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January 23, 2010

Top 3 Kenny Williams life lessons

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 23, 2010 6:25 pm

Top 3 KW life lessons:

No. 1 – “can’t spend a dollar when you only have 50 cents.”

No. 2 – “stay out of White Sox business.”

No. 3 – “that doesn’t sound like a Ken Williams problem.”


John Sickels on Dan Hudson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 23, 2010 6:04 pm

Sickels reviews his 2009 sleeper picks:

Dan Hudson, RHP, White Sox: Finished the year in the majors, pitched great at four levels. Definite hit and now among the elite pitching prospects in the game.

part-time DH?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 23, 2010 3:07 pm
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Before Sunday evening, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen will tell owner Jerry Reinsdorf and general manager Kenny Williams if designated hitter Jim Thome fits into their 2010 plans.

Williams and Guillen had a two-hour meeting on the subject on Friday, discussing the pros and cons of bringing back the heavy-hitting but slow footed Thome.

According to sources close to the situation, the only way Guillen will accept Thome’s return is as a part-time solution to the DH. In other words, Guillen would only want to use Thome 2 to 3 times a week, allowing the rest of the games to have a flexible DH for multiple uses. Thome himself will have to decide whether this will be good enough for him.


“I’m resigned to the feeling that Ozzie is sold on wanting to do it this way,” Williams did say Friday night. “Is it a little different for me not to have that left-handed power guy in the middle of the lineup? Yeah.”


“No, not really,” Guillen said, when asked if the pressure was now on him. “That’s the reason I manage the ballclub. We’ve talked about it, we’re still thinking about it, if Thome is the right fit for the ballclub or what we should do. When it’s time to make this decision … I said a couple days ago, sometimes when you think with your heart you make the wrong decision. In baseball, unfortunately, you have to think with your brains. I have to see what’s best for the ballclub. The next couple of days, I’m going to look around, and if Jim Thome fits in the ballclub then I will make the decision. It’s not any pressure at all. This is my job.”

Ozzie video.

Q! feels good and is getting ready to play right field

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 23, 2010 1:03 pm


“My body feels well,” Quentin said duriing SoxFest at the Palmer House. “My foot feels good, my (right knee) feels great, and my wrist feels 10 times better having the hardware out. Old injuries that were in the past feel great.” Quentin acknowledged that he and Alex Rios, who both suffered off-years in 2009, “have to produce in the middle of the lineup, and it’s a good thing. That’s a position everyone wants to be in.”

Quentin broke out in a big smile when asked about the position switch from left field to right field.

“I’m pretty excited about that,” Quentin said. “I basically grew up as a right fielder and feel like it will come back extremely fast. I’ve been throwing and getting my arm ready for it.” …

Quentin is focused on his swing:

“I felt a little restricted, and you put that in the back of your mind as a hitter,” said Quentin of his right wrist. “Your hands are very important in the swing. But I’m more focused on how much better it feels now. It makes me excited. This offseason I’ve been hitting and been satisfied with my swing.

“My body feels well. The foot feels great. The knee feels good. The wrist feels 10 times better having the hardware out. The old injuries that were in the past feel great.”

Sox to watch reliever Oscar Villarreal

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 23, 2010 12:53 pm
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The White Sox and Cubs are among the teams invited to watch reliever Oscar Villarreal pitch.

Villarreal, 28, who has nearly six years of major-league experience, will throw Friday at Physiotherapy and Associates in Tempe, Ariz. He underwent reconstructive right-elbow surgery in April of 2009.

Stats: FG.

January 22, 2010

Opening Day starter

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 22, 2010 11:19 pm
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I asked Guillen about whether Jake Peavy or Mark Buehrle would be his Opening Day starter in 2010. The usually politically incorrect manager went politically correct on me, basically saying that Peavy will be the ace of the staff, but that Buehrle deserves Opening Day status due to his 10 solid years of service. Guillen promised to make the decision on his Opening Day starter early on in spring training.

Merkin here.

Gordon Beckham working the phones (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 22, 2010 10:51 pm
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http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=7149933 (2:38)

Hope is kindled!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 22, 2010 9:09 pm
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A source close to the Jim Thome camp told the Sun-Times on Friday that the Sox are now rethinking the idea of life without the veteran slugger, despite the wishes of manager Ozzie Guillen to try the designated-hitter by committee.

“It’s 50-50 now, which couldn’t be said [Thursday],” the source said, referring to the chances of Thome re-signing. “Jim is just waiting to hear.” …

Ozzie Guillen video.

