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October 8, 2011

Smells Like Mascot: Stay Classy

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Carl’s latest:

http://smellslikemascot.blogspot.com/2011/10/stay-classy.html

October 7, 2011

Sox ask and are granted permission to talk with Phillies minor-league manager Mark Parent

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 7, 2011 10:05 pm
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Jim Salisbury:

The Chicago White Sox have asked for and been granted permission to speak with Phillies minor-league manager Mark Parent about a job on their major league coaching staff, according to a baseball source.

Parent is the manager of the AA-Reading. Is Parent being considered for the bench coach job? Kenny said he’ll likely stay in-house for the hitting coach, but he’d ask for permission to speak to the bench coach guy Ventura wants.

BTW, Brett Ballantini has Buddy Bell on top of the list:

While minor league director Buddy Bell has been adamant about never wanting to manage again, Williams initially misspoke and implied Bell would be on Ventura’s staff, then caught himself and said the executive staff would be supportive. That doesn’t lock in Bell as the guy the White Sox are seeking permission from (the Kansas City Royals) to become bench coach, but it does shoot him to the top of the list.

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Kenny Williams, Robin Ventura, and sabermetrics

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 7, 2011 2:05 am
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Mark Gonzales:

Williams, meanwhile, spent more than six minutes stressing why Ventura was the right guy for the job and wasn’t hired because he was a fan favorite as a player.Williams said he sought a candidate who possessed a passion for the city and the organization, the ability to lead veterans as well as youngsters, enforce discipline as well as display a sense of humor and show a familiarity with the minor league instruction.

In addition, Williams said he wanted a manager who wasn’t afraid to express his beliefs even if they didn’t conform to those of the staff, as well as to bring an old-school attitude with an open-mindedness toward sabermetrics in evaluations.

Not Tom Tango but better than:

Guillen also didn’t care for sabermetrics, and many of the Sox’s number crunchers avoided the dugout during pregame batting practice, which used to be their hangout in previous years.

October 6, 2011

White Sox next coach: Paul Konerko

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 6, 2011 11:01 pm
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Chuck Garfien:

In case Ventura doesn’t succeed as manager, believe it or not, his replacement might already be lurking inside the White Sox clubhouse. Just like Ventura had no clue he was on Williams’ radar in the 1990’s, this player probably doesn’t realize it either.

“As I’d freely admit right now, Paul Konerko can be a major league manager just because I’ve had 10 years worth of conversations with Paul Konerko,” Williams said. “And as a result, I’ve come to the conclusion that this guy certainly has the necessary stuff. He’s a little busy right now, you know, becoming an MVP. But one day he too will hopefully be considered if he wants to do it along the same line. This might be out of left field or a surprise, but to people who are within the organization, not so much.”

Can’t say I’m surprised. After the Ventura announcement, very little will.

And Kenny Williams said the Sox next hitting coach will likely come from within the organization:

“I have talked about that with Robin and because we’ve had so much growth within our system and we got so many young players as well as guys trying to rebound, we are probably going to stay within the organization,” White Sox general manager Kenny Williams said. “We’ve still got to have some conversations on it and whether or not Frank is spoken to about or not, that’ll be Robin’s choice at the time.

“But I’m thinking initially, because we have history with some of our young players that have now come through and have performed well, we’ll probably stick with that,” Williams continued. “But Frank will undoubtedly be welcomed to add any advice he has and he’ll be part of the family because he is who he is and he’s got a lot to offer.”

Mark Gonzales says two candidates are minor league hitting coordinator Jeff Manto and Charlotte hitting coach Tim Laker.

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White Sox name Robin Ventura manager [UPDATE ]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 6, 2011 6:40 pm
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Surprise candidate indeed! The 2012 budget must be down to 2 cents. Tom Singer reports:

Robin Ventura on Thursday was named manager of the Chicago White Sox, agreeing to a multiyear deal to lead the team for which he starred for a decade.

Ventura, 44, becomes the 17th former White Sox player to manage the club. …

“Robin is one of the most popular and highly regarded players in this franchise’s history,” White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. “From the very first day he put on a White Sox uniform, it was apparent that Robin was a born leader. Those leadership skills were obvious to staff, players, media who covered him and certainly to the fans of Chicago. We saw those skills again this summer as he visited and worked with our Minor League players.

“You will not find a better teammate, leader and friend. His ability to motivate and lead others will be a terrific attribute as manager. I loved him as a player, from his baseball knowledge, to his professionalism, to how he went about his business in the clubhouse and on the diamond. Robin exudes class in everything he does.

“Since making the announcement this afternoon, I’ve heard nothing but great feedback from our players, staff, friends and White Sox fans.”

Ventura has no prior managerial experience and will return to uniform after rejoining the club on June 6, 2011 as a special advisor to director of player development Buddy Bell.

Here’s Ken Rosenthal.

UPDATE: Here’s J.J.’s take on the Ventura hire.

