Tuesday, October 25, 2016
With the Cubs getting ready to play in the World Series, we White Sox fans need every single damned distraction we can find right now, which is what makes this the perfect time of year for one of my favorite annual events.
As much as I love baseball, there's no aspect of it I enjoy more than putting myself in charge of a team. It's why I play fantasy baseball, and it's why I buy OOTP every year. So it isn't a coincidence that I find I prefer the offseason to the season a lot of the time. At least when it comes to roster construction and putting a team together.
That's why I love when South Side Sox does its annual Offseason Plan Project.
If you aren't familiar with the project, every year the site's readers are encouraged to put together their plan for the White Sox offseason using the same template. You choose which arbitration eligible players you want to tender (or let go), which free agents you want to sign, and which trades you'd make to construct for your 25-man roster.
Monday, October 3, 2016
It didn't feel as good as I thought it was going to.
Maybe it was just the result of spending the last two years waiting for Robin Ventura to be fired that led to the actual end of his tenure just not being able to live up to the expectations. Maybe it was the strange way it all went down, where the team was apparently ready to let him return for another season, but it was Ventura himself who decided he'd had enough.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
UPDATE: Anthony Ranaudo will start on Wednesday.
Anthony Ranaudo to pitch Wednesday.— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) August 16, 2016
ORIGINAL STORY: The White Sox will resume their current road trip on Tuesday night in Cleveland, but there's a rather large question mark facing the team during the three game series.
Jose Quintana will start on Tuesday in the first game, and Carlos Rodon will start Thursday in the third game. Who's starting the Wednesday game?
We don't know yet, but it should be Carson Fulmer.
Saturday, August 13, 2016
When the trade deadline passed and Zach Duke was the only player the White Sox had sold off their sinking ship it was more than a bit disappointing. Rick Hahn had said just 10 days before that the team was "mired in mediocrity," and mentioned the possibility of a rebuild.
Instead it was more of a garage sale, and a poorly marketed one at that. Whether or not Hahn put up enough signs around the neighborhood, I don't know, but hardly anybody showed up, and Duke was the only thing to go.
Entering August I think the white whale of Sox trades most fans were hunting was moving David Robertson. He's a high-priced closer for a team that truly has no need to allocate such a large portion of its resources to such a player.
There aren't enough ninth inning leads to protect.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
In case you haven't heard the news, Tim Tebow wants to give baseball a shot. Yes, that Tim Tebow.
The guy who won a Heisman Trophy and two national titles as a quarterback at Florida. The guy who some Denver Broncos fans were upset to see pushed to the side for some scrub ass bastard named Peyton Manning.
That Tim Tebow.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Charlie Tilson became the latest White Sox call-up to suffer an injury immediately after arriving with the team. He's the fourth player to be hurt either in his first game, or before his first game.
There was Kevan Smith suffering back spasms just before he was scheduled to make his first start with the team. Jason Coats collided with J.B. Shuck in the outfield during his first game, and had to leave early to get stitches in his mouth. Matt Davidson broke his damn foot while making his White Sox debut, and on Tuesday, Tilson strained his hamstring chasing down a ball in the gap.
The White Sox are clearly doomed and cursed, but the question is how doomed and cursed are they?
Monday, August 1, 2016
For the second season in a row the trade deadline has come and gone and the White Sox have done nothing. Well, maybe not entirely nothing. They did trade Zach Duke to St. Louis for Charlie Tilson, but that's not quite the deal many Sox fans had been looking for.
At least, not by itself.
Not after Rick Hahn came out and said the franchise was "mired in mediocrity," and even said the ever tempting R-word, when discussing the direction the team would be heading just a few short weeks ago. Immediately trade rumors surfaced involving both Chris Sale and Jose Quintana, with some fans not wanting to see either go (hi), and others seeming so damn desperate for change that they were willing to give up both for pennies on the dollar.
Instead, the White Sox chose to do nothing, and it was frustrating.
It isn't maddening, though.