12:23 AM EST, Wed November 25, 2020
7 hours ago
Why was Ricky Renteria fired?

Why was Ricky Renteria fired?

Manager Ricky Renteria #17 of the Chicago White Sox argues with the umpires after being thrown out of the game while disputing the decision to eject Jimmy Cordero #50 after he hit Willson Contreras #40 of the Chicago Cubs with a pitch on Sept. 25, 2020 at Guaranteed Rate Field. | Photo by Ron Vesely/ A Thanksgiving week White Sox thought exercise I know, I know, it’s old business. We’re already on to the weaknesses of our new manager. That said, GM Rick Hahn’s firing of Renteria still intrigues and mystifies me. Obviously, with what we know now about the Tony La...
Nov 23, 2020
Shop Breaking T’s Black Friday sale now!

Shop Breaking T’s Black Friday sale now!

EVERYTHING site-wide is 15% off using discount code BIG15 BreakingT is opening up the vault and offering all its gear at 15% off for Black Friday, beginning right now. Just use the BIG15 code at checkout. Click here to view everything in Breaking T’s White Sox collection in one spot. Individual links below should get you to other White Sox products on site, including the Classic Collection that features the Ed Farmer and Mark Buehrle T-shirts. There’s also free domestic shipping on orders of $70 or more! Happy shopping! I first got word of this shirt just as José...
Nov 23, 2020
SSS Podcast 11: Looking Ahead to the Hot Stove

SSS Podcast 11: Looking Ahead to the Hot Stove

Trevor Bauer #47 of Cleveland walks back to the dugout as a fan holds a sign that reads, “GO FLY YOUR DRONE” after being relieved during the second inning against the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium on Oct. 9, 2017 in the Bronx. | Photo by Mike Stobe/ Filling the gaping holes in right field and the rotation won’t be easy Cole College Kohawks left fielder and South Side Sox writer Luke Smailes hops on for his SSS podcast debut, determined to spend only about 10% of the program talking Tony La Russa. It seems that goal was achieved, as ...
Nov 21, 2020
Killer B’s 2: Hall-of-Famer Baseball Person

Killer B’s 2: Hall-of-Famer Baseball Person

Immigrant inmates walk for exercise at the Maricopa County Tent City jail on March 11, 2013 in Phoenix. The striped uniforms and pink undergarments are standard issue at the facility. The tent jail, run by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, houses undocumented immigrants who are serving up to one year after being convicted of crime in the county. Although many of immigrants have lived in the U.S for years, often with families, most will be deported to Mexico after serving their sentences. | Photo by John Moore/ Join us again as we briefly contemplate the feasibility of...
Nov 20, 2020
Burger, Johnson, Sheets advance to the White Sox 40-man

Burger, Johnson, Sheets advance to the White Sox 40-man

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Emilio Vargas poses for a portrait during media day at Salt River Fields in 2020. | Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Kincanon left exposed; South Siders also snag Arizona reliever Emilio Vargas On Friday the White Sox opted for a cautious route with regard to December’s Rule 5 draft, moving Gavin Sheets, Jake Burger and Tyler Johnson to the 40-man roster and out of the Rule 5 player pool. The club also claimed Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Emilio Vargas off of waivers, completely filling the 40-man roster. Friday began with a 40-man roster...
Nov 19, 2020
Get Your Hall of Famer Baseball Person T-Shirt from Sox Machine

Get Your Hall of Famer Baseball Person T-Shirt from Sox Machine

Do you want a topical shirt that also goes towards something good? Look no further! Some of you might not know me, so, hello. My name is Chrystal, a lifelong baseball fan, newer White Sox fan, and one of the South Side Hit Pen writers now here at South Side Sox. I’m also married to Billy O’Keefe, longtime contributor to SSS who moved on as Sox Machine came to be. Thankfully, we can coexist while contributing our talents to different White Sox sites. After the details were made known, in 20 minutes’ time Billy produced a shirt for Sox Machine with the now-infamous words...
Nov 19, 2020
Rule 5 draft: Who makes the 40-man?

Rule 5 draft: Who makes the 40-man?

There could be a surprise spot taken on the White Sox 40-man on Friday: fan favorite Will Kincanon. | Tiffany Wintz/South Side Sox Four spots are open on the White Sox roster ... with four players most in jeopardy of getting drafted away Friday marks the deadline for teams to protect eligible players from the Rule 5 draft (held on December 10) by placing them on the 40-man roster. While Year of the Hamster boldly predicted no White Sox would be taken this year, the White Sox might proceed with more caution and advance some of the most jeopardized prospects to the 40-man...
Nov 18, 2020
Another not-yet-official hire: Miguel Cairo is the new White Sox bench coach

Another not-yet-official hire: Miguel Cairo is the new White Sox bench coach

He’ll be a key man connection the clubhouse to La Russa, but Miguel Cairo has been out of uniform as long as his new boss has. | Photo by Al Bello/ Three decades La Russa’s junior, his former player might just become the most important person in uniform in 2021 No official announcement from the White Sox (who haven’t officially done a thing with the coaching staff besides hiring Tony La Russa and acknowledging they knew he had a new DUI arrest when they hired him), but Lindsey Adler of the Athletic in New York has pegged Miguel Cairo as the new White Sox bench...
Nov 18, 2020
Sharing Sox 14: How About Theo for Manager?

