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  2. Look at Ray Ray Run

    The TLR Manager Thread

    No one gives up outs with the might of TLR!
  3. 35thstreetswarm

    The TLR Manager Thread

    I'm excited for Engel to return and think we need him, but I am worried that folks are building him up a little too much in their minds. He doesn't exactly have a long track record of being a better-than-bench level player, and will be returning from a long absence. It wouldn't shock me if he comes back and is basically Leury.
  4. BrianAnderson

    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    Few questions: Do you think those who are unvaccinated, given more time, would get vaccinated? aka - do you believe it's about opportunity? If yes, how much more time should be given to have those people get a vaccine? If no, what is the purpose? Aren't we trying to get towards herd immunity? There's several ways to reach that, one of which is people voluntarily taking a vaccine. The other is through contracting the virus and vaccines. Do you believe variants are obsolete in a scenario of high percentages of the vaccine? My personal take: You're only going to have a certain percentage of the population going out to take a vaccine. You can lead a horse to water, but when the CDC employees are only 60% vaccinated at this point? Do you really think you'll get more participation than that across the entire spectrum of the US when the CDC can't even get above 60%? So at a certain point you say okay, we did our best, we gave an opportunity for those who wanted to take advantage. Those who don't we have more than ample hospital capacity, a plan of how to keep deaths low, and we need to open up and get life back to normal so we don't continue the irreversible economic issues that will ultimately come from this. Those people may contract, but it's just another avenue to herd immunity. In regards to variants - get used to it. Every strand will have variants and we live in a global world. Unless somehow you're reaching herd immunity across the globe (you're not) then it all makes it way around the globe. I mean, that's how covid started in the first place. If you have any borders open (you do, and you will) then eventually someone from India goes to the UK and someone from the UK to US. Or someone from China to Japan, Japan to Europe, Europe to Canada, etc. etc. etc. You're not stopping variants. This is life. We will have flu like shots to attack the top variants. Basically to say -- open up. We can't treat the world as no child left behind. Everybody who wants a shot can go to CVS within 48 hours. It's accessible to everybody who is interested and those who haven't got it yet, aren't likely to get it.
  5. Right now I feel like the Bulls are like literally the worst team in the NBA. The franchise boxed them into a corner when the traded WCJ + those picks for a player who doesn't put them over the top. Really not happy with where the franchise is, like at all. That could change if some young players take big steps forward, but Vuc is a good player, but not an elite player and he has some of the same flaws Lavine does (in terms of the defensive side of the ball). Really not convinced this front office has it down but hopefully everyone proves me wrong.
  6. CaliSoxFanViaSWside

    Steve Stone / Yoan Moncada's "Lack of Effort and Interest"

    I can't read any Fegan articles because I don't subscribe and I know from the opinions I've read about him including yours, think he is far and away the best when compared to other beat writers. So without the material I need to make up my mind about him , besides tweets, I get the general impression that he does let his personal beliefs color things he writes. Nothing wrong with that I if you are a fan of the team. I'm guessing he is a fan of the Sox rather than an outside journalist who might make more of an attempt to be impartial. I am open to being wrong about him , it's just my general impression.
  7. chitownsportsfan

    Steve Stone / Yoan Moncada's "Lack of Effort and Interest"

    FWIW Royals Review commentators by and large thought Matheny was being a whiny b**** and that since he was called safe at the plate the smart thing to do was stick with the call because there wasn't any clear angle showing a tag.
  8. chitownsportsfan

    Steve Stone / Yoan Moncada's "Lack of Effort and Interest"

    I get what you're saying and I had the same impression that Fegan was sorta doing that sportswriter narrative insert when guys are just giving sorta boilerplate reactions and not thinking too much about what they are saying, but for James I will allow it because he's just that good of a writer and if he felt the guys were feeling that way that's fine.
  9. Dominikk85

    The TLR Manager Thread

    I didn't like he didn't pinch hit for leury in the 8th. It worked since leury walked but really it should have been collins batting here. Not sure if Tony just looks at collins batting average and thinks "he is not really much better than leury" but collins definitely is a better hitter. Leury is not quite as bad as he showed this year (nobody is a. 500 ops expected guy like he was so far this year) but expected he is a mid 600s ops guy and collins should be an expected mid to high 700s ops guy.
  10. ChiSox59

    Madrigal.

