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August 30, 2011

In which Ozzie Guillen wants a contract extension but is reluctant to ask for it

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 30, 2011 10:30 pm
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Scott Merkin has Ozzie Guillen’s comments:

“One thing I want to make clear, I don’t think I’m going to be back here for a one-year contract, and I don’t know what to do next year,” said Guillen during Tuesday’s pregame media session. “Eight years with this organization, I’m guessing I do a pretty good job. No, not me, I think the players did it for me, and I think we deserve more than that. But I will have another contract somewhere, doing something in baseball.

“If [White Sox chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf] wants me back, I’m more than happy to be back. If he’s not, nothing’s going to change. Obviously, I’m going to be sad, because I’d leave the town and the team I love.”

What does Kenny Williams have to say?

“Winning takes care of a lot of things. I might even get an extension if we win,” said Williams. “I have no desire to enter into discussions about these types of things and make anything definitive, because it takes away from what’s happening on the field. If I’m asked that question one more time, I’m going to throw up.

“I’ve got to sit down with Jerry at the end of the season. At this point in time, we’re an underachieving club. So that means players, coaches, the manager and myself, we’re all under review. This is professional sports.

“Am I telling anybody anything you don’t know? But I’ve also said from the very beginning that all I want is the focus to be on the field and I would hope whenever the door is shown to us, maybe we walk out that door together. Everyone has an expiration date.”

So, will you ask the Sox for an extension Ozzie?

The 47-year-old former White Sox player said he has not had discussions on the matter with chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, and said that he isn’t prepared to knock on his door and discuss things in the next few days.”

After all this bad year, the last thing (Reinsdorf) wants to do is to talk to his manager about a new contract,” Guillen said. “I would be embarrassed to talk to him. I’d say, ‘Hey, I want a contract.’ The first think he can say is, ‘You want a new contract? Look at where you are right now.’ I don’t want to take that chance yet.”

Ideally, Guillen would like the matter resolved before he leaves on a vacation to Spain. He is scheduled to leave two days after the White Sox’s seasons ends, whether the year concludes Sept. 28, or the team makes the postseason.

This thing with Ozzie is getting tiresome. Shut up and try to win a freaking game Ozzie.

Brett Ballantini has a good post up on the whole situation:

“There is a sad, sad story unfolding on the South Side, one that, barring a strong September and a stirring run into the postseason, will change the Chicago White Sox as we’ve known them for the last eight seasons.” …

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This year’s White Sox AFL team will be the Mesa Solar Sox (and Terry Doyle will play for them) [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 30, 2011 9:00 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

White Sox Minor League pitcher Terry Doyle, catcher Josh Phegley, infielder Tyler Saladino and outfielder Brandon Short will be part of the Mesa Solar Sox in the 2011 Arizona Fall League. Triple-A Charlotte skipper Joe McEwing will be the club’s manager.

The AFL starts on October 4 and concludes with the AFL Championship on November 19.

UPDATE: Seems the Sox will send 3 more pitchers to Mesa.

August 29, 2011

Another game, another walk [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 29, 2011 10:30 pm
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It took Viciedo 2 games to match the walks (2) he drew in 106 PA last year.

UPDATE: Viciedo’s stats:

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
2009 20 CHW-min AA 130 540 504 72 141 20 0 12 78 5 2 23 89 .280 .317 .391 .708 197 12 7 0 6 4 BIR · SOUL
2010 21 CHW-min AAA 86 363 343 42 94 15 0 20 47 1 1 11 78 .274 .308 .493 .801 169 16 6 3 0 1 CHR · IL
2010 21 CHW AL 38 106 104 17 32 7 0 5 13 1 0 2 25 .308 .321 .519 .840 121 54 5 0 0 0 0 5/3D
2011 22 CHW-min AAA 119 505 452 60 134 28 0 20 78 2 1 45 83 .296 .364 .491 .856 222 10 5 0 3 6 CHR · IL
2011 22 CHW AL 2 8 6 3 4 0 0 1 4 1 0 2 1 .667 .750 1.167 1.917 411 7 0 0 0 0 0 /D9
2 Seasons 40 114 110 20 36 7 0 6 17 2 0 4 26 .327 .351 .555 .905 139 61 5 0 0 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 462 446 81 146 28 0 24 69 8 0 16 105 .327 .351 .555 .905 139 247 20 0 0 0 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/30/2011.

2010: 2 BB in 106 PA. 2011: 2 BB in 8 PA. Keep it up Dayan!

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Smells Like Mascot: A Message from the ADFFFP

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 29, 2011 2:30 am
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Carl’s latest:

http://smellslikemascot.blogspot.com/2011/08/message-from-adfffp.html

Classic!

August 28, 2011

The kids can play!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 28, 2011 9:37 pm
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Viciedo’s 3-run homer gives the Sox a 3-0 lead:

And Flowers’ grand slam makes it 7-0:

Dayan drew a walk too!

