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    Thank You Jerry Reinsdorf!

    Current 2021 Payroll Data (Includes Hendricks Signing) Chicago - Metro Population 9.5M Chicago Cubs Tanking = Current Payroll $133M (11th) Chicago White Sox "All In" = Current Payroll $126M (14th) San Diego - Metro Population 3.3M San Diego Padres = Current Payroll $159M (7th) Saint Louis - Metro Population 2.8M Saint Louis Cardinals = Current Payroll $128M (13th) And when the White Sox do pry the checkbook out of Jerry's cold still alive hands, there have been too many swing and misses. Hopefully the current deals pan out. All-time $6M + AAV Chicago White Sox Free Agent Signings $18.5M Dallas Keuchel 2.1 (2020) (2021 & 2022 - Hoping he fails to vest for 2023) $18.3M Yasmani Grandal 0.8 (2020) (2021-2023) $16.7M Jose Abreu 3.1 (2020) (2021-2022) $14.0M Adam Dunn -0.1 (2011-2014) $14.0M Melky Cabrera 1.6 (2015-2017) $13.5M Liam Hendriks (2021-2024) $12.5M Adam LaRoche -0.7 (2015 - Jerry's All Time Favorite Player for giving him $12.5M back for 2016). $12.1M Paul Konerko 2.0 (2006-2013) $12.0M Edwin Encarnacion -0.3 (2020) $11.5M David Robertson 0.5 (2015-2017 2 1/2 seasons before trade) $11.0M Albert Belle 4.3 (1997-1998) $9.0M Kelvin Herrera -0.3 (2019-2020) $8.0M Adam Eaton (2021) $7.5M Wellington Castillo 0.2 (2018-2019) $6.0M Derek Holland -1.6 (2017) $6.0M Steve Cishek -0.2 (2020)
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    Trade Whispers - Starting Pitchers

    Current payroll: $125.8M (14th in MLB). Affordable (Projected $8M or less) Free Agents with 1.0 + projected 2021 fWAR. 2.4 Tommy La Stella ($7M) 1.8 Chris Archer ($8M) 1.6 Jurickson Profar ($7.5M) 1.5 Garrett Richards ($8M) 1.5 Matt Shoemaker ($5M) 1.4 Eddie Rosario ($?) 1.3 Brett Anderson ($5M) 1.2 Adam Wainwright ($7M) 1.1 Kike Hernandez ($6M) 1.1 Carlos Rodon ($?) 1.1 Maikel Franco ($?) 1.0 Brett Gardner ($8M) 1.0 Mike Leake ($?) 1.0 Rich Hill ($8M) 1.0 Jason Castro ($?) 1.0 Tyler Flowers ($4M) Should be able to sign a hitter, backup catcher and perhaps a starter at $12M-$15M. Of the above options, I like Richards, Rodario and Flowers. Would also like Bradley Jr. if the Sox can work out a 1-2 year deal. Not convinced the Sox will sign anyone else, beyond perhaps a couple of $1M-$3M deals for a backup catcher, bullpen arm and or perhaps a lottery ticket pitcher or bullpen depth.
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    '21 rules discussions

    A few of the key pitchers injured while batting: Max Scherzer - Thumb Randy Johnson - Shoulder Strain Pedro Martinez - Neck Adam Wainwright - Achilles Tendon Josh Beckett - Back Losing tens of millions in pitcher salaries due to hitting / base running injuries. "Brilliant" We need more offense, let's keep .069 pitchers hitting in all National League Home Games, including the World Series. "Brilliant" RM: You trying to win the piece of metal this season Jerry? JR: Child, please. Want a carrot?
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    Sox & ReyLo settle at $2.1M

    This is true, though by changing coaches it is ensured Cease, Lopez and others will have a fresh set of eyes. A new approach, a better attention to detail, flexibility. Something the White Sox hasn't gotten out of the pitching coach role in decades. It's a shame he wasn't here to perhaps salvage Rodon or Fulmer. Cooper is like Nagy, do it my way, whether it works or not.
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    Sox sign Hendriks: 3/$39M - 4th year optional with $15M buyout

    No, second. https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lindssh01.shtml
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    Travel MLB

    I've been to 42 MLB stadiums, 15 which are gone and 27 current stadiums. Top Five Current Stadiums: 1. Fenway Park; 2. Wrigley Field; 3. Dodgers Stadium; 4. Pittsburgh; 5, San Francisco Top Five Gone But Not Forgotten: 1. Comiskey Park; 2. Tigers Stadium; 3. Yankee Stadium; 4. Milwaukee County Stadium; 5. Stade Olympique Worst Five I've Attended: 42. Metrodome *; 41. Tampa Bay; 40. Miami *; 39. Veterans Stadium *; 38. Arizona (* = Gone) Worst Five "New" Stadiums: 1. Tampa; 2. Arizona; 3, Toronto; 4. Houston; 5. Philadelphia. To Attend List: Atlanta, Miami and Texas. Unique Circumstances: Cleveland Opening Day played in Milwaukee due to bad snow / weather over several days in Cleveland. Miami home game vs. Montreal played at Comiskey Park II due to a hurricane. National Home Game @ RFK Stadium (while new stadium was being constructed) Final Home Games Ever Played : Comiskey Park; Milwaukee County Stadium; Riverfront Stadium; Tigers Stadium (and Final Steelers Game @ Three Rivers Stadium - Also the last NFL Game I attended or watched). Had tickets for the final game in Montreal but didn't make the trip (Montreal is my second favorite team). No Hitter - White Sox no hit but won 4-0 over Andy Hawkins on July 1, 1990. Nolan Ryan's 300th Win @ Milwaukee County Stadium
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    Madrigal could be ready for opening day

