If you have Josh Hamilton or Zack Greinke on your White Sox holiday wish list this year, think again.
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said the club isnt in the market at Major League Baseballs winter meetings, which begin Monday, to make a big move just to put butts in the seats. Though Hamilton or Greinke would clearly help any club they join, the White Sox say they wont make a big splash just to try and solve attendance problems.
Last season, the White Sox fell shy of the two-million mark at the turnstiles even though they won 85 games and were in first place for 117 days. It was the first time the White Sox hadnt drawn at least two million fans to U.S. Cellular Field since 2004 and marked a sixth straight season in which attendance declined.
But the club is confident the product isnt the problem after they had a consultant conduct a fan survey last season. Getting to the park and the cost of parking were the big issues for fans. The team has tried to combat their attendance issues with prices decreases for certain tickets and a reduction in the cost of parking.
I firmly believe that if we win, if we put a product on the field that merits the fans patronage, that theyre going to come, Hahn said last week. If its a splashy move it will only be made if its going to help us win more ballgames, which is ultimately the goal. As Ive said before, we have more than enough resources around here to win and its our job to allocate them to gives us the best chance to win, not to allocate them in a way that potentially increases attendance because its something splashy.
Here's your daily update on what the White Sox highly touted prospects are doing in the minor leagues.
Eloy Jimenez hit his eighth home run of the season in a 7-3 loss. Zack Collins and Matt Rose each had a hit, a walk and a run scored. Ian Clarkin gave up five runs and walked five in his five innings. Seby Zavala, who leads the Southern League with 10 homers, went on the disabled list with a wrist injury.
Jordan Stephens had a good second outing at the Triple-A level, allowing just one earned run in his 6.1 innings. He allowed five hits and walked two, striking out four batters. In his two starts with Charlotte, he's got a 2.19 ERA with three earned runs allowed in 12.1 innings. Charlie Tilson doubled in the 12-6 win. Thyago Vieira gave up two runs in his lone inning of work, and his ERA stands at 5.85 on the season.
Class A Winston-Salem
The bats seem to have gone a tad cold for the Dash, who suffered a 4-1 loss. The top five hitters in the lineup — Joel Booker, Alex Call, Blake Rutherford, Micker Adolfo and Gavin Sheets — combined to go 2-for-18.
Class A Kannapolis
Lincoln Henzman gave up four earned runs in five innings, allowing a pair of home runs. Luis Gonzalez and Evan Skoug each had a hit in a 5-3 loss.
Manny Machado to the White Sox?? It's been the dream for many White Sox fans for months.
With Machado in town to the play the White Sox, Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the White Sox chances of signing the soon-to-be-free agent.
Garfien also talks with Nicky Delmonico who played with Machado and fellow free agent to be Bryce Harper on the U.S.A. 18-under national team.
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