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South Side Sox 18 mins ago

White Sox offseason plan roundup: Third base

Conor Gillaspie showed improvement offensively and defensively, but upgrades are available In 2013, an unexpected surplus of playing time fell into Conor Gillaspie's lap after the White Sox's original plan fell through. He had stretches of respectability, although diluted by slumps, an inability to hit lefties and a lack of polish defensively. In 2014, an unexpected surplus of playing fell into Gillaspie's lap after the White Sox's original plan fell through. He improved offensively and defensively, although a weak last two months of the season helped keep future expectations in check. In...
South Side Sox 17 hours ago

Minnie Miñoso belongs in the Hall of Fame

And 2015 needs to be the year it happens The Baseball Hall of Fame released the ten candidates the Golden Age Committee will consider for induction in 2015. The candidates are: Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Bob Howsam, Jim Kaat, Minnie Miñoso, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant and Maury Wills. There are obviously a few candidates with White Sox connections. And many of the candidates have good cases that can be made for them. I'm only going to address one: Miñoso. Miñoso, who will be 89 next month, fell three votes short of the necessary twelve for induction the last time the...
South Side Sox Oct 30, 2014

The offseason begins with a new Chicago manager and old arguments

Cubs' reported hiring of Joe Maddon will naturally lead to comparisons with Robin Ventura, most of them meaningless and unhelpful We just spent a postseason watching two very different managers steer wild card teams to the very top of their sport. Bruce Bochy is best known for having the largest head in the game. Ned Yost is accused of seldomly using his. Keep this in mind when you process the Cubs' imminent hiring of Joe Maddon. I's a good move by the Cubs. It's questionable how they accomplished it -- given Theo Epstein's history of messy transactions, I'm guessing there will be a...
South Side Sox Oct 29, 2014

World Series Game 7: Notes and discussion

THE ROYALS AND GIANTS GO TO THE LIMIT THIS IS WHAT BASEBALL IS SUPPOSED hey the Cubs have a new manager Game 7: Kansas City Royals vs. San Francisco Giants Series tied 3-3, duh.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 -...
South Side Sox Oct 29, 2014
White Sox offseason plan roundup: Designated hitter

White Sox offseason plan roundup: Designated hitter

The majority of 41 winter road maps from the South Side Sox community would rather see resources spent elsewhere When I posted the White Sox offseason plan template, I expected to maybe see 15 or 20 FanPosts. I didn't expect to see 41(!), the large majority of which were cromulent, even if a few took liberties with the guidelines. And it was also cool to get a number of new names, so thanks to everybody who took the time. I spend 330ish days a year telling you what I think, and so I enjoyed the opportunity to sit back and read what you think. For those who put together cohesive rosters...
South Side Sox Oct 28, 2014

World Series Game 6: Notes and discussion

This could be the last MLB game of 2014, at least if Jake Peavy has his say Game 6: Kansas City Royals vs. San Francisco Giants Giants lead 3-2Time: 7:07 | TV: Fox Blogs: Royals Review | McCovey Chronicle 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 Mike Moustakas - 3B Brandon Crawford -...
South Side Sox Oct 28, 2014

Reviewing Robin Ventura's ejections in 2014

White Sox manager was kicked out three times, and he saved the best for last The introduction of expanded instant replay led many to wonder whether it would lead to a dramatic reduction in ejections. It didn't. In fact, the number of ejections rose by 11 percent, from 180 in 2013 to 199 in 2014. Robin Ventura didn't notice a difference in this new era himself, at least in terms of frequency. He matched his 2013 total with three ejections, one short of his personal best during his rookie season. However, the review system did play a part in Ventura's most memorable tirade. So, to revisit a...
South Side Sox Oct 27, 2014

