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June 20, 2011

Greg Walker says Gordon Beckham has messed up his swing

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 20, 2011 11:07 pm
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Schouwen @ CST:

Hitting coach Greg Walker said Beckham must simplify things at the plate.

“Looking back at Gordon’s 2009 tape, it was brilliant how simple it was,” Walker said. “When Gordon goes bad, his leg kick is bigger, his hand move is bigger and he ends up with bad posture and a loopier, longer swing. We need less of a leg kick, hand move — less of an effort level.”

As if we didn’t have enough things to worry about.

White Sox sign 12th round draft pick RHP Andrew Virgili

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 20, 2011 9:15 pm
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Daniels @ TBO:

Andrew Virgili, a 12th round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox during last week’s Major League Baseball draft has signed with the club.

Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 6’02″
Weight: 205
Born: 1990-01-30
Class:  JR

He was assigned to Bristol.

Here are his College Stats:

Year ERA W-L APP-GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2011 2.35 7-5 14-14 0 0/0 0 95.2 86 32 25 25 94 17 4 3 350 .246 3 8 0 2 5

He was in Hillsborough Community College before that:

Year GP IP R ER Hits SO BB ERA W L Save
2010 38 50.2 57 45 69 37 25 7.99 1 4 1
2009 35 39.2 53 41 66 25 19 9.30 2 1 1

He tried swinging the bat in those years:

Year GP AB H 2B 3B HR Runs RBI BA BB HBP SF OBP SB SBA SB% PO A E Fld%
2010 38 95 33 5 0 3 21 31 .347 20 0 1 .457 1 2 .000 180 52 10 .959
2009 35 75 22 4 1 3 20 .293 17 1 2 .421 1 1 .000 76 39 9 .927

Star Found Shooting Water “Bullets”

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Wizard @ June 20, 2011 7:30 pm

National Geographic: Stellar sprinklers may help irrigate cosmos, study suggests.

Seven hundred and fifty light-years from Earth, a young, sunlike star has been found with jets that blast epic quantities of water into interstellar space, shooting out droplets that move faster than a speeding bullet.

The discovery suggests that protostars may be seeding the universe with water. These stellar embryos shoot jets of material from their north and south poles as their growth is fed by infalling dust that circles the bodies in vast disks.

“If we picture these jets as giant hoses and the water droplets as bullets, the amount shooting out equals a hundred million times the water flowing through the Amazon River every second,” said Lars Kristensen, a postdoctoral astronomer at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

“We are talking about velocities reaching 200,000 kilometers [124,000 miles] per hour, which is about 80 times faster than bullets flying out of a machine gun,” said Kristensen, lead author of the new study detailing the discovery, which has been accepted for publication in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

(Related: “Dimmest Stars in Universe Spotted?”)

Wow, that’s absolutely amazing!

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