    Why tho? I too think Madrigal needs to hit for some XBH rather than just being a pure singles hitter, but picking some arbitrary number as the cut off seems silly. He is currently on pace for around 35 XBH, and I don't think we've seen the best of him by any means. The doubles and triples and perhaps occasional homer will come. Not directed at you really - but people are trying to jam a square peg into a round hole around here with Madrigal. He is a unique player. He just needs to be really good at what he does well. This lineup has plenty of power - I still feel like he's a fantastic fit for a this team (when its fully healthy especially), and will be for years to come. We don't need our 9 hitter to hit 20 homers. That said, Madrigal has been pretty bad offensively lately so hopefully he snaps out of it soon.
  11. Team definitely needs a point guard. If they can't luck into a top 4 pick, they really need to make the trade for Ball happen. I suppose I'd be ok with Shroeder as well. Lauri is more than likely gone and hopefully their 2nd round pick from last year can come over and fill his role. I've been following his box scores throughout the year and if he translates he should at least be as good as the version of Lauri we have seen lately. Coaching is gonna be the thing that gets them to the playoffs IMO. They gotta figure out how to really work with Vuc and Lavine to get the ball rolling.
  12. Dominikk85

    Abreu

    Abreu is a great player but I don't see him making the hall, the bar for first basemen ist incredibly high, you almost have to have 500 homers. The late start in that regard will hurt him. Sure ichiro had a late start too but he was dominating a well regarded league while Abreu was a Cuban legend but the Cuban league is not considered the same as NBP. Plus ichiro still made it to 3k as he played till 45. Abreu will be more like konerko or mcgriff and not make it. The MVP will help some and get him some votes on the ballot but it was a shortened season and I don't think it is enough to clear the bar and make up for the counting stats. Still a white sox legend, hopefully Vaughn will have a similar career and continue to strong relay of Sox first basemen (Thomas, konerko, Abreu then Vaughn).
  13. Joshua Strong

    2021 MLB Draft Thread

    FYI the Sox certainly have a bottom 5 farm now with Crochet, Vaughn and Madrigal all graduated from prospect status. If you want sustained success, this is a crucial draft. It should provide some window of how the time will approach talent acquisition with lower picks and less bonus money.
  14. bmags

    5/16/21 Games

    also relevant: The league where all of our youngest and guys most in need of development are struggling, the others with a lot of older, college players are having early success. We need to give these guys time, kanny is always the hardest jump.
  15. southsider2k5

    Abreu

    Add a ring or two to that resume, and it also gets easier.
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  17. southsider2k5

    Steve Stone / Yoan Moncada's "Lack of Effort and Interest"

    The problem is that it shouldn't be people within your own organization who are sabotaging your players.
  18. Greg Hibbard

    Madrigal.

    I am fine with Madrigal being a .300 hitter and having zero HR power if he hits combined 30 doubles and triples per 162. I think he’s capable of that, but he hasn’t looked good lately. I do want to believe he will be good, and I’m willing to give him 200 games of rope to find out, just like we gave Moncada, who took that long to get good. It took Anderson nearly 3 seasons to unlock his true potential.
  19. Tony

    Abreu

    I also don't disagree with this. Honestly, I think the biggest thing that could help his cause is the Sox winning 1-2 World Series in the next 5 years. If he played a major role in collecting a few World Series, it could push him over the top. But I still don't think he makes it, just not a long enough MLB career.
  20. CaliSoxFanViaSWside

    Steve Stone / Yoan Moncada's "Lack of Effort and Interest"

    Can't read any The Athletic articles if you are providing a link to provide any kind of proof to your opinion that it looked like he was tagged or the 90% thing you said. I don't think your opinion is in the article . Did you not see the replay and thus are adapting someone elses opinion as your own ?
  21. Tony

    Abreu

    I don't disagree with that at all. It's not the MLB HoF.
  22. flavum

    Abreu

    It’s not impossible for Abreu to make the Hall. He’s got an MVP and another top 5. If he can play another 5-6 years at a high level, finish with 350+ homers, and hopefully have postseason success as well, his overall baseball career will be good enough for the Hall. But first...put Minoso in.
  23. Quin

    5/16/21 Games

    He's 19 and didn't get to do any type of Rookie Ball. Give him time.
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