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Five ejected in White Sox, Royals brawl in seventh inning


Five ejected in White Sox, Royals brawl in seventh inning

A testy start to the 2015 season resulted in a bench-clearing brawl between the White Sox and Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.

Both benches emptied at the end of the seventh inning after Yordano Ventura fielded Adam Eaton’s comebacker, took several steps off the mound, stared at the White Sox leadoff hitter and shouted an obscenity at him before he threw to first for the out.

Eaton then quickly turned to confront the pitcher, sparking the chaos. Ventura, Edinson Volquez and Lorenzo Cain were ejected for Kansas City, but it didn’t stop the Royals from winning 3-2 in 13 innings. White Sox starting pitchers Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija got tossed as well.

“I think everyone knows,” Sale said. “I’m not going to sit here and put my foot in my mouth or spill the beans. The proof is in what you guys saw and that was about it.

“Yeah, we’re competitive, we’re athletes, we’re guys. You put us in the heat of the moment and we do some crazy things sometimes. That’s about it.

“It was a big mess.”

[MORE: Adam Eaton on KC: "I respect the hell out of that team"]

The drama started long before Thursday and was rooted in a season-opening series in which six batters were hit and Royals starter Danny Duffy threw behind the head of White Sox slugger Adam LaRoche.

Both Ventura and Sale each hit a batter Thursday to reignite those tensions. Ventura hit Jose Abreu in the elbow to start the fourth inning and Sale drilled Mike Moustakas in the shoulder in the fifth with a 0-2 changeup. Before the pitch even reached the plate, Sale reacted as if he lost control of the pitch and was upset with himself. After the game, Royals manager Ned Yost said he was surprised when umpires warned both benches after Sale hit Moustakas because he didn’t believe there was intent.

“There’s been some heated games to open the season,” catcher Tyler Flowers said.

But none could match the intensity of Thursday’s affair and Eaton said the incident kept him warm for the rest of a contest in which the wind chill was at 32 degrees by the late innings.

With two outs in the seventh and an 0-1 count, Ventura appeared to quick pitch Eaton, who may have said something -- though it’s hard to tell from television replays. Eaton, who made a one-minute statement afterward in which he said he respects the Royals and believes the incident is over, said he didn’t say anything until after he neared first base.

“When he came at me with the two-step that he did, and then he said something, I was a little thrown back by it,” Eaton said. “And then I had some words for him.

“(The quick pitch) is part of the game. I wouldn't say I was irritated by it. I put a pretty good swing on the ball and if it gets past him it's probably a hit. He made a great play and when make a great play sometimes you get a little excited and that's kind of what happened.”

[MORE: After brawl, White Sox fall to Royals in 13 innings]

Ventura, who also hit Brett Lawrie during a series of incidents with the Oakland A’s last weekend, was quickly ushered away from the crowd and into foul territory by teammates. Cain, who has already been hit four times, including twice by the White Sox, was in the middle of the brouhaha as was Samardzija, who appeared to twice pursue Kansas City players. In one instance, Samardzija -- who hit Cain on Opening Day after he surrendered homer to Moustakas -- charged into a crowd of players, resulting in him running over Royals third base coach Mike Jirschele. Samardzija, who was not available for comment after the game, appeared to attempt to fight Cain, who also had to be restrained several times.

Sale, who was done after 99 pitches anyway, didn’t know he had been ejected until close to an inning later. During the scrum, he was face to face with Yost in a heated discussion. Somewhere in the middle was Volquez, who threw several punches in the direction of Flowers that didn’t appear to land.

“When anybody starts staring everybody reacts to it,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “I think for us, once you get out there, when somebody starts saying something, guys are emotional. I couldn’t even tell you what happened. There was people everywhere.”


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Chicago, IL (January 21, 2020) – NBC Sports Chicago - THE NEW EXCLUSIVE HOME of the CHICAGO WHITE SOX - is ready to start up the highly-anticipated 2020 MLB season in a big way with expanded multi-platform coverage of “SoxFest 2020,” which will be held this weekend (January 24-25) at the McCormick Place Convention Center in downtown Chicago.  NBC Sports Chicago will be rolling out its most robust “SoxFest” coverage to date featuring multiple, live on-site shows, massive digital content, entertaining social media offerings, “Authentic Fan” booth giveaways/special appearances, and so much more.  Please note NBC Sports Chicago’s “SoxFest 2020” content coverage details below:



  • 6:00 PM CT – “SportsTalk Live” special edition from SoxFest - Prior to the official start of “SoxFest 2020,” fans can look forward to a special edition of SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado live from McCormick Place.  Host David Kaplan (@thekapman) will be joined by special guests, White Sox manager Ricky Renteria and NBC Sports Chicago White Sox game analyst Steve Stone (@stevestone), along with a panel of White Sox experts to discuss the upcoming weekend’s festivities and preview what lies ahead for the White Sox in 2020. (NOTES: This program will also stream live on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive)



  • 3:00 PM CT – “SoxFest 2020” Opening Ceremonies - Veteran NBC Sports Chicago White Sox expert/multi-platform host Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) will host network’s always-entertaining “SoxFest” Opening Ceremonies coverage “Live from the Black Carpet” featuring the official weekend kick-off introductions (and interviews) with White Sox players, coaches, front offices execs, broadcasters and legendary White Sox alumni.  NBC Sports Chicago’s “SoxFest 2020” Opening Ceremonies coverage will also be co-hosted by White Sox Pre/Postgame Live & Baseball Night in Chicago host Leila Rahimi (@leilarahimi) and NBC Sports Chicago multi-platform White Sox reporter Vinnie Duber (@VinnieDuber) who will provide additional commentary and conduct interviews throughout the ceremonies. (NOTES: This program will also stream live on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app; fans located anywhere in the U.S. can download MyTeams for free on iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store…in addition, the Opening Ceremonies will re-air at 6:30 PM on NBC Sports Chicago+)


