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May 22, 2012

Flowers’ solo blast – Dunn’s solo dinger (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 22, 2012 12:00 am
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Hittracker puts it at 433 feet and says it’s the longest non-Adam Dunn 2012 White Sox Home Run. Speaking of Adam Dunn, his Home Run from the same game had a 436 feet distance:

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April 6, 2012

White Sox Opening Day lineup

Scott Merkin:

Other White Sox links:

And Slate’s Lily Rothman has an excellent article on the plight of Minor League players.

December 20, 2011

Sox watch Yoenis Cespedes workout

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 20, 2011 11:05 pm
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Danny Knobler @ CBS Sports:

The 26-year-old Cuban outfield (and YouTube) sensation isn’t technically available yet. His agent told ESPNDeportes.com that Cespedes should be able to establish residency in the Dominican Republic this week. There’s another step after that before he can become a free agent, but the expectation in baseball is that he’ll officially go on the market sometime in January.

And the expectation in baseball is that the bidding for him could get crazy.

Also, word in the international scouting community is that the White Sox watched Cespedes in a private workout recently. The White Sox have had recent success with Cuban players, having signed Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo.

Crazy bidding? The Sox are probably just “kicking the tires.”

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June 14, 2011

US Cellular Field’s (and all other baseball parks’) HR/OFBB park factors

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 14, 2011 3:30 am
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Gross @ THT:

A couple of years ago, former THT writer Dan Turkenkopf tabulated an index of single-season (2009) and four-year home run per fly ball (HR/FB) park factors. I have griped plenty about using HR/FB rates over home run per outfield fly ball (HR/OFFB) rates in tabulating xFIP many times in the past, most recently last week, because HR/FB rates include pop-ups (IFFB), which can never be home runs. The data, over large samples, may be insignificant in difference overall, but why use bad data and skew the margins? It’s like Fangraphs’ incomprehensible decision to use strikeouts per at-bat (K/AB) instead of strikeouts per plate appearance (K/PA) to calculate strikeout percentage*. (Dave Cameron has indicated that recalibrating Fangraphs’ database would likely be a cumbersome process.)… Without further adieu, here is the goldmine of data you’ve probably always wanted, but never had (at least not that I was aware of) until now:

Team Park 4-Year HR/OFFB 4-Year HR/FB
Indians Jacobs Field 87 72
Royals Kaufman Stadium 86 84
Tigers Comerica Park 96 86
Twins (old) Metrodome 88 101
White Sox US Cellular Field 113 108

… Or, alternatively, the parks ranked from most-to-least home run inflating per outfield fly:

Team Park LG 4-Year HR/OFFB
Yankees New Yankee Stadium AL 120
Reds Great American Ballpark NL 116
Rays Tropicana Field AL 114
Orioles Oriole Park at Camden Yards AL 113
White Sox US Cellular Field AL 113

Data for all MLB parks at the link.

Other White Sox links: J.J. looks at Paul Konerko’s Hall of Fame chances, James looks at John Danks’ 2011 pitch values and recaps the past week, colin looks at Paul Konerko’s HRs, Mike has more music suggestions, the 3 Sox draft picks from the University of California helped the Golden Bears advance to the College World Series (boxscore), and Phil Rogers says Bud Selig’s re-alignment ideas won’t be going anywhere (good, I don’t want more interleague play).

September 4, 2010

Translating Manny Ramirez’ numbers to the Cell

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 4, 2010 9:08 pm
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Gross @ THT:

The question I seek to answer today is how much value Manny should prospectively provide the Pale Hose. Dave Cameron saw the difference between Manny and Mark Kotsay as worth about 8.0 runs per about 100 plate appearances. What I am going to do is take Manny’s numbers at Dodgers Stadium and attempt to translate them over into the AL for the White Sox.

As a preemptive disclaimer (given past experiences), these translations tend to be more theoretical than actual, forming a baseline around which statistical noise and random luck oscillate around. Over a meager 30 game sample, anything is possible. …

August 31, 2010

Manny Ramirez and the Cell

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 31, 2010 1:24 pm
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If a .200 ISO does not seem exciting enough, there are reasons to think he can do better in Chicago. According to StatCorner.com, the park factor for home runs for right-handed hitters in Los Angeles was 92. Compare that to U.S. Cellular, home of the White Sox, which has a 134 park factor for home runs for right-handed hitters. That is a serious swing in fortunes. In 213 earlier-career at-bats at the Cell, he’s had a .338/.448/.601 line that suggests he feels comfortable there. …

BTW, here’s another ‘Manny Ramirez is a bum’ takedown.