BTW, I’m ambivalent with the hire. I’d have liked to see Dave Martinez named manager. The Sox won’t be going anywhere in the near future so the ‘no managerial experience’ doesn’t seem so bad, but, still, this is a Major League team you’re putting in the hands of someone with ‘no managerial experience.’

UPDATE #3: And here’s James’ take.

UPDATE #2: Keith Olbermann has some very good words for the hire:

Congratulations to Kenny Williams and Jerry Reinsdorf and all others with the Chicago White Sox who managed to pull not just a complete surprise, but what is likely to be a long-term brilliant maneuver, in hiring Robin Ventura as the team’s new manager.

If anybody in baseball history has ever been better prepared psychologically for the roller-coaster of managing, I can’t think of his name. Ventura was probably the most unflappable, even-keeled player I’ve ever met – completely immune to the impact of wins and losses, interviews and ignorance, the media and the fans. He focused on exactly one thing: playing the game, and helping his teammates play it nearly as well as he did. …

… I’m not saying it’s likely, I’m just saying he doesn’t need this managing crap, and that’s one of the reasons he figures to be great at it.

October 5, 2011

John Sickels talks about Chris Sale, Zach Stewart, and Brent Morel

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 5, 2011 10:40 pm
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John Sickels reviews his pre-season prospect lists (the bold part of the quote is from the pre-season list):

6) Chris Sale, LHP, Chicago White Sox, Grade A: 2.79 ERA with 79/27 K/BB in 71 major league innings, just 52 hits, eight saves. Another successful debut, and I think he will do well as a starter.

2011 Stats:

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB Awards
2011 22 CHW AL 2 2 .500 2.79 58 0 17 0 0 8 71.0 52 22 22 6 27 3 79 2 0 2 288 152 1.113 6.6 0.8 3.4 10.0 2.93
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Generated 10/5/2011.

and

33) Zach Stewart, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays, Grade B+:  4.20 ERA with 79/27 K/BB in 101 innings in Double-A/Triple-A. Traded to White Sox, went 2-6, 5.88 with 45/18 K/BB in 67 major league innings, 90 hits. Capable of better, but not going to be an ace or rotation anchor.

2011 Stats:

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB Awards
2011 24 TOT AL 2 6 .250 5.88 13 11 1 1 1 0 67.1 90 44 44 11 18 2 45 2 1 2 297 72 1.604 12.0 1.5 2.4 6.0 2.50
2011 24 TOR AL 0 1 .000 4.86 3 3 0 0 0 0 16.2 26 9 9 2 5 1 10 1 1 1 75 89 1.860 14.0 1.1 2.7 5.4 2.00
2011 24 CHW AL 2 5 .286 6.22 10 8 1 1 1 0 50.2 64 35 35 9 13 1 35 1 0 1 222 68 1.520 11.4 1.6 2.3 6.2 2.69
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/5/2011.

and from the review of the hitting prospects (the bold part of the quote is from the pre-season list):

33) Brent Morel, 3B, Chicago White Sox, Grade B: Hit .245/.287/.366 with 10 homers, 22 walks, 57 strikeouts in 413 major league at-bats. Capable of better, could sneak up on us in a year or two.

2011 Stats:

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
2011 24 CHW AL 126 444 413 44 101 18 1 10 41 5 4 22 57 .245 .287 .366 .653 76 151 8 3 5 1 0 *5
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/5/2011.

Surprise candidate!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 5, 2011 3:00 am
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Gordon Wittenmyer:

Depending on the day, the source or the direction the wind blows, Martinez or Cleveland Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. is the favorite to land Guillen’s old job. Terry Francona’s sudden availability adds a high-profile wrinkle to the mix, and there’s some talk of a surprise off-the-radar candidate.

Jim Thome is coming back!

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October 3, 2011

Kenny Williams’ 2012 plan: Let the kids play

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 3, 2011 8:30 pm
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Does that imply Carlos Quentin is gone? Will Kenny try to get A.J. Pierzynski to waive his 10-and-5 rights, so he can trade him?

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October 1, 2011

Will Harold Baines become the new bench coach?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 1, 2011 10:30 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

His [Kenny Williams] revelation that virtually silent but sound coach Harold Baines will play a greater role on the next coaching staff is a step in the right direction.

Or the new hitting coach? I think both positions require more communication though than 1st base coach though.

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Lastings Milledge files for free-agency

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 1, 2011 6:00 pm
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Kenny does not [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 1, 2011 3:24 pm
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UPDATE: Rosenthal:

General manager Ken Williams continues to work off his short list, the source said. Rays bench coach Dave Martinez, according to a second source, is at the top of that list. Martinez, a former outfielder, played for the White Sox from 1995 to ’97.

The White Sox also like Yankees bench coach Tony Pena, but Martinez is their No. 1 target, the second source said. Both Martinez and Pena currently are unavailable; their respective teams are in the post-season.

Coop wants Terry

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