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White Sox reliever Steve Cishek working out in Chicago alley before camp

White Sox reliever Steve Cishek working out in Chicago alley before camp

Steve Cishek isn’t letting a lack of facilities get in his way to prepare for the upcoming MLB season.

Cishek showed off some of his great control-- and resourcefulness in an Instagram post he published on Wednesday.

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No excuses. Keep working. #colossians 3:23

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Cishek featured some nifty video production as well, showing off three different camera angles of his makeshift Chicago alley backstop.

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Taking a look at the tape, it looks like Cishek is already showing solid command with the fastball, which is always an important first step in getting ready for game action.

Righty and lefty garbage cans seemed equally sheepish at the plate, too. Reviewing the footage, there were no swings on any of the practice pitches.

Will this alleyway workout give Cishek the competitive edge when Opening Day arrives?


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See how Guaranteed Rate Field has changed for 2020 White Sox summer camp

See how Guaranteed Rate Field has changed for 2020 White Sox summer camp

With 44 White Sox players coming to Guaranteed Rate Field for Spring Training round two, head groundskeeper Roger Bossard needed to make some changes inside the stadium to fit everybody.

Bossard and the White Sox revealed some of those changes earlier this week.

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Since 24 of the 44 players reporting for Spring Training are pitchers, many more mounds were needed to ensure everyone could get to work.

To fit pitchers wherever they could, Bossard built two mounds in foul territory on the third base side, and another one underneath the field in a batting cage. For the hitters, Bossard added two more batting cages beneath the stands.

“We want to make sure in that period of time each day, everybody gets whatever workload they’ve gotta do in,” Bossard said. “It’s been a change to say the least, but certainly interesting.”

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Oakland A's will have baseball fan cutouts in the stands this season

Oakland A's will have baseball fan cutouts in the stands this season

If you can’t go to a baseball game this summer, would you want a proxy to sit in your seat instead?

That’s an option Oakland A’s fans will have this season, according to reporter Alden Gonzalez.

It’s a cool idea, and a great way to raise money for charity, especially if your cutout “catches” a foul ball.

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Leaves fans wondering if they can get anything else with the upcharge though, like prime scout seats so that you can see your cutout on TV.

Korean baseball has made some headlines for their creative cutouts during KBO games.

Check out the expressive eyes of these cardboard fans:

Or these stoic cutouts after an epic batflip:

Maybe the trend will make its way to Chicago before Opening Day, but until then the best any MLB fan is to send a cutout version of themselves to Oakland.

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