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Raines gets 49 percent of Hall of Fame votes


Raines gets 49 percent of Hall of Fame votes

Tim Raines received 49 percent of the vote on this year's Hall of Fame ballot, a relatively encouraging trend upward for the should-be Hall of Famer. Over his 23 seasons in the majors -- five of which were spent with the White Sox -- Raines compiled a .385 OBP with 808 stolen bases and 64.2 WAR, numbers which easily qualify Raines for a plaque in Cooperstown.

The Hardball Times' Chris Jaffe projected Raines to receive 52 percent of the vote, while Deadspin's exit polls had Raines at 57 percent.

So, with that in mind, 49 percent is a little disappointing, but that's still a significant spike from his 37.5 percent tally from 2011.

Raines received 24.3 percent of the vote in 2008, 22.6 percent in 2009 and 20.4 percent in 2010.

Barry Larkin was the lone inductee voted in to the class of 2012.

Minor league infielder and Lincoln-Way East alum Dean Anna tweets he's signing with hometown White Sox


Minor league infielder and Lincoln-Way East alum Dean Anna tweets he's signing with hometown White Sox

Playing for the team you grew up cheering for is a dream for many baseball players.

Dean Anna is getting a chance to live that dream with the White Sox.

A 31-year-old infielder born in Glenwood, Anna has played in numerous minor league systems, including those of the San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals. Tuesday, he tweeted that the White Sox will be his next team.

Anna, a Lincoln-Way East alum and Ball State University product, was a 26th-round pick of the Padres in the 2008 draft. He spent six years in the Padres' organization and has spent the past four years at the Triple-A level with four different organizations.

Most recently, he played 112 games with the Omaha Storm Chasers, a Royals affiliate, last season, where he slashed .285/.364/.376 with 53 runs scored and 33 RBIs. Anna played 64 games at second base and 26 at third base last season.

Anna has played a few big league games, too. He played 12 games with the Yankees in 2014, picking up three hits including a home run in that stint. He also played one game with the Cardinals during the 2015 season.

NBC Sports Chicago to carry expanded, multi-platform SoxFest 2018 opening night coverage


NBC Sports Chicago to carry expanded, multi-platform SoxFest 2018 opening night coverage

4:00 PM -- LIVE SoxFest 2018 “Opening Ceremonies” coverage
Hosted by Chuck Garfien!

4:30 PM -- “Inside Look presented by Cadillac” –
Updated’ edition featuring former White Sox fan favorite/future Baseball Hall of Famer JIM THOME!

5:00 PM -- “Beer Money presented by Coors Light” –
White Sox edition!

5:30 PM -- Special edition of “SportsTalk Live” from SoxFest
Hosted by David Kaplan, featuring Chuck Garfien, a panel of White Sox experts, and White Sox players!

6:00 PM -- “White Sox Talk at SoxFest”
LIVE panel discussion hosted by Chuck Garfien & Jason Benetti, featuring White Sox SVP/GM Rick Hahn and Manager Rick Renteria!

NBC Sports Chicago live stream available 24/7 on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the NBC Sports app

Complete SoxFest coverage throughout the weekend on NBCSportsChicago.com’s ‘WhiteSoxTalk’ section via reports from Garfien, White Sox digital reporters Vinnie Duber & JJ Stankevitz, which will include even more player/coaches/front office interviews, along with panel discussion highlights and much more!

Social media highlights on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat to include the latest Convention news, live streaming segments, and special NBC Sports Chicago prize giveaway details! 

Chicago, IL (January 23, 2018) – NBC Sports Chicago, the multi-platform home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the up-and-coming Chicago White Sox, is ready to start up the 2018 MLB season in a big way with expanded, live Opening Night coverage from “SoxFest 2018,” which is being held downtown this weekend (January 26-28) at the Hilton Chicago.

