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This week in sabermetrics: The screwball, Mark Buehrle, and launch angles

... and what all this has to do with Hector Santiago Searching for the Modern Screwball Over at Fangraphs, Owen Watson has written up a nice story on the near death and the possible accidental rebirth of the screwball in the changeups being thrown today. Mark Buehrle We got the news last week that Mark Buehrle will likely start the season sitting at home waiting for an opportunity to arise so the praise of the statistical oddity he is started off at Fangraphs. Launch angles Darren Wilman, the guy behind BaseballSavant.com and now the Director of Baseball Research and Development for...
South Side Sox Feb 6, 2016


Highlighting our community members that spent all of Thursday afternoon talking about french fries. Before the Sox can dethrone the Royals, we have to endure another couple weeks before pitchers and catchers report. With all this down time, lets look at the back of the SSS trading cards. Career stats for the sss posters and what they talked about eatin' in the whats for lunch with Andre Ethier thread. asinwreck                    "Hot Doug's was magnificent." Date joined Feb 26, 2006 5:30 PM CST Comments Posted 1663 FanShots Published 6 FanPosts...
South Side Sox Feb 5, 2016

This week in White Sox: Sun sets on Andre Ethier rumor

Plus: A cluster of Black Sox articles worth reading Congratulations on reaching the end of another work week. The Andre Ethier/White Sox rumor can't claim the same. The Los Angeles Times' Bill Shakin finally sank some teeth into the report, but he only ended up deflating it: Friedman declined to say whether he was in trade discussions with the Chicago White Sox. However, there is little traction in talks between the teams, according to a person familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it publicly. The White Sox approached the Dodgers about Yasiel Puig — apparently in the...
South Side Sox Feb 4, 2016

White Sox trade rumors: Low, sustained heat around Andre Ethier

Plus: Mark Buehrle could sit out the start of the season, and Matt Thornton could join him The Andre Ethier rumor survived and advanced through a third day on Wednesday. No new sources joined the fray -- it's still just Phil Rogers backed by Bruce Levine -- but no reporters have shot it down, either. For instance, the Los Angeles Times' Steve Dilbeck allowed that the annual Ethier rumor might have merit this year: Ah, finally a real Andre Ethier rumor.Inevitable as a spring blossom, but seemingly made more so this year because it can be argued this time the Dodgers need to trade him before...
South Side Sox Feb 2, 2016

White Sox trade rumors: Andre Ethier emerges as new outfield possibility

Dodgers may have incentive to trade outfielder to relieve crowded roster, payroll Usually the two to three weeks in between SoxFest and pitchers and catchers reporting is a dead zone. This year? Not so much. I guess you could call it the silver lining of the White Sox' incomplete offseason, but they're not alone. Unlike last season, when James Shields was the only major free agent unsigned by Feburary, there's an entire outfield of known entities (Dexter Fowler, Austin Jackson, Alex Rios or Will Venable), two name-brand shortstops (Ian Desmond, Jimmy Rollins), the top third baseman on the...
South Side Sox Feb 1, 2016

Podcast: State of the White Sox

Season three premiere analyzes the Chicago White Sox current state. After a six week layoff, the podcast returns for a third season. This year, we are planning on 42 episodes published each Monday and introducing a mid-week show once the regular season begins. The rundown: While Rick Hahn believes he has the current indgridents of a team that can compete for a divisional crown, Jim addresses the need of one more move, lack of transparency from Hahn, and why fans have a right to be upset. [17:52] Friend of the Podcast, Dan Szymborski, visits to share his thoughts about the ZiPS...
South Side Sox Jan 31, 2016

SoxFest Day Two: White Sox got issues

Second day of festivities featured more of the same with repetitive answers from the Front Office, and no fire from the fans. During the Q&A seminar with Rick Hahn and Robin Ventura, a White Sox fan asked about the impact of adding new second baseman, Brett Lawrie. Elaborating how he enjoyed watching Lawrie because of how he plays with high energy and can be a "red ass". While noting this ability on the field, Hahn agreed that Lawrie's personality is a benefit to the current clubhouse and gives the Sox an edge to them. Of course, Hawk Harrelson chimed in with his two cents, which thanks to...
South Side Sox Jan 29, 2016

SoxFest scene-setters: A lot of Avisail Garcia

Plus: Todd Frazier makes his Chicago debut, and the new spring uniforms catch fire SoxFest opens today at the Hilton Chicago. Larry (@SouthSidelarry), Josh (@SSS_JoshNelson) and Ken (@KenWo4LiFe) will be in attendance over the course of the weekend, so give them a follow. For a lot of people, the run-up to the convention on Thursday featured too much Avisail Garcia for their liking. For me, the Garcia coverage featured a little too much Gordon Beckham for my liking, in that it repackaged talk that wasn't actualized the year before. Here's Scott Merkin from Thursday: Garcia instead...
South Side Sox Jan 28, 2016

