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September 8, 2009

AJ Pierzynski at WWE Raw [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 8, 2009 7:23 pm
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h/t Reifert. I also see Jermaine Dye, Chris Getz and Gordon Beckham?

UPDATE: Yes, my eyes were correct:

Sox players A.J. Pierzynski, Jermaine Dye, Chris Getz and Gordon Beckham were at WWE’s televised ”Raw” program Monday at Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Pierzynski even had a chance to be a contestant on a sendup of ”The Price is Right,” with Bob Barker guest-hosting the show.

September 2, 2009

SoxNet’s September To-Do list

SoxNet:

Relieve Matt Thornton. While Ozzie Guillen and the players aren’t quitting (according to him), his GM certainly did once that reported memo went out telling fellow GMs that a list of veteran Sox players were available. That said, it’s not time to put on a show and more a time to give Thornton a rest. Between pitching in the World Baseball Classic and throwing 59.2 pressure-packed innings (throwing in the high 90’s throughout), Thornton call it a season. He’s too valuable of a 2010 piece – especially with the current state of the pen – to waste further energy and risk injury pitching in meaningless September games. You can say this about anyone I’m sure, but relievers unreliable health from year-to-year makes this too obvious of a choice. …

August 24, 2009

Sox Rookie watch: Gordon Beckham, Chris Getz, Jayson Nix (videos)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 24, 2009 6:01 pm
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http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/fan_forum/rookie_watch.jsp

Videos: Gordon Beckham (1:28), Chris Getz (1:06),  Jayson Nix (1:17),  Sox Rookie Music Video (2:23)

Interviews: Gordon Beckham, Chris Getz, Jayson Nix (and non-rookies Jermaine Dye, Gavin Floyd, Ozzie Guillen)

Here’s everyone’s answer to ‘What scares you?':

Gordon Beckham: The dark
Chris Getz: -
Jayson Nix: Swimming in the ocean
Jermaine Dye: Snakes
Gavin Floyd: Sharks, but I’m really fascinated by them
Ozzie Guillen: Rats

Snakes! I hate Snakes!

Chris Getz to start minor-league rehab assignment

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ August 24, 2009 5:20 pm
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Gonzales:

White Sox second baseman Chris Getz will start a rehabilitation assignment Wednesday at Triple-A Charlotte. Getz has missed the past two weeks because of a right oblique strain.

August 21, 2009

Ozzie sets the infield of the future for the Sox (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 21, 2009 10:32 pm
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Here’s Ozzie Guillen:

“[Nix] is going to be my utility player as long as he wants to. This kid is a great utility player. I think our plan is having [Gordon Beckham, Alexei Ramirez] and Getz at their positions for the future. [Nix] can help us a lot when we need him. He’s playing very well, but am I going to pencil him in every day? Time will tell. Now we have three guys and we count on those guys for a long time.”

So, we have: 2B: Getz, SS: Alexei, 3B: Beckham, UL: Nix

Seems Ozzie doesn’t think Nix > Getz

UPDATE: More Ozzie on Nix:

”When he hits them, he hits them pretty good. ‘He’s got unbelievable bat speed. I’m very surprised the team he played with in the past [the Colorado Rockies] let him go. I’m sure they had their own reason. He’s going to be a White Sox for a little while.”

August 18, 2009

Jayson Nix > Chris Getz?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 18, 2009 7:04 pm
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Here’s an interesting post: Why Chris Getz’ Injury is Good for this Team.

I’m wondering if Jayson Nix can maintain his .325 OBP. Getz also has a .325 OBP. Nix has  much higher SLG %. BTW, while Nix has an 11.9 LD % in 2009, he had a 17.9 LD% in 2008.

Here are their fangraphs pages: Jayson Nix, Chris Getz. wOBA: .350 and .316 respectively. .342 and .318 on statcorner. Fangraphs uses batted ball data from Baseball Info Solutions, while  statcorner uses batted ball date from MLB Gameday.

August 13, 2009

Mark Buehrle to the rescue!

Mark Gonzales looks at the Sox financial picture:

“We follow the traditional business model,” said Boyer, the Sox’s vice president/chief marketing officer. “Projected revenues minor projected expenses equal the player payroll.” Boyer admits the Sox were “sitting on more inventory than anticipated” until Mark Buehrle’s perfect game July 23 accelerated ticket sales. Sales for the Sept. 25-27 series against the division leading Tigers have increased, and a four-game series against the Red Sox — a traditionally strong attraction — Sept. 4-7 could accelerate.

