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December 2, 2010

Kenny Williams: Adam Dunn signing important for my health

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 2, 2010 11:02 pm
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Ballentini @ CSN tweets:

KW said Dunn signing will drive tix sales, but also that “it might be important to the GM’s health and his long-term employment prospects.”

Translation: I couldn’t take anymore of Ozzie’s DH experiments (Kotsay, Mark).

September 25, 2010

Kenny Williams talkin’ baseball on ‘Talkin’ baseball’ (audio)

Play audio/podcast: http://espn.go.com/espnradio/player?rd=1#/podcenter/?autoplay=1&callsign=ESPNRADIO&id=5614227 (first 21 minutes).

Download the MP3 (7.64 MB).

UPDATE: Kenny:

“It’s been an eventful year,” Williams said. “A little like a pinata hanging from the ceiling; a long, disappointing year.”

September 12, 2010

Ozzie’s latest Jim Thome rejection justification

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 12, 2010 9:21 pm
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Earlier today I wondered isn’t time for Ozzie to tell us he made the right move going without Jim Thome. Well, Scot Gregor has Ozzie’s latest justification:

“My conscience is very clear,” Ozzie said. “If people, like I say, want to blame me, blame me. We had Jim here for four years and I always say I’m the luckiest manager ever in the history of baseball because I had him. He went another way. Good for them.”

You feel you are the luckiest manager ever in the history of baseball because you managed Jim Thome and then you ran him out of town? Yeah right.

And he went another way? That’s creative! But Ozzie’s own words from January disagree:

“Right now, the only reason that holds me up with our conversation about Jimmy is I don’t know how many at-bats we can give him,” said Guillen.

I don”t see any ‘if Jimmy wants to play for the Sox.’ And what about Jimmy’s own words?

“Ultimately, if things work out, I would love to come back. It’s a great city. It’s home. It has been a great place. Jerry, Ozzie, the whole organization, they have all treated me great.”

Jimmy waited for the Sox. He didn’t went anywhere until Ozzie rejected him.

Now, let’s return to today’s Ozzie:

If it wasn’t Jim, it could have been someone else. If (Nick) Punto hit the home run, I would have been ‘God, I can’t believe it.’ If Jim hit the home run, good for them. I have no regrets.”

I have the impression Nick Punto’s home run hitting power is much smaller than Jim Thome’s. And a visit to Baseball-Reference.com confirms my impression. Jim Thome hits a HR every 10.7 AB in 2010, while Nick Punto hits a HR every 233.0 at-bats in 2010. Damn!

What will Ozzie’s next excuse be?

Will it involve aliens? What about UFOs?

Isn’t it time for Ozzie to tell us how he made the right move?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 12, 2010 7:03 pm
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Thome hit a game-winning HR yesterday. Last time we got this gem from Ozzie:

“We’re not in second place right now because of Jimmy. We’re in second place right now because Minnesota play good and we have two very bad months.”

You know Ozzie, Jimmy is a member of the Minnesota team. Jimmy does not still play for the Dodgers.

September 9, 2010

Frank Thomas: It will come down to next week’s 3-game set against Minnesota

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 9, 2010 2:48 pm
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No Frank. We’re 6 games back. Even if we sweep the 3 games against Minnesota, we’d be 3 games back. The division was lost when the Sox decided to punt on Jim Thome and let Minnesota grab him. Look at the Sox DH production and the Twinkies DH production. The Twinkies have a 131 split OPS+ and the Sox a 92. And if the Twinkies didn’t have Jim Thome to play at DH when Morneau went down, their other DH option, Kubel, has a split OPS+ of 86.

And in today’s pregame show Bill Melton said something like ‘ the Andruw Jones, Mark Kotsay and Dayan Viciedo combo has given the same numbers as Jim Thome.’ No. Not even close. Look at the DH links above.

September 8, 2010

News for Ozzie: Justin Morneau’s last game was July 7

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 8, 2010 10:02 pm
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“I don’t know about the organization,” Guillen responded on Wednesday, when asked if he was feeling the heat with that decision now. “Myself, I know he’s going to hit. Maybe the fans do. Maybe the media does. I really don’t put attention to that. I don’t. He had big hits for a lot of people. He had big hits for us. I don’t put any attention to that. I don’t.

“If it’s not Thome then it’s going to be [Justin] Morneau. Jim is playing just because Morneau is not there.”

If the Twinkies hadn’t acquired Thome due to your stupidity, they wouldn’t have the option of playing Thome after they lost Morneau.

