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Sox Drawer: Reinsdorf 'stunned' about Minoso decision

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Sox Drawer: Reinsdorf 'stunned' about Minoso decision

DALLAS -- What was Jerry Reinsdorfs reaction when he learned that Minnie Minoso wasnt elected into the Hall of Fame?

Im stunned, said the White Sox chairman, who appeared at the press conference at the baseball winter meetings in person, hoping the 16-member Golden Era committee would give Minoso the 12 votes needed for induction. Minoso received nine.

"I really thought hed get 16 votes, Reinsdorf said. But I wasnt in the room. I didnt hear the deliberations. I was on a committee a year ago, and the discussions were great a year ago when we talked pros and cons on certain guys. Its hard to criticize the people who were there when I wasnt there myself. I dont understand it.

Reinsdorf wasnt the only one upset about the news. So was Roland Hemond, the former White Sox GM who was on the voting committee, and is not supposed to express his feelings about the voting results. However, Hemond couldnt hold back his true emotions saying, Im disappointed.

The expression on his face showed a whole lot more.

In his 17-year major league career, Minoso batted .298, scoring 1,136 runs, driving in 1,023 with almost a third of his 1,963 hits going for extra bases. He won three Gold Gloves and finished in the top 10 for A-L MVP five times. But it was his trailblazing status as the unofficial Jackie Robinson of Latin America that has many in the baseball community feeling he belongs in Cooperstown.

Orlando Cepeda (a Latin Hall of Famer) spoke out on this many times about how Minnie was the trailblazer, Reinsdorf said. Minnie was the guy who opened the door for all the Latins who came behind him. Minnie not only had the misfortune to be black, but he couldnt speak English.

After the announcement was made, Reinsdorf immediately contacted Minoso, who wasnt surprised by the news.

I dont think he really expected it. I think he knew that it might not happen. Ive known Minnie for over 30 years, Ive never seen him to be anything except up, Reinsdorf said. He was his usual classy self and basically shrugged his shoulders, thanked us for his support and said life would go on.

Will Minoso ever get in?

Possibly, but he might have to wait a while. The Golden Era Committee doesnt vote again until 2014.

However, Minnie will certainly have someone in his corner: Reinsdorf.

"If Im still around in three years, Im certainly going to do all I can to try to help him.

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