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Joey Cora reflects on Michael Jordan's spring training with White Sox

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Joey Cora reflects on Michael Jordan's spring training with White Sox

Former White Sox second baseman Joey Cora took some time to reflect on Michael Jordan's run through spring training with the Chicago White Sox earlier this week. 

Cora was in camp with the White Sox during the spring of 1994 when Jordan entered the organization with professional baseball aspirations. Although Cora and Jordan were never officially teammates, Cora did get a chance to see Jordan's competitive side and what it was like to play with the most famous player in the world during that spring.

"I remember how I usually was the first one in the clubhouse and usually the first one in the cage," Cora said. "And when he got in there, I wasn't the first one anymore, I was the second one. I'm always going to remember that because he was Michael Jordan." 

Now a manager for the Altoona Curve, the Pittsburgh Pirates' Class AA team, Cora was a player with the White Sox from 1991-1994 and returned as a coach from 2004-2011.

You can see more of what Cora has to say about Jordan's spring training in the video above.

 

White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

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White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

It might be a long shot for the White Sox to sign free agent Manny Machado, but here on the White Sox Talk Podcast, we like dark horses. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss what it would take to bring Machado to the South Side. Plus, is he "the" guy the White Sox are targeting this offseason? Will the Rockies listen to trade offers for Nolan Arenado a year before he reaches free agency? Plus, Chuck talks about a cost-controlled, All-Star on a rebuilding team that could be an answer at third base.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.

The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:

— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.

— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.

— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).

— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.

— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)

— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).

Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.