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July 28, 2012

White Sox trade for LHP Francisco Liriano

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2012 10:15 pm
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White Sox Press Release:

The Chicago White Sox have acquired left-handed pitcher Francisco Liriano from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for infielder Eduardo Escobar and left-hander Pedro Hernandez. …

Here are his Liriano’s stats:

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB Awards
2005 21 MIN AL 1 2 .333 5.70 6 4 2 0 0 0 23.2 19 15 15 4 7 0 33 0 0 0 93 79 1.099 7.2 1.5 2.7 12.5 4.71
2006 22 MIN AL 12 3 .800 2.16 28 16 2 0 0 1 121.0 89 31 29 9 32 0 144 1 1 9 473 208 1.000 6.6 0.7 2.4 10.7 4.50 AS,RoY-3
2008 24 MIN AL 6 4 .600 3.91 14 14 0 0 0 0 76.0 74 40 33 7 32 1 67 1 0 3 329 108 1.395 8.8 0.8 3.8 7.9 2.09
2009 25 MIN AL 5 13 .278 5.80 29 24 2 0 0 0 136.2 147 93 88 21 65 0 122 6 1 5 609 76 1.551 9.7 1.4 4.3 8.0 1.88
2010 26 MIN AL 14 10 .583 3.62 31 31 0 0 0 0 191.2 184 77 77 9 58 0 201 10 1 10 806 112 1.263 8.6 0.4 2.7 9.4 3.47 CYA-11
2011 27 MIN AL 9 10 .474 5.09 26 24 0 1 1 0 134.1 125 81 76 14 75 1 112 7 0 9 591 80 1.489 8.4 0.9 5.0 7.5 1.49
2012 28 MIN AL 3 10 .231 5.31 22 17 2 0 0 0 100.0 89 63 59 12 55 4 109 4 1 6 440 77 1.440 8.0 1.1 5.0 9.8 1.98
7 Yrs 50 52 .490 4.33 156 130 8 1 1 1 783.1 727 400 377 76 324 6 788 29 4 42 3341 97 1.342 8.4 0.9 3.7 9.1 2.43
162 Game Avg. 12 12 .490 4.33 37 31 2 0 0 0 186 173 95 90 18 77 1 187 7 1 10 794 97 1.342 8.4 0.9 3.7 9.1 2.43
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 7/28/2012.

And here’s Liriano’s Fangraphs page, Liriano’s Pitch F/X player card. and Liriano’s Pitch F/X profile.

Liriano, who’s on his last arbitration year, is on a 1-year $5.5 million contract and will be a free-agent after this season.

May 19, 2012

Kenny gets his man, again

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 19, 2012 7:00 pm
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Scott Merkin:

Infielder Orlando Hudson, who was released on May 17 by the Padres, has agreed to terms with the White Sox but has not signed officially, according to a source close to the situation. MLB.com’s Peter Gammons first reported Hudson joining the White Sox earlier Saturday evening.

Hudson, 34, will be playing for his fifth team since 2008 and brings a .276 career average and .343 on-base percentage. Hudson will play some third base and back up Gordon Beckham at second base, having turned down a chance to play regularly elsewhere in order to join the White Sox in this role.

In 1,294 career games over 11 seasons, Hudson has played no other defensive position but second base. He hit .211 over 123 at-bats for the Padres this past season.

Since Hudson was released, the Sox will pay the pro-rated portion of the minimum salary. The minimum salary is $480,000 And the last time Hudson played 3B was 11 years ago in the minor-leagues (AAA).

