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February 25, 2010

First episode of the Sox TV show to be on the Thome decision

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 25, 2010 9:39 pm
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The White Sox first reality show episode will feature an inside look at the team’s front office as they discussed the pros and cons of offering designed hitter Jim Thome a 2010 contract. Featured in the episode are general manager Kenny Williams, and assistant general manager Rick Hahn. …

The 2nd episode will be on Jerry Reinsdorf having lunch with Bud Selig.


Sabermetrics 101: Positional Adjustment

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 25, 2010 8:32 pm

Graham @ LL. Per 600 PAs:

C: +12.5 runs
SS: +7.5 runs
2B, 3B, CF: 2.5 runs
LF, RF: -7.5 runs
1B: -12.5 runs
DH: -17.5 runs

More sabermetric concept explanations here.

MLB revenues

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 25, 2010 8:23 pm

In 2009 MLB had a record $6.6 billion in revenues. In 2008 MLB revenues were $6.5 billion.

The NBA was $400 million in the red in 2009. The NFL revenues were $7.6 billion and the NHL revenues were $2.6 billion in 2009.

UPDATE: MLB’s revenue-sharing (big clubs to small clubs) for 2009 was $433 million.

2010 Wins Over/Unders

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 25, 2010 8:05 pm
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Vegas Watch:

Chicago W- 82
Minnesota- 82
Detroit- 81
Cleveland- 73
Kansas City- 71

Starting five to make most of spring training starts


All it would take is one brief look at a sheet of paper located in the coaches’ office at Camelback Ranch for Don Cooper to lay out the full Cactus League work schedule for his starting five.

The group of Mark Buehrle, Jake Peavy, Gavin Floyd, John Danks and Freddy Garcia is so crucial to the team’s success that they will stay as close to on schedule as humanly possible.

“I really could tell you the whole Spring Training, if nobody gets hurt,” said Cooper, sitting in his golf cart and watching workouts on Thursday. “We have some split-squad games, and we might have some ‘B’ games. You never know. Maybe Charlie Leesman or [Daniel] Hudson or [Carlos] Torres or [Daniel] Cabrera will get a start there, in those situations.

“Otherwise, our starting pitchers will be doing all the starting.” …

‘If Viciedo can get $10 million, then what am I worth’ ask Cuban ballplayers

Campbell @ Toronto Star:

Neither Morales nor Escobar was a full-time starter in Cuba, but each has excelled in the majors. And Krieger says eyes across the island opened wide when Viciedo signed with the White Sox.

Touted as Cuba’s next great shortstop, Viciedo entered the National Series as a 15-year-old in 2005, and hit 14 home runs the next year. From there, Krieger says, his production declined, yet after defecting in 2008 he still signed a four-year, $10-million (all figures U.S.) deal with Chicago.

“Viciedo had a very significant impact on the thinking of Cuban players,” he said. “They thought, `If he can get $10 million, then what am I worth?” …

Ozzie Guillen explains his pitching philosophy

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 25, 2010 12:00 pm
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[Daniel] Cabrera will have to harness his wildness to have any shot of making the Sox’s bullpen.

“I want him to worry about one pitch,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Fastball right in the middle of the plate and then take care of the rest. I don’t see why this kid with that kind of arm is bouncing around all over the place.

“Maybe too much coaching. Maybe trying to be perfect. Too much stuff. Here, our philosophy is throw as hard as you can, try to hit the middle of the plate and go for it.”

February 24, 2010

Alex Rios and Carlos Quentin banking on 2010 improvements

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 24, 2010 11:42 pm
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On Rios:

In order to facilitate that on-field improvement, Rios worked privately with hitting coach Greg Walker during a few offseason sessions in Miami. Rios admitted to making too many changes in his batting stance when things went bad in 2009 and plans to use a slightly more crouched approach, which worked for him in the past.

“That’s how I used to hit,” Rios said. “When you start changing things, and you find out you’re in a bigger hole when you keep changing things. I just want to keep it simple this year and keep doing what I was doing a few years ago and I think Walker saw it. So he’s going to give me reminders and hints on what we’re going to do.”

And on Quentin:

As for Quentin, an American League Most Valuable Player candidate in 2008 before fracturing his right wrist at the start of September, he worked with a new training facility in Santa Barbara during the offseason to set up a plan to keep him in optimum condition for 2010. Quentin, 27, called it more functional training, focusing on a lot of rotational power and a lot of explosive movements, which he wasn’t sure would be possible in the offseason.

“There was a lot of deep tissue work, a lot of scar adhesions being broken up,” Quentin said. “Just a very extensive and specific system to evaluate my body and allow me to get better and to get the most flexibility. I’m really excited about it. I have a very specific plan to stay healthy and stay on the field.”

