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    Andruw Jones Wants to Start for the Sox

    Throwing out the idea of Jones starting strikes me as more "Pods, we're ready to move on without ya, Buddy, one way or the other" public posturing in order to get Pods to bring down his current contract demands. Somewhat similar to the leaking of the interest in Coco Crisp a couple of weeks ago. This will probably play out for a little while longer, but I think at the end of the day, we'll have Pods back at lead-off and strictly in left field, with Jones serving as the 4th outfielder and part time DH against certain lefthanders. That is based on a not-too-far-out assumption that someone in the Thome/Matsui mode will eventually be brought in to be the DH.
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    White Sox Interested In Coco Crisp

    QUOTE (Princess Dye @ Nov 24, 2009 -> 03:42 PM) It's funny how some people seem more likely to forgive Pods several years of injury plagued awfulness, but wont apply the same optimism to the career of Coco, who is younger...and has been a lot more consistently decent over the years. Coco fits the profile for a bounceback year. Pods toes the line of falling into a downward spiral due to age. Bounceback to what, though? Another year of a .340 OBP and 25 stolen bases? That's his usual level of production offensively, and certainly nothing to get too excited about.
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    White Sox Interested In Coco Crisp

    I think the uncertainty of the level of production we're going to get out of Carlos and Rios next year makes acquiring Crisp and his mediocre at-best offense a risky proposition.
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    White Sox Interested In Coco Crisp

    If we acquired Crisp, we would then feature in our 2010 Opening Day line-up two of the nine starting players in the Royals' 2009 Opening Day line-up. And by two I mean two of their very mediocre players at that. How do we figure to compete for a championship if we continue collecting the likes of these kind of guys?
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    Is Frank Thomas HOF Worthy?

    QUOTE (Markbilliards @ Nov 24, 2009 -> 10:56 AM) This is a tough one because they're were a lot of good offensive players in his day that will be competing against him for the Hall. Answer this with your head, not your heart. Nothing tough about this one at all. Two time MVPs with 500+ home runs and a career .300 batting average go right on into the HOF. No questions asked.
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    Sox acquire Mark Teahen, $$$ for Getz/Fields

    I'm not disappointed in parting with either Fields or Getz. They are both replaceable parts. What I am not quite happy about, at least at this moment, is the fact that we appear to be penciling in a starter for next year who has yet to drive in 70 or more runs in a year and who strikes out a whole bunch. Is that who you replace someone of Jermaine Dye's caliber with? How in the world can that be considered an upgrade for right field, if indeed that's where he ends up playing? I don't care how much better he is defensively. His offense is sub-par for a corner outfielder. And even if Teahen ends up going to third base, his numbers are below average for a third baseman, too, as third base is typically a power position of sorts as well. It would be one thing if he had speed like Chone Figgins, but he doesn't. No, I am not thrilled about the prospect of watching this guy make 500+ plate appearances in a White Sox uniform next season.
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    Debate: Swap Linebrink for Bradley?

    There is a certain amount of poor behavior that you might be inclined to put up with if the player in question is putting up astronomical numbers. Dave Kingman, Albert Belle and Manny Ramirez are a few players who come to mind there. But Milton Bradley does not even come close to providing that kind of production, and so the combination of him only being a decent offensive player on his best days (and one who doesn't play good defense, either) along with being someone who consistently behaves even more poorly than those other three guys I mentioned makes him an absolute "NO SALE" for me.
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    9/25 Detroit Tigers @ Chicago White Sox

    QUOTE (jphat007 @ Sep 25, 2009 -> 08:41 PM) If Thornton is our closer, he prolly won't have many games to save with the way our setup would likely come together We have no idea what our set-up relief pitching is going to look like yet for next season. Give Kenny a chance to work on it over the winter before you throw down with the negative outlook on things.
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    9/25 Detroit Tigers @ Chicago White Sox

    This game may very well have featured both the ace of our 2010 staff as well as our new closer.
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    9/25 Detroit Tigers @ Chicago White Sox

