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Sox Drawer InnerView: Nancy Faust

Sox Drawer InnerView: Nancy Faust

Tuesday, December 29

Players come and go. So do managers, coaches, owners, mascots, even ballparks.

But for 4 decades there has always been Nancy.

Starting in 1970, when the White Sox lost 106 games and were last in the league in attendance (495,355), Nancy was there. Every night.

She was there when Bill Melton won the home run title in 1971, when Steve Dahl blew up the disco records in 1979, and when Ron Kittle and Greg Luzinski were launching baseballs onto the Comiskey Park roof in the early 1980s.

She was there for every single game from 1983 until 2005.

There for all the big moments, and thousands of smaller ones. Like the time in 1971 when a new Sox broadcaster by the name of Harry Caray was fed up watching a boring game and said on the air that he wished someone would carry him home. An alert Nancy, listening to the game on the radio, immediately started playing Carry Me Back Home to Old Virginia.

She was there to play the hits like Take Me Out to the Ballgame and Runaround Sue, and to unearth the misses like Inna Godda Davida and Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Good-bye.

But in 2010, Nancy Faust will be saying good-bye to all of us. The woman who has produced the White Sox soundtrack for millions of fans for 40 years has decided to retire after this season.

She just feels like its time.

So I guess theres no better time to chat with Nancy about her long Sox career and her thoughts as she enters her final season tickling the ivories on the South Side.

Hope you enjoy the latest installment of the Sox Drawer InnerView.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Class A manager Justin Jirschele, youngest manager in professional baseball

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Class A manager Justin Jirschele, youngest manager in professional baseball

27-year-old Justin Jirschele made quite an impression in his first season as manager of the White Sox Class-A affiliate in Kannapolis. He helped lead the Intimidators to the South Atlantic League championship, and was named White Sox Minor League Coach of the Year. Jirschele came on the podcast to speak with Chuck Garfien about how he went from playing minor league baseball with the White Sox to coaching in their system. He talks about how growing up with a dad who was coaching minor league baseball helped mold him as a manager who is wise beyond his years. Jirschele also gives a report on some of the top White Sox prospects he managed last season such as Jake Burger, Alec Hansen, Dane Dunning and Miker Adolfo.

After baseball punishes Braves, one ranker says White Sox have game's best farm system

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After baseball punishes Braves, one ranker says White Sox have game's best farm system

The White Sox farm system is baseball's best, according to one of the people making those rankings.

In the wake of Major League Baseball's punishment of the Atlanta Braves for breaking rules regarding the signing of international players — which included the removal of 12 illegally signed prospects from the Braves' organization — MLB.com's Jim Callis tweeted out his updated top 10, and the White Sox are back in first place.

Now obviously there are circumstances that weakened the Braves' system, allowing the White Sox to look stronger by comparison. But this is still an impressive thing considering that three of the White Sox highest-rated prospects from the past year are now full-time big leaguers.

Yoan Moncada used to be baseball's No. 1 prospect, and pitchers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez weren't too far behind. That trio helped bolster the highly ranked White Sox system. Without them, despite plenty of other highly touted prospects, common sense would say that the White Sox would slide down the rankings.

But the White Sox still being capable of having baseball's top-ranked system is a testament to the organizational depth Rick Hahn has built in such a short period of time.

While prospect rankings are sure to be refreshed throughout the offseason, here's how MLB Pipeline's rankings look right now in regards to the White Sox:

4. Eloy Jimenez
9. Michael Kopech
22. Luis Robert
39. Blake Rutherford
57. Dylan Cease
90. Alec Hansen