White Sox have a new look for Spring Training

#Fireemoji Major League Baseball unveiled new Spring Training uniforms today. the Chicago White Sox' look is newer than most, it has people talking. Batter up! Check out the new unis that your #WhiteSox will be wearing for #SoxSpringTraining! pic.twitter.com/CMKdl6IbCQ — Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) January 28, 2016 White Sox have the best new look (and maybe best overall) with "batter-up" logos on black. pic.twitter.com/tOvmogSDkk — Mike Oz (@mikeoz) January 28, 2016 Love the new White Sox spring training jersey with the Veeck-era logo. pic.twitter.com/D55cJOWq2i — Paul...
South Side Sox Jan 28, 2016

10 takeaways from the 2016 White Sox ZiPS projections

Even the math says the team could use one more move this winter Right before Rick Hahn and the White Sox will lay out their vision of the upcoming season at SoxFest, FanGraphs delivered the mathematical assessment of what lies in store for 2016 by posting Dan Szymborski's ZiPS projections. The findings shouldn't surprise you -- the Sox made considerable headway in improving their team, but they just need Hahn to start the stalled car one more time to put together a more compelling contender. Nevertheless, the team is in better shape than it was last year, when comparing this year's...
South Side Sox Jan 27, 2016

Who's who among White Sox spring training non-roster invitees in 2016

Carson Fulmer and Tim Anderson top the list of players on whom the Sox are increasingly less reliant For the first time in recent memory, the White Sox went chalk with their 2015 spring training non-roster invitees. The only NRIs to make it to the majors were the ones everybody most expected: Geovany Soto (just had to prove healthy), Carlos Rodon (duh), Scott Carroll (Dylan Axelroddy), Micah Johnson (position battle) and Chris Beck (one spot start). The other 15 never amounted to even a weekend seat-filling. Not your Arcenio Leons, not your Jairo Asencios, not even your George Kottari. So...
South Side Sox Jan 26, 2016

Terrerobytes: Washington's winter provides perspective

Nationals have little to show for a ton of rumors, and other items worth reading In the post about Yoenis Cespedes' signing a couple of days ago, I threw out the question: Would you rather see the White Sox miss out on the outfielders with no strong reported offers, or miss out on them the way the Nationals did, with their allegedly higher bid being rejected twice? The two instances I'm referring to are the Nationals' failed pursuits of Cespedes and Jason Heyward, but I could've dug deeper. Fortunately, Grant Brisbee did, and his findings might make you feel a little bit better about the...
South Side Sox Jan 25, 2016

White Sox offseason lacks cohesion as SoxFest approaches

Cutting corners at various positions makes sense if there's at least one more big move in store, but until then... Around the same time the Yoenis Cespedes saga approached its resolution, the San Diego Padres announced their one-year deal with Alexei Ramirez. For a shortstop-starved team like the Padres, it's hard to find a single objection to the terms: $3 million in 2016, with a $4 million mutual option for 2017 or a $1 million buyout. San Diego GM A.J. Preller summed up the case for Ramirez pretty well: "We’re getting a guy who loves to play," said Padres General Manager A.J. Preller,...
South Side Sox Jan 24, 2016

Where is the free agent outfielder market now?

In case you've been watching just the big four free agents, here's a glimpse at what's left. Now that the four top outfielders in the free agent market are gone and several lesser names are gone too, it might be time to take a look at some of the other names on the market that the White Sox might be interested in. Of the outfielders left, Dexter Fowler is the most discussed.  Last season with the Cubs, Fowler hit .250/.346/.411 while hitting 17 homers with a wRC+ of 110. For his career, he has hit .267/.363/.418 with 65 homers over eight season. Unfortunately, Fowler has two very...
South Side Sox Jan 16, 2016

Terrerobytes: All arbitration-eligible White Sox under contract

Plus: Yoenis Cespedes has his firmest offer yet, U.S. Cellular Field video boards are on schedule, John Danks catches a break, and more For the 15th consecutive year, the White Sox avoided going to hearings with any of their arbitration-eligible players. Somewhere, Keith Foulke pops open a bottle of champagne. As a group, the five arb-eligible Sox clocked in slightly higher than their MLB Trade Rumors projection, but not by a significant amount. MLBTR Actual Brett Lawrie $3.9M $4.125M Avisail Garcia $2.3M $2.1M Zach Putnam $800K $975K Dan Jennings $700K $810K Nate...
South Side Sox Jan 15, 2016

Eulogy: Adios Alexei

Eight years of excellence end. 4,999. That's how many plate appearances the slick fielding short stop gave the Chicago White Sox over his eight year career on the south side. He manned the position exquisitely every season, giving some stability to the franchise at its most important defensive position. His final White Sox numbers: .273 batting average with a .310 OBP. He hit 109 HR, scored 563 times, drove in 542 while swiping 135 bags over 1226 games. SLAM! Let the boys be boys.      photo: Ron Vesely 2008. What a start to this guys career. An integral part of the end...
South Side Sox Jan 10, 2016

Terrerobytes: Daniel Fields, the White Sox prospect the Tigers had

Plus: Everybody's feeling the grind of the sluggish outfielder market, Juan Uribe could return to the AL, and more While the White Sox have waited for the outfielder market to resort to their restrictions, they have been stocking the cupboard with faded prospects, because the Charlotte Knights need outfielders themselves. Jason Coats is the only returning incumbent at the moment, since Trayce Thompson was traded and the other corner spot was a revolving door for Triple-A names. After the claimng of Daniel Fields last week, that part of the depth chart is covered, as the Sox can mix and...

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