Hector Gimenez is in the midst of another huge offseason.
Gimenez, who is projected to be the White Sox backup catcher behind Tyler Flowers, carries a .307.385.521 slash line with seven homers and 28 RBIs in 140 at-bats in Venezuela this winter.
Gimenez is second on his team -- Tigres de Aragua -- in homers and RBIs even though his at-bats rank fifth on the squad. Last winter, Gimenez, 30, was named a Caribbean Series All-Star.
The White Sox head into the 2013 season without A.J. Pierzynski behind the plate for the first time since 2004. The plan is to give Flowers, twice rated a top-100 prospect by Baseball America, the first crack at the starting job. General manager Rick Hahn also stated in December the team has no problem with Gimenez as the teams backup, even though he has just 11 games of major league experience.
Gimenez was 5-for-11 with an RBI in five games for the White Sox last season after a September promotion. He hit .259 with 14 homers and 57 RBIs in 99 games at Triple-A Charlotte.
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.