To Block the Plate, or Not Block the Plate, That’s the Question

MLB adopted an experimental rule, Rule 7.13 On Home Plate Collisions, which stipulates a catcher must provide a clear path to the runner. This experiment has gone terribly wrong.  Your browser does not support iframes.This has caused no end to the confusion for the majority of Major League Baseball, especially the White Sox. The White Sox have been victim to this strange rule...
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45 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Can the Giants make adjustments to right the ship?

The San Francisco Giants were in desperate need of a spark, anything that could snap them out of a two-month-long malaise. One-run deficits had become nearly insurmountable, and what was once the best team in baseball was quickly fading in the NL West race. The return of fiery leadoff man Angel Pagan had failed to ignite them. Playing in front of their daily sellout crowds wasn...
Via Pro Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants shut out, win 7-1 via appellate court ruling

I'm not okay with that. I am vehemently against home-plate collisions. I was before Buster Posey; I really was after Buster Posey. I've written thousands and thousands of words about home-plate collisions. I've been called a "limp-wristed, dress-wearing, SF girly man writer who knows NOTHING about baseball and who probably would LOVE for the teams to look more like...
Via Pro Sports Daily
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Robin Ventura Flips Out, Kicks Dirt After Overturned Call At Home (Video)

Major League Baseball’s head-scratching home-plate obstruction rule has claimed yet another victim. Just about one week after Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond lost his mind over an overturned call at home plate, Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura pulled a similar nutty on Wednesday in San Francisco. The White Sox appeared to have gunned down a runner at the plate after...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Rule 7.13 (2) Was Applied Correctly

I’ve heard a lot of huffing from people who aren’t Hawk Harrelson to say this: Rule 7.13 (2) was applied correctly yesterday in San Francisco. Your browser does not support iframes. From the start, Tyler Flowers was in front of the plate.  Watch the play.  His left foot never leaves foul ground in the entire play.  The momentum of the throw didn’t take him into the path...
Via SF Lunatic Fringe
9 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox Manager Robin Ventura Ejected, Throws Temper Tantrum

Chicago White Sox Manager, Robin Ventura, lost his cool on Wednesday afternoon. Jose Abreu made a great throw home, and Tyler Flowers applied the tag to Gregor Blanco to get the out. So what’s the problem exactly? The call was overturned. Flowers was “blocking the plate”. With Robin Ventura ejected, Ronald Belisario came in and blew the game wide open in the Giants’ favor...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Controversial call helps Giants top White Sox, 7-1

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Giants scored seven runs in the seventh inning after a video review led umpires to overturn an out call at home because Chicago catcher Tyler Flowers illegally blocked Gregor Blanco, and San Francisco went on to beat the White Sox 7-1 on Wednesday. With out in the seventh, Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu fielded Joe Panik's broken-bat grounder to easily...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Facing A Crucial Two Months, Flowers Oughta Hope It’s The Glasses

Question: Is it the glasses? When White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers is scuffling at the plate, his struggles do not go unnoticed. For the vast majority of his career, he’s been a well below average major league hitter for the south siders. Because of his normally frustrating play, any Flowers hot streaks always bring about speculation as to whether he has really figured something...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the White Sox Will Drop 3 of 4 Against the Mariners

Evidenced by 13 runs scored by Seattle last night, the Sox are going to have a tough matchup with the Mariners this weekend. Adam Eaton is most likely out of the lineup again, meaning Leury Garcia will get another shot at CF. This means our leadoff hitter is a guy with a 160-point difference in On Base Percentage(OBP), which already doesn’t bode well. Pair that with Abreu, Ramirez...
Via Sports Mockery
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers lose fourth straight in rain-shortened game vs. White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) - Tyler Flowers homered and drove in three runs and Jose Abreu had two hits and two RBIs to lead the Chicago White Sox to a rain-shortened 5-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night. The game was called in the bottom of the seventh inning following a 57-minute delay. Flowers went 3 for 3 and was a double shy of a cycle. He scored two runs as the White Sox snapped...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox outslug Twins, 10-8

CHICAGO (AP) -- Jose Abreu reached base five times while extending his hitting streak to 21 games, and the Chicago White Sox scored four runs in the eighth inning to beat the Minnesota Twins 10-8 on Friday night. Abreu had three singles, scored twice and drove in a run. He also walked and was hit by a pitch. Paul Konerko and Alexei Ramirez delivered consecutive RBI singles in the...
Via Fox Sports North
21 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox cruise to 9-5 victory against Twins

Remnants of the All-Star Game still dot Target Field — a sign in the outfield, a logo on the water tower that looms beyond the park. Ten days after playing in the game for the first time, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu and shortstop Alexei Ramirez were back at the site flashing some All-Star qualities with a pair of home runs Friday night in a 9-5 victory over the Twins. ...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Offense Stifled as Royals take Two of Three

