Courtney Hawkins realized a lifelong dream when he was drafted in the first round by the White Sox on Monday, and he celebrated like any typical draft pick would: by doing a backflip.
Hawkins told MLB Network reporter Sam Ryan that he was so excited about being drafted that he could do a backflip. She asked him to do one, and he complied despite wearing a dress shirt, tie, and dress shoes.
Hawkins is an outfielder and was expected to go ninth or tenth, so the White Sox probably feel like they got a steal by taking him 13th overall. The Carroll High (Texas) product has to choose between attending the University of Texas on scholarship or signing with the White Sox. We’re guessing he takes the millions.
The Chicago White Sox drafted high school outfielder Courtney Hawkins with their first pick in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft because of his build and pure athleticism. Hawkins checks in at 6’3″, 210 pounds out of Carroll High School in Texas. Hawkins showed off that athleticism on MLB Network minutes after being taken by the Chi Sox.
After barely being prodded by sideline...
Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale continued to be the model of drafting a young pitcher, developing him in the system, and then watching him dominate, as Sale improved to 7-2 with a 2.30 ERA after throwing a complete game against Seattle. Sale allowed just two runs on five hits in the 4-2 win over the Mariners. He struck out eight and walked two, again cementing his place...
In four games from last Tuesday through last Saturday, the Mariners scored 45 runs, which was roughly the same number of runs that they'd scored in the previous two seasons combined. Yesterday, the universe acted to restore order, using Chris Sale as its agent. Sale pitched a complete game against the M's in Chicago, limiting them to two runs on two walks and five hits...
The Chicago White Sox took two out of three from the Seattle Mariners this weekend, winning yet another series but seeing their long winning streak snapped in extra innings. The club has now won 14 out of 16 games, sits 2.5 games up in the AL Central, and is one of only three teams in baseball with a run differential of +40 or better.
Last night, I talked with UGod from South Side...
Chicago White Sox star first baseman Paul Konerko was scratched from Tuesday night's lineup against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Konerko was rested Sunday before the team had an off-day Monday. He was in the original lineup Tuesday and no reason was immediately given for his removal.
Konerko is batting .366 with 11 homers and 33 RBIs, but was just 1 for 16 in his previous four games...
One of my favorite announcer in Major League Baseball is Chicago White Sox play-by-play man Ken "Hawk" Harrelson.
Back on Saturday, Hawk had a little bit of risque wordplay when describing a bases-loaded situation for the Seattle Mariners by saying that the sacks were packed with seamen:
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2009 first round draft pick Jared Mitchell (#23 overall) has a future in the Chicago White Sox outfield. The question is just when.
Right now there really isn’t room with Alejandro de Aza, Dayan Viciedo and Alex Rios roaming the outer grass at the MLB right now. But when the chance arrives, Mitchell has all the tools to make it in the show.
The 6-foot, 200-pounder was ranked by...
Chris Sale pitched a five-hitter for his first major league complete game and the Chicago White Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 Sunday for their 10th win in 11 tries.
Sale (7-2) struck out eight and walked two. It was his 10th start this year after pitching in relief for Chicago during the last two seasons.
In Sale's previous start, he struck out 15 in 7 1-3 innings at Tampa...
Last night Chris Sale was awesome. He has been all year actually, but last night was like some type of punctuation mark. Probably an exclamation point. He went the distance giving up only two runs on only 5 hits and 2 walks, to go along with 8 K's. Sure, Miguel Olivo tagged him for a two run shot, but Sale is easily surpassing expectations this year, despite the White Sox bouncing...
Selected in the 2002 amateur draft, Tom Wilhelmsen made his Major League debut last season for the Seattle Mariners. Among the things that impressed the organization were his fastball and curveball. The latter was on full display yesterday against the Chicago White Sox. Wilhelmsen picked up the win in Seattle’s 10-8 victory [...]
Purdue college basketball coach Matt Painter will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday night before the Chicago White Sox take on the Toronto Blue Jays.
The game is set for 7:10 p.m. CDT.
This won’t be as exciting as the Snoop Doggy Dogg first pitch, but maybe Painter will “Tebow” after it, like Snoop did. Ok, probably not.
Painter is entering...
Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale and Washington Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez were named the American League and the National League pitchers of the month for May, Major League Baseball announced Sunday. Sale won his first monthly honor by pitching a 4-1 record with a 1.71 ERA in five starts. He struck out 35 batters in 31 2/3 innings. His honor marked the first time a team...
The Indians and Tigers each lost their last series while the White Sox won, making the top of the AL Central look like this:
The Indians are in no danger of falling into third at this point, but need to end this current losing skid (2-7 in their last 9 games) if they want to regain control of the...
The Chicago White Sox have taken a player from the collegiate ranks in the first round in each of the last nine drafts. 2009′s 23rd overall pick Jared Mitchell joins starting pitcher Chris Sale (2010, 13th overall), outfielder Keenyn Walker (2011, 47th overall), infielder Gordon Beckham (2008, eighth overall) Aaron Poreda (2007, 25th), Kyle McCulloch (2006, 30th) and Lance Broadway...
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