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.
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.
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.
– Sox sign RHP Ben Fritz.
– Playoff Probabilities Simulation – PECOTA Edition.
– Four Reasons Teams Are Staying Away from Jermaine Dye.
Frank Thomas poses for a portrait at Auburn University in 1987 (Tribune).
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.
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.