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Optimism Reigns in Sox Camp

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

Abreu Report

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160223&content_id=165255132&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/7/71/1348385/jose-abreu-still-striving-break-language-barrier

More Abreu

Jose, agreeing with Todd Frazier‘s comments that the White Sox could be a special team:

“I have the same feeling. From the first day that I came here and I met (new bench coach Rick) Renteria and Frazier, that’s the feeling…the first practice, everybody was happy and was laughing and making jokes. That’s the kind of atmosphere that we need here. We need to feel the chemistry and be like a family. That’s something we need to build from here.”

Here’s Jose and Rick at the batting cage:

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Quotes of the Day

Adam Eaton on yesterday’s first full-squad workout:

“A refreshing start to the season because I think we’re in the process of changing the culture here.”

–Sox World Champion Aaron Rowand, now working on the Sox instructional staff, on newcomers Frazier, Rollins, Brett Lawrie and Alex Avila:

“Those are not just good player moves coming in but good people moves.”

Former Teammates Praise Jimmy Rollins

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-shortstop-jimmy-rollins-praised-ex-dodgers-teammates

Heard Around Camp

“Renteria can dive back into first base in two languages.”

Great Scott, a Gusher!

A note sent yesterday from Sox Senior Vice President, Communications Scott Reifert:

“So in addition to today being report date/physicals/first workout for the entire team, it also is an opportunity for middle aged members of the White Sox front office to also have their annual physicals (when only bad things can happen).

“At 6:30 am, as I went through the line of medical technicians, proudly carrying my urine specimen, I stopped to get blood drawn.

“‘I’ve been told I have good veins,’ I reported to the kind woman set to draw my blood.

“She fills one vial, then another, then another as I watched.

“Like 25 times before, she then patched me up and I stood up to leave paperwork in hand.

“All of a sudden, blood is flowing – pretty seriously – down my arm to my bent elbow.

“We have a gusher!!!” one trained medical staffer yells, sending me back to get cleaned up and re-patched. Nice way to start the day.”

Editor’s Note: Don’t worry, Scott is doing fine.

Photo of the Day

The beginning (Chris Sale) and end (David Robertson) of the Sox pitching staff. Chris threw live batting practice today for the first time this spring.

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Reunited

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

First Official Full-Squad Workout

It’s a day we’ve been waiting for–the first time the entire Sox team is reunited for the season ahead.

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Mr. Anderson Meet Mr. Rollins

Top White Sox Prospect Tim Anderson (pictured below) is eager to meet fellow shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who signed with the Sox yesterday and will report to camp on Thursday. Read more:

http://trib.in/1KHxnT8

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Quotes of the Day

Avi Garcia on his status with the Sox:

“They believe in me. I believe in me, too.”

Tyler Saladino on Rollins joining the club:

“It’s going to be an honor to be out there working with him. I’m excited to learn from him.”

Melky Cabrera on reuniting with former Blue Jays teammate Brett Lawrie:

“He’s a good player, but what I really like is his energy.”

Photo of the Day

@scottmerkin reports that New Jersey native Todd Frazier plans to use My Kind of Town, made famous by fellow Jersey celebrity Frank Sinatra, as his walk-up music.

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Sox Sign Former MVP Rollins to Minor-League Pact; Lawrie, Cabrera Arrive in Camp

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

White Sox Sign Rollins

The Sox have signed veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training. The 2007 NL MVP and three-time All-Star in his 15 years with the Phillies, Rollins played for the Dodgers last season.

The photo above shows Rollins with Sox legend Paul Konerko when the two players were announced as co-winners of the 2014 Roberto Clemente Award for charitable work and sportsmanship.

Rollins is expected to join the club on Thursday.

Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on Rollins:

“We envision Jimmy contributing both on and off the field. He provides us with another quality infield option with the potential to play a variety of roles, as well as another significant positive presence inside our clubhouse.”

Arrivals

Brett Lawrie and Melky Cabrera (shown in photos below) both checked into camp today. Brett, the new Sox second baseman, was quick to say that the club has World Series-caliber talent.

While the great majority of position players reported to camp early, the first official full-squad workout is tomorrow.

