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September 24, 2010

BP’s Mark Teahen Q&A

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 24, 2010 1:37 pm

David Laurila @ BP:

DL: A player once told me that when guys in the minors say it’s all about “team,” they’re full of crap because everyone is playing for themselves and trying to get to the big leagues. Is that accurate?

MT: Yeah, that’s pretty accurate. I mean, especially with the first group you get drafted with, it’s easy to pull for the guys around you—you all want to be on the same path to the big leagues. You’re trying to win games in the minor leagues, but everyone is trying to get to the next level and get to the big leagues. As much as you pull for the guys around you, because your success is tied to theirs, everybody is trying to get to that next level and ultimately you have to be a little selfish in the minors.

Is there much jealousy in the minor leagues?

MT: Yeah, I mean everybody—no matter where you are—always wants to be at the next level, so there is a lot of that. And obviously the guys that get drafted higher get a little better push or more opportunity, but it’s the nature of the beast. You always want to be moving up, no matter what profession you’re in. If somebody’s getting a better shot than you are, you’re always a little jealous and want to be the guy getting the shot. …



  1. On May 15 Teahen had an OPS of .649. He then hit safely in 11 of 12 games with an OPS increasing to .727 but injures his thumb. Returning in August he hits safely in 7 of his first 9 games raising his OPS to .780.

    I wonder what Teahen’s overall performance would have been without the injury. His best offensive season in KC was playing 3B all season and while not a Gold Glover he was adequate defensively. He may have needed more time to readjust to 3B with the Sox.

    Maybe the Sox go with him again at 3B in 2011 and hope for an Alex Rios type of rebound. IF not, then a DH/utility role.

    Comment by Buford — September 24, 2010 @ September 24, 2010 10:08 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for those (numbers). I wasn’t aware. To tell you the truth I was frustrated when the Sox gave Teahen a 3-year deal. A Rios type rebound would be awesome!

      Comment by The Wizard — September 25, 2010 @ September 25, 2010 2:11 am | Reply

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