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February 12, 2010

Jermaine Dye prepared to retire

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 12, 2010 8:46 pm
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On the day that Frank Thomas announced his retirement from baseball, he almost overshadowed himself by disclosing the stunning news of another former White Sox player who might retire right behind him.

Jermaine Dye.

Thomas spent time with Dye last week in Las Vegas, and during our interview following his retirement press conference, Thomas revealed to Comcast SportsNet that Dye is “pretty sad” about still being unsigned, and said Jermaine is prepared to retire if the right opportunity doesn’t present itself. …

There’s a video (8:09) of Frank’s interview in the same link.

Chicago White Sox Top-15 Prospects of 2010, No’s 6-15

Alex Eisenberg posts the 6-15 part of his Sox prospect list. Here’s a sample from Dayan Viciedo’s scouting report:

Viciedo struggled to consistently center the ball, swinging through fastballs or fouling them off, but when he did connect, the contact was usually of the hard variety. Part of the problem was Viciedo swinging for the fences more often than not. He swings extremely hard and doesn’t adjust for the situation at hand, making it more difficult for him to center the ball.

*Credit to TriB81

Viciedo has tremendous raw strength and plenty of bat speed. In addition, he’s able to keep his swing relatively short in the process though he does wrap his bat behind his head, which adds to the length.

Viciedo also has to work on keeping his weight back as he gets too far out in front on his front foot at times. This happens often when he’s thrown an off-speed pitch and usually you’ll see him ground out meekly as a result.

It’s easy to forget that Viciedo is just 20 y/o and we have to ask ourselves how many other 20 y/o prospects would fare in Double-A in their first season of pro ball? I think most would say not well. …

Part 1: Chicago White Sox Top-15 Prospects of 2010, No’s 1 – 5.

February 12 links

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 12, 2010 8:00 pm
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– Sox sign RHP Ben Fritz.

– Playoff Probabilities Simulation – PECOTA Edition.

Four Reasons Teams Are Staying Away from Jermaine Dye.

Frank Thomas’ favorite teammate?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 12, 2010 7:31 pm
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“I had over 850 different teammates,” Thomas said. “I guess my favorite teammate of all time was Tim Raines. He really pulled me under his wing and we’re still great friends today.”

More Scot Gregor here.

Full Frank Thomas’ press conference (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 12, 2010 6:54 pm

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=7168151 (19:16)

more Frank Thomas videos here, like this 2:43 retrospective

Frank & family from today

B-R on Big Frank

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 12, 2010 6:42 pm


It’s very common to talk about players’ careers and wonder “how much better would he have been if he could just have stayed healthy?” Thomas is one of those cases, since after his age 32 season he managed only 3 more years with at least 140 games and had 4 full seasons with fewer than 80 games. However, there’s more to it than just the games. After missing almost all of 2001 he had a good-by-anybody-else’s-standards 2002 with 28 HR, 92 RBI, and a 118 OPS+. People wondered if he was done. Then in 2003 he roared back with 42 HR, 105 RBI, and a 146 OPS+.  After two more lost years in 2004 and 2005 he came back from injury in 2006 and posted 39 HR, 114 RBI, and a 140 OPS+ in 137 games with Oakland (at age 38!) My point is that the guy twice came back from major injury layoffs to post huge seasons, which really lends credence to the idea that if he had been healthier he had a good shot to post some really big career totals. He might have played 300 more games and realistically could have had 70 more HR, which would have put him close to 600 career bombs. …

Frank ‘The Big Hurt’ Thomas in his football days

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 12, 2010 6:23 pm

Frank Thomas poses for a portrait at Auburn University in 1987 (Tribune).

“An Ode to The Big Hurt”

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 12, 2010 3:27 pm


Yesterday came the unsurprising news that Frank Thomas is calling it a career, although that’s really only a technicality as Thomas last played with Oakland and Toronto during the 2008 season. As a young Chicagoan who grew up watching Thomas, I never quite grasped his brilliance as youngin’ , but I do have memories of his monster 2000 season, when he posted a .439 wOBA with 43 HR, 44 2B, a .328 batting average and 143 RBI. It was sad to see him leave Chicago on a relatively negative note, but it’s likely that he’ll go down as the greatest hitter to ever call Chicago his home. …

“Frank Thomas is the most underrated hitter ever”

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 12, 2010 2:21 pm

Aaron Gleeman:

Because of what has happened to power numbers and power hitters during the past decade or so Thomas is often talked about as just another great slugger from this era, but that misses the boat in a big way. Albert Pujols is the best player in baseball and surely everyone would agree that at 29 years old he’s on track to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but look at his numbers compared to Thomas’ stats at the same age:

               G       PA      AVG      OBP      SLG     OPS+
Pujols      1399     6082     .334     .427     .628     172
Thomas      1076     4789     .330     .452     .600     182

Pujols has hit .334 with a 1.055 OPS, whereas Thomas hit .330 with a 1.052 OPS through the age of 29. Plus, Thomas’ twenties came in a slightly lower-scoring era, which is why his adjusted OPS+ of 182 tops Pujols at 172. Pujols has three MVPs and one batting title while thrice leading the league in OPS. Before his 30th birthday Thomas had two MVPs and one batting title while leading the league in OPS four times. …

Sox to retire Frank Thomas’ #35 on August 29

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 12, 2010 12:18 pm


Frank Thomas, who officially announced his retirement on Thursday night, will have his No. 35 retired during an on-field ceremony on Aug. 29, when the White Sox celebrate “Frank Thomas Day” as they host the Yankees at 1:05 p.m. CT.

… Along with Hall of Famers Mel Ott, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams, Thomas is one of just four players in baseball history to have a .300 average with 500 home runs, 1,500 RBIs, 1,000 runs scored and 1,500 walks in his career. He is a four-time Silver Slugger Award winner (1991, 1993, 1994, 2000), and he was named the 2000 AL Comeback Player of the Year.

9 others have been retired:

Thomas becomes the 10th player to have his number retired by the White Sox. His No. 35 joins Nos. 2 (Nellie Fox), 3 (Harold Baines), 4 (Luke Appling), 9 (Minnie Minoso), 11 (Luis Aparicio, though it has been un-retired for the 2010 season for veteran shortstop Omar Vizquel), 16 (Ted Lyons), 19 (Billy Pierce), 42 (Jackie Robinson) and 72 (Carlton Fisk).

Reifert has pics and vids from Frank’s press conference on his tweeter feed.

Rosenthal: Sox “not seriously involved” in Johnny Damon sweepstakes

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 12, 2010 12:02 pm
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Source: #White Sox “threw bone” at Damon, but not seriously involved. #MLB #Tigers #Braves.

The Tribune says the Sox are “out of running.”

UPDATE: Jon Heyman says that it’s a battle between the Tigers and Sox, with the Braves being out.

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