks approach to starting in 2015 and how Carlos Rodon needs to be prepared as a starter and a reliever, depending on what necessity arises. Baseball America's Ben Badler joins the show to chat about the impact Jose Abreu has on this year's current crop of Cuban prospects (recorded before Yoan Moncada's signing). He shares...
South Side Sox Feb 23, 2015

Terrerobytes: Gordon Beckham distances himself from his White Sox history, and how

Plus: Avisail Garcia's new habits, Don Cooper's pitches, Carlos Rodon's history and more After the White Sox sprung the Gordon Beckham signing on everybody, I said I understood why the signing made sense, but I reserved the right to be annoyed. After reading Beckham's quotes in Colleen Kane's story, which Gibby raised in yesterday's discussion, I exercised said right. "I don't think I would have signed back here if it was the same team," Beckham said. "That's no offense to the guys they had, but they definitely have some guys that can really play this year. As I went out to L.A., it's fun...
South Side Sox Feb 22, 2015

John Danks explains his September rebound

Abbreviated windup was readily apparent, but lower arm angle harder is to see While John Danks couldn't quite return to his pre-surgery form in 2014, he did manage to finish the season in fine form. The White Sox's most veteran starter took a beating for most of July and August, but he reasserted himself in September. That doesn't show up in his monthly ERA (3.94) as much as it does in his .649 OPS allowed, which was 230 points lower than the previous two months. Late in that month, we identified one potential reason for his improved effectiveness: a truncated windup that eliminates almost...
South Side Sox Feb 21, 2015

Not all White Sox hitters need to get back in the box

Adam Eaton objects to batter's box rule, but teammates may feel the squeeze more The White Sox beat writers surveyed three players about Major League Baseball's new pace of play initiatives, focusing on the requirement for hitters to stay in the batter's box. You're never going to believe how it breaks down: The hitter is against it. The pitcher is for it. The catcher sees both sides. Tyler Flowers, who is one of the White Sox's two union reps, didn't benefit from his pragmatic view of Rule 7.13 last year, but he's trying it again here. So let's take him out of the debate and see who...
South Side Sox Feb 20, 2015

MLB announces pace of play changes for the 2015 season

Somewhere, Mark Buehrle is smiling. No more leaving the batter's box for each pitch for batters, managers don't have to walk out to challenge, and non-game action between innings will be compressed. This morning, MLB announced several pace of play changes for the 2015.  While the pitch clock from the minor leagues in 2014 didn't make it, rules involving batters, replays, and what's happening during commercial breaks will change. Batters now will be required to keep at least one foot in the batter's box with certain exceptions.  The primary exception though is that the batter swings at...
South Side Sox Feb 20, 2015

Happy pitchers and catchers day, White Sox fans

A productive offseason gives way to spring training ... finally Pitchers and catchers day is similar to Black Friday, in that their importance to the business of the season are both diminished by the creep. A good chunk of the team arrived in Arizona before the battery members were officially required to arrive. Forget throwing and receiving -- the White Sox have already been tweeting and Instagramming and Facebooking hitters hitting. .@79JoseAbreu and @AvisailGarcia — meeting of the minds. #SoxSpringTraining pic.twitter.com/nleAcqnV1H — Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) February 19,...
South Side Sox Feb 19, 2015

Grading the White Sox offseason

An evaluation of each move executed by the White Sox and an overall assessment of what this offseason means for their playoff aspirations going forward Now that Rick Hahn's offseason is essentially complete, let's take a look back at each major move and see how all the pieces fit together.  I'm excluding minor league signings from the individual move assessments because even though some (like Geovany Soto) may have a real impact on the 2015 team, the minimal risk inherent in those moves makes them feel like no-brainers. They do, however, matter for the final grade. A quick note on the...
South Side Sox Feb 18, 2015

White Sox to test meaning of improvement

Offseason activity garners more positive reviews, but winning winter doesn't consistently translate to regular-season success The rave reviews for Rick Hahn's offseason keep rolling in (at least if you don't count FanGraphs). Jon Heyman already called the White Sox the winners of the winter, and now Jayson Stark's annual poll of executives says the same. There's an obvious catch to being named the "winter winner" or the "most improved" team. In most cases, the teams were disappointments the year before, akin to fringe players being the ones who tend to talk about new "pounds of muscle" in...
South Side Sox Feb 17, 2015

Terrerobytes: What's in a minor league contract?

