Joe McEwing was named the new bench coach moving from 3rd base. I loved his excitement there especially when he waved the boys around 3rd to home.
Nick Capra will be taking over at 3rd.
Curt Hasler will be the head of the bullpen.
Daryl Boston will stay at first, Don Cooper looking after pitching, Mark Salas returns as the bullpen catcher, Greg Sparks as the assistant hitting coach and Todd Steverson returns as the hitting.
When this news came out you could hear fans complaining already. This won’t work , we will be last again. My question was “How do you know it wont work?”
Only time will tell, let’s see what Winter Meetings bring.
If I could have been anywhere today it would have been in Chicago at the park to have the final game experience. I have listened to people complain all year about why bother going. Go for all of us who can’t go, share with us your favorite seat, what do you like to eat at the park. There are a lot of Sox fans here in Australia who would love to be able to go. We get up at all hours of the night here to be able to watch and try and be a part of things.
I choose to look at things a little different, I see the positives. Sure I am frustrated and wished it had been a better season but there are pieces that did work and with the right foundation we can be in the mix next year.
*Injuries — boy did they bite us and hard. It seems like center field was cursed for a long time. Losing Austin Jackson, and Charlie Tilson both to season ending injuries was really tough, both are on the road to recovery and I hope we get to see them next year. Zack Duke and Jake Petricka with their injuries really took a lot of stability out of the bull pen.
*Adam Eaton – WOW, what an amazing season in right, Baserunners learned and early that if your gong to challenge him , most likely he will throw you out. Congrats on being a Dad.
*Brett Lawrie – I miss your excitement and silliness. Your energy was missed and I hope that you will be back next year, you had some amazing plays and I just sat here at my desk and shook my head as wondered how did you do it.
*J.B Shuck, Tyler Saladino, Carlos Sanchez – Thank You for stepping up in a moments notice, you all have grown as players and I really hope we get to see you again next season.
*Chris Sale, Miguel Gonzalez, Jose Quintana, Nate Jones, David Robertson – This group of gentleman to me is our core of the pitching staff. Sure there have been those crappy moments but there has also been moments of brilliance and I hope you stay together.
*Hawk , Steve and Jason — Thanks for all the call of the game, learning a bit with Sox math. I have even developed a few of my own Hawkisms for fun. Not sure if Hawk will go another season. If you decide not to have another year with us Hawk then “THANKS” for the fun and the knowledge you have shared with us.
Chris Sale is off to the showers leaving Juan Minaya the keys to the office, Jacob Turner on way to the office for the final outing for him this season. Chris Beck found the office keys under the rosin bag. Chris just turned off the office lights in the visitors half of the 9th, Chris has the door closed (2 outs) Chris just locked the door with that strike out. ( 3 outs)
Final Record 78 and 84
**THANK YOU to all of you who have taken the time to leave comments, feed back and all. Thanks to my Daughter Kendria who has come on board over at https://weaversfootballblog.wordpress.com/ for helping to cover games so I could have a bit of a life at times.
A Year with the Chicago White Sox is taking a break but will be back with winter news as needed
Have a safe winter and see you
April 3, 2017 for White Sox Baseball
Someone pick up some milk with to have with the Twinkies
Carlos Rodon will open the office for his final time in 2016. He has had a good year, some outings were full-blown disasters but some were amazing.
Tyler Saladino had an MRI which showed a herniated L5 in his back. He is being taken care of now before being let go for the off-season.
For those who can’t see the boys are wearing white pants and black jerseys.
Tim Anderson with a stand up triple to open the pond, Melky with a double and Timmy home for a 1 to 0 Sox lead, Justin Morneau with a single moving Melky to 3rd. Wild pitch, Melky home for a 2 to 0 lead and Justin to 2nd.
Carlos is tearing it up with 5 strikeouts in a row.
7 strike outs to open the game tonight.
Adam Eaton walks on the pond to open the home half of the 3rd, Timmy goes “YARD” for a 4 to 0 lead. Melky with a double and Jose Abreu with a double to bring him home for a 5 to 0 lead
Omar Narvaez with his 1st Major league homer for a 6 to 0 lead. Spanky on 1st after force at 2nd. On a dropped pop up Spanky slams the gas, heading for home and a 7 to 0 Sox lead. Jose walks.
10 Strike outs for Carlos, top of 5th
Error on Todd, 2 runners safe and no outs in the top of the 6th, Carlos with a wild pitch and the Twinkies are on the board, 7 to 1, Twinkies with another one for a 7 to 2 Sox lead. Carlos has a loaded pond. 88 pitches to his point, 7 to 3 on the Sac Fly for Minnesota
Spanky with a single to open the pond in the 6th, Timmy with a single, Jose moves Timmy and Spanky 90 feet to 2nd and 3rd.
Carlos flipped Chris Beck the office keys on the way to the shower.
Here comes nasty Nate Jones to get the office keys from Robin.
Top of 9th and Tommy Kahnle in to close the office, lights out and door closed, Tommy just locked the door and this game is ova
White Sox — 7 and Twins — 3
Game 4 in the series and it is the last outing for Jose Quintana for the season. It has been a real pleasure to watch him work. Thank you Jose for a great season.
