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September 26, 2009

Ozzie goes off. Paulie says it wasn’t like that Ozzie.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 26, 2009 10:59 pm
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Ozzie Guillen thought the Sox players tuned to the football after losing tonight:

“It’s a bunch of (bleeps) out there watching football games like a piece of (bleep) with no pride, the way they (bleep-bleep) play, and that’s embarrassing. If you don’t have pride to play this game and you don’t care about it, get another job. Because I know I’m going to be all over the stinking place when I talk about this. I’m not in a pennant race, but at least I have some pride and at least I have something to fight for and at least I have something to show up to this ballpark and play for. And when you go out there and you turn your TV on and watch stupid (bleep) football when those (bleep-bleep) football players don’t give a (bleep) about you, that’s embarrassing. We’ve got how many games, seven games, they’ve got to put their (bleep) together. Because I don’t mind losing games. That’s part of the game. But when you lose games and you don’t even care about it, we’re going to have problems. I run this ballclub and I’m going to run this ballclub the way I want to. If they don’t want me here, I’ll get another job, or get me other players. But getting your (bleep) kicked like that, then all of a sudden you’re watching football games, that’s a bunch of (bleep).”

Paul Konerko chimes in:

Team captain Paul Konerko said he believes Guillen misunderstood the players’ reaction after the game. “The televisions were on already when we came in the locker room,” Konerko said. “No player turned them on. I’m all for no TV, no music, no kids across the board when we lose, so I really understand.”

New minor-league approach?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 26, 2009 10:43 pm
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Will the Sox be moving players quicker through their minor-league system?

Guillen said Hudson should “just do what he has done in the past. It’s a good chance for the kid to open people’s eyes. We’re going to move people quicker than in the past [though the minors].”

Another case of Ozzie being Ozzie probably …

Jon Link scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 26, 2009 10:42 pm
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Link has struck out a lot of batters in the minors because he has a very good slider, but his fastball and change are solid offerings as well. His fastball usually sits 93-94 m.p.h. and has some sink on it. …

Kenny’s next mission: Get Alfredo Despaigne

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 26, 2009 2:04 am
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Baseball America’s John Manuel:

On the current roster, Smoak has emerged as the team’s star, with nine home runs to set a USA Baseball record. The switch-hitter out of South Carolina was a high school teammate of Orioles rookie catcher Matt Wieters and is on track to fulfill the athlete development model that USA Baseball dreams of. He played for the college national team in 2007, is on the team now as a minor leaguer and seems destined to suit up in a WBC down the line.

Cuba’s five-tool center fielder, 23-year-old Alfredo Despaigne, has matched Smoak home run-wise. He’s part of the surprising reality: Contrary to its reputation, Cuba has plenty of hitting talent but not enough pitching.

Stats: .375/-/.681 with 61 BB/45 K and 32 HRs in 328 ABs in Cubas’s 48th National Baseball Series. Here’s his picture.

Peter Bjarkman’s blog has much more.

Mark Buehrle to skip his next start

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 26, 2009 1:17 am


Carlos Torres will take the mound Tuesday night in Cleveland in place of Mark Buehrle, with the White Sox left-hander possibly having made his last start of the 2009 campaign. … Buehrle will continue to do his regular work in between starts. Guillen hinted that if the last game of the 2009 regular season at Comerica Park means something for the Tigers or the Twins, then maybe Buehrle would make the start. … Otherwise, Buehrle closes out another workmanlike year. He has a 12-10 record, 3.95 ERA and his requisite 32 starts and 207 1/3 innings pitched. The only disappointment for Buehrle would be his 1-7 record and 5.18 ERA over 12 starts since his July 23 perfect game, a stretch in which he has yielded 97 hits in 73 innings.

David Holmberg scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 26, 2009 1:13 am
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He currently throws in the high 80s, but projects to fill out and add velocity. His secondary stuff is currently ahead of his fastball. He throws an above-average 12-to-6 curveball and a changeup that looks like a plus pitch at times. He also throws a slider. …

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