11:32 PM EST, Mon January 21, 2019
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Johnson caps busy offseason with Dominican trip

Johnson caps busy offseason with Dominican trip

And that slider keeps improving ... Rocket-armed reliever Tyler Johnson spent the 2018 season making minor-league hitters look sick, while fashioning a 9-0 record with a 1.40 ERA and 14 saves. In 58 innings pitched, he struck out 89 batters, while walking only 16 and allowing 35 hits. His dominance at both Low-A Kannapolis and High-A Winston-Salem earned Johnson a nomination for a MILBY award for minor league baseball’s best relief pitcher. Rather than resting on his laurels, Johnson the consummate perfectionist, has spent the offseason sharpening his slider with the University of South...
8 hours ago
Five White Sox make Baseball America’s Top 100

Five White Sox make Baseball America’s Top 100

You have to wait till Wednesday to find out who they are ... but we have some guesses Is it possible that the Chicago White Sox place five players in the Baseball America Top 50? BA’s list of Top 100 Prospects in baseball will be released on Wednesday. But in an exclusive given only to South Side Sox, Baseball America tells us it will be placing five White Sox in its 2019 preseason Top 100. Last year, BA had four White Sox in the Top 100: 4. Eloy Jiménez, OF11. Michael Kopech, P58. Luis Robert, OF82. Dane Dunning, P Baseball America’s 2018 midseason Top Prospects, released in July,...
Jan 20, 2019
So you think it’s easy being a (broke) minor league baseball player ...

So you think it’s easy being a (broke) minor league baseball player ...

Sim’s back, and he’s gonna set you straight I’m back. My name is Eric Sim, a salty Korean-Canadian, washed up ex-minor leaguer for the San Francisco Giants, who spent most of his career in Single-A. If you are not familiar with who I am (most of you are not going to be), that’s completely normal, because I’m a “nobody” who just happened to spend six years in the minors without making it to the big leagues. In fact, I wasn’t close to making it to the big leagues at all. Anyway, I’m on Twitter a lot so if you would like to follow, troll or whatever else your heart desires,...
Jan 19, 2019
Q&A: Seby Zavala

Q&A: Seby Zavala

From our newest writer, Dan Victor, comes a chat a couple of seasons back with a rising star in the White Sox organization In 2016, a young catcher in the Chicago White Sox organization inspired me with his hard work, grit and determination. That catcher, Bernardo Sebastion (Seby) Zavala has gone from being a 12th round pick to becoming a four-time minor league All-Star. Now, as the Charlotte Knights starting catcher, Zavala has made the White Sox’s 40-man roster and is on the brink of a major league call-up. Not only did Seby practice and play hard while reaching for his goals, he was...
Jan 19, 2019
Meet the Players: Dan Victor

Meet the Players: Dan Victor

As we head toward another season of Chicago White Sox baseball, as well as approach the one-year anniversary of a little different editorial direction for South Side Sox, I’m back to work at pumping up the lineup in anticipation of a big 2019. The first addition is Daniel Victor, who has his first piece appearing on the site today. Dan is a lifelong White Sox fan now in North Carolina, where he will join Tiffany Wintz (TiffW96) in providing terrific coverage of the Kannapolis Intimidators and others in the White Sox system. I’ve just gotten to know Dan, but by sheer coincidence he is...
Jan 18, 2019
Fix baseball? Nah. Tweak it? Absolutely

Fix baseball? Nah. Tweak it? Absolutely

One fan’s suggestions for our great sport At various points in the year, you’ll hear various sportswriters or commentators bemoan how baseball needs fixing, or how it’s rendered irrelevant by football and basketball. Hall-of-Famer John Smoltz added his voice to this issue last August by proposing, among other things, a split schedule in order to prevent tanking. I’m a baseball purist, but consider myself open-minded enough to allow that some things about baseball are simply outdated and need to be corrected. I’m not naive enough to believe all my suggestions about baseball would...
Jan 17, 2019
A deadline for Manny? Dumb-dumb-dumb-dumb-dumb

A deadline for Manny? Dumb-dumb-dumb-dumb-dumb

Can we please disabuse ourselves of the notion that Machado is somehow insulting the White Sox by not signing yet? With the eleventy billion tweets circulating in perfect he said/she said/agent said/Manny said/some mook in Philly grunting at Manny said/Manny’s sister-in-law said/@MLB Twitter account said/Reinsdorf said manner, some are floating the notion that, hey, the Chicago White Sox should just say, screw this, and give Manny Machado a hard deadline, yea or nay, put your goddang new jersey on over your dress shirt and smile for the camera or go stick your cornrows where the sun...
Jan 16, 2019
What the White Sox would get in Manny Machado

