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  1. We. are. not. trying. to. win. this. season. We. are. giving. young. players. a. chance. to. take. their. lumps. The. team. is. rebuilding. Roach. is. a. AAAA. player.
    5 points
  2. JR should be commended for the deal he negotiated. It's a great business deal. If you're mad at anyone, be mad at the stupid politicians who agreed to it.
    2 points
  3. You keep saying this, but I think you know that the plan IS for the Sox's highly-touted farm system to turn out a core of elite talent comparable to Houston's. If all goes according to plan, Eloy, Moncada, Robert, Madrigal, etc. will be comparable to the young cores of Houston and other successful rebuilds. That's the whole idea. Now, nobody yet knows for sure if that will happen since they are still just touted prospects and not established MLB stars (just like Altuve, Correa, Springer, and Bregman a few years ago). You don't have to believe it. Maybe the baseball world was wrong about Moncada and Eloy. But the Sox have built a top farm system with projected star power, which is all you can really ask at this stage of a rebuild . Your issue really seems to be with the talent the rebuild has assembled (and the projections for that talent), not the rebuild process. And if you just think that the talent in the Sox system is no good, we're pretty much sunk and free agent signings aren't going to save us.
    2 points
  4. Obviously it's not all you hope for, but you have to be realistic. If being bad for 5 years is a guarantee for years upon years of greatness, everyone would do it, and not every team can be successful at the same time. It's a zero sum game. The White Sox will always have the Yankees and the Red Sox throwing big money at their problems. If winning the WS consistently was fairly simple, someone would actually do it. They should be able to dominate their division like Cleveland, Minnesota and Detroit have all done at various points. Even KC had a decent stretch, considering the advantages they have over their division opponents, but then you get to the playoffs and who knows how that will go. Besides, if they had made the playoffs those other years if it was formatted as it is now, you can't say they wouldn't have won.
    2 points
  5. Sure the Astros were built mainly from the farm, but it is delusional to think that the Sox can replicate that. You are assuming then that the Sox FO, scouting, and development people are as good as Houston's. The last 7 years or so provide evidence that that is simply not the case. Let me know when the Sox develop four positional players as good as Altuve, Correa, Springer, and Bregman. Look at the Dodgers payroll. They have definitely spent $ on pitching and had to pony up to keep Jansen and Turner in town. They also didn't trade away their stud lefty at any point. I'm trying to figure out when the Sox think there competitive window should start. 2020? 2021? 2022? No one seems to know and that is scary to me.
    2 points
  6. You sure about that first comment?
    2 points
  7. Then there's only one thing to do....lose the whole freaking thing!
    2 points
  8. Here's an in-person game report from the AZL last night, where Nick Madrigal made his professional debut. It includes a couple videos and photos of Nick, and some context for his performance that day.
    1 point
  9. He's hitting like a guy who wants to stay. Can we trade him and even get someone decent at this point? How far has his value fallen
    1 point
  10. Just love paying the dumbest players on the court the most money
    1 point
  11. They don’t have enough talent to let him walk.
    1 point
  12. Like they are ever going to sign 2 max guys. Child please.
    1 point
  13. He has been 100% consistent on never wanting to leave the White Sox. He loves it here.
    1 point
  14. No wonder this thread has been so quiet
    1 point
  15. Do you actually think that player payroll is the only cost of doing business?
    1 point
  16. Heath Phillips. I thought he was the next Mark Buehrle. Even got him to sign a baseball for me and told him as such... 😑
    1 point
  17. "Suck" is definitely not how I would describe either of those players. Both made all-star games here. Podsednik once led the league with 70 steals (309 SB's total) and finished 2nd in ROY voting. Career .281 hitter with a .340 career OBP. Crede especially - in his first 4 1/3 years in the league were damn good prior to hurting his back for that first time. He was elite defensively. 4.8 WAR and 30 HR's/94 RBI's in 2006 (.283/.323/.506) OPS of .829 (one of two seasons with an .820+ OPS) In those 4 1/3 or 4.5 seasons (whatever you want to call it - he came up for good to play 53 games in 02) he hit 104 HR's. Keep in mind, these were different times in the immediate aftermath of the steroid era... and consistently averaging in the mid-20's for HR's was quite solid. His OPS lines were .826 .741 .717 .756 and .829. This is also a guy who was possibly our overall post-season MVP in 05. .949 OPS with 4 HR's and 11 RBI's. 1.000 OPS in the ALCS and a 1.100 OPS in the World Series. Podsednik was also damn good. Both were hugely clutch, of course. Crede, just overall - big time clutch player. I don't understand saying they "sucked". Clearly both above average major league players. Crede was eyeing a 300-350 HR career before his injuries. Maybe you mean to say "they were both favorites - despite better players being on the roster"?
    1 point
  18. 1 point
  19. While losing right now may be understood, I would also add that the fans have every right to be pissed about it. The losing in 2018 is a direct result of choices the White Sox were making in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, and the people who made those choices have suffered no consequences. By the end of 2016, Rick Hahn didn't just deserve to be fired, he deserved to be tarred and feathered. After the Shields trade people should have been burning Rick Hahn in effigy. The only reason they weren't is that after so much ineptitude, nobody really cared any more.
