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White Sox: Ventura 'shocked' by news of John Farrell's cancer diagnosis

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White Sox: Ventura 'shocked' by news of John Farrell's cancer diagnosis

The baseball world was hit with some bad news on Friday when Red Sox manager John Farrell announced he has lymphoma. 

One person who took the news of Farrell’s diagnosis the hardest was White Sox manager and Farrell's good friend Robin Ventura. 

“You're shocked,” Ventura said. “I've known John a long time. Anytime you hear that news it's always shocking. You feel for him. 

“He's always done a great job wherever he's been, but it does affect you a little bit, of looking at perspective of the people you deal with every day and your guys in here, you know, real life stuff.”

Farrell and Ventura both graduated from Oklahoma State just a few years apart from each other (Farrell left in 1984 after being drafted by the Cleveland Indians while Ventura departed when he was drafted by the White Sox in 1988). Both were stars in college and became close through their OSU connection.

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Recently, the entire White Sox team underwent routine tests for skin cancer. A couple suspicious spots were found on Ventura’s face and were taken care of by the medical staff, as the small band aids on his face showed before Saturday's game. Ventura was thankful that the staff takes that extra step to keep the players and coaches safe. 

“You know, we always get it done in spring training and then once during the year,” Ventura said. “You're always protective of putting sunscreen on and everything else, but when you're a kid you probably didn't put it on as much as you should. Any time we do it and they see something, I'm always, 'Go ahead and take care of it,' right when you do."

The small bit of good news from Farrell’s diagnosis was that the cancer is stage 1 and highly curable. Doctors found the cancer when the Red Sox manager went in for hernia surgery, something that turned out to be a blessing in disguise. 

“You feel real fortunate and lucky that they found it when they did,” Ventura said.

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.