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October 12, 2011

Robin Ventura’s managerial style

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 12, 2011 3:05 am
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From Doug Padilla’s chat:

Q: Why didnt anybody in the Press Conference ask robin questions about his managerial philosphy, is he a stat guy when looking at matchups etc…. Do we have any info besides what was asked in the PC?

A: The beat guys asked that in a separate interview session. He didn’t commit to one exactly, but he said he had to see how the roster develops. Sounded like he has the traditional leadoff man, move runners over approach, but has no issues playing big ball if that’s what the roster dictates.

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April 5, 2011

Jerry Krause signed a left-handed pitcher before he left

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 5, 2011 10:24 pm

Bruce Levine @ ESPN:

Q: Did Jerry Krause sign anyone before his sudden departure and did he leave because of lack of finances to pay top prospects?

A: Yes and yes. He signed a good-looking left-handed pitcher who they paid $125,000 to. The White Sox are reluctant to spend money in the Dominican.

April 1, 2011

Jerry Krause leaves Sox Latin America scouting director post

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 1, 2011 9:18 pm

Gonzales @ CT:

The Chicago White Sox’s efforts to restore their presence in Latin America face another challenge.

Jerry Krause, their director of international scouting, will leave the team to take a position with Arizona, a Diamondbacks source confirmed Friday.

Seems the announcement of Latin America players signing with the Sox will take a bit longer.

Baseball America reports though that:

The organization spent most of last year adding scouting personnel to revamp their Latin American staff rather than competing for top international free agents.

All right!

January 23, 2011

Jerry Krause waiting for MLB clearance to announce Latin America signings?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 23, 2011 8:24 pm

Gonzales @ CT mailbag:

From what I can gather, the process of signing players in Latin America (especially after the signing bonus and birth certificate fiascos) is much more lengthy. I believe Jerry has some guys that he’d like to announce as signed but can’t until it’s cleared through Major League Baseball. I can tell you for a fact that Jerry and his scouts are working hard to make inroads in Latin America. The process is just more difficult for the reasons listed earlier.

November 10, 2010

White Sox hire longtime Latin American scout Pablo Cruz

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 10, 2010 8:50 pm
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Gonzales @ CT:

… Krause and Doug Laumann, the Sox’s director of amateur scouting, visited the Dominican Republic last week to scout amateur players. General Manager Ken Williams wouldn’t confirm Wednesday that the Sox had hired Pablo Cruz, a longtime Latin American scout, to assist Krause.

Cruz signed third base slugger Aramis Ramirez while with the Pirates’ organization and is “as honest as they come,” according to one veteran major league scout.

July 8, 2010

White Sox may sign a couple Latin America prospects

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 8, 2010 1:15 pm

Phil Rogers:

The White Sox hired Jerry Krause to upgrade their Dominican operation. He’s likely to sign a player or two but it’s asking a lot for him to produce big results when he took the job in April. The best unsigned player, according to scouting reports, is shortstop Esteilon Peguero, who has been heavily pursued by many teams, with Seattle and Texas at the front of the pack.

May 11, 2010

White Sox name officially Jerry Krause head of international scouting

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 11, 2010 7:50 pm


Jerry Krause, who has 36 years of experience as a scout and executive in the National Basketball Association and 20 in Major League Baseball, has been hired by the Chicago White Sox as Director of International Scouting.

The first-year emphasis for Krause will be on restructuring Dominican and Venezuelan scouting and also will include free-agent scouting of other countries.

“I have been extremely familiar with Jerry’s baseball scouting abilities for 28 years and aside from the mistake of recommending me for the 1982 draft, we are fortunate to add such an accomplished scout and teacher to the organization,” said Ken Williams, White Sox general manager.

“I have been looking for a way to bring structure and greater successes in this area and believe we have the right man for the job. He will be responsible for restructuring the focus and cross checking top international players, along with instructing in White Sox scouting methodology,” Williams said.

Krause has worked as a scout with the Cleveland Indians, Oakland A’s, Seattle Mariners and the White Sox and also with the Yankees and Mets following his retirement from the Chicago Bulls. He played major roles in the White Sox acquisitions of Ozzie Guillen, Julio Cruz, Ed Farmer, Greg Luzinski, Tom Seaver, Greg Walker and Williams.

Bruce Levine reported this on April 21.

April 21, 2010

White Sox name Jerry Krause head of international scouting

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 21, 2010 7:50 pm


The Chicago White Sox have named former Chicago Bulls general manager Jerry Krause the head of international scouting, according to a Major League Baseball source. An announcement by the team probably will not come until next week. Krause, who was hired as a consultant by the White Sox on April 5, will be in charge of revamping the scouting system in the Dominican Republic at the outset of his new job. Among Krause’s other responsibilities will be scouting on the Pacific Rim. …

April 5, 2010

Jerry Krause will focus his scouting on Latin America players

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 5, 2010 3:53 pm


During his pre-game meeting with the media before Monday’s season-opener against Cleveland, manager Ozzie Guillen – never one to keep secrets – confirmed that the club had brought [Jerry] Krause on as a scout, with an emphasis on handling those duties as far as improving the influx of Latin players. …

April 5 links

Happy Opening Day!

– Uncle Phil says Jake Peavy better show better stuff than 91-92 mph fastballs. Ehh, Peavy always was a 91-92 mph fastball pitcher.

– Erik looks at various 2010 AL Central forecasts.

– The White Sox hired Jerry Krause as a minor league scout. Krause has extensive baseball scouting experience. He was a scout for the Sox in the 70s and 80s.

– White Sox Opening Day payroll: $105,530,000 million. All MLB player salaries.

– Jim looks where recent ex-Sox players are.

– FutureSox: Kannapolis Intimidators season preview. Futuresox: Winston-Salem Dash season preview. al.com: Birmingham Barons season preview.

– Joe Cowley says the Sox need as fast start to put some quarters in Kenny’s pocket.

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