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December 17, 2011

Omar Vizquel won’t come back to the Sox in 2012

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 17, 2011 12:00 am
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Omar isn’t coming…

September 21, 2011

Will Jerry Reinsdorf force Ozzie Guillen to stay?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 21, 2011 3:00 am
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Jon Heyman:

Baseball insiders suggest White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf may “dig in his heels” and force Ozzie Guillen to stay after Guillen’s continuing public blathering about how it might be best for him to be fired and other such musings. But really, it might be best for all concerned to simply trade Guillen to the Marlins, as was briefly discussed a year ago. Those talks ended when the White Sox requested Logan Morrison. But as fortune would have it, Morrison is not exactly beloved these days by the Marlins. Morrison, who was already seen by Marlins management as a bit too opinionated, now has filed a grievance against the team for demoting him at a time he says he didn’t deserve it based on his play.

Again, is this just the Sox trying to gain more leverage?

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September 16, 2011

Addison Reed is the relief pitcher in Baseball America’s 2011 Minor-League All-Star team

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 16, 2011 11:45 pm
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J.J. Cooper and Matt Eddy:

RP Addison Reed • White Sox, Triple-A Charlotte (International)

In a move straight out of the Dan Hudson playbook, Reed shot from the third round of the 2010 draft to Chicago in little more than a year, making ever-so-brief pit stops at all four levels of full-season ball this season. Reed’s minor league ratios may elicit a double-take—12.8 strikeouts, 1.6 walks, 4.9 hits per nine innings—but he backs them up with mid-90s heat and a power slider. The 22-year-old Reed naturally struck out eight of the first 21 big league batters to face him.

Here’s are Reed’s stats:

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB Awards
2010 21 CHW-min Rk 1 0 1.000 1.80 13 2 3 0 0 1 30.0 17 7 6 1 6 0 44 2 0 1 115 0.767 5.1 0.3 1.8 13.2 7.33 GRF · PION
2011 22 CHW-min A+,AAA,AA,A 2 1 .667 1.26 43 0 15 0 0 5 78.1 43 14 11 3 14 0 111 3 0 6 293 0.728 4.9 0.3 1.6 12.8 7.93 WSM,CHR,BIR,KAN · CARL,IL,SOUL,SALL
2011 22 CHW AL 0 0 1.93 4 0 2 0 0 0 4.2 6 1 1 0 1 0 8 0 0 0 21 236 1.500 11.6 0.0 1.9 15.4 8.00
1 Season 0 0 1.93 4 0 2 0 0 0 4.2 6 1 1 0 1 0 8 0 0 0 21 236 1.500 11.6 0.0 1.9 15.4 8.00
162 Game Avg. 0 0 1.93 68 0 34 0 0 0 80 102 17 17 0 17 0 136 0 0 0 357 236 1.500 11.6 0.0 1.9 15.4 8.00
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/16/2011.

And Reed’s entry in the TexasLeaguers Pitch F/X database.

Scott Snodgress made Baseball America’s 2011 Rookie-level All-Star team. Snodgress’ stats:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2011 21 Great Falls PION Rk CHW 3 3 .500 3.34 16 12 0 0 0 0 59.1 61 32 22 5 17 0 68 1 1 7 254 1.315 9.3 0.8 2.6 10.3 4.00
1 Season 3 3 .500 3.34 16 12 0 0 0 0 59.1 61 32 22 5 17 0 68 1 1 7 254 1.315 9.3 0.8 2.6 10.3 4.00
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/17/2011.

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August 14, 2011

Will Kenny Williams try to trade for Logan Morrison? [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 14, 2011 4:00 pm
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Capozzi @ PBP:

[T]he Marlins made two moves that shocked the clubhouse Saturday night: They optioned left fielder Logan Morrison to the minors and released veteran infielder Wes Helms. Morrison said he was stunned by the news and suggested his demotion and Helms’ release had something to do with an off-field incident on which he refused to elaborate. “I’m heartbroken and I’m disappointed,’ Morrison said, his voice shaking. “I asked for an explanation and the one I got was I was hitting .240 I don’t know if that makes any sense to me or to you guys but. All I know is I go out and I give everything for this team. I play hurt, I play through injury and this is how you get treated. It doesn’t seem very fair or right to me.’ Morrison, who is batting .249 with 17 homers and 60 RBI, has been outspoken about moves the front office has made. Both he and Helms have been critical about teammate Hanley Ramirez …

Before the game, Morrison spent a good half hour sitting in the dugout talking to General Manager Mike Hill while the Giants took batting practice. “Right now I just feel resentment and anger,’ Morrison said after the game. “Stand up for what’s right and this happens.’ …

One team source believes the team the team is sending a message, “To me it’s a lesson, concentrate on the game and stop trying to be so funny.”