Chris Sale will pitch on Sunday. Tyler Saladino has been shut down for the season(MRI on the back). Miguel allowed 3 hits and walked no one last night, was 2 outs shy of going a full game for only the second time in his career.
Jose with a 1,2,3 inning, the first of many tonight I hope.
Adam Eaton with a single to open the pond. Spanky is safe at 2nd but he was called out and it is being challenged.
Jose gave up the dreaded leadoff walk to open the 2nd. Rays single gets the runner (leadoff walk) home and it’s 1 to 0 Rays lead.
Jason Morneau with a single to left through the shift.
Todd Frazier with the double kill to close the inning.
Jose Q gives up a home run for a 2 to 0 Rays lead.
Alex Avila on the pond with a walk.
Tim Anderson with a stand up triple, with 1 out in the bottom of the 6th. Melky ground to 2nd but Timmy scores and it’s a 2 to 1 Rays lead.
Juan Minaya got the keys as Jose headed to the showers.
Rays add another run for a 3 to 1 lead, Juan hit a Rays batter, Dan Jennings with the pond loaded, one home for a 4 to 1 Rays lead, add another for a 5 to 1 Rays lead.
Carlos Sanchez with a 2 run homer cutting the lead to 5 to 3 Rays. Leury Garcia with a surprise double, its raining.
Back from the rain delay, 35 minutes.
Tommy Kahnle in the office – He got the keys just as the rain delay started.
Bottom of 9th and Justin on with a single, Jason Coats in to run for Justin. Lights out with Todd striking out (1 out), Jason safe at 2nd, Alex on that strike out shut the door, (2 outs) Carlos was not able to smack that ball out of the park, Rays lock the door,
White Sox — 3 and Rays — 5
BUT it’s raining.
The silly season has started already as the rumor mill has it that Robin will be offered a contract in 2017. Day Hayes is reporting that those reports are inaccurate. It is time for Robin to move on, come on Uncle Jerry, you want a winning team don’t you. Well, get rid of Kenny Williams also. What has he done to help this cause, NOT MUCH.
Now with that vent out-of-the-way: It should be Miguel Gonzalez working the office today.
Adam Eaton is out of the line up again, not sure why but hoping can find out when game starts.
1st pitch is a dead on strike.
Avi Garcia with a walk, 1st on the pond.
In the outfield is the law firm: Garcia, Garcia and Coats
Bottom of 3rd and Jason Coats gets his 3rd major league double. (bottom of 3rd and it’s the Tarps on again)
pitching change for Tampa Bay — Tim Anderson back at the plate and Jason Coats on 2nd.
Bottom of 4th and Melky on with a single.
Todd Frazier goes YARD for a 1 to 0 Sox lead, Avi with a walk. Carlos with a single, Avi stops at 2nd
Rain delay of 1 hour 15 minutes
Bottom of 8th and Timmy on with a double. Leury hit by a pitch,
Miguel is out to finish this off, he just turned out the office lights, the Rays batter got a single and Gonzo is done for the season but gets a wonderful round of applause for his work tonight from the fans who are left. David Robertson on his way to pick up the keys from Robin.
Robbie with 1 pitch and a rack’em up (double play) closes the office door and locks it for the win
White Sox – 1 and Rays – 0
The Marlins paid tribute by the whole team wearing his number and I did read it would be retired. AS I write this I have the video playing in the background. a lone trumpeter play taking me out tot he ball game, I cant see for the tears. #16 painted on the mound. ( I did see that the Padres pitcher wrote 16 in the dirt on the mound before their game today.)
it was amazing to see the Mets Players go to the Marlins and give them hugs and support. The Marlins gathered around the mound, Stanton to the boys today if you’re struggling its OK, take care of each other, we got your back.
Around Baseball today every game stopped and took the time to honor the loss, Alexei Ramirez hung a #16 Jersey in the dugout with permission of the Rays during the White Sox and Rays game today.
In Cuba, Jose never had a rosin bag so he always used the dirt to keep him hand dry. So prior to the first pitch, the team went and got a bit of dirt from the mound, rubbing it on the side of their pants just like Jose did.
Even the announcers for the Marlins on Fox are having a hard time.
It is a reminder that life is precious and that in a blink of an eye it can change.
Thank you for your love and support this season.
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We don’t have much time left with the boys and I want to enjoy them while they are still playing.
Adam Eaton is out on concession protocol and could return on Monday.
Q got himself with loaded bases and then out of the mess, He has had to do that a few times this year.
This season has been a mess from the word go, starting with the pitching rotation. In my book that sets the tone for the season. Gong to the bullpen before the 5th or 6th inning also puts alot of stress on the boys. some of them having to pitch longer than they are due to .
It really is time for Robin to go. We need fresh eyes, someone who can inspire the guys and give better support. Maybe he does and we can’t see it but it’s time for new blood at the helm
I wanted to listen to Hawk for the last few away games. I know a lot of you are not fans but I have learned so much about baseball and heard some great stories. I even write in Hawkisms, and created a couple of my own. Not sure if he will be back next season but I wanted to have those last few games with him just incase.
