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About ottawa_sox

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    September Call Up
  • Birthday 09/22/1951

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    Ottawa Ontario Canada

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  • Favorite Sox Minor League Affiliate
    Birmingham Barons (AA)
  • What do you like about Soxtalk?
    I have done a lot of lurking between WSI and Soxtalk. I am not sure why, but I feel more at home here. I think the overall mood is not as pessimistic and a little more mature here. I feel like I can relate a little better with some of the older posters. I have never actually met a Chisox fan in person, so I find the information valuable here. I have been a fan since 1960 (missed it by that much). I caught a foul ball in a game in Toronto. I had an old Comisky Park seat shipped to my home in Ottawa. If they ever won, I think I might split in two. Needless to say, I am passionate about them. It is nice to see similar passion, even if only in an electronic sense.
  • Favorite Sox player
    Mark Buerle
  • Favorite Sox minor leaguer
    C'mon Sweeney
  • Favorite Sox moment
    See above. (1) Catching a shanked foul off the bat of 'Wimpy' on a pitch from Roy Lee Jackson. (2) Receiving an old Comisky Park seat.
  • Favorite Former Sox Player
    Tie. Robin Ventura and Pete Ward.

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  1. ottawa_sox

    JD Martinez

    And then there was the Arod fiasco. Where a Sox last minute, embarrassing, smarmy, back door attempt to speak directly to Arod was summarily rejected by Boras.
  2. ottawa_sox

    Rumor: Reinsdorf aims to build second place teams

    I've always found the cultural bias towards Cubs baseball in the city of Chicago and beyond a little bewildering. Mostly because it comes across as an immovable, static situation. But nowadays, more than ever, cultures are receptive to innovation. In the Sox case, they might try winning. And clearly one year won't do the trick. Why should it? It's annoying to think that aldermen and a lack of neighbourhood re-investment affect the brand nationally. Excuse my naivete but a true visionary could approach these problems too.
  3. ottawa_sox

    Rumor: Reinsdorf aims to build second place teams

    I was 8 in '59. Through rose coloured childhood glasses it certainly was frustrating, mainly because they pulled it off in '59. And they had a true home field advantage. Long, wet infield grass, great starting ground ball pitchers, incentivized by 20 ground ball out suits (at least for 1/2 year until they were awarded too many). Expansive outfield manned by speedy outfielders. And could those Sox ever bunt (oh for the goodle days!!!!). No such thing as blowouts. They were built to win close games. I still tend to have unrealistic expectations, each year, come day 1. Child indoctrination will do that.
  4. Aside from focus/command issues, I think he has to offer more consistent deception in the vertical plane. One of his best starts, possibly his last good one, he showed a nice 12/6 slider that seemed to greatly help keeping everyone off his fastball. He needs to further develop a third pitch. Get more comfortable with the changeup. Throw a few thousand of them this off season. A splitter with his arsenal could be fantastic. But I don't think that rabbit is being pulled out of the hat anytime soon as his hands don't look big enough to me.
  5. ottawa_sox

    The 40 Man Roster Puzzle

    Beautiful. My laugh for the day.
  6. ottawa_sox

    The juiced ball

    Perhaps hitters incorporated uppercut swings to advantage of the juiced ball. Ball first, followed by strikeouts and home runs. Also, I think, the same sensibilities drive fewer hitters to choke up on 2 strikes.
  7. How in God's name is that play not reviewable.
  8. ottawa_sox

    2020 RF options

    While trying to put a wicked offensive team, it seems nobody, including Kenny, thinks of Moncada as the right fielder. This would be the resulting upshot of acquiring Rendon. Now, commence eye-rolling. But Jerry has the money. Maybe he is a little embarrassed about last off-season. That to me, would take care of the starting 8. You'd think that given Moncada's speed, arm and athleticism, he would have a pretty high defensive ceiling. You would expect tracking problems to begin with, that would undoubtedly diminish over time. As far as it affecting his hitting, I think he has arrived.
  9. ottawa_sox

    ChiSox @ BoSox, 6/26, 12:05 CT

    It wasn't a lack of hustle, it was a brain cramp. Hopefully the resultant embarrassment will be his learning tool.
  10. ottawa_sox

    ChiSox @ BoSox, 6/26, 12:05 CT

    I would say that Jon Jay has more focus than ReyLo
  11. ottawa_sox

    ChiSox @ BoSox, 6/25, 6:10 CT, NSCH

    This made me laugh. I guess I needed a release as well.
  12. It was a safety squeeze, not a suicide.
  13. For me, the 'couple' and the 'few' might be within the norm. But the 7 is not. Still, pitchers with elbow problems that throw 100 don't seem to favour one jersey over another. And we have Hansen/Burdi/Kopech. Discouraging, but maybe only screwing the the timeline a bit. The ruptured achilles is a concensus long time wear and tear issue. We seemed to be an organization that for years escaped a lot of injuries. It's bound to momentarily sway the other way at some point.
  14. I feel like it took Hahn 2 years to convince Reinsdorf / Williams to stop 'going for it' with over-the-hill, off-season fill-ins. So we've had a lot of change in 3 years - Hostetler / Getz/ Paddy. 3 years feels like approaching the edge for me too. And I get the development / injury angle, but I always feel squeamish when an injury results in a finger quickly being pointed at someone in management. You would think mostly it's just plain bad luck.
  15. I agree. Getting healthy players and prospects back is the key. Shit happens and blaming management for bad luck seems misguided. But I do put more blame on one guy in management. The Chairman has the final say. The Machado fiasco was demoralising. What if another owner, with a willingness to open his pocketbook (what did the Padre owner say - something like "I had to do it for the fans"), oversaw the operations. I don't think Hahn would have nearly as much stink on him. How would Hahn do with a ballclub that had an owner that did not hamstring him. At least the team philosophies regarding international spending, player development and analytics have been trending upwards recently under our three headed monster. Too early to tell how it's turning out.