After having a line drive turned into a double play and watching Ichiro Suzuki jump over the right-field fence to take away a home run Monday, Mark Kotsay and his White Sox teammates went a non-traditional direction Tuesday to bring the left-handed hitter some luck on offense.
They set up a fire pit during batting practice and burned his bats, in a salute to Pedro Cerrano from the movie “Major League.” According to Kotsay, the ritual was executed by Mark Teahen.
“I walked out and saw what was going on, and obviously I wanted to find out what was going on, but I had nothing to do with it,” Kotsay said. “There are quirky things like changing your uniform or your undershirt or your shoes, but never burning bats.”
July 27, 2010
… So what’s going on? He’s still throwing 90-95 MPH, so it is not a problem with velocity. He has a wide arsenal of pitches, still using a curveball, changeup, splitter, and slider once again, although he’s not using the slider nearly as often this season and is relying more on the splitter. The ERAs and hit rates have been ugly, although his FIP and xFIP marks have been much better at 4.41 and 4.21 in his career.
Thomas, the greatest hitter in Sox’s history, said he’s always lent his advice to the Sox’s hitters.
“I always give advice to hitters,” Thomas said. “The last five years of my career I helped a lot of young guys. It’s a growing process. I understand it now. My first 10 years it was hard to do that because I was so focused and driven. But as time wore on, I did realize that young guys do need a little help because it’s a transition from Triple-A to the major leagues.”
“I’ve been pretty much told that I will be OK and will be in a White Sox uniform after July 31,” Beckham said. “I’m not too worried about it. I wasn’t too worried about it. I think it’s just kind of fun for all the speculation, but that’s about all it is usually.”
“I think we need to add something,” Vizquel said. “If it’s not another pitcher, probably it’s another hitter. This is a time where we really need to make a step toward getting better and to separate between the teams that are around, having a chance, and the teams that really need to go on to the playoffs. I guess the final cut is coming, this is the last time to make a change, and I think that with another guy on the team we might secure the next step.”
Omar explains what the team needs to Kenny:
White Sox players will be on the Peoria Saguaros in the 2010 Arizona Fall League. Richard Dotson will be team’s pitching coach.
UPDATE: The Sox prospects that will play for the Peoria Saguaros will be named next month.
The Nats have not offered Dunn a contract extension in any form, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
“They’ve never made one proposal,” the source said.
Nationals officials repeatedly have stated that they want to re-sign Dunn, who is a free agent at the end of the season.
Some in the industry believe the team will make a last-minute offer to Dunn before the non-waiver trade deadline at 4 p.m. Saturday — and then trade Dunn if he does not accept.
Seems they aren’t very eager to keep him around. I guess that decreases their negotiation leverage?
With no indication of progress toward an agreement, the market for Dunn almost certainly will heat up in the coming days.
If the number of teams interested increases, the price will go up?
Any deal for Dunn would have to include Daniel Hudson, the White Sox’s top pitching prospect. The Nationals also want one of three White Sox prospects: catcher Tyler Flowers, outfielder Jordan Danks or injured infielder Brent Morel, according to a major league source.
The White Sox turned down a Washington request for a Dunn-for-Gordon Beckham deal straight up, according to the source. …
White Sox remain focused on [Adam] Dunn, but laying groundwork for S[tarting]P[itcher]. [Dan] Hudson pitches Friday. If he flops again, team could shift course.
UPDATE: More Rosenthal:
The Nationals may trade first baseman Adam Dunn if they can’t sign him to an extension before Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline. At this point, it doesn’t appear that the sides have made significant progress. So, we can expect the Dunn market to heat up in the coming days. The White Sox have been the most serious suitor, but sources say the Tigers, Rangers and Yankees maintain some level of interest, as well.
While there’s no way for them to know for sure, rival teams believe that Rizzo plans to move Dunn, who is in the last year of his contract. Because of that, they believe that Rizzo’s asking price will eventually drop, and that a deal will get done.
The Rays and White Sox have shown interest in Dunn, but a scout from another American League team said he thinks it would be a mistake for an AL team to trade for him. Dunn has said many times that he has no interest in being a designated hitter, and the scout believes that Dunn wouldn’t be happy with an AL team.