Facing the cameras before a national television audience appeared more nerve-racking than participating in a perfect game for the White Sox’s Mark Buehrle and teammates Dewayne Wise and Josh Fields. …
July 27, 2009
“We’ll keep him in the big leagues — that’s for sure. I’m leaning toward starting him because this kid is making nice progress. We already did it [keep Richard in the rotation] this time. Why not do it for the next eight starts, whatever we have left [in the regular season]? In the meanwhile, we’ve got to see what’s best for the club. We’re in the pennant race, but the good deal for the future is to keep him out there.”
All was not well in the White Sox dugout after a rough showing in the field during the second inning of Monday’s contest at the Metrodome. Shortstop Alexei Ramirez had to be held back by Jermaine Dye from going after A.J. Pierzynski, after Pierzynski showed his verbal displeasure for Ramirez that was caught on tape by the Minnesota broadcast of the game. Pierzynski was shown saying something to Ramirez, even as Pierzynski was walking away, before Ramirez started moving toward Pierzynski. The White Sox had committed two errors leading to two unearned runs in the bottom of the second, but neither mistake had anything to do with Pierzynski or Ramirez.
UPDATE: Incident downplayed.
Judging by your K rate, how does it feel to throw an invisible baseball? Seriously though, are strikeouts your goal, or would you be happier getting a first-pitch ground out? And do you have one pitch that has been your strikeout pitch?
Haha, our pitching coach Larry Owens said that to me earlier in the season. I would much rather prefer to get a guy out on the first three pitches no matter what. I think a key for me is that I’m able to get ahead of the guys, and put them away when I have 2 strikes. I try to throw my fastball to four different spots and I think not throwing the ball down the middle of the plate has helped me so far this year.
Full interview at the link.
Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice were the only two breathing players inducted into Cooperstown this weekend. It didn’t have to be this way though, and frankly it shouldn’t have been since Tim Raines belonged right alongside them. Excuse me for drop-kicking a dead horse – smarter, better writers than I have taken it upon themselves to make the case – but, take a look at the graphical argument for. …
Video (0:45): http://www.cbs.com/late_show/video/video.php?cid=518893744…
Video with no auto-play: http://www.cbs.com/late_show/video/video.php?cid=518893744…
Among the 10 items Buehrle presented include number 5: “Did I remember to TiVo ‘So You Think You Can Dance’?”; number 4: “I’m leaving after the 7th inning to beat the traffic”; and number 3: “Should I shave my back?” Buehrle’s entire Top Ten List can be seen on the LATE SHOW tonight (10:35 PM-11:37 PM, CT) on the CBS Television Network.
Matt Thornton, the only left-hander in the White Sox’s bullpen, left to attend to the delivery of his child. Thornton’s wife went into labor in Chicago. Pitching coach Don Cooper left to attend to a family matter.
UPDATE: Linebrink says not to worry, he’ll take over. D.J. Carrasco says not so fast there Liney.
A little misinformation apparently has been floating around concerning the whereabouts of the baseball used to record the last out of Mark Buehrle’s perfect game on Thursday. And here’s the official confirmation, as provided by the White Sox themselves. The ball is in the White Sox offices at U.S. Cellular Field and will be held for future display. Josh Fields caught the final out on a throw from shortstop Alexei Ramirez and had it briefly taken by a Major League Baseball authenticator. But the ball was never lost, and the White Sox actually had it back in their possession directly from said authenticator.
The “Pudge” before “Pudge” Rodriguez, Fisk got to this point on the list in two primary ways: playing forever, and putting up very good numbers over that time. 24 seasons is second only to Deacon McGuire among the top-100 catchers, and his 9748 PA’s is second to none. Fisk played 97% of his games behind the dish, playing from 1969 to 1993(!). …
big shocker there!
It’s simple, really. Throw the 16th perfect game in modern Major League history, and you have a pretty good shot at being named Player of the Week. Such was the case for White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle, who was flawless against the Rays at U.S. Cellular Field on Thursday and was named American League Player of the Week, presented by Bank of America, on Monday.
isn’t that 18th?
Rex Brothers, LHP, Rockies (Short-Season Tri-City)
Attached to many teams with late first-round picks back in June, Brothers ended up falling just outside of the first round despite outstanding velocity for a southpaw, going 34th overall to Colorado. Recently signed to a $969,000 bonus, Brothers made his pro debut over the weekend, pitching one-two-three innings with a pair of strikeouts on both Friday and Sunday. His heat sat in the low 90s, and he pushed his fastball up to 96 mph at times. He also features a plus slider, and if he remains in a relief role, as expected, he could move up very quickly.
South Rowan graduate Daniel Wagner turned 21 two weeks ago doing exactly what he always wanted to be doing when he turned 21 — playing pro baseball. Wagner, a left-handed hitting second baseman, was a 16th-round draft pick by the Chicago White Sox last month. He agreed to a contract as soon as he could find a pen and was assigned to the Bristol (Va.) Sox of the Appalachian League.The Appy League has been around since 1937, and the bus trips through the mountains have changed little since Franklin Roosevelt was in office. …
Now Washburn’s stock is as high as it’s ever been, and the Yankees would have to give up a top prospect or two to have a chance at Washburn. Washburn has pitched to an 8-6 record and 2.71 ERA and is said to be a favorite of pitching coach Rick Adair. Right now, he may become a favorite of many of the teams looking for pitching, such as the White Sox, Twins, Dodgers and Phillies.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that he hasn’t seen a hanging fastball or an inside fastball that he could hit up until recently. His pull power has been in full display the past few nights after spending most of the season spraying the ball to all fields and mostly to right center. I’ve commented before that once he begins pulling the ball more, he will be deadly. Dayan hits the ball hard. Very, very hard. …