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February 25, 2010

Ozzie Guillen explains his pitching philosophy

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 25, 2010 12:00 pm
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Gonzales:

[Daniel] Cabrera will have to harness his wildness to have any shot of making the Sox’s bullpen.

“I want him to worry about one pitch,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Fastball right in the middle of the plate and then take care of the rest. I don’t see why this kid with that kind of arm is bouncing around all over the place.

“Maybe too much coaching. Maybe trying to be perfect. Too much stuff. Here, our philosophy is throw as hard as you can, try to hit the middle of the plate and go for it.”

January 12, 2010

Sox re-sign Ramon Castro; DFA Cole Armstrong

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 12, 2010 2:19 pm
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DH:

The White Sox and catcher Ramon Castro have agreed to terms on a one-year, $800,000 contract which includes a club option for 2011 at $1.2 million with a $200,000 buyout. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Sox designated catcher Cole Armstrong for assignment. …

Stats: B-R. Castro had a .204 BABIP last year playing for the Sox.

Looks like Tyler Flowers will begin the year in Charlotte.

BTW, the 40-man roster is full, so if the Sox sign someone, they must release someone.

December 1, 2009

Sox won’t offer arbitration to Dye, Dotel, Pods, Castro

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 1, 2009 12:58 pm
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Merkin:

The White Sox have decided against offering salary arbitration to their free agents, outfielder Jermaine Dye, right-handed reliever Octavio Dotel, outfielder Scott Podsednik and backup catcher Ramon Castro, a decision needing to be made by 11 p.m. CT on Tuesday. …

Gonzales says Dye is expected to draw interest from Texas, Atlanta and San Francisco, and St. Louis if it won’t retain Matt Holliday.

Cowley says the Yankee$ requested Dye’s medical records.

November 5, 2009

Pods, Castro file for free agency

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 5, 2009 7:37 pm
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Gonzales:

White Sox resurgent leadoff batter Scott Podsednik and Ramon Castro filed for free agency Thursday on the first day eligible players can file. …

August 1, 2009

Gordon Beckham to be fined

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 1, 2009 9:21 pm
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Beckham on his 9th inning baserunning error:

“That’s me being an idiot,” said Beckham with a sheepish smile. “It will happen every once in a while — hopefully, not for the rest of the year.” Derek Jeter actually deserved a second assist on the double play. Beckham counts the Yankees’ shortstop as one of the players he truly respected growing up, so he started talking to Jeter as he wandered away from the base. “[I] just kind of lost track and didn’t realize I was still playing a baseball game,” Beckham said. “I blame the third-base coach [Jeff Cox] for that one,” said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, pausing for a laugh. “The third-base coach should let him know how many outs there were.” Justice came down swiftly upon Beckham, who will be fined in kangaroo court. He will also have to buy a gift for backup catcher Ramon Castro, who was on deck to pinch-hit for Jim Thome. “Apparently, I cost him an at-bat, so I’m going to be running around town getting gifts for everybody,” Beckham said. “I’m embarrassed, but we’re good.”

July 25, 2009

Videos from Mark Buehrle’s Perfect Game

Beckham preserves perfecto (0:23)
Wise robs homer, saves perfecto (0:45)
Buehrle seals perfect game (0:40)
Buehrle’s ninth inning (4:21)
Buehrle’s 27 outs (5:31)
Buehrle discusses perfect game (1:30)
Network talks to Dewayne Wise (4:31)
Buehrle and Guillen on perfecto (3:16)
Ozzie on Buehrle achievement (2:07)
Sox players (Gordon Beckham, Dewayne Wise, Ramon Castro, A.J. Pierzynski) on Buehrle perfecto (2:14)
President Obama calls Buehrle (0:28)
White Sox Extra (2:02)
Game Recap: TB 0, CWS 5 (2:36)
Fields’ grand slam (0:42)
Ramirez’s RBI double (0:34)
Burrell nearly breaks it up (0:27)
Buehrle chats with MLB Tonight (6:25)
MLB Tonight looks at Buehrle (1:54)
Fantasy 411: Buehrle’s perfecto (2:01)
Breaking down Wise’s catch (2:24)

July 24, 2009

27 up, 27 down, a perfect game for Mark Buehrle

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 24, 2009 11:26 pm
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whitesox.com:

When Mark Buehrle arrived at work Thursday morning, making a little baseball history with Ramon Castro and Dewayne Wise and then having a chat about it with the president of the United States probably wasn’t on the agenda. On what turned out to be a legendary day not only in the life of the White Sox left-hander but for baseball as a whole, Buehrle took everyone along for the ride of his life at U.S Cellular Field. He did it with Castro catching him for the first time. He did it by watching Wise enter the game in the ninth and save the day with a circus play of which sandlot dreams are made. And he finished it all off by fielding a call from a certain White Sox fan who lives in the White House, President Barack Obama. So it’s safe to say that, while this might have been the 18th perfect game in Major League history, there hasn’t been a perfect day quite like the one Buehrle shared with baseball Thursday. For Buehrle, basking in the glow of going 27 up, 27 down was hard enough to comprehend, though he’d done it once before. Getting a grip on the perfection and understanding the enormity of the accomplishment, he admitted, might take awhile. …

What a catch by Wise. He made me look stupid!

July 8, 2009

Jose Contreras approves of this Ramon Castro guy (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 8, 2009 11:30 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

“It was a great pickup,” Contreras said of the acquisition of Castro from the New York Mets on May 29. “No disrespect to A.J (Pierzynski). I won 17 in a row with A.J.. But having Ramon on the team is like a fresh start with the team, as a whole. “I’ve shook off Ramon twice, and both times they hit home runs. So I’m not going to shake him off often anymore.”

Ozzie Guillen commented on Contreras’ resurgence:

“I think it’s like making a big trade,” Guillen said. “That’s the way I look at it. That’s a big trade for us to have him. He came up right on time when we most needed it. We struggled early when he got here. Since he’s got here, stuff has started turning around with the pitching staff. I think everyone is back on track.”

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