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November 9, 2011

Fangraphs’ Dan Wade takes a look into Adam Dunn’s feature

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 9, 2011 1:45 pm
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Dan Wade:

It probably didn’t escape too many people’s attention, but it bears repeating: Adam Dunn had a terrible year. … So the question is: Was Dunn’s miserable 2011 a fluke?

2011 was Dunn’s second straight year of declining production, and while the difference between 2009 and 2010 wasn’t nearly so drastic as the drop between 2010 and 2011, it does mean that 2011 isn’t isolated or counter to Dunn’s career arc. The difference between Dunn’s useful 2010 and his painful 2011 comes down to the contact he was making, which manifested itself in two major ways: his BABIP and his flyball rate. …

September 27, 2011

Adam Dunn spared

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 27, 2011 10:23 pm
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September 21, 2011

Will Jerry Reinsdorf force Ozzie Guillen to stay?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 21, 2011 3:00 am
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Jon Heyman:

Baseball insiders suggest White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf may “dig in his heels” and force Ozzie Guillen to stay after Guillen’s continuing public blathering about how it might be best for him to be fired and other such musings. But really, it might be best for all concerned to simply trade Guillen to the Marlins, as was briefly discussed a year ago. Those talks ended when the White Sox requested Logan Morrison. But as fortune would have it, Morrison is not exactly beloved these days by the Marlins. Morrison, who was already seen by Marlins management as a bit too opinionated, now has filed a grievance against the team for demoting him at a time he says he didn’t deserve it based on his play.

Again, is this just the Sox trying to gain more leverage?

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September 18, 2011

September sweeps

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 18, 2011 10:31 pm
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Brett Ballantini:

September swoons have become an Ozzie trademark

…Here are the dirty details:

2004 – White Sox go 17-12 in September, swept by Minnesota Twins.
2005 – White Sox go 17-12, swept by Los Angeles Angels and see lead shrink to 1 1/2 games before running off five wins to end the season and 16 of 17 to end the season as World Series champs.
2006 – White Sox go 12-16, including a sweep by the Oakland A’s.
2007 – White Sox go 15-12 and avoid a sweep but finish at 72-90 and in fourth place.
2008 – White Sox go 12-15 in September in what becomes a war of attrition with the fading Twins. The White Sox won three straight games to end the season as Central champs, but lost five straight, including being swept out of first place on September 25 by the Twins to create such dire straits.
2009 – White Sox go 13-14 and are swept by the Twins.
2010 – White Sox go 14-13 and are swept by the Twins and Tigers, essentially eliminating them from the division race.
2011 – White Sox are 5-12 and will have to go 10-1 in the home stretch to finish better than .500 for the month. Two sweeps by Detroit nailed the coffin shut on the 2011 season.

Seems like September is sweeps month in the south side…

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September 10, 2011

Why is Adam batting in the 9th inning of a tied game against a leftie?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 10, 2011 6:11 pm
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There is a runner on 2nd base (and one at 1st). A base hit can win the game. Ozzie is wasting outs…

UPDATE: Oh, look at that:

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 27 CLE AL 6 2 .750 2.62 64 0 16 0 0 0 58.1 38 17 17 9 22 2 50 0 1 2 230 151 1.029 5.9 1.4 3.4 7.7 2.27
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/10/2011.

What the hell was Dunn doing in there against this guy?

UPDATE #2: More wasted outs; bunting…

UPDATE #3: Alex Rios walk-off slam!

Video: http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=19062033&c_id=cws

September 8, 2011

The White Sox pop up problems and Adam Dunn’s rebound

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 8, 2011 11:48 pm
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Satchel Price:

They’re a free-swinging team, if you will. And just like with individual hitters, any team that’s basically banking on contact skills to thrive is going to be subject to the whims of BABIP. There’s really only one way for an offense like Chicago’s to work- with a high BABIP- but frequently popping the ball up basically ensures that won’t happen.

