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He Gets On Base

Yasmani Grandal's abysmal batting average is only part of the story.

Posted on May 10, 2021
Keywords: Tony La Russa, Yasmani Grandal

Judging Tony

Let's just say that the criticism aimed at La Russa has been overly severe while few can argue that La Russa is the same manager he was at Oakland and St. Louis.

Posted on May 3, 2021
Keywords: Lucas Giolito, Michael Kopech, Tony La Russa

Catching Fire

Nicky Two Strikes, Yaz and the Yerminator.

Posted on Apr 26, 2021
Keywords: Liam Hendriks, Nick Madrigal, Tony La Russa, Yasmani Grandal

A Box Of No-Hitters

Some are perfectos, and others are like Edwin Jackson's.

Posted on Apr 19, 2021
Keywords: Blue Moon Odom, Bobo Holloman, Carlos Rodon, Jimmy (Nixey) Callahan, Mark Buehrle, Philip Humber, Virgil (Fireball) Trucks

Not To Worry, White Sox Fans

This is not complicated.

Posted on Apr 12, 2021
Keywords: Aaron Bummer, Adam Eaton, Liam Hendricks, Luis Robert, Matt Foster, Michael Kopech, Tony La Russa, Yermin Mercedes, Yoan Moncada

The Yerminator Has Landed

From the Pecos League to the record books.

Posted on Apr 5, 2021
Keywords: Andrew Vaughn, Yermin Mercedes

The Eloy Canal

Most of the talk revolves around tamping down his exuberance and who will replace him until fall. Both of those discussions are misplaced.

Posted on Mar 29, 2021
Keywords: Andrew Vaughn, Carlos Rodon, Eloy Jiménez, Leury Garcia, Manute Bol, Rick Hahn, Wintrust Scout Seats

Worst White Sox Trade Ever?

Surely in the 120-year history of the South Side franchise no front office made such a grievous error. However, investigation and hindsight are required..

Posted on Mar 1, 2021
Keywords: Bill Veeck, Fernandon Tatis Jr., James Shields, Rick Hahn

MLB Cuts Out The Heart Of America

In an age where a small-market team like San Diego makes a splash with a $340 million deal for Fernando Tatis, Jr., the owners claim they simply can't continue to stock the rosters of 160 minor league teams, paying many players less than minimum wage.

Posted on Feb 22, 2021
Keywords: Bernie Sanders, Cedar Rapids Cardinals, Duluth Dukes, Eau Claire Braves, Fernando Tatis Jr., Gunsmoke, Leland Hotel, Mike Trout, Pacific Coast League, Rahm Emanuel, Rickwood Classic, Rob Manfred, St. Cloud Rox, Vermont Lake Monsters

MLB's Sticky Situation

An amusing little scandal.

Posted on Jan 11, 2021
Keywords: Bubba Harkins, George Brett, Gerrit Cole

Counting The Negro Leagues

Not as easy - or valiant - as you may think.

Posted on Dec 23, 2020
Keywords: Jackie Robinson, Josh Gibson, Minnie Minoso, Oscar Charleston, Satchel Paige

You Don't Have To Like Adam Eaton

If he comes anywhere close to the numbers he produced in his first stint on the South Side, the critics will have to direct their displeasure elsewhere.

Posted on Dec 14, 2020
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Kenny Williams, Ozzie Guillen, Todd Frazier

South Side Sticks Faces In Pans Of Hot Oil

You'd have thought Blago had just announced he's running for governor again. Or maybe Paul Anka is getting a primetime special. The White Sox need a DH. Why not Harold Baines?

Posted on Oct 29, 2020
Keywords: Colin Kaepernick, Harold Baines, Jerry Reinsdorf, Paul Anka, Rick Hahn, Rod Blagojevich, Sandy Alomar Jr., Tony La Russa

The Season In Verse | We Watched Them Rehearse

Ten games above .500, we'll take it, I suppose. But the first round of playoffs, was as far as it goes.

Posted on Oct 26, 2020
Keywords: Aaron Bummer, Alex Colomé, Codi Heuer, Dallas Keuchel, Dane Dunning, Dylan Cease, Edwin Encarnación, Eloy Jimenez, James McCann, José Abreu, Lucas Giolito, Luis Robert, Matt Foster, Michael Kopech, Modelo, Nick Madrigal, Nomar Mazara, Reynaldo Lopez, Rick Hahn, Rob Manfred, Tim Anderson, Yasmani Grandal, Yoán Moncada

Neither La Russa Nor Hinch

There's someone else out there who Rick Hahn should hire as next White Sox manager.

Posted on Oct 19, 2020
Keywords: AJ Hinch, Rick Hahn, Sandy Alomar Jr., Tony La Russa

Rickey Rentamanager's Lease Not Renewed

Like his boys, Rickey Renteria does not quit. He was fired. By Rick Hahn. Don't let the screen door hit you in your analytics-adverse ass on the way out.

