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February 18, 2012

Brian Anderson news!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 18, 2012 12:00 am
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Scott Merkin:

“It might sound arrogant, but I know how good I am at pitching,” Anderson told MLB.com during a recent interview. “I’m extremely talented on the mound, and I want to prove it to people.

“Some people might think this is a joke, and wonder ‘Why doesn’t he just retire?’ Well, they are entitled to their own opinions. I appreciate all the support fans showed me in Chicago, and how they really stuck by me. Hopefully in my new pursuit, in my new dream that I want to pursue, I hope they will give me a chance. If some people don’t, I don’t care. My attitude is so much different.”

… No regrets exist for Anderson over his past life as a center fielder. He holds mostly positive memories from his time with the White Sox, and a few he would like to forget. But Anderson has no regrets about making his career-changing choice.

“I’ve been wrong before, and I could be wrong again. But I don’t think I am,” Anderson said. “If I had a decent rookie year [in 2006], all the other stuff would have taken care of itself. I don’t point the finger at anyone but myself. But I’ve never been happier.”

Other White Sox links:

June 8, 2011

Jake Peavy says he’s going on the DL

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 8, 2011 2:30 am
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Merkin @ CWS:

After meeting with a doctor and White Sox management on Tuesday, Jake Peavy says he will need a stint on the 15-day disabled list to heal his injured groin.

The White Sox hoped it wouldn’t require a trip to the DL, but results from Monday’s MRI plus lingering soreness during an exam on Tuesday have the team thinking more cautiously with Peavy, who had offseason shoulder surgery that caused him to miss the first 37 games.

Aside from the MRI, Peavy went through treatments on Monday until 30 minutes after the club’s 3-1 win against the Mariners.

“I can tell you I feel a lot better, but I just saw the doctor and think we have to go on the conservative route,” Peavy said. “Obviously, I wanted to push through it and do what we needed to do, but I think we’re looking at the disabled list just because of the MRI results and how sore my exam was with the doctor. [It’s] disappointing, no doubt. I was feeling good and beginning to climb with my arm.”

CSN has the video (4:40).

Push through it? What could possibly go wrong?

Other White Sox links: J.J. recalls the best day in Brian Anderson’s baseball career, Brett Ballantini continues his series on the 1977 South Side Hitmen with a look back through the eyes of Roland Hemond and Ozzie Guillen gets fined by the NHL.

August 20, 2010

Brian Anderson’s AAA pitching debut

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ August 20, 2010 7:37 pm


Hardy, B 5.0 8 4 4 1 2 1 2.75
Anderson, Br 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Coleman (W, 4-1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.22
Rupe (H, 1) 0.1 2 1 1 1 0 0 2.72
Collins, T (S, 1) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.71

Pitches-strikes: Anderson, Br 20-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Anderson, Br 3-3.
Batters faced: Anderson, Br 6.


Brian Anderson, a former outfielder for the White Sox and the Royals, made his Triple-A debut as a pitcher a rousing success on Thursday at Fresno. He pitched two perfect innings in relief in Omaha’s 6-5 victory.”He’s definitely throwing Major League stuff,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He’s got his fastball up to 97 miles an hour and his comfort zone is 95.”

Yost also said Anderson’s slider rates as Major League average quality and his pitch command just a tick below average.

“When he first did it, I wasn’t sure it’d work out for him, but he’s proven to me that it very well may,” Yost said. “Somewhere down the road I imagine he’ll get a look. I don’t know if it’ll be this September, it might be next spring, but he’s done enough to warrant that.”

Here are BA’s splits.

July 19, 2010

Brian Anderson update

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ July 19, 2010 1:13 pm
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KC Star:

Anderson has been building his arm strength with the Surprise Royals of the rookie-class Arizona Summer League. Sharp said Anderson, who hasn’t allowed a run in four innings, is throwing his fastball in the low 90s and also features a slider and changeup.

“Once we get through the (soreness) — which we hope will be this week — we’ll start moving him up to different affiliates and see how he progresses,” said Sharp, who expects Anderson to pitch in another game for Surprise either today or Tuesday.

April 3, 2010

Royals Review on Brian Anderson’s pitching attempt

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 3, 2010 3:00 am
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So, this is really happening, huh? Brian Anderson is headed to Idaho Falls to begin his new life as a relief pitcher for the Chukars. And sometimes I trick myself into thinking there’s nothing left to write about the Royals.

Anderson is making a really poor decision, and the Royals are rather bogglingly allowing him to do so with some degree of sanction. Three months ago, the Royals saw in Anderson someone who might be one of their outfielders, perhaps even their starting center fielder. Now, they’re going to play a part in a likely career suicide. Trust the process. …

In other ex-Sox players news, knuckleballer Charlie Haeger

UPDATE: And Gio Gonzales earned the 5th spot in the A’s rotation.

December 12, 2009

Sox non-tender D.J. Carrasco

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 12, 2009 7:02 pm
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The White Sox informed the agent for D.J. Carrasco that they will not tender him a contract by Saturday’s 11 p.m., thus making him a free agent.

… The two sides were several hundred thousand dollars apart after a meeting Wednesday in Indianapolis, and talks Saturday didn’t advance any further. Carrasco earned $440,000 last season, and this was his first winter as an arbitration eligible player.

D.J’s Stats.

Why Kenny? Why? Say DJ didn’t like the contract he was offered by the Sox and had gone to arbitration and earned $1 million. So, what? It would be money well spend…

BTW, MLBTR is keeping track of all the players that were tendered, and non-tendered a contract. Ex-Sox Brian Anderson, Mike McDougal, Lance Broadway, and Neal Cotts were non-tendered. Jack Cust too. Ex-Sox Boone Logan and Brandon McCarthy were tendered.