UPDATE: Gonzales:

Williams told fans Saturday morning at SoxFest that he’d consider a return by Thome only if manager Ozzie Guillen was comfortable with bringing him back, but warning that Thome would have to be comfortable with a role that could result in less playing time than the full-time designated hitter role he held with the Sox for the past four years.


Out of respect to Jim Thome _ and he certainly deserves it _ manager Ozzie Guillen said he’s considering bringing the 39-year-old designated back for another season at SoxFest Saturday. Guillen heads back home to Miami tomorrow, and he said a decision will be made before he leaves.

January 22 links

– Gordon Beckham will stay at the 2nd post of the batting order.

– More on the Opening Day starter.

– Matt Thornton takes over Merkin’s mailbag.

– SoxFest news: Bobby Jenks looks good, Ozzie Guillen is a jackass, Carlos Quentin wasn’t there, J.J. Putz is recovering, A.J. Pierzynski went to Africa. From Merkin and Reifert: Reifert is taking questions for Kenny and Ozzie and former Sox greats. Kenny is proud for Bobby. The Go-Go Sox are coming back says Ozzie. Hawk likes his kindle. Juan Pierre is a heavy hitter. Gonzales and Cowley: Peavy can’t afford pants. Ozzie wants Alexei to eat Vizquel’s brain. More SoxFest here.

Kenny on Jared Mitchell: it’ll be a “little while” till he reaches majors.

– Alexei Ramirez says Dayan Viciedo looks incredible. I hope he has lots of Cuban pride.

– J.J. Putz is looking for an intro song suggestions.

– Scot Gregor is taking questions you want him to ask at Sox Spring Training.

Gordon Beckham and Jeff Cox were working the phones. Beltin’ Bill Melton too.

– Jon Heyman says “Andruw Jones is said to be in the best shape he’s been in for a decade.”

The Bronze Titan will sign with the Phillies

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 22, 2010 6:13 pm


The Phillies have reached an agreement with Jose Contreras to a one-year deal, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN.  The deal is pending a physical.

Craig Calcaterra says if Jose replaces Moyer the signing is a ‘youth movement.” I love Jose but I’m not so sure he is younger than Moyer Craig.

Big Jim to East Dakota?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 22, 2010 5:56 pm


The Twins have interest in free agent slugger Jim Thome, according to Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune.  Christensen writes that the Twins are bargain hunting and if Thome is willing to come at the right price, there could be a match.  A Twins official confirmed the club’s interest, which was first reported by a Chicago radio station.

Aaron Gleeman’s take.

I told you 2010 will suck. Damn you Kenny?

Big Jim video.

Smells Like Mascot: The Q!Mobile

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 22, 2010 3:05 pm
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Carl’s latest:


Ozzie Guillen on the Opening Day starter

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 22, 2010 12:59 am
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“What you should do is go [in a] different [direction], but [Mark] Buehrle has had that honor since I’ve been here,” Guillen said. “That’s a tough decision we have to make in spring training … I have [John] Danks and [Gavin] Floyd. They have good enough stuff to do it. But [at least] our pitching staff is set. I’m very happy I don’t have the headache at 8 in the morning to figure out who’s going to be our fourth or fifth starter.”

January 21, 2010

John Sickels on Jared Mitchell

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 21, 2010 10:40 pm
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… Mitchell is an amazing athlete with excellent speed and plenty of physical strength. He doesn’t show much home run power yet, but many scouts think he’ll develop at least 10-15 home run power to go with 40-50 steal potential. Unlike most raw tools players, Mitchell works counts and draws plenty of walks, boosting his on-base percentage. His swing is very smooth at times, but he goes through phases where he can’t make contact, giving him a high strikeout rate that could be an issue as he moves up. He is still learning how to steal bases, and scouts have sometimes criticized his outfield routes, although I think the latter issue is overblown and reviews on his glovework in the Sally League were positive. He’s intelligent and coaches praise his makeup and work ethic. I really like Mitchell a lot, and while he has work to do refining his game, his upside is very high and I think he’s already made a great deal of progress refining it. My main worry is that the White Sox will rush him before he’s ready. Grade B.


Jared Mitchell, OF, Grade B: Great tools, draws walks, somewhat worried about the strikeouts, but a great ceiling.

As jeeves pointed out though Buddy Bell said don’t worry about rushing Mitchell:

[Buddy] Bell said the White Sox “will be slower with him then we would be with most No. 1 picks.”

Ozzie’s comments

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 21, 2010 8:11 pm
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from Ozzie’s press conference:

to Alex Rios:give me 50 SB and 3 HR

on Alex Rios: he’s a shy guy

on the Twinkies: dropped from piranhas to cold sardines.

Bonus Ozzie from CTL: on Wilson Betemit: he makes errors while DHing

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