1:03 AM EDT, Thu October 24, 2019
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Say hello to a new White Sox affiliate ... the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers!

Say hello to a new White Sox affiliate ... the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers!

Let the rebrand begin: With a new ballpark on the horizon for 2020, the Intimidators have turned Cannon Ballers. With a nod back to the city’s history and ahead to a new ballpark, a rebrand begins On Wednesday night, the Kannapolis Intimidators faithful gathered to learn the new name of the Chicago White Sox’s Low-A affiliate. The rebrand sounds like a hit, and I’ll pass the mic over to team director of marketing and community relations Blair Jewell, who issued a triumphant press release this evening: In a nod to the historical significance of Kannapolis as a mill town whose...
5 hours ago
Gamethread: Nationals at Astros (World Series Game 2)

Gamethread: Nationals at Astros (World Series Game 2)

Spectatin’: When your home run-hop becomes a two-bag flop. | Photo by Tim Warner/ Houston tries to avoid a two-game hole while facing ... gulp ... Stephen Strasburg Because this Game 2 falls on the exact same day as “our” Game 2 in 2005, let’s lead off again with some White Sox highlights from 14 years ago: Paulie’s grand slam that turned everything around in the seventh: Scotty Pods to the rescue: Overall highlights of a “lost classic”: And hey, for those of us not too down with aggressively targeting and taunting female reporters in the middle of a locker room...
Oct 22, 2019
FanPulse: We got what we wanted!

FanPulse: We got what we wanted!

Plus, you’ll never guess (oh wait, you will) who the worst fans in baseball are ... Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged-in fans from each team. Chicago White Sox fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse. The national poll questions were definitely interrelated. First, FanPulse asked what the ideal World Series matchup was: Overwhelmingly, the matchup we wanted is the one we got! Second, I’d say related to the first, is which of the LCS teams had the worst fans. I don’t think you even need to look. ...
Oct 22, 2019
Gamethread: Nationals at Astros (World Series Game 1)

Gamethread: Nationals at Astros (World Series Game 1)

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via On paper, a mismatch ... but the games aren’t played on paper Hey hey, it’s Game 1 of the World Series today! But first, let’s skim back 14 years to see what was going on in the world on this day ... dunno, maybe, in the ... World Series? The whole, daggone, delightful thing. For those of you with less patience, or actual desire to watch today’s World Series (pfft), some highlights: I was there with my dad and my uncle, behind home plate, near Nancy Faust, in some pretty ritzy Friend of Jerry seats. It was pure delight, my goodness. Even...
Oct 22, 2019
Micker go boom, Flores gets busted

Micker go boom, Flores gets busted

Feast or famine: Micker mashed his fourth tater of the fall, but whiffed another two times as well. | Phrake Photography/South Side Sox But the Chisox K Express rambles on Salt River Rafters 11, Glendale Desert Dogs 7 Gavin Sheets (1b) 2-for-5, 2B (5), RBI (7), K (.239 BA, .614 OPS)Micker Adolfo (dh) 1-for-4, HR (4), R, RBI (6), BB, 2 K (.180 BA, .701 OPS)Blake Rutherford (rf) 1-for-5, RBI (7), 2 K (.191 BA, .712 OPS)Bernardo Flores (sp) 2 ⅔ IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, WP, 55 pitches/32 strikes (7.97 ERA)Vince Arobio (rp, 7th) IP, BB, 2 K, 17 pitches/9 strikes (7.45 ERA)Tyler Johnson...
Oct 20, 2019
FanPulse: Who we wanted to lose, lost

FanPulse: Who we wanted to lose, lost

Natch, the Yankees and Dodgers were the teams fans most rooted against Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged-in fans from each team. Chicago White Sox fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse. The national poll question last week addressed which teams fans most wanted to lose in the playoffs. Looks like we got our wishes! White Sox-specific questions took the week off, but here are the results of the first 28 weeks of FanPulse polling. Fan confidence in the White Sox Week 1 62%Week 2 50% Week 3 52%Week 4...
Oct 20, 2019
Glendale stays hot in win

Glendale stays hot in win

Power eye: Sheets brought home Glendale’s fourth run on Sunday, on a base on balls. | Phrake Photography/South Side Sox Sheets pushes home a run ... on a walk Glendale Desert Dogs 7, Scottsdale Scorpions 2 Gavin Sheets (1b) 1-for-3, R, RBI, BB, K (.226 BA, .584 OPS) A sweep of the Scottsdale series over the weekend qualifies as a big accomplishment for the eliminated Desert Dogs. As of Sunday evening, Glendale is just a half-game behind the Mesa Solar Sox for worst record in the AFL, although the Desert Dogs are still the only Fall League team eliminated from playoff...
Oct 20, 2019
Soxcess! White Sox play a big role in Glendale’s win!

Soxcess! White Sox play a big role in Glendale’s win!

