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CSN announces 2017 White Sox season coverage details

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CSN announces 2017 White Sox season coverage details

106 Regular Season Games, including the Home/Season Opener on Monday, April 3 vs. Detroit!

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER -- Live streaming coverage of EVERY White Sox telecast – including all Pre/Postgame Shows – to be made available to authenticated subscribers on CSNChicago.com and via the NBC Sports app

CSNChicago.com to feature 24/7 reporting from White Sox “Insider” Dan Hayes; website to also feature live video of Postgame Press Conferences, weekly White Sox podcasts featuring Chuck Garfien, Daily Player/Coaches Interview, plus In-Game Twitter updates from CSN talent and much more!

“White Sox Season Preview” special, featuring a complete analysis of this year’s roster and the roster of the future, to air Wednesday, March 29 at 10:30 PM CT!

Chicago, IL (March 21, 2017) – CSN Chicago (CSN) -- the home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the up-and-coming Chicago White Sox has announced its 2017 White Sox game telecast & surrounding coverage details, along with numerous digital coverage specifics on CSNChicago.com. 

The 2017 White Sox season on CSN includes 106 live regular season games, including the HOME/SEASON OPENER against the AL Central division rival Detroit Tigers on Monday, April 3 at 3:00 PM, featuring the always-entertaining White Sox announcing tandem of Ken “Hawk” Harrelson and Steve Stone on the call.  Coverage begins at 2:00 PM CT with an expanded, LIVE REMOTE Opening Day edition of White Sox Pregame Live presented by The Kowalis Family of Dealerships from Guaranteed Rate Field hosted by CSN’s White Sox studio tandem of Chuck Garfien and Bill Melton, along with CSN’s White Sox beat reporter Siera Santos and CSNChicago.com White Sox “Insider” Dan Hayes providing additional Opening Day reports. The game will be immediately followed by an expanded edition of Subaru White Sox Postgame Live, also taking place live from Guaranteed Rate Field, featuring new White Sox manager Rick Renteria’s live post-game press conference, along with player post-game reaction, expanded highlights, detailed analysis and much more.

In addition -- beginning THIS season -- EVERY White Sox telecast on CSN, including surrounding White Sox Pre/Postgame Live coverage, will be accessible live via CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports app to authenticated CSN Chicago subscribers.  The live stream of CSN’s White Sox telecasts is presented by State Farm.  The live streaming service is currently available to customers of Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, Time Warner Cable and Charter among numerous other carriers.  For a full list of carriers and more information about CSN Chicago’s live streaming service of White Sox games, viewers are urged to visit the following link: http://www.csnchicago.com/live-faq .  

For the second-straight season, southside Chicago-area native and Homewood-Flossmoor H.S. graduate Jason Benetti will provide the play-by-play call for every White Sox home game this season (with the exception of the home opener and the Cubs “Crosstown” series games being played at Guaranteed Rate Field), along with two road games in Toronto (June 16 &17).  Legendary White Sox broadcaster Ken “Hawk” Harrelson will once again handle play-by-play duties for all road games this season, but, as previously mentioned, “Hawk” will be on the call for the 2017 Home Opener on April 3, along with the  “Crosstown” series match-ups at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Among the 2017 White Sox regular season schedule highlights on CSN include 48 match-ups in the always-competitive AL Central Division featuring a total of 11 match-ups against the defending American League Champion Cleveland Indians, along with 12 games apiece against the Detroit Tigers & Kansas City Royals, and 13 against the Minnesota Twins.  In addition, viewers can look forward to five games against the defending AL East champ Boston Red Sox, five games against the New York Yankees, five games against the AL West champion Texas Rangers, plus – an expanded interleague schedule including a pair of games against the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers, a pair of games against NL Wild Card champion San Francisco Giants, along with additional NL West battles vs. Colorado, Arizona, and San Diego.  ALSO -- CSN will carry all four White Sox-Cubs “Crosstown Cup” interleague games this year.  (NOTE: the July 24 & 26 “Crosstown” games will be “White Sox” telecasts on Comcast SportsNet, while the July 25 & 27 games will be “Cubs” telecasts).