Plus: Almost half of the White Sox have reported to spring training, somebody considers Robin Ventura fascinating, and more The term "minor league contract" casts a pretty wide net. For guys like Geovany Soto, it's a temporary placeholder for a major league role. For somebody like Matt Albers, it's a hedge against an injury. For a player like Andy LaRoche, it's a job at Triple-A with a sliver of hope. In cases like Brian Anderson, it's a favor more than anything else. And then there's Christian Marrero, who doesn't want the Reading Room to die. We can draw decent determinations about the...
South Side Sox Feb 16, 2015

Podcast: Avisail Garcia - the White Sox fulcrum in 2015?

This week's podcast rundown: Discuss the recent Matt Albers signing, which you will see not on Fangraph's favorite transactions in 2015. Actually, none of the moves this off-season land on the list and we discuss why that could be. We kick-off our player previews for the 2015 season. First four previews are Alexei Ramirez, Conor Gillaspie, Avisail Garcia, and Adam Eaton. We answer your questions in this week's PO Sox covering topics like the top stories of Spring Training, why the love for Gordon Beckham, and what could be the most intriguing story in 2015. One story, that both KenWo...
South Side Sox Feb 16, 2015

Nick Delmonico, this winter's unusual White Sox minor league signing

Brewers cut ties with third baseman after being unable to find him The typical White Sox offseason tends to have one minor league signing with a story. In 2012, they took a look at former USC quarterback Mitch Mustain. In 2013, they gave Andrew Brackman a chance to the immense signing bonus he received from the Yankees years before. After taking last winter off, the Sox decided to come back with some thunder by taking a flier on third baseman Nick Delmonico. #WhiteSox sign 3B Nick Delmonico about a week after #Brewers released him. Hit .262/.300/.404 in 37 games in FSL in 2014...
South Side Sox Feb 15, 2015

Melky Cabrera and Alex Rios have a game within the game

Kansas City had to settle after White Sox ponied up, and those decisions have direct divisional consequences After the White Sox sprung the Melky Cabrera signing on everybody in December, the rest of the baseball world had to piece it together after the fact. The Sox didn't quite qualify as a Mystery Team, but they were considered to be on the periphery at best while other clubs had stronger public links. The Sox surprised the league because they were thought to be low on payroll room after their earlier big-ticket acquisitions, but Cabrera assisted in the shock. He preferred to play east...
South Side Sox Feb 14, 2015

Matt Albers enters White Sox spring training bullpen competition

Opportunity should find veteran sinkerballer one way or another if he gets past shoulder woes At first glance, the White Sox's signing of -- hey hey hey -- Matt Albers looks like the usual kind of "why not" minor league deal. The 32-year-old received an invitation to spring training with $1.5 million salary if he makes the club, but a shoulder injury limited him to just 10 April innings last year, so expectations of any impact should be tempered. But reports indicate the Sox had some competition for Albers' services. He has spent the last few weeks building an interactive resume, according...
South Side Sox Feb 13, 2015

Terrerobytes: Pitch-framing studies delight with what we didn't know

Plus: The free agency of James Shields is deconstructed, Hector Olivera looks legit, and more As a sabermetrically inclined baseball fan, it's been a pleasure to read about catchers and pitch-framing over the last several years -- the theorizing, the case-building, the peer review, the acceptance, the refinement and the application with the present, future and past in mind. It's been a big week in that regard. Over at Baseball Prospectus, Jonathan Judge, Harry Pavlidis and Dan Brooks posted their proposal to shift their pitch-framing model to "Called Strikes Above Average," which helps...
South Side Sox Feb 12, 2015

Back to keeping distance from big-time Little League

Ruminations on Jackie Robinson West getting stripped of the U.S. championship This much seems clear-cut: The Jackie Robinson West Little League team included players that lived outside the area it represented, and DNAInfo says it's because league officials expanded their boundaries without permission, then tried to certify it after the fact. It sucks for the JRW kids, it sucks for the Las Vegas and Philadelphia kids, and the whistle-blower sure has some balls, for better or for worse. The decision by Little League Baseball to strip the U.S. championship from JRW, and the way to go about...
South Side Sox Feb 11, 2015

An investigation into Conor Gillaspie's missing Valentine's Day card

Why was the White Sox's third baseman shown no #SoxLove? Here's a fake email trail that explains it Jan. 19, 2:20 p.m. FROM: White Sox Graphics Department TO: Conor Gillaspie ["stormchaser@baseball.fake"] SUBJECT: Valentine's Day Card Hi Conor, Since Valentine's Day is coming up, we're putting together some fun cards that people can share as part of a #SoxLove social campaign. We already have cards for Robin, Eaton, Abreu, Sale, Alexei, Samardzija, Robertson, Avisail, LaRoche, Quintana, Flowers, Putnam, Duke, Petricka, Nate, Danks and Nieto. I've attached a JPG of the one we created...

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