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White Sox buying into success of Angels' Trout

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White Sox buying into success of Angels' Trout

As things currently stand, Mike Trout is the odds-on favorite to win an avalanche of awards, from AL MVP to rookie of the year to even gold glove and silver slugger honors. One White Sox player even joked after Saturday's game that Trout might as well win the Cy Young, too.

"Hes a great player," manager Robin Ventura said. "Again, I think talent-wise he does everything. Hes got power, speed. Defensively, the catch he made the other night you wont see too many of these guys in a while."

Ventura was alluding to Trout's home run-robbing grab of a Gordon Beckham fly ball in Saturday's game. And that wasn't even Trout's best robbery of a homer this season, as the rookie's leaping catch to take away a home run from Baltimore's J.J. Hardy in late June may stand as the defensive play of the year in baseball this season.

"You might want to put it about 10 rows back for him to not get it because it seems like he's able to catch a lot of them," Ventura said Saturday. "I almost thought he got Rios' walk-off homer Friday. Make sure you hit it a little further."

But defense isn't Trout's only strong suit. Going into Sunday, Trout is leading the American League in runs scored, stolen bases, batting average and OPS. Since being called up in late April, he's hit 19 home runs and has only been thrown out trying to steal a base three times in 36 attempts.

Trout's 6.8 WAR easily is the best in baseball, a full win above leading NL MVP candidate Andrew McCutchen. And he can't even legally buy a beer in this country yet -- he turns 21 on Tuesday.

"I told him in the one at-bat, Im like 'Youre really good, man, because he does it all," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "He makes those catches in the outfield look so good. He hits for power, he can run as fast as anyone Ive seen in a long time. He plays the game right, plays the game hard, has a smile on his face. The Angels are lucky to have him and hes one of the best Ive seen in a long time."

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.