Gonzales notes tht A.J. Pierzynski will gain full no-trade rights (10 and 5 player) at the middle of next season.

August 8, 2009

Sox to move Gordon Beckham to second base in the off-season?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 8, 2009 5:44 pm
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GordonBeckhamJim Luttrell @ New York Times:

White Sox third baseman Gordon Beckham is sure to attract some attention at the end of the season for rookie of the year honors. If the White Sox go ahead with a planned move of Beckham to second base this off-season, he will certainly draw more comparisons to another Chicago player who made a similar switch early in his career. …

August 6, 2009

Phil Rogers’ crystal ball

Division races, Offseason moves, and the Jake Peavy trade:

The White Sox (specifically, Jerry Reinsdorf, Ken Williams and Rick Hahn) don’t get enough credit for wisely managing their payroll. Even with Jake Peavy, they have only about $61 million commited in salary next season. The big issues — once Dye and Thome are resolved — will be what to do with expensive closer Bobby Jenks and whether to count on Scott Podsednik to play center field and hit leadoff. …

August 3, 2009

BDD’s Defensive Metrics series: 1B & 2B

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ August 3, 2009 12:42 pm
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Brian Joseph:

While UZR/150 is the stat du jour for many when it comes to defensive stats, there are plenty of statistics available that offer us some insight on defensive performance. For this reason, I thought it would be a great exercise to look at as many defensive metrics — from the unpopular fielding % and RF/9 to the very popular fielding value and UZR/150 — and rank them by position for each league. The next step was to add those rankings up and come up with a cumulative ranking at each position. Over the next week or so, I will look at each position around the Majors and present how the players ranked out at each position and which metrics were used (and where I pulled the data from).

Here are the 1B and 2B entries:

1B (Fielding %, RF/9, UZR/150, F2O%, bF2O%, RZR, OOZ, Fielding Value, +/-)

2B (Fielding %, RF/9, UZR/150, F2O%, DPR, RZR, OOZ, Fielding Value, +/-)

August 2, 2009

Gordon Beckham: ladies man

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 2, 2009 3:23 pm
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Getzie too!

White Sox players Chris Getz, Gordon Beckham and friends with my friends Michelle, Sandy and Natalie.” via Candace Jordan

July 13, 2009

Mark Gonzales on the Pena trade and the Sox future infield

On the Brandon Allen-Tony Pena trade:

Moving Allen was tough for me to stomach, but I understand the need to strengthen the bullpen. Pena can step into Dotel’s role next year and could become more valuable now if Carrasco moves into the rotation. … The trading of Allen slightly alleviates a logjam at the corners. Konerko probably takes over as the designated hitter. If the Sox don’t re-sign Jerma[in]e Dye, that would pave the way for Dayan Viciedo or Josh Fields to play first.

and Mark’s future infield prediction:

1b – Dayan Viciedo or Josh Fields
2b – Chris Getz or Jayson Nix
ss – Alexei Ramirez
3b – Gordon Beckham

July 9, 2009

Chris Getz looking for hitting advice (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 9, 2009 9:02 pm
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If there’s something weird and it don’t look good who you gonna call? Scott Podsednik!

Getz credited some changes in his batting style that led to the first four-hit game of his career.

“I had become kind of one dimensional with my approach, and I opened it up. I talked to [Scott] Podsednik about what he’s trying to do — stay inside the ball — and I’m trying to work on a little bit of a different approach, similar to his.

Scott Podsednik? For sure?

“Absolutely.”

July 2, 2009

Gordon Beckham on his latest adjustments (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 2, 2009 8:01 pm
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What adjustments has Gordon Beckham done lately?

The secret to Beckham’s recent success simply has been relaxing the specific parts of his swing to create a greater sum total against the opposition.

“The one mechanical adjustment we did make was to loosen up my shoulders and my hands,” Beckham said. “We kind of figured out I was way too tight, and that comes from the stress of trying to hit in the big leagues.

“From gripping the bat hard to tight shoulders and not having that loose upper body, it would make me swing all with my shoulders, turning my body, as opposed to letting my hands do most of the work, which is what you are supposed to do. We just freed up my hands, which is my best attribute.

“I’m getting to the inside pitches and staying on the outside, too,” Beckham added. “I’ve worked a lot with [hitting coach Greg Walker], and the work we did in the cage was really good.” …

Walker? I don’t know what to say now…

UPDATE: Greg Walker discusses Gordon Beckham’s and Chris Getz’s improvements more: (more…)

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