    QUOTE (The Ginger Kid @ Sep 25, 2009 -> 08:11 PM) Two-dinger Jenks warming? I should hope not. He's out for the season with a calf injury.
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    9/25 Detroit Tigers @ Chicago White Sox

    Just a terrific game for Peavy, especially given that it's against a team in the throes of a pennant race.
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    9/25 Detroit Tigers @ Chicago White Sox

    You can cancel the postgame show!
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    9/25 Detroit Tigers @ Chicago White Sox

    QUOTE (The Ginger Kid @ Sep 25, 2009 -> 06:48 PM) gotta say, i'm already psyched to see a healthy JP come spring. I think he sees all the talk about the transition from NL to AL as a challenge. I fully agree. From what I've seen, I like the tenacity he brings out there to the mound.
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    9/25 Detroit Tigers @ Chicago White Sox

    Stone Poney and Mike Huff with the call tonight. Hawk off tending to some "family bizzness".
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    Who should the Sox trade for this winter?

    QUOTE (G&T @ Sep 25, 2009 -> 09:15 AM) Doubtful. The time to get him was last off season when he was dirt cheap and the Sox didn't get him. He had a great year and will want a big contract. Is he worth it? Probably. Will the Sox spend it? Doubtful. He was great in 2008, too, and wanted a big contract last winter as well, but didn't get it. Now he's a year older. There's no doubt he'll get a better deal than the one he got with the Angels, but I don't think it'll be the kind to break the bank.
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    Who should the Sox trade for this winter?

    I think Bobby Abreu is the guy to try and get this winter. In my mind, he's the perfect replacement for Thome at DH. He brings the things you liked about Thome - the OBP and RBIs - while also bringing something Thome was obviously severely lacking, which is speed. And also like with Thome, he would help balance out what is a rather righty-heavy line-up at the moment. He's been one of those guys whom Kenny Williams has targeted in the past, and he seems to have a good rapport with fellow Venezeulan Ozzie Guillen. So in all material respects he just seems like he'd be a very good fit for the White Sox as the designated hitter for the next year or two.
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    Tribune article about team being "underachievers"

    QUOTE (Thunderbolt @ Sep 24, 2009 -> 12:59 PM) KW seems to be stressing OPB and extra-base hits, while Ozzie continues to talk about going in a more small-ball oriented direction. If KW is stressing OPB, then I can't help but think he'll target either Figgins or Abreu this offseason. Both feature excellent OBPs, and either one of them would seeimingly fit a need we currently have.
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    My surprise player to be dealt

    QUOTE (Kenny Hates Prospects @ Sep 24, 2009 -> 12:59 PM) Now that Kenny has assembled his third dominant rotation ('05 and '06 being the others) in his history as GM, I would expect him to try and win with it. Exactly.
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    Twins @ White Sox, 9/23/09

    QUOTE (BigSqwert @ Sep 23, 2009 -> 09:04 PM) Whooptie f***ing doo. Where was this for the last 8 weeks? I know, I know. It's been painfully missing for quite some time. But I'm still a big fan of JD, and in his waning days in a Sox uniform, I'd at least like to see him go out on a good note.
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    Twins @ White Sox, 9/23/09

    Nice to see JD nailing the ball tonight.
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    Debate: Swap Linebrink for Bradley?

    QUOTE (WCSox @ Sep 22, 2009 -> 11:34 AM) SLG vs. OBP depends more on where you hit in the lineup than anything else. Obviously, you want somebody with a high SLG hitting 4th, but if your DH happens to be your leadoff guy, OBP rules. I completely agree. My point is that our club is probably going to need a lefthanded presence somewhere in the middle of that line-up next year, meaning that slugging % is what might be of more importance to acquire this winter; thus, diminishing the need for the services of one Mr. Milton Bradley.
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    Debate: Swap Linebrink for Bradley?