Hudson’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
2002 24 TOR AL 54 207 192 20 53 10 5 4 23 0 1 11 27 .276 .319 .443 .762 97 85 6 2 0 2 0 4
2003 25 TOR AL 142 521 474 54 127 21 6 9 57 5 4 39 87 .268 .328 .395 .723 87 187 13 5 0 3 1 *4
2004 26 TOR AL 135 551 489 73 132 32 7 12 58 7 3 51 98 .270 .341 .438 .779 98 214 12 4 3 4 0 *4
2005 27 TOR AL 131 501 461 62 125 25 5 10 63 7 1 30 65 .271 .315 .412 .728 91 190 10 3 0 7 1 *4 GG
2006 28 ARI NL 157 650 579 87 166 34 9 15 67 9 6 61 78 .287 .354 .454 .809 102 263 17 2 4 4 5 *4 GG
2007 29 ARI NL 139 601 517 69 152 28 9 10 63 10 2 70 87 .294 .376 .441 .817 105 228 21 2 5 7 1 *4/D AS,GG
2008 30 ARI NL 107 455 407 54 124 29 3 8 41 4 1 40 62 .305 .367 .450 .817 108 183 18 2 3 3 2 4/D
2009 31 LAD NL 149 631 551 74 156 35 6 9 62 8 1 62 99 .283 .357 .417 .774 109 230 16 4 9 5 4 *4 AS,GG
2010 32 MIN AL 126 559 497 80 133 24 5 6 37 10 3 50 87 .268 .338 .372 .710 96 185 14 4 5 3 0 *4/D
2011 33 SDP NL 119 454 398 54 98 15 3 7 43 19 3 49 84 .246 .329 .352 .681 94 140 5 2 1 4 6 *4
2012 34 SDP NL 35 131 123 11 26 0 5 1 11 3 2 8 27 .211 .260 .317 .577 63 39 3 0 0 0 0 *4
11 Yrs 1294 5261 4688 638 1292 253 63 91 525 82 27 471 801 .276 .343 .415 .757 98 1944 135 30 30 42 20
162 Game Avg. 162 659 587 80 162 32 8 11 66 10 3 59 100 .276 .343 .415 .757 98 243 17 4 4 5 3
NL (6 yrs) 706 2922 2575 349 722 141 35 50 287 53 15 290 437 .280 .353 .421 .774 102 1083 80 12 22 23 18
AL (5 yrs) 588 2339 2113 289 570 112 28 41 238 29 12 181 364 .270 .330 .407 .737 94 861 55 18 8 19 2
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 5/19/2012.

Seems the 700 OPS days are gone.

UPDATE:

May 11, 2012

On the rotation again

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 11, 2012 10:00 pm
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whitesox.com:

Chris Sale‘s return to relief pitching turned out to be short-lived indeed. The White Sox announced on Friday that Sale will return to the starting rotation and will take the mound on Saturday against the Royals. Sale will replace left-hander Eric Stults, who was originally scheduled to start Saturday’s middle game. “He’s back in [the rotation],” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said before Friday’s series opener.

… As it turns out, Sale was able to talk his way back into the rotation. “Let’s just say I really, really thought I could do this,” Sale said. “This is something that’s been a dream of mine and a passion of mine for very long, and at the end of the day, I felt that I could do this and felt poorly that I set a goal to do this and fell drastically short. I felt like I was letting my teammates down and felt like I was depending on other people to pick up my slack.”

… When the club returned to Chicago on Thursday, Sale underwent an MRI, which the left-hander said was identical to the MRI he underwent after being selected in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. “MRI is clean and pristine,” White Sox general manager Ken Williams said. “He’s going to pitch.”

Williams said the club prides itself on protecting its young pitchers and will continue to monitor Sale closely now that his one-week hiatus from the bullpen is over. “We are very conservative in our approach with regards to the care of particularly our pitchers,” Williams said. “I think our history, when you look at all the injury reports over the last dozen years, will show you that. “The course of action that we’ve taken with [Sale] has not been unlike the course of action we’ve taken with many of our Minor League guys in such situations.”

So what changed since last week? “The only thing that changed was that when the expression of general soreness turns into ‘I feel pain in my elbow’ and ‘I feel discomfort in my elbow,’” Williams said. “It’s beyond the general soreness that we’ve come to expect.” Williams said the 23-year-old Sale was unyielding in his desire to pitch out of the rotation when they spoke on the phone during the White Sox recent road trip.