Remember last year the Sox wanted a Florida player for Ozzie Guillen? That player was rumored to be Logan Morrison.

And here are Morrison’s stats:

Standard Batting

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
2006 18 FLA-min Rk,A- 49 187 163 16 39 7 0 2 18 1 0 21 29 .239 .321 .319 .640 52 4 0 0 3 0 JUM,JAM · GULF,NYPL
2007 19 FLA-min A 128 513 453 71 121 22 2 24 86 2 2 48 96 .267 .343 .483 .827 219 8 7 0 5 5 GBO · SALL
2008 20 FLA-min A+ 130 555 488 71 162 38 1 13 74 9 3 57 80 .332 .402 .494 .896 241 11 4 0 6 6 JUP · FLOR
2009 21 FLA-min AA,A+ 82 355 289 48 80 19 2 8 49 9 5 64 48 .277 .408 .439 .848 127 5 1 0 1 5 JCK,JUP · SOUL,FLOR
2010 22 FLA-min AAA,A+ 73 314 259 39 81 19 6 6 47 1 2 48 38 .313 .424 .502 .925 130 6 4 0 3 4 NOR,JUP · PCL,FLOR
2010 22 FLA NL 62 287 244 43 69 20 7 2 18 0 1 41 51 .283 .390 .447 .837 123 109 4 2 0 0 0 7
2011 23 FLA-min A+ 3 13 10 2 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 3 4 .200 .385 .500 .885 5 1 0 0 0 0 JUP · FLOR
2011 23 FLA NL 95 410 362 40 90 21 3 17 60 2 1 39 80 .249 .327 .464 .791 114 168 6 5 0 4 1 *7/3D
2 Seasons 157 697 606 83 159 41 10 19 78 2 2 80 131 .262 .353 .457 .810 118 277 10 7 0 4 1
162 Game Avg. 162 719 625 86 164 42 10 20 80 2 2 83 135 .262 .353 .457 .810 118 286 10 7 0 4 1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/14/2011.

Advanced Batting

Year Age Tm Lg PA Outs RC RC/G AIR BAbip BA lgBA OBP lgOBP SLG lgSLG OPS lgOPS OPS+ OWn% BtRuns BtWins TotA SecA ISO PwrSpd
2010 22 FLA NL 287 180 45 6.7 105 .351 .283 .265 .390 .336 .447 .418 .837 .754 123 .666 9.4 0.9 .839 .328 .164 .0
2011 23 FLA NL 410 283 56 5.3 99 .271 .249 .261 .327 .329 .464 .405 .791 .734 114 .583 6.7 0.7 .763 .326 .215 3.6
2 Seasons 697 463 101 5.8 102 .304 .262 .263 .353 .332 .457 .410 .810 .742 118 .619 16.0 1.6 .793 .327 .195 3.6
162 Game Avg. 719 478 104 5.8 102 .304 .262 .263 .353 .332 .457 .410 .810 .742 118 .619 17 2 .793 .327 .195 4
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/14/2011.

Ratio Batting

Year Age Tm Lg PA HR% SO% BB% XBH% X/H% SO/BB AB/SO AB/HR AB/RBI GB/FB GO/AO IP% LD% HR/FB IF/FB
2010 22 FLA NL 287 0.7% 17.8% 14.3% 10.1% 42% 1.24 4.8 122.0 13.6 0.95 1.52 67% 21% 2.2% 9%
2011 23 FLA NL 410 4.2% 19.5% 9.5% 10.0% 46% 2.05 4.5 21.3 6.0 0.85 1.24 66% 21% 12.6% 13%
2 Seasons 697 2.7% 18.8% 11.5% 10.0% 44% 1.64 4.6 31.9 7.8 0.89 1.34 66% 21% 8.4% 11%
MLB Averages 2.4% 18.5% 8.4% 7.5% 33% 2.21 4.8 36.6 8.3 0.81 1.08 69% 19% 7.2% 13%
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/14/2011.

