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Oct 29, 2017
Gamethread: World Series Game 5

Gamethread: World Series Game 5

It’s going back to Los Angeles no matter what TV: Fox Lineups: Game 5 is a must-have. The #WorldSeries continues tonight. https://t.co/iGn9MtUCKp pic.twitter.com/aIo297rl7a— MLB Lineups (@mlblineups) October 29, 2017
Oct 29, 2017
The World Series baseball is one big Sunday story

The World Series baseball is one big Sunday story

The Nationals hiring Davey Martinez is another I’m working on the final major transaction review, but two stories sidetracked me. No. 1: Questions about the World Series ball Tom Verducci is a big part of baseball’s postseasn production, and he used his access to come away with a ... gripping? ... story about the baseballs used in the World Series. It’s already been an awkward year for Major League Baseball in this regard, as it hasn’t come up with compelling counterarguments to outweigh the growing evidence that the ball is juiced, with lower seams and a harder composition. Now...
Oct 28, 2017
Gamethread: World Series Game 4

Gamethread: World Series Game 4

Astros can back Dodgers against wall TV: Fox Lineups: Just hours away from first pitch of Game 4 of the #WorldSeries. Let's do this! https://t.co/xr4fLn4bMb pic.twitter.com/2igdi5OuW2— MLB Lineups (@mlblineups) October 28, 2017
Oct 28, 2017
Sporcle Saturday: Team identification by market

Sporcle Saturday: Team identification by market

Can you correctly name each MLB market in order of population size? As Jim posted last week, baseball may be headed toward an eventual expansion and subsequent realignment. The idea itself is fascinating to consider, of course: where would it make the most sense to place two teams (geographically, economically, etc.), and how would their inclusion affect the shape of the leagues and divisions? My mind tends to work like a coffee percolator, so I’ve let this brew for the last week or so, looking at census data to consider possible locations. The Baseball America article floated Portland,...
Oct 27, 2017
2005 Happened, because the shirt said so

2005 Happened, because the shirt said so

For when people forget the White Sox won the World Series Contrary to too-popular belief, tonight is the third-ever World Series game to take place in Houston. The first two took place in 2005. The White Sox won them both. In fact, the White Sox won all four games that year. They won the World Series. There were rings and everything. If you're tired of reminding people -- and media corporations -- that the White Sox won the World Series in dominating fashion, you can let this shirt do the talking. Buy at BreakingT South Side Sox partnered with BreakingT to come up with...
Oct 27, 2017
Gamethread: World Series Game 3

Gamethread: World Series Game 3

Houston hosts a World Series game since ... well, you know TV: Fox Lineups: We’re 3 hours from Game 3 of the #WorldSeries. Let’s go. https://t.co/hdvIcOBLni pic.twitter.com/apYXUUl4Dg— MLB Lineups (@mlblineups) October 27, 2017
Oct 27, 2017
Terrerobytes: Postseason teams not immune to overhauls

Terrerobytes: Postseason teams not immune to overhauls

Plus: The 2005 White Sox keep being overlooked, Charlie Tilson is back, and more Three of the 10 teams that reached the postseason in 2017 will have new managers in 2018. Joe Girardi became the latest to get the ax, as the Yankees decided to let him go at the end of his contract. There were murmurs that he never settled into a comfortable, sustainable co-existence with the players and front office, even after 10 winning seasons, a World Series and a painless rebuild. The Yankees haven’t yet explained it, but if the Yankees followed the trend set by the Red Sox (John Farrell) and...
Oct 26, 2017
White Sox transaction review: The Jose Quintana trade

White Sox transaction review: The Jose Quintana trade

It took longer than expected, but the White Sox found a centerpiece prospect in return After the White Sox traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton over the course of two days at the winter meetings, Jose Quintana stepped up to the block. There he would remain for the next eight months. A number of potential suitors came and went, but Rick Hahn couldn’t find a match, and no deal seemed especially close to coming to fruition. To some, it seemed like Hahn was overplaying his hand or overestimating Quintana’s real value in the context of a rebuilding team. To me, it seemed like a byproduct of one...
Oct 25, 2017
Gamethread: World Series Game 2

