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Ventura sees Chris Sale growing into veteran role for White Sox

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Ventura sees Chris Sale growing into veteran role for White Sox

ST. LOUIS — Chris Sale is only 26, yet he’s been a fixture in the White Sox clubhouse longer than only John Danks, Alexei Ramirez and Gordon Beckham, minus the latter’s month-and-a-half sabbatical in Anaheim.

The left-hander is the undisputed ace of the White Sox rotation and has cemented himself as one of baseball’s best pitchers entering his start Tuesday night in St. Louis, No. 100 of his career. If he racks up a double-digit strikeout total against the Cardinals, he’ll join Pedro Martinez as the only pitchers in major league history with 10 or more strikeouts in eight straight starts.

Expect Sale to earn his fourth consecutive All-Star bid next month, too. All this adds up to manager Robin Ventura putting Sale squarely in the “veteran” category.

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“For him, it’s really become managing innings, exertion, all the things that go with it,” Ventura said. “If it doesn’t go right and there’s an error made behind you, you’re able to get after the next guy. For him, and that’s just me watching him, he’s just a more mature person on the mound when he goes out there and goes through the middle of the innings. That’s just been something that’s been fun to watch for him.”

Despite still being in his mid-20’s, Sale has only started 15 fewer games than 30-year-old teammate Jeff Samardzija. Ventura’s seen Sale, too, develop from a guy who throws hard into a guy who throws hard but also knows how to pitch in different situations. That knowledge and feel for the game comes with experience that’s built up over the last few years.

“I think he’s getting into that realm of being able to do that and being considered that veteran guy,” Ventura said. “When he first came up, he was the young guy with all the pitchers that we had. So he’s quickly kind of become the middle of the road guy but now moving into veteran guy and a chance for him to go to another All-Star Game. When those start adding up, you become the veteran guy.”

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?

Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.

On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.

But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.