Player Value

Year Age Tm Lg PA Rbat Rbaser Rroe Rdp Rfield Rpos Rrep RAR WAR oRAR oWAR dWAR Salary Pos Awards
2010 22 FLA NL 287 9 1 0 1 -6 -3 8 10 1.0 16 1.6 -0.6 $ 7
2011 23 FLA NL 410 7 -2 -0 1 -17 -5 11 -5 -0.5 12 1.3 -1.8 $ *7/3D
2 Seasons 697 16 -1 0 2 -23 -8 19 5 0.5 28 2.9 -2.4 $
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/14/2011.

Win Probability

Year Age Tm Lg BtRuns BtWins Plays WPA WPA+ WPA- aLI WPA/LI Clutch RE24 REW boLI RE24/boLI PHlev AB
2010 22 FLA NL 8.9 0.9 296 1.1 4.8 -3.7 .82 1.4 -0.0 15.4 1.5 0.89 15.1 0
2011 23 FLA NL 6.7 0.7 419 1.2 8.2 -7.0 1.07 1.5 -0.3 10.2 1.0 1.03 8.4 2.45 1
2 Seasons 15.6 1.5 715 2.3 12.9 -10.7 .97 2.8 -0.5 25.6 2.5 0.98 23.6 2.45 1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/14/2011.

UPDATE: Morrison is considering filing a grievance:

Logan Morrison plans to consult the player’s union to see if he has any grounds for a grievance against the Marlins for optioning him late Saturday to Class AAA New Orleans.

“We are going to, with absolute certainty, explore this and contact the union and make sure Logan’s rights are protected,’’ said Fred Wray, Morrison’s agent. “It doesn’t seem like everything adds up here.’’

Hardball Talk’s Drew Silva:

But the fact that LoMo is upset enough to consider the action, and not comfortable enough to settle matters behind closed doors, tells you something about the crumbling relationship between player and management.

Other White Sox links:

July 7, 2011

Dayan Viciedo goes walk crazy! [UPDATE #2]

Dayan drew 3 walks in yesterday’s game!:

Charlotte Knights
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Viciedo RF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 .324

Dayan is hitting .324/.371/.530/.901 with 23 BB and 65 K in 336 AB.

3 walks in one game! Dayan has seen the light!

UPDATE: That’s a 6.3% BB% and a a 17.9 K%. Other numbers: .369 BABIP, 48% GB%, 17% LD%, 61 RC, 6.92 RC/27, .384 wOBA, 120 wOBA+, 145 OPS+.

Other White Sox links: J.J. gives us his roster changes thoughts, James does the same (offensive improvement is the object of both), Chuck Garfien writes about the Most Intersting Man in the Sox locker room (photo gallery) (J.J. says ‘yeah, but’), and MLB Daily Dish’s Adam Bernacchio gives us the 5 best Free-Agent bargains this off-season (Brett Ballantini has been beating this drum for aquite some time now).

UPDATE #2: John Sickels talks about Dayan Viciedo:

Cuban defector signed to $ 10 million contract in 2008. Hitting .322/.364/.528 with 15 homers, 20 walks, 65 strikeouts in 335 at-bats for Triple-A Charlotte. Power to all fields, should produce a solid batting average with plenty of homers despite so-so strike zone judgment. Poor defender at any position and likely a born DH, but he’ll hit. Age 22. Major League ETA: 2011.

June 30, 2011

Sergio Santos eases up on the slider. Gets strikes on his fastball too.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 30, 2011 11:45 pm
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Will today’s Juan Pierre heroics ensure he gets to chance to do more damage? J.J. takes a look. Good game by Beckham too.

RE24: Gordon Beckham 3.47, Juan Pierre 1.10, A.J. Pierzynski 1.06, Adam Dunn -1.86, Omar Vizquel -1.27.

