Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Today’s Spring Training News
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:
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
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.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
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.
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
Eaton Talks White Sox
Here’s Adam Eaton talking to Casey Stern (with mic) and Jim Bowden on the MLB Radio Network.
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.”
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.
Photos of the Day
A gallery of photos from yesterday’s Minnie Minoso memorial service and procession:
Honoring Mr. White Sox
Minnie’s son Charlie and wife Sharon
Billy Pierce and Jerry Reinsdorf
The Big Hurt
Sox executive Howard Pizer with Charlie Minoso
Representing Sox fans
The procession by U.S. Cellular Field and the site of Old Comiskey Park
Saturday, March 7, 2015
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).
The new Sox lefty reliever visits with Casey Stern (with the microphone) and Jim Bowden on the MLB Radio Network.
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.”
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