After taking two games in a weekend series against the Houston Astros to being the second half of the season, momentum looked as if it carried over when our White Sox defeated the Royals on Monday night. However, two straight one-run showings from White Sox hitters left the team winless on Tuesday and Wednesday, handing the Kansas City Royals a series victory and denying the White...
Via Grab Some Bench
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals feel much better leaving Chicago than they did arriving

CHICAGO -- Manager Ned Yost had reason to finally smile a bit after the Royals gutted out a tense 2-1 win Wednesday over the White Sox and thus won the series, taking two of three. "I certainly feel better leaving Chicago than I did when we got here," Yost said. And Yost maintained that his confidence in his club did not waver, despite a four-game slide and having lost...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals beat White Sox 2-1 with run in ninth

CHICAGO -- Mike Moustakas scored the tiebreaking run in the top of the ninth inning when White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers could handle a throw home and the Kansas City Royals beat Chicago 2-1 Wednesday in the rubber game of a three-game series. Moustakas triggered the decisive rally with a lead-off single off Zach Putnam (3-2), the last of four White Sox pitchers. Alcides Escobar...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Tyler Flowers powers White Sox past Astros

Paul Konerko was asked before the game Saturday about how different things would be for the White Sox if they hadn’t signed Jose Abreu last fall. Abreu was courted by many suitors, including the Astros, who were willing to invest tens of millions in a rookie who had never played pro baseball. But, as Konerko pointed out, as great as Abreu’s impact has been, a team needs more...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

White Sox 3, Astros 2

No Chicago White Sox were more maligned than catcher Tyler Flowers and the team’s bullpen in the early months of the season. So when they flipped the script Friday night, they could only hope it was the sign of better things to come. Flowers, who entered with a .218 batting average, drove in the go-ahead run with a seventh-inning double, and four pitchers combined to retire the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Tyler Flowers on Framing and Umpires

Much has been written about pitch framing, and Tyler Flowers knows the subject well. The Chicago White Sox backstop has caught 255 big league games and another 362 at the minor-league level. He’s no grizzled veteran, but at the age of 28 he’s far from a neophyte behind the dish. Flowers is 6-foot-4, which makes […]
Via Fangraphs
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Jackie Bradley Jr. goes airborne to make amazing catch (VIDEO)

Jackie Bradley Jr. made a spectacular diving catch in right-center field to rob Tyler Flowers of an extra-base hit Wednesday night.The Red Sox outfielder timed his Superman-like skills to perfection as he went airborne and laid out for the grab against the White Sox batter.And the citizens of Fenway were forever grateful. Your browser does not support iframes.
Via The Other Paper
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jackie Bradley Jr. makes insane diving catch

BOSTON — Jackie Bradley Jr. added to his Gold Glove candidacy Wednesday night at Fenway Park. Bradley made an insane diving catch in the second inning of the Red Sox’s improbable comeback win over the Chicago White Sox. He robbed Tyler Flowers of extra bases and prevented a run from scoring, which was important because the Red Sox later rallied for a walk-off victory. “I don’t...
Via NESN.com
July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jackie Bradley, Jr. Makes Incredible Diving Catch

Boston Red Sox rookie outfielder, Jackie Bradley Jr., is hitting just .220 on the year, but thanks to his outfield play, he has secured the starting center field job in Boston. Tonight in the Red Sox’ win against the White Sox, Bradley Jr., put his defense on display once again. In the top of the 2nd inning with one on and one out, White Sox catcher, Tyler Flowers, hit a sinking...
Via The Awesome Boston
July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Abreu, White Sox help Noesi end long losing streak

Catcher Tyler Flowers thinks Hector Noesi could be dangerous if he continues to pitch with confidence. Tuesday’s night performance could only bolster Noesi’s belief. The White Sox pitcher used his offspeed pitches to get in and out of jams and did something he hadn’t done in nearly 25 months: win. Jose Abreu homered in his second straight game since returning and the White...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

ICYMI: Best Catch of a Bat By A Fan: MLB Edition

((ht: hardballtalk.nbcsports.com))It's not every day you get a good seat, right behind the dugout at a baseball game.It's even less likely a player will lose control of his bat and send it hurtling towards you.But that's exactly what happened Monday afternoon in Chicago.Check out what happened at Comiskey Park after White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers takes a mighty swing...
Via Online Sports Guys
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

White Sox Fan Swipes Bat Out Of The Air Which Was Headed Directly For a Baby

This Sunday featured one of the better catches you will see all season, and it was by a fan. Check out this White Sox fan snag Tyler Flowers’ bat after it had slipped out of his hands on a swing. If you look closely you will see a baby behind the woman, and there is a very high possibility that it would have ended badly had it not been for the woman’s quick reflexes and the...
Via Next Impulse Sports
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Woman Saves Fellow White Sox Fans From Flying Baseball Bat (Video)

We’ve seen plenty of one-handed fan catches of flying baseballs. We have not, however, seen many one-handed fan catches of flying baseball bats. Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers lost his grip on his hitting instrument during Monday’s game against the Cleveland Indians, sending it pinwheeling into the seats along the third base line. The bat skipped off the top of the dugout...
Via NESN.com
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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