Sergio Santos has become the popular choice to become the White Sox closer, pitching scoreless baseball since the start of Spring Training. Even with his 96 mph fastball, slider and changeup developing quickly, that job never would have been a thought in 2010 when Santos was making the big league transformation from infielder to pitcher.
Last-season restrictions such as keeping Santos to one inning per outing, which happened every appearance but two through June, and restricting his back-to-back work have been removed. The White Sox view him as a prime reliever, not a talented project.
“Just be prepared for anything, that was the message they got to us,” Santos said. “[Matt] Thornton was our closer, but be prepared for the seventh or eighth, back-to-back, two innings.
April 15, 2011
Who is the White Sox’ closer? Ozzie gave a very vague answer before Friday night’s White Sox-Angels game, which is supposed to start on time despite all of the rain in the area.
“Don’t ask me about the bullpen,” he said. “Whoever is in the bullpen, in the last game, in the last inning, will be (the closer). Period. Period. You see (Mark) Buehrle in the ninth, that’s our closer. I don’t have any more answers on the bullpen.
“We’re going to make a soap opera out of this (bleep), just let me know. If the fans want to know, I don’t know. If the media want to know, I don’t know. The pitchers over there want to know, I don’t know. Then whoever’s there in the ninth is the one I decided to be the guy to close the ninth. Next question. I’m tired of soap operas.”
I stumbled onto Chicago Tribune Live and my brain nearly exploded. They were discussing trading Gordon Beckham and Chris Sale for Carlos Marmol. WTF? This is the dumbest baseball trade proposal I’ve heard of. If someone tells this to Kenny, Kenny shouldn’t speak to him ever again. And one of the “experts” was in favor of it! Clearly, a Cubs fan.
There should be a law against putting things like this on TV.