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    Who are the worst players in White Sox history?

    QUOTE (Al Lopez's Ghost @ Dec 10, 2015 -> 08:10 PM) Nope. Steve Lyons. I'm sorry you're right..my memory fades
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    Who are the worst players in White Sox history?

    QUOTE (BigEdWalsh @ Dec 10, 2015 -> 06:59 PM) To be fair, Mike Squires was a very good fielding first baseman. Rich Morales was more or less a utility player. I don't have too much problem with those kind of guys. Yes you're right Squires was one of the best fielding 1'st baseman I've ever seen. I'll never forget the time he pulled down his pants brushing out the dirt while standing at first base...lmao.. to funny. For me an in the modern day it would be Dunn, his first yr. He was so bad they sent him home early.
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    Jason Heyward to Cubs (8 yrs 184M)

    I for one would still love to see the Sox sign him. Give me Heyward and a power bat an I'll see you in the playoffs.
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    Thoughts On The Upcoming Season

    QUOTE (LDF @ Dec 10, 2015 -> 12:30 AM) b/c of my stupid arse prediction of 90 + last yr, i really would like to see how the rest of the off season plays out. i am still eating the crow pie. I got a little over excited myself last yr. so I've eaten half of that pie. My hopes are they can get me as excited again with a different outcome. So far so good but we're still a ways away.
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    Whats the beef...here's mine

    QUOTE (Chisoxfn @ Dec 7, 2015 -> 02:28 PM) So I'm not going to make some big winded post as what I am posting is purely based upon conjecture (along with some of Hahn's quotes) but I've heard Hahn talk a lot about working to fix our offense, but like last off-season, I've heard so little about our defense? It just makes me go hmmm, have we learned nothing from our struggles the past few years. I realize that good defensive, OBP guys don't grow on trees (and to be frank, OBP and good defense are the Sox two biggest achiles heels) but for us to consistently talk about offense just strikes the wrong chord to me. I have watched a team that has been fundamentally bad for the past few years and last off-season we tried to fix the offense while ignoring defense. Sox deserve the benefit of the doubt cause they have yet to make a move this off-season that made the defense worse, but they also haven't upgraded the defense either (which is fine...only position they addressed was catcher and net net I'd say that move was defensively neutral to slightly positive while offensively having the upside to be positive). I agree 100%. I'm a little old school in my thinking in that I believe good pitching good defense an the 3 run home run wins. Problem is we have only 1 Home run hitter an rarely have anyone on base. Saying that I still believe we need to improve our defense at almost every position.
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    Sox Fire Mark Parent

    I wonder if the FO has given any thoughts to Ozzie being the bench coach? Then I had a funny thought. What if they signed MB, AJ an Uribe? Maybe the old farts can show the team how to win. The thought does make me grin even though it's completely ridiculous.
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    Mark Buehrle to retire?

    QUOTE (Harry Chappas @ Oct 18, 2015 -> 09:06 AM) He was ejected in Baltimore when had that quality start streak ended. Complete BS ejection. Thanks, I remember now...still think he was trying to get ejected in Toronto, just seems like something he'd do for the fun of it.
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    Mark Buehrle to retire?

    QUOTE (Jose Abreu @ Oct 14, 2015 -> 05:23 PM) In what could be (if Texas comes back) his last moment as a big leaguer, Mark Buehrle was ejected in today's Toronto/Texas game for doing nothing. I don't remember ever seeing MB ejected. I'm sure he has at sometime in his career but I think he might of wanted to be ejected.
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    Maybe take Shark off the Soxtalk banner?

    I like the new banner, thanks. I liked the one with Thompson in it too. I think Thompson represents a hopeful future an at least he's home brewed.
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    Mark Buehrle to retire?

