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I love everything about what Chris Sale did last year. By winning 17 games on the back of a 3.05 ERA in 192 innings, Sale gave us a blueprint for what a successful reliever-to-starter conversion looks like. Until further notice, whenever I read that a reliever is going to give it a shot in the rotation, I’ll compare him to Sale to estimate his chances at succeeding.
But while almost every single aspect of Sale’s surprising 2012 season points to his success being legitimate and not fueled by luck, there are a few warning signs. I love his ground ball tendency, but he allowed line drives 23.0% of the time compared to 20.9% MLB average. Sale’s infield fly rate was good (12.2% versus 10.0% MLB average), but those line drives indicate batters were able to square up on him a little too easily.
Plus, Sale’s strand rate was 80.0%, noticeably higher than the 72.5% MLB average. While strand rates in the high-70s and 80s are possible in any given season, they’re tough to maintain over the long...
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Frank Thomas will appear on the baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the first time next season. With an impressive crop of players joining him on the ballot, Thomas is building up his case saying his numbers are legit. A two-time AL MVP, Thomas played 19 years at the big league level including 16 with the Chicago White Sox.
click here to read his comments about Bonds, Clemens and Sosa.
The Chicago White Sox haven’t actively shopped young
players, including Dayan Viciedo or Alejandro De Aza, but general manager Rick
Hahn told reporters, including Mark Gonzalez of The Chicago Tribune, that no
one is untouchable.
The White Sox don’t appear to be inclined to actively pursue
a trade of either Viciedo or De Aza, but they also sound willing to listen...
The Chicago White Sox have made no flashy additions to their roster this winter and even lost a link to their championship team, so general manager Rick Hahn understands the perception that the club hasn't improved.
That doesn't mean he agrees.
He sees a team that's ready to make a jump in the AL Central after finishing second to Detroit last season, even if the White...
The Yankees have signed left-handed hitting infielder/DH Dan Johnson to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. If Johnson makes the team, he will earn $900,000.
Johnson, 33, had eight hits in just 22 at-bats in 2012 with the Chicago White Sox. He can play both corner infield positions, which could be valuable if Mark Teixeira or Kevin Youkilis need a day off.
The Chicago White Sox say they have agreed to a one-year contract with reliever Matt Lindstrom that includes a club option for 2014.
The deal was announced on Friday. Lindstrom will receive $2.3 million next season. The White Sox can then pay him $4 million in 2014 or buy him out for $500,000.
The 32-year-old right-hander was 1-0 with a 2.68 ERA and 40 strikeouts over 46 games...
I recently picked up a fantastically-awesome triple relic of one of my favorite non-Dodgers, Adam Dunn. I don't mention Dunn on the blog at all because he's not a guy I collect even though I like him. I even own a Reds' jersey of Dunn I received as a gift many years ago.For just $9.99 delivered I couldn't pass up this beaut. It's super-short-printed to just 8...
Retired Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas feels even better about his career after watching steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens fail to gain entry to the Hall of Fame.
''I think I've done enough to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer,'' he said Saturday at the team's fan convention.
''Watching all the nonsense unfold...
Zach Stewart has been claimed off of waivers by the Chicago White Sox. Stewart pitched for the White Sox at the start of the 2012 season.
Stewart was traded to Boston along with Brent Lillibridge for Kevin Youkilis. In November he was acquired by Pittsburgh who recently placed him on waivers.
In 103 big league innings the right hander has a 6.82 ERA.
The Chicago White Sox say they have acquired right-handed pitcher Zach Stewart off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Stewart was 1-4 with an 8.58 ERA in 20 games last season for the White Sox and Boston. He was traded to the Red Sox with infielder Brent Lillibridge on June 24 in exchange for third baseman Kevin Youkilis. He was traded to Pittsburgh in November and designated...
Jay Mariotti is probably the most polarizing man in the history of Chicago sports media and quite possibly the most hated in all of the national sports media. He’s like the Eminem of sports media- he’s had a feud with everyone. Mariotti has had a tiff with former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, his former employer the Chicago Sun-Times, King of all sports blogs Deadspin...
CHICAGO — Retired Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas feels even better about his career after watching steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens fail to gain entry to the Hall of Fame.
“I think I’ve done enough to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer,” he said Saturday at the team’s fan convention.
“Watching all the nonsense unfold and not really...