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August 27, 2011

Terry Doyle strikes out 12! (August 26)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 27, 2011 3:15 am
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8/26:

Birmingham Barons
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Doyle (W, 6-5) 7.0 4 0 0 2 12 0 3.22
Septimo 1.0 1 0 0 2 3 0 5.33
Corley 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 6.43
Pitches-strikes: Doyle 115-77, Septimo 29-14, Corley 15-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Doyle 4-5, Septimo 0-0, Corley 2-0.
Batters faced: Doyle 28, Septimo 6, Corley 5.

Emrich:

Terry Doyle had two pitches working for him on Friday night. Turned out, they were all he needed. … “Today, I had a really good curveball,” Doyle said. “I was locating my fastball early in the count and when I was ahead, I could make them chase it; and when I was behind, I could spin it in for a strike. Today was fastball-curveball.”

Doyle now has a 67/21 K/BB ratio in 92.1 innings in AA and a 116/32 K/BB ratio in all his  165.1 innings in both A+ and AA this year:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2008 22 Bristol APPY Rk CHW 1 2 .333 1.88 10 0 6 0 0 0 24.0 27 11 5 0 3 0 27 0 0 7 101 1.250 10.1 0.0 1.1 10.1 9.00
2009 23 Great Falls PION Rk CHW 5 1 .833 2.98 12 10 1 0 0 0 57.1 51 20 19 1 15 0 75 6 0 2 232 1.151 8.0 0.2 2.4 11.8 5.00
2010 24 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-A CHW 12 10 .545 2.94 27 27 0 0 0 0 168.1 146 65 55 15 46 0 157 8 1 10 693 1.141 7.8 0.8 2.5 8.4 3.41
2010 24 Kannapolis SALL A CHW 4 2 .667 0.96 7 7 0 0 0 0 47.0 31 5 5 2 12 0 58 0 0 2 182 0.915 5.9 0.4 2.3 11.1 4.83
2010 24 Winston-Salem CARL A+ CHW 8 8 .500 3.71 20 20 0 0 0 0 121.1 115 60 50 13 34 0 99 8 1 8 511 1.228 8.5 1.0 2.5 7.3 2.91
2011 25 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-A+ CHW 7 10 .412 3.05 25 25 0 3 1 0 165.1 156 62 56 11 32 0 116 6 0 5 674 1.137 8.5 0.6 1.7 6.3 3.63
2011 25 Winston-Salem CARL A+ CHW 1 5 .167 2.84 11 11 0 1 0 0 73.0 71 27 23 3 11 0 49 2 0 2 297 1.123 8.8 0.4 1.4 6.0 4.45
2011 25 Birmingham SOUL AA CHW 6 5 .545 3.22 14 14 0 2 1 0 92.1 85 35 33 8 21 0 67 4 0 3 377 1.148 8.3 0.8 2.0 6.5 3.19
4 Seasons 25 23 .521 2.93 74 62 7 3 1 0 415.0 380 158 135 27 96 0 375 20 1 24 1700 1.147 8.2 0.6 2.1 8.1 3.91
Rk (2 seasons) Rk 6 3 .667 2.66 22 10 7 0 0 0 81.1 78 31 24 1 18 0 102 6 0 9 333 1.180 8.6 0.1 2.0 11.3 5.67
A+ (2 seasons) A+ 9 13 .409 3.38 31 31 0 1 0 0 194.1 186 87 73 16 45 0 148 10 1 10 808 1.189 8.6 0.7 2.1 6.9 3.29
A (1 season) A 4 2 .667 0.96 7 7 0 0 0 0 47.0 31 5 5 2 12 0 58 0 0 2 182 0.915 5.9 0.4 2.3 11.1 4.83
AA (1 season) AA 6 5 .545 3.22 14 14 0 2 1 0 92.1 85 35 33 8 21 0 67 4 0 3 377 1.148 8.3 0.8 2.0 6.5 3.19
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/30/2011.

August 26, 2011

Kenny down to 5 cents

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 26, 2011 11:08 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

“I’ve made no secret about it quite a while that we are limited from a payroll standpoint at this point and time,” Williams said. “We haven’t earned our fans’ patronage enough to put us in that position, and that’s nobody’s fault except our own fault.

“Anything that would come across right now, even if it were appealing from a talent standpoint, we are not in a position to be able to do it.”

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Phil Humber under Sox control until 2015

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 26, 2011 9:26 pm
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Brett Ballantini:

according to White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, Humber will finish 2011 with 2.0 years of service time, arbitration eligible for the first time for the 2013 season and thus under White Sox control until 2015.

http://twitter.com/#!/CSNChi_Beatnik/statuses/107204532580265985

Sox will finally callup Dayan Viciedo

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 26, 2011 9:13 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

Ozzie Guillen was about to make official the news of Dayan Viciedo’s promotion from Triple-A Charlotte to the White Sox during his pregame media session Friday at Safeco Field, but he first paused for dramatic effect.

Then, with a smile plastered on his face, the White Sox manager tossed out the following line:

“Now he’s coming in town,” said Guillen, raising his arms triumphantly in the air. “We’re in the pennant race.”

