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Spring training storylines: Who closes for Sox?

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Spring training storylines: Who closes for Sox?

With just over six weeks until opening day, Matt Thornton appears to be the early favorite to land the White Sox closer role this spring. More than likely, if the Sox have a lead going into the ninth inning during opening weekend in Texas, it'll be Thornton jogging out of the bullpen to nail down a victory.

That shouldn't make you cringe, regardless of how bad Thornton may have looked last April in the ninth inning. As Thornton says in the Tribune article linked above, he was fairly unlucky in the timing of one of the worst stretches of his career.

Maybe that stretch had something to do with pitching in the ninth instead of seventh or eighth inning, but Thornton doesn't seem to think that's the case. Thornton is a fine reliever, and if given another opportunity to close, he'll probably be okay.

If he's not, though, Addison Reed is probably in the best position to take over the ninth inning -- just like Sergio Santos slid into the closer role after Thornton struggled out of the gate.

There probably won't be a closer battle this spring -- there's not much to glean from a reliever striking out three minor league guys for a save in preseason play. But Reed can begin to build a decent argument to close with success against major leaguers in Arizona -- remember, this is a guy that has only seen 7 13 innings of work at the MLB level.

In the offseason, there was an article written that questioned the White Sox confidence in finding closers. I'm not sure why that confidence needed questioning -- the team hasn't had a hole in the ninth inning since Billy Koch imploded some nine years ago. Since then, Shingo Takatsu, Dustin Hermanson, Bobby Jenks and Sergio Santos have stepped in seemingly from nowhere to successfully finish off games.

And with the stable of power relief arms in the White Sox farm system, there probably won't be a shortage of internal closer options for years to come.

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.