November 3, 2009

Mark Gonzales talks Sox

Liptak (11/1/09):

Mark Liptak: What does Kenny look at when he figures out what to do this off season?

Mark Gonzales: “As I figured it out the Sox have 10 players going to make 71.5 million next season and that includes Dayan Viciedo who I think will be with the team at some point next year. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if this off season Kenny moved some guys to give him more dollars to work with.”

“Kenny remember, and this is important, is a man of action, not reaction. It’ll be interesting to see how patient Kenny will be especially if the free agent market again tilts in favor of the buyer. I look for Kenny to aggressively improve the team through trades but he’ll also keep in mind some possible free agent bargains that could be out there.” …

A lot more at the link: Swisher, Walker, BA, Ozzie, Kenny, Vazquez, Betemit, Reinsdorf, Byddy Bell and much more.

BTW, I clicked Joe Cowley’s interview (4/12/09) and Cowley says that Reinsdorf’s son “doesn’t want to run the White Sox.” Interesting…

August 11, 2009

Jim’s first impression of Tyler Flowers


He showed good pitch recognition for all but one pitch (an unsuccessful check swing), not flinching at any too-low and too-away offerings.  If there’s one thing not working for him, it could be that he’s a little pull-happy right now.  He came through in the clutch with a single over the second baseman’s head, but he had to break his bat to do it. …

Jim also has video of Flowers, reports on Brent Lillibridge , Matt Zaleski, Brian Anderson, Stefan Gartrell, Derek Rodriguez, and a Photo Gallery from the game.

August 10, 2009

BDD’s Defensive Metrics series: CF

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 10, 2009 11:24 am
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Brian Joseph:

While UZR/150 is the stat du jour for many when it comes to defensive stats, there are plenty of statistics available that offer us some insight on defensive performance. For this reason, I thought it would be a great exercise to look at as many defensive metrics — from the unpopular fielding % and RF/9 to the very popular fielding value and UZR/150 — and rank them by position for each league. The next step was to add those rankings up and come up with a cumulative ranking at each position. Over the next week or so, I will look at each position around the Majors and present how the players ranked out at each position and which metrics were used (and where I pulled the data from).

Here is the CF entry:

CF (Fielding %, RF/9, UZR/150, F2O%, ARM, RZR, OOZ, Fielding Value, +/-)

August 7, 2009

Joe Cowley: Brian Anderson the antithesis of Gordon Beckham

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 7, 2009 12:29 am
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Cowley must have first-hand knowledge:

Basically, he’s the antithesis of a former highly touted Sox prospect, Brian Anderson, who would just as soon put the moves on a date’s mom than meet her. But Beckham, he’s from a different school. And the media and fans are eating it up.

July 30, 2009

In which the Josh Fields for Felix Pie rumor appears again

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 30, 2009 12:51 pm
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Sox  Net:

Bruce Levine is reporting that Ken Williams is seeking a top-flight defensive outfielder for the pennant race and that one of those options is former Cubs phenom Felix Pie. Evidently the Sox have been scouting Pie for over six weeks and the Tribune’s Mark Gonzalez is further substantiating the rumor, indicating on Wednesday, that the White Sox, will try to trade recently demoted infielder Josh Fields for Pie. …

Kenny is seeking a top-flight defensive outfielder? LOL! Let’s trade for Brian Anderson!

July 28, 2009

Kenny Williams on Brian Anderson and Josh Fields

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2009 9:53 pm
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Kenny Williams on Brian Anderson:

“To be honest, I’d like to still have him. But that’s secondary to me giving him my word. He’s had opportunities here and they haven’t gone as well as he would have liked. It didn’t go as well, obviously, as we would have liked. I asked him to go down (to Charlotte) with a good attitude and if the opportunity presented itself I’d give him an opportunity to go elsewhere.”

and Josh Fields:

“Josh and I have talked. And I spoke with Josh’s agent early this morning before any deal was made. I understand exactly how they feel right now.”

Fields could be out…

Lindsey Willhite on Brian Anderson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ July 28, 2009 7:27 pm
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Lindsey Willhite:

In his 89 plate appearances this year when he got off to a 1-0 count, Anderson batted .329 with a .472 on-base percentage and .457 slugging. … But in his 89 plate appearances this year when he got off to an 0-1 count, Anderson batted .129 with a .169 on-base percentage and .153 slugging. …

Lindsey relays a cool BA story too.

Sox trade Brian Anderson to Boston for Mark Kotsay

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2009 2:28 pm
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Scott Merkin:

Brian Anderson got his wish to be traded, and in the process, the White Sox apparently have added a valuable veteran piece to their bench for the playoff push over the next two months. Anderson, 27, was traded to Boston in exchange for Mark Kotsay and cash considerations on Tuesday. Kotsay, 33, is a .281 hitter with 110 home runs and 614 RBIs over 13 Major League seasons. He batted .257 with one homer and five RBIs in 27 games for the Red Sox in 2009 before being designated for assignment on July 24.

July 26, 2009

Brian Anderson wants out (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 26, 2009 3:53 pm
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Scott Merkin:

“I genuinely believe that if they are presented with the right opportunity, if they could get something fair, they will give me the opportunity to go play elsewhere. I had a very good talk with Kenny and got on the same page. A guy at my age, I told him, and not that I’ve turned heads by any means offensively, but I need to play every day and be an everyday big leaguer. I have more to offer. If it’s not with the White Sox, then maybe it really is time for a change.”

here are Kenny Williams’ comments:


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