Jump to content

South Side Hit Men

Members
  • Content count

    790
  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by South Side Hit Men

  1. South Side Hit Men

    Kyle Schwarber thread

    Silly Cubsession. Here's a few Cubs who later played well for the White Sox. Eloy Jimenez Oscar Gamble Dennis Lamp Steve Stone Jon Garland
  2. South Side Hit Men

    Len Kasper is new White Sox radio play by play announcer

    That's such a great song. thanks for posting. I'd pay to see that band, I'd pay even more to be able to see this year, really miss being out and about. Spiegel is one of the few I like on the Score, Laurence Holmes the other. I like his Sunday in season show better than the Saturday show, 1. Because it doesn't compete against WXRT's Saturday Morning Flashback and 2. There is no Bruce Levine. The more I learn about Len, the more I like. Since I am radio only during the game, I am really looking forward to the broadcasts next season. Nothing against Andy, who did a good job under doubly trying circumstances (COVID Broadcasts with road games broadcast off of a monitor and following Ed Farmer), but this is a significant upgrade. Jason Benetti joined Len Kasper on the Score interview at five (linked below): https://www.radio.com/670thescore/podcasts/parkins-show-63/parkins-spiegel-len-kasper-jason-benetti-interviews-hour-4-351559748
  3. South Side Hit Men

    Kyle Schwarber thread

    Eloy's below market deal remains a bargain if he is DH only if his bat lives up to potential. His defense actually detracts from his value. He's only playing LF because the White Sox have Vaughn and Abreu (and had Parrot), and they do not have an everyday RF or LF. Most here concede Eloy will likely play DH or 1B in the next 2-3 years, depending on any extension to Abreu. I agree with you in terms of tempered Vaughn expectations, if the White Sox sign a DH type for 1 year, we have to assume based on what they have seen in 2020 they prefer Vaughn spend a significant portion, if not the entire season, in the minors for development before a promotion. No need to rush him if he is not ready, he is still very young to be expected to produce consistently at the MLB level. Eloy's Contract: 19:$1M, 20:$1.5M, 21:$3.5M, 22:$6.5M, 23:$9.5M, 24:$13M, 25:$16.5M club option ($3M buyout), 26:$18.5M club option ($3M buyout)
  4. South Side Hit Men

    Trevor Bauer Thread

    While I definitely don't agree with the post you were responding to, Al and Jerry both won three Super Bowls. Al was a great evaluator of talent before he became creepy Al at the end, Jerry being fortunate to hire Jimmy Johnson (third with Switzer). I'd would love a second World Series title before I die. I'd say the McCaskey family is a better example of inept ownership who refuse to hire qualified professionals to operate their organization.
  5. South Side Hit Men

    Len Kasper is new White Sox radio play by play announcer

    Are we sure this is official? I don't see A. J. Hinch's signature on the press release picture.
  6. South Side Hit Men

    Len Kasper is new White Sox radio play by play announcer

    Yes, over 40 years Jason Benetti was the first professional PBP on television for a quarter century, and Kasper is the first on radio since Rooney left, though Farmer grew into his role and I have generally always liked the radio broadcasts. For Len's replacement, it's crystal clear the job is Kayleigh McEnany's for the taking, a perfect fit for the Marquee Network, Sinclair Broadcasting, the Ricketts Family and Cubs Baseball. She may be available next month. July 31, 2021 broadcast: "Kris Bryant is one of the all time great Cubs, an MVP, a World Series winner, a great man, husband, teammate and baseball player." "Kayleigh, this just in, Kris Bryant has been traded to the Washington Nationals. This is Kris' final game with the Chicago Cubs." "Kris Bryant was the most overrated player in Cubs history, a bad teammate, a wife beater, good riddance. Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out."
  7. South Side Hit Men

    Innings

    No, same with Kopich. However listing his max previous innings for frame of reference. I don't agree with your assessment the White Sox need to acquire two more SP at this point. I would try to get one quality starter, see how the first four months go with Katz and any development from Cease, Lopez and others, and if there is still a need in July, seek a trade at that point for a second starter. If you get quality innings out of the six mentioned in my post, you cover most innings, but always prudent to cover for injuries or regression. If Jerry is only allowing one free agent(s): #3/#4 SP RF 8th/9th RP LF (Eloy to DH) SP (Lottery ticket like a Garrett Richards) Outside of perhaps one or two KMart blue light specials, I don't expect Jerry to spend this off season.
  8. South Side Hit Men

    Len Kasper is new White Sox radio play by play announcer

    Reading between the lines, Stone's contract signed last season is likely his last, Kasper can transition into the television booth to cover for either his or Jason's departure, just as Stone started on the Score with Farmer after Rooney left until he could transition into the TV booth.
  9. South Side Hit Men

