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White Sox officially transition from U.S. Cellular Field to Guaranteed Rate Field

White Sox officially transition from U.S. Cellular Field to Guaranteed Rate Field

A new era is underway on the South Side.

The White Sox have officially changed their stadium name from U.S. Cellular Field to Guaranteed Rate Field on Tuesday.

The White Sox naming rights deal for the ballpark will be Guaranteed Rate Field through at least 2029.

The White Sox went 1,140-1,129 in 14 years at U.S. Cellular Field and had their best season in 2005, where Ozzie Guillen led the 99-63 White Sox to a World Series title.

Since then, the White Sox have only made the postseason once (2008) and are looking to avoid their fifth consecutive losing season in 2017. GM Rick Hahn & Co. feel confident in the direction the team is headed, especially after making a managerial change at the end of the season.

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The new era kicked off with Rick Renteria, who was hired to lead the White Sox after Robin Ventura opted not to re-sign with the team after five seasons.

Hahn believes Renteria was the "right guy" to help turn things around on the South Side and feels "very strongly" about moving forward.

"Even if we go with the say full rebuild, take it to the extreme, Ricky’s background in player development and as a teacher is going to serve us extremely well as we go through that process," Hahn said. "However, the end result of that process is a team that is able to win a championship.

"So we feel he’s the right man whether that championship caliber team is on the field in 2017 or something that were built over a number of years leading up to that year when eventually we’re ready to win again."

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.