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October 28, 2009

Greg Walker: ‘If I was in a normal situation I probably would have been fired’

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 28, 2009 7:21 pm
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Greg Walker tries to understand why he’s still listed as the Sox hitting coach:

“Look, I know if I was in a normal situation I probably would have been fired after this year. But I also know that we have accomplished a lot. I know that if you watch this game on a daily basis there are things to point fingers at because this is a game of failure. I think over the years we built up a enough good will and accomplished things that people don’t realize. But we have underachieved the last few years. I think [general manager] Kenny [Williams], [manager] Ozzie [Guillen] and [board chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf] know the reasons, and they know I’m the right man for the job. Last year happened and it would have cost a lot of hitting coaches their jobs, but there is a lot of trust there. I don’t take that lightly. I’ve done this for seven years and I think for those seven years we’ve underachieved two of them. Even those years we did underachieve we went about our business the right way. When they decide it’s someone else’s turn then it will be someone else’s job.” …

DeLuca says Walker along with Joey Cora, Don Cooper and Harold Baines got two-year contract extensions (2010 and 2011).

AFL Day 16 [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 28, 2009 3:25 pm
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Phoenix Desert Dogs vs. Peoria Javelinas: Boxscore, Gameday. Jordan Danks is playing DH. Brent Morel is playing 3B. Weather: 62 degrees, sunny.

UPDATE: Peoria lost 11-6:

Jordan Danks: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 CS, .429 AVG
Brent Morel: 0-4, .125 AVG

No delay for Ozzie in the World Series broadcasts?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 28, 2009 3:20 pm
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Merkin:

… According to Reifert, multiple networks called Guillen during September to check out his interest in this sort of work. Guillen settled on FOX, a network that Goren said has never used any delay in its sports broadcasts.

Delays won’t be needed for Guillen on this occasion. Fans of the game will be able to judge his effort simply by the information he provides, possibly providing a new outlook into Guillen’s baseball psyche, with one minor concern presented by Gordon Beckham, Guillen’s rookie sensation at third base.

“Hopefully, people can understand him,” said Beckham with a laugh of his manager. “When you are not around Ozzie all the time, it’s kind of tough. It’s kind of tough even when you are around him. But he knows a lot about the game, is really colorful and I think he’s going to do a great job.”

THT: Strikeout rates through the years

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 28, 2009 1:56 am
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Young:

When you imagine a pitcher who blows people away, do you have a specific K/9 in mind? The answer might depend on when the question was asked. Over the past 100+ years, strikeout rates have steadily climbed, with periodic dips here and there: …

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