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    McDowell says White Sox/Larussa Cheated

    I'm a big fan of McDowell, but this does sound like he wants attention again. Years ago, Milt Pappas wanted to be noticed so he admitted grooving pitches to Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle when they were chasing Babe Ruth in 1961. So, to get attention, Pappas admitted he was a cheater. I don't know what McDowell is trying to achieve here, but I'm not all that impressed. MLB is facing some big problems now, and it doesn't help if the picture gets muddied. We know that players and others push the envelope. Now, how do we decide how far that envelope can be pushed?
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    MLB cheating scandal

    Yes, they did, Now it is on to the next scandal.
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    MLB cheating scandal

    At the very least, MLB should have a decisive reaction to all of this. The industry should not want fans debating about cheating or wondering if players' performances are legitimate. The talk should be about division races and playoff possibilities not this nonsense. Franchises have had stadiums built with pubic funds. They can make money with a losing team. They are exempt from anti-trust laws. The least they can do is have an operation that is at least half-way honest. So many connected with Baseball are obscenely rich. Enough of this crap already.
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    Ventura returns to OkSt as “student assistant”

    Actually my last post was more of a shot at the FO than Ventura. The FO let the team go and 2013 was a horrible year. Ventura was put in an impossible position. I just would have wanted a different baseball man managing the club. Otherwise, 2013 just showed how the franchise had been neglected and only more losing followed.
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    Ventura returns to OkSt as “student assistant”

    Maybe you are right, but I looked at the hire as extremely important. The Guillen era was done. Whatever was left from the 2005 team was aging, and the franchise couldn't rest on past laurels anymore. The Ventura hire was interesting - for one day. Otherwise it made little sense. Everyone took it on the chin in 2013. After the Sox got slaughtered by the Cubs, things only worsened. Board members were quoted in the Tribune as saying they just left everything to Jerry. And since Jerry wasn't talking publicly, the appearance was that no one cared the team was on its way to its worst season in 43 years, coming one loss short of 100. So far it is the beginning of a losing streak that has lasted seven seasons. I remember one pop up in between the mound and the plate and three Sox infielders converged only to let it fall in the grass about 10 feet in front of home. Ah, the memories. I'm like most White Sox fans. I prefer to remember Ventura the third baseman, not Ventura the manager.
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    Ventura returns to OkSt as “student assistant”

    I don't really have anything against Robin Ventura then or now. But I will never understand why took a job he didn't want, or why it was offered to him in the first place. I only hope future managerial hires don't go this way.
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    MLB cheating scandal

    Unfortunately, I have the feeling there is a lot of cheating going on, and the Astros are just a part of it. As I posted, MLB has to do a better job of policing itself. As fans, we have to decide just how much cheating we will tolerate, and how many scandals have to occur. Boycotting some games is one good solution.
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    MLB cheating scandal

    MLB just has to do a better job of policing itself or one day the sport will truly suffer. Gambling had been a big problem with Baseball before 1919 but the powers-that-be looked the other way. Then came 1919 and the sport was lucky to survive. MLB knew about Rose and his gambling long before the Dowd Report. And we fans probably know only a fraction about what happened with Rose. And now the player with the most hits in history isn't even connected with the sport. All together Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, and Sammy Sosa hit nearly 2,000 home runs, yet none are in the Hall of Fame yet. Fans want this minimum: They want an honest game, Yes, they realize many players are far from being role models. But if the game will not survive if fans believe games are being fixed one way or another.
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    MLB cheating scandal

    Keuchel was in the same position as Buck Weaver was with the 1919 Black Sox. Weaver knew about the fix, but took no money, and played a honest Series. Yet, he was put in with the rest and banned for life. It was a ban he didn't deserve.
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    MLB cheating scandal

    I think we all know that there is some kind of cheating in baseball. It starts in little league and works its way up. But what are we willing to tolerate? Yogi Berra used the rub the ball in the dirt during night games making it harder to see. During the 1950s and 1960s, the White Sox had great pitching and played in a big ball park. The team was accused of putting baseballs in the freezer. It was also said the grounds crew really dampened the dirt right in front of home plate. Is this cheating or home field advantage? As fans, we should at least hope for some honesty. We invest a great deal of emotion and money in the sport. If we come to feel game results have little integrity, there is no point going to a game.
  11. There are so many great many great moments in 2005, they are hard to list. That last out in Detroit to cinch the division is one of the best. I had tears in my eyes out of relief. Then it just got better. That is why the last few years have been so hard. But these memories will last a lifetime. I agree with palehose1. The Konerko grand slam is the greatest moment in franchise history. It was so apt that Konerko was the player who came through. I just hope we get one more experience like this.
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    Hire AJ Hinch to replace Ricky?

    I can't believe this would even be considered. The 1919 scandal has hovered over this franchise for a century now. No way they should do this.,
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    Offseason Moves - Grade em'

    What I wanted for 2020 was a major league lineup. That is what the Sox have. We will see if the organization takes the final steps to complete this rebuild.
  14. I agree with this in part. The White Sox have won nothing since 2008. But even a cynic like me sees the rebuild has started to work. As I have said on other posts, one or two good seasons is not the key here. The success of this rebuild will be gauged on the overall performance of the team in this decade. It is time turn this franchise around in a major way. If Hahn does that, he will deserve any praise he gets.
  15. Don't care about Theo at the moment. Hahn and the Sox did what they had to this off-season. They couldn' t tell their fans to wait one more season and go through another losing campaign. Their strategy seems to be this: No mega contracts, sign up young players for long periods and hope for long-term success without dishing out millions upon millions for one player. At the very least, 2020 should be a winning season. And if the strategy works in the long run, this rebuild will be a huge and much needed success. This needs to happen. 2010 was a miserable decade. Perhaps the White Sox can become a franchise with a real identity.