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September 7, 2010

Stop the presses! Stop the presses!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 7, 2010 8:57 pm
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Dayan Viciedo drew his first walk in the majors! The rest of the game didn’t go well

63 year old Bill ‘Spaceman’ Lee pitches 5 1/3 and wins

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ September 7, 2010 3:18 pm
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Deadspin:

The Grizzled old hippie started a game for the Brockton Rox over the weekend. It was a publicity stunt, sure, but the old dude was still pretty good!

Spaceman went 5 and 1/3, and gave up two runs on five hits. He even managed to strike out a guy 33 years his junior. Sure, the Can-Am league is no great shakes, but a lot of these guys played AA and even AAA ball; they’re no patsies.

B-R, Wiki

Wimpy returns. UPDATE: Big Frank too!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 7, 2010 3:00 pm
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Gonzales:

Tom Paciorek will work with analyst Steve Stone on Tuesday night’s telecast. Play-by-play announcer Ken Harrelson will attend to a family matter.

UPDATE: The plot thickens! Wimpy will replace Hawk not only on Tuesday but Wednesday and Thursday too. And Frank Thomas will also replace Steve Stone Wednesday and Thursday.

About the guy Ozzie couldn’t find at-bats for

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 7, 2010 1:21 pm
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but magically found them for Mark Kotsay:

Jim Thome has continued to hit and hit and hit this year, and check out where he ranks now on the list of most plate appearances by a guy 39 or older, minimum 170 OPS+:

Rk Player PA OPS+ Year Age Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Barry Bonds 617 263 2004 39 SFG 147 373 129 135 27 3 45 101 232 120 41 .362 .609 .812 1.422 *7/D
2 Ted Williams 517 179 1958 39 BOS 129 411 81 135 23 2 26 85 98 12 49 .328 .458 .584 1.042 *7
3 Hank Aaron 465 177 1973 39 ATL 120 392 84 118 12 1 40 96 68 13 51 .301 .402 .643 1.045 *79
4 Ted Williams 390 190 1960 41 BOS 113 310 56 98 15 0 29 72 75 7 41 .316 .451 .645 1.096 *7
5 Jim Thome 293 173 2010 39 MIN 95 240 39 66 16 2 21 51 50 3 75 .275 .399 .621 1.020 *D
6 Barry Bonds 52 174 2005 40 SFG 14 42 8 12 1 0 5 10 9 3 6 .286 .404 .667 1.071 *7
7 Manny Mota 50 176 1977 39 LAD 49 38 5 15 1 0 1 4 10 3 0 .395 .521 .500 1.021 /7
8 Cy Williams 21 174 1930 42 PHI 21 17 1 8 2 0 0 2 4 0 3 .471 .571 .588 1.160 /879
9 Harry Davis 9 201 1914 40 PHA 5 7 0 3 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 .429 .556 .429 .984 /3

I’m telling you it’s magic…

Bloomberg Sports on Brandon Allen

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 7, 2010 12:13 pm
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A look at the ex-Sox prospect:

No one doubts that Allen has tremendous power, but the question has always been whether he would make enough contact. Scouts looking at his swing noticed some inefficiencies that prevented him from committing too soon to off-speed pitches.

Judging by Allen’s statistics at Reno this season, it appears that he made changes. Most noticeably, his walk rate hit a career-high level of 17.7%, which has paved the way to an on-base percentage over .400. Allen continued to hit for power, with 25 minor league HR this season, and even chipped in some speed with 14 steals. But growth in plate discipline is the best sign he may turn into a well-rounded contributor. …

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