September 7, 2010

About the guy Ozzie couldn’t find at-bats for

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 7, 2010 1:21 pm
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but magically found them for Mark Kotsay:

Jim Thome has continued to hit and hit and hit this year, and check out where he ranks now on the list of most plate appearances by a guy 39 or older, minimum 170 OPS+:

1 Barry Bonds 617 263 2004 39 SFG 147 373 129 135 27 3 45 101 232 120 41 .362 .609 .812 1.422 *7/D
2 Ted Williams 517 179 1958 39 BOS 129 411 81 135 23 2 26 85 98 12 49 .328 .458 .584 1.042 *7
3 Hank Aaron 465 177 1973 39 ATL 120 392 84 118 12 1 40 96 68 13 51 .301 .402 .643 1.045 *79
4 Ted Williams 390 190 1960 41 BOS 113 310 56 98 15 0 29 72 75 7 41 .316 .451 .645 1.096 *7
5 Jim Thome 293 173 2010 39 MIN 95 240 39 66 16 2 21 51 50 3 75 .275 .399 .621 1.020 *D
6 Barry Bonds 52 174 2005 40 SFG 14 42 8 12 1 0 5 10 9 3 6 .286 .404 .667 1.071 *7
7 Manny Mota 50 176 1977 39 LAD 49 38 5 15 1 0 1 4 10 3 0 .395 .521 .500 1.021 /7
8 Cy Williams 21 174 1930 42 PHI 21 17 1 8 2 0 0 2 4 0 3 .471 .571 .588 1.160 /879
9 Harry Davis 9 201 1914 40 PHA 5 7 0 3 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 .429 .556 .429 .984 /3

I’m telling you it’s magic…

September 1, 2010

THT on the 2010 White Sox’ ‘DH by committee’

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 1, 2010 1:02 pm
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Gross @ THT:

In a vacuum, a re-signing of Thome by the White Sox would give the South Siders a +3.0 WAR swing in the AL Central Standings. Note, however, that Thome has only 279 plate appearances this season while splitting DH duties with Jason Kubel. Of course, Thome’s been platooned, which may exaggerate his bottom line, but any potential non-platoon “regression” would surely be offset by the additional playing time he would have seen with the White Sox. Let’s just leave the WAR at +2.4 and call it even.

The White Sox do not play in a vacuum, however. Thome, in not re-signing with the White Sox, signed a deal with the Twins. Hence, in a Thome-on-the-Sox-over-Kotsay theoretical situation, you have to not only add +3.0 WAR to the White Sox 2010 win total, but also subtract 2.4 WAR from the Twins’ 2010 win total. That turns a 4.0 game lead by the Twins in the AL Central into a 1.5 game lead by the White Sox. …

August 31, 2010

Fangraphs looks on the White Sox’ ‘DH by committee’ plan


Twenty times this year Paul Konerko has filled the DH spot and seven times he has taken a day off. In all 27 instances Mark Kotsay took his place at first base. In an additional 47 games Kotsay himself has served as the DH. This has been nothing but a detriment to the team. Kotsay is no longer a good hitter, and really hasn’t been one since 2004. He has a mere .304 wOBA this year after a .309 mark last year, and he hasn’t crossed the .320 mark since 2005. There was no reason to think he’d approach average production for a DH. Yet he has been their primary guy in that spot. It seems like it could have gone to a more worthy player. …

August 21, 2010

THT Fantasy on Jim Thome

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 21, 2010 11:04 pm
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Gross @ THT:

Here is a quick trivia question. Among all major league hitters with 250+ plate appearances not named Jose Bautista, who leads in ISO? No it is not Miguel Cabrera (.304), Albert Pujols (.276), Luke Scott (.278), Adam Dunn (.294) or a Rangers corner outfielder. It is none other than Old Man River himself, 40-year old Jim Thome (.316). The same Jim Thome who the White Sox passed up last offseason, despite a sub-$2 million dollar salary, because a rotating DH and the incorrigible Mark Kotsay seemed like a good idea at the time. The same Jim Thome who last year posted the second-lowest ISO of his career since 1994 (.232 versus a .155 MLB average) and walked “only” 15.9 percent of the time (8.9% MLB average). The very same Jim Thome who was nonetheless the fourth-most-valuable designated hitter in baseball, whom I ranted and raved about plenty in the offseason. …

August 16, 2010

White Sox could get Manny Ramirez as a straight waiver claim

Olney @ ESPN via DSD:

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, Ramirez is still owed $5 million this season and the Chicago White Sox could feasibly get Ramirez simply as a straight waiver claim and with no need to send prospects in return.

