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Anderson: ‘We stand for more than our job title'

@scottmerkin
June 1, 2020

CHICAGO -- Stick to Baseball. Stick to sports. That sentiment, or some form of it, inevitably finds its way to professional athletes when said athlete expresses his or her thoughts on issues affecting society. But Tim Anderson -- White Sox shortstop, defending American League batting champion, African American player and

Every AL Central team's best recent Draft pick

@alysonfooter
June 3, 2020

Each year, Major League Baseball’s Draft gives teams a chance to dream about what direction their organization may be headed a few years down the road. There’s no way to know at the time how Draft picks will pan out; in fact, hindsight is the only sure thing when evaluating

Most hyped LHP prospects of the past 20 years

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
June 4, 2020

Left-handed pitching is always something in high demand and often in short supply. Some of that is simply probability. Only about 10 percent of the world’s population is left-handed. The difficulty in developing pitching in general and keeping pitchers healthy whittles the numbers down even more. There’s a reason why

Talented Chicago teen on White Sox Draft radar

@scottmerkin
June 2, 2020

CHICAGO -- The White Sox will go for the best talent available when they pick at No. 11 in the first round of the 2020 Draft on June 10, a common philosophy for the organization. So, could that player be Ed Howard, a talented shortstop from Mt. Carmel High School

The best No. 1 Draft pick in every team's history

June 3, 2020

As the June 10-11 MLB Draft approaches, it's a great time to look back at the best first-round selections in each club's history. With the help of each of the 30 MLB.com beat writers, here's a look at a list that includes All-Stars, MVP Award winners, Cy Young Award winners

White Sox Top 5 lefty starters: Merkin's take

@scottmerkin
June 1, 2020

CHICAGO – No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are

How three HS teammates became MLB stars

@_dadler
June 4, 2020

It's good to be a Harvard-Westlake ballplayer. The Los Angeles high school's star outfielder, Pete Crow-Armstrong, is the No. 20 prospect for the 2020 Draft and a likely first-round pick next week. His teammate, shortstop Drew Bowser, is the No. 64 Draft prospect and won't be far behind. And that's

Cooper: Luis Vizcaino was '05's unsung hero

@scottmerkin
May 28, 2020

CHICAGO -- There’s an unsung hero from the 2005 White Sox World Series championship roster, according to Don Cooper. And if the answer to this assertion is not right-handed pitcher Luis Vizcaino, then you aren’t on the same page as the White Sox pitching coach. “This guy had a role

MLB announces 2020 Draft schedule

First round begins June 10 at 7 ET; televised live on MLB Network, ESPN
@JonathanMayo
May 29, 2020

On Friday, Major League Baseball announced that this year’s Draft will be held on June 10-11. Here’s everything you need to know: Broadcast and logistics details The five-round Draft will begin on Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m. ET, with both MLB Network and ESPN producing live coverage -- the

The best hometown Draft pick for all 30 teams

@JonathanMayo
June 1, 2020

Rickey Henderson to the A's. Cal Ripken Jr. to the Orioles. Barry Larkin to the Reds. It's not uncommon to see a team go with a hometown kid in the Draft. In 2004, Neil Walker was playing at Pine-Richland High School just outside of Pittsburgh, intending to head to Clemson

These are the best arms in the AL Central

@alysonfooter
May 29, 2020

In baseball, the little things matter. Or, maybe a better way to say it is that fleeting, split-second moments can make or break a team on any given day. Defense plays into this theory a dozen times during a game. Take for example the pin-point accuracy of a throw that

This is how each club's highest Draft pick fared

@williamfleitch
May 31, 2020

We are just about a week and a half away from the 2020 MLB Draft, one that will be done virtually and will be unlike any other Draft before it. But it’s still the Draft. There’s still a first round, still excited youngsters ready to make their way to the

Sox embrace destiny in '05 championship run 

@scottmerkin
May 27, 2020

CHICAGO -- Ninety-nine regular-season victories plus a nearly unblemished 11-1 postseason run added up to a World Series championship for the 2005 White Sox, arguably the greatest team in franchise history. “Team” is the word to remember in discussing the 2005 campaign, when the White Sox were in first place

Most hyped RHP prospects of the past 20 years

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
May 27, 2020

Pitching prospects are an inherently volatile group, one with more cautionary tales than success stories, but the type of impact that a highly touted young hurler can have on an organization’s long-term outlook cannot be overstated. The below list of the most-hyped right-handed pitching prospects of the past 20 years

Where are they now? Alexei Ramirez is 'ready'

@scottmerkin
May 26, 2020

CHICAGO -- Alexei Ramirez’s last Major League contest was a four-hit effort for the Rays in Texas on Oct. 2, 2016. It was not a bad way to close out a solid nine-year career for the shortstop who turns 39 in September. But during a recent conversation with MLB.com, in

White Sox Top 5 right-handers: Merkin's take

@scottmerkin
May 25, 2020

No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are for fun

'83 White Sox sweep in Dream Bracket 2 opener

@scottmerkin
May 22, 2020

CHICAGO -- Any time the White Sox take down their American League Central rival from Minnesota, it’s a good day for the South Siders’ ardent fan base. That fact holds true even in the virtual world, with the 1983 White Sox completing a four-game series sweep against the '65 Twins

Rowand reflects on the day he met Mike Ditka

'This is the greatest day of my life'
@scottmerkin
May 24, 2020

CHICAGO -- Chicago’s downtown location of Ditka’s restaurant closed last week due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the short term left on the restaurant’s lease. The business’ announcement means the end of its signature pot roast nachos and pork chops in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood,

For 1 season, these 30 guys played like HOFers

@williamfleitch
May 25, 2020

It’s easy to break down truly great seasons from the superstars. If anything, the hardest part is deciding which Mike Trout season is the best, or which Barry Bonds, or which Albert Pujols. The real fun is the random superstar season that comes out of nowhere, a player who isn’t

These AL Central defenders can do it all

@alysonfooter
May 22, 2020

Our weekly examination of the skills that comprise the "five tools" of baseball shifts to the defensive side of the game. In the past, metrics that measure a player's defensive value were somewhat scarce; today, however, there are several ways to accurately gauge how much a player is contributing from

Each MLB team's best Draft of all time

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
May 23, 2020

The Dodgers had mixed success in the first three years of the Draft, sandwiching lackluster efforts in 1965 and 1967 around finding three All-Stars (Charlie Hough, Bill Russell, Billy Grabarkewitz) and a Rookie of the Year (Ted Sizemore) in 1966. Los Angeles slid from a World Series championship to an

Rewatch White Sox deny Twins in Game 163

@scottmerkin
May 22, 2020

CHICAGO – When center fielder Brian Anderson made a diving catch to snare Alexi Casilla’s sinking line drive, the White Sox completed an exciting 1-0 victory over the Twins on Sept. 30, 2008, before 40,354 black-clad White Sox fans. It was actually more than exciting. It might have been the