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March 15, 2012

Matt Thornton is working on his curveball. And he throws 300ft long tosses. [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 15, 2012 9:30 pm
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From Matt Thornton’s SoxPhone transcript:

Fan 10: Are you working on any new pitches to add to the repertoire?

MT: Yeah, I’ve been trying to get a little bit more consistency in my big breaking ball. It’s kind of more of a curve ball I used towards the end of last year a lot. And then I’ve been trying to get my cutter slash slider we’re going to call it. That’s been my focus for the past couple of weeks.

UPDATE: Here’s the video.

Here are Matt Thornton 2011 pitch data from his player card at BrooksBaseball.com:

Pitch Count Frequency H. Mvt V. Mvt Mph H. Rel V. Rel Spin Θ RPM
Fourseam (FA) 851 83% 2.51 -11.79 96.61 2.44 6.56 165 1,952
Sinker (SI) 29 3% 9.06 -14.84 96.37 2.68 6.35 137 2,085
Slider (SL) 128 13% -2.47 -30.19 87.02 2.61 6.35 218 224
Changeup (CH) 13 1% 4.09 -21.28 89.64 2.66 6.51 147 1,313

MPH data reflect a lengthened (y=55ft) trajectory to better
approximate a major league release point.

Vertical Movement includes the effect of gravity to make data more
easily interpretable.

Pitch F/X data from TexasLeaguers.com and JoeLefkowitz.com don’t identify any curveballs on 2011 either. Maybe their algorithms categorizes them as change-ups.

And another quote from the transcript:

Fan 5: I was just wondering if you do long tossing?

MT: I’m a big believer in long toss, actually. It’s one of those things where I started throwing back in December but I wasn’t getting much farther than 120 feet. And as January goes along about twice a week I would get extreme long tosses out, and I would be pushing tosses up to 300 feet. It’s something I think has helped me maintain velocity in my career. I’m a hard thrower and JJ is a big believer himself. I was more of a basketball player in my youth. I didn’t get into long toss until I was a pro baller. It was something that really helped me as a starter to really get the blood flow and stretch it out. It’s all about reading your body and how you feel and what you get out of it.

UPDATE: Here’s the video.

If you wonder what long tossing in baseball is, here are some videos on Google.

March 14, 2012

White Sox vs. Angels @ 3:05 pm CT; free webcast

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 14, 2012 1:05 pm
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Watch exclusive webcast of Angels-White Sox tilt

Whitesox.com presents an exclusive free video webcast of Chris Sale and the White Sox in action against the Angels. Today’s first pitch is at 3:05 p.m. CT. Chris Sale is making his 2nd spring training start. He is scheduled to throw 3 innings or 60 pitches. Nestor Molina, also, will is scheduled to throw 2 innings or 40 pitches. Watch webcast | Gameday | Boxscore

Or click the video below and wait 4-5 seconds (the video at the whitesox.com webcast can be expanded to full-screen):

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Chuck Garfien interviews Jerry Reinsdorf

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 14, 2012 12:00 am
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CSN’s Chuck Garfien interviewed Jerry Reinsdorf. Here’s Reinsdorf’s comment on Mark Buehrle’s departure:

“Mark Buehrle was a pillar of this franchise. He was a cornerstone, he was here for a long time. He came out of nowhere. He was a 38th round draft choice. He did everything we ever asked for him. He caught all the first pitches, he threw a perfect game, a no-hitter. Anytime you needed him to go to a school or a hospital, or whatever, Mark Buehrle was always there. But the fact is at his age, it didn’t make sense for us to do what the Marlins were prepared to do for him. So he went, certainly with my blessing. I spoke to him and said, ‘You gotta take it. You gotta take this deal.’ And Mark said, ‘I’ll be back in 4 years.’”

Buehrle will be back? Is this meant to soothe Sox fans angry over Buehrle’s departure? Anyway, if the Sox won’t be competing in the immediate future, Buehrle’s talents would be wasted if he stayed here….

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March 12, 2012

White Sox vs. A’s @ 3:05 pm CT; free webcast

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 12, 2012 1:05 pm
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Watch Peavy take to the mound vs. A’s in webcast

Whitesox.com will present an exclusive webcast of Jake Peavy and the White Sox in action against the A’s today at 3:05 p.m. CT from Glendale, Ariz. Jake Peavy starts for the Sox and Tyson Ross for the A’s. Watch webcastGameday | Boxscore

Or click the video below and wait 4-5 seconds (the video at the whitesox.com webcast can be expanded to full-screen):

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March 11, 2012

Will Ohman (LHRP) adds a change-up to his pitches

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 11, 2012 2:31 pm
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Daryl Van Schouwen:

Left-handed relief specialist Will Ohman, who has made a career with his fastball and slider, is throwing a changeup that he and pitching coach Don Cooper are excited about.

A changeup gives Ohman a pitch to get right-handed hitters out with, which could extend his outings from one or two hitters to a full inning or more.

Another Cooper fix?

In which Robin Ventura has Adam Dunn’s respect

Scott Merkin:

MLB.com surveyed a handful of White Sox players over the past few days, looking for one sentence to describe Ventura’s managerial start. Most players went deeper than the required basic statement, but through the first quarter of Spring Training, there seems to be nothing but strong support for Ventura’s debut camp.