“I’m really proud of him, because he stood up for himself,” Williams said. “The reason why this changed is that when Robin Ventura said he was going to the bullpen, that was a course of action. That was the game plan based on what [Sale] had communicated to our medical staff. “What changed is Chris Sale’s phone call to me, saying, ‘No, it’s not exactly described as pain. It’s more general soreness. It’s something that I’ve had and I can get through this. And he was adamant about it. He was adamant to the point where he almost crossed the line. And I like that.” …

What a relief! Seems the coaching staff heard ‘pain in the elbow’ and blacked out. Why they didn’t skip his start and have him undergo an MRI immediately I don’t understand.

Sale gets brownie points too:

“I truly felt this was something I could do,” Sale said of starting, and he made that clear to Williams in a phone call the day he worked out of the bullpen.

“He wants it badly, and I love that about him,” said Williams, whose conversation with Sale brought about the latest change. “I’m really proud because he stood up for himself. When Robin Ventura said he was going to the bullpen, what changed was a Chris Sale phone call to me.”

Sale insisted that what initially was thought to be “pain” in his elbow — Williams called it “a red flag” to the team — was more “general soreness.” Sale told Williams, “I can get through this.”

“He was adamant. He almost crossed the line,” Williams said. “But the forcefulness he had told us something. It told us he has something extra mentally.”

Also,

And the closer now according to Robin Ventura is “Whoever ends up in the ninth inning”.

BTW, here’s James’ take.

PS. Title is Willie. Contemplated Mick too.

April 13, 2012

Agreement on the bullpen by matchup concept

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 13, 2012 11:37 pm
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Scott Merkin:

In setting up the White Sox bullpen, general manager Ken Williams said Friday that the coaching staff and front-office personnel were in agreement on one thing: They wanted Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton available for the eighth inning and maybe the seventh inning on some occasions.

“We all know in a game that [the] ninth inning doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to have the toughest hitters up,” Williams said. “The situation to win the game might be in the seventh or the eighth inning, so to have those guys available and interchangeable for that kind of fit everything together.”

After that decision was made, the final call came down between rookies Addison Reed or Hector Santiago for closer. Santiago’s screwball to combat right-handed hitters from a left-handed pitcher helped his cause, as did his 95-mph fastball.

“Aggressiveness, and he can spot it from both sides of the plate and then turn it over with a changeup and then the screwball that you can’t really practice,” said Williams of Santiago. “And if you only see it on occasion, it can really screw you up.

“So, I think we were all privately thinking that. Then when we came together for a meeting and the subject was brought up, no one was caught off guard or surprised. So we just kind of came to the deal together.”

Santiago picked his third save in three chances during Friday’s 5-2 victory over the Tigers, striking out two in the ninth inning. Reed made his fourth consecutive scoreless appearance and Thornton made his fifth consecutive scoreless appearance.

J.J. has more.

Kenny Williams’ rationale

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 13, 2012 10:00 pm
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Bradford Doolittle:

Williams also had some interesting comments that offered a glimpse into his rationale for investing heavily in his big-league club over the years, usually at the expense of bringing top-shelf amateur talent into the organization, a trend which ended with the last offseason.

“To not be in the free agent market, or even the trade market to the degree we usually are, it was just a strange offseason,” Williams said. “At the same time, we are confident in our young players that are still kind of feeling around for that veteran feel that can bring it all together. It was just different. My phone bill was lower.

“Ideally, you don’t like to go into the free-agent market. You build a foundation and build from within. What people don’t understand about the difficulty in that is that we are what we are. We’re an organization that has tried to build our brand up to the point that people can count on our aggressiveness. They can count our competitiveness (as a team) that will sustain a $100 million payroll.

