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Yasmani Grandal's abysmal batting average is only part of the story.
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.
Nicky Two Strikes, Yaz and the Yerminator.
Some are perfectos, and others are like Edwin Jackson's.
This is not complicated.
From the Pecos League to the record books.
Most of the talk revolves around tamping down his exuberance and who will replace him until fall. Both of those discussions are misplaced.
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..
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.
An amusing little scandal.
Not as easy - or valiant - as you may think.
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.
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?
Ten games above .500, we'll take it, I suppose. But the first round of playoffs, was as far as it goes.
There's someone else out there who Rick Hahn should hire as next White Sox manager.
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.
The players make the manager.
Obviously the White Sox need to turn the page. The last 10 games have been distressing.
They set the table.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Once the season begins, the other eight defenders are given instruction and practice during pre-game drills. Not so with pitchers, and it shows.
A future grandpa tells his future grandkid what the season that ruined everything was really like.
Empty stadiums, cardboard cutouts of fans, dubious rule changes, and an outbreak that may end the season already.
Perhaps only COVID-19 can stop this team.
From the Sugar Kings to the South Side, Castro to Trump.
Altogether, approximately 500 ballplayers who appeared in a major league game served in World War II. Two didn't come back.
The face of racing carries the sport on his despicable shoulders.Continue reading "TrackNotes: Bob Baffert's Boulders" »
Posted on May 13, 2021