“The reality is that we have a lot of guys on this team that just absolutely refuse to take walks,” Steve Stone said on the Boers and Bernstein Show. “I mean, you’ve got Brent Morel, who’s going to be a very good player, but he hasn’t had a walk this year. You can get to three balls on [A.J.] Pierzynski, but he’s going to swing at it if it stays in the ball park. Juan Pierre is a swinging leadoff hitter, he’s not a walking leadoff hitter. [Alexei] Ramirez is very difficult to walk.
“So we have a lineup full of guys that swing the bat. When they’re hitting the baseball and they’re finding holes, then the team, you know, will put together a lot of hits and a lot of runs. But the teams that have consistently a lot of runs scored, are patient teams who get the starters out of there around the sixth inning because they’re up to 100 pitches because they’ve taken some walks, because they’ve run the counts deep, and our guys, historically, have not taken walks. And when you’re hitting that’s fine. When you’re not hitting, you’re putting a lot of pitchers-pitches in play.”
Audio at the link.
Other White Sox links: James looks at the Sox clutch hitting and says Happy Birthday to Frank Thomas (Happy Birthday Frank!), and FutureSox’ hot and cold prospects include Brazilian righty Andre Rienzo.
Golebiewski @ FG:
[Gordon] Beckham gave every indication that he was ready for prime time. He hit the ground running with the White Sox in ’09, putting up a .351 Weighted On-Base Average (wOBA) in 430 PA while earning the Sporting News’ AL Rookie of the Year Award. Just 22 years old at the time, Beckham looked like a franchise cornerstone and a needed first-round success story for an organization that had recently been criticized for taking low-upside players like Lance Broadway and Kyle McCulloch.
Since then, however, Beckham has been sliding backwards. His wOBA dipped to .305 in 2010, and he’s the owner of a sordid .262 wOBA so far this season for a Chicago team whose park-and-league adjusted offense is 12 percent below average. In late April, White Sox hitting coach Greg Walker told the Chicago Sun-Times, “[Beckham]‘s swinging at a lot of pitches out of the zone. He’s frustrated. He’s getting himself out a lot.”
Walker’s comments are spot-on. Beckham, described in Baseball America’s 2009 Prospect Handbook as possessing “unusual pitch recognition for a young hitter,” has devolved into one of the easiest outs in the majors. Take a look at Beckham’s outside swing percentages from 2009 to 2011, compared to the MLB averages during those years: …
UPDATE: Here’s Steve Stone’s take.
Stonie doesn’t like the 6-man rotation that the Sox will be trying:
“It’s not a particularly good idea,” Steve Stone said on the Boers and Bernstein Show. “And there have been a lot of really smart baseball people that have resisted the temptation of this for, oh I don’t know, 110 years or so…If Humber continues to throw the ball as he has…one of the options open to you, and this might be a decent one, although Jesse Crain has been terrific, I don’t think you can ever have too many great arms in the bullpen. But we have a guy who’s been fairly inconsistent, when he’s good he’s very good, when he’s bad he’s awful, and that’s been Edwin Jackson.“
But he’s a guy, that if you move him to the bullpen, and I know you’re paying him $8.75 million, but…if he can go up there for one inning, he can throw 98, 99 miles per hour, and if that slider is even in the neighborhood, guys are going to have no chance agaisnt it. So that would be an option also.”
Audio at the link.
Farmio is back:
Ed Farmer and Darrin Jackson also had their agreements extended as the radio voices of the White Sox. Farmer enters his 20th full season on the White Sox Radio Network and sixth handling play-by-play duties, while Jackson, the one-time White Sox outfielder, enters his 12th season as a White Sox broadcaster. The 2011 campaign marks his third in the radio booth with Farmer.