Boomtown: Blake Rutherford crushed his second fall homer in Glendale’s win. | Phrake Photography/South Side Sox Rutherford homers, Sousa is lights-out, Sheets and Adolfo tap hits Glendale Desert Dogs 5, Scottsdale Scorpions 2 Bennett Sousa (rp, 6th and 7th) 2 IP, H, 3 K, HOLD (1), 27 pitches/17 strikes (6.23 ERA) Blake Rutherford (cf) 1-for-4, HR (2), 2 R, RBI (6), BB, K (.190 BA, .721 OPS)Micker Adolfo (rf) 1-for-5, RBI (5), 3 K (.174 BA, .639 OPS)Gavin Sheets (ph-DH) 1-for-2, R (.220 BA, .569 OPS) WOW. A Desert Dogs win (rare this fall) with contributions from four White Sox...
Oct 19, 2019
Gamethread: Yankees at Astros (ALCS Game 6)

Gamethread: Yankees at Astros (ALCS Game 6)

Back to Houston: The Astros have two shots to wrap up the ALCS. | Photo by Emilee Chinn/ Houston has a chance to close things out in this odd, dual-bullpenning game Game 6, back in Houston ... and it’s a dual bullpenning game! In Game 6! Of the ALCS! Likely Yankees lineup: Actual Astros lineup: 7 p.m., FS1. No gloves or earmuffs.
Oct 19, 2019
Glendale is first! (in the elimination standings)

Glendale is first! (in the elimination standings)

Tyed no more: Another scoreless inning from Tyler Johnson could not prevent Glendale from being eliminated from the playoffs on Friday. | Sean Williams/South Side Sox Another awful game from White Sox hitters paces flaccid Dogs attack Surprise Saguaros 3, Glendale Desert Dogs 1 Blake Rutherford (rf) 0-for-4, 3 K (.186 BA, .674 OPS)Gavin Sheets (1b) 0-for-3, BB, 2 K (.211 BA, .555 OPS)Tyler Johnson (rp, 5th) IP, H, BB, HOLD (3), 22 pitches/13 strikes (1.23 ERA) Well, Glendale had just three hits on Friday, so you had a feeling it was going to be a tough box score for any White Sox...
Oct 18, 2019
Less minors = more money?

Less minors = more money?

Twisted thinking: MLB wants fewer teams in the farm system ... but they’re gonna pay the remaining players more, right? Baseball America breaks some big developments on the farm The fabulous J.J. Cooper at Baseball America broke a huge story on Friday, and there are even more details than the foreboding headline suggests: MLB Proposal Would Eliminate 42 Minor League Teams. With the affiliation agreement between major league baseball and the minors due to expire in 2020, MLB has proposed a radical restructuring of the minors, ultimately reducing the number of teams and putting thousands...
Oct 18, 2019
Gamethread: Astros at Yankees (ALCS Game 5)

Gamethread: Astros at Yankees (ALCS Game 5)

Dynamic duo: Correa, Springer and the rest of the Astros hope to wrap things up and look ahead to Game 1 of the World Series back in Houston. | Photo by Emilee Chinn/ Sweeter words rarely spoken: It’s do or die for the Bombers The “big change” for the desperate Yankees here tonight is Giancarlo Stanton not only playing, but batting cleanup tonight. Ready to fight back. #NextManUp pic.twitter.com/pvIGrci3sp— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 18, 2019 All the pressure is off of Houston, who just happens to have Justin Verlander pitching in a possible clinching game. #ALCS...
Oct 17, 2019
Gamethread: Astros at Yankees (ALCS Game 4)

Gamethread: Astros at Yankees (ALCS Game 4)

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via As Washington waits, New York and Houston try to sort things out #ALCS Game 4!⚾️ 7:08pm CT @FS1 @SportsTalk790 & 850 AM#TakeItBack pic.twitter.com/ujeXti1haM— Houston Astros (@astros) October 17, 2019 Let's get back to it. #NextManUp pic.twitter.com/pFXlw4eRSU— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 17, 2019 Gametime 8:08 p.m. on FS1.
Oct 17, 2019
Arobio and out

Arobio and out

Rough going: It has not been an easy fall for Vince Arobio. | Sean Williams/South Side Sox Glendale wins, and only one Sox sees action Glendale Desert Dogs 8, Surprise Saguaros 4 Vince Arobio (rp, 6th) IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, K, 25 pitches/10 strikes (8.31 ERA) It was a terrific 2019 regular season that got Arobio both aggressive call-ups and, ultimately it seems, this fall call to the AFL. But it has been a true struggle for the righthander in Glendale. Yet again, the reliever coughed up runs, as it seems he’s done in every appearance this fall. Presumably at this point, Arobio is...
Oct 16, 2019
Flashback: The White Sox win the pennant! The White Sox win the pennant!

Flashback: The White Sox win the pennant! The White Sox win the pennant!

Boy band, 2005: Don Cooper and the Iron Arms. | Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via With a pause in the 2019 action, let’s take a look back at a glorious day, exactly 14 years ago With tonight’s ALCS game postponed due to Noreaster (Game 4 flips to Thursday, Game 5 to Friday), it seems a fantastic time to scroll back some 14 years to the most glorious day any White Sox fan had ever experienced. (“Just wait 10 days,” Future Brett says to Innocent 2005 Brett.) Of course, that day was Game 5 of the ALCS in Anaheim, played in a drizzle that could not mute the glory of four straight...