PROGRAMMING NOTE: CSN will also air a White Sox Season Preview special (presented by GMC) on Wednesday, March 29 at 10:30 PM.  Hosted by Chuck Garfien and featuring special guests, the White Sox Season Preview special will provide a complete breakdown of all of the off-season transactions, a deep look at this year’s roster, along with numerous players and coaches interviews.  This special will also re-air on Friday, Mar. 31 at 4:30 PM and Sat, April 1 at 12:30 PM.

In addition to its live stream of every White Sox regular season telecast, CSNChicago.com also delivers comprehensive 24/7 White Sox coverage all season long, including the following highlights: 

  • Live stream of White Sox manager Rick Renteria’s post-game press conferences (sponsored by Xfinity) following every home game.
  • White Sox “Insider” Dan Hayes returns for his sixth season on the beatFollow him on Twitter @CSNHayes for the latest team/player news and inside access 24/7.  Hayes will also file daily stories/video reports and will make regular on-air appearances throughout the season on White Sox Pregame Live presented by The Kowalis Family of Dealerships, SportsTalk Live, In the Loop and in select CSN White Sox home games.  All Dan Hayes content on CSNChicago.com is sponsored by The Great Escape.
  • Chuck Garfien will once again offer on-going reports and insight via his popular “Sox Drawer” posts, which will include exclusive video content.  Garfien can also be followed on Twitter 24/7 @ChuckGarfien, for up-to-the-second White Sox news.  In addition, fans are urged to follow CSN White Sox beat reporter Siera Santos (@SieraSantos) for additional White Sox news, interviews, and insight all season long.
  • CSNChicago.com digital baseball reporters JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) and Paul Roumeliotis (@PaulRoumel) will also be providing White Sox game day reports, analysis and features throughout the season.
  • “White Sox Talk PODCAST” (presented by Wintrust) – Featuring White Sox Pre/Postgame Live host Chuck Garfien and an array of special guests, CSN’s “White Sox Talk” podcast features in-depth White Sox discussion on the hottest topics and breaking news all season long. Fans can download all of CSN’s podcasts at CSNChicago.com/podcasts and simply subscribe to them via iTunes, Google Play or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.
  • WhiteSoxTalk (CSNChicago.com/white-sox) - CSNChicago.com’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive White Sox news and opinion section featuring original commentary, reporting and aggregation. WhiteSoxTalk contains interactive content with continually updated insights from the network’s talent, which includes the new #WhiteSoxTalk podcast.
  • @CSNWhiteSox on Twitter provides 24/7 full team coverage, giveaways, fan photos and game day news straight from Guaranteed Rate Field and across the country.
  • Push Alerts: CSN Chicago will deliver White Sox push notifications for breaking team and player news, “Insider” reports, plus game reminder alerts via CSN Chicago’s SportsTalk app for iOS and Android devices.
  • White Sox coverage on CSNChicago.com/white-sox is presented by Wintrust
  • CSN Chicago’s White Sox content will also be distributed via its digital network of partnerships including NBCSports.com, NBCNews.com, and Xfinity.com.

For the tenth-straight season, CSN will produce every White Sox regular season home and road game in a high-definition (HD) format.   In addition, nine White Sox games are currently scheduled to be telecast on CSN Plus (see attached schedule).  CSN Plus (CSN+) telecasts are provided to CSN affiliates and distributed to viewers when two live events are scheduled simultaneously.  CSN+ is available in high-definition on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 201 in the Chicago area/South Bend, IN & on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 285 in the Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets, along with being made available in DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, RCN, and WOW! homes among others; viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for complete channel location details). Comcast Cable and RCN subscribers can also watch all CSN+ games in standard definition on CLTV. 

Before a number of White Sox games on CSN (including all weekend telecasts), fans can tune to White Sox Pregame Live presented by The Kowalis Family of Dealerships featuring a half-hour of pre-game analysis, interviews and the very latest White Sox news (NOTE: for weeknight 7:00 PM game start times or earlier, pre-game coverage can be found on SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado featuring host David Kaplan or on In the Loop presented by Comcast Business).  Following the majority of all games, viewers can look forward to the most comprehensive post-game wrap-up show on Subaru White Sox Postgame Live featuring live coverage of White Sox manager Rick Renteria’s post-game press conferences and live locker room interviews with White Sox players.  Following primetime editions of White Sox Postgame Live, CSN will air In the Loop Prime presented by GMC at 10:00 PM and/or In the Loop Prime presented by State Farm at 10:30 PM for a complete recap of the day’s top local and national sports news, along with the most popular topics, videos, posts and more in the social media universe. 