Reading Room: Second-guessing becomes first item of business

Plus: Cardinals rookie Oscar Taveras dies in a car accident, and Mark Buehrle is back on the block Ned Yost and the Royals weren't supposed to be here. The Royals weren't supposed to be here because Yost was there. So as the Royals advance three series and 13 games into October, Yost's decision-making has been under the microscope. Bruce Bochy, like Buck Showalter before him, are dragged into it as measuring sticks. They're supposed to be able to strategize circles around Yost, so when the Royals beat them, the first question is, "How did that happen?" As you might expect, Bochy and Yost...
South Side Sox Oct 26, 2014

World Series Game 5: Notes and discussion

Aces duel to break the 2-2 tie between the Giants and Royals Today's Lineups KANSAS CITY ROYALS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS Alcides Escobar - SS Gregor Blanco - CF Alex Gordon - LF Joe Panik - 2B Lorenzo Cain - RF Buster Posey - C Eric Hosmer - 1B Pablo Sandoval - 3B Salvador Perez - C Hunter Pence - RF Mike Moustakas - 3B Brandon Belt - 1B Omar Infante - 2B Travis Ishikawa - LF Jarrod Dyson - CF Brandon Crawford - SS James Shields - RHP Madison Bumgarner - DH
South Side Sox Oct 26, 2014

Miguel Cabrera's ankle, contract could alter AL Central

Extensive surgery puts Opening Day at risk, and highlights risk of monstrous eight-year extension Miguel Cabrera had a down year in 2014 by his standards, which means he won't win the MVP for a third straight season. He hit .313/.371/.524 with 25 homers, well short of the 44 he posted in both 2012 and 2013. Pitchers seemed to sense a vulnerability, as he struck out nearly twice as often (117) as he walked (60). Both of those numbers were his worst since 2008, his first season in Detroit. (White Sox pitchers had plenty to do with that last stat -- one walk, 18 strikeouts over 76 plate...
South Side Sox Oct 25, 2014

World Series Game 4: Notes and discussion

The Royals and Giants are at the crossroads with a pair of Flying V's Game 4: San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals Royals lead 2-1Time: 7:07 | TV: Fox Blogs: McCovey Chronicles | Royals Review Lineups Today's Lineups KANSAS CITY ROYALS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS Alcides Escobar - SS Gregor Blanco - CF Alex Gordon - LF Joe Panik - 2B Lorenzo Cain - RF Buster Posey - C Eric Hosmer - 1B Hunter Pence - RF Mike Moustakas - 3B Pablo Sandoval - 3B Omar Infante - 2B Brandon Belt - 1B Salvador Perez - C Juan C. Perez - LF Jarrod Dyson - CF Brandon Crawford...
South Side Sox Oct 25, 2014

A 15-GIF salute to Moises Sierra's White Sox career

Outfielder claimed by Kansas City left an indelible mark in the dugout Nature’s first green is gold,Her hardest hue to hold.Her early leaf’s a flower;But only so an hour.Then leaf subsides to leaf.So Eden sank to grief,So dawn goes down to day.Nothing gold can stay. That's a poem I made up right now about Moises Sierra, who was suddenly and mercilessly removed from our lives on Friday in the form of a waiver claim by the Kansas City Royals. Shortly after, the Sox announced that Paul Konerko was the co-winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, in what I perceive to be an attempt at a...
South Side Sox Oct 24, 2014

World Series Game 3: Notes and discussion

The Giants and Royals turn to their rotation veterans Game 3: San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals Series tied 1-1Time: 7:07 | TV: Fox Blogs: McCovey Chronicles | Royals Review Lineups Today's Lineups KANSAS CITY ROYALS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS Alcides Escobar - SS Gregor Blanco - CF Alex Gordon - LF Joe Panik - 2B Lorenzo Cain - RF Buster Posey - C Eric Hosmer - 1B Pablo Sandoval - 3B Mike Moustakas - 3B Hunter Pence - RF Omar Infante - 2B Brandon Belt - 1B Salvador Perez - C Travis Ishikawa - LF Jarrod Dyson - CF Brandon Crawford -...
South Side Sox Oct 24, 2014

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...

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