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June 30, 2009

Would Ozzie manage the Cubs?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 30, 2009 9:09 pm
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Joe Cowley:

“I never be in Wrigley Field [as a manager],” Guillen insisted. “I don’t give a [crap]. I can’t I say I don’t like Wrigley Field? Why can’t I express myself? It’s like I don’t like to eat chicken. Why I should I have to like Wrigley Field. Whoever gets upset about that? [Bleep] them. I don’t like Wrigley Field. What’s wrong with that? I don’t say I don’t like the Cubs. Just make it clear. I don’t say I don’t like the Cubs. I don’t say I don’t like the Cubs’ organization. I just hate Wrigley Field. I wish I could do something about it. The Governor of Chicago, please, build another one. I don’t know why people make such a big deal that I don’t like Wrigley field. I don’t work for Wrigley Field. [bleep] it.

“First of all, to manage the Cubs, Jerry Reinsdorf has to be dead. Second, to go to that job, … I’m not going to manage at Wrigley Field. I might manage the Cubs. No, not Wrigley Field. I hate that [bleepin’] place.

“Now I hate a couple guys working for the [bleepin] Cubs. And they have nothing to do with the front office.”


Tyler Flowers Q & A

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 30, 2009 3:21 pm
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JJ Stankevitz has an interview with T-Flo:

JS: What have your coaches said about your defense?

TF: Chicago’s expressed that they’re real pleased. Obviously, there’s certain things that me and every catcher in Double-A can improve. There’s definitely stuff on my agenda to take note of and try to improve and be more consistent with. They made it very clear that I’m going to be a catcher, and I was definitely pumped to hear that. They weren’t just excited about my bat, but they were excited about me behind the plate too. That was important to me. Working on being consistent with my throwing and footwork. I feel like receiving’s come a long way, blocking balls has come a long way. Calling a game, our pitching coach has helped me out tremendously, especially explaining the staff to me, explaining what their put-away pitch is, going back to their tendencies how to get them to of it. It’s been pretty good.

Tyler’s tearing the cover of the ball to the tune of .292/.439/.532. He’s hitting .354/.453/.684 in June (.479 BABIP for June though).

11 Birmingham Barons at the SL All-Star Game

The 11 players are: Catcher Tyler Flowers, 1B Brandon Allen, 2B C.J. Retherford, 3B Dayan Viciedo, OF Stefan Gartrell, OF David Cook and pitchers John Ely, Fernando Hernandez, Jhonny Nunez, Brian Omogrosso and Lucas Harrell. Barons manager Ever Magallanes will coach the south team.

Sox to play Cubs September 3 at Wrigley Field

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 30, 2009 2:38 pm


The Cubs and White Sox will play one more installment of the Crosstown Classic [Thursday] Sept. 3 to make up for the June 16 game that was postponed due to rain.

The Cubs announced today that all tickets for that game will be honored at the gates for the Sept. 3 game, which is scheduled for a 1:20 start. There is no need for fans to exchange tickets.

The game will be broadcast by WGN.

Birmingham Barons best team in the minors

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 30, 2009 12:49 pm
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The Barons’ .671 winning percentage (51W-25L) is the best in the minor leagues (h/t Baseball America). The Barons are the Sox AA affiliate.

June 29, 2009

First 3-hit game for Gordon Beckham

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2009 10:11 pm

Beckham is heating up! OBP at .333.

Alexei Ramirez OK after getting hit in the head

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2009 9:56 pm

Mark Gonzales:

Ramirez was drilled in the helmet from a pitch from reliever Chris Perez in the top of the ninth inning. Ramirez was on the ground for several moments before leaving the game under his own power.

Ramirez said after the game that he was fine and expects to play Tuesday night.

BTW, Dye was grazed in the head, right after Alexei, but didn’t require treatment.

SF Giants scouting Jermaine Dye

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2009 9:13 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

With the non-waiver trading deadline one month away, teams are expected to increase their evaluations and discussions.

And even after White Sox general manager Ken Williams said last week he intends to remain a buyer, it won’t stop other teams, such as San Francisco, from scouting Sox players who can help them for their own playoff runs.

The Giants, who currently lead the National League wild-card race, sent one of their top scouts to Cleveland on Monday night to watch right fielder Jermaine Dye.

UPDATE: The SF Chronicle reports that the Giants scout could be looking at Cleveland’s Victor Martinez.


BlackJack on hitting

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2009 6:17 pm

From Jack’s latest mailbag:

Q: Take Josh Fields for an example. The reason people can get a 90 mph fastball past him is that when he cocks, his right elbow flies up. This is not a difficult fix but yet he continues to do it. The rest of our lineup sans Gordon Beckham (who will be a monster hitter someday) can’t seem to not swing at a pitch out of the zone with a 2-0 count. This is stuff I have taught ten year olds to stop swinging at bad pitches.

A: Bad thing is, the things you talked about are sooo ingrained in a guys actions by the time he’s in the Big Leagues. Guys either have a good eye and patience/ pitch selection or they don’t. …

Firefox 3.5 to be released on Tuesday, June 30

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Wizard @ June 29, 2009 5:58 pm


PC Magazine is reporting that Mozilla has officially confirmed the Tuesday release. Among other additions, Firefox 3.5 will include a Private Browsing Mode to hide browser activity, a JavaScript engine known as TraceMonkey, new location services, and HTML5 support.

UPDATE: Firefox 3.5 is out. Download away!

Carlos Quentin update

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2009 5:32 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

Carlos Quentin took early batting practice and wrapped up his session by hitting several deep drives to right field. Quentin headed to the right field line to run a series of 90-foot sprints at about three-quarters speed and is currently performing more agility drills under the supervision of conditioning director Allen Thomas.


Jermaine Dye is your co-AL Player of the Week

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2009 5:14 pm
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Right fielder Jermaine Dye of the Chicago White Sox and closer Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees have been named the American League Co-Players of the Week…


Paul Konerko to the Giants?

Nick Cafardo:

Paul Konerko, 1B, White Sox – Suddenly surfacing on a few teams’ trade lists, the 33-year-old is having a nice year with 12 homers, 46 RBIs, and a .292 average in the next-to-last year of his contract, which calls for a $12 million payment. He’s also a 10-5 player who must OK a deal. The Giants would seem to be the ideal spot, but one problem: White Sox general manager Kenny Williams still feels his team can win the AL Central. That’s why he is holding on to Konerko, Jermaine Dye, Bobby Jenks, Octavio Dotel, and Scott Linebrink. Williams still has a month before the trade deadline to make decisions.


Jordan Danks spotted playing catch without wrist cast

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2009 11:56 am
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according to FutureSox’s John Norris.

June 28, 2009

Ozzie Guillen: Scott Podsednik to CF when Carlos Quentin returns

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 28, 2009 8:39 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

Left fielder Scott Podsednik will move to center field once Carlos Quentin returns from plantar fasciitis of the left foot, Guillen said. Quentin will accompany the team to Cleveland and Kansas City and could start a minor-league rehabilitation assignment next month.


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