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy 6.0 7 4 4 2 4 1 4.47
Ohman 1.0 1 0 0 2 1 0 4.84
Sale 1.1 1 0 0 1 2 0 3.71
Crain(W, 4-2) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.70
Santos(S, 17) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.00
Totals 10.0 9 4 4 5 9 1 3.84

What about Sergio? Here’s Pitch F/X:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Linear Weights Time to Plate
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 94.48 95.8 -0.31 6.07 12 7 / 58.33% 1 / 8.33% -0.0350 0.391
SL (Slider) 84.25 85.1 4.01 -2.41 6 5 / 83.33% 2 / 33.33% -0.8274 0.440
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate. Pitch Type LWTS correspond to how many runs were likely to score on a particular pitch based on average run expectancy when each pitch was thrown and what happened as a result. Negative scores indicate more effective pitches. Time to Plate is the time, in seconds, that it takes an average pitch of this type to reach the plate. This is strongly correlated with velocity, but also factors in movement.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
10 18 12 66.67 18 -0.862

Relese point looks OK:

For video highlights go here or here or click the video tab here.

June 29, 2011

Sully on Omar Vizquel’s 3,000 hit quest

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2011 6:00 pm
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Sullivan @ THT:

Omar Vizquel‘s Hall of Fame credentials are becoming more and more valid as he hangs around the major leagues. Undeniably an elite defender and Gold Glove regular at second base, his hit total keeps climbing.

He already has more hits than Hall of Famers such as Andre Dawson, Tony Perez and Lou Gehrig. And he has long surpassed his fellow countryman Luis Aparicio.

Now of course, Vizquel was never an All-Star nor an elite player because of his bat; he has never had a 200-hit season (the closest being a 191- hit campaign in 1999). So his quest for 3,000 hits (he is currently 172 hits shy) would be without that magic number. …

June 27, 2011

Fangraphs’ Eric Seidman on Adam Dunn’s struggles [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 27, 2011 3:00 pm
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Seidman @ FG:

While my colleagues have attempted to determine the root cause of his issues, I’m more curious as to how frequently someone has cratered in this fashion.Given his level of consistency and the depths to which his numbers have fallen this year, there are two main questions that spring to mind:

1. How frequently do batters experience such a sharp ISO decline from an established level?
2. How frequently do batters strike out more than 40 percent of the time in a full year? …

UPDATE: More on Adam Dunn from David Pinto:

As a follow up to Bill Chuck’s previous post on Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox, a reader asked to look at his struggles against lefties.  There are two major changes that help account for his poor performance. …

Other White Sox links: J.J. says Viciedo will help but he won’t save the offense, James doesn’t sound very enthusiastic after attending Friday’s game and recaps the past week, Fangraphs’ Eric Seidman says player milestones, like 500 home runs, might not result in hall of fame election, and Steve Stone says the 6-man rotation isn’t good for Gavin Floyd.

And a couple tweets from Brett Ballantini on Dayan Viciedo inside: (more…)

June 22, 2011

Sergio Santos goes slider crazy

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 22, 2011 3:00 am
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Sergio threw 15 pitches tonight. 13 of those 15 were sliders. Of those 13 sliders, 12 were strikes (92.31%) with 5 of the 13 being swinging strikes (38.46%).

Pitch F/X on Sergio:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Linear Weights Time to Plate
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 95.30 95.3 -3.75 8.74 1 1 / 100.00% 1 / 100.00% -0.0431 0.398
CH (Changeup) 88.60 88.6 -8.49 1.96 1 1 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.0431 0.426
SL (Slider) 83.42 85.5 4.38 -2.24 13 12 / 92.31% 5 / 38.46% -1.0685 0.453
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate.

Pitch Type LWTS correspond to how many runs were likely to score on a particular pitch based on average run expectancy when each pitch was thrown and what happened as a result. Negative scores indicate more effective pitches.

Time to Plate is the time, in seconds, that it takes an average pitch of this type to reach the plate. This is strongly correlated with velocity, but also factors in movement.

Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
8 3 3 100.00 3 -0.292
9 12 11 91.67 15 -0.862

Other White Sox links: Chuck Garfien tells us the story of Gloria DeSucre who traveled 2,500 miles to meet Omar Vizquel. Gloria is 80 years old. I must say she looks absolutely amazing for her age. My first reaction upon seeing Garfein’s story was ‘this lady is 80 years old? Wow!’ Like I said the other day, the ladies love Omar!