“If you take a little different focus, for instance, let’s say you’re going to take a couple of years and  overspend in the draft, overspend on the Latin American front, overspend anywhere other than on the major-league team, trying to be competitive. We run the risk potentially of not even being able to support a $100 million payroll, because our situation is different. We have to compete for our attendance to sufficiently warrant that $100 million payroll.

“Now you’re talking about killing yourself on the back end and the front end. We always have to be in the mode that if we’re going young, when we identify young players we have to be right. We have to market the major-league club as well and blend in some youth at the same time.”

April 2, 2012

Robin Ventura says Adam Dunn’s high walk percentage is a good thing

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 2, 2012 11:30 pm
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Owen Perkins:

Tuesday’s lineup features Alejandro De Aza leading off and playing center, followed by third baseman Brent Morel in the two-hole. Adam Dunn bats third as the DH in front of first baseman Paul Konerko and catcher A.J. Pierzynski. Right fielder Alex Rios bats sixth, with Alexei Ramirez playing short and batting seventh, followed by left fielder Dayan Viciedo and second baseman Gordon Beckham rounding out the order.”It’s not guaranteed to be the Opening Day one,” Ventura said of the lineup. “That’s one of the things that I’ve messed with throughout the spring, is putting guys in different spots.”

While Dunn might be a bit of a surprise after hitting .159 in 2011, his .255 (13-for-51) pace in the Cactus League, with five homers and 14 RBIs, has him looking like a middle-of-the-lineup man again. Dunn also posted a .415 on-base percentage this spring.

“He gets on base a lot,” Ventura said. “Even though he might strike out a little bit, he does walk a lot. To me that’s a good thing right in front of Paul.”

Good to hear a White Sox manager not dismissing walking.

Other White Sox links:

March 31, 2012

White Sox set their 25-man roster

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 31, 2012 10:05 pm
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Scott Merkin:

The White Sox set their 25-man roster on Saturday morning by optioning right-handed pitcher Dylan Axelrod to Triple-A Charlotte and reassigning RHP Brian Bruney, C Hector Gimenez, INF Rey Olmedo, LHP Leyson Septimo and LHP Eric Stults to Minor League camp.

With those moves, the White Sox have 12 pitches, two catchers, six infielders and five outfielders set to break camp. Eduardo Escobar was selected as the final position player, as expected, while Zach Stewart and Nate Jones round out the seven-man bullpen.

In that relief crew, the White Sox have four players with 70 days of big-league experience or less and three in Addison Reed, Jones and Hector Santiago, with 30 days or less. General manager Ken Williams said Saturday that he knew two weeks ago Jones and his fastball in the high 90s would make the team.

Here’s the Sox 25-man (Active) roster.

And here are Kenny Williams’ comments on today’s roster decisions.

BTW, Nate Jones was working on his changeup yesterday:

Jones added a cutter/slider to his repertoire last season and has worked on his changeup over the past six weeks. He showed that change during his one inning of work Friday against the Royals, bouncing back from walking the first two hitters he faced to pitch a scoreless inning

Here are the Pitch-F/X readings for Jones’ appearance yesterday.

How about another minor league 1st baseman?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 31, 2012 9:30 pm
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Scott Merkin:

Conor Jackson signed a Minor League deal with the White Sox on Saturday and was assigned to Triple-A Charlotte. The right-handed-hitting outfielder was in camp with the Rangers during Spring Training before being released.

Jackson, 29, is a .271 career hitter with 52 home runs over stops with the D-backs, Red Sox and A’s in seven seasons. But as general manager Ken Williams pointed out, Jackson never really fully recovered from Valley Fever that hit him in 2009.

“He was on a career trajectory where his ceiling was through the roof,” said Williams of Jackson, who had three productive seasons in Arizona from 2006-08. “He got Valley Fever, which was a terrible thing to catch. He will be working his way back in Triple-A.”

