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June 25, 2009

Ozzie Guillen concerned about Gordon Beckham

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 25, 2009 8:02 pm
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via Scot Gregor:

“I’m concerned a little bit about Beckham, not because he’s not hitting but because it might get in his head because the expectations are too high,” Ozzie Guillen said. “I want him to realize he’s here to help us, not to carry this thing. When you are a kid and you don’t get it done, then you panic a little bit. I don’t care how tough you are or how good you are in Little League or college.”

Ozzie Guillen rips Alexei Ramirez

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 25, 2009 6:50 pm
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via Scot Gregor:

“I never criticize my players for making errors on the field, I never will,” Ozzie said. “But when you make a lazy error, that really (ticks) me off.”

“I thought he was a better shortstop than me,” Ozzie said. “I made a big mistake when I said in January he’s going to be a better shortstop than Ozzie Guillen. I never thought I was that bad.”

Bill Melton (CSN postgame show) questioned the presence of Alexei in tomorrow’s lineup after he heard Ozzie’s comments.

Mark Buehrle won’t sign with the Cardinals because Wrigley Field sucks

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 25, 2009 3:12 pm
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Reinsdorf to pay for the next Wrigley Field renovation:

“I mean I can’t speak for them (critics of Wrigley), but I dislike Wrigley that much,” Buehrle told Dan McNeil on the Danny Mac Show on The Score 670-AM. “I joked around with somebody the other day, saying I don’t know if I could even sign with the (St. Louis) Cardinals, as much as everybody knows one day I want to play for the Cardinals.

“I don’t know if I could because that means I’d have to go to Wrigley three times, and that’s how much I hate going over there.”

Sox players protest cuts in foster-care services

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 25, 2009 2:39 pm
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Sun-Times:

As the heart of the White Sox offense went to bat against possible state cuts for human services, Gov. Quinn on Wednesday appeared to back away from making those funding reductions next week as his administration had once threatened.

Sox stars Paul Konerko and Jim Thome wrote a letter to the editor to the Chicago Sun-Times and other newspapers, urging lawmakers not to allow massive cuts to foster-care services. “Many of the deepest cuts directly target programs designed to protect children,” wrote the two athletes, who are partners with Children’s Home & Aid. “Today, one in six children is at risk for abuse or neglect. If these cuts are made, more at-risk children will suffer.”

THT Fantasy on Tyler Flowers

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 25, 2009 2:33 pm
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THT Fantasy:

Flowers’ bat has begun to heat up, and his plate discipline isn’t far off from Matt Wieters and Carlos Santana’s. He is coming on strong as the South Side’s replacement for A.J. Pierzynski, if the team is looking to move on. Pierzynski is having himself a heck of a year, though. We’ll see just how serious the White Sox are about a youth movement.

Frank Thomas ‘close’ to retirement

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 25, 2009 1:55 pm
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ESPN:

Frank Thomas said he’s getting close to announcing his retirement, and the 41-year-old slugger said he’s having fun being a member of the media.

Justin Cassel demoted to Birmingham; Lucas Harrell promoted to Charlotte

FutureSox with the news:

After struggling in most of his starts in Charlotte this season, including last night, Justin Cassel was demoted to Birmingham. Cassel went 3-8 with a 5.26 ERA in 12 starts. Lucas Harrell was promoted to Charlotte in his place.

Another FutureSox scoop: 4th Round Pick RHP Matthew Heidenreich is expected to sign in the coming days and will forgo his UC Riverside committ.

Speaking of Birbingham, the Barons have the 2nd best winning percentage in the MiLB.

Gordon Beckham comments on his song selection

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 25, 2009 12:54 pm
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From Beckham’s FutureSox interview:

Why do you have Your Love by The Outfield play when you come to bat?

Great question. Your love by the Outfield is my favorite song. I like to have a song that lights me up inside. I like a song that gets me excited and ready, but keeps me relaxed at the same time. I chose that song when I was a freshman in college and used it for three years. That song has kind of attached itself to me and the University of Georgia. I get messages late at night from friends who hear it in the bar and call me just to tell me it’s on. I’ve walked into places in Athens where they would see me and then play the song. And the girls enjoyed it too. They would actually finish the verse when it would cut off when I stepped into the box. Best of both worlds I guess.

Here’s Beckham’s song (Youtube)

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Tyler Flowers and Dayan Viciedo to play in the Futures Game

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 25, 2009 12:12 pm
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MLB.com:

Flowers and Viciedo were chosen to participate in the 11th annual XM All-Star Futures Game.

The 11th annual XM All-Star Futures Game, pitting the best Minor League prospects from the United States against the best from the rest of the World, will be held at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on All-Star Sunday, July 12, at 1 p.m. CT. MLB.com will provide complete coverage before, during and after the game, which can be seen live on ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on Gameday.

Flowers, a catcher, will be part of the United States team. Viciedo, a third baseman who came over from Cuba, will be part of the World team.

Mark Gonzales adds that Birmingham Barons’ manager Ever Magallanes will be one of the coaches for the World team.

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