  • 6:00 PM CT – “SportsTalk Live” special edition from SoxFest - NBC Sports Chicago’s live, on-site coverage from “SoxFest 2020” continues with an additional remote edition of SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado as host David Kaplan welcomes White Sox reliever Aaron Bummer and new acquisition/right fielder Nomar Mazara..  In addition, “Kap” will be joined by White Sox players and a panel of Sox experts to discuss all the off-season moves and acquisitions, the shaping of this season’s roster, including the starting line-up and pitching rotation, along with analysis on why 2020 may very well be the year the White Sox make their triumphant return to postseason action. (NOTE: This program will also stream live on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app)


  • 7:00 PM CT – “SoxFest @ Night” (airing on NBC Sports Chicago+) - Fans are in for a special primetime treat Friday night as NBC Sports Chicago will deliver its exclusive presentation of SoxFest @ Night, a one-hour talk show hosted by Chuck Garfien and NBC Sports Chicago White Sox play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti (@jasonbenetti), which will take place LIVE in front of a die-hard White Sox fan convention audience on “SoxFest’s” primary stage.  Featured White Sox guests on SoxFest @ Night will include Rick Hahn (SVP/GM), Rick Renteria (Manager), Tim Anderson (SS), Jose Abreu (1B), Yoan Moncada (3B), Luis Robert (CF), Dallas Keuchel (SP), Lucas Giolito (SP), Yasmani Grandal (C) and Eloy Jimenez (LF).  (NOTE: This program will also stream live on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app)




NBCSportsChicago.com, “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app and Social Media

  • Fans can look forward to even more comprehensive “SoxFest 2020” coverage all weekend long on NBCSportsChicago.com (NBCSportsChicago.com/WhiteSox) and the MyTeams by NBC Sports app featuring additional players/coaches/front office executive interviews, feature stories, fan reaction, photos, videos and much more provided by Garfien, Rahimi, Duber, along the NBC Sports Chicago team of behind-the-scenes White Sox experts (@NBCSWhiteSox). 


  • From a social media standpoint, NBC Sports Chicago will also deliver a number of additional on-site Facebook Live (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) interviews and special segments throughout the weekend, along with numerous SoxFest “Sights & Sounds” highlights via ‘NBCSChicago’ on Instagram and Instagram Stories. 


“White Sox Talk” Podcasts

  • White Sox fans can look forward to brand new “White Sox Talk” Podcasts presented by Wintrust featuring the hottest SoxFest topics and special guest interviews. The “White Sox Talk” podcast is hosted by NBC Sports Chicago White Sox experts Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey (@RyanMcGuffey), Chris Kamka (@ckamka) and Vinnie Duber.  Fans can download all of NBC Sports Chicago’s podcasts at NBCSportsChicago.com/podcasts and simply subscribe to them via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.
  • In addition, fans attending “SoxFest 2020” this weekend can also stop by the convention’s designated museum area on Saturday afternoon to watch a pair of “White Sox Talk” podcast tapings featuring Garfien, McGuffey and Duber interviewing starting pitchers Dylan Cease (12 NOON) and Michael Kopech (2:00 PM). 


“Authentic Fan” booth at SoxFest

  • NBC Sports Chicago’s “Authentic Fan” booth will feature a number of special White Sox-themed giveaways including “Authentic Fan” bobbleheads, mittens, baseball caps and much more (while supplies last).  Plus, fans can are urged to utilize the social media hashtag #AuthenticFan throughout the weekend as several lucky fans will be “authentically surprised” with special White Sox giveaways and experiences. NBC Sports Chicago’s dedicated White Sox Twitter handle (@NBCSWhiteSox) will also provide up-to-the-minute info on NBC Sports Chicago “Authentic Fan” booth activities, which will include specific timing details on White Sox player and broadcaster appearances throughout the weekend.

Paul Konerko ineligible for 2020 Hall of Fame ballot, receives 2.5% of vote

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Paul Konerko ineligible for 2020 Hall of Fame ballot, receives 2.5% of vote

Former White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko will not be the Hall of Fame ballot in 2020 after not receiving 5% of the vote. Konerko received 2.5% of the vote. 

Konerko came to Chicago in 1998, playing his first season with the Sox in 1999. Konerko hit for an average of .294 with 24 homeruns and 81 RBIs during his first season with the White Sox. The following season, the White Sox made the playoffs for the first time since 1993. Konerko was with the team during their triumphant 2005 World Series win, hitting the first grand slam in White Sox World Series history and giving the Sox the lead 6-4 in Game 2 against the Astros.

Confused and frustrated? You’re not alone. Here's how the multi-step voting process works. Players become eligible to enter the Hall of Fame ballot five years after they’ve retired, if they’ve played a minimum of 10 seasons. From there, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America screening committee will vote to determine which players make the ballot. Each voter can vote for 10 players. Players need to achieve at least 5% of the vote to be included on next year’s ballot. If a player makes the ballot, they then need to achieve 75% of all ballots cast to be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Regardless of the voting, Konerko will always be a White Sox legend.

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