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May 12, 2012

Gordon Beckham’s swing returns to its roots

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 12, 2012 3:30 am
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Daryl Van Schouwen:

White Sox hitting coach Jeff Manto is satisfied with one of the most analyzed and scrutinized swings in Chicago — Gordon Beckham’s.General manager Ken Williams drew more attention to it last season, saying he longed for Beckham’s college and (successful) rookie swing.“He’s gotten that back to where he was in the minor leagues and when he first got here,’’ Manto said Monday. “That’s what the project has been, to get him to where he was.’’… “I feel like I’m doing what I thought I would do,’’ said Beckham, whose average was up to .217 after a 3-for-27 start.

“Where he was, I don’t think he could have sustained a major-league season, 600 plate appearances,’’ Manto said. “The bat path was a little off, and his shoulders were steep. Right now he’s square, head with the shoulders. He has way better balance, and he’s way more aggressive. In the position he is now, being taller, and the bat path a little better, he can sustain. I’m not saying he can hit .300 or .280, but he’s able to make adjustments throughout a season.’’

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May 2, 2012

Robin Ventura puts Gordon Beckham, Brent Morel on notice

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 2, 2012 4:00 am
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Scott Merkin:

Support for struggling White Sox infielders Gordon Beckham and Brent Morel continued to come in Tuesday from manager Robin Ventura.

But as the calendar turns from April to May and with Morel (.182) and Beckham (.190) sitting a few games of consistent hitting below the Mendoza line, even following Beckham’s three-hit effort in Tuesday’s 7-2 victory over the Indians, that unconditional support from Ventura soon might be slightly altered.”Eventually you probably have to do something,” said Ventura before the series opener with the Indians. “Right now I’m believing what I see and talking to them.

“I want to know what they’re thinking, too. I’m still confident they’re going to perform. Eventually it gets to the point where you would have to make a move if it would stay like that, but right now I’m not going to do that.” …

I don’t think Ventura has good replacements available though.

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April 15, 2012

Bill Melton and Nancy Faust

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 15, 2012 9:00 pm
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From Chuck Garfien’s twitter:

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And Deadspin’s Erik Malinowski uncovers Baseball’s unwritten rules.

April 7, 2012

True distance of yesterday’s Adam Dunn home run: 449 feet (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 7, 2012 1:00 pm

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Home Run Tracker:

True Distance,
a.k.a. Actual Distance
Standard Distance Speed Off Bat Elevated Angle Horizontal Angle Apex
449 feet 451 feet 111.3 mph 27.1° 77.1° 105 feet

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April 2, 2012

Robin Ventura says Adam Dunn’s high walk percentage is a good thing

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 2, 2012 11:30 pm
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Owen Perkins:

Tuesday’s lineup features Alejandro De Aza leading off and playing center, followed by third baseman Brent Morel in the two-hole. Adam Dunn bats third as the DH in front of first baseman Paul Konerko and catcher A.J. Pierzynski. Right fielder Alex Rios bats sixth, with Alexei Ramirez playing short and batting seventh, followed by left fielder Dayan Viciedo and second baseman Gordon Beckham rounding out the order.”It’s not guaranteed to be the Opening Day one,” Ventura said of the lineup. “That’s one of the things that I’ve messed with throughout the spring, is putting guys in different spots.”

While Dunn might be a bit of a surprise after hitting .159 in 2011, his .255 (13-for-51) pace in the Cactus League, with five homers and 14 RBIs, has him looking like a middle-of-the-lineup man again. Dunn also posted a .415 on-base percentage this spring.

“He gets on base a lot,” Ventura said. “Even though he might strike out a little bit, he does walk a lot. To me that’s a good thing right in front of Paul.”

Good to hear a White Sox manager not dismissing walking.

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March 26, 2012

Dave Shovein’s Adan Dunn prediction

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 26, 2012 9:00 pm

Dave Shovein:

Adam Dunn hits 35+ home runs: Many fantasy players and prognosticators are predicting a rebound of sorts for Dunn in 2012 (how could he possibly be any worse?). While most project him for a 20-25 homer season, I think that he regains most of his previous power form.Even during his abysmal 2011, he still managed a nice walk rate (15.1 percent) and flyball rate (47.5). The culprit for the drop in homers was simply the weak contact he made, leading to a homer-per-fly rate of only 9.6 percent (atrocious by Dunn’s standards). While you can’t place too much stock in offseason fluff stories, Dunn has by all accounts worked extremely hard. He swung a bat over the winter for the first time in his career and is in fairly good shape (for his body type, at least). I think we see the Grande Mule of old in 2012. I expect Dunn to look in vintage form, hitting 35-plus home runs with a .240 average.