    MARK BUEHRLE DENIES RETIREMENT TALK The veteran pitcher, who was left off the Blue Jays' active roster for the playoffs thus far, said he hasn't made a decision to call it quits at age 36, despite reports to the contrary at the end of the regular season.
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    Team Construction

    QUOTE (LDF @ Oct 14, 2015 -> 01:03 PM) ref the bold, the biggest problem the sox have and will continue to have is the favoritism that is ragging in the FO. the owners favorite son |s| will never be let go. this is the best in the FO will do, no matter what comes. I don't think this team was good enough for us fans to point our finger at Robin an say it was his fault. While I didn't like how he used some of the players (LaRoche an others) or how bad the team started the season (which I think had something to do with our coaches and mgr.) I can't put the blame on Robin. I don't think any mgr. could of gotten us any more than a couple more wins at most, which by the way would have cost us the protected pick. The players themselves need to take responsibility for their sloppy play. Hahn made some good sound moves that didn't pan out for some reason. The stats all lined up for us to be a much better team than they showed. The team just didn't play good fundamental ball an I think thats on the players.
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    Bad umpiring

    I've been watching various K zone or other places with similar strike zone boxes. I've seen pitches called a ball when they hit the exact center of the box/strike zone on many occasions. It makes me wonder how far off they are. I can see it if the ball was high/low or on the black but the exact center is confusing. I've also seen the same dot (as you say) being called 2 different calls. When this happens I wonder if it's got anything to do with pitch framing. Maybe one time he hit the glove an the next time the catcher had to move his glove. In any case I've been wondering about these boxes. I tend to believe the umps even though I know they're not perfect. I've been arguing with a few friends about these boxes. They (my friends) want to do away with the umps calling the balls an strikes while I'm a bit old school an think it's part of the game.
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    Hahn Confirms: Ventura back for 2016

    QUOTE (Balta1701 @ Oct 11, 2015 -> 02:06 PM) Believing that minor changes are all that is needed is very much consistent with how they behaved during the season. No moves whatsoever at any of the trade deadlines, little change in coaching staff after the season, "If we keep playing like this we'll be right there in the end". Yes, I heard both Robin and Hahn say we just got off to a bad start, just after the AS break. I think they believe they're close. Personally I think even if we had started the year 10-0 we would of never been close. I really don't expect much this off yr. because of this line of thinking.
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    Hahn Confirms: Ventura back for 2016

    QUOTE (VAfan @ Oct 2, 2015 -> 09:21 PM) Disgusted. As I wrote elsewhere, managers should be assigned WAR. If they were, I'd give Ventura a -5 to -8 range. Just pulling that out of a hat. But I think there is no question managers make a difference. And it starts with whether the team plays good fundamental baseball. Do they field well, or as well as they could give their talent? Do they run the bases well? Do they move runners over? Bunt if called upon? If they dont, this is a managerial problem. Anyone think the Giants win the World Series without Bochy? Any of the 3 they just won? Managers also make in game decisions that win and lose games. Ventura is not good here either. They set lineups, decide who sits, etc. Ultimately, how can Ventura hold any player accountable when he hasn't been held accountable himself?? Another wasted year coming up. Sox could be better, but there is no way they will overcome the anchor that Ventura is for the team. I don't live in Chicago, but I'm not going to see them when they come to DC or Baltimore. And it's hard for me because I have a 12 year old son who loves baseball. You can add to your list how the team played coming out of spring training. The team was not ready to play and that IMO is the manager and his coaching staff's fault. Fundamentals are really bad on this team. Most of the ream came from other organizations so it's not like we taught them, but you would think the manager would see the bad play an speak to them and/or assign a coach to help him improve with a warning thats not how we play baseball here. To be honest I think some of our guys that came up through our farm system seem to have better fundamentals than many of the others. I hate to rip on Robin because there's only so much he can do but I don't think he's doing enough. Bottom line he's the manager and responsible for how the team should play.
  15. I am for the most part against trading Q. I don't think we get what he's worth or enough of what we need to make it worth while. On the other hand Sale might get us there, but thats a whole nother thread.