July 28, 2009
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…
Joe Cowley is reporting that the White Sox will make room for newly acquired 1B/OF Mark Kotsay on the 25 man roster by sending 1B/3B Josh Fields to AAA Charlotte. The move won’t be made official until Wednesday, which is when Kotsay is expected in the Sox dugout. The Sox have also announced the lefty Clayton Richard will be sent to the bullpen with Bartolo Colon replacing him as the 5th starter.
“You guys want to talk to me?” said Buehrle, addressing a couple of Chicago media members as they approached his locker. “Sorry, I only talk to David Letterman now.”
July 27, 2009
Facing the cameras before a national television audience appeared more nerve-racking than participating in a perfect game for the White Sox’s Mark Buehrle and teammates Dewayne Wise and Josh Fields. …
A little misinformation apparently has been floating around concerning the whereabouts of the baseball used to record the last out of Mark Buehrle’s perfect game on Thursday. And here’s the official confirmation, as provided by the White Sox themselves. The ball is in the White Sox offices at U.S. Cellular Field and will be held for future display. Josh Fields caught the final out on a throw from shortstop Alexei Ramirez and had it briefly taken by a Major League Baseball authenticator. But the ball was never lost, and the White Sox actually had it back in their possession directly from said authenticator.
July 26, 2009
When Mark Buehrle asked Dewayne Wise on Friday to appear with him in reading a Top 10 list on the “Late Show with David Letterman” this Monday, Wise quickly accepted the offer. … Buehrle and Wise will be joined by Josh Fields, whose grand slam provided all the offense the southpaw would need to hurl his second career no-hitter Thursday against the Rays. Their reading of the Top 10, which is sure to center on benefits derived from being part of a perfect game, will be taped at the Metrodome prior to Monday’s series opener against the Twins. …
July 25, 2009
July 13, 2009
On the Brandon Allen-Tony Pena trade:
Moving Allen was tough for me to stomach, but I understand the need to strengthen the bullpen. Pena can step into Dotel’s role next year and could become more valuable now if Carrasco moves into the rotation. … The trading of Allen slightly alleviates a logjam at the corners. Konerko probably takes over as the designated hitter. If the Sox don’t re-sign Jerma[in]e Dye, that would pave the way for Dayan Viciedo or Josh Fields to play first.
and Mark’s future infield prediction:
1b – Dayan Viciedo or Josh Fields
2b – Chris Getz or Jayson Nix
ss – Alexei Ramirez
3b – Gordon Beckham
July 12, 2009
“I made some adjustments, loosening up my hands so I wouldn’t put as much stress on my shoulders. It was all a mind thing. If you don’t have a strong mind or will, this game will bury you pretty quick.”
White Sox hitting coach Greg Walker said those adjustments were not “technical” in nature, but related to how he was expending himself.
“He was playing college ball at this time last year, and he came up here in the middle of some of the most intense games we’ll probably play all year,” Walker said. “We just told him to relax more because he was too tight, and the effort level was too high. Nobody was panicking, and we weren’t about to change anything because we had plenty of confidence in him. …
July 10, 2009
On the surface, trading away Brandon Allen for Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Tony Pena was a slight head-scratcher, especially with how well Allen played in the spring and for Class AA Birmingham. But the Sox are finding out that Dayan Viciedo is not a third baseman and likely will have to be moved to first base. Considering they have Paul Konerko and Josh Fields at first on the big-league team, something had to give.
July 8, 2009
Didn’t see this. From the Baltimore Sun:
Needing a roster spot with shortstop Cesar Izturis expected to be activated from the disabled list Friday, the Orioles are exploring trades for infielder Oscar Salazar and outfielder Felix Pie, who have garnered interest from other teams. Salazar and Pie are out options and would be likely lost through waivers, so it makes sense for the Orioles to get something in return rather than lose them for nothing. … Pie, the 24-year-old outfielder who has started just three of the Orioles’ past 21 games, is eight for his past 20 with four RBIs while getting limited at-bats with the emergence of rookie Nolan Reimold in left field. According to sources, the Orioles discussed Pie with the Chicago White Sox in a potential deal revolving around third baseman Josh Fields, but it’s not known how much interest, if any, the White Sox still have in the outfielder.
July 1, 2009
The Red Sox were dealt a blow today when third baseman Mike Lowell was placed on the DL with a right hip strain. In a new video today, ESPN’s Peter Gammons commented on the situation:
“One way or another, they need to find another bat… He’s a huge loss on and off the field.”
Can Kenny get someone young for Josh Fields?
June 27, 2009
Gordon Beckham needs to go back to his normal shortstop position, Alexi Ramirez back to second, Josh Fields back to third. After watching Beckham back up more than two steps on three different groundballs over the past two days it’s obvious he’s a long way from being comfortable at third.
Here’s Jim’s take.