35+ home runs would be: 1) awesome, 2) a lot more than I expect!

March 17, 2012

Someone screwed up in and in a very big way

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 17, 2012 6:00 pm
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Dave van Dyck:

Dunn now says there “is no doubt in my mind” his April appendectomy caused his season to disintegrate after a strong opening day.

“I was never the same,” he said. “I came back too soon, and I couldn’t even bend like I should have (while batting). And it threw my swing way off.”

Who screwed up? Was it Adam Dunn himself? I think that’s the more probable explanation. That Dunn didn’t reveal the extent of his after-surgery symptoms. It can’t be a coach or a trainer.

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March 11, 2012

In which Robin Ventura has Adam Dunn’s respect

Scott Merkin:

MLB.com surveyed a handful of White Sox players over the past few days, looking for one sentence to describe Ventura’s managerial start. Most players went deeper than the required basic statement, but through the first quarter of Spring Training, there seems to be nothing but strong support for Ventura’s debut camp.

“I mean, it’s almost, I don’t want to sound corny, but he’s almost like it’s too good to be true,” said White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn. “He’s unbelievable. I’m not just saying that. I feel like he’s still a player but yet he’ll get on you, he’ll jump on you.

“He’s got that fine line down really well early. He has a lot of respect coming toward him and I think he realizes it, too. He’s in a tough position, but I respect him from, I still remember him as a player, how good of a player he was playing against him. He has all my respect.”

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March 8, 2012

Adam Dunn gives Robin Ventura his first managerial win

Adam Dunn went 2-3 with a 3-run home run against Naftali Feliz and a double against a lefty, Gordon Beckham added a 2-run home run, Dayan Viciedo and Kosuke Fukudome added a double each, and Hector Santiago struck-out three and walked 1 in the 2 scoreless innings he pitched. The Sox won 6-3 and Ventura got his 1st win as a manager. Boxscore | Gameday | Recap

J.J. has the strikezone plot of Dunn’s home run at-bat from Brooks Baseball (Pitch F/X for Dunn’s home run at-bat).

And here’s the lineup card from today’s win:


March 3, 2012

Robin Ventura’s batting order thoughts

Ventura wants:

Chris Sale had a good start in today’s intrasquad game:

Sale said he was mindful during warmups and at the start of the game to not go hard from the onset.“

Just taking it nice and easy and really loosening it up because you have time,” he said. “You’re in no rush. That was nice to go out there and flip some in and start stretching it out and pick it up as it goes.”

Shingo Takatsu, aka Mr. Zero, made an appearance!

And a photo from today’s game. Chris Sale pitches to Alex Rios:

More pictures here.

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January 24, 2012

30 pounds down? maybe not

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 24, 2012 11:30 pm

On Saturday Chuck Garfien tweeted:

But today Daryl Van Schouwen tweets:

January 21, 2012

30 pounds down

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 21, 2012 10:00 pm
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January 18, 2012

The Hardball Times projects the 2012 AL Central

The Hardball Times:

American League Central
Team Wins Losses
DET 91 71
MIN 85 77
CHA 76 86
CLE 76 86
KCA 63 99

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January 14, 2012

Jake Peavy: I didn’t quit on the White Sox; Ozzie did

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 14, 2012 9:00 pm
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Dave Van Dyck:

Saturday, he said, “I know he had a hard time, saying I quit on him, which couldn’t be further from the truth,” Peavy said. “I would never quit on a team. … Ozzie didn’t finish the season with us the last (two) games. So I don’t know who quit on who.”

As J.J. says it wouldn’t be unreasonable for Peavy to say Ozzie checked out much, much earlier than the last two games.

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January 3, 2012

Why aren’t the Sox rebuilding?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 3, 2012 12:00 am
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Paul Swydan @ Fangraphs:

The White Sox cleared payroll this weekend, trading Carlos Quentin and Jason Frasor to the Padres and the Blue Jays, respectively. As Eno Sarris predicted a month ago, Chicago didn’t get spectacular returns for either player. But the question still remains — why aren’t the White Sox tearing it all down and starting over? The answer might be because they can’t. …

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