    Even with all of those advantages, Tim Anderson considerably outperformed Madrigal in their rookie age 23 seasons. Most here expect Andrew Vaughn to be a much more significant contributor next season during his Age 23 season, despite the lack of defensive contribution. bWAR Seasons recent #1 picks - Draft Picks which reached the majors by Age 23: Tim Anderson (17) 2.4 Carlos Rodon (3) 1.7 Carson Fulmer (8) 0.5 Nick Madrigal (4) 0.5 [2020 shortened season] Andrew Vaughn (3) - Age 23 in 2021 (TBD) Garrett Crochet (11) - Age 23 in 2022 (TBD) [0.3 bWar 2020 shortened season] Zack Collins (10) , Zack Burdi (26) and Jake Burger (11) did not reach the majors by age 23.
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    Sox have interest in Brad Hand

    The disturbing point I read about this on MLB trade rumors is not the interest in Brad Hand, but the mention of Crochet in a bullpen role. Hopefully it is simply conjecture on the author's part. https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/ Unless the Sox state there are known or likely future health issues preventing Crochet to be a Starter, they should be doing everything possible to build him up for that eventuality. Crochet will never be a starter if he doesn't build up significant innings over the next two seasons. He could be a legitimate playoff starter for years.
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    Madrigal could be ready for opening day

    At the plate, in the small (no pun intended) sample size, you are correct. However, he cost the team by not following his coaches on multiple occasions resulting in bad outs on the basepaths, including the time he got injured running through the stop sign, getting gunned out at third by miles, and getting injured in the process. Dumb on so many levels: https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/white-sox/nick-madrigal-exits-white-sox-game-apparent-injury-after-slide-third
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    My 5 Favorite WS Players

    Yes, the two high priced 2020 free agents * are not on anyone’s list so far. There are eight additional players on the 40 Man roster with no votes who appeared in 10 or more games last season. Cease Cordero Foster Fry Garcia Grandal * Heuer Keuchel * Marshall Mendick Of these, I really liked Cordero and Foster for stepping up last year and performing better than most people expected heading into the season. Cease is my pick for most improved in 2021.
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    Madrigal could be ready for opening day

    My favorite David Eckstein anecdote is the fact he was named to the Jewish All American Baseball team. David had to break the news he is not Jewish. https://www.espn.com/talent/danpatrick/s/2002/0828/1424027.html Nick Madrigal is listed as two inches taller than David.
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    MLB 2020-21 off season catch all

    Yep, though still prefer Bradley Jr. for his fielding versatility. bWAR 2017 Grossman 0.9 vs. Eaton 0.3 2018 Grossman 1.7 vs. Eaton 1.1 2019 Eaton 1.5 vs. Grossman 1.0 2020 Grossman 1.2 vs. Eaton -0.7 Grossman $10M (2 yrs) vs. Eaton $8M (1) or $15.5M (2 yrs). Jake Cave (3.0 bWAR) outperformed Eaton (1.9). The offer to Eaton was ludicrous.
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    Old: Mega Hendriks Speculation Thread

    The Score spent a few minutes discussing this Portillo's tweet.
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    My 5 Favorite WS Players

    Of the five I listed as least favorite, Eaton is the only player I dislike and hope doesn’t report, based on his toxicity over the years, picking up where he left off with his introductory interview on the team’s flagship. He is led by children, and is a certified asshat. I’m OK with Dallas Keuchel as a person, if Tim Anderson is. Would like to hear Dallas has made amends in Spring Training for his comments made during the off-season. As a pitcher, he sucked ass in Oakland, and if he can’t improve in the post season, I hope he doesn’t reach 160 IPs the next two seasons and lock in $20M as a 35 year old in 2023. Madrigal is listed because of his mental errors. He is a rookie, so he should / must improve in that area. Not sure why he is hated by others, he performs well with his talents / abilities otherwise, plays with passion. Just needs to follow coaching signs and stick to fundamentals. Grandal reminds me of Roger Dorn in Major League, between his lackadaisical efforts at times, his lack of quality game calling management or bothering to catch the baseball. Hahn needs to go down on the field, piss on his contract and tell him he gets paid not just for pitch framing and bat on his shoulder walks. Lynn is new, so I just like everyone else more since they are here. That said, watching for any signs of a LaRussa Lord of the Flies situation, with him siding with Keuchel and Eaton and against the core we love. With Cooper gone, Tony and Boston are the only two on the on field staff I want gone, though many also share the same sentiment.
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    Jon Sciambi named CubsTV play by play