Bottom of 2 and the Indians get on the board 2 to 1. Jose is in a world of hurt at 50 pitches already. Chris Beck up and getting loose.
Top of the 5th saw Leury Garcia with a single, stole second and got to 3rd on a mis throw into center. Melky with a single getting Leury home for a 3 to 1 Sox lead.
Top of 6th and Todd Frazier puts it on the board for a 4 to 1 Sox lead.
We have good piece, losing Brett Lawrie, the curse of the center field, losing Charlie Tilson and Austin Jackson. Wonder if everyone had stayed healthy what might have happened.
On the way to the showers Jose slipped the keys in Tommy Kahnle ball cap, You could hear him yell when he put his hat on, “Damn Q that hurt”
Tommy is done, leaving the keys with Robin for Dan Jennings
Top of the 8th — J.B Shuck in to pitch run for Justin Morneau, hoping to see J.B next season. (yes, I am a fan partly due to him being a Buckeye). He is good in the outfield. If he could get some good consistent playing time things would improve. (He had a hot streak going with the bat but with the outfield moving around he lost time)
Todd is safe at first, the double clutch cost the out. Avi with a single gets J. B home for a 5 to 1 Sox lead. Carlos with a single getting Todd home for a 6 to 1 Sox lead. Leury Garcia with a single of his own to get Todd home for a 7 to 1 lead. Carlos Sanchez home on a wild pitch for an 8 to 1 lead.
Bottom of 8th and Nasty Nate Jones in the office. What a come back he has had. The back issues and then had to go through Tommy John. I think he is actually better now then he was before, his confidence and control is amazing. Working in some ways as a set up for David Robertson.
David Robertson finally turns the office lights out (1 out), Robbie hit the batter (by no means did he mean to ), Robbie with 2 on the pond, Finally Robbie shuts the door with that second out. (like the beard back), with another strikeout Robbie locks the door.
Final Score is White Sox – 8 and Indians – 1
Chris Sale with the office keys to open this 4 game series in Kansas City
Tyler Saladino in at short to give Tim Anderson a day off. Justin Morneau is still not 100% and hoping to be back soon.
Tyler opens the Sox hitting with a single, Tyler out on a steal, Jose Abreu with a single.
Chris’s 1st pitch is a strike
Todd Frazier walked to open the 2nd. Alex Avila walks moving Todd to 2nd. Avi Garcia walks and the pond is loaded, with no outs. Leury Garcia ground to 3rd, Todd home and Alex and Avi advance feet. Sox — 1 and Royals — 0.
Jose with a single opens the top of 3, Melky with a double. A sac fly by Todd gets Jose home for a 2 to 0 Sox lead.
Bottom of 5th and Chris’s no-hitter is gone. Royals have tied up the game at 2 a piece.
Bottom of 6th and the Royals take the lead 3 to 2, they add another for a 4 to 2 lead.
Todd barely got out-of-the-way, Todd with a 1 out standup double. Alex with a single getting Todd home for a 4 to 3 game, J.B. shuck in to pitch run. Carlos Sanchez with a home run and Sox take the lead 6 to 4. Carlos 1st home run since 2015.
Top of 8th and Melky adds a solo shot for a 7 to 4 Sox lead.
Bottom of 9th and Chris refused to give Robbie the office keys, thanks to Leury and the office lights are out. (Chris gave up 1st walk) Door is shut thanks to a strike out. Lock that door this game is ova with that strikeout.
Win #16 for Chris
Miguel Gonzalez will have to go digging in Chris’s locker to find the keys for tomorrow
Sox – 7 and Royals – 4
Final game of the series and for some unknown reason James Shields found the office keys. This could go one of 2 ways, Sox win the series or we split it. Winning the series would be nice since it is something we have not done all season especially against the tribe.
1st pitch a strike
For those who missed the game the boys wore the white pinstripe pants with black jerseys.
16 pitches top open the 2nd for James. It was not pretty but James with the flick from Todd got the 3rd out.
Top of the 3rd the Tribe would score their only run for the day when, (James has lost his control and has walked 2 after a single) Sac Fly gets the job done for a 1 to 0 Indian’s lead.
The Sox get their 1st run in the bottom of the 4th when — Jose Abreu goes “Yard” to left for a 1 all ball game.
Top of 6th and James struck out 8, striking out the side.
Chris Beck got the keys from James as he was walking to the showers. Chris Leaves the Keys with Robin for Dan Jennings (matching left-handed batter to left-handed pitcher)
Top of the 8th and nasty Nate Jones found the office keys when he put his hat on.
Who caught Nate passing the keys to David Robertson during their secret handshake?
Bottom of 9th and it’s still tied at 1 all
Omar Narvaez at the plate – Leadoff single – pitch runner Leury Garcia to take over at 1st. Leury safe at 2nd on a steal, Carlos Sanchez at the plate and a single to right gets Leury home for a 2 to 1 Sox win
Sox — 2 and Indians – 1
Pack your travel bags we are going on the road to Kansas City for a weekend series with Chris Sale, Miguel Gonzalez, Jose Quintana listed as having office keys for the series.