Olney also speculates that the Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees, or the Texas Rangers could all take a gamble on Ramirez. It’s also possible that Ramirez could go through the waiver wire unclaimed and then the Dodgers could trade him and, in doing so, agree to pick up a portion of his remaining salary.

Kenny shouldn’t have listened to Ozzie and his crazy DH theory, and keep Jim Thome. We’d have a proper DH, and not this Mark Kotsay nonsense, and for the entire season. Furthermore, Big Jim wouldn’t be contributing a .268/.387/.578/.966 hitting line to the Twinkies.

UPDATE: Rosenthal @ FOXS:

Left fielder Manny Ramirez…would be risky for a team to claim; the Dodgers likely would let him go, assuming that Ramirez was willing to waive his no-trade clause. The claiming club then would assume the pro-rated portion of his $20 million salary, which on Aug. 31 still would be more then $3 million.

The deferrals in Ramirez’s contract would make no difference in the amount his new club would pay; only the timetable might be affected. Ramirez’s contract stipulates a $5 million salary this season and deferred payments without interest of $3.33 million each on June 30, 2011 and ’12 and $8.33 million on June 30, 2013.

If Ramirez cleared waivers, he would be eligible to be traded to any team — and he would be wise to waive his no-trade clause for an American League club that would allow him to serve as a DH and build his value for free agency this off-season.

Ramirez, recovering from a right calf strain, could begin a rehabilitation assignment this week. The Dodgers cannot place him on waivers until after they activate him from the disabled list.

August 10, 2010

We don’t play in the National League dumbass!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 10, 2010 11:18 pm
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Ozzie speaks about his DH by committee theories:

“A lot of people are mistaken about the DH,” Guillen said. “It gives me an opportunity to play people at different places. I put Carlos (Quentin) at DH, I put Andruw (Jones), (Omar) Vizquel.

“That’s what we want to do, rotate people, give people more at-bats, more help for the defense. When we play (in the) National League, we don’t have the DH. That’s my point.”

Oh my. Making decisions for an AL team, with NL play in mind …

UPDATE: a picture is worth a thousand words

July 26, 2010

Kenny Williams: I should have addressed left-handed hitting

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 26, 2010 6:17 pm
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The White Sox haven’t done much damage from the left side all season, and Kenny knows it.

“In hindsight, it’s something I should have probably addressed,” KW said. “I didn’t, so that’s why you’re sitting here now and everyone’s talking about it. However, we’ve accomplished some things without that piece. It’s got to be the right guy for the right price. If it’s not the right guy for the right price, I don’t think you drop down to another level just to do something.”

More KW:

One tidbit from KW: “There’s been a lot that’s been talked about about some guys that may be moved and I have no intention of moving them.”

Translation: Lay off Gordon Beckham, Gavin Floyd, John Danks.

July 24, 2010

Ozzie Guillen doesn’t want to pay the price for a bat like Adam Dunn

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 24, 2010 6:51 pm
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In explaining what the Sox have been trying to get done, as well as the resistance they have come across in accomplishing that, Guillen revealed details that were assumed but never confirmed by the organization. Specifically, to acquire someone like Dunn comes at a heavy price, and it’s a price that at least Guillen doesn’t want to pay.

You mean Ozzie you would find enough ABs for a LHB like Dunn in the event he was acquired? I remember 6 months ago you couldn’t find ABs for another LHB and he ended up in Minnesota for $1.5 million and now has a 149 wRC+. Funny thing! I mean sad…

June 29, 2010

Why did you listen to Ozzie, Kenny? Why?

JJ looks at what it will take to land Adam Dunn:

Granted, getting Dunn would probably mean parting with one good prospect and another marginal one. Cowley points out that Brent Morel isn’t a fit with Washington thanks to Ryan Zimmerman, but I have to wonder if Dayan Viciedo would interest the Nats. Viciedo should ultimately will end up a first baseman, and while the Nationals do have a first base prospect in Double-A, Viciedo could provide a more immediate impact.

The elephant in the room is Dan Hudson, who I would hate to see the Sox trade for a half-year rental player. In fact, there really aren’t a whole lot of circumstances in which I’d be okay with the Sox trading Hudson.

Kenny, you screwed up. If you had not listen to Ozzie and signed Jim Thome in the off-season, you wouldn’t be in a situation where you have to give up 6 years of Dan Hudson (or Flowers) for 2-3 months of Adam Dunn. And what did Big Jim sign for? $1.5 million. You gave $1.5 million to Mark Kotsay. Hell, you gave $14 million to Mark Teahen. Losing Dan Hudson for $1.5 million. That would suck…

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