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Reed always dreamed of being a closer

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Reed always dreamed of being a closer

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- When the White Sox traded Sergio Santos to the Blue Jays for minor league starter Nestor Molina during the winter meetings, it left a vacant hole in the back of the bullpen.

Who will be the closer? Matt Thornton? Jesse Crain?

If 23-year-old Addison Reed has his way, it will be him.

Growing up, honestly I always dreamed of being a closer, Reed said on Saturday. I dont know but for some reason, maybe it was going to Angels games and watching Troy Percival run out in the 9th inning. Something about that made me want to be a closer. Ive never, ever wanted to be a starter, so I guess its a good start Im already in the pen.

When the White Sox third round pick in 2010 was called up last September, he certainly proved he had the stuff to pitch in the big leagues.

Just ask Miguel Cabrera.

Reed faced the Tigers power hitter twice last season. He struck him out both times. The 6-foot-4 California native went on to strike out 12 batters in 7.1 innings, while posting a 3.68 ERA.

Does Reed have the mentality to be a closer?

I really have no idea, he said. They always say that closers are always a little different.

Is he?

Thats the thing. Thats for everybody else to judge. I think Im normal. Maybe Im not.

For now, his No. 1 goal is to be with the major league team when it arrives in Texas for Opening Day. Everything will sort itself out after that.

Reed only has one month of big league experience, but he learned a lot in his brief time with the club last September.

It kind of makes me a little more comfortable now. Not walking on egg shells, Reed said. Last year I was kind of nervous the first couple times I was up throwing. But after I got over throwing those first couple innings I felt like I was throwing again in the minor leagues. That was the biggest thing that helped me, getting comfortable, just getting adjusted to the game. For some reason you start thinking its a different game. Its honestly just the same game, so once I realized that, everything seemed to go well.

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.