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Carlos Rodon on Sporting News List of 2016 Breakout Players

http://www.sportingnews.com/list/4695821-mlb-breakout-players-2016-fantasy-stroman-baez-rodon-franco

Around the Horn

Read about Todd Frazier‘s impact on the Sox, Carson Fulmer‘s first big-league camp and Adam LaRoche‘s quest for success.

https://www.sportsmanias.com/news/chicago-white-sox/todd-frazier-arrives-with-a-bat-and-a-personality-that-could-enliven-white-sox/56ca225b4e633689698b4e89

http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/7/71/1342935/carson-fulmer-soaking-first-big-league-camp

http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/7/71/1342796/white-sox-adam-laroche-still-looking-make-connection-dh

Photo of the Day

The Radio City Music Hall Rockettes? No, just Sox pitchers and catchers going through their conditioning drills.

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Shark Ready for Cactus League Debut

Sunday, March 8, 2015

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Today’s News

The Game

White Sox vs. A’s at Hohokam Stadium, Mesa (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable pitching order: RHP Jeff Samardzija, RHP Javy Guerra, RHP Chris Beck, RHP J.D. Martin, LHP Joe Savery, LHP Dan Jennings, RHP Daniel Webb, RHP Jake Petricka.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Avi Garcia went 2-3 and is now hitting .750 this spring, Leury Garcia went 2-2 with two runs scored and an RBI, Geovany Soto doubled twice and drove in a run and Micah Johnson tripled in a run in the Sox’ 11-7 loss to the Mariners…Starter Hector Noesi pitched a perfect two innings.

Sale Making Progress

http://atmlb.com/1weDqHd

Eaton Talks White Sox

Here’s Adam Eaton talking to Casey Stern (with mic) and Jim Bowden on the MLB Radio Network.

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Quote of the Day

Robin Ventura on Noesi:

“A lot of people probably shortchange the kind of stuff he has. I think people are selling him short.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable pitching order: LHP Jose Quintana, RHP Brad Penny, LHP Zach Duke, LHP Onelki Garcia, RHP Matt Albers, RHP Zach Putnam, LHP Zach Phillips, RHP Maikel Cleto.

Minnie Tributes

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/110819666/phil-rogers-beloved-minnie-minoso-was-a-chicago-treasure

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/111539776/minnie-minoso-deserved-greater-appreciation?tcid=tw_share

Photos of the Day

A gallery of photos from yesterday’s Minnie Minoso memorial service and procession:

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Honoring Mr. White Sox

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Minnie’s son Charlie and wife Sharon

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Billy Pierce and Jerry Reinsdorf

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The Big Hurt

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Sox executive Howard Pizer with Charlie Minoso

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Representing Sox fans

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The procession by U.S. Cellular Field and the site of Old Comiskey Park

Farewell to Minnie

Saturday, March 7, 2015

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Today’s News

Our Friend and Hero

Holy Family Church in Chicago was the site of today’s memorial service for Minnie Minoso as the city and the game of baseball bid the Sox icon an emotional farewell.

Speakers at the service were Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County commissioner John Daley (on behalf of the Daley family), historian and author Dr. Adrian Burgos, friend of the family Zach Strauss, White Sox executive vice president Howard Pizer, former Sox teammate Billy Pierce and son Charlie Minoso (on behalf of the family). All expressed their love and admiration for Mr. White Sox.

Others attending the service included: Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, Executive Vice President Ken Williams, Hall of Famers Frank Thomas and Billy Williams, former Sox Carlos May and Ron Kittle and ex-major leaguer Jose Cardenal.

There was a procession immediately following the service that passed U.S. Cellular Field and the home plate of Old Comiskey Park, located in the parking lot adjacent to the ballpark (pictured above).

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Zach Duke

The new Sox lefty reliever visits with Casey Stern (with the microphone) and Jim Bowden on the MLB Radio Network.

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Sox Notes of Note

Earlier this morning, the Sox played the Rockies in a “B” game at Camelback Ranch. RHP Erik Johnson started the game, allowing just one walk with three strikeouts over two innings of work…Jose Quintana will make his second start of the spring on Monday in Glendale vs. the Diamondbacks and closer David Robertson is set to see action as well…Highly-touted pitching prospect Tyler Danish is scheduled to start on Tuesday vs. the Royals in Surprise while John Danks will throw a simulated game the same day…Carlos Rodon will make his second start on Wednesday vs. the Rangers in Glendale.

Quote of the Day

Pierce, talking about Minnie at today’s memorial:

“I’ve known Minnie for more than 60 years and you’ll never have a better friend.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at HoHoKam Stadium, Mesa (3:05 p.m., CT). Pitching schedule: RHP Jeff Samardzija, RHP Javy Guerra, RHP Chris Beck, RHP J.D. Martin, LHP Joe Savery, LHP Onelki Garcia.

Photo of the Day

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