March 29, 2010
Here’s what they have to say on Trayce Thompson:
What he needs to improve: Right now, a little bit of everything. He needs to fill out to improve his power, he needs to cut down on the strikeouts and improve his batting eye. His defense seems to be the best part of his game right now, but he also has good bat speed. If he can shorten his swing he should be able to do fine in 2010.
Mark Gonzales remind us that Jayson Nix and Sergio Santos don’t have any minor-league options left and must pass through waivers to remain with the Sox if they aren’t named to the roster. OTOH, Alejandro De Aza and Brent Lillibridge have minor-league options and can be sent to the minors. Erick Threets and Greg Aquino have signed AAA contracts and will remain with the Sox even if they aren’t included in the team’s the roster. Conclusion: Sergio Santos with his 98mph fastball and his three above average pitches ain’t going anywhere. BTW, Jim warns on the danger of taking a 13th pitcher in Jayson Nix’s place.
Last year, when there was NOT a man on on second, runners on first scored 42.6% of the time on a double. When there was a guy on second, runners from first scored 45.3%. You read that right, there is no such thing as clogging the bases.
“First Base,” one of the new spots debuting this week, is an homage to something most baseball fans probably don’t give much thought to — the first base bag. The voiceover theatrically reminds us there are only 30 of them in Major League baseball as the camera pans down a white line to finally reveal the bag itself in all its understated glory. Then we see a slow-motion image of White Sox left fielder Juan Pierre running toward first base as the voiceover announcer tells us, “You either sprint to first or jog back to the bus.” This spot ends with the tag “White Sox Hustle: It’s Black and White.” …
UPDATE: Video of the new commercials.