The White Sox have just under 6 million to spend on bonuses for their top 10 draft picks in this year's MLB Draft, which is nearly triple the amount of money they spent on bonuses for their first 11 picks of last year's draft. Needless to say, the new CBA is very favorable to the Sox in this regard.
This is awesome: A cartoonist's rendering of Comiskey Park, circa 1946 or 1947. There are a lot of neat little tidbits in there, like how the engineer of a train on the railroad tracks near the stadium was a Sox fan and would sound his whistle every time he went by. CubsTalk colleague Tony Andracki looked at the Wrigley Field version of it, which is similarly neat.
2012 is the most important season of Jared Mitchell's career, and it can't hurt for him to start it off strong this spring, even in limited action.
In former White Sox news, things aren't looking good for Bobby Jenks, who may not pitch again in the majors until mid-season at the earliest. At the time it was announced, I thought Jenks' deal with Boston was good for the Red Sox...but yikes, it hasn't worked out well at all.
James looked back at Gavin Floyd's first no-hit bid of 2008 in a pretty great pseudo-live blog that's well worth your time, and Jim hopes Robin Ventura doesn't implement the same roster rigidity that Ozzie Guillen did.
And no matter your feelings toward Minnesota, it's great to see Denard Span report to Twins camp without the post-concussion symptoms and migraine headaches that plagued the second half of his 2011. Hopefully the same will be said about Justin Morneau.
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.