Posted on Oct 13, 2020
Keywords: A.J. Hinch, Alex Cora, Don Cooper, Jerry Reinsdorf, Lucas Giolito, Rick Hahn, Rickey Renteria

They Go, He Goes

The players make the manager.

Posted on Oct 2, 2020
Keywords: Casey Stengel, Doug Collins, Joe Torre, Rick Hahn, Rickey Renteria, Yasmani Grandal Nick Madrigal

Playoff Panic

Obviously the White Sox need to turn the page. The last 10 games have been distressing.

Posted on Sep 28, 2020
Keywords: Luis Robert, Oakland A's, Rick Hahn, Rickey Renteria, Tim Anderson

Hail To The Placeholders

They set the table.

Posted on Sep 21, 2020
Keywords: Charlie Tilson, Daniel Palka, Matt Davidson, Nicky Delmonico, Nomar Mazara, Ryan Cordell, Trayce Thompson, Tyler Saladino

Home Field Hankering

Surely the chance to witness a big league ballgame in person doesn't even make the Top 100 of issues that need solving. But that's just it. What we have always taken for granted has been robbed from us.

Posted on Sep 14, 2020
Keywords: Bill Veeck, Duke Ellington, José Abreu

From One Craftsman To Another: A Tom Seaver Remembrance

The Tom Seaver folks in the Napa Valley knew switched from striking out big league hitters to growing cabernet grapes on 3½ acres of Diamond Mountain outside of Calistoga, with an equal amount of passion.

Posted on Sep 7, 2020
Keywords: Alaska Goldpanners, Joe Wingorade, Tom Seaver

Running Bases

With a team that's posted 11 wins in its last 13 games and finds itself tied for first place with Cleveland, why focus on the one play that made them look downright silly on Friday night?

Posted on Aug 31, 2020
Keywords: Danny Mendick, Gordon Beckham, Jason Benetti, José Abreu, Luis Robert, Yasmani Grandal

Crosstown Classic's Cupboard Bare

I kept wondering if A.J. Pierzynski's jaw was sore all over again for all the times I saw reruns of Michael Barrett punching him.

Posted on Aug 24, 2020
Keywords: A.J. Pierzynski, José Abreu, Luis Robert, Michael Barrett, Yu Darvish

Good In The Clubhouse

Bah, there have been lots and lots of guys who are not loved by their teammates who can perform better on a daily basis than most of their teammates. I'll take a clubhouse full of 'em, bad attitudes and all.

Posted on Aug 17, 2020
Keywords: A.J. Pierzynski, Albert Belle, Carl Everett, Chuck Tanner, Dalls Keuchel, Jason Kipnis, Manny Ramirez, Mike Clevinger, Rickey Henderson, Ryan Goins, Trevor Bauer, Yolmer Sanchez, Zach Plesac

Pitchers Can't Catch

Once the season begins, the other eight defenders are given instruction and practice during pre-game drills. Not so with pitchers, and it shows.

Posted on Aug 10, 2020
Keywords: Aaron Bummer, Alex Colomé, Mark Buehrle

Remembering Baseball's Historic 2020 Season

A future grandpa tells his future grandkid what the season that ruined everything was really like.

Posted on Aug 2, 2020
Keywords: Jerry Reinsdorf, Luis Robert, Rob Manfred

Weirdness Reigns

Empty stadiums, cardboard cutouts of fans, dubious rule changes, and an outbreak that may end the season already.

Posted on Jul 27, 2020
Keywords: Carson Fulmer, COVID-19, Eloy Jimenez, Leury Garcia, Luis Robert, Tim Anderson, Yolmer Sanchez

Muscled Up

Perhaps only COVID-19 can stop this team.

Posted on Jul 20, 2020
Keywords: Bob Buhl, Edwin Encarnación, Jose Abreu, Luis Robert, Nomar Mazara, Yasiel Puig, Yoan Moncada

The Evolution, Revolution And Devolution Of Cuban Baseball

From the Sugar Kings to the South Side, Castro to Trump.

Posted on Jul 13, 2020
Keywords: Adolfo Luque, Alexei Ramírez, Aroldis Chapman, Camilo Pascual, Cesar Brioso, Cuban Baseball Federation, Havana Sugar Kings, Jersey City Jerseys, José Abreu, José Contreras, Leo Cárdenas, Luis Robert, Miguel González, Mike Cuellar, Mike Fornieles, Minnie Miñoso, Orlando Cepeda, Orlando Hernández, Pedro Ramos, Sandy Consuegra, Yasmani Grandal, Yoán Moncada

Service Time

Altogether, approximately 500 ballplayers who appeared in a major league game served in World War II. Two didn't come back.

Posted on Jun 28, 2020
Keywords: Bob Feller, Elmer Gedeon, Hank Gowdy, Harry O'Neill, Joe DiMaggio, Luke Appling, Mike Trout, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Stan Musial, Ted Lyons, Ted Williams

TrackNotes: Bob Baffert's Boulders

The face of racing carries the sport on his despicable shoulders.

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Posted on May 13, 2021