    The Blake Snell Thread

    A month after the trade, I had the pleasure to watch in person the worst loss in Yankees history, 22-0 vs. Cleveland on an East Coast baseball road trip. Future White Sox starter, and perennial Kenny Williams obsession Javier Vazquez started, Loaiza ended it. It was awesome. They went on to choke away a 3-0 series lead against Boston several weeks later. https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYA/NYA200408310.shtml https://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/01/sports/baseball/yankees-slide-to-a-newlow-against-indians-220.html
  10. South Side Hit Men

    The Blake Snell Thread

    Hopefully the trades referenced above lead to a World Series like these four: 1. Mariners: Freddy Garcia for Olivio, Reed and Morse. 2. Yankees: Jose Contreras for Loaiza. 3. Cubs: Garland for Karchner. 4. Brewers: Podsednik and Vizcaino for Carlos Lee.
  11. South Side Hit Men

    Len Kasper is new White Sox radio play by play announcer

    It’s like Kermit the Frog. Hopefully I can get used to it. Madeline Kenney @madkenney Jan 18 Yikes. Fans booing owner Tom Ricketts about Marquee network wasn’t a great start to #CubsCon https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/01/17/cubs-convention-kris-byrant/ It was bad, but got used to it. Will get used to this as well. Any “celebration” is in reality just taunting “taking” someone from the Cubs. Oh fans without cable like me. Watch the video on MLB after the game, works out. Baseball on radio is the only sport that works. Still like the radio announcers vs. television.
  12. South Side Hit Men

    Ethan Katz to appear this afternoon on WSCR

    I’ll try to post the exact time at 2PM, but it will likely be between 3-5PM.
  13. South Side Hit Men

    James McCann looking at a 4 year deal (perhaps Mets)

    Not to mention Grandal is 1 1/2 years older, with age a significant factor for catchers versus other positions. My problems with the signing remain: The Sox had much more pressing needs than upgrading the catcher position, needs that remain (RF and SP). It was unlikely any out-performance by Grandal (assuming it occurs) over McCann was worth more than double the contract money the Sox are paying Grandal ($18.25M / year) over McCann's reported deal. McCann's work with the pitching staff was as, if not more valuable than any upgrade in pitch framing Grandal offered. McCann worked during the off-season to improve his pitch framing, and it paid off, one of the reasons his WAR was higher. Time will tell, but I don't think Grandal will age well or be able to catch 120 + games a year over the final few years (age 32-34 years) of his contract, and will suffer a drop-off in production due to age/attrition. He will need to play DH/1B more with each year, negating his offensive value from the catcher spot and taking playing time from the backlog the Sox already have at those two positions (Abreu, Vaughn, Jimenez and other prospects). Keuchel was the only signing I liked last off-season, because the contract was good and it fit a need. Money spent on Parrot and Grandal was better spent on more SP and a RF. The Sox were running on fumes and couldn't find a viable third playoff starter 60 games into the year.
  14. South Side Hit Men

    Innings

    Assuming health and a full season, innings based on previous maximums and age: No restrictions: Giolito, Keuchel & Lopez - No inning restrictions, 30-32 starts 160-200 Innings - Perhaps a few scheduled skipped starts: Cease (144 IP Max in 2019); Dunning (144 in 2017 minors); and Kopech (141 in 2018 AAA/CWS) Kopech is the wild card based on health, would expect the strictest limit on him among the three with possible restrictions. They will likely be very conservative with Crochet, perhaps a 100-120 max if he has a starter/relief mix, much less if relief only. I don't think Stiever will pitch for the White Sox in 2021 beyond a similar emergency situation.
  15. South Side Hit Men

    James McCann looking at a 4 year deal (perhaps Mets)

    I agree, and don't necessarily see a "dislike" or issue between the two, but Lucas was obviously more comfortable with McCann. However, the White Sox also used McCann over Grandal for nearly every rookie start, and Lopez could have benefited from additional starts with McCann as well. I believe the team chose McCann over Grandal in these games for his game management and pregame work and game plan, and it's clear they responded well. Dunning = McCann 5 games, Collins 1, Grandal 1 (Grandal's start the only game the Sox lost with Dunning starting). Stiever = McCann caught his "good game", Grandal his shellacking. Lopez = His best start, facing Cleveland on the road, was with McCann. Lucas didn't mention Grandal among the key 2020 acquisitions during his Score interview after the playoffs, though not necessarily reading anything into the omission. Stone said and tweeted on multiple occasions Grandal doesn't bring the same level of game preparation or attention to detail as McCann did. If true, hopefully he will commit to that aspect of the game with McCann gone.
  16. South Side Hit Men

