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Ballantini: White Sox-Cubs all-time series notes

Ballantini: White Sox-Cubs all-time series notes

Saturday, June 26, 2010
Updated at 5:02 p.m.

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

CHICAGO With rare exception, the Chicago White Sox have dominated the Chicago Cubs in crosstown play, dating back to 107 years to 1903, with an overall record of 171-121-8 all-time in 67 years worth of competition. Here are some facts and figures from crosstown history:

City Series (1903-42)
The City Series represents the most competitive games ever played between the two teams. Held concurrent with the World Series, the best-of-seven series was Chicagos own World Series, played for city bragging rights. Teams often gave out solid bonuses to players (sometimes bigger than that of the World Series itself), as the games were well-attended; this was a time when 500 meant a ton to the average player.
To that end, the very first City Series was marred by accusations of games thrown. Cubs pitcher Jack Taylor won his first City Series start, but lost the last three (the series finished in a 7-7 tie); subsequent accusations that he laid down for side money precipitated a trade to the St. Louis Cardinals. As a result, the Cubs refused to play the 1904 series.
The White Sox won the 1912 City Series, 4-3, amid similar accusations, that the Cubswho were up 3-0 before losing four straightlaid down in protest of unpopular manager Frank Chance.
In 1914, the White Sox won the City Series 4-3 after losing three of the first four games.
The 1924 City Series were the first games ever broadcast on local radio.
In 1925, a City Series won by the Cubs in five games, the opening game of the series was a 19-inning tie.
In 1927, the Cubs refused to play the City Series, purportedly because the White Sox were cheering for them to lose the NL pennant (the North Siders finished 8.5 games out) in order to earn some City Series money.
In 1934, Cubs owner William Wrigley thought the Cubs were laying down in order to earn the higher receipts of City Series play, and refused to play the White Sox.
In the very next season (1936), the White Sox swept the Cubs in the City Series and so infuriated Wrigley that he cut some players salaries and ordered all of his Cubs players placed on the trading block.
The White Sox were 91-60-3 in City Series games and captured 19 of 25 series overall (the teams tied in the first years, 1903).

Boys Benefit Game (1949-72)
With the City Series scuttled by World War II, the White Sox struck the series back up with a single-game exhibition to benefit youth baseball.
Although all but two of the games were played at Comiskey Park, the Cubs were 13-10 in the series.
A White Sox vs. Cubs-best 52,712 came to the June 25, 1964 game at Comiskey Park, won by the Pale Hose, 11-1. Fans were allowed to stand in the outfield during that game.

Mayors Series (1981)
Chicago mayor Jane Byrne proposed a revival of meetings between the two teams. August 7s game at Comiskey Park was a scoreless tie, while the next day the Cubs knocked off the White Sox, 4-3.

Exhibition Play (1982)
In 1982, both the crosstown exhibition games scheduled were cancelled...because of snow.

Windy CityCrosstown Classic (1985-94)
One-game sets were agreed upon to benefit team charities. The White Sox went 8-0-2 in these games, which alternated between Comiskey Park and Wrigley Field.
In the April 17, 1994 game at Wrigley Field, Michael Jordan started in right field for the White Sox and went two-of-four with two RBI in the 4-4 tie.

Tribune Twinbill (1995)
The Chicago Tribune sponsored a home-and-home series before the labor-delayed start of the 1995 season. Its holding didnt fare so well, as the Cubs lost to the White Sox 6-3 on April 24 at Comiskey Park and 6-2 on April 25 at Wrigley Field.

Spring Training (1998-present)
The White Sox hold a 22-16-2 edge in spring training play vs. the Cubs.

Interleague Play (1997-present)
Since official interleague play started in 1997, the White Sox lead the series 39-36, outscoring the Cubs, 367-348.
The White Sox have won the last nine of 12 games in the series and 10 of the last 15 series overall.
The White Sox have never won more than four games in the season series.
The longest winning streak in interleague play has been the Cubs, with a six-game streak in 2007-08.
Three of Paul Konerkos 23 multi-homer games have come vs. the Cubs.
The White Sox have won three of five extra-inning games in interleague play, all of which came between 1998 and 2001.
Mark Buehrle has five wins vs. the Cubs, more than any other White Sox pitcher. Buehrles career interleague record is 23-6, giving him more interleague wins than any other pitcher. However, hes just 5-4 vs. the Cubs, making him 18-2 vs. all other National League clubs.
Ozzie Guillen's career record in interleague play vs. the Cubs: 2-for-11 with one run, one double, a walk and a K.

