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February 22, 2010

Jared Mitchell will do a live chat at Baseball America tomorrow

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 22, 2010 9:20 pm

Top 100 Prospects Chat

You can ask top prospects your questions

In honor of the release of our 2010 Top 100 Prospects list, Baseball America will host a number of chats on Tuesday with prospects who made our Top 100. Here’s a look at the schedule with links to where you can ask your questions now and read the answers once the chats begin.

• Astros catcher Jason Castro will chat at 4 p.m. ET.

• White Sox outfielder Jared Mitchell will chat at 4:30 p.m. ET.

• Mets first baseman Ike Davis will chat at 5 p.m. ET.

• Nationals righthander Drew Storen will chat at 7 p.m. ET.

Walker’s probable lineup


Walker’s not sure what the regular lineup is going to look like.

Pierre is going to lead off, likely followed by Gordon Beckham, Quentin and Konerko. Walk said Teahen could hit fifth, likely followed by Rios, A.J. Pierzynski, Ramirez and whoever the DH is that day.

Wins lost to injury

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 22, 2010 3:28 pm
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I thought I might be able to whip up a quick but interesting and possibly useful metric to gauge the number of wins lost or saved due to injury from the table Jeff whipped up.  I like the percent of salary measure, but I thought the total days tally might be more telling of training staff aptitude. …

The Big Hurt

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 22, 2010 1:20 pm

Chris Jaffe:

What I think really hurts Thomas, though, was his physical presence itself. I think it hurt him two ways. First, I think the strain of carrying around that immense frame took its toll on his body, causing his performance to suffer. After turning 30, he only hit .270 for his career and topped 30 homers in a season exactly three times. Meanwhile, he suffered from chronic nagging injuries that sapped him of his ability to produce like he once had.

Second, he looked so damn imposing out there that it was hard to think something as small as a foot or ankle problem could slow him down. A tank shouldn’t stop rolling because of a few rocks in its treads. Yet that’s what happened, and Thomas’ critics unfairly nicknamed him “The Big Skirt” because he couldn’t keep going. …

Will this year be A.J. Pierzynski’s White Sox swan song?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 22, 2010 1:18 am
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Tyler Flowers is Williams’ latest golden boy. He’s a hit-first, ask-questions-later offensive catcher who was acquired in the trade that sent Javier Vazquez to the Atlanta Braves in 2008.

Flowers just turned 24. Do the math.

”I can’t, and never will, allow too much sentiment to come into play,” Williams said of the idea of Pierzynski’s departure. ”I can’t. I’m probably the only person around here that can’t allow that to happen. Otherwise, we’re not going to turn over enough to keep ourselves a contender each year. If it makes sense, yeah, we’ll travel down that road. Until then, it’s just another thing on the to-do list.” …

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