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May 16, 2010

Matt Thornton helps his high school build 3 ballfields

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 16, 2010 8:29 pm
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Rietsma @ SJ:

Centreville, Mich. — A proud moment in the annals of Centreville Public Schools took place Saturday, as Superintendent Bill Miller directed a ceremony dedicating the high school’s new baseball and softball fields. A crowd of about 100 people — including athletes who played in an eight-team softball tournament and four-team baseball tournament after the program — listened and watched as Miller recognized several volunteers who made the new athletic complex possible. Near the top of the list were Al and Trudy Murk, former owners of the Centreville Village Market; and Matt Thornton, a 1995 Centreville High School graduate and pitcher for the Chicago White Sox. Thornton was represented by his parents, Jack and Sheila Thornton. The Murks and Thornton, in conjunction with Major League Baseball and its “Baseball For Tomorrow” grant, combined to cover nearly half of the estimated $440,000 to develop the baseball field and two softball fields. …

Jose Contreras earns his 1st career save (video)

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ May 16, 2010 7:36 pm
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http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=8047177 (0:58)

Contreras: 12.15 K/9, 1.35 BB/9, 0.68 HR/9, .234 BABIP, 1.83 FIP, 1.87 xFIP, 0.68 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, 1.81 tRA

UPDATE: Bloomberg Sports takes a look at Jose’s new role.

Texas Rangers interested in A.J. Pierzynski

Gonzales:

The most urgent decision involves catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who attracted interest from Texas recently. Pierzynski can become a free agent after this season, and the Sox would certainly like some compensation if they don’t re-sign him. Pieryznski, 33, can gain full trade veto rights on June 14 by virtue of his 10th anniversary as a major league player and spending at least the past five seasons with the same team. Pierzynski currently has a limited no-trade clause. … And then there are financial considerations. A source familiar with Texas’ murky ownership situation said it’s uncertain whether the Rangers could accept the balance of Pierzysnki’s $6.7 million salary because of a snag in the sale of the team.

Gonzales, also, touches on Mark Buehrle, Paul Konerko, Jake Peavy, Tyler Flowers, Jordan Danks, and  Dayan Viciedo.

Back to A.J. How about 1B/OF Mitchell Moreland (stats)?

Ozzie Guillen responds to Kenny Williams

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 16, 2010 1:09 pm
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White Sox GM Kenny Williams said yesterday he’s losing patience with the 2010 team. Ozzie Guillen responds:

“We have a lot of games left,” Guillen said. “Meanwhile, those [first 36 games] are going to count in the end. He’s entitled to have that opinion.”

This won’t end well…

Rosenthal’s potential trade candidates

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 16, 2010 1:04 pm
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MLBTR on Ken Rosenthal’s latest video update:

If the White Sox decide to blow up their roster, it may happen sooner rather than later, given the ten and five rights that will kick in for A.J. Pierzynski and Mark Buehrle this summer. Pierzynski, Konerko, J.J. Putz, and Andruw Jones would be the most likely trade candidates.

Kenny Williams is losing his patience with the 2010 White Sox

Cowley:

A one-word text response spoke volumes. Asked on Saturday if he was ”losing patience,” general manager Ken Williams waited a good 10 minutes to fire back: ”Yes.” A cryptic ”yes” at that, period at the end and all.

… On the list of potential movable parts are A.J. Pierzynski, Paul Konerko (upon agreement), Bobby Jenks, Mark Buehrle (upon agreement), Andruw Jones, Carlos Quentin and Scott Linebrink. But what would be the return for any of those names? It would be nothing more than skimming dollars and cents off a sinking payroll — change for the sake of making a change. …

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