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2017 Chicago White Sox Schedule

Regular Season: (every game available in HD)

 

  1. Mon, Apr 3               3:00 pm              vs Detroit                                        (Home/Season Opener!)
  2. Wed, Apr 5               1:00 pm              vs Detroit
  3. Fri, Apr 7                  7:00 pm              vs Minnesota                                  CSN+
  4. Sun, Apr 9                1:00 pm              vs Minnesota
  5. Tue, Apr 11              3:00 pm              @ Cleveland
  6. Wed, Apr 12             5:00 pm              @ Cleveland
  7. Fri, Apr 14                7:00 pm              @ Minnesota
  8. Sun, Apr 16              3:00 pm              @ Minnesota
  9. Tue, Apr 18              6:00 pm              @ New York Yankees
  10. Wed, Apr 19             6:00 pm              @ New York Yankees
  11. Fri, Apr 21                7:00 pm              vs Cleveland
  12. Sat, Apr 22               6:00 pm              vs Cleveland
  13. Mon, Apr 24             7:00 pm              vs Kansas City
  14. Tue, Apr 25              7:00 pm              vs Kansas City
  15. Sat, Apr 29               12:00 pm            @ Detroit
  16. Mon, May 1              7:00 pm              @ Kansas City
  17. Wed, May 3              7:00 pm              @ Kansas City                                CSN+
  18. Thu, May 4               1:00 pm              @ Kansas City
  19. Fri, May 5                 6:00 pm              @ Baltimore
  20. Sun, May 7               12:30 pm            @ Baltimore
  21. Tue, May 9               7:00 pm              vs Minnesota
  22. Thu, May 11             7:00 pm              vs Minnesota
  23. Fri, May 12               7:00 pm              vs San Diego                                  CSN+
  24. Sun, May 14             1:00 pm              vs San Diego
  25. Mon, May 15            9:00 pm              @ Los Angeles Angels
  26. Wed, May 17            9:00 pm              @ Los Angeles Angels
  27. Thu, May 18             9:00 pm              @ Seattle
  28. Sat, May 20              9:00 pm              @ Seattle
  29. Sun, May 21             3:00 pm              @ Seattle
  30. Mon, May 22            8:30 pm              @ Arizona
  31. Wed, May 24            2:30 pm              @ Arizona
  32. Fri, May 26               7:00 pm              vs Detroit
  33. Sat, May 27              1:00 pm              vs Detroit
  34. Tue, May 30             7:00 pm              vs Boston
  35. Wed, May 31            7:00 pm              vs Boston
  36. Sat, June 3               3:00 pm              @ Detroit
  37. Sun, June 4              12:00 pm            @ Detroit
  38. Wed, June 7             6:00 pm              @ Tampa Bay
  39. Thu, June 8              6:00 pm              @ Tampa Bay
  40. Sun, June 11            12:00 pm            @ Cleveland
  41. Tue, June 13            7:00 pm              vs Baltimore
  42. Wed, June 14           7:00 pm              vs Baltimore                                    CSN+
  43. Thu, June 15            1:00 pm              vs Baltimore
  44. Fri, June 16              6:00 pm              @ Toronto
  45. Sat, June 17             12:00 pm            @ Toronto
  46. Wed, June 21           7:00 pm              @ Minnesota
  47. Thu, June 22            12:00 pm            @ Minnesota
  48. Fri, June 23              7:00 pm              vs Oakland
  49. Sat, June 24             1:00 pm              vs Oakland
  50. Tue, June 27            7:00 pm              vs New York Yankees
  51. Wed, June 28           7:00 pm              vs New York Yankees                    CSN+
  52. Thu June 29             7:00 pm              vs New York Yankees
  53. Fri, June 30              7:00 pm              vs Texas
  54. Sun, July 2               1:00 pm              vs Texas
  55. Mon, July 3               8:00 pm              @ Oakland
  56. Tue, July 4               3:00 pm              @ Oakland
  57. Fri, July 7                 7:30 pm              @ Colorado
