Detroit will be without flamethrowing reliever Al Alburquerque for the first half of next season after the awesomely-named righty underwent elbow surgery this week, according to MLive.com.
Alburquerque struck out 67 in 43 13 innings out of the Tigers bullpen last season, allowing just nine runs all year. He dominated the White Sox, allowing no runs on four hits and three walk with seven strikeouts in five games.
Alburquerque began his pro career with the Cubs in 2006 before going to Colorado in 2009. He had never pitched above Double-A before 2011, when Detroit took a flier on the 25-year-old native of San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic.
And, again: his name of Al Alburquerque. Hopefully he sticks around in the majors -- even if it means successful outings against the White Sox -- just for his name value.
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.
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.