Throughout the rest of Spring Training, Quentin will be asked about his left wrist and maybe even his right wrist, which had a wire removed during offseason surgery. It’s a topic that figures to come up, even though Quentin said he felt great in all areas on Wednesday.

Mark Buehrle doesn’t seem excited about this Twitter thing

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 24, 2010 11:00 pm
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Mark Buehrle on Ozzie’s twittering:

“I could give two (bleeps) about it,” Buehrle said. “I think this whole Facebook, Twitter, all this stuff is ridiculous, if you ask me.”

BTW, Buehrle on his future:

“I got two years left on this contract. Everybody says I’m crazy, but as I sit here today I can see myself walking away pretty easy. My family is the biggest thing. I want to see my kids grow up. I don’t want to have to be down here at spring training or during the season be out on the road somewhere and have my son and my daughter call me saying ‘Daddy, I scored a goal or I got a hit today in a game.’I i want to be there for that.

“I’ve done enough stuff in this game and obviously made enough money that I think I can walk away in a couple years and be satisfied.”

Ozzie Guillen doesn’t like the questioning of his twittering

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 24, 2010 9:03 pm
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“Let me start with this – that’s why this world is all screwed up,” Guillen said during a lengthy address on the subject. “I want to say (bleep) off, but I can’t. All of a sudden we’re worrying about something that is personal. I wanted to do something that is fun off the field; all of a sudden they’re making a big deal of this thing.

“It’s a thing out there about Ozzie Guillen; it’s not the White Sox organization or anything. If people think I’m going to go out there and say what I say to Andruw Jones or Carlos (Quentin) or what my signs are going to be or what the lineup is going to be, that’s a little different.

“This has nothing to do with the organization or baseball. It’s my life. I don’t know why people are making a big deal of it. All of a sudden, it’s Ozzie Guillen. I didn’t know how famous I was. That’s pretty interesting. I thought people hate me.” …

UPDATE: Garfein has video. More video.

Kenny Williams isn’t amused with Ozzie Guillen’s new communication endeavors

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 24, 2010 12:45 pm
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Williams was first sent a text asking him to comment on the fact that his say-anything manager had opened a Twitter account for himself on Tuesday night.

“Are you serious?’’ was his reply.

Then when asked about it in person, Williams’ reply?

“No comment … and make sure you write that it is a no comment with a headshake from side to side.’’

Asked if he was next to join the social media craze that Ozzie Guillen had now fallen into, Williams said, “No, never.’’

Ozzie says his sons, Ozzie Jr. and Oney, handle his twitting, but Oney says he isn’t involved.

February 24 links

– BDD’s Top Prospects Compilation: Update #15:

Spreadsheet: 2009-2010-Top-Prospect-Lists.xls [210 KB]

– Opening Day (1985 and on) and Year-end (1999 and on) payroll information for all MLB teams from Biz of Baseball. Also some, not all, player salaries for years before 1985.

– MLBTR’s White Sox Offseason Review.

– Final draft order.

Mark Gonzales tells us the areas the Sox will be focusing on in their Spring Training workouts.

Golebiewski @ BDD: “Can Chris B. Young Be Salvaged?”

– Players improve in the second year of a 2-yr contract.

– Wrist Injuries and Power: A Quick Glance.

Kenny, Ozzie, and the DH

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 24, 2010 1:53 am
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While Guillen and Williams are on the same page in many instances, the job description of the DH isn’t one of them. Williams wants a 40-homer bull while Guillen wants matchup nightmares.

So even with Williams saying he and Guillen have been on the same page, his actions scream otherwise.

Case in point: SoxFest and Williams throwing Jim Thome at Guillen’s feet to either bring him aboard or allow him to continue his free-agent shopping.

Once Guillen took the pass on Thome, Williams started shaking the Scott Boras tree and seeing if Johnny Damon fell out. Detroit gave the former Yankee 8 million reasons to go to Motown. …

Ozzie Guillen is on Twitter

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 24, 2010 12:10 am

Ozzie is in the building: @OzzieGuillen

As Anthony Castrovince said:

“At long last, @OzzieGuillen is on Twitter. I’m pretty sure that’s why this thing was invented.”

PS. Dalai Lama also just joined Twitter: @DalaiLama. Coincidence?

February 23, 2010

Frank Thomas Quick Reference

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 23, 2010 8:15 pm

Scott Reifert compiled a list of links to articles covering Frank Thomas’ retirement. Here’s a couple more:

KenWo @ SSS: Quite Frankly, He Was The Greatest
Joe Posnanski: Frank Thomas

This is a must-read by Rick Reilly written for SI on August 9, 1994: The Big Heart

And you can check my blog’s Frank Thomas page (12 posts in 2010).

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