White Sox catcher and current free agent A.J. Pierzynski took home his first career American League Silver Slugger Award Thursday night.
The 35-year-old Pierzynski joined Carlton Fisk as the only catchers in team history to win the award. Fisk captured the Sliver Slugger in 1981, 1985 and 1988, which honors the best offensive performers at each position voted on by coaches and managers.
The former White Sox catcher batted .278 with a career-high 27 home runs and 77 RBI in 135 games in 2012. The 27 homers were the second-highest total in franchise history, trailing only Fisk's 37 dingers in 1985. Also, Pierzynski set career-highs in runs scored (68), slugging percentage (.501) and OPS (.827).
One of the highlights of Pierzynski's season came when he homered in five consecutive games from July 20-August 5.
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.