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January 1, 2012

Will the Sox go after Yoennis Cespedes?

Bruce Levine:

After trading both Carlos Quentin and Sergio Santos, the Chicago White Sox have cleared some payroll, upwards of $10 million off their 2012 salary base. That money may be used to bid on 26-year-old Cespedes or 19-year-old Jorge Soler, also a multi-talented Cuban defector, but White Sox general manager Kenny Williams was reluctant to say how far in the White Sox are in relationship to the Cuban free agents.

Scott Merkin:

“What I will say is that there are some doors now open for us that were not open just yesterday because of savings of dollars,” Williams said. “But which direction we are heading with that, it would be counterproductive in getting something done to say we are deciding to go down that road. So we can take some of that little bit of payroll we cleared and invest it in something that helps the Major League club now, or something that helps on the horizon with another prospect. We could end up making this a 3-for-1 deal instead of a 2-for-1, albeit with two guys we really like.”

Well, with teams like the Yankee$, the Red Sox, the new Marlins, and the Cubs involved I think we can be pretty sure the Sox won’t land Cespedes. Kenny will only kick the tires. Probably…

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May 27, 2011

Adam does it like Dick

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 27, 2011 10:45 pm
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October 27, 2010

Dick Allen wasn’t a batting practice guy

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 27, 2010 8:04 pm

Two quotes on Dick Allen from George Castle’s book ‘When the Game Changed’:

Former White Sox 3B-man Bill Melton:

It was his MO (skipping batting practice). If the game started at 7:30, he got there a quarter to 7, 7 o’clock. He never took batting practice. When he did get there an hour early, he always liked to take ground balls at second base, shortstop, any place but first base. He actually had terrific hands. This guy was a terrific first baseman.

and manager Chuck Tanner:

Nobody had to take batting practice if they could hit like him. (Bleep), he used to sit in the dugout with a bat and not take it. Before 9 o’clock at night, he hit more home runs than anyone in baseball. I talked to him all the time. He said, ‘Y’know, this batting practice, you got guys throwing 40 mph, it throws my timing off.’ I said I don’t care if you do. I witnessed him hitting left-handed in BP.

and another quote from Chuck Tanner:

I don’t know why (Allen is not in the Hall). He’s the best player I ever managed, that carried the team by himself.

December 14, 2009

Fangraphs introduces wRC+

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ December 14, 2009 10:41 am
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As you may have noticed, there’s now an extra column in the “Advanced” section for batting stats called “wRC+”. You can think of this stat as a wOBA based version of OPS+. It’s park and league adjusted and it’s on a very similar scale as OPS+. The difference is that it uses wRC, which is based on wOBA. …

Tango has more.

Here’s the career leaderboard. Notice Dick Allen? The only Top 25 guy that’s not in the HoF?  Shoeless Joe is #9.

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