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January 20, 2010

January 20 links

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 20, 2010 10:19 pm
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- BDD’s Top Prospects Compilation: Update #12:

Spreadsheet: 2009-2010 Top Prospect List Compilation.xls [175 KB]

- Ozzie Guillen turns 46.

- Gordon Beckham is looking to avoid a sophomore slump.

- Don Cooper is encouraged by Mark Buehrle’s off-season workout program.

- Octavio ‘Doc OcK’ Dotel signed a 1-year deal with a 2011 club option with the Pirates.

Season-tickets renewals strong

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 20, 2010 10:12 pm
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Gonzales:

The formula of projected revenues minus projected expenses equaling player payroll is apparently working well for the White Sox this offseason.

Despite a slight increase in prices, season-ticket renewals are “strong” and projections are ahead of what the Sox anticipated at this point, vice president/chief marketing officer Brooks Boyer said Wednesday.

The result is that the Sox have 22 players signed for about $104.025 million for 2010. Even with $5.25 million coming from the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kansas City Royals in trades, the Sox’s cash obligations to players will exceed $100 million with the resources to add another seasoned player if needed. …

John Danks will live

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 20, 2010 9:02 pm
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Gonzales:

… In other Sox news, John Danks said a follow-up examination on his left index finger was fine.

”I’m going to live,” Danks quipped in a text message.

Jim Thome just wants to play baseball

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 20, 2010 8:45 pm
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Merkin:

Thome followed up his expressed desire to suit up for season No. 20 with an equally strong desire to avoid talking about contract particulars.

“I would rather not get into all that stuff,” Thome said. “I just want to play baseball.”

This question deflected by Thome centered on whether years or money would make a difference in his ultimate 2010 destination. But finding the right fit stands as the most important factor for the prolific slugger.

Once again, Thome mentioned how there was talk between his camp and a few teams. As for a return to the White Sox, Thome said with a smile that he hadn’t closed down this option from his side.

“My door is open,” Thome said. “All you have to do is call me.

“From my end, everyone knows I love Chicago. It’s a great city, and the organization has treated me great for the last four years. It has been a pleasure to play here and be part of it for the last four years.

“So, we’ll see what happens,” Thome said. “In baseball, you learn how business moves are made and decisions are made. You respect those decisions and move on.”

What are you waiting for Kenny?

UPDATE: Paulie on the rotating DH:

“I have no idea [how it would work]. I’ve never been on a team that did that,” Konerko said. “Since 2000, every year I’ve been here there has been a full-time DH, give or take a week when someone was hurt or whatever. We’ll see how that plays out. They seem to be confident it’s the right thing to do.”

UPDATE: Big Jim video.

Joey Cora and Greg Walker approve of Gordon Beckham

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 20, 2010 7:56 pm
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Cowley:

Cora has already given the thumbs up on the work that Beckham put in last week. Especially after the third day of the three-day voluntary mini-camp.

“I feel like I got where I wanted to be in those three days,’’ Beckham said. “All I need to do at second base is relax. Joey was happy after the third day. He mentioned it was all worth it because of that third day.

“The main thing is the double-play feeds around the bag. Make sure you’re quiet with the feet and always going toward first base on the throws. But you can bet we’ll be out there before every home game doing a lot of early work. I think I should be very good by the time we get to June. I don’t see it being a problem.’’

His swing sure wasn’t.

Beckham, who hit .270 with 14 home runs, 28 doubles and 63 RBI in 103 games, also worked in the cage with hitting coach Greg Walker in Miami.

“Gordon looked like Gordon,’’ Walker said. “His swing is fairly low maintenance. It’s about the mental battle for Gordon. His big challenge now is to move over to second base and understand that mental battle of a long season.’’ …

Back to 7:10

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 20, 2010 5:46 pm

Greenberg:

The Sox’s sponsorship deal with convenience store chain 7-Eleven expired after the 2009 season, and the company chose not to renew it. The $500,000-per-year deal called for all weeknight games to start at 7:11 p.m.

“They canceled the agreement right after it was done,” White Sox vice president and chief marketing officer Brooks Boyer said on Wednesday.

The Sox’s official Web site lists 2010 home games as to be determined. Boyer said games will begin at 7:10 p.m. …

A Dream Team… in honor of Dr. King

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ January 20, 2010 12:44 am

Sully:

On this Martin Luther King Day, I’ve decided to honor those great players who were denied a shot at the big leagues because of the color of their skin.

Of course before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, the so called logic of the day said black players were not as talented as the white players.

I guess it was a coincidence that in the 23 years after Jackie arrived, 16 of the National League MVPs were awarded to players who had Negro League experience.

So in the same spirit of my Home Grown vs. Acquired series from last year, I will write up the THE ALL TIME SHUT OUT OF THE MAJORS BECAUSE OF SEGREGATION roster. …

Awesome post.

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