KANSAS CITY -- Adam Dunn thinks the White Sox have better days ahead.
The White Sox designated hitterfirst baseman said Monday he doesnt believe any of his teammates have played better than their skill-sets. Dunn went as far as to say he thinks the White Sox, who are 47-38 and in first place in the American League Central, can improve in the second half.
I dont think anyone is playing over their heads, Dunn said. If anything, we have room to go. A lot of guys did a lot of great things the first half. But myself included, I think Im capable of a lot more. I plan to do a lot more. I feel like I can be a little more consistent.
Dunn, an All-Star for the first time since 2002, enters the break hitting .208 with a team-high 25 homers and 61 RBIs. He also leads baseball with 68 walks and 134 strikeouts.
As for his personal wish list, Dunn thinks he can improve his on-base percentage (.357) and average with runners in scoring position (.237).
I want to get on base more and drive in more runs, Dunn said. Ive got to be better at driving in runs.
So how does Dunn propose to improve? He believes the four days off during the break, ones that dont require a strenuous workload, will do his body good.
To have four days off is huge, Dunn said. There are certain little ailments four days will fix and rejuvenate you. Im going to get my rest. Im not going to go out in batting practice and try to hit 900-foot home runs.
Its awesome to be here. Im going to enjoy it with everyone, have fun and get some rest for the second half.
With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.
Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.
Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.
Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”
Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.
The White Sox released this statement:
Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.