    1 point
  20. We also want to get value from the guys we end up dumping if we can. I'm not advocating anything drastic just saying would have been fine with me if Roach got a shot but we'll never know and that's OK too. There's a lot of names on the team now who will be gone including plenty of the guys who play mostly every day and those in the starting rotation. We aren't trying to win either so if you aren't trying to win it means you're OK with losing as part of the plan.
    1 point
  21. One postseason appearance and zero trips to the WS. Is that all we are hoping for with this rebuild? If the goal is to just make the postseason once and hope for a 2005 type playoff then the Sox should have kept Sale, Eaton, and Q. They could have signed Lowrie, Moustakas, Matt Adams, Sabathia, and Chacin for dirt cheap.
    1 point
  22. So is the rebuild. Yet you and a few others refuse to acknowledge that fact. Even with where I stood on the rebuild process, I have moved on and am not pursuing meaningless trolling of something that is dead and gone.
    1 point
  23. And by golly you whine about every single day. Go get a new hobby if the Sox rebuilding causes you so much angst & misery.
    1 point
  24. Deserves every "like" after that one.
    1 point
  25. Honestly, I think it's because you come off as condescending. I'm sure you have good intentions and all but you have a way of making it sound like you have all the answers. I'm not trying to be a d*** about it. I know I come off as a tool at times.
    1 point
  26. Can't even open a thread these days without seeing people upset that the White Sox are a profitable business.
    1 point
  27. There's always a place for the eye test — I felt like Avi was going to be fine by watching his at bats early this season despite the fact his numbers were no good because he was hitting the ball hard. That said, there is really very little justification for throwing out the defensive metrics as useless. They aren't some weird computer thing divorced from what's really happening out there, they are based on humans using the game tape to judge the speed and location of batted balls and using years of data on equivalent plays to see how often the balls are fielded. Nobody's eye test can unite the single play observation with the data in that way. When people say the fielding metrics aren't reliable in small samples, they don't mean that they are meaningless in small samples. They mean a half season of fielding data is about as informative as 40-50 games of hitting data. We pay a lot of attention to 40-50 games of hitting data and see it as basically informative even if things are liable to change as time goes on and with the knowledge that a small number of games may play an outsize role in determining the season total and may not replicate in the long run. For outfielders, we have even better methods now thanks to Statcast when it comes to judging an outfielder's ability to catch the ball. It builds on the same logic that UZR, etc. do but with extremely accurate measurements. Soon I expect us to have similar information from Statcast for infielders and I expect that to really affect the game once we do. I'm sure the teams are already generating these metrics for their own use and MLB's good people are still haggling over the best version to present to the public.
    1 point
  28. Giolito has no business being on the White Sox team. Fulmer couldn't get anybody out and was sent down. Giolito can't get anybody out and he should be sent down. Roach at least deserved a chance to see how he could do with the White Sox.
    1 point
  29. I'm going to go really deep on you guys... Rangel Ravelo I always defended him and really thought he was going to be a big league hitter, lack of power be damned!
    1 point
  30. You know, we have an actual function for that now... right?
    1 point
  31. I'm currently watching Kopech's start to see how much he really did get squeezed in this 1st inning. ** 2-2 fastball to the 2nd hitter of the game was VERY close. The camera is slightly off-set, so I can't see exactly if it was over the plate, but the Garneau didn't move his glove much and Kopech started to walk off the mound. Announcers think if it wasn't a strike, MAYBE it was a touch low. ** 3-2 fastball to the same hitter, 2 pitches later. Definitely over the plate, but apparently slightly low again. Kopech visually annoyed that it wasn't called. The batter didn't know what the count even was and had to be told to go to 1st. Announcers surprised he didn't get either of those calls, both borderline but maybe slightly low. ** 0-0 fastball to the next hitter after the walk. Looked to be the exact same location as the 1st pitch I highlighted, if not actually a touch higher as Garneau didn't move his glove whatsoever. Batter also checked his swing on it, but Kopech got neither call in his favor. Announcers again point it out. "Boy, not a good start to this game for the umpiring crew". Announcers insisting he went around. Hard to tell from front-angle. ** 3-2 fastball to the same hitter as above. This was the most egregious of the 4 calls so far. This was over the plate and right above the knees. The runner was taking off from 1st and Garneau attempted the throw because he must have through the pitch was close enough to be called a strike. Maybe the umpire was shielded or distracted by that, but this one was bad. The announcer retorts, "Ball 4, you've got to be kidding me". Kopech gets the ball back from the infield by catching it with his bare band. Mound visit as the pitching coach comes out yelling at the ump. One of the infielders (Rondon maybe) has to hold Kopech back from getting ejected for barking at the ump. Kopech was definitely upset. ____END OF 1st ** 1-2 fastball with 1 out in the 2nd. Pitch may have been a touch inside, but again it's hard to see with this angle. Kopech and the announcer wanted that one. ____END OF 2nd !!! Not Kopech related, but holy shit Alvarez made a sick diving play up the middle with 1 out in the 3rd. He wasn't able to get the runner, but it was an awesome effort. !!! ** The wild pitch by Kopech was wild, but a play that any above-average major league catcher blocks. Garneau tried to scoop up a slider/curveball inside to a lefty, instead of a backhand or just smothering it. I wouldn't hang that all on Kopech. ** 2-1 pitch to Velasquez with 1 out. Called a strike, but it was in the EXACT SAME location as 3 of those pitches from the first inning. Kopech "missed" at the exact same spot multiple times in the 1st, yet this pitch was a carbon copy of those and this time it was called a strike. ** 0-2 fastball to Hazelbaker. Clearly over the plate, but just as low as the ones from the 1st inning. Called strike 3. In conclusion; after having watched every pitch of his start tonight, I'm not concerned at all. He was commanding his fastball as well as you can reasonably expect. He threw some beautiful change-ups, especially in the 1st inning. He had troubles throwing any sliders or curves. Got a few over, but held my breath as the fell in high. His HBP was on a slider that he completely yanked in to a lefty. The HR he allowed was on a 98 MPH fastball just below the knees. Not even a strike, but the velo likely worked against him. He rarely missed up, and usually any time his fastball was elevated, it was swung through. Garneau was calling almost exclusively for fastballs low/away to RHB, and low/inside to LHB. Kopech was hitting those spots pretty well, just obviously had 4 or 5 of them not called in his favor.