Gamethread: World Series Game 2

Justin Verlander can answer Clayton Kershaw’s ace act TV: Fox Lineups: #WorldSeries Game 2 is just around the corner. Here are tonight's squads. https://t.co/rlyfsb763u pic.twitter.com/z7fUdYrg4u— MLB Lineups (@mlblineups) October 25, 2017
Oct 25, 2017
Transaction review: The Adam Eaton trade

Transaction review: The Adam Eaton trade

White Sox stocked up on pitching depth with one move The White Sox accomplished two things by publicly dangling the Washington Nationals’ interest in Chris Sale in front of the rest of baseball during the winter meetings: They got an offer they liked better. They helped prepare fans for the return in the Adam Eaton trade. The time spent boning up on Washington’s farm system paid off when the Sox acquired a trio of pitchers — Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning — for their standout right fielder a day later. The move was immediately panned as a rare misstep for Nationals...
Oct 24, 2017
Gamethread: World Series Game 1

Gamethread: World Series Game 1

Man, it’s a hot one TV: Fox Lineups: Start it up! Here is how the @Astros and @Dodgers will look in #WorldSeries Game 1. https://t.co/54Y70wzfXU pic.twitter.com/Hdcl76jhV7— MLB Lineups (@mlblineups) October 24, 2017
Oct 24, 2017
White Sox transaction review: The Chris Sale trade

White Sox transaction review: The Chris Sale trade

The White Sox gave up a lot, but one year in, it looks like they received a lot in return Over the course of eight months, the White Sox made several significant trades to firmly establish a new course. The Sox could have justified making one more run at the postseason with their core four, but as the winter meetings drew near, all signs pointed to tearing it down. Sure enough, Rick Hahn dominated December by trading his best pitcher and position player, and while the subsequent major moves didn’t come together until the regular season, he ultimately accomplished his goal of converting...
Oct 23, 2017
Sox Century: After the World Series

Sox Century: After the World Series

The White Sox get their full share, then go their separate ways Although the White Sox beat the Giants in Game 6 to win the World Series on Oct. 15, the teams weren’t done playing each other. The day after the title was settled, they played each other once at Camp Mills on Long Island for 10,000 soldiers. Most of the players were there, although Joe Jackson and Chick Gandil were absent on the Sox’ side, and Heinie Zimmermann, Art Fletcher and Dave Robertson didn’t show for the Giants. The White Sox won that one, too, by a score of 6-3. From there, most of the players took the train...
Oct 23, 2017
Podcast: 2017 White Sox Pitchers and Catchers season review

Podcast: 2017 White Sox Pitchers and Catchers season review

Much to look forward to on the starting pitching front. What about the bullpen and catching in 2018? Episode 158 is now available. Here is this week’s rundown: We preview the upcoming World Series between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers what should be a terrific series. The Astros have a deeper lineup but can they avoid scoring droughts like they suffered away from home in ALCS? Is the Dodgers pitching staff too deep for Houston? Lots of firings and hirings in the past week. We share why Mickey Calloway is a good hire for the New York Mets. What type of manager would be a...
Oct 22, 2017
Steep climbs ahead for oft-injured White Sox

Steep climbs ahead for oft-injured White Sox

Jake Petricka undergoes surgery while Charlie Tilson is trying to avoid one No news is supposedly good news, but that’s not the case with baseball injuries. The longer one’s status goes unsaid, the more one is left for dead. Jake Petricka and Charlie Tilson are two of the more extreme cases of this phenomenon. Their injury histories are sprawling fields of red flags, making it very easy to assume the worst. That, in turn, makes any kind of tangible update a relief, even if it still doesn’t officially qualify as positive. James Fegan is the only one of the beat writers to have...