    Kyle Schwarber thread

    My point is the White Sox already have too many 1B/DH types, Eloy is valuable for his bat, and delaying the inevitable is not a good solution. He tried, just doesn't have the capacity. Even a quantum leap would bring him to Kyle Schwarber level without the solid arm. Carlton Fisk was not a left fielder either, still valuable in his 30s, just not in LF. The Sox needed a RF last year and this year, and could use another corner to platoon in LF. If Reinsdorf won't fund that in the most salary depressed off-season ever, than be happy with his bag of carrots. Also agree it's much more valuable to have a player who can actually play positions, which is why the White Sox need to put more emphasis on drafting players to cover the other seven positions (excluding 1B/DH). Can either of their catching prospects catch at the major league level?
  17. South Side Hit Men

    James McCann looking at a 4 year deal (perhaps Mets)

    Time will tell if Lucas will want to work with Grandal, or start working in Spring Training with the presumptive number 2 and work with them through the season. Hopefully the Sox can pick up a solid defensive number 2 catcher, who can work with young pitchers. Don't care if they bat .150 like Perez in Cleveland, defense and game management far more important from a catcher, the bat is just an added bonus.
  18. South Side Hit Men

    James McCann looking at a 4 year deal (perhaps Mets)

    Agreed. People were worked up into a frenzy with Reinsdorf sending his yapping dogs the entire season (Stone/Ozzie) barking to set up his new hire. Renteria utilized McCann well. In terms of McCann, I am much more comfortable with Katz here, both in terms of supporting Giolitto and also developing game plans, and carrying the load McCann supplied on that end.
  19. South Side Hit Men

    Ethan Katz to appear this afternoon on WSCR

    Yes, loved the interview, his approach and the fact that he has had numerous conversations with many of the key pitchers. He didn't want to give too much details on individual work, which would be premature, but loved his answers and think the White Sox can see significant improvements from at least a few pitchers. He did offer that he saw a few specifics with the video Lopez sent, and is working on things remotely with him in the DR. Offered his philosophy in terms of the physical (arm slotting / lower body) coupled with analytics. Very encouraging.
  20. South Side Hit Men

    Kyle Schwarber thread

    Regardless of who the White Sox sign or don't sign this offseason, the Sox need to stop signing DHs, and stop drafting DHs. They need to sign outfielders and move Eloy to DH ASAP. Eloy is far worse than Schwarber in LF, not a praise of Schwarber but rather an indictment of Eloy's abilities. Carlos Lee and Dave Kingman have better dWAR numbers. Not only does Eloy's defense costs you 2 games each full season, but it costs him significant lost games each year because he hurts himself trying to play the position. Hell, he hurts himself jumping up and down celebrating a no-hitter.
  21. Baseball Prospectus posted their Top 10 White Sox Prospect list, which I haven't seen posted here. https://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/article/63146/2021-prospects-chicago-white-sox-top-10-prospects/ Here are the Top 10 & (2020 rank), and their projection for each. Nick Madrigal (2) - 60 / More singles than a Beatles album Andrew Vaughn (4) - 60 / Occasional All-Star first baseman Garrett Crochet (-) - 60 / Front-line starter or elite closer Michael Kopech (3) - 60 / No. 2/3 starter or first-division closer Dane Dunning (6) - 60 / No. 3 starter Jared Kelley (-) - 55 / Mid-rotation starter or hard-throwing reliever Jonathan Stiever (5) - 55 / No. 3/4 starter Andrew Dalquist (-) - 50 / No. 4 starter Codi Heuer (-) - 50 / Late inning arm Avery Weems (-) - 50 / Late inning arm 2020 Graduate: Luis Robert (1) - 2020 Projection 70 / Elite two-way center fielder with speed and pop. 2020 Top Ten not in 2021 Top Ten: Luis Alexander Basabe (7); Zach Collins (8); Gavin Sheets (9); Lenyn Sosa (10).
  22. South Side Hit Men

    MLB 2020-21 off season catch all

    It’s by design, owners want a flooded free agent market and an excuse to not sign anyone. DH could be in place this second, but it’s not because owners want to screw over players, and they want another pathetic 16 team playoff.
  23. South Side Hit Men

    The OFFICIAL Sung-Bum Na Thread

    Compared to the Reds' Mukbang, he is. The only fast food burger I eat these days are In n Out, have mixed feelings if it ever moved to Chicago, as I appreciate the rare west coast treat vs. it being always available.
  24. South Side Hit Men

    Offseason Targets

    I'm forever blowing ballgames, pretty ballgames in the air. I come from Chi, I hardly try, just go to bat and fade and die Fortune's coming my way, that's why I hardly care I'm forever blowing ballgames, and the gamblers treat us fair.
  25. South Side Hit Men

    George Springer Thread

    Perhaps a second thread with all the ridiculous fast food twitter account posts, and one more for people to debate which soxtalk ID owns which fast food twitter account(s).
×