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New White Sox ambassador A.J. Pierzynski wants to get Hawk Harrelson into the Hall of Fame — and Hawk thinks A.J. should be there, too

New White Sox ambassador A.J. Pierzynski wants to get Hawk Harrelson into the Hall of Fame — and Hawk thinks A.J. should be there, too

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — A.J. Pierzynski is back with the White Sox, somewhat informally announcing himself Monday in the crowded lobby of the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort that he’ll be a team ambassador.

But while ambassadors typically spend time glad-handing, making appearances and throwing out ceremonial first pitches, Pierzynski has a very specific No. 1 goal now that he’s back on the South Side: send Hawk Harrelson to Cooperstown.

“My biggest goal is to get him into the Hall of Fame,” Pierzynski said, obviously beginning his campaign by wearing a baseball hat that said “Hawk” on it. “How you guys haven’t voted him into the Hall of Fame is beyond me. He needs to be in the Hall of Fame. Hawk is a special person and once in a multi-generation announcer. People use his phrases all the time walking down the street. They don’t even know where it came from. Hawk is special and special to White Sox fans and special to me and my family.”

Pierzynski spoke lovingly of the White Sox icon, the longtime announcer who will spend his final season in the broadcast booth in 2018. That’s one of Pierzynski’s other goals, by the way, to call a game alongside Harrelson in this, his last season behind the mic.

“Hopefully we’ll make it work,” Pierzynski said. He’s got some broadcasting chops now, too, after working with FOX. “I’ll move heaven and Earth to make sure I’m able to get at least one game in with Hawk, since it is his last year and we need to make this happen. We tried to make it happen last year, timing didn’t work because of FOX stuff. This year only doing Sunday games, it will make it a lot easier to be able to come out and just ride on Hawk’s coattails.”

But before you think it was a one-sided lovefest, the other half of that broadcasting-duo-to-be was present, too. Both Pierzynski and Harrelson are Orlando residents, so the drive to Disney World couldn’t have been a long one.

Harrelson had some reciprocal love for Pierzynski, making his own statement that the former catcher should get Hall of Fame consideration, as well.

“A.J., to me, you know he’s done something no other catcher will probably do, and that’s why I think he’s a very strong candidate for the Hall of Fame, is he caught 1,000 or more innings 12 consecutive years. I don’t think we'll ever see that again.”

“There’s nobody in baseball, with all these people here, every organization in baseball, there’s nobody in this room, this hotel and both these hotels, who knows more than about baseball than A.J. Pierzynski. He looks at the game differently than most people. If you watch him on TV as an analyst, he brings up some stuff that’s just fantastic. So he’s got a future in that.”

What becomes of this mutual Hall of Fame stumping remains to be seen. Pierzynski’s immediate future with the White Sox will include being part of the Opening Day festivities, representing the club at the Major League Baseball draft and attending some games on the South Side. Of course, the game or games that will likely be of most interest to White Sox fans are the ones where Pierzynski gets to team up with Harrelson in the booth.

That’s a lock to be entertaining television.

“A.J. has been one of my real joys, ever since he was a kid,” Harrelson said before reaffirming Pierzynski’s longtime reputation — something that often endeared himself to White Sox fans. “He was the most hated high school baseball player in Orlando. He had guys knocking down, drilling him, they hated him. He just carried it right on through, minor leagues to the big leagues. Ozzie (Guillen) said it best, he said half the guys on the team don’t like him, the other half hate him.”

Daily White Sox prospects update: Three-double day for Blake Rutherford

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Daily White Sox prospects update: Three-double day for Blake Rutherford

Here's your daily update on what the White Sox highly touted prospects are doing in the minor leagues.

Class A Winston-Salem

Blake Rutherford banged out three doubles in Winston-Salem's 14-4 win, another offensive outburst for the mashin' Dash. Micker Adolfo also had three hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Gavin Sheets had a hit, Alex Call had two hits and two RBIs, and Joel Booker had a double. Dylan Cease pitched, allowing four runs in his five innings, but he also struck out seven batters. He's got a 3.45 ERA in three starts.

Triple-A Charlotte

Charlie Tilson had two hits, a double, an RBI and a run scored in a 9-2 win. Daniel Palka had a hit and a walk. Thyago Vieira gave up another run in his one inning of work, with his ERA at 11.37 in 6.1 innings.

Double-A Birmingham

In the final game before the arrival of Eloy Jimenez, Seby Zavala had two hits, a double and a walk in an 8-1 loss. Zack Collins was 0-for-4 and is hitting just .071 on the season.

Class A Kannapolis

Luis Gonzalez had two hits, including a double, in a 5-1 loss.

Some crazy stats from the White Sox-Athletics 14-inning game

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Some crazy stats from the White Sox-Athletics 14-inning game

Wednesday's White Sox-A's game lasted five hours and 48 minutes. 

It went 14 innings and the White Sox lost by a 12-11 final score in Oakland.

A lot happened, and some of what happened seems like forever ago.

Remember how Carson Fulmer started the game? Or that Yoan Moncada hit a grand slam in the second inning? How about when the White Sox had an early five-run lead?

Like we said, a lot happened.

The South Siders didn't come out on top, but there were some wild stats our NBC Sports Chicago stats guru Chris Kamka compiled.

The good news? The White Sox have a day off on Thursday.