    QUOTE (DBAHO @ Sep 22, 2009 -> 10:56 AM) If you're looking to add an OBP guy in the DH spot, there are still a lot of different options such as; 1 - Jim Thome. Yeah most people probably wouldn't want him back, and he's inconsistent as hell. But so is Bradley, and Thome put up an .864 OPS for the Sox this season with a .372 OBP. 2 - Russell Branyan. 1 year wonder? Possibly, but if the price was right he'd be worth considering. I'd imagine he'll stick with the Mariners though. 3 - Nick Johnson. This guy has a .421 OBP this season. 92 BB's and 81 K's. He'd look very nice in the DH spot for us. 4 - Adam LaRoche. Doesn't get on base as well as the 3 above, but he's another option to consider. I should think that slugging % would be every bit as, if not more important than, OBP when it comes to talking about a lefthanded DH on our particular ballclub. As of the moment, we do not have anybody who can hit the ball with regular authority from that side of the plate. As such, I think we need to be thinking about guys such as Thome, Branyan, Matsui and Delgado for that role long before we think of a mediocre run producer such as Bradley. And if you do place more of a premium on OBP, then you obviously set your sights on a guy like Abreu. All of those guys, of course, are free agents, so I think you investigate their availability as well as any potential lefthanded hitting trade candiates out there long before you even remotely consider taking on a problem child like Bradley. I mean, to me, Bradley isn't even in a "Plan B" type of category. More like "Plan Z", and I don't mean Zambrano!
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    Minnesota Twins @ Chicago White Sox, 7:11, CSN

    Boy, Hawk and Stoney busting out the season's post mortem tonight. I guess they've finally seen enough. My heart wants to share their optimism about next year. But it's a little hard at the moment when you look at the league's worst defense, 12th best offense, and a bullpen in a somewhat state of shambles. I do think we will be in a position of strength with our starting rotation in '10, and I agree with Hawk and Stone about the expected improvement from guys like Beckham and Getz. But I agree even more with Stone's comment that Kenny still has some work to do this winter.
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    Debate: Swap Linebrink for Bradley?

    Rather than trade anybody with a pulse for "Bad Boy" Milton Bradley, I'd rather we go out and re-sign "Good Guy" Jim Thome for one more year. You'd get all of the OBP that Bradley brings to the table plus more homers and RBIs. That and you'd have arguably the best influence in all of baseball in the clubhouse vs. the worst.
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    "More bunting"

    QUOTE (SouthsideDon48 @ Sep 17, 2009 -> 11:34 AM) No, not in that situation, but I would call for the bunt in the 3rd inning if, say, the leadoff batter was the 9th batter (Getz) and he got on base. So if Getz was on base, and the next batter was Pods and the batter after that is Beckham, then I'm DEFINITELY calling for a bunt. With a well-played bunt by Pods, 1 of 2 things can happen: 1. Getz moves over to 2nd and Pods is out, and Beckham bats next. or... 2. Getz mvoes over to 2nd and Pods is safe on 1st after outrunning the bunt, flustering the opposing pitcher with 2 runners on base with 1 in scoring position and a strong bat in Backham standing in the batter's box. That's better than letting Pods try to swing and risk a double-play, which would not give Beckham the psychological edge he would've had if there was 1 baserunner on 2nd in scoring position, or 2 baserunners on base. In the third inning, I'm not wasting an out having Pods bunt Getz over to 2nd. I'm letting a guy with a very good stolen base ratio take his chance on swiping the base. Most good base stealers have around a 75-80% success ratio, and I'm sure that matches up quite favorably to the success ratio of the average bunter in the league. No, for me, I take my chances with Getz running in this particular scenario every time. The only time I'm bunting with an American League team playing in a hitter's park like U.S. Cellular Field is from the 7th inning on in a one-run ballgame when you get a base clogger on base. That I'll sign onto. But other than that, I'm either having my good baserunners trying to steal bases, and/or I'm letting my hitters swing the bat.
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