    1 point
  32. I think the Sox need to invest in rebuild counselors for the fans.
    1 point
  33. Not factual on any account, and as typical of you, nothing more than your usual splattering of lipstick on this pig of an ownership our beleaguered fan base has been strangled with these nearly past four decades. First off, nothing “hateful” coming from me, just facts fully tethered in results. Fourth longest playoff drought in all of baseball, no playoff appearance in a decade now and none seemingly on the horizon - no die-hard White Sox fan is happy about this sad state of affairs. As for the “bottom line” and what “they make”, fullest of shame on you for trying to divert attention away from the “sweetheart lease deal” this owner negotiated with the State in the most obscene of ways back in the late ‘80s that guaranteed ownership maximum profits no matter if 964 people are in the stands or 30,000 - ALL AT THE EXPENSE OF ILLINOIS TAXPAYER REVENUES. That’s the “bottom line”, buddy, and continued shame on you for defending the disgusting practice of this failed owner.
    1 point
  34. You are well on your way to fulfilling this month’s quota of meaningless, useless, and totally throw-away comments you are evidently expected to post. Nice work.
    1 point
  35. So 4-8 weeks given other precautionary decisions of late
    1 point
  36. White Sox are 3rd...only Mariners and Padres fans have waited longer.
    1 point
  37. Rick Hahn is really in a can't lose situation right now. If the team plays above expectations than he can say that things are moving in the right direction and quicker than expected. If the team is terrible like our current one then he can just say that rebuilding is a fluid process and there is expected peak and valleys. Being God awful also brings a better draft pick and that can be sold to fans later down the line.
    1 point
  38. They haven't set a public timeline and will never do so as it serves them no purpose. The rebuild could take another two years or it could take another 7. Just gotta have patience.
    1 point
  39. And the White Sox are in their 6th straight below .500 season. I count the Cubs from when Theo was hired; the Astros from when Luhnow was hired; the Phillies from the season that they traded Cole Hamels (which is prior to when their current GM was hired). The Braves won in 2013, had an unexpected down year in 2014, and late in 2014 decided to rebuild: it took 3 years. So if my premise is wrong then the White Sox are in year 6 of the rebuild.
    1 point
  40. The Astros were below .500 for every season between 2009 and 2014, including 3 straight seasons for losing more than 100 games. The Cubs were below .500 for every season between 2010 and 2014, including 3 straight seasons of 90 or more losses. The Braves spent 4 seasons under .500, including 3 straight years of 90 or more losses. The Phillies were below .500 for every season between 2013 and 2017, with at least 89 losses in all of them, but 90 or more losses for three straight years. Your premise is wrong.
    1 point
  41. If the White Sox are not involved in this year's FA market, heavily, then the people who have said that the ownership group are way too cheap...will finally be right. Last year we could make the excuse, correctly, that they still had bad contracts on the books (Cabreroid, Frazier, Robertson, Shields). This year, some of the money they saved went to Robert's huge bonus, and they've still got a payroll of $86 million. They've only got $50 million committed next year counting Abreu and Garcia, and there's no $50 million international signee excuse.
    1 point
  42. Well according to the Baseball America BA500 it looks like this: #3 Nick Madrigal SS #32 Steele Walker OF #60 Konnor Pilkington LHP #116 Isaiah Carranza RHP #119 Davis Martin RHP (Currently Unsigned) #125 Jonathan Stiever RHP #175 Jason Bilous RHP #233 Andrew Perez LHP #243 Tyrus Greene C #298 Codi Heuer RHP #367 Lency Delgado SS #393 Cabera Weaver OF #402 Bryce Bush 3B
    1 point
  43. But they are right at the top in cluster fucks. Sorry had to.
    1 point
  44. Seems like a team that needs more than a college catcher
    1 point
  45. Local broadcasts are supposed to be biased.
    1 point
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