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September 3, 2010

Manny Ramirez cuts his dreadlocks?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 3, 2010 8:22 pm


Ramirez also had his dreadlocks cut by his personal barber, Angel Pena. Ramirez flew Pena to Boston and had him cut off exactly 99 millimeters–the number 99 matching his jersey number.

99 millimeters are 3.9 inches or 9.9 centimeters.

UPDATE #1: Speaking of Manny, does Kenny have a thing for 1990’s Cleveland players?

UPDATE #2: Here’s a picture of Manny:

Putting a player, that’s on the DL, on waivers

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ September 3, 2010 8:08 pm

Saw this on an older Rosenthal/Morosi article:

According to major-league sources, Ramirez could be placed on trade waivers before being activated from the DL, as long as the Dodgers certify that he is ready to play at his accustomed level.


Kevin Goldstein on Eduardo Escobar

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 3, 2010 7:58 pm
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Eduardo Escobar, SS, White Sox (Double-A Birmingham): 2-for-4, HR (3), 3 R, RBI, BB, 2 K. Slick fielder is batting .263/.296/.376 in 47 Double-A games; just needs to hit a little bit because the defense is so good.

Escobar’s stats: .294 wOBA in Birmingham (AA). .303 in Winston-Salem (A+).

Baseball America on Charlie Leesman

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 3, 2010 2:59 pm
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From the ‘Helium Watch’ section of today’s ‘Prospect Hot Sheet’:

Charlie Leesman, lhp, White Sox: Leesman had a modest first half in the Carolina League, posting a 5.10 ERA and walking (44) more than he struck out (39) in 84 2/3 innings. However, one scout who saw him with high Class A Winston-Salem said he “pitched better than the numbers. He was the best prospect on that club.” Since a promotion to Double-A Birmingham, Leesman has regained his command of his 88-92 mph fastball and shown a plus slider with late, sharp bite, which he uses to both righthanded and lefthanded hitters. He threw seven shutout, one-hit innings in his last start against Carolina to improve to 5-2, 2.81 with a 45-to-19 strikeout-to-walk ratio for the Barons over 57 2/3 innings. With a changeup that flashes average potential, Leesman has a chance for a four-pitch mix and can be a fourth starter if his command holds up. In a White Sox system thinned by trades over the last couple of years, that’s welcome news.

Leesman’s stats: 3.17 FIP, 1.05 WHIP, .259 BABIP.

Brent Morel surprised the White Sox called him up

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 3, 2010 2:39 am
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“It’s pretty surreal right now. I didn’t think this would happen this year,” Morel said in New York City as he was making an airline connection to Boston.

“It hasn’t hit me yet,” Morel said. “I’ve been on the phone all day. … I’m sure when I’m taking batting practice at Fenway (Park) it will sink in a little bit.”

… Morel said he was surprised about the call-up because of the financial implications to the White Sox.

Chicago will owe Morel a pro-rated portion of the yearly major league minimum salary of around $400,000, and Morel’s “clock” will start toward his arbitration-eligible time.

Smells Like Mascot: Bullpen in a China Shop

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 3, 2010 2:17 am
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Carl’s latest:


Andre Rienzo: 6 IP / 5 H / 9 K / 1 BB [September 2]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 3, 2010 2:08 am
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Kannapolis Intimidators
Rienzo (W, 8-4) 6.0 5 1 1 1 9 0 3.65
Heidenreich, M 1.0 3 2 2 0 2 0 18.00
Hollis (H, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0.00
Santos, O 1.0 3 2 2 0 0 0 3.51

Groundouts-flyouts: Rienzo 3-6.

Rienzo has allowed 95 H and has a 125 K / 32 BB ratio in 101.0 innings. And he has a 0.94 Groundout/Flyout ratio.

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