June 17, 2011

A.J. Pierzynski blames Gavin Floyd for the frequent basestealers; Ozzie tells him to look in the mirror

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 2:00 am
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A.J. Pierzynski deflects the blame:

Last night, Pierzynski unflinchingly put the blame on Floyd’s shoulders, saying, “We all know where we stand with the running game when Gavin is out there. Everyone knows where we stand, and it’s just part of the game.”

but Ozzie doesn’t,

“It’s not fair? When a guy steals second and third with a slide step, you have to wear it, you gotta admit you’re not throwing the ball well right now,” Guillen said. “If you have to take the blame, take the blame. The people think it’s your fault, well, it’s somebody’s fault. It’s not my fault. It has to be between the pitcher and the catcher, and the pitcher went slide step twice.” … “When the team loses, I take the heat,” he said. “When they steal bases, obviously A.J.’s gotta take the heat. Who else is going to take the heat? He’s got to wear it and live with it.”

Other White Sox links: J.J. agrees A.J. Pierzynski deserves blame, James interviews Robin Ventura, Ozzie Guillen says Adam Dunn may play 1-2 games in the field in the upcoming Interleague series, and Omar Vizquel shows his artistic side (3:42 video).

June 7, 2011

Phil Humber’s White Sox defeat King Felix’s Mariners [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 7, 2011 10:39 pm
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6/7:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Humber(W, 5-3) 7.2 5 1 1 3 5 0 2.87
Sale 1.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.44
Totals 9.0 6 1 1 3 5 0 4.05

RE24 values: Omar Vizquel 1.42, Paul Konerko 1.17, Carlos Quentin 1.16, Brent Morel 1.03, Juan Pierre -1.97.

Pitch F/X for Humber:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Linear Weights Time to Plate
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 90.73 92.6 -5.23 7.57 54 36 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% -1.2960 0.416
CH (Changeup) 83.68 85 -5.15 5.63 10 4 / 40.00% 1 / 10.00% -0.1808 0.451
SL (Slider) 84.72 86.3 0.35 2.84 14 10 / 71.43% 5 / 35.71% 0.2458 0.440
CU (Curveball) 80.40 82.2 5.95 -4.61 26 18 / 69.23% 5 / 19.23% -1.1158 0.468
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 89.55 90.9 -9.17 5.88 2 1 / 50.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.3465 0.422
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate.

Pitch Type LWTS correspond to how many runs were likely to score on a particular pitch based on average run expectancy when each pitch was thrown and what happened as a result. Negative scores indicate more effective pitches.

Time to Plate is the time, in seconds, that it takes an average pitch of this type to reach the plate. This is strongly correlated with velocity, but also factors in movement.

Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
1 15 11 73.33 15 -0.019
2 7 6 85.71 22 -0.848
3 20 12 60.00 42 -0.020
4 18 10 55.56 60 -0.048
5 7 5 71.43 67 -0.834
6 8 6 75.00 75 -0.848
7 16 11 68.75 91 0.163
8 15 8 53.33 106 -0.240

UPDATE: Greenberg @ ESPN:

“My curveball’s always been my best pitch, and so I’ve always been real hesitant to go to a slider,” Humber said. “Because I’ve always been told sometimes guys with good curveballs, if they start throwing a slider, they lose their curveball. From what I heard, you kind of lose the feel for what you’re doing, because it’s a real similar pitch, but it’s not the same. So it’s hard to separate the two.”

May 31, 2011

Juan Pierre, A.J. Pierzynski, and Omar Vizquel are clutch

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 31, 2011 10:20 pm
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Lombardi @ B-R:

A list for discussion purposes: It’s all active players with at least 1,000 games played between 1996 and 2011 (to date). And, it’s their “WPA Clutch” ranking in those games played since 1996.Here is the list -