    The Sox were a third place team in a crummy division with Jimmy Cordero as only pitcher other than Giolito who could get more than 10 outs in the playoffs. What was he supposed to say? Oh yeah, the obligatory "It's Ricky's fault." Wouldn't get too cocky, since 2012, the Pittsburgh Pirates have won 77 more games than the White Sox, despite a much lower payroll. Don't count your chickens before they hatch.
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    Jon Sciambi named CubsTV play by play

    It appears the Cubs may also have let go of their dingbat color man. Mark was not afforded the same grace on the legal or commentary front as a certain person employed by a certain MLB team located ten miles south of Clark and Addison. https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb/looks-like-mark-grace-is-out-at-marquee-sports-network/ar-BB1ct0qr
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    MLB 2020-21 off season catch all

    Moments of magic will glow in the night All fears of the forest are gone But when the morning breaks they're swept away by golden drops of dawn, of changes. - Phil Ochs
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    KW sells house

    It's also quoted in the twitter linked article in the original post. The Emmy-winning Sambolin, who first joined NBC 5 in 2002 and then rejoined the station in 2013 after a two-year stint with CNN, announced Dec. 29 that she has been taking a break from the station to focus on her health and to care for a loved one. It’s not publicly known where Williams and Sambolin moved.
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    Old: Mega Hendriks Speculation Thread

    Thanks for posting, Rick Hahn's account much more interesting than the fast food garbage. Deep Thoughts, with Rick Hahn.... Madrigal has already reached his "short" ceiling Go make me a sandwich Correction - Should be "White Sox" "high priced" vets..... Sucks to be a Padres fan. LOL How did it work for you Hahn the past 15 years? Grandal, Keuchel, Parrot, Dunn, LaRoche, etc. prove otherwise. Hopefully Hahn's lesson learned sticks
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    MLB 2020-21 off season catch all

    Link to a story from two weeks ago, an "anonymous owner friend of Bob Nightengale" explicitly stated there is no chance in hell the season will start on time or be a 162 game season. Said an American League owner (*cough* Jerry Reinsdorf *cough*) who also requested anonymity: “I don’t see any way spring training starts in February. Zero chance of that. I don’t care if we play 140 games, 120 games or 80 games, we have to make sure everyone is safe to do this right.’’
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    Old: Mega Hendriks Speculation Thread

    Tony sighting in Wicker Park
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    MLB 2020-21 off season catch all

    MLB is the only sport with an anti trust exemption. The union should lobby Congress and or consider a lawsuit to overturn to create a level negotiating field. MLB has a de facto salary cap, and does not bargain in good faith, is not open and honest with their business disclosures as the other three professional leagues are contractually obligated to provide. (The NHL's Player Union was a complete cesspool in the 1970s-1980s, read Career Misconduct). The Players Union has lost a lot of ground under Tony Clark, They need to Seek arbitration regarding collusion over the past few seasons fight collusion. Seek arbitration or a lawsuit for clubs not adhering to the CBA by skirting minimum player salary requirements under CBA revenue sharing provisions which dictate funds must go toward payroll. Negotiate a significant increase to the MLB minimum salary and incorporate significant increases to arbitration awards, to combat ownership collusion over the past several years. The Union also should consider expanding their membership to the minor leagues or help create a minor league players union, and to fight to restore previous compensation and draft count levels for the international and domestic drafts the owners rescinded last year.
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    Jon Sciambi named CubsTV play by play

    He was good on ESPN Sunday Night / Playoff Baseball radio broadcasts (with former Sox announcer Chris Singleton). Is he going to skip Sunday Cubs games, or be limited to MLB Playoffs only, and skip Sunday night baseball? An ESPN spokesman said Sciambi will have fewer MLB weeknight telecasts because of his Cubs deal, but his MLB work on ESPN Radio and college basketball duties will remain more or less the same. Sciambi has worked for ESPN since 2005 and became full-time with the media giant in 2010.
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    Old: Mega Hendriks Speculation Thread

    They agreed to sign Beckham and he passed the physical before the LaRussa announcement. LaRussa's views on race and his criminal behavior are nauseating. I hope the White Sox post the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission contact information in their clubhouse and front office. https://www.eeoc.gov/field-office/chicago/location Phone (312) 872-9744 If you believe you have been subjected to employment discrimination, please access the online Public Portal here. You will be asked to answer a series of questions about your employment situation, and where applicable, be directed to schedule a telephone interview with an investigator. You must have access to the internet and an e-mail address to use the Public Portal.
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    Old: Mega Hendriks Speculation Thread

    Yes, even more so than Dallas Keuchel in Game 2 Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W WPA cWPA 2020 30 SDP NL NLWC W STL 0 0 6.00 3 0 3 0 0 1 3.0 3 2 2 1 3 0 5 0 0 0 15 2.000 9.0 3.0 9.0 15.0 1.67 0.02 0.2% 2020 30 SDP NL NLDS L LAD 0 0 36.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.0 2 4 4 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 8 4.000 18.0 0.0 18.0 9.0 0.50 -0.01 -0.1% Old white guys Tony can remember seems to be the lone player acquisition philosophy since A.J. Hinch Tony LaRussa was hired. Jerry aims to please.