Hawk Harrelson argued on Saturday that Moneyball was a “fraud” and tore into Billy Beane as a general manager, rhetorically asking how many playoff games those sabermetrically-oriented teams ever won. Hawk further dismissed the book and movie, saying he’s neither seen or read the work, but doesn’t need to because, as he puts it, it’s a bunch of BS.
But on Sunday, assistant general manager Rick Hahn lauded Moneyball, saying he “enjoyed the book very much” as a learning tool. He added that it offered a good insight into how teams find market inefficiencies and run a business. Although, for Hahn, the movie had some inaccuracies, namely in how it didn’t mention the A’s stout pitching staff from the year.
Good thing Hawk is only an announcer and Hahn is the Assistant GM. Hopefully Hahn is the next Sox GM.
Hawk is pissed there is no Yaz statue in Fenway. Says someone in Boston’s front office must not like Yaz.
Game at 3:05 CT. Jake Peavy’s rehab continues against his former team today, when the White Sox host the Padres at Camelback Ranch.
UPDATE: I don’t see anything on the webcast. The schedules are bad again.
UPDATE #2: I screwed up too. There was no webcast as the whitesox.com schedules said, but the game was televised on CSN (unannounced). Thankfully there is a rebroadcast at 7 p.m CT. It’s 0-0 in the 2nd inning right now.
UPDATE #3: A.J. Pierzynski gets Ken Harrelson’s autobiography on TV.
Farmio is back:
Ed Farmer and Darrin Jackson also had their agreements extended as the radio voices of the White Sox. Farmer enters his 20th full season on the White Sox Radio Network and sixth handling play-by-play duties, while Jackson, the one-time White Sox outfielder, enters his 12th season as a White Sox broadcaster. The 2011 campaign marks his third in the radio booth with Farmer.
Ken “Hawk” Harrelson and Steven Stone also return for their third year together on the television broadcasts. Harrelson marks his 21st consecutive season as the voice of the White Sox, while Stone begins his fourth.
and the Sox get a radio HD channel as part of their new radio agreement with WSCR:
The new multiyear broadcast agreement between the White Sox and WSCR 670 The Score, announced on Wednesday morning, comes with an option. … As part of this new agreement, the White Sox will launch a HD channel on 104.3-3. According to club vice president and chief marketing officer Brooks Boyer, the new channel will focus on White Sox programming and Bulls programming, factoring in chairman Jerry Reinsdorf’s two teams, as well as the business of sports, with content created exclusively by the club. …
UPDATE: The plot thickens! Wimpy will replace Hawk not only on Tuesday but Wednesday and Thursday too. And Frank Thomas will also replace Steve Stone Wednesday and Thursday.
And here is the back of the Hawkisms t-shirt that is going to be given away to the first 10,000 fans at Tuesday’s game, courtesy of Comcast Sports Net.
BTW, here’s CSN’s Hawk Harrelson Scoreboard.
Hawk, you can stop e-mailing B-R:
When I think about Yastrzemski’s career, one of the first things that always comes to mind is his league-leading .301 batting average in 1968, a year of very low offense.
Here is that season for Yaz:
Is there any hope for Joe West, Ozzie?
“Nobody is going to change Joe, Joe is going to be the same (bleep) for the rest of his life. That’s what he was when he was a kid and now he’s got (33) years in the big leagues? Shows you how many years he has in the big leagues.
When you get in the big leagues you should be getting better, not worse. I have 25 years in the big leagues. I’m not too far from where he is. That was the case, Joe handled it the wrong way, and he’s always going to do that.”
I’ll take that as a no.
BTW, audio of Ozzie’s comments (5:08) here.
UPDATE: Here’s Ken Harrelson on Joe West:
Joe West deserves a suspension for what he did. He needs a rest. … I tell you what Mark Buehrle is one of … Joe West just wanted to stick it up his behind and he just did. He should be suspended. That is a flat-out, absolute disgrace to the umpiring profession, what this guy has been doing. West doesn’t care. He does not care. He’s an absolute disgrace. He used to be a good umpire. Joe West used to be a good umpire. He has become a disgrace.
Tyler Flowers has a .421 wOBA for Triple-A Charlotte and may A.J. Pierzynski be put on notice:
And Ozzie says:
“I might move (Mark) Teahen up in A.J.’s spot and move A.J. down,” he said. “If I do that, I don’t want those guys to feel I don’t have confidence in them. But when the manager changes the lineups and moves people, that’s for a reason. I have a couple days to think about it.”
BTW, A.J. has a .151 BABIP.
UPDATE: I forgot Mark Kotsay! I put him in Harrelson’s place.
White Sox 2010 Promotional Schedule:
White Sox franchise legends also will be honored on several dates this season. Hawk Harrelson Night, presented by Comcast SportsNet, will be held on June 8; Frank Thomas Day, which will feature a special limited-edition “Big Hurt” bobblehead, on August 29; and Faust Fest, in honor of famed White Sox organist Nancy Faust, on September 18 that will feature a Faust bobble-hands doll giveaway. …
What has become public is Damon’s round of golf with Pierzynski on Monday at a charity golf tournament in Florida. Hawk Harrelson was also there. Because of wrist problems, Hawk didn’t play, but rode along for nine holes. Speaking with the Sox broadcaster by phone on Thursday, Harrelson said he made his own sales pitch to Damon.
“I told Johnny that we’re going to win the division whether he’s with Detroit or not. And when I left after nine holes, I looked at him and said, ‘I’ll see you at Camelback Ranch’(the White Sox spring training facility). He smiled back and said, ‘I hear what you’re saying.’” …
… Damon is two months older than Dye, but as Harrelson put it, “It’s a good thing Johnny can play baseball, because he can’t play golf.”
Garfein also says that Atlanta’s 1-year offer to Damon is similar to the one by the Sox and Chipper Jones is the Atlanta’s recruiter.