“It’s already kind of a circus,” says White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko. “Worrying about bringing in another personality, we’ve got enough to go around…I wouldn’t worry about the chemistry.”
Besides, the White Sox already have a soap opera with the on-going friction between White Sox GM Kenny Williams and Guillen.
“If me and Kenny don’t hurt this ballclub, nobody can hurt it,” Guillen says. “At least we’ll be talking about Manny and not worry about Ozzie. That’d be great for me.”
August 29, 2010
Manny Ramirez will be sent to the Chicago White Sox on a waiver deal Monday, according to a baseball source who spoke on the condition of anonymity.The Dodgers aren’t expected to get any players in return, but are likely to unburden themselves of the $4 million or so that Ramirez is due to earn over the remainder of the regular season.
Couldn’t this have happened on Friday? We could have used Manny in the last 2 games.
UPDATE #1: Jayson Stark (ESPN) tweets that there is still a chance a deal gets worked out (Dodgers get a prospect from the Sox in exchange for picking up some salary). The LA Times, MLB.com, and Ken Rosenthal say it will be a straight waiver claim (cash only, no prospects to the Dodgers).
UPDATE #2: Jeff Fletcher (MLB Fanhouse) speculates that Kenny Williams determined the Dodgers lacked the leverage to demand any even a marginal prospect in return for Manny, and didn’t offer them anything.
UPDATE #3: NBC 5 Chicago says Manny’s remaining salary is $3.825 million.
Torre’s rationale for sitting Ramirez Saturday — not wanting the aging hitter to have to cover the unusually vast leftfield acreage at Coors Field — carried over to Sunday.
“It’s still a big outfield,” Torre said.
Will there be a different excuse tomorrow or will Manny be in a black uniform?
UPDATE: Manny is telling his friends he can’t wait to join the Sox tweets Bob Nightengale, who thinks the Dodgers will deal Manny to the Sox. Jon Heyman, also, thinks the Dodgers will deal Manny to the Sox.
Following the retirement of his uniform No. 35 earlier today, the Chicago White Sox announced that a life-sized sculpture of franchise legend Frank Thomas will be unveiled on the outfield concourse next season.
Thomas becomes the eighth White Sox great immortalized in bronze at the ballpark. Sculptures of club founder Charles A. Comiskey and Cuban great Orestes “Minnie” Minoso were unveiled in 2004. Carlton Fisk’s sculpture was installed in 2005, while the famous double-play duo of Luis Aparicio and Nellie Fox was honored with sculptures in 2006. In 2007, a sculpture of White Sox pitching star Bill Pierce was unveiled on the concourse near centerfield, and Harold Baines received the honor in 2008.
Konerko’s ability to hit the fastball – among the first thing that goes in older players – is better than ever. According to FanGraphs, Konerko has produced 10 runs more off fastballs than anyone in baseball this season.
“There’s time when your swing’s efficient,” Konerko said. “It’s not the actual bat speed. There are a million guys with more bat speed than me. That’s the equivalent of saying if you throw really hard, you’re the best pitcher in the league. I go for efficiency.