August 1, 2009
Beckham on his 9th inning baserunning error:
“That’s me being an idiot,” said Beckham with a sheepish smile. “It will happen every once in a while — hopefully, not for the rest of the year.” Derek Jeter actually deserved a second assist on the double play. Beckham counts the Yankees’ shortstop as one of the players he truly respected growing up, so he started talking to Jeter as he wandered away from the base. “[I] just kind of lost track and didn’t realize I was still playing a baseball game,” Beckham said. “I blame the third-base coach [Jeff Cox] for that one,” said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, pausing for a laugh. “The third-base coach should let him know how many outs there were.” Justice came down swiftly upon Beckham, who will be fined in kangaroo court. He will also have to buy a gift for backup catcher Ramon Castro, who was on deck to pinch-hit for Jim Thome. “Apparently, I cost him an at-bat, so I’m going to be running around town getting gifts for everybody,” Beckham said. “I’m embarrassed, but we’re good.”
Shortstop Alexei Ramirez (ankle) will not be available until Tuesday or Wednesday against the Angels, Guillen said.
Big-Game Freddy is on the fast track:
“He’s on the move,” pitching coach Don Cooper said. “Freddy is not that far off. “We started a plan with him and you don’t want to rush any plan when it’s near the finish line. He’s not far from being done. I think two-three more will have him ready.” Garcia threw five innings of one-hit, no-run ball Saturday for Bristol in the Rookie League with two strikeouts and no walks. In his first outing [for Kannapolis on Sunday], he gave up two hits in three innings. … Garcia should return before Jake Peavy, meaning he could fill the fifth starter role.
Oh boy, the media in New York will have a lot to say about A-Rod’s comments for Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf:
A-Rod loves Chicago and White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, as well: “To me, he’s the greatest guy. He loves baseball and the people in it. It seems all he cares about is that the White Sox win. Look at the move he made to let his general manager go for Jake Peavy. Chicago fans should love the guy. He’s all about winning.”
The greatest. As in the best there is. Better than the Yankees owners.
A-Rod commented on Gordon Beckham too:
In closing, A-Rod talked to me about White Sox third base phenom Gordon Beckham: “He looks like a wonderful player. Wow, what a natural stroke, nice and compact, just like a young Paul Molitor. I think he’s going to be outstanding.”
here’s the view of an an “impartial scout” that has seen Peavy a lot:
“Jake Peavy is an outstanding competitor, one of the best competitors I’ve seen. He has a delivery that is complex and he needs to pitch a lot of innings to maintain command. He has, at times, an above-average fastball, a very good cut fastball, a slider that can be one of the better ones. He also throws a curveball and will dabble with a changeup. He’s a strikeout pitcher and a high-count pitcher. So he doesn’t go as deep in games as you’d like outing after outing.”
In hindsight, Friday’s trade by the White Sox shouldn’t have been such a surprise–even though Padres general manager Kevin Towers said he didn’t expect Peavy to be traded when he woke up that morning. You see, Williams and his staff don’t go haphazardly into making moves. It’s not like he wakes up one morning, thinks “You know what, I would like to get Player X” and suddenly starts pursuing him. The White Sox come prepared, targeting certain players who fit the team, the city and U.S. Cellular Field, in some cases, for years at a time. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard Williams say, “I’ve been after this player for X amount of years” after a trade, well, I would have enough money to at least buy a drink at Market, maybe two.
Jake Peavy from the Padres to the White Sox for Clayton Richard, Aaron Poreda, Adam Russell, and Dexter Carter. One proven excellent (when healthy) starter in exchange for four arms. I like it from San Diego’s perspective, given their current situation. Richard can slot into the rotation immediately, and Poreda has a chance to be a closer if his command holds. Russell is an OK middle relief type, while Carter has a live arm and excellent numbers in low-A ball. If Peavy’s ankle recovers fast enough he will help the White Sox down the stretch, but I think they gave up quite a bit to get him.
Also, Peavy and Towers discuss trade:
Gordon Beckham (above) was drafted as an All-America shortstop out of Georgia last season, but he has made the transition to third base. Even with starting shortstop Alexei Ramirez working through a sore ankle, Ozzie Guillen wants Beckham to stay put. ”Beckham’s going to be our [third baseman] for a long time here,” Guillen said. ”If we do that, we go backward.”
BTW, Beckham will wear a mike during today’s game.
whitesox roster move pregame: RHP Jhonny Nunez up; Lillibridge down.
Lillibridge didn’t even last a day.