  58. Sun, July 9               2:00 pm              @ Colorado
  59. Fri, July 14               7:00 pm              vs Seattle                                        CSN+
  60. Sun, July 16             1:00 pm              vs Seattle
  61. Wed, July 19            7:00 pm              vs Los Angeles Dodgers
  62. Fri, July 21               7:00 pm              @ Kansas City
  63. Sun, July 23             1:00 pm              @ Kansas City
  64. Mon, July 24             1:20 pm              @ CUBS
  65. Wed, July 26            7:00 pm              vs CUBS                                        
  66. Fri, July 28               7:00 pm              vs Cleveland
  67. Sat, July 29              6:00 pm              vs Cleveland
  68. Mon, July 31             7:00 pm              vs Toronto
  69. Wed, Aug 2              1:00 pm              vs Toronto
  70. Thu, Aug 3               6:00 pm              @ Boston
  71. Fri, Aug 4                 6:00 pm              @ Boston
  72. Sat, Aug 5                6:00 pm              @ Boston
  73. Wed, Aug 9              7:00 pm              vs Houston
  74. Thu, Aug 10             7:00 pm              vs Houston
  75. Sat, Aug 12              6:00 pm              vs Kansas City
  76. Wed, Aug 16            9:00 pm              @ Los Angeles Dodgers
  77. Thu, Aug 17             7:00 pm              @ Texas
  78. Fri, Aug 18               7:00 pm              @ Texas
  79. Sun, Aug 20             2:00 pm              @ Texas
  80. Mon, Aug 21             7:00 pm              vs Minnesota
  81. Tue, Aug 22             7:00 pm              vs Minnesota
  82. Wed, Aug 23            7:00 pm              vs Minnesota                                  CSN+
  83. Fri, Aug 25               7:00 pm              vs Detroit
  84. Sat, Aug 26              6:00 pm              vs Detroit
  85. Tue, Aug 29             7:00 pm              @ Minnesota
  86. Thu, Aug 31             12:00 pm            @ Minnesota
  87. Fri, Sept 1                7:00 pm              vs Tampa Bay
  88. Sat, Sept 2               6:00 pm              vs Tampa Bay
  89. Tue, Sept 5              7:00 pm              vs Cleveland                                   CSN+
  90. Wed, Sept 6             7:00 pm              vs Cleveland
  91. Fri, Sept 8                7:00 pm              vs San Francisco
  92. Sun, Sept 10            1:00 pm              vs San Francisco
  93. Mon, Sept 11            7:00 pm              @ Kansas City
  94. Wed, Sept 13           1:00 pm              @ Kansas City
  95. Thu, Sept 14            12:00 pm            @ Detroit
  96. Fri, Sept 15              6:00 pm              @ Detroit
  97. Sat, Sept 16             5:00 pm              @ Detroit
  98. Wed, Sept 20           7:00 pm              @ Houston
  99. Thu, Sept 21            7:00 pm              @ Houston
  100. Fri, Sept 22           7:00 pm              vs Kansas City
  101. Sun, Sept 24         1:00 pm              vs Kansas City
  102. Mon, Sept 25         7:00 pm              vs Los Angeles Angels                   CSN+
  103. Tue, Sept 26         7:00 pm              vs Los Angeles Angels
  104. Thu, Sept 28         7:00 pm              vs Los Angeles Angels
  105. Fri, Sept 29           6:00 pm              @ Cleveland
  106. Sun, Oct 1             2:00 pm              @ Cleveland

106 Regular Season Games – 53 home, 53 away

Schedule Subject to Change

All Times Central Time

 

MLB proposing colossal changes to minor leagues, including eliminating dozens of teams

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MLB proposing colossal changes to minor leagues, including eliminating dozens of teams

If Major League Baseball gets its way, there could be seismic changes coming to the minor leagues.

According to a report from Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper, the league has proposed a host of sweeping changes to the minor leagues, including the elimination of 42 affiliated teams.