Viciedo will replace Carlos Quentin on the active roster, with the White Sox right fielder telling the media before the game that he was going to the 15-day disabled list retroactive to this past Sunday.

wrong tense. It’s not ‘we’re.’ It’s ‘we were.’

Baseball America talks about Dayan Viciedo

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 26, 2011 3:47 pm
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from today’s ‘Prospect Hot-Sheet’:

[Dayan] Viciedo underwhelmed in his first two years, posting a .277/.313/.432 career line in the minor leagues. He showed raw power, sure, but his .308 OBP in Triple-A a year ago was alarming for a tank engine who scouts projected as a future first baseman in the near future. Viciedo has changed some opinions this season, hitting .297/.365/.492 in 118 games. Charlotte is among the more hitter-friendly parks in the International League, but he’s even hit a tick better on the road (.311/.380/.502) than he has at home (.284/.351/.483). Now playing right field, Viciedo isn’t exactly going to be Ichiro 2.0 with the glove, but his overall turnaround has been a pleasant development in a farm system that could use some help.

There is also a mention of RHP Matt Heidenreich:

A White Sox fourth-round pick in 2009, RHP Matt Heidenreich needed two years in rookie ball before he was deemed ready for a full-season assignment this year. The 20-year-old took his lumps in the first half, going 4-5, 4.63 in 13 starts for low Class A Kannapolis, but he’s been a different pitcher in the second half. Heidenreich allowed no earned runs in two starts this week, notching 11 strikeouts while dealing with 12 baserunners in 12 1/3 innings to push his second-half record to 6-3, 3.67 through 12 turns. His strikeout-to-walk ratio registers at nearly 4-to-1 in the second half, and he ranks fourth among South Atlantic League starters with a ground-to-flyout ratio of 1.73 on the season

Smells Like Mascot: When the baseball discussion ends

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 26, 2011 3:30 pm
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Carl’s latest:

http://smellslikemascot.blogspot.com/2011/08/when-baseball-discussion-ends.html

August 25, 2011

White Sox awarded claim on Jason Kubel [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 25, 2011 3:30 pm
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Ken Rosenthal:

Twins designated hitter Jim Thome was claimed on waivers by the Cleveland Indians, while outfielder Jason Kubel was claimed by the Chicago White Sox, according to major-league sources.

The claims do not mean that either player will change teams. The Twins can trade Thome and/or Kubel. They also can keep one or both or allow one or both to leave on a claim.

Thome, who holds a full no-trade clause, and can reject any deal. He prefers the Phillies to the Indians, one source said, but it’s doubtful he could circumvent the waiver process to land with Philadelphia.

Kubel, meanwhile, is unlikely to be traded, sources said. The Twins likely would offer him arbitration in an attempt to re-sign him, and would want the equivalent of at least a high draft pick in return.

I give it 99.999% odds this is absolutely nothing. The Twinkies aren’t trading one of their players to us and Kenny won’t offer them anything in return. The solution is in AAA-Charlote, it won’t cost anything and goes by the name of Dayan Viciedo.

BTW, here’s J.J’s take on the situation.

UPDATE: It was the Indians and not the Sox the team that claimed Kubel tweets Ken Rosenthal.

Another shutout…

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 25, 2011 1:00 am
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Hey, maybe we will get a higher draft pick out of this tragedy…

#SilverLining

PS. And tonight’s Pitch F/X for Zach Stewart says fastball/slider reliever and nothing more.

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August 24, 2011

Did the Sox place a waiver claim on Jim Thome? [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 24, 2011 12:05 am
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Schouwen @ CST:

A source said the Sox were one of several teams putting a claim in for Thome, whose mere presence in the clubhouse would be a plus. It wouldn’t hurt Dunn and those Sox who didn’t play with Thome in 2006-09 to watch the future Hall of Famer approach his every-day job and the designated hitter role.

What do you say Ozzie?

“I’d love to add Jim Thome back, to be honest with you,” said Guillen, who was looking for a more versatile designated hitter that also could play the field when Thome left for Minnesota in 2010. “A lot of people think I don’t want Jimmy. It was just at that time we didn’t have any place for him.”

Yeah, we had room for Mark Kotsay but not Jim Thome.

“But I have said day in and day out that Jimmy is one of my favorite guys in baseball. That’s up to [general manger] Kenny [Williams]. I don’t know if we’re going to have five DHs. I don’t expect him to be here, but if they want to bring him here, if you ask anybody wearing this uniform if they want Jim Thome back, everybody here would say yes. But that’s not our department.”

UPDATE: I forgot this last night the Sox may be blocking Cleveland from getting Thome. And we see today that they may have claimed another lefty: OF/DH Jason Kubel.

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August 21, 2011

8 more strong innings for Terry Doyle (August 21)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 21, 2011 10:00 pm
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8/21:

Birmingham Barons
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Doyle (W, 5-5) 8.0 5 3 3 2 7 1 3.48
Jones, N (S, 10) 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3.49
Pitches-strikes: Doyle 103-68, Jones, N 12-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Doyle 12-1, Jones, N 2-0.
Batters faced: Doyle 30, Jones, N 3.
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