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  1. Pants Rowland

    Would you rather trade Eloy or Vaughn?

    Too early to know for sure, but if the Sox fail to get over the hump in 2022 due to again being too RH power dependent and weak defensively, I see a major trade coming (think Carlos Lee for Pods etc.) where one of Vaughn or Eloy are moved to better balance the ML squad. I agree that this offseason is bad timing, but I also do believe Vaughn will be more of a Konerko type that the fans love while people are going to tire of Eloy's constant ailments and boneheaded tendencies. With that said, I also think Eloy will be the more attractive piece to dangle to other GMs and boost trade return.
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    Justin Verlander re-signs in Houston

    I agree as well. I also agree with other responders that Boras is not going to do anything to compromise a max value contract for his clients. However, brokers always have the opportunity to steer their clients when all financial matters are equal, and/or tip off a GM when they are inches away from a target player at the end of a process.
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    Justin Verlander re-signs in Houston

    This may sound naive, but is it possible that Rodon/Boras had an off the record conversation with Hahn advising they would reject the QO? Meanwhile, there is at least one other Boras client the Sox are pursuing, and as a show of good will, Hahn decided not to exercise the QO on Rodon? It allows Rodon to negotiate unencumbered, still possibly returning to Chicago if the numbers are right, and maybe gets the Sox last look favors on a hotly sought after Boras FA. I suspect such horse trading has diminished in MLB over the years, but that type of stuff still goes on in the business world even at some of the highest levels.
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    Pass the sick bucket

    I see two plausible scenarios: Players like/love him and he is a good clubhouse manager Players do not like/love him but we all need to protect our careers so they toe the company line I think the overall clubhouse tends toward the former, less because they spoke positively about TLR, but more because of the enthusiasm of their comments. We all have worked with people who bend over backwards to please the boss and shower him/her with compliments and flowery language. I doubt that is TA, and I doubt even Burr would be so emphatic about running through walls if he didn't mean it. What I saw in the failures against Houston was that TLR is not a great strategist. I think the knocks we read here about pitching decisions and shifts are merited even if he sometimes makes sound choices (ie Game 3). However, the bigger failure I saw though was organizational (and possibly just indicative of a talented but inexperienced team). Houston seems to produce smarter ballplayers. They hold runners on better. They take every extra base. They play tighter defense, stealing a hit or two (and likely runs) every game. They know how to spoil off pitches and wear out your starters until they tire or give in and throw a hittable pitch. I assume a lot of this is taught by their staff from low A ball on up. I am not sure the same goes for the Sox.
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    ALDS Game 4 - HOU @ CWS - 1:07 pm CDT

    I don't care how the Astros feel but I do think the comments and chants strengthen their resolve if it does anything. The point I was making is you can frequently spot the team that lost or is destined to lose once they start whining about things that don't go their way. To me championship teams make plays, not excuses.
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    ALDS Game 4 - HOU @ CWS - 1:07 pm CDT

    I did not want to pile on in my assessment of yesterday, but the up and down/in and out made for a tough viewing experience as well. Maybe I'm just a grouchy old man and need to stick to regular season games, but goading everyone to stand up and cheer every two strike pitch seems excessive to me. I also agree very few follow the old unwritten rule of leaving/returning to your seat between innings, with minimal exception. To be fair, I do sometimes try to time it quickly after an at bat ends, but the mid-pitch stuff is ridiculous.
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    ALDS Game 4 - HOU @ CWS - 1:07 pm CDT

    I'm still here, baby! In other news, I was at the game yesterday with my 13 year old son. While I try to give the fans credit for doing their best to fire up the team, overall I found the atmosphere to be pretty edgy and angry even before things fell apart on the field. People were hitting the sauce all the way up to the security gates and chanting off color stuff that was cringeworthy. Once inside the stadium, all the chanting (aka whining) about the Astros being cheaters was also over the top and the mark of a loser, in my opinion. I have followed the Sox as my team since I was a little kid and am not about to switch now as I approach my 5th decade as a fan. However, it is tough for me to identify with a lot of the drunken angry riff raff that I saw there yesterday.
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    Tepera said out loud what everybody is thinking

    Fixed that for you. Well done, though!
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    Tepera said out loud what everybody is thinking

    Thank you. Was scratching my head at a man with Dusty's life experience quoting a Brit who covered an American blues roots classic.
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    ALDS Game 3 - HOU @ CWS - 7:07pm CDT

    Thank God that fan brought his magic cane to the park tonight.
  11. Pants Rowland

    Southpaw Mascot Hall of Fame Voting

    I know my priorities are a bit out of whack here, but a friend in the White Sox organization asked me this morning to help get Southpaw into the Mascot Hall of Fame (http://mascothalloffame.com/thevote/). If you are not still bitter at the way the Sox mistreated Andy the Clown and unceremoniously retired both Ribbie AND Rubarb, please take a moment to vote for our green furry...um friend. Feel free to write in other overlooked greats like the San Diego Chicken and Chewbacca. If you'd like to learn more, here are some additional links: https://whitesoxpride.mlblogs.com/southpaw-nominated-for-induction-into-the-mascot-hall-of-fame-3c9dd18e833d https://mascothalloffame.com/mascots/mascot-induction-process
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    Vaughn's legs are bothering him

    Sure but if the scouting report isn't complete on Romy yet and he can be sneak in a few key hits in the playoffs, I'm all for it.
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    8/26 Chicago White Sox @ Toronto Blue Jays 2:07 PM CDT

    I typically couldn't care less about the Cubs and their fans. However, they have a ton of casual followers and sometimes it's tough not to roll my eyes at the dumb random baseball "trivia" they regurgitate. It's a lot like the silly stuff on the jumbotron at Sox Park. It sounds intelligent but it's really useless and meaningless. Len tends to cite crap like that too often. But I digress. Len is fine on TV but TA's walkoff notwithstanding, he is a pretty mediocre radio play by play man. Way better than Conner McKnight but both of them have a bad habit of tripping over their tongue before telling you what happened. Too often you don't know if it's a strike/ball, flyout/HR, or a pop foul is playable or not. until well after the play ends. The best guys get to the point quickly and then fill in the blanks. I think Len does a lousy job of it.
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    8/26 Chicago White Sox @ Toronto Blue Jays 2:07 PM CDT

    He's brutal but I will say I'll take him over Len Kasper any day. There is something about Len on the radio that really pisses me off. The order of information and the way he delivers it sucks in my opinion. He also quotes stupid stats about random immaterial things happening in unison for the first time in 106 years. It's that dumb stuff that appeals to Cub fans.
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    Sox vs. Yankees 6:15pm CDT - In Iowa - on FOX

    That's what good managers do.