The proposal is merely the beginning of what are expected to be lengthy negotiations over a new version of what’s called the “Professional Baseball Agreement,” basically the contract that keeps the major and minor leagues connected and minor league teams stocked with players employed by major league clubs. The existing edition expires at the end of the 2020 season, and so a new one will need to be hashed out.

Major League Baseball is looking for control over how the minor leagues are organized, with an eye on improving facilities and clustering affiliates and leagues from a geographic standpoint to cut down on travel costs. There’s also expected to be an increase in salaries for minor league players, which has long been a talking point thanks to the increasing number of descriptions of how financially difficult life can be for those trying to reach the majors.

To accomplish those goals, Major League Baseball is proposing drastic solutions.

The one that will grab the most attention is the elimination of more than a quarter of the existing affiliated teams in the minor leagues, removing affiliated minor league teams from more than three dozen cities across the United States and getting rid of more than 1,000 jobs for minor league players. Simply, the entire short-season rookie ball (excluding squads that play at team-owned facilities in Arizona and Florida) would be eliminated, leaving only four levels of affiliated teams: Low Class A, High Class A, Double-A and Triple-A.

If you’re wondering what would happen to those 42 teams, the proposal is for them to form something called a “Dream League,” which would essentially serve the same purpose as an independent league, allowing players without jobs to keep playing and try to get a job with a major league team.

Additionally, Major League Baseball is proposing radical restructuring of existing leagues in order to cluster teams closer together. That could include changing the level of certain teams, such as making a Class A team a Triple-A team based on the quality of facilities and what makes the most geographic sense. Leagues could also gain or lose a large number of teams, with the Triple-A International League growing to 20 teams and the Triple-A Pacific Coast League shrinking to just 10 teams. One Class A league was described as being reduced to just six teams, while the rest of its current teams would be put into a brand-new league.

As for how the White Sox and their affiliates would be affected, team-specific information was not included in the report. One read of the details of this proposal could see something such as the White Sox affiliates being relocated to Midwestern cities. Another, however, could see the White Sox affiliates mostly staying how they currently are, given those teams are all geographically close to one another, with all but one located in North Carolina.

Buried in all of this is another big change, a proposed move of the draft from June to August, giving players a couple more months to show off for major league teams, and a reduction in the number of rounds from the current 40 to somewhere between 20 and 25. That, and the elimination of short-season rookie ball, would likely prevent draftees from playing minor league baseball in the same year they’re drafted.

It’s all something to keep an eye on, for sure, as many fans across the country who closely follow minor league teams in their hometowns could experience a dramatic shakeup.

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State of the White Sox: Manager and coaching staff

State of the White Sox: Manager and coaching staff

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The 2019 season is over, and the White Sox — who have been focusing on the future for quite some time now — are faced with an important offseason, one that could set up a 2020 campaign with hopes of playoff contention.

With the postseason in swing and a little bit still before the hot stove starts cooking, let’s take a position-by-position look at where the White Sox stand, what they’re looking to accomplish this winter and what we expect to see in 2020 and beyond.

We’re wrapping things up with the manager and the coaching staff.

What happened in 2019

While it’s easy to cruise through the statistical production of players and determine just how well they performed in 2019, that’s a little more difficult when it comes to manager Rick Renteria and his coaching staff.

In the end, managers and coaches are evaluated on win-loss record — or at least how close they came to meeting the expectations in that department. While the White Sox are a gruesome 83 games under .500 in Renteria’s three years at the helm, that’s not really falling outside the expectations he had when he took over a rebuilding club. So it’s pretty hard to argue that because the White Sox lost 89 games in 2019, Renteria did a poor job.

Truly, his performance as a manager can’t be determined until he’s managing a team with expectations of winning. Renteria more than anyone has been the one setting such expectations for 2020, spending much of the waning weeks of the 2019 campaign voicing his opinion that all this losing stops next season.

“I’m expecting that this is it,” Renteria said. “We’re trying to win. We talk about it, we’re going through it. I know there’s still some refining to do, but I’ll be honest with you, we’re coming in, we’re finishing this season, we’re talking about coming into next season ready to battle. Period. Exclamation point. That’s what we’re looking to do.”

