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The Hawk

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About The Hawk

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    Kannapolis (Low A)
  • Birthday 06/27/1945

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    Southern California

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    Winston-Salem Dash (High-A)
  • What do you like about Soxtalk?
    Its all about Baseball and I love baseball
  • Favorite Sox player
    Eloy Jimenez
  • Favorite Sox minor leaguer
    Mercedes
  • Favorite Sox moment
    2005 Sweep of the Astros
  • Favorite Former Sox Player
    Luis Aparicio

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  1. The Hawk

    Offseason Targets

    A whole lot of things have to go right for Madrigal to be ready for opening day. But beyond that, it is way optimistic to think that a singles hitter is going to be an all-star in today's game. He doesn't walk much either so his OBP will be kind of like Anderson's in terms of that. Whatever they hit is the lion's share of their OBP. But Anderson is a legit power guy. I think that Madrigal will eventually grow a bit and develop some gap power but his road to being an all-star is pretty iffy in my estimation. We still haven't seen a great defensive second baseman as yet in him and his throwing arm seems a bit weak. I'm just being realistic about him.
  2. The Hawk

    Soxtalk Trade Value Poll

    I think that I've said that I didn't want Tony LaRussa for the White Sox manager. I did want Renteria fired though. He just isn't a very good baseball manager in my estimation. But it looks like we are basically stuck with him and he does know his way around a baseball dugout. We'll see if he can handle the job. After all, it isn't rocket science. Its baseball, after all. A Kid's game:)
  3. The Hawk

    MLB Free Agents (Prediction Thread)

    That's 100% true. And back in the day, there wasn't the body armor of today to keep the elbow and forearms protected. Of course, that wouldn't have prevented Gibson from getting the hitter off of the plate:)
  4. The Hawk

    Soxtalk Trade Value Poll

    That he has four quality pitches that he can throw for strikes? That he has a motion through basically five seasons in college and in the minor leagues that hasn't broken down his arm? Maybe that he doesn't marry a bimbo who takes a good chunk of his money? Stuff like that?
  5. The Hawk

    MLB Free Agents (Prediction Thread)

    Do you think that player's who mock their opponent are better examples of doing things right? There are two different views on things. I say that really both views are/were wrong. In the old days, the players pretty much policed themselves and there was a lot less money in the game back then. Nowadays the league itself sets and enforces the rules and the players are basically all millionaires including many who have not even played in the majors at all. There is irony all right. But there is irony on both sides of the issue.
  6. The Hawk

    Soxtalk Trade Value Poll

    He hasn't pitched in two years. Their minor league stats both were basically .500 pitchers. Stiever is a year younger so his progression is basically behind one year. Argue all that you want to but Stiever is considered a very viable major league prospect while Kopech has missed two years in his development. Do you worry at all about Kopech's injury and personal history? This is all apples and oranges. Stiever played collegiately and was drafted in the 5th round. Kopech was a high school phenom who was rated can't miss very early on. Two different routes to the major league. We will see who makes it. Hopefully both of them will.
  7. The Hawk

    Soxtalk Trade Value Poll

    Nah. They win some games in MLB but a lot of games are won by guys who throw mid-90's but have other pitches and can control them. That is where guy's like Steiver come into rotations all of the time. Also while every organization has someone in it that get a ball up to 100 mph, that velocity rarely stays long, especially with starting pitchers. Steiver is so interesting for the White Sox and those who are interested in trading for him because he has FOUR good pitches that he can control and throw for strikes. THAT is rare for a 23 year old guy. I think that you underestimate how important hitting a location is for a starting pitchers. A flame thrower like Kopech can find a job as a reliever with no more than two pitches. But a decent major league hitter will absolutely tattoo a 99-100 straight fast ball in a bad location and will do it easily. As you can see, I am a skeptic of Kopech as a can't miss starter in the major league. To me, he hasn't proven anything compared to Steiver, Cease, Huerer, Burdi, and several others that are in the organization right now. He's got a chance to prove himself like they all have and they all will be looked at and regarded.
  8. The Hawk

    MLB Free Agents (Prediction Thread)

    Where is the hypocrisy? I'm talking about pitchers and the difference between what used to happen regularly with pitchers retaliating versus what happens now. Maybe you are not old enough to have seen guys like Gibson, Bunning, Drysdale, Early Wynn, etc? Or even the guys of the next generation of bad ass pitchers. Hitters that acted out got buzzed and hit. It was automatic. And the guys playing on the same team as the hot-dog didn't take kindly to their teammates that did it because they were going to get hit also as a rule. Now it is totally different as far as what the baseball "rules" are. What set of rules were right and which were wrong, I don't know. Its all how you look at things.
  9. The Hawk

    Offseason Targets

    Madrigal will not be a 2021 all star. He won't be ready to play at Opening Day for starters. Also, the kid is limited to being a singles hitter. He reminds me of another little guy who played 2nd base for the Sox, Nellie Fox. His game fit much better in the 50's and 60's than Madrigal's fits today's game. If Darvish passes a strong physical, I'd do that trade. They can back-fill second base very easily. Darvish is a stud when healthy. I'd take my chances with him and someone like Quintana on my pitching staff.
  10. The Hawk

    Soxtalk Trade Value Poll

    That was a pretty good post. You imply a lot of things in it. Maybe you're right and maybe you're wrong. I do disagree, however, about your assessment of LaRussa as a baseball manager. He does know how to manage a baseball team. You do not win 3 World Series and seven pennants without knowing your game very well. I don't like the guy as a person. I didn't want him to be the Sox manager but as a manager, he is a better candidate than Renteria. As for a media attack being ordered by Jerry, I pretty much doubt that. When Renteria go hired the media already thought that the guy was a weak minded manager and not what the White Sox needed.
  11. The Hawk

    Offseason Targets

    I like Darvish a lot. Who would you think it would take to get him?
  12. The Hawk

    MLB Free Agents (Prediction Thread)

    We will see what happens. One thing for sure. This is going to be an interesting situation for this team.
  13. The Hawk

    MLB Free Agents (Prediction Thread)

    Well, that is great question. In the old days, I'd say that the guys on his team who may end up getting plunked as a result of his antics. However, with the sissification of modern baseball, that probably isn't the problem now as it might have been a few years ago. This White Sox team is a fun loving group for sure but I do not see them acting out and showing up other players. Do you? I don't see Anderson as being an asshole for the little acting out that he does. Don't think that in this day and age with a lot of the showboats in baseball that he is anykind of problem guy. Personally, I never like players showing other players up and if someone plunked me or one of my guys, the guy who did it was going to get hit himself. I do know enough about baseball, though, if a guy ends up getting hit because his teammate talks shit or goes after a player on another team, the pitcher who does this shit on my team is going to be challenged by me for doing it. That does happen.
  14. The Hawk

    2021 Hall of Fame Ballot

    We will have to agree to disagree on that then.
  15. The Hawk

    Soxtalk Trade Value Poll

    That is fine by me if he does get another baseball job. I think that all in all, Renteria is a good over-all baseball man and has some excellent strengths. I just do not think he is a very good baseball manager, especially the way he sets his line-ups up and how he sets up and uses his pitching staff. But, as a bench coach, I think he is excellent. He knows the game, obviously, and has shown himself to be good in keeping the team hustling and focused on their jobs and that says a lot to me about how valuable he is to a team. He could find another manager job I think but I don't think he is the best guy to manage the present White Sox team. Do you?
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