Interleague Records
Konerko leads in most White Sox offensive categories, including games (56), runs (28), homers (14), hits (60) and RBI (41). Scott Podsednik leads the series with nine steals, Sandy Alomar Jr. with a .450 average (Carlos Quentin leads active Sox at .368) and Frank Thomas with 23 walks.
On the pitching side, Buehrle leads in wins (five) and losses (four), starts (12), strikeouts (57) and innings (79.1). Freddy Garcia has an amazing 0.41 ERA vs. the Cubs, Keith Foulke leads with 17 appearances and Bobby Jenks has four saves.

Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.com's White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute White Sox information.

White Sox free up spot on 40-man roster by outrighting Dylan Covey

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White Sox free up spot on 40-man roster by outrighting Dylan Covey

The White Sox freed up a spot on their 40-man roster Sunday, outrighting pitcher Dylan Covey to Triple-A Charlotte.

Covey pitched in 18 games last season, making 12 starts for the South Siders. Things did not go well, with Covey turning in an 0-7 record and a 7.71 ERA in 70 innings.

While there was an outside chance that Covey could have provided at least some starting-pitching depth heading into the 2018 season, the team's recent additions of Miguel Gonzalez and Hector Santiago — not to mention Covey's results from last season — wiped out that idea.

At the moment, the White Sox starting rotation figures to look like this by Opening Day: James Shields, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Gonzalez and Carson Fulmer, with Santiago seeming like a good option to provide depth as the long man in the bullpen.

Jose Abreu's got a new beard, but what he really deserves is a contract extension

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Jose Abreu's got a new beard, but what he really deserves is a contract extension

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Sunday marked the first surprise of White Sox spring training, courtesy of first baseman Jose Abreu.

“This year, I’m going to try to steal more bases,” Abreu said through a translator.

This might have sounded like a joke, but Abreu was completely serious.

On paper, he’s not exactly Rickey Henderson. In 614 career games, Abreu has only six stolen bases. However, the slimmed-down first baseman does have some sneaky speed. His six triples last season ranked third in the American League. So there are some wheels to work with.

“I like the challenge. I think that’s a good challenge for me. I’m ready for it,” Abreu said.

How many steals are we talking about? A reporter asked sarcastically if a 30-30 season is in the offing? Abreu didn’t exactly shoot down the possibility.

“Who knows? When you fill your mind with positive things, maybe you can accomplish them,” Abreu said. “The mind of a human being works in a lot of different ways. If you fill your mind with good things, good things are going to happen.”

The morning began with Abreu walking to the hitting cages with his Cuban compadres Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert, who the White Sox signed last summer. He held his first workout on Sunday. At the White Sox hitters camp last month, Moncada took Robert under his wing, showing him the ropes, even telling Ricky Renteria, “I got him.”

But Sunday, Abreu was in charge, holding court with the three of them in the cage. Abreu watched closely as Robert hit off a tee, giving him pointers about his swing.

“I just like to help people,” Abreu said. “When I started to play at 16 in Cuba, I had a lot people who hounded me to get better. At the same point, I want to give back things that I’ve learned and pass that along to other people. That’s what I’m doing. I’m not expecting anything else. I’m just glad to help them and get them better.”

What kind of advice has he passed along to Robert?

“Since I came to this country, I learned quickly three keys to be a success: Be disciplined, work hard and always be on time. If you apply those three keys, I think you’re going to be good. Those are the three keys I’m trying to teach the new kids, the young guys,” Abreu said.

Abreu lost about 10 pounds during the offseason. He said he hopes to learn more English in 2018. He also arrived at spring training sporting a scruffy beard which he grew while he was in Cuba so he “could be incongnito.”

Abreu likes his new look. Moncada thinks he should shave it off.

“If the organization doesn’t say anything, I’m just going to keep it,” Abreu said.

Well, so much for that.

Moments after Abreu spoke with the media, Renteria told reporters that Abreu will have to “clean it up a bit.”

The two will find a compromise. Come to think of it, maybe Abreu and the White Sox should do the same about a contract extension in the near future.

Yes, he’ll be 33 when his contract expires in two years, but there have been no signs of a decline with his performance. Instead, Abreu is only getting better both offensively and defensively.

Heck, now he wants to steal bases, too.

After Renteria, Abreu is the leader of this team. He commands ultimate respect inside the clubhouse. He’s become another coach to Moncada, Robert and others. He’s a huge brick in the present and too big of an influence and cornerstone to not have around in the future.

“I hope to play my entire career in the majors with the White Sox,” Abreu said Sunday. “But I can’t control that.”

At some point, a decision will have to be made whether to keep Abreu or trade him. In the meantime, ask yourself this question: What will bring more value to the White Sox, getting a high-end prospect or two in return not knowing if they’ll ever succeed in the majors? Or keeping your best player, the heart and soul of your team, allowing him to show your future stars the way while they’re developing in the major leagues?

Seems like an easy decision to me.