Pitch-F/X for yesterday’s Nate Jones appearance

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 31, 2012 2:00 pm
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Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Stults(L, 1-2) 4.0 5 3 2 1 2 1 3.38
Bruney 3.0 6 4 4 2 2 0 2.93
Jones, N 1.0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1.69
Totals 8.0 11 7 6 5 6 1 5.43

Brooks Baseball:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Linear Weights Time to Plate
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 96.50 97.4 -8.63 8.94 12 4 / 33.33% 0 / 0.00% 0.3342 0.387
CH (Changeup) 84.04 85.2 -6.43 7.30 7 5 / 71.43% 2 / 28.57% -0.6245 0.443
SL (Slider) 86.05 88.1 -0.05 1.42 6 2 / 33.33% 0 / 0.00% 0.0595 0.433
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate. Pitch Type LWTS correspond to how many runs were likely to score on a particular pitch based on average run expectancy when each pitch was thrown and what happened as a result. Negative scores indicate more effective pitches. Time to Plate is the time, in seconds, that it takes an average pitch of this type to reach the plate. This is strongly correlated with velocity, but also factors in movement.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
8 25 11 44.00 25 -0.231

UPDATE: BTW, Nate Jones was working on his changeup yesterday:

Jones added a cutter/slider to his repertoire last season and has worked on his changeup over the past six weeks. He showed that change during his one inning of work Friday against the Royals, bouncing back from walking the first two hitters he faced to pitch a scoreless inning

And here are Kenny Williams’ comments on Nate Jones making the Sox 25-man (Active) roster:

On Nate Jones seemingly coming out of nowhere:

It’s not out of nowhere for us.  When you throw 97-100 and you’ve got a hard curve ball, and I think you guys finally saw the change-up last night, which we developed when he started a couple years ago.  Last night, I think he was 98-99 and the change-up was around the 86 range and had some sink and fade to it, along with the curveball, it just makes everything better.   I think he got in trouble early in spring cause when you’re just sitting on two pitches, guys could guess. When you put another thought in their mind, you’ve got something to work with.  I’ve been impressed with his aggressiveness.  He was a little geeked up last night, trying to make that last impression and walked the first couple guys.  But then he really settled down and got in the swing of things.

March 19, 2012

Hector Santiago, starting pitcher?

Scott Merkin:

[Hector] Santiago, 24, entered Tuesday’s scheduled off-day for the White Sox as a veritable lock to break camp as one of the team’s seven relievers. He threw a scoreless inning against the Reds during Monday’s 1-0 loss at Camelback Ranch, giving him six without allowing a run this spring, while striking out six.

And the screwball has played a major part in this success.

… After being selected in the 30th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Santiago made 129 of his first 130 appearances out of the bullpen for Bristol, Class A Kannapolis and Class A Winston-Salem. He started 23 games for Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham in 2011, before pitching 5 1/3 scoreless innings in relief for the White Sox, giving up just one hit.

His impressive debut with the White Sox and continued success in Spring Training has caught the eye of the higher-ups in the organization.

“You know, we may take a [Chris] Sale approach with him,” said White Sox general manager Ken Williams of Santiago, who also could work as a late-inning left-hander. “We might keep him in the bullpen and then look to start him down the line.”

Speaking of pitches, Jake Petricka wants to continue developing his breaking stuff:

The harshest critic of Jake Petricka is … Jake Petricka.

Armed with a mid-90 mph fastball that most deem to be a “plus” offering — scouting jargon for beyond big league average — the White Sox’s No. 5 prospect shrugged and said he believed it to be only average. OK, he relented, maybe slightly above average.

Despite receiving an invitation to Chicago’s Major League camp this spring, it’s clear the 23-year-old right-hander is wary of becoming a one-pitch pitcher destined for the bullpen. He’s intent on improving his secondary pitches — a changeup and a slider — necessary ingredients for a future in the rotation.

Petricka finished 2011 in Class A Advanced Winston-Salem’s starting rotation. He went 7-8 with a 3.65 ERA over a career-high 113 1/3 innings across three lower levels before working exclusively as a reliever in the Arizona Fall League. Impressing others, if not himself, in either role this month likely would lead to a spot with Double-A Birmingham.

