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June 29, 2012

White Sox play Shadow Ball

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2012 11:00 pm
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Cool stuff by Keith Olbermann

post: http://keitholbermann.mlblogs.com/2012/06/29/phantom-ball-with-video-and-monty/

video (0:20): http://videos.videopress.com/3q2qUZk2/img_9585_dvd.mp4

May 22, 2012

Flowers’ solo blast – Dunn’s solo dinger (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 22, 2012 12:00 am
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http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=21611153&c_id=cws (0:58)

Hittracker puts it at 433 feet and says it’s the longest non-Adam Dunn 2012 White Sox Home Run. Speaking of Adam Dunn, his Home Run from the same game had a 436 feet distance:


http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=21609699&c_id=cws (0:54)

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March 11, 2012

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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February 23, 2012

Herm Schneider is in the best shape of his life

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 23, 2012 12:00 am
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No kidding, he really is:

The most noticeable change among the Sox’s traveling party was trainer Herm Schneider, who declined to disclose how much weight he lost this winter.

Daryl Van Schouwen says it’s 70 pounds:

BTW, here’s a picture of Herm from August of 2011:

Good job Herm!

Other White Sox links:

September 7, 2011

BTB talks about Tyler Flowers

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 7, 2011 4:05 pm
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Satchel Price:

The White Sox still have A.J. Pierzynski around for 2012, but I expect the team to begin to phase him out over the next year. More and more, you’ll be seeing Mr. [Tyler] Flowers crouching behind the plate, and more importantly, smacking bombs at the plate. After a rough 2010 caused many to sour on the former Braves farmhand, Flowers turned in a .261/.390/.500 line with Triple-A Charlotte this season, and he’s been playing semi-frequently with Chicago for roughly a month now. It remains to be seen how the playing time will stack up in Chicago next season, but Flowers is worth keeping an eye on given how power/OBP potential.

Maybe the Sox will eat some money and trade A.J. because if A.J. is here I don’t think he’ll go along the “phase-out” plan.

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August 28, 2011

The kids can play!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 28, 2011 9:37 pm
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Viciedo’s 3-run homer gives the Sox a 3-0 lead:

And Flowers’ grand slam makes it 7-0:

Dayan drew a walk too!

Other White Sox links:

August 20, 2011

Kenny Williams is angry

Merkin @ CWS:

“Go get the inspirational speeches from someone else. I’m [angry],” Williams told MLB.com, responding to a question concerning the White Sox chances to claim an American League Central over the final 40 games. “This team should be 10 games over .500 right now.

“That’s the bad news. The good news is we still have time to right the ship. But if you are looking for inspiration, or anyone is, or pats on the back from this recent surge, you are looking at the wrong person. I’ll give you a pat on the back if you end up in first place.”

Williams said that anything short of winning the division would be an obvious disappointment, adding that winning the division really isn’t even good enough in the White Sox championship-oriented minds. He acknowledged, as an example, being impressed by Alejandro De Aza’s play since called up to the big league club, as the outfielder is batting .310 and infusing life into the White Sox lineup.

But he added that he’ll be more impressed if De Aza keeps it up.

“Nothing is going to impress me the rest of the year unless we are in first place at the end,” Williams said. “Other than that, it’s just find a way to win today.”

Other White Sox links:

July 23, 2011

Ozzie Guillen doesn’t like all the Dayan Viciedo talk

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 23, 2011 11:30 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN:

With Saturday’s rained out game against the Indians expected to be moved to September as part of a day-night doubleheader, Guillen was asked in jest if that means Viciedo will be there to help the cause.

“Well if Viciedo is going to be the White Sox’s savior we will be in deep [expletive] … and you can quote me on that,” Guillen said. “If we wait for [expletive] Viciedo to be the savior, we’re in deep [expletive] if we wait for a Triple-A kid to come here and be the savior.”

The Cuban has cooled off a bit at Triple-A Charlotte, but is still batting .307 with 16 home runs and 64 RBIs heading into play Saturday.

“Can he help? Yes,” Guillen said. “Is he going to be the savior? I like the talent we have here.”

“we will be in deep [expletive]”? we already are in deep [expletive]

Other White Sox links: James looks at the improvement in Gordon Beckham’s defense and Tyler Flowers filling the backup catcher position, J.J. looks at the lack of moves in the White Sox roster after Ozzie’s rant, and Mike looks at Ozzie Guillen’s frequent “lack of effort” rants.

July 21, 2011

White Sox scout Ozzie Guillen doesn’t like the White Sox approach at the plate

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 21, 2011 3:00 am
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Ballantini @ CSN (video):

“There’s nothing more painful than losing the f—— game against Bruce Chen once again,” Guillen spat. “F—— pathetic. [We had] no f—— energy. We just go through the motions. We take the day off today instead of tomorrow.”

“If we go to Cleveland [beginning on Friday] and play the way we did in Kansas City, it’s going to be a f—— long-ass, God—— July. Nothing against Bruce Chen, I have a lot of respect for this kid. But our approach at the plate, that’s not a good club out there. F— it. I’m tired of protecting people … I take my s— back, what I said in Detroit. I take it back. This thing about ‘one day at a time.’ One day we’re good, three days we’re bad. We don’t have energy in the dugout. [We had a] horses— approach at the plate for the 90th time.”

“F—. If we go to Cleveland the way we go [in Kansas City], good luck. We’re wasting our money on this club if we go to Cleveland the way we were here,” Guillen said. “That’s the team we’ve had all year long—that’s the club. [People think] I talk s— because I ‘have’ to talk s—. No, I don’t. I talk s— because of what I see. All I see is very bad. Nothing against Chen, nothing against the Kansas City pitching staff—they’re good. They’ve got a young ballclub.

