Found June 26, 2013 on Grab Some Bench:
The White Sox announced Wednesday afternoon that they’ve placed third baseman Conor Gillaspie on paternity leave and promoted AAA 3B Brent Morel to fill in. Gillaspie can come back off of paternity leave after just one day (Thursday) and can stay on for as many as three days (until Saturday). Though Conor hasn’t been the consistent hitter he was early in the season (his average is down to .246 to go along with his five home runs and 18 RBI), the 25 year-old has still been a great s tory. And as of right now, Brent Morel has his own nice story brewing. We all remember how bad Morel was when given the opportunity to start at third base and hit second in the order at the beginning of 2012, but it’s now known that back injuries were a large reason why he hit as low as .177 with a .225 OBP. So far in 2013, he’s been the AAA Charlotte Knights’ best run producer, as his 40 RBI’s are four more than Josh Phegley’s 36. He’s also hit .280 with five home runs, 19 doubles, and two triples. He even has a pretty nice .373 OBP to balance out for his 69 strike outs in 243 at bats (28.3% K rate). Although his promotion will probably be short-lived, we should watch his performance closely. With Alexei Ramirez assumed to be on the trading block, Morel actually may be the next guy in line to play shortstop within the organization. That’s unless they want to slide over Gordon Beckham or promote youngster Carlos Sanchez. If he is demoted upon Gillaspie’s return, I’d fully expect to see him on the big league club again at some point in 2013. He’s 26 years old, and with a fire sale likely on the horizon, it’s time to determine for good if he’s going to contribute regularly on the south side of Chicago going forward. After hitting .226 in April for the Knights, Morel has posted a .296 average in May and so far a .301 average in June. So, it may be the perfect time to see what he’s got … even if only briefly.

White Sox Rumors: Chicago Ready to Sell

The White Sox, who have fallen nine games out of their division lead, appear to be ready to unload and build for the future. The team is reportedly ready to sell everyone except for star pitcher Chris Sale and veteran first baseman Paul Konerko. According to Jon Heyman of CBS, the White Sox are already exchanging names with teams on potential deals. The names that are most frequently...

Dunn Heating Up at the Right Time

We’ve discussed a lot in the recent days and weeks who probably is and who should be on the White Sox’ trade block. And, hint hint, we’re nowhere near done. Although June, like May has been a mess for the Sox, there have been a few bright spots from certain individuals. Since it looks like the team is going to try to deal just about everybody they can, it looks like if...

Ramirez delivers in walk-off win

Alexei Ramirez singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth after Chicago committed a costly error in the top half of the inning, and Chris Sale struck out 13 batters in eight innings to lead the White Sox over the New York Mets 5-4 on Tuesday night. The Mets scored the tying run with two outs in the ninth on a defensive miscue. Pinch hitter Daniel Murphy hit a popup in...

Foul ball scares female White Sox fan behind home plate

Two blonde female Chicago White Sox fans were deep in conversation behind home plate with the man next to them when New York Mets CF Juan Lagares fouled off a pitch that hit the Miller Lite sign in front of them.  The two girls jumped and you can see one of them scream and then cover her mouth.  The man next to them jumped as well but not nearly as much as the two women.  This...

Woman behind home plate jumps, screams after foul ball drills backstop (video)

During Wednesday’s game between the New York Mets and Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, a woman seated behind home plate, who wasn’t paying attention to the action right in front of her as she was jibber-jabbing with the man seated next to her, had the ever-living crap scared out of her when a [...]The post Woman behind home plate jumps, screams after foul ball drills...

Hawk Harrelson ******* & Moaned & ******* after the Sox let the Mets tie it in the 9th

Chicago White Sox radio man Hawk Harrelson was not too happy after Gordon Beckham collided with Conor Gillaspie last night, allowing Daniel Murphy to reach (only) first and the Mets to tie things up... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Trading Vets Easier Said Than Done

With the White Sox in full meltdown mode, media, fans, and bloggers have started to speculate about which members of the Sox could be sent elsewhere in exchange for younger help.  With each passing day and the losses and errors mounting up, the Sox fan base seems ready to part with anyone and everyone not named Chris Sale.  Trading veterans for prospects seems to be what...

Chicago No Hope Part 1: Beckham's Bender

I often have wild premonitions about what's in store for me when I go on a road trip to see the Mets. For example, when I went to Tampa last season, I had a strange thought that I had to go down there ... needed to go even ... because if I didn't, then R.A. Dickey would throw a no-hitter and I will have missed it. (He threw a one-hitter, but you know how I feel about that...

Here’s how the White Sox blew tonight’s save against the Mets

Note the score.

Chicago No Hope Part 2: The Road To History Was Paved With Good Peripherals

Well, Anthony Young can sleep well tonight. Or toss and turn ... depending on how he looks at it. Shaun Marcum pitched eight brilliant innings against an offensively challenged White Sox lineup, and the Mets scored three runs with the help of the White Sox Little League defense and came away with a 3-0 victory, one that was credited to Marcum for his first of the season. Sure...

June 26: Mets 3 White Sox 0

The White Sox offense may have reached a new low tonight, getting shutout by an 0-9 pitcher in Shaun Marcum. Also, the defense may have reached a new low, as they were pretty much solely responsible for all three Mets runs in the fifth inning. It was another tough one to swallow, and it seems like every time I write the game recap, that's the case. Maybe I'm bad...

Series Preview 26: Mets at White Sox

Well, now that the Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup and completed an epic season in Chicago sports history, all that we have left is baseball. Unfortunately, the White Sox have not lived up to the standard their brethren on the ice have established.  They are coming off a series win in Kansas City though, so that’s something.  The Sox return home to Chicago...

Game Two with the Mets

Morning All It’s game two with the New York Mets at The Cell in Chicago. Conor Gillaspie is on paternity leave and Brent Morel will be filling in for him. John Danks is on the mound for the Sox today. ***First Inning *0 – 0 Mets - (ground out to short)(ground out to second)(ground out to short) Sox – De Aza(ground out to first), Ramirez(struck out), Rios(struck...
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