Rk Player Clutch G From To Age PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Ichiro Suzuki 5.7 1641 2001 2011 27-37 7580 7000 1074 2305 267 71 90 576 475 159 697 47 28 30 49 396 92 .329 .374 .426 .801 *98/D SEA
2 Juan Pierre 4.4 1648 2000 2011 22-33 7047 6403 923 1900 222 84 14 445 403 8 402 91 133 17 82 536 181 .297 .346 .364 .710 *87/D COL-FLA-CHC-LAD-CHW
3 Scott Podsednik 4.1 1016 2001 2010 25-34 4129 3707 544 1036 171 41 41 300 327 7 595 24 49 22 64 301 102 .279 .340 .381 .721 *78/D9 SEA-MIL-CHW-COL-TOT
4 Bill Hall 3.8 1031 2002 2011 22-31 3619 3287 442 819 208 21 124 438 278 13 956 13 15 26 62 60 39 .249 .308 .438 .746 5648/791 MIL-TOT-BOS-HOU
5 Bobby Abreu 3.0 2160 1996 2011 22-37 9326 7829 1382 2313 537 57 278 1289 1378 109 1690 33 7 79 151 380 123 .295 .400 .485 .885 *9/D78 HOU-PHI-TOT-NYY-LAA
6 Aaron Rowand 2.8 1293 2001 2011 23-33 4626 4191 600 1153 258 17 133 525 258 22 871 121 31 25 109 66 29 .275 .333 .440 .773 *87/9D CHW-PHI-SFG
7 A.J. Pierzynski 2.7 1414 1998 2011 21-34 5395 5028 586 1426 291 16 122 622 215 51 598 93 26 33 162 13 19 .284 .323 .421 .744 *2/D MIN-SFG-CHW
8 Chone Figgins 2.6 1145 2002 2011 24-33 4986 4382 675 1238 177 56 33 388 497 6 752 9 61 37 67 329 116 .283 .354 .371 .725 *548/769D ANA-LAA-SEA
9 Omar Vizquel 2.6 2009 1996 2011 29-44 8447 7398 1072 2066 350 59 67 721 761 23 768 41 179 68 152 320 116 .279 .347 .370 .717 *65/4D39 CLE-SFG-TEX-CHW

Paul Konerko, and Adam Dunn aren’t. Neither is Big Jim…

May 22, 2011

Adam Dunn FTW!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 22, 2011 11:00 pm
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More Dunn:

“I’m expanding my zone early in the count and that’s getting me in trouble,” he said. “I’m going to fix it. It’s just a matter of how or when. It’s one of those things sitting around pouting about it, moping around about it isn’t going to change anything.

“I don’t want the guy sitting on the hill throwing me pitches to realize it. I want him to look at me and go, ‘Man, this is still a dangerous guy, I don’t care what he’s hitting.’ And if you’ve got that bad body language like you’re pouting or something, what’s that going to solve?”

Other White Sox links: J.J. has a plan to get Adam Dunn on track, James looks on Brent Lillibridge and how he should be used, Jim looks on Gavin Floyd’s hot start, and Brett Ballantini writes about Omar Vizquel’s awesomeness.

May 13, 2011

Omar Vizquel, snake handler

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 13, 2011 10:10 pm
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Reifert @ ITWS:

… Vizquel can often be found on his computer. and Wednesday was no different.  He was showing Paul Konerko a video.  I had heard about it and wanted to see it firsthand.The video shows a nature guide on the grassy edge of a body of water.

“This is in Venezuela,” Vizquel explains proudly.

The guide steps into the murky water and pulls out an Anaconda, the snake has wrapped itself around a turtle.

“See, it’s a young one,” Vizquel explains.  The guide pulls the snake out onto a dirt road.

Suddenly, Vizquel enters the frame.  He holds the 10-foot snake by it’s tail as the guide tries to hold it’s head down.

“Don’t hurt it,” Vizquel says on camera and the shortstop/naturalist moves closer to the snake’s head.

“Have you ever done this before?” Konerko asks his teammate as the video rolls.

“No, but I’ve seen it on TV,” Vizquel answers.

And as you watch, Vizquel sneaks up behind the angry snake, crouching down like he is about to steal second, and BANG, grabs the snake behind its head.  The snake writhers around his arm, jaws open, looking for something to bite.

“It’s nervous, it’s scared,” Vizquel explains.

On camera, the snake slowly relaxes, realizing it cannot move.

“See, it looked up and realized Omar Vizquel had caught it,” Konerko laughed.  “It was in safe hands.”

May 12, 2011

Adam Dunn launches a baseball into orbit [UPDATE]

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=14722245&topic_id=8878818&c_id=cws (0:54)

More video from last night’s game here.

UPDATE: The hittracker says the true distance of Dunn’s dinger was 442 feet.

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