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June 28, 2009

Ozzie Guillen on White Sox games attendance

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 28, 2009 1:54 pm
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Lou Piniella didn’t approve of the low attendance at the Sox game against the Dodgers. Take it away Ozzie:

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was asked why attendance was so low at the Sox-Dodgers series, and said: “Because our fans are not stupid like Cubs fans. They know we’re (expletive).”

Guillen said Cubs fans will go watch any game at Wrigley Field because “Wrigley Field is just a bar.”


Smells Like Mascot: Fate Loves Cubs, Wedgies

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 28, 2009 12:15 pm
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Carl’s latest:


June 27, 2009

We’re No. 1!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 27, 2009 10:32 pm


The White Sox entered Saturday’s game tied with Kansas City for the most unearned runs allowed in the American League, with 40. The White Sox added to that total with three more unearned runs in their 8-7 victory over the Cubs.


Josh Phegley’s signing bonus: $888,600

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 27, 2009 10:28 pm
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Terre Haute Tribune Star:

Phegley signed a contract Thursday in Chicago, with the deal including a signing bonus of $858,600 plus $30,000 to be used for college, according to his father John.

After spending the night in Chicago on Thursday, Josh passed his physical on Friday. During their trip, both Josh and his father were given a tour of U.S. Cellular Field, which included meeting White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.

Scott Podsednik at his new hitting approach

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 27, 2009 9:04 pm

Scott Gregor:

Podsednik, released by the Colorado Rockies at the end of spring training, continues to move up in the batter’s box like Seattle Mariners star Ichiro Suzuki.

“I’ve wanted to use my ability to run more,” Podsednik said. “I felt like I was leaving some hits out there on the table by not using my ability to run, so I created some movement in the box that allows me to get down the line quicker, and that has allowed me to make some things happened.”

BlackJack: Put Beckham back at short

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 27, 2009 7:50 pm
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Jack McDowell:

Gordon Beckham needs to go back to his normal shortstop position, Alexi Ramirez back to second, Josh Fields back to third.  After watching Beckham back up more than two steps on three different groundballs over the past two days it’s obvious he’s a long way from being comfortable at third.

Here’s Jim’s take.


Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 27, 2009 6:42 pm

Yes baby! Paint it Black! On the first pitch!


Stripper’s pole meets foul pole

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ June 27, 2009 6:10 pm


On Friday, a judge approved the opening of a strip club “within a home run’s distance” of Seattle’s baseball stadium, an asset that might have kept Alex Rodriguez from bolting to Texas all those years ago.

Credit to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s Levi Pulkkinen for the post’s title.

Ozzie Guillen’s old school stories

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 27, 2009 5:44 pm
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Scott Merkin:

“Greg Walker grabbed me and said, ‘You bounce the ball once again and I will kick your (rear end),'” Guillen said. “I learned from that. I learned to be a professional. I learned to suck it up when you’re not good in the field, and I think the reason I’m a leader when I was playing was because I grew up with the right people.”

wrong (rear end) kicked…

Sox announce 6 draft signees


Josh Phegley was one of six selections the team announced it had come to terms with from the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. Right-handed pitchers Matthew Heidenreich (fourth round), Kyle Bellamy (fifth round) and Jimmy Ballinger (11th round) joined Phegley, the 38th overall pick from Indiana University, infielder Jared McDonald (21st round) and first baseman Leighton Pangilinan (40th round) on that list. … Of the six picks, Phegley is the only one targeted for Class-A Kannapolis. The other five will begin at Advanced Rookie Bristol.

BTW, Mark Gonzales reported that “Jared Mitchell, the White Sox’s first pick in the June amateur draft, is expected to agree to terms soon.”

FutureSox speculates on the possible moves Phegley’s assignment will cause.

Ozzie Guillen to be patient with Clayton Richard

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 27, 2009 1:21 pm
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Ozzie Guillen on whether he will keep Clayton Richard on the starting rotation:

”I’ll go for it,” Guillen said. ”This kid is our future. Hopefully we’ll build something for this year and for the future. We cannot forget how we do stuff here. We did it with a couple of pitchers, and I’m willing to do it with him. Be patient. It’s not going to be a nice one. It’s going to be a headache every day? So what? I’ll take that headache. I will take that responsibility to help him be what he should be.”

Gordon Beckham working on fielding to his right

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 27, 2009 12:52 pm
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Mark Gonzales’ twitters:

Interesting sights: Gordon Beckham working on fielding to his right, Carlos Quentin preparing for another round of agility drills.

Beckham’s at 3B in today’s lineup.

June 26, 2009

Brandon Allen working on his skills

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 26, 2009 11:49 pm
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Herald Online:

Allen could have plenty of time in Triple A to develop. He knows he still has things to learn. Some of those lessons will undoubtedly come from Knights manager Chris Chambliss, a Gold Glove winner at first base in 1978, who enjoyed a 17-year major league career.

“Chambliss worked with me in spring training on picks at first base. I took to him. I hope he took to me,” Allen said. “I try to learn something new every year to improve my game. This year I’m learning to just have fun and relax.”

Chambliss is getting reacquainted with his new first baseman.

“Allen just got to us. He is a mature kid and that gets recognized. I think the organization knew he was mentally ready to move up. He has worked hard on his defense and has made tremendous improvement,” Chambliss said. …

Nick Ciolli scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ June 26, 2009 11:46 pm
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[Ciolli’s] lack of power and lack of walks mean his ceiling is probably as a 4th outfielder.

Ozzie Guillen: Gordon Beckham “has struggled lately”

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 26, 2009 8:17 pm
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Scott Merkin:

Ozzie Guillen pinch-hit Josh Fields for Gordon Beckham with two outs in the ninth inning because he wanted to go for the tie with the White Sox trailing by one and down to their last bullet.

“Besides that, the on-base percentage is a lot different,” Guillen said. “Fields had a good at-bat and gave us a chance to get somebody on base, and Beckham has struggled lately.”

Fields drew a walk, after being down in the count at 1-2, before Scott Podsednik took a called third strike that appeared to be a bit outside on a 2-2 pitch for the game’s final out.

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