Ken “Hawk” Harrelson and Steven Stone also return for their third year together on the television broadcasts. Harrelson marks his 21st consecutive season as the voice of the White Sox, while Stone begins his fourth.
and the Sox get a radio HD channel as part of their new radio agreement with WSCR:
The new multiyear broadcast agreement between the White Sox and WSCR 670 The Score, announced on Wednesday morning, comes with an option. … As part of this new agreement, the White Sox will launch a HD channel on 104.3-3. According to club vice president and chief marketing officer Brooks Boyer, the new channel will focus on White Sox programming and Bulls programming, factoring in chairman Jerry Reinsdorf’s two teams, as well as the business of sports, with content created exclusively by the club. …
UPDATE: The plot thickens! Wimpy will replace Hawk not only on Tuesday but Wednesday and Thursday too. And Frank Thomas will also replace Steve Stone Wednesday and Thursday.
For the 3-game series (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) at the Kansas City Royals:
Frank Thomas is going to fill in for Steve Stone in the White Sox’ TV booth this weekend. On Aug. 29, the Sox are going to retire Thomas’ uniform No. 35 before playing the Yankees.
Steve Stone’s mailbag:
Mike B, Oswego, IL
— With the wealth of information on sites like Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs, what stats do you use to evaluate players and make predictions?
Steve Stone: I use my eyes. I’m in my fifth decade, and those who solely rely on computers usually come up a little short. Those who have been around the game a long time and who have seen every type of player, we really depend on our eyes to show us what kind of player you are dealing with. A man’s ability to play on a division-contending team, you can’t find that into a computer because some guys have never played on a winning team. It’s the same reason I wouldn’t let anyone do open heart surgery on his first day, even if he was the top med student coming out of Harvard, the best heart surgeon they had ever seen. I prefer the experienced guy that has done 5,000 of these, and no matter what happens on the table, he has seen it before. The computer is a nice tool but you can’t replace the eyes of a veteran baseball evaluator because, at the end of the day, the computer doesn’t have eyes.
You too Steve? What’s wrong with using both?
Frank Thomas is replacing Steve Stone for the 3-game series at Kansas City.
UPDATE: We could have used him as DH.
Kenny wonders who’s Johnny Damon’s agent. Marc Teahen might wear #23. Bobby Jenks was offered a multi-year deal before he signed his arbitration contract. Kenny on Jordan Danks and Jared Michell: “this is 2010 and we have to win … They got to wait.” Ozzie blamed Kenny for the 2008 team. Jeff Cox: “There’s no ‘i’ in team, but there are 2 in ‘idiot.’” Steve Stone to Greg Walker: “Can you make a guy who can’t hit, hit?” “Um, no.” Rick Hahn: [Gordon] Beckham has changed perception about length of development time. Doug Laumann: [Dayan] Viciedo “a man among boys,” probably will end up @ 1B. Rick Hahn: We’re re-investing in Latin American scouting infrastructure.
Peoria Javelinas vs. Scottsdale Scorpions: Boxscore, Gameday. Jordan Danks is playing RF. C.J. Retherford is playing 2B. Brent Morel is playing 3B. Weather: 72 degrees, cloudy.
UPDATE: Peoria won 10-9:
Jordan Danks: 2-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB, .436 AVG
C.J. Retherford: 2-5, 2 RBI, 1 K, 2 E (fielding, throw), .364 AVG
Brent Morel: 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB, .250 AVG
Sergio Santos: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 K, 2 BB, 0 HR, 8.59 ERA
BTW, Steve Stone was scouting prospects at the AFL today.
Guillen said the main reason the move was made was because Wise gives him a speed guy off the bench that can pinch run late in games and brings some speed off the bench.
As far as the organization is concerned, there is an underlying feeling that while both players played the game hard, Wise played the game hard to stay here, while Anderson was playing hard in hopes of playing somewhere else.
What is more valuable late in games, speed or defense? I think defense. Steve Stone says the Sox didn’t want to expose Wise to waivers. Why? Were they afraid someone would claim him? And if they did, so what?