“I mean, it’s almost, I don’t want to sound corny, but he’s almost like it’s too good to be true,” said White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn. “He’s unbelievable. I’m not just saying that. I feel like he’s still a player but yet he’ll get on you, he’ll jump on you.

“He’s got that fine line down really well early. He has a lot of respect coming toward him and I think he realizes it, too. He’s in a tough position, but I respect him from, I still remember him as a player, how good of a player he was playing against him. He has all my respect.”

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March 10, 2012

Chris Sale hates walks

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 10, 2012 10:00 pm
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Scott Merkin:

Location on the fastball was center cut, as illustrated by Sale during his postgame media session. But the walk hit harder with Sale, even at this early stage of Spring Training.”It absolutely kills you every time,” said Sale of free passes. “Home runs happen, but walks are something you can control. You get two outs and walk a guy, it brings up another hitter. And look what happened.

“Just two-out walk, 0-2 home run, those things can’t happen. I don’t think it was the wrong pitch by any means. It was the wrong location. That one’s on me.”

Sale, also, isn’t a fan of the ‘I got my work in’ attitude:

“I don’t look back on this by any means and say, ‘I got my work in. I threw my pitches. All in all, not a bad day,'” said Sale, who allowed three runs on three hits over three innings. “That’s not the mindset at all. I’ve got to be better than that, and I got this week to do that.”

I like Sale’s attitude.

White Sox vs. Rangers on 2:05 pm CT; free webcast

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 10, 2012 12:45 pm
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Watch free webcast

Watch an exclusive webcast today at 2:05 CT when the Sox host the Rangers. Dylan Axelrod starts for the Sox and Colby Lewis for the Rangers. Watch webcast | Listen (WSCR)Gameday | Boxscore

Or click the video below and wait 4-5 seconds (the video at the whitesox.com webcast can be expanded to full-screen):

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March 9, 2012

Chris Sale makes his starting pitching debut in 1 hour in WGN-TV [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 9, 2012 1:00 pm
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Chris Sale and the White Sox face the Cubs, who send Travis Wood to the mound in Glendale at 2:05 CT. The game is televised on WGN; WSCR has the radio feed. Gameday | Boxscore

UPDATE: Sale had a good outing. 4 K and 1 BB in 3 innings. MLB.com has a 1 minute video from his outing. Nestor Molina had a good outing too. 2 K and 0 BB in 2 innings. Unfortunately Camelback Ranch isn’t Pitch F/X equipped.

March 8, 2012

Adam Dunn gives Robin Ventura his first managerial win

Adam Dunn went 2-3 with a 3-run home run against Naftali Feliz and a double against a lefty, Gordon Beckham added a 2-run home run, Dayan Viciedo and Kosuke Fukudome added a double each, and Hector Santiago struck-out three and walked 1 in the 2 scoreless innings he pitched. The Sox won 6-3 and Ventura got his 1st win as a manager. Boxscore | Gameday | Recap

J.J. has the strikezone plot of Dunn’s home run at-bat from Brooks Baseball (Pitch F/X for Dunn’s home run at-bat).

And here’s the lineup card from today’s win:

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March 7, 2012

Alexei Ramirez, RHP?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 7, 2012 10:30 pm
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White Sox interested in LHRPs Mike Gonzalez, Arthur Rhodes

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 7, 2012 10:00 pm
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MLBTR:

The White Sox have shown interest in lefty relievers Mike Gonzalez and Arthur Rhodes, tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.Gonzalez, a Scott Boras client, remains unsigned with the season a few weeks away.  Boras told me on Friday his client is “in play with a lot of teams right now,” and “sometimes late doesn’t mean demand, it just means choice.”  At this point, however, Gonzalez’s ability to secure a Major League deal is in jeopardy.  Last week, he turned down a minor league offer to return to the Rangers.  The White Sox currently have 37 players on their 40-man roster, so they could add Gonzalez without losing anyone.  Rhodes, 42, is more likely to settle for a minor league deal, in my opinion.  He aims to pitch one more season before retiring.

Heyman, also, reports that the Sox were interested in 3B Eric Chavez. Chavez re-signed with the Yankees. The Sox were “very interested” in Chavez last year. Maybe next year. Kenny always gets his man.

A couple new 2012 Sox ads

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 7, 2012 8:30 pm
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Robin Ventura’s Opening Day starts early:

Robin Ventura wants to teach his team the right way:

White Sox vs. Brewers on 2:05 pm CT; free webcast

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 7, 2012 1:00 pm
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Exclusive webcast to feature Peavy’s inaugural start

Jake Peavy will step on the mound Wednesday against the Brewers for his first start. First pitch, broadcast via an exclusive webcast, is at 2:05 p.m. CT. Watch webcastGameday | Boxscore

UPDATE: The webcast announcers were Ray Garcia on the play-by-play with Bill Melton doing commentary.

March 5, 2012

White Sox vs. Dodgers on 2:05 pm CT; free webcast

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 5, 2012 12:15 pm
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Watch White Sox Cactus opener live

See an exclusive webcast today at 2:05 CT when Philip Humber and the Sox meet the Dodgers. Watch webcast | Listen (WSCR) | Gameday | Boxscore

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