8:55 AM EST, Fri February 03, 2023
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2023 South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Round 13

2023 South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Round 13

If there is going to be a surprise starter success at Charlotte or on the South Side, the safe guess is Sean Burke. | @SMBurkey Sean Burke slides in at No. 12. Who is the 13th-best prospect in the White Sox system? It is the sixth year of Top Prospect voting at South Side Sox! Here’s how 2018 wrangled out — all 42 picks. Also, here’s an archive of every article in the 2018 series. Here’s how 2019 came together, all 50 picks, and the archive as well. Here’s 2020, with the archive. Here’s the 2021 wrap-up of just 35 picks due to flagging participation, along...
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Today in White Sox History: February 2

Today in White Sox History: February 2

On this day 59 years ago, Red Faber finally got his due in Cooperstown. | National Baseball Library On the 17th try, Red turns bronze 1964 Red Faber, who pitched all 20 of his seasons with the White Sox, was named to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee. Astoundingly Faber, whose 67.7 pitching WAR ranked 11th at the time of his retirement (and still ranks 38th all-time, 90 seasons later), never received more than 30.9% BBWAA voting support over 16 (!) different votes — and 10 times failed to poll at as much as 5%. Faber won 254 games in his career and completed...
Feb 1, 2023
South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 84: Jerry Burke

South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 84: Jerry Burke

Jerry Burke battled injury throughout the 2022 season. | Tiffany Wintz/South Side Sox Another year, and a familiar refrain: Stay healthy Jerry Burke Right-Handed Starting Pitcher6´2´´195 poundsAge: 242022 High Level Kannapolis (Low-A)Age relative to high level +2.3 yearsSSS rank among all right-handed starting pitchers in the system 18Overall 2022 stats 0-2 ⚾️ 6 starts ⚾️ 15 1⁄3 ⚾️ 4.11 ERA ⚾️ 0.913 WHIP ⚾️ 13 K ⚾️ 3 BB As a freshman at Georgetown, Jerry Burke struggled mightily out of the bullpen, with a 10.12 ERA and 2.53 WHIP. However, he...
Feb 1, 2023
Today in White Sox History: February 1

Today in White Sox History: February 1

Before playing a game that afternoon, this group of White Sox and Giants personnel visited the Great Pyramids, 110 years ago today. Charles Comiskey and wife, future White Sox owner Grace, are on camels in the middle of this photo. | UIC Digital Collections A world series, indeed 1914 In a story told in great detail in 2014 on site, the White Sox and New York Giants played an exhibition game in Cairo, Egypt. This stop on the 56-game World Tour ended in a 3-3 deadlock after 10 innings. You can’t blame the players for failing to find a victor, given the arduous travel...
Jan 31, 2023
2023 South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Round 12

2023 South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Round 12

The 2022 draft class draws even with 2021, as Peyton Pallette advances. | @PeytonPallette_ Peyton Pallette earns the nod at No. 11. Who is the 12th-best prospect in the White Sox system? It is the sixth year of Top Prospect voting at South Side Sox! Here’s how 2018 wrangled out — all 42 picks. Also, here’s an archive of every article in the 2018 series. Here’s how 2019 came together, all 50 picks, and the archive as well. Here’s 2020, with the archive. Here’s the 2021 wrap-up of just 35 picks due to flagging participation, along with the full archive. And...
Jan 31, 2023
South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 85: Carlos Jimenez

South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 85: Carlos Jimenez

Repeating a year in the DSL, Carlos Jiménez made the competition pay in 2022. | @CarlosJimenez_507 This strapping first baseman crushed the DSL in 2022 Carlos Jiménez First Baseman6´4´´220 poundsAge: 212022 High Level DSL (Rookie)Age relative to high level +2.2 yearsSSS rank among all first basemen in the system 6Overall 2022 stats 45 games ⚾️ 5 HR ⚾️ 37 RBI ⚾️ .343/.409/.564 ⚾️ 15 BB ⚾️ 31 K The White Sox signed 1B/OF Carlos Jiménez as a free agent on Feb. 26, 2021. The lefty has played in the Dominican Summer League for the last two years....
Jan 31, 2023
Today in White Sox History: January 31

Today in White Sox History: January 31

On this day 29 years ago, Bo goes. Bo Jackson is going to California 1909 White Sox catcher Billy Sullivan secured a patent on the first chest protector. It contained a wind pad with compressed air and became the forerunner of the modern catcher’s chest protector. Sullivan was the White Sox catcher from 1901-14. Sullivan gets the patent one day before his 34th birthday. 1956 Buck Weaver died in Chicago, at the age of 65. He was one of eight members of the Black Sox to be banned from baseball for life, despite taking no money from gamblers. Until his death, Weaver...
Jan 30, 2023
A.J. Alexy: Another Hot Stove leftover for the White Sox