In the end, what you’re left with is an offense that doesn’t challenge the defense nearly enough given that it’s so dependent on putting the ball in play. How could a baseball team possibly put together a worse combination of skill sets? They put the ball into play more than essentially anyone, but so much of that contact is of the weak variety that their BABIP is lower than everyone’s but the Giants. This is like deciding that you’re going to swing for the fences on every pitch when your middle-of-the-order hitters are Darwin Barney, Juan Pierre and Ryan Theriot. …

And Fangraphs’ Bradley Woodburn looks at what rebound we can expect from Adam Dunn:

Here’s the good news: Dunn should hit better.

And the bad: If and when his luck does start swinging around, he needs to change his approach or else he’s still going to be a black hole at DH. …

September 4, 2011

Adam Dunn, pitcher?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 4, 2011 11:40 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN:

ESPN’s Pedro Gomez reported the White Sox considered using Adam Dunn to pitch in the ninth inning, but manager Ozzie Guillen nixed that idea.

Couldn’t make things any worse…

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August 30, 2011

In which Ozzie Guillen wants a contract extension but is reluctant to ask for it

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 30, 2011 10:30 pm
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Scott Merkin has Ozzie Guillen’s comments:

“One thing I want to make clear, I don’t think I’m going to be back here for a one-year contract, and I don’t know what to do next year,” said Guillen during Tuesday’s pregame media session. “Eight years with this organization, I’m guessing I do a pretty good job. No, not me, I think the players did it for me, and I think we deserve more than that. But I will have another contract somewhere, doing something in baseball.

“If [White Sox chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf] wants me back, I’m more than happy to be back. If he’s not, nothing’s going to change. Obviously, I’m going to be sad, because I’d leave the town and the team I love.”

What does Kenny Williams have to say?

“Winning takes care of a lot of things. I might even get an extension if we win,” said Williams. “I have no desire to enter into discussions about these types of things and make anything definitive, because it takes away from what’s happening on the field. If I’m asked that question one more time, I’m going to throw up.

“I’ve got to sit down with Jerry at the end of the season. At this point in time, we’re an underachieving club. So that means players, coaches, the manager and myself, we’re all under review. This is professional sports.

“Am I telling anybody anything you don’t know? But I’ve also said from the very beginning that all I want is the focus to be on the field and I would hope whenever the door is shown to us, maybe we walk out that door together. Everyone has an expiration date.”

So, will you ask the Sox for an extension Ozzie?

The 47-year-old former White Sox player said he has not had discussions on the matter with chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, and said that he isn’t prepared to knock on his door and discuss things in the next few days.”

After all this bad year, the last thing (Reinsdorf) wants to do is to talk to his manager about a new contract,” Guillen said. “I would be embarrassed to talk to him. I’d say, ‘Hey, I want a contract.’ The first think he can say is, ‘You want a new contract? Look at where you are right now.’ I don’t want to take that chance yet.”

Ideally, Guillen would like the matter resolved before he leaves on a vacation to Spain. He is scheduled to leave two days after the White Sox’s seasons ends, whether the year concludes Sept. 28, or the team makes the postseason.

This thing with Ozzie is getting tiresome. Shut up and try to win a freaking game Ozzie.

Brett Ballantini has a good post up on the whole situation:

“There is a sad, sad story unfolding on the South Side, one that, barring a strong September and a stirring run into the postseason, will change the Chicago White Sox as we’ve known them for the last eight seasons.” …

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August 28, 2011

The kids can play!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 28, 2011 9:37 pm
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Viciedo’s 3-run homer gives the Sox a 3-0 lead:

And Flowers’ grand slam makes it 7-0:

Dayan drew a walk too!

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August 21, 2011

How did Jim Thome unlock his power potential

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 21, 2011 3:00 am
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Kepner @ NYT:

When Jim Thome and Ryan Howard come to the plate, they dig their spikes into the left-hander’s batter’s box, keeping the left foot closer to the plate than the right foot. They extend their right arm, pointing the bat menacingly to some distant spot beyond the center-field wall, like a samurai offering his sword to the pitcher.

Thome, who belted his 600th career homer last week, and Howard, who had 279 entering Friday, both learned from a master.

