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Sox Drawer: The Ozzie Guillen Show

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Sox Drawer: The Ozzie Guillen Show

Tuesday, October 27th
When Emile Berliner invented the microphone in 1876, I imagine he had no idea the kind of words man would say one day into his little creation.

So it is with great excitement (for us), and extreme fear for others (the FCC, Fox executives) that Ozzie Guillen has been hired to be a pre- and postgame analyst for the World Series starting on Wednesday.

Youve heard about Must-See TV. Could this become Must-Bleep TV?

Ozzie has been known to say (and swear about) some crazy things as manager of the White Sox. In fact, there are times when his sentences contain more cuss words than clean words.

Its one of his many talents.

But honestly, unless former Sun-Times columnist Jay Mariotti sneaks onto the set and challenges him to a verbal duel, I dont see Guillen turning into Sam Kinison when the red light goes on, forcing censors to beep out the broadcast as if it was a test from the Emergency Broadcast System.

Still, Ozzie will be Ozzie. What will he do? What will he say? Who knows??

But if I know this White Sox manager, here are 10 things I am confident that Ozzie will not say during his World Series appearances:

10. Nick Swisher? I was totally wrong about that guy. The two of us should have been best friends, yoga partners, baseballs version of Laverne and Shirley. I miss him. Every. Single. Day.

9. Is it me or does C.C. Sabathia look a whole lot slimmer?

8. Sorry guys, I have to leave early tonight. I made plans to see the new Michael Jackson movie with Bartolo Colon.

7. I knew that Jimmy Rollins was going to lay down that squeeze bunt in the 9th, because we talked about it this morning on Facebook.

6. Speaking of Facebook, I cant believe Robinson Cano unfriended me! He says I update my status too often. I mean, I only do it like 15-20 times a day. Is there something wrong with that?

6. Dont stop belieeeeeevin!

5. Did you see Curb Your Enthusiasm last night? How about Mad Men?

4. Ozzie: I think Jerry Yang is one of the greatest bluffers of all-time. He always senses weakness. Hell raise and raise again even if hes only got a pair of threes. What a great competitor!

Chris Rose: Um, Ozzie. This isnt the World Series of Poker. This is the actual World Series.

Ozzie: @&!

3. I hate Wrigley Field. (actually, Ozzie might find a way to say this. He always does.)

2. Can we stop for a second and give a standing ovation for the umpires? What an incredible job they have done during the playoffs. They havent missed a THING.

1. Wheres Bill Melton?

Strikeout machine Alec Hansen wants to be the best ... OK, one of the best

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Strikeout machine Alec Hansen wants to be the best ... OK, one of the best

GLENDALE, Ariz. — On a day when Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada took live batting practice for the first time this spring, off in the distance was a lanky White Sox prospect standing in the outfield grass.

But Alec Hansen was doing more than shagging flies. He was watching both hitters very closely.

“I was looking to see how much pop they had,” Hansen said of Abreu and Moncada. “I kind of look at that to see the difference in power between minor league ball and the major leagues. It’s nice to see it’s not a huge difference. That makes me feel a bit more comfortable.”

At 6-foot-8 — actually 6-foot-8-and-a-half, according to his spring training physical — Hansen is a big man with big plans for his baseball career. He might be quiet on the outside, but he has booming expectations for himself on the inside.

“I want to be the best,” Hansen said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago.

The best? The very best?

That’s what Hansen aspires to become, though later in our conversation, he did dial back a notch, settling for becoming “one of the best.”

Either is fine with manager Ricky Renteria, who is overseeing these uber-confident White Sox prospects and accepts their lofty expectations.

“I think their mindset is where it’s supposed to be,” Renteria said. “None of these kids are concerned or consumed with the possibility of failure. Much more they’re consuming themselves with the understanding that they might hit some stumbling blocks, but they’re going to have a way to avoid overcoming them and push forward and be the best that they can be.”

In his first full season in the White Sox organization, Hansen led the minor leagues with 191 strikeouts. He’s proud of that accomplishment but admitted something: He’s not that impressed because he didn’t do it where it really matters — in the major leagues.

When you watch Hansen pitch, it’s easy to see that the talent is there. His coaches and teammates rave about his ability. With his enormous size and power arm, he is loaded with strengths.  

Though there is one weakness that Hansen acknowledges he needs to work on.

“Sometimes I have a tendency to think too much and worry. I think worrying is the worst thing that I do just because I want to be perfect,” Hansen said. “I think everyone wants to be perfect, some more than others, and I worry about things getting in the way of achieving perfection.”

To Hansen, that doesn’t mean throwing a perfect game. He actually takes it one step further.

He wants to strikeout every single hitter he faces.

“I love striking people out,” Hansen said. “Not having to rely on anyone else and just getting the job done myself and knowing that the hitter can’t get a hit off me. That’s a great feeling. That they can’t put it in play. Like a line drive out. That’s terrible.”

At some point, Hansen will have to lower these impossible expectations for himself. This is an imperfect game. There’s no place for nine-inning, 27-strikeout performances. Players end up in the Hall of Fame because they learn how to succeed with failure.

In the meantime, Hansen is here in big league camp watching and learning anything and everything.

“I’m a good observer. I listen. I don’t really talk too much. I’m a pretty quiet guy. I like to sit back and observe and see how these guys go about their business. Just trying to be at their level, hopefully one day surpass them.”

Surpass?

“It’s kind of hard to surpass some of these guys. I mean, they’re at the tip-top, like the pinnacle of the sport,” Hansen said. “I guess you could say, to get on that level and then be one of the best in the league.”

He might be on his way.

White Sox free up spot on 40-man roster by outrighting Dylan Covey

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White Sox free up spot on 40-man roster by outrighting Dylan Covey

The White Sox freed up a spot on their 40-man roster Sunday, outrighting pitcher Dylan Covey to Triple-A Charlotte.

Covey pitched in 18 games last season, making 12 starts for the South Siders. Things did not go well, with Covey turning in an 0-7 record and a 7.71 ERA in 70 innings.

While there was an outside chance that Covey could have provided at least some starting-pitching depth heading into the 2018 season, the team's recent additions of Miguel Gonzalez and Hector Santiago — not to mention Covey's results from last season — wiped out that idea.

At the moment, the White Sox starting rotation figures to look like this by Opening Day: James Shields, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Gonzalez and Carson Fulmer, with Santiago seeming like a good option to provide depth as the long man in the bullpen.