A.J. Alexy: Another Hot Stove leftover for the White Sox

A.J. Alexy saw time in several organizations in 2022. | Ron Jenkins/ This time it’s some lukewarm offerings from the Minnesota Twins It’s tough being a White Sox fan these days. Many, if not most of us, still have an extremely bitter taste left over from the backwash of the 2022 season. We can’t even go to Sox Fest to try and cleanse our palates, because those dinner reservations were cancelled by the restaurant. And every other day, it seems, another mouthful of tasteless fodder gets crammed down our throats. Monday was no different. It’s just another...
Jan 30, 2023
South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 86: Mason Adams

South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 86: Mason Adams

Mason Adams parlayed a strong season at JU into an express route to Arizona. | Jacksonville University “Intangibles” is usually just a way for scouts to mumble under their breaths about a player, but Adams has ’em Mason Adams Right-Handed Starting Pitcher6´0´´200 poundsAge: 232022 High Level ACL (Rookie)Age relative to high level +0.8 yearsSSS rank among all right-handed starting pitchers in the system 19Overall 2022 college stats 15 starts ⚾️ 90 IP ⚾️ 4.80 ERA ⚾️ 1.278 WHIP ⚾️ 108 K ⚾️ 31 BB With pick No. 401 in the 13th round of the 2022...
Jan 30, 2023
Today in White Sox History: January 30

Today in White Sox History: January 30

By the looks of this Spring Training 1958 shot, this blast by Walt Dropo (as did all too often) drifted foul. The catcher taking note is Yogi Berra. | Set Number: X3618 A giant is born 1923 The man who would grow up to be nicknamed “Moose,” Walt Dropo, was born in Moosup, Conn. Dropo would grow to 6´5´´, 220 pounds (gargantuan for the time, still pretty big today!) and thus earn the double-meaning of his nickname. He came to the White Sox in time for the 1955 season, as part of a Frank Lane effort to add some heavier lumber to the lineup. He was just five years...
Jan 29, 2023
Sharing Sox Podcast 98 — My, aren’t we Clevinger

Sharing Sox Podcast 98 — My, aren’t we Clevinger

Plus talk of rotation replacements and the return of the TV booth duo Poor Jake Marisnick. Here we are, in a week where the journeyman outfielder getting signed to a minor league contract by the White Sox should be the big news, and some guy named Clevinger steals the headlines. The new accusations against a pitcher already well-known to be a total, absolute, unmitigated *$&hole are disgusting. SSS duty geezer Leigh Allan and his son and west coast correspondent, Will, launch into a diatribe about Clevinger’s past horribleness, which even someone as abysmally ignorant as...
Jan 29, 2023
Today in White Sox History: January 29

Today in White Sox History: January 29

And with this footstep, Willie Harris tallies what would be the run that won it all for the White Sox in 2005. | Ronald Martinez/ A minor deal yields a World Series hero 1964 Jim Brosnan is given permission from the White Sox to seek a deal with another team, after GM Ed Short forbids any further in-season writing (Brosnan previously had authored the classic book, The Long Season, as well as Pennant Race). Brosnan, who was acquired during the 1963 season and threw extremely well out of the pen (2.84 ERA, 15 saves and 1.1 WAR) for the pennant-chasing White Sox, would be...
Jan 29, 2023
South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 87: Frankeli Arias

South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 87: Frankeli Arias

It was just a small snapshot of his potential, but Frankeli Arias was dominant in the DSL in 2022. | @f__arias___60 A pretty spiffy DSL debut from a lefty starter — a rarity in the organization Frankeli Arias Left-Handed Starting Pitcher6´0´´170 poundsAge: 192022 High Level DSL (Rookie)Age relative to high level +0.4 yearsSSS rank among all left-handed starting pitchers in the system 5Overall 2022 regular season stats 13 games (5 starts, 1 CG, 1 SHO) ⚾️ 48 2⁄3 IP ⚾️ 3.33 ERA ⚾️ 1.110 WHIP ⚾️ 50 K ⚾️ 12 BB Frankeli Arias snuck into the White...
Jan 29, 2023
Having a bad offseason? Well, turn it up!

Having a bad offseason? Well, turn it up!

The White Sox collide with a music podcast, as Brett Ballantini hops onto This Might Be a Podcast to discuss a little bit of baseball and a whole lot of music In case you ever wondered about the crossover of baseball and music, well, as the unofficial musicologist — or, music linker in offseason roundup notebooks — of South Side Sox, it’s my duty to inform you of an especially targeted podcast now available for your listening pleasure. It’s Greg Simpson’s This Might Be a Podcast, which is a now 200-plus episode breakdown of every They Might Be Giants song ever...
Jan 28, 2023
Today in White Sox History: January 28

Today in White Sox History: January 28

Ban Johnson’s American League went from minor to major on this day, 122 years ago. | CORBIS/Corbis via The American League gets serious 1901 The American League moves from minor-league status to the majors, with the existing Washington Senators, (the 1900 AL’s Kansas City Blues were relocated to the nation’s capital) Cleveland Lake Shores (renaming themselves the Blues), Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago White Sox joined by new additions the Baltimore Orioles (who had sat out a season after being booted from the National League in 1899), and the...