What the White Sox would get in Manny Machado

Elite hitting, elite defense at third, and, finally: a true superstar As the baseball world burns over the offer the Chicago White Sox made to Manny Machado ($25 million AAV? $31.25 million AAV? ... jeez, ESPN, can you at least get your own story straight), a reminder that it is still the only reported offer. So while we’re not exactly photoshopping Manny into White Sox black quite yet — we’ll leave that to @MLB — and most of us are familiar with what Machado brings to the table, this superstar and potential Hall-of-Famer is too impressive not to dive into. The Offense Machado has...
Jan 15, 2019
How do you spell relief? Longshots for the 2019 White Sox bullpen

How do you spell relief? Longshots for the 2019 White Sox bullpen

Winding up our series, here’s a look at the wild cards for the South Side reliever corps Before this offseason, the Chicago White Sox were loaded with high-ceiling, but not-ready-for-prime- time pitchers, like Ian Hamilton, Zack Burdi, Ryan Burr, and Thyago Vieira. With several recent additions via trade and free agency, the White Sox now have several veterans to add to this list. By my count, there are 21 pitchers who have the potential to pitch this year in a White Sox uniform: The incumbents: Manny Bañuelos, Alex Colomé, Dylan Covey, Jace Fry, Kelvin Herrera, Nate Jones, Juan...
Jan 15, 2019
South Side Sox’s 2019 White Sox Hall of Fame vote

South Side Sox’s 2019 White Sox Hall of Fame vote

Vote for our second class — with some bonus categories — through January 23 Once upon a time, the Chicago White Sox had a team Hall of Fame — until they decided to put it in mothballs, in favor of an extended gift shop. Now the Sox have a two-story team store, and they have yet to bring the team Hall of Fame back. We’re tired of waiting, so we’ve established a virtual one here at South Side Sox. Voting is similar to our regular Hall of Fame vote: You are able to choose a maximum of 10 guys from this year’s ballot of 30 nominees. A player will need 75% of the vote to gain...
Jan 14, 2019
How do you spell relief? On the cusp of the 2019 White Sox bullpen

How do you spell relief? On the cusp of the 2019 White Sox bullpen

This second in the series details the relievers who are nibbling at the majors Before this offseason, the Chicago White Sox were loaded with high-ceiling, but not-ready-for-prime- time pitchers, like Ian Hamilton, Zack Burdi, Ryan Burr, and Thyago Vieira. With several recent additions via trade and free agency, the White Sox now have several veterans to add to this list. By my count, there are 21 pitchers who have the potential to pitch this year in a White Sox uniform: The incumbents: Manny Bañuelos, Alex Colomé, Dylan Covey, Jace Fry, Kelvin Herrera, Nate Jones, Juan Minaya On the...
Jan 14, 2019
Conflicting offers reported for Machado

Conflicting offers reported for Machado

It’s USA Today vs. ESPN, to see who has the tightest sources Just due diligence here, fellas, don’t kill the messenger. But there’s a bit of late Sunday Manny Machado news to report. larry has already weighed in, but here’s a bit more of the blow-by-blow. Jeff Passan at ESPN is referencing those wily “league sources” in reporting the Chicago White Sox offer to Machado as eight years, $250 million. The Chicago White Sox have offered Manny Machado an eight-year deal and could be compelled to go even longer, league sources tell ESPN. The Phillies remain in on him as their Bryce...
Jan 14, 2019
Make it rain, Jerry

Make it rain, Jerry

We haven’t always seen eye-to-eye, Jer. But I think we’re just about on the same page on this one. Credible report: SOURCE: The #WhiteSox have offered Manny Machado an eight-year, US$250 million deal, #Phillies still involved.First to reported @JeffPassan.#ZDigital #ZDeportes @z101digital @ZDeportes— Héctor Gómez (@hgomez27) January 14, 2019 Let’s be really real here. Morbid, even. You’re 83 this year. You don’t have much time left. You’re a tax lawyer so I know you’re not offended by the numbers. Life expectancy tables say you’ve got about 6.5 years left. You’re...
Jan 13, 2019
How do you spell relief? The projected 2019 White Sox bullpen

How do you spell relief? The projected 2019 White Sox bullpen

In our first of a series of three, here’s a look at the South Side’s relief incumbents Before this offseason, the Chicago White Sox were loaded with high-ceiling, but not-ready-for-prime- time pitchers, like Ian Hamilton, Zack Burdi, Ryan Burr, and Thyago Vieira. With several recent additions via trade and free agency, the White Sox now have several veterans to add to this list. By my count, there are 21 pitchers who have the potential to pitch this year in a White Sox uniform: The incumbents: Manny Bañuelos, Alex Colomé, Dylan Covey, Jace Fry, Kelvin Herrera, Nate Jones, Juan...
Jan 12, 2019
Contrasting $300 million offers for Machado and Harper

Contrasting $300 million offers for Machado and Harper

Could incentives, on top of a generous salary, be enough to sign Manny, Bryce — or both? With each passing day, multiple rumors abound around the two generational talents who just happen to be free agents, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. One day has the Philadelphia Phillies with the edge to win Machado, the next day the Chicago White Sox — and who knows what the New York Yankees are doing with all the infielders they’ve already signed. A similar story applies to Harper, who perhaps has more suitors, including the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers, with even the...