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July 20, 2009

Brady Shoemaker is “Chicago Tough” (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 20, 2009 10:21 pm
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Tim Hayes:

Shoemaker also possesses a high level of toughness. He jammed his ankle earlier this season when sliding into a base, but only missed a few games.

He inherited that toughness from his dad Brian, a former wrestler at Indiana State, and his days on the gridiron at Northview High School in Brazil, Ind.

“Football was always fun,” Shoemaker said. “I always liked the contact.”

UPDATE: FS has more.

Brian Anderson vs. DeWayne Wise

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 20, 2009 8:36 pm
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Joe Cowley:

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?

Carlos Quentin’s science lecture

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 20, 2009 8:29 pm

Quentin on his injury and his rehab:

“I have some soreness. Something I’ll just deal with, but it’s nothing compared to what I experienced in the past, before the injury and after the injury. I’m confident that, knock on wood, I won’t have any setbacks.” … Quentin has special orthotics made for his shoes, in order to give him the most comfortable fit possible, and has no fear of re-injury through pushing himself on a daily basis. According to Quentin, baserunning, outfield movement and waking up the next day and being able to do it again were the biggest hurdles to overcome. But he stayed the extra time on the rehab assignment in order to test every possible scenario. “This is the big leagues. An inch here is pretty big and can cost a game, so I needed to make sure I could perform up to standards that would allow any circumstances like that to not come into play. Hitting a base and you’re not dealing with standard change of direction — you’re dealing with a torquing of the foot or the circular pattern. It’s just not a normal running pattern, as I found out with the injury. And hitting a bag while you’re running — so I think I was on base enough and had enough opportunities to test that, and I responded well.”


Identify Your PC’s Parts (Computer Hardware Chart)

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Wizard @ July 20, 2009 7:07 pm

That’s great. Very useful. For a larger version click the image here [deviantart.com]. H/T Lifehacker.

Trade your veterans or hold on them and try to collect FA compensation?

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ July 20, 2009 6:39 pm


As we near the trade deadline, teams out of contention will look to trade away their players who don’t have long until free agency.  The goal is to shed money and receive back aprospects who will provide value in future seasons that bring more hope of making the playoffs.  But on the flip side, you have to consider holding on to an upcoming free agent in order to collect draft pick compensation when they sign with another team.  Which is a better strategy, trading a soon-to-be free agent for prospects or letting him walk and collecting the draft picks?  Let’s take a look.

Bartolo Colon to start Friday against Detroit

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 20, 2009 5:52 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

Guillen added that pitcher Bartolo Colon, who allowed four runs on eight hits in seven innings in a minor league rehabilitation start for Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday, will pitch Friday against Detroit if his left knee is healthy.

Ozzie Guillen on Freddy Garcia (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 20, 2009 5:41 pm
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Ozzie’s comments on Freddy Garcia after Freddy’s bullpen session:

“He really impressed me. He was talking a lot of crap the last few days and he backed it up.”

and Don Cooper:

Meanwhile, Freddy Garcia impressed manager Ozzie Guillen and pitching coach Don Cooper during a buillpen session. Garcia will throw another bullpen session Thursday before rejoining a minor league team. Cooper believes that Garcia may need only four or five starts before being major league-ready. “The words that he used, ‘I haven’t felt this good, ‘I have no pain,’ that’s music to my ears,” Cooper said.


Who’s on first?

Filed under: MLB,Uncategorized — The Wizard @ July 20, 2009 5:17 pm

Abbott and Costello’s ‘Who’s on First?‘ routine:

video on youtube, transcript


Fangraphs on Stefan Gartrell and David Cook

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 20, 2009 3:34 pm
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from the AA Home-Run leaderboard:

(17) – Stefan Gartrell | OF | Chicago (AL)

Three of the Top 7 home run hitters in the Southern League come from the same Birmingham squad but only catcher Tyler Flowers is a legitimate prospect. Gartrell, 25, has come a long way since being drafted out of the University of San Francisco in the 31st round as a senior in 2006. He’s repeating double-A after spending all of 2008 in Birmingham, as well.

(17) – David Cook | OF | Chicago (AL)

Cook has been kicking around the system since being drafted out of the University of Miami (Ohio) in 2003. Now 28, the outfielder is having a nice season while providing veteran leadership to the organization’s young prospects. He was recently promoted to triple-A.

Carlos Torres scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 20, 2009 3:09 pm
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Torres is a three pitch pitcher who features a fastball, slider and change. The fastball is Torres best pitch, not because of the velocity which is good (90-93), but because of the movement.

Jim Thome is your AL player of the week (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ July 20, 2009 2:44 pm


Jim Thome, the White Sox veteran designated hitter who emerged from the All-Star Game break with a personal-best seven-RBI game, was selected American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending July 19. On Friday, Thome, 38, hit a grand slam and a three-run homer in a 12-8 victory over Baltimore — also giving him a White Sox record 14 RBIs in a three-game span reverting to the final two games prior to the All-Star Game break.

UPDATE: Thome is the 4th-oldest player to drive in 7 runs in a game since 1954.

Carlos Quentin is back and he’s playing tonight!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 20, 2009 2:41 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

Carlos Quentin is returning to the White Sox’s lineup Monday night and will play left field and bat sixth against Tampa Bay. Outfielder Brian Anderson was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte. Quentin was 15-for-40 (.375) with four doubles, one home run, 10 RBIs, seven walks and 10 runs scored in 14 combined rehab contests with the Knights and Class A Kannapolis. Quentin hasn’t played since May 25, when he tore a tendon in his left foot. Anderson, 27, has appeared in 65 games with the White Sox this season, batting .238 in 185 at-bats with two home runs and 13 RBIs.

I’m thrilled about Q!’s return! If Carlos is healthy, the division is ours. But why did they send Brian Anderson down and not DeWayne Wise? Anderson has a .322 OBP. Wise has a .243 OBP. Plus, Anderson plays better D. I don’t get this…

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