“But the way we go about our business here [was] horses—. [The team] can say whatever they want to say. If we go to Cleveland that way, and [then] we’ve got to play New York, Boston and Detroit? Good luck.”

“Oh, and John Danks pitched well.”

If only the White Sox had Ozzie as their coach…

Other White Sox links: James says the White Sox are fixing the problems they don’t have because those are easier and links to many Sox-centric stories. The Brandon Allen video is depressing. colin looks at Gordon Beckham, Dan at FutureSox looks at Dayan Viciedo’s progress, and Ramon Castro will be out for 2-3 months, so Tyler Flowers will probably be with the Sox the rest of the year.

July 11, 2011

Ozzie looks at the Dunn-Rios pledge [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 11, 2011 12:00 pm
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Ginetti @ CST:

‘‘I am,’’ Dunn said, ‘‘because I feel like me and Alex, we’ve been as bad as you could possibly be, and if we’re doing half of what we normally do, we’re not even talking about this. . . . We’re putting it all on us in the second half, basically.”

Guillen likes Dunn’s optimism, ‘‘but I don’t want him to put more pressure on himself, like, ‘I have to do it in the second half for the White Sox to win.’ Everybody has something to do here. The second half is about 25 guys, not about two guys. If [everybody] puts it together and does what they’re supposed to do, we’re going to have a chance.’’

Like Dunn needed more pressure.

UPDATE: More Ozzie:

“He’s wrong. He’s wrong. Very wrong,” Guillen said. “Because I don’t think we pay Adam Dunn and Alex Rios for it to be on them. I think they have to do their part. I think it’s about 25 guys, maybe about 26 or 28, but it’s about everyone. Hopefully they come out of their slump and play better, but we’re not going to win if Adam Dunn hit 40 (home runs). It’s going to make it easier, but if everybody contribute and everybody do what they’re supposed to do, then it will change.”

Other White Sox links: J.J. says Tyler Flowers may not be the ideal backup form A.J. Pierzynski, James tries to find out what’s wrong with Gavin Floyd and also looks at the Dunn-Rios pledge, and the 2nd half rotation will be: Floyd-Jackson-Peavy-Buehrle-Humber-Danks.

July 9, 2011

Hey, a win!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 9, 2011 6:00 pm
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Is this allowed?

UPDATE: Seems Tyler Flowers is coming up to replace Ramon Castro, who broke his hand.

Flowers is hitting .261/.390/.500/.890 with 39 BB and 84 K in 222 AB. That’s a 14.6% BB% and a a 31.5 K%. Other numbers: .339 BABIP, 44% GB%, 18% LD%, 37 RC, 5.88 RC/27, .376 wOBA, 118 wOBA+, 135 OPS+.

May 18, 2011

Andre Rienzo’s walk rate is up

After today’s 6 IP/6 K/6 BB outing, Andre Rienzo already has 25 walks in 42.2 innings. Last year Rienzo issued 32 walks in 101.0 innings. Please cut down the walks Andre!

Rienzo is one of the subjects Buddy Bell addressed today. See posts by J.J. Stankevitz, Mark Primiano (U-God) & Jim Margalus, and Scott Reifert.

March 22, 2011

Alejandro De Aza optioned to AAA Charlotte

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 22, 2011 2:45 pm
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Seems Merkin’s report that the 25th spot is between Lastings Milledge and Brent Lillibridge was accurate. Here’s today’s Merkin:

Optioned to Triple-A Charlotte prior to Tuesday afternoon’s Cactus League game against the Mariners were outfielder Alejandro De Aza, right-hander Gregory Infante and catcher Tyler Flowers.

Also reassigned to Minor League camp were six players who had been in the big league camp as non-roster invitees: right-handed pitchers Brian Bruney, Jeff Gray, Josh Kinney and Shane Lindsay; infielder Dallas McPherson; and outfielder Jordan Danks.

… Milledge was in the starting lineup for Tuesday’s game in Peoria, Ariz., as he continues his competition with Brent Lillibridge for the last seat on manager Ozzie Guillen’s bench.

March 14, 2011

Tyler Flowers gets some praise from Ozzie

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 14, 2011 8:15 pm
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Ballantini @ CSN:

Guillen sees a world of difference in catcher Tyler Flowers this spring compared to prior camps.

“Out of [everyone], Flowers is the one I’m very happy about,” Guillen said. “That kid came to spring training this year as a different guy. He swings the bat better and more comfortably. Behind the plate, he’s outstanding.”

It’s safe to say that if the White Sox knew they’d see this sort of change in the 25-year-old slugger, he’d be breaking camp with the big club instead of seeing his ticket again punched back to Charlotte.

“I’m pretty excited and happy for this kid, from one spring training to another,” Guillen said. “I’ve talked to everybody about it. Hopefully, no matter where he goes, he’ll keep up playing this way so people can count on him for the future.”

March 9, 2011

Jonathan Mayo’s 2011 Top 10 White Sox prospects (video)

Mayo @ MLB:

And here’s Mayo’s White Sox OMG (One More Guy): Jacob Petricka, RHP.


http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=13144373&c_id=cws

Here’s Brent Morel’s description:

More of a right-handed Wade Boggs type than a power hitter at the hot corner, Morel is ready to take over at third for the White Sox. He’ll hit for average, as his .305 career mark shows, and he’s an outstanding defender, one who could even play shortstop if needed.

Wade Boggs? Did Kenny Williams made a deal with the devil?

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