August 14, 2010

US Cellular Field 2010 rent: $1.4 million?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 14, 2010 7:34 pm

Shaikin @ LAT:

Among teams that play in community stadiums, the Chicago White Sox will pay $1.4 million in ballpark rent this year and the Milwaukee Brewers and Seattle Mariners will each pay $900,000.

June 22, 2010

MLB Ballparks

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ June 22, 2010 9:42 pm

Neat (h/t Deadspin).

April 26, 2010

Bloomberg Sports on Jake Peavy

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 26, 2010 11:08 am
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One of the problems has been Peavy’s inability to miss bats. FanGraphs has batters whiffing at Peavy’s pitches 10% to 12% of the time throughout his career. His swinging strike rate this season is a disconcerting 6.4%. Why is that important? Because swinging strikes correlate extremely well with strikeouts. Which makes sense on a basic level — i.e. the better the stuff, the more swings and misses, and the higher likelihood of at-bats ending in strikeouts. Despite a static velocity reading on his fastball and a presumably healthy elbow, Peavy’s results — in a small sample of four starts, anyway — suggest his stuff has been subpar and extremely hittable. …


April 10, 2010

T. Rex throws the first pitch at today’s game

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 10, 2010 11:39 pm


April 7, 2010

Hot dog business (We’re #3!)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 7, 2010 1:39 pm


… When it comes to sausage, the Milwaukee Brewers reign supreme. More than 910,000 sausages are projected to be serviced at Miller Park, which is the only stadium in Major League Baseball where sausages outsell hot dogs. The New York Mets finished a distant runner-up to the Brewers, with approximately 376,650 sausages expected to be sold at Citi Field this year. Finishing third in the NHDSC’s second-annual sausage consumption survey is U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, with 325,000 projected in sausage sales.

March 3, 2010

3 doubles and 1 triple Jake Peavy allowed in Petco would be HRs in the Cell?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 3, 2010 10:12 pm
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From Sean @ katron.org (h/t Tango). This is the hits Jake Peavy allowed in Petco park displayed on the Cell (US Cellular Field). I think there are 2 doubles and 1 triple between the ‘372’ and ‘400’ signs, and 1 double to the right of the ‘400’ sign that would be home runs on the Cell. I also see 1 single and 1 double and 2 fly-outs, in front of the ‘377’ sign, that would be warning track signs on the Cell. I assume this is for 2009. BTW, I unchecked the home run box. Home runs in Petco are home runs in the Cell too!

Very cool site. Excellent work.

February 16, 2010

Johnny Damon plays golf with Hawk Harrelson and A.J. Pierzynski

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 16, 2010 8:43 pm
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Damon played golf Monday with White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski and broadcaster Ken “Hawk” Harrelson, according to major-league sources. Pierzynski lobbied Damon to sign with the White Sox, and Damon’s wife, Michelle, would prefer him to play in a more cosmopolitan city than Detroit, multiple sources say. …

… Some with the White Sox, however, are confident that a deal with Damon could happen, and believe it might even be close. Clearly, the White Sox are discussing Damon at length internally and remain in contact with the player’s agent, Scott Boras. …

Rosenthal had a couple dueling tweets earlier

February 8, 2010

Reifert and Boyer know their national anthem singers

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 8, 2010 11:20 am

Chris Jaffe on the Cell:

… More randomly, this place does the best job finding National Anthem singers of any place on the planet. Maybe this is just the random luck of the draw, but I’ll routinely hear a sensational version of the song here when I go. I still remember a time about 10 years ago I heard four opera singers do a multi-part harmony with the song and it was so brilliant the crowd began cheering halfway through – and this was before 9/11. It’s a small part of the ballpark experience, but the Sox routinely nail it.

July 22, 2009

Michael Belivich samples US Cellular Field food (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 22, 2009 7:06 pm
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