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Sox improve by doing nothing

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Sox improve by doing nothing

Twice this week the White Sox have gotten better.

No, Kenny Williams didnt sign a free agent or make a trade for a big time player. In fact, the Sox did nothing.

On Monday, the rival Tigers were dealt a crippling blow when DH Victor Martinez tore his ACL in his left knee during conditioning drills. GM Dave Dombrowski said that theyll replace him from within or via a minor move. Whatever they decide, Martinez is irreplaceable. The Tigers arent interested in winning another AL Central title. Theyre built to win it all, but the Martinez injury brings the Tigers back to Earth, at least a tad.

All Martinez did a year ago against the White Sox was hit .345. He only hit one homer, but it was a crushing three-run shot in mid-September that buried the Soxs chances of a division title and helped the Tigers wrap up the division by a mere 15 games.

On Thursday, Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona was arrested in the Dominican Republic for using a false identity. Turns out hes really not Fausto Carmona, hes Roberto Hernandez Heredia. Maybe the Indians wouldnt mind an identity switch. The one-time 19-game winner was just 7-15 with a 5.25 ERA in 2011. However, the only team he beat twice last season was the White Sox, and its unlikely that Carmona, or should I say, Heredia, will be available to pitch on Opening Day for the Indians in 2012. In fact, its unclear if hell even be available at all in 2012.

Regardless of who wins the 2012 American League Central, that team will need help and luck along the way. The White Sox seemingly wont be picked by national pundits, but they sure caught a pair of breaks this week simply by doing nothing.

Sometimes, crazy things happen. Maybe these bad breaks for the Tigers and Indians could turn into good things to come for Robin Venturas maiden voyage on the South Side.

Stay tuned.

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.