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Luis Robert latest Cuban player to join White Sox

Luis Robert latest Cuban player to join White Sox

SEATTLE --- The Cuban connection remains strong for the White Sox.

With Saturday’s reported signing of 19-year-old outfielder Luis Robert, the White Sox have once again gone to the island to find a potential major leaguer. Jose Abreu is the team’s only current

Cuban, but the club’s past is littered with players, including Minnie Minoso, Alexei Ramirez, Jose Contreras and ‘El Duque’ Orlando Hernandez.

When he joined them in 2014 and went on to win the American League rookie of the year, Abreu became the 17th Cuban player in White Sox history. Adrian Nieto was the 18th after he spent the 2014 season on the roster as a Rule 5 draft pick.

Robert becomes the team’s second high-profile Cuban prospect behind Yoan Moncada, who was acquired in a trade in December. Both Abreu and Moncada pitched Robert as part of a video presentation the White Sox made, pleading with him to join them in Chicago. Abreu said he has the highest respect for the White Sox and how they have treated Cuban players.

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As for his pitch, Abreu said: “I just told him that the White Sox organization was a great organization, that this is an organization that will take care of the Cuban players and has a high respect for us, and that it would be very special to have him playing with us.”

Here’s a look at other prominent Cubans who have played for the White Sox.

-- Minnie Minoso (1951-57, 1960-61, 1964, 1976, 1980)

The island’s first major league star was a seven-time All-Star. The ‘Cuban Comet’ finished with 1,963 hits and an .848 OPS. He led the AL in Wins Above Replacement in 1954 with 8.3 and finished in the top-10 in WAR six times.

-- Alexei Ramirez (2008-15)

An eight-year starter and the full-time shortstop after 2009, Ramirez averaged 153-plus games a season. He won the Silver Slugger Award in 2010 and 2014, was an All-Star in 2014 and produced 19 f-WAR in his White Sox career.

-- Jose Contreras (2004-09)

A 15-game winner for the World Series winners in 2005, the right-hander also was an All-Star a season later when he went 13-9 with a 4.27 ERA. Contreras helped the Sox to its last two postseason appearances in six seasons.

-- Jose Canseco (2001)

More prominent for what he did before and after his lone season with the White Sox, Canseco hit 16 homers and drove in 49 runs in 76 games in what was the final year of his career.

-- Dayan Viciedo (2010-13)

The youngster slipped in his second full season in 2013 as he hit 11 fewer homers than he did in 2012. But in 2012 Viciedo had 25 homers and drove in 78 runs, which gives the White Sox hope he can develop into a superstar.

-- Orlando Hernandez (2005)

The overall numbers in his only season with the White Sox weren’t eye-popping, but he added another winning presence to the mix. He also pitched three shutout innings in the ALDS clincher against the Red Sox.

-- Sandy Consuegra (1953-56)

The right-hander was a jack-of-all trades for the ’54 Sox, who won 94 games and finished third in the league. An All-Star, he went 16-3 with a 2.69 ERA, two shutouts and three saves in 39 games (17 starts).

-- Luis Aloma (1950-53)

The reliever appeared in 116 games over four seasons and finished with an 18-3 record and a 3.44 ERA.

-- Rudy Arias (1959)

Though he didn’t pitch in the World Series for the Go-Go White Sox, Arias did go 2-0 with a 4.09 ERA in 34 relief appearances in the regular season.

-- Mike Fornieles (1953-56)

Later an All-Star with the Red Sox, he went 8-7 with a 3.59 ERA