Sharing Sox 14: How About Theo for Manager?

Maybe a straight-up trade for our new guy ... Sharing Sox was recorded on Tuesday this week, just before the 2021 ZiPS projections came out, so there’s zip about ZiPS. But SSS duty geezer Leigh Allan, his son and West Coast correspondent Will, and guest fan and fellow thespian Rob Colletti (Book of Mormon, School of Rock) delve into changes on high for that other team in town (and how we could unload you-know-who on them). The trio also discuss many other goings-on around baseball: Miami’s hiring of Kim Ng José Abreu’s MVP and impression of Tony La Russa Brett’s SB...
Nov 17, 2020
The South Side Sox offseason calendar

The South Side Sox offseason calendar

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ Our annual guide to everything happening on site and in White Sox baseball, from now till Opening Day While baseball’s offseason deprives us of games, it doesn’t mean there’s not a lot of action over the winter. We’ve already skated through awards season, but there’s a lot of other business to take care of here at South Side Sox. November 20 This Friday at 7 p.m. CT is the deadline for teams to place players who are eligible for the Rule 5 draft on the 40-man roster. Who’s vulnerable? A player who signed a pro contract at age 18 or younger must be...
Nov 16, 2020
Mark Buehrle is on the 2021 Hall of Fame ballot

Mark Buehrle is on the 2021 Hall of Fame ballot

White Sox fans realize they are part of history as White Sox starting pitcher, Mark Buehrle reacts as Jason Bartlett (far left) is thrown out at first by Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramírez (not pictured). Buehrle faced the minimum of 27 batters to pitch a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays at U.S. Cellular Field. | Photo by Warren Wimmer/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Five other former White Sox join him for consideration The 2021 Hall of Fame ballot was announced today, and it includes a future White Sox Hall-of-Famer: @NotMrTibbs/BBHOF Tracker ...
Nov 15, 2020
2020 SB Nation Offseason Sim projections

2020 SB Nation Offseason Sim projections

It was a fairly quiet offseason for the 2020-21 SBN Sim Sox, with the cornerstone add of Masahiro Tanaka. But at a much lower cost, we generated nearly the same number of projected wins as a year ago. | Photo by Jim McIsaac/ We spent a lot less (Reinsdorf approves!) but generated just one fewer win, without a major corner outfield addition In my third year of representing the White Sox as their GM in the SB Nation offseason simulation, we made only one trade (lowest number ever) and signed five free agents (four, really, plus re-signing Carlos Rodón). After the 2018 sim, our roster...
Nov 15, 2020
ESPN is the new (old) White Sox radio partner

ESPN is the new (old) White Sox radio partner

Former player and current radio color analyst Darrin Jackson of the Chicago White Sox during batting practice before the start of MLB game action against the Blue Jays on April 25, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto. | Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/ The club moves down the radio dial from 720 to 1000 The news got swallowed up by Tony La Russa’s latest DUI arrest, a new pitching coach and José Abreu’s MVP win, but the White Sox have a new radio partner for the 2021 season. ESPN 1000, which broadcast White Sox games from 1999 through the World Series-winning season of 2005, returns after 15...
Nov 14, 2020
North Side Sox 3: It can’t get any worse, right?

North Side Sox 3: It can’t get any worse, right?

Kim Ng, José Abreu, and Ethan Katz have contributed to some awesome news in baseball, at least. Just when we were reaching the acceptance stage, too. Look, we’re really trying over here. In this third (second at South Side Sox) installment of North Side Sox, Janice and Sam continue to unpack (yes, again) the issues surrounding the Tony La Russa hire, following up on Jeff Passan’s recent story surrounding La Russa’s second DUI arrest. Initially, we were afraid that La Russa would deter free agents from signing. Unfortunately, we were right. We dissect the “statement”...
Nov 13, 2020
Like Anderson and Jiménez, José Abreu brings enthusiasm to La Russa hire

Like Anderson and Jiménez, José Abreu brings enthusiasm to La Russa hire

José Abreu spoke with local media on Friday morning, addressing his MVP win and the prospects of playing under Tony La Russa. | Chicago White Sox And Pito knows what challenge lies ahead in 2021: “We have to win” Another week, another delightful media session with a White Sox slugger, celebrating an award. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. Now, to be sure, last week’s talk with Tim Anderson and Eloy Jiménez about their Silver Sluggers lasted just one courtesy question about the awards before the Tony La Russa hire was brought up. On Friday, Abreu fielded several...