On Friday, January 26 beginning at 4:00 PM CT, NBC Sports Chicago’s expanded, multi-platform coverage of “SoxFest 2018” gets underway with LIVE Opening Ceremonies coverage (hosted by Chuck Garfien) featuring introductions of White Sox players/coaches/broadcasters/front office executives, plus video montages, and much more.  NOTE: NBC Sports Chicago’s coverage of the Opening Ceremonies will also be made available to fans via “Facebook Live” (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago).

Immediately following the Opening Ceremonies coverage at 4:30 PM, viewers can look forward to an “updated edition” of Inside Look presented by Cadillac featuring new interviews with former White Sox fan favorite/likely 2018 first ballot Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Thome.  At 5:00 PM, NBC Sports Chicago will carry an all “White Sox” edition of its hit sports trivia show Beer Money presented by Coors Light.

Beginning at 5:30 PM, NBC Sports Chicago’s live, on-site coverage from “SoxFest 2018” continues with a special remote edition of SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado.  This special edition of SportsTalk Live will feature host David Kaplan, along with Chuck Garfien and a panel of White Sox experts discussing the team’s exciting roster of up-and-coming talent, all the off-season moves and acquisitions, along with a timeline discussion on when key prospects may make their 2018 big league debut.  In addition, special guest interviews with White Sox players are also scheduled during the show.

ALSO -- Fans are also in for a special treat at 6:00 PM as NBC Sports Chicago will provide fans with an exclusive presentation of White Sox Talk at SoxFest, a “SoxFest 2018” marquee panel discussion event as special guests White Sox SVP/GM Rick Hahn and Manager Rick Renteria join hosts Chuck Garfien & Jason Benetti for an in-depth discussion on the 2018 White Sox, along with what the future will look like on the southside in the years to come. 

NOTE: Live stream of all NBC Sports Chicago programming is available for viewing 24/7 at NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the NBC Sports app to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers. 

Throughout the weekend, fans can look forward to even more comprehensive SoxFest coverage on NBCSportsChicago.com’s White Sox Talk section (NBCSportsChicago.com/WhiteSox) featuring additional players/coaches/front office executive interviews, feature stories, fan reaction, photos, videos and much more provided via Garfien (@ChuckGarfien), NBCSportsChicago.com White Sox digital baseball reporters Vinnie Duber (@VinnieDuber) & JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz), along the NBC Sports Chicago team of behind-the-scenes White Sox experts (@NBCSWhiteSox). 

From a social media standpoint, NBC Sports Chicago will also deliver a number of additional on-site Facebook Live interviews and special segments throughout the weekend, along with SoxFest “Sights & Sounds” highlights provided via Snapchat (‘nbcschicago’), along with additional coverage/photos/quick video offerings from ‘NBCSChicago’ through Instagram and Instagram Stories

Plus, White Sox fans can look forward to brand new “White Sox Talk” Podcasts presented by Wintrust featuring the hottest SoxFest topics and special guest interviews. Fans can download all of NBC Sports Chicago’s podcasts at NBCSportsChicago.com/podcasts and simply subscribe to them via Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.

Fans attending SoxFest this weekend can also stop by NBC Sports Chicago’s “Authentic Fan” booth to observe a pair of “White Sox Talk” Podcast tapings on Saturday, January 27 featuring White Sox organization players Nicky Delmonico & Jake Burger (9:45 AM) and Alec Hansen & Zack Collins (2:30 PM).  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago’s “Authentic Fan” booth will feature a number of special White Sox-themed giveaways including baseball caps, sunglasses, pop sockets, decals, cheer cards and much more (while supplies last).  Plus, fans are urged to utilize the social media hashtag #AuthenticFan throughout the weekend as a number of lucky fans will be “authentically surprised” with special White Sox giveaways and experiences. NBC Sports Chicago’s dedicated White Sox Twitter handle (@NBCSWhiteSox) will also provide up-to-the-minute NBC Sports Chicago “Authentic Fan” booth activities throughout the weekend.