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Early 2012 Sox projection: 77 wins

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Early 2012 Sox projection: 77 wins

There's still plenty of time for offseason moves, but a recent projection doesn't inspire much confidence for the 2012 White Sox.

As the White Sox roster currently stands, CAIRO projects the team to win 77 games next season, a full 10 games behind second-place Cleveland and 12 behind Detroit. The projection system gives the White Sox -- in their current state -- a 4.8 percent chance of making the playoffs.

Let me emphasize this again: in their current state. The White Sox currently have not traded away anybody but Sergio Santos. So, by this projection, a team with John Danks, Gavin Floyd and Carlos Quentin would win 77 games.

It could be worse, though. Minnesota is only projected as a 66-win team, while Miami is only seen as a .500 team. And the Angels, even with Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson, are projected to finish behind Texas in the AL West..

Of course, take these -- like any projection -- with a grain of salt, because there's plenty of room for luck to positively or negatively influence a record over the course of a 162-game season. And these aren't taking into account any moves made between now and opening day.

White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

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White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

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.  

White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

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White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

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.