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Jerry Sands wins final spot on White Sox 25-man roster

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Jerry Sands wins final spot on White Sox 25-man roster

SAN DIEGO — Jerry Sands is the 25th man on the White Sox roster.

Manager Robin Ventura made the announcement before Friday’s exhibition against the San Diego Padres that the slugger has won the final spot on the team’s active roster.

Sands, who has played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays, plays outfield, first base and even could be used at third base in a pinch. The White Sox like that he has an .846 career OPS against left-handed pitchers. Sands, who is out of major league options, has been seen as a front runner in a competition with first baseman Travis Ishikawa and several others since Adam LaRoche retired last month.

“Those aren’t easy decisions, but knowing what your roster needs to be and what you think you’re going to need, he’s the guy you end up taking,” Ventura said. “First, outfield, he’ll mop up third if we need him to. If we need somebody to come off the bench and hit a lefty, we’ve got him to be able to do it. He has a great number always against lefties. In the past we have not had that great of a look from that side if they bring in a lefty from the bullpen. He does a lot of things we’ve been looking for, and we’ve played against him enough that we’ve seen him.”

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Sands hit .188/.245/.396 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 53 Cactus League plate appearances. For his career, he’s a .292/.339/.506 hitter with six homers in 165 plate appearances vs. southpaws. Last season, the White Sox offense finished with a .645 OPS against left-handed pitchers while they had a .700 OPS vs. righties.

Whereas Sands — who has no minor-league options left — had limited chances of making the team early in camp, his odds greatly increased when LaRoche abruptly retired last month.

“With the LaRoche situation, I knew something opened up there,” Sands said. “I came into camp and have done it the last few years with new teams, kind of show them what you got and go from there. Obviously I didn’t have the greatest camp in the world. But I felt like I accomplished a few things I wanted to even though the numbers didn’t show it.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

For many White Sox fans, Comiskey Park was their introduction to White Sox baseball when they were young. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Chris Kamka share their memories of the old ballpark. Among them: Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl, Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball, Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game, they discuss the final game ever played there and read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below.

8:26 - Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl.

10:11 - Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball.

12:49 - Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game

15:11 - The guys talk about the final game ever played there.

16:44 - The guys read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

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'White Sox to the Letter'

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'White Sox to the Letter'

Inspired by Ogden Nash’s 1949 poem “A Lineup for Yesterday”

 

A is for A.J.

Once punched in the face

If strike three ain’t caught

He’ll steal first base

 

B is for Baines

Who’s known to speak gently

When asked if he’ll homer

He said, “Evidently!”

 

C for Comiskey

The old baseball yard

When it was torn down

I took it quite hard

 

D is for Donkey

I mean Adam Dunn

He’d strike out or walk

Or hit a home run

 

E is for Eloy

He isn’t here yet

Though an All-Star career

Is still a good bet

 

F is for Fisk

The incomparable Pudge

From his perch behind home

Not an inch he would budge

 

G is for Gold

G is for Glove

Aparicio is

Who I’m thinking of

 

H is for Hawk

Unforgettable voice

Stretch! Dadgummit!

And don’t stop now boys!

 

I for Iguchi

Second base man

Won World Series

Returned to Japan

 

J is for Jackson

The legend still grows

A home run or touchdown

Only Bo knows

 

K is for Kopech

Speed, he has plenty

He’ll pile up strikeouts

In two thousand twenty

 

L is for Luke

Old Aches and Pains

Hit .388

That record remains

 

M is for Mark

As in Mister Buehrle

When he takes the mound

The game will end early

 

N is for no-no

Wilson Alvarez, Humber

Two by Mark Buehrle

Too many to number

 

O for Orestes

Miñoso’s real name

Not in the Hall

And that’s a real shame

 

P is for Paulie

He gave it his all

At the championship rally

Gave Jerry the ball

 

Q for Quintana

Kept coming up short

Only because

Of no run support

 

R is for Richie

But please call him Dick

A dangerous man

When he’s swinging the stick

 

S is for shoes

Which were not worn by Joe

In 1919

Please say it ain’t so

 

T is for Thomas

Amazing career

He went to the Hall

And brewed Big Hurt Beer

 

U for Uribe

He played everywhere

When the ball left his bat

Hands waved in the air

 

V is for Veeck

He knew how to sell

Fireworks, promotions

And Eddie Gaedel

 

W is for William

Or Bill; He was Beltin’

So hot was the corner

Third baseman was Melton

 

X is for Fox

At least the last letter

Among second basemen

Nobody was better

 

Y is for Yolmer

He has sneaky power

The master of giving

A Gatorade shower

 

Z is for Zisk

And others I missed

Unable to fit

In my White Sox list