Archive for the ‘Chicago White Sox’ Category

It isn’t often you get to hear Hawk Harrelson botch a call like this, but when he does it is GLORIOUS. Poor Kenny, without the required vantage point to see that this Dayan Viciedo moonshot merely deflected off the glove of a precariously perched Alex Gordon, rather than nestle into it.

First the White Sox get a home run by the skin of their teeth, then Jake Peavy leaves a significant portion of his skin on the U.S. Cellular infield.

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Cleveland Indians v Chicago White Sox

Chicago White Sox left-hander John Danks, who underwent shoulder surgery in August of last season, may begin the season on the disabled list.

Pitching coach Don Cooper:

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The Chicago White Sox were so impressed with Chris Sale’s first year as a starting pitcher that they’ve opted to sign the left-handed pitcher to an extension that could be worth as much as $60 million. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that Sale and the White Sox have agreed to a three-year extension worth $35 million, with club options for two years that would tack an additional $25 million on the deal.

Sale pitched masterfully for the White Sox last season after cementing his spot in the rotation, despite the club discussing him staying in the bullpen. Sale finished 2012 with a 17-8 record, 3.05 ERA, 3.27 FIP, 3.24 xFIP, and 192 strikeouts in 192 innings. The lanky lefty struck out nearly 25% of batters faced while walking 6.6%. Although his average fastball velocity dropped nearly 3 mph, Sale’s transition from reliever to starter was rather seamless. Other than a slight problem with the longball (19 HR; 11.9% HR/FB rate), Sale’s numbers across the board were extremely impressive.

Sale, who’s just 23-years old, stands 6’6″ and weighs 180 lbs. He could have served as Christian Bale’s stand-in on The Machinist, but the slight hurler whips a mean fastball and devastating slider.

The White Sox rotation currently features Jake Peavy, Gavin Floyd, John Danks and one of a handful of warm bodies in addition to Sale.

Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox

2012 Record: 85-77, 2nd AL Central
2012 Pythagorean Record: 88-74
Impact Player: 1B Paul Konerko
Impact Pitcher: LHP Chris Sale
Top Prospect: OF Courtney Hawkins

Significant Acquisitions: 3B Jeff Keppinger, RHP Matt Lindstrom, 1B/3B Conor Gillaspie, IF Angel Sanchez

Significant Departures: C A.J. Pierzynski, 3B Kevin Youkilis, LHP Francisco Liriano, RHP Philip Humber, RHP Brett Myers, IF Orlando Hudson

The White Sox are annually the most difficult team to accurately project. When the pundits and experts think they’ll be contenders, they fall flat on their face. When they think they’ll be terrible—like heading into last season—they end up contending. The South-Siders led the AL Central for four months in 2012 until an 11-17 September derailed their chances at a division title, which Detroit eventually won.

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Earlier this week the Milwaukee Brewers announced the winner of their “Design a YOUniform” contest, a contest in which one lucky fan could see his very own uniform concept on the field for two Brewers’ Spring Training games this March.

After receiving over 500 entries from all over the United States, SportsLogos.Net reader Ben Peters from Minnesota was chosen as that one lucky fan, his design took the current Brewers colour scheme and paired it with retro elements to create a great looking uniform that I think many wouldn’t mind seeing the club use full-time one day in the future.

Milwaukee will wear this fan-designed uniform for two games this March

The Brewers had a great response from the fans for this contest but they were hardly the first ones to go this route – they weren’t even the first Major League club to do it – below we’ll take a look at the winners of various past fan-designed uniform contests held throughout sports.

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There are some things that are better left in the past. Sometimes, cutesy poo relics from a bygone era need to stay there. Not everything must be reclaimed and re-appreciated. Some things are just ugly – no amount of squinting or “look at me!” contrarian takes can save them.

The Chicago White Sox hear your plaintive pleas to not go there and ignore them. Remember those crazy/hideous uniforms with SOX written across the chest from the 80s? They’re coming back, baby.

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The Chicago White Sox and starting pitcher Jake Peavy have agreed on a two year contract exgension that will pay the right-hander a guaranteed $29 million. The deal also includes a club option for a third year that becomes a player option if Peavy attains a certain amount of innings pitched over the next two seasons. He will also receive the $4 million buyout from his previous deal, in place of the $22 million that the team would’ve had to pay him for 2013 if they picked up the original club option.

It’s a good deal for both the pitcher and the team. The 31-year-old is coming off his best season since 2007, and even though the velocity on his fastball has shown a steady decrease due to aging and health issues, Peavy has adapted his repertoire to include a two-seamer and a cutter that he throws along with a regular four-seam fastball, as well as a slider, curve and change. He’s effective at mixing his pitches, and was a big reason why the White Sox managed to play meaningful baseball games late in the season.

Chicago has recently made some front office changes with the promotions of Kenny Williams and Rick Hahn to President and General Manager, respectively. The tandem should continue to find success with low-risk contracts of shorter terms, like this one. They deal quite obviously considers Peavy’s performance over the last few seasons, and projects him fairly as a three wins above replacement pitcher when he’s healthy.

If he becomes injured over the next two years, the shorter terms of the deal ensure that the dollars owed to Peavy are never too dangerous.