Renteria and his staff did plenty in 2019 to continue developing the team’s young players into the core of the future. But the skipper's most memorable on-field moment came in September, when even after he stopped making mound visits because of shoulder surgery, he went out to the mound and had an animated conversation with Reynaldo Lopez. Lopez made a habit of following up stellar performances with ugly ones, lacking consistency in a fashion that made even the optimistic Renteria throw up his hands at times. Renteria utilized that frustration on the mound in Detroit in an attempt to get some points across to the pitcher.


When it comes to Renteria’s staff, certainly they deserve some credit for some of the breakout seasons on the roster. Hitting coach Todd Steverson did offseason work with both Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson ahead of 2019 campaigns that saw them transform into the best all-around hitter on the team and the big league batting champ, respectively. Pitching coach Don Cooper helped oversee Lucas Giolito’s transformation into an All Star. Infield coach Joe McEwing worked with Moncada, who made a smooth transition from second base to third base.

But if the coaches earn some of the credit for the things that went right, they must also be mentioned alongside the things that went wrong. Steverson coached an offense that ranked near the bottom of the game in most categories. Cooper coached a starting rotation that finished the season with a 5.30 ERA. McEwing coached Anderson, who committed a major league high 26 errors.

None of that is to say those guys are wholly responsible for those negative outcomes. Just as the players have to be the ones to turn in the good results, they’re the ones who have to turn in the poor ones, as well. Steverson, however, along with assistant hitting coach Greg Sparks, will not be back for the 2020 season.

What will happen this offseason

The White Sox have already made their coaching moves this offseason, parting ways with Steverson and Sparks and replacing Steverson with Frank Menechino, who after several seasons on the Miami Marlins staff took over as the hitting coach at Triple-A Charlotte in 2019.

Menechino impressed the White Sox with his work there, spent September with the big league club and was quickly promoted once the season was over. At Charlotte, he worked with top-ranked prospects Luis Robert and Nick Madrigal, who both had fantastic seasons playing at three different minor league levels and figure to be everyday players for most of the 2020 season.

The change, in the end, seemed to be more about how the White Sox felt about what Menechino could bring to the table than a reaction to the offensive production from a team that didn’t have expectations of doing much more than it did during another rebuilding season.

General manager Rick Hahn announced that the rest of the staff will be back in 2020.

What to expect for 2020 and beyond

There will be a change in the expectations game come 2020. That should be mostly because of the breakout 2019 seasons from so many young players, the pending arrival of Robert and Madrigal and the offseason additions anticipated to be made by Hahn’s front office. But if nothing else, the expectations, when it comes to Renteria, will be different because he’s already said they will be.

“I'm not going to make any bones about it, it's time to turn the page,” he said just last week, “it's time to get us to another level of performance. That goes across the board, it goes with all aspects of our game.”

And so judging him and his staff can reach another level, too, because it will no longer solely be about hard-to-define development but the cold, hard wins and losses. Plenty of fans have taken to Twitter and complained about Renteria during this losing stretch, suggesting he’s not the one to manage this team into a winning era, but those were conclusions that cannot be drawn considering the quality of the rosters he’s managed in his three years on the South Side. How can you judge a manager’s ability to contend when he doesn’t have the tools to do so?

That’s about to change, so there will finally be some actual evidence to back up either side of that argument.

It’s clear where the White Sox stand in that discussion. They’ve been praising the job Renteria has done for three years now, and they’ve expressed nothing but confidence that he’ll be the guy to get it done.

“When Ricky was put in that role, it wasn't with the idea that he was just going to be the right guy for the first stage, the stage that is coming toward an end here, or is at an end here,” Hahn said during his end-of-season press conference last month. “Obviously, the history and teaching and communicating and holding guys accountable is very important now. But even at the time we hired him, we felt he had the ability to not only set the right winning culture but to put guys in the best position to win.

“His ability to communicate with all 25 or 26 guys on a daily basis, to know where they're at, to know what they're capable of doing and putting them in the best position, makes us fairly confident that once that roster is deep enough and strong enough that he's going to be able to maximize the win potential with that roster when the time comes.”

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