“Charlie told me about it when I was in Double-A,” Howard said last week, referring to Philadelphia Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel. “He told me to do that to make sure that both eyes were on the pitcher — and to set open, so that when I came back and brought my bat back, my eyes are still on the pitcher.”

The emergence of Howard forced Thome out of Philadelphia in 2005, after three just seasons. But Thome, who now plays for the Minnesota Twins, is still warmly regarded in Philadelphia, where a video tribute to him played before a game last week. He still reveres Manuel, who helped unlock his power as a Cleveland Indians farmhand in the early 1990s. …

Hey, maybe Greg Walker can learn something…

August 16, 2011

A.J. Pierzynski down; Donny Lucy up [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 16, 2011 3:30 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

The White Sox placed catcher A.J. Pierzynski on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a fractured left wrist and purchased the contract of catcher Donny Lucy from Triple-A Charlotte.

This marked Pierzynski’s first career trip to the disabled list. The 34-year-old catcher, whose placement on the DL was retroactive to Saturday, suffered the injury Friday against Kansas City, when he was hit by a Bruce Chen pitch in the third inning.

The legend of Cy Chen grows…

UPDATE: Herm Schneider says Pierzynski could return on August 29 because the fracture is more of a “compression” fracture.

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August 5, 2011

A.J. Pierzynski and Gordon Beckham think the booing of Adam Dunn isn’t helping

Merkin @ BOG:

“I love Adam Dunn, on and off the field,” Pierzynski said. “Everyone’s been there. If you’ve ever played this game, you’ve struggled. This is not an easy game to play. It’s not something that you can go out there and say this or that and it works. It’s not football where you can get yelled and screamed it and it makes you play better. There’s only so much you can do. You’ve got to put the work in. He’s done that. He’s put the time in and he’s trying to make adjustments.”

Until those adjustments pay off in consistent offense, the boos will continue to cascade down upon Dunn’s broad shoulders at U.S. Cellular Field. Opposing pitchers will continue to target Dunn in potential game-changing situations, and the baseball nightmare will continue to be reality for the affable slugger. …

“It’s not easy when people don’t seem like they are behind you, and I know it’s tough on him,” Beckham said. “Obviously he wants to do well, we want him to do well. I definitely wouldn’t be taking it like he’s been able to. He’s been upbeat the whole time but it still hasn’t come for him. There’s still time and I believe there’s still time. If he can just get going for us in any capacity, we have a good chance to win.”

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Stephen Colbert wants Adam Dunn and Craig Counsell to be tested for performance diminishing drugs

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB,Uncategorized — The Wizard @ August 5, 2011 1:00 pm
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At least Counsell turns 41 in 2 weeks.

August 2, 2011

Ozzie Guillen talks about Adam Dunn troubles

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 2, 2011 11:30 pm
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Padillla @ ESPN:

“I don’t care how tough you are that has to bother him,” Guillen said. “If that doesn’t bother you that means you don’t care about the game. But he hasn’t changed since we got him. He’s the same guy. Maybe when he goes home he starts crying, but when he’s around us he’s very god. He’s stayed the same way.

“Obviously he gets upset around here but I don’t see any change. He’s the same guy since spring training. I don’t see any change with the character and I don’t see any change with the swing. He’s struggled since spring training. Hopefully he gets a couple of hits here and there and helps us to win a couple of games.”

July 28, 2011

Sox make Adam Dunn available? Think about trading Carlos Quentin,?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2011 2:45 pm
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Stark @ ESPN:

Despite reports Wednesday that the Phillies are turning their attention to Carlos Quentin in the wake of their lack of progress on the Hunter Pence front, an NL executive who had spoken with both teams said: “I can’t see that working.” Nevertheless, there has been increasing evidence the White Sox are talking to several teams about Quentin, one of which is believed to be Atlanta. “They would move him,” said an executive of one team that has been in touch with the White Sox. “I wouldn’t say they’re bound and determined to move him. But would they? Absolutely.” Another name we were told the White Sox have dangled, just to see what happened: Adam Dunn.

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