MiLB.com asked Petricka to describe and grade each of the three pitches he employs, fastball included. (His grade is based on a scout’s traditional 20-80 scale, 50 being Major League average.) Here is Petricka, in his own words:

Other White Sox links:

March 17, 2012

Someone screwed up in and in a very big way

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 17, 2012 6:00 pm
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Dave van Dyck:

Dunn now says there “is no doubt in my mind” his April appendectomy caused his season to disintegrate after a strong opening day.

“I was never the same,” he said. “I came back too soon, and I couldn’t even bend like I should have (while batting). And it threw my swing way off.”

Who screwed up? Was it Adam Dunn himself? I think that’s the more probable explanation. That Dunn didn’t reveal the extent of his after-surgery symptoms. It can’t be a coach or a trainer.

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March 16, 2012

Gavin Floyd is a popular guy

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 16, 2012 10:00 pm
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Bruce Levine @ ESPN:

Multiple sources told ESPNChicago that teams are lining up with offers for [Gavin] Floyd, who could be a free agent (if the team declines its option) after the 2013 season

Will someone make Kenny an offer he can’t refuse?

March 7, 2012

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.

February 18, 2012

Brian Anderson news!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 18, 2012 12:00 am
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Scott Merkin:

“It might sound arrogant, but I know how good I am at pitching,” Anderson told MLB.com during a recent interview. “I’m extremely talented on the mound, and I want to prove it to people.

“Some people might think this is a joke, and wonder ‘Why doesn’t he just retire?’ Well, they are entitled to their own opinions. I appreciate all the support fans showed me in Chicago, and how they really stuck by me. Hopefully in my new pursuit, in my new dream that I want to pursue, I hope they will give me a chance. If some people don’t, I don’t care. My attitude is so much different.”

… No regrets exist for Anderson over his past life as a center fielder. He holds mostly positive memories from his time with the White Sox, and a few he would like to forget. But Anderson has no regrets about making his career-changing choice.

“I’ve been wrong before, and I could be wrong again. But I don’t think I am,” Anderson said. “If I had a decent rookie year [in 2006], all the other stuff would have taken care of itself. I don’t point the finger at anyone but myself. But I’ve never been happier.”

Other White Sox links:

February 8, 2012

White Sox Announce 2012 Broadcast Schedule

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 8, 2012 10:30 pm
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whitesox.com press release:

The Chicago White Sox, Comcast SportsNet, WGN-TV, WCIU-TV and WSCR-AM 670 (The Score) have announced the team’s television and radio broadcast schedules for the 2012 season.

Comcast SportsNet (CSN) will televise 101 regular-season White Sox games beginning with the season opener on Friday, April 6 against the defending American League champion Texas Rangers in Arlington at 1:05 p.m. CDT.  CSN also will air Opening Day at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday, April 13 vs. the reigning AL Central Division champion Detroit Tigers at 1:10 p.m.

WGN is scheduled to broadcast 30 Sox games this season, beginning with the club’s second game of the year, and first night game, on Saturday, April 7 at Texas (7:05 p.m.).  WCIU will begin its 25-game schedule on Tuesday, April 10 at 6:05 p.m. at Cleveland.

Five White Sox games are scheduled to be broadcast nationally as part of the FOX Saturday Baseball “Game of the Week” package, beginning April 21 at Seattle (3:05 p.m.).  ESPN will air the White Sox at Rangers game on April 8 as part of its “Sunday Night Baseball” schedule with coverage starting at 7:00 p.m.  Additional Sox games may be added to the ESPN and FOX slates later in the season. …

Here are links to the 2012 Schedule (Opening Day is April 6), to the 2012 Broadcast Schedule, and to the 2012 Printable Schedule. The Broadcast Schedule has all games in one page making search easy.

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