6:10 PM EDT, Sun October 24, 2021
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Deep Dive: Birmingham and Charlotte Catchers

Deep Dive: Birmingham and Charlotte Catchers

Yermín Mercedes and Carlos Pérez started out very differently this spring training, but by year’s end they were teammates in Charlotte. | Sean Williams/South Side Sox Yermín Mercedes, Seby Zavala and two significant Rule 5 candidates highlight this list of Sox system backstops. “Deep Dive” focuses on the depth of each position in the Chicago White Sox organization. Welcome to another year of Deep Dive, where we analyze the past, present and future for each position in the White Sox organization. Each position is broken into five parts: Depth in the rookie...
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Thank God I’m a Charlotte Boy

Thank God I’m a Charlotte Boy

Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights Life on the Farm. [Below is an ode to the White Sox farm system, as told through the voices of the Charlotte Knights to the tune of John Denver’s “Thank God I’m a Country Boy”] [Verse 1: Yermín Mercedes]Well, life on a farm ain’t really laid backMajor league fans kinda think I’m a hackRetired once, but baby I’m back!Thank God I’m a Charlotte boy Man I didn’t mean to raise the alarmBut it’s been 10 years and I’m still on the farmAnd now that the Yerminator’s lost his charmThank God I’m a Charlotte boy [Chorus:...
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Today in White Sox History: October 24

Today in White Sox History: October 24

Aggressive GM Ken Williams was hired on this day, 21 years ago. A new GM in town, ready to deliver a title. 2000 Ken Williams was named the new White Sox GM, replacing the retiring Ron Schueler. Williams, a former Sox player, would bring passion and heart to the position. He also wasn’t afraid to take risks, and wasn’t afraid of failure. He eventually would create a World Series champion in 2005, his signature moment in the organization. He then moved upstairs as one of the team’s executive vice presidents. 2005 The White Sox winning the pennant drew a small...
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White Sox Minor League Update: October 23, 2021

White Sox Minor League Update: October 23, 2021

Yolbert Sánchez gets another start, and another hit. | Norm Hall/MLB Photos via Unfortunately, it was a loss for the Glendale Desert Dogs, with Yoelqui Céspedes and Yolbert Sánchez getting starts and a hit apiece. [Box scores for the Arizona Fall League are proving very challenging to access, with the website acting wonky as often as not. Joe and Brett have had no luck opening box scores at all, and tonight, Darren got the bug, too. Apologies for the incomplete update, but send complaints to MLB/MiLB/AFL, not your friendly neighborhood SSS recappers.] It was a loss...
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Gamethread: Dodgers at Atlanta (NLCS Game 6)

Gamethread: Dodgers at Atlanta (NLCS Game 6)

Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Can home cooking end the series for the home team before things get truly nerve-wracking? The endless hellscape that is the 2021 postseason could take another step forward tonight, as Atlanta tries to finish off the Dodgers. Or, it could take another 2020esque turn, and things could get dicey fast down in Georgia. Ian Anderson takes the mound for the home club, hoping to continue his success in the postseason (2.25 ERA). In somewhat of a surprise, although less so given his last start was undermined by “dead arm,” Max Scherzer is unable...
Oct 23, 2021
Deep Dive: White Sox A-Level Catchers

Deep Dive: White Sox A-Level Catchers

Adam Hackenberg, seen here with Clemson, posted an outstanding .822 OPS for the AZL Sox and Kannapolis in 2021. | Ken Ruinard / staff, The Greenville News via Imagn Content Services, LLC Injuries and offensive struggles dominate this list for Winston-Salem and Kannapolis. “Deep Dive” focuses on the depth of each position in the Chicago White Sox organization. Welcome to another year of Deep Dive, where we analyze the past, present and future for each position in the White Sox organization. Each position is broken into five parts: Depth in the rookie levels...
Oct 23, 2021
South Side Sox on the Farm Podcast 20 — 2021 Birmingham Barons Review

South Side Sox on the Farm Podcast 20 — 2021 Birmingham Barons Review

Tiffany Wintz (Yolbert Sánchez, Carlos Pérez, Ti’quan Forbes), Kim Contreras (Jameson Fisher, Gunnar Troutwine) and Sean Williams (Jagger Rusconi) photos for South Side Sox; Kade McClure photo by Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights Darren Black talks with Brett Ballantini about the only good team in the system — a club that still ended up bad, in the end. Hey, Darren Black and Brett Ballantini reassembled, put their Farm uniforms back on for continuity, and are hitting up the Birmingham Barons on their weeklong wrap of the White Sox system. Have you read Darren’s...
Oct 23, 2021
2021 Birmingham Barons Season Review

2021 Birmingham Barons Season Review

He started in Double-A and eventually made it to MLB: what a 2021 for Romy González. | Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports Though the season ended in a big slump, it was still a division-winning year and ended up being the home to some of the top prospects in the system. The Barons were a very good minor league baseball team — truly the only White Sox MiLB team that was good in 2021. Double-A is a big marker in a player’s development for several reasons. One, it has become the level where good players prove that they really are good — or where they fail....
Oct 23, 2021
Today in White Sox History: October 23

Today in White Sox History: October 23

With one swing, on this day 16 years ago, Scott Podsednik became a White Sox legend. | G. N. Lowrance/ Scotty Pods puts the South Siders up, 2-0. 2005 Game 2 of the World Series ended in unexpected and dramatic fashion, as outfielder Scott Podsednik blasted a walk-off home run. The shot, off Houston’s Brad Lidge, ended the game in a 7-6 White Sox win at U.S. Cellular Field and gave Chicago a two-game lead in the Series. Earlier, with the Sox losing 4-2, Paul Konerko drilled the first pitch he saw for a grand slam, turning the game (and perhaps the Series)...
Oct 23, 2021
White Sox Minor League Update: October 22, 2021

White Sox Minor League Update: October 22, 2021

J.B. Olson was the bright spot for the White Sox in Glendale’s latest AFL win. | Kim Contreras/South Side Sox No position players take the field for the Good Guys, although a couple pitchers find their way onto the mound — with mixed results Box score link Zero Sox position players got into this one, a 9-2 Desert Dogs victory over the Surprise Saguaros. Yolbert Sánchez has only played in two games total out of nine, and continued to not appear today. J.B. Olson pitched the seventh and it went about as well as anyone...
Oct 22, 2021
Deep Dive: White Sox Rookie League Catchers

Deep Dive: White Sox Rookie League Catchers

Jefferson Mendoza is one of the top catchers in the White Sox farm system. | Sean Williams/South Side Sox Jefferson Mendoza and Manuel Guariman lead a solid cast of young backstops. “Deep Dive” focuses on the depth of each position in the Chicago White Sox organization. Welcome to another year of Deep Dive, where we analyze the past, present and future for each position in the White Sox organization. Each position is broken into five parts: Depth in the rookie levels (Dominican and Arizona) Depth in A-ball (Kannapolis and Winston-Salem) Depth in the higher levels...
Oct 22, 2021
Gamethread: Red Sox at Astros (ALCS Game 6)

Gamethread: Red Sox at Astros (ALCS Game 6)

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports Trash v trash, in a battle for sanitation supremacy! Pretty cool how we ended up with the two dirtiest teams in the game, playing for the AL pennant. For everyone who wants to say, well, just forget it, old news, well ... nah. Sorry Boston, sorry Houston, you are tainted. Whenever you say you’ve won on the field from here, we are forced to pause and think, really? And when BOTH cheating scandal teams make it to the ALCS, we are forced to pause and think, REALLY! Houston scored 18 runs on 23 hits in the last two games in Boston, turning...
Oct 22, 2021
Sharing Sox Podcast 58: Waddya Gimme for a Used Closer Edition

Sharing Sox Podcast 58: Waddya Gimme for a Used Closer Edition

And other postseason oddments. As other teams mosey on through the playoffs, the White Sox head into the silly season of speculation on matters small and large, and SSS duty geezer Leigh Allan and his son and west coast corespondent, Will, take a look at some of it. There are a few chuckles along the way, because most of the speculation is downright nutty — though they do agree if you want to pretend you can trade a guy who can’t function unless it’s the ninth inning and your team has a one- to three-run lead and it’s between 68 and 76 degrees and the wind is blowing in...
Oct 22, 2021
Today in White Sox History: October 22

Today in White Sox History: October 22

José Contreras went seven strong innings to put the White Sox up, 1-0, in the 2005 World Series. | Rich Pilling/MLB via After 46 years, the South Siders were back in the Fall Classic. 2005 A full 46 years after their last World Series, the White Sox finally got back. Game 1 against Houston was played in chilly Chicago, with the Sox winning, 5-3, at U.S. Cellular Field. Jermaine Dye and Joe Crede hit home runs. José Contreras pitched seven innings (the streak of postseason complete games was snapped!), and the bullpen tandem of Neal Cotts and Bobby Jenks saved the...
Oct 22, 2021
White Sox Minor League Update: October 21, 2021

White Sox Minor League Update: October 21, 2021

Yoelqui Céspedes hit out of the second spot in the lineup for the Desert Dogs. | Ron Vesely/ Two hitters contribute meaningfully to a victory in the desert! Box score link Yoelqui Céspedes hit second today, and José Rodríguez held down the 8-spot over four at-bats, as the Glendale Desert Dogs emerged victorious over the Scottsdale Scorpions, 10-5. No Sox pitching prospects appeared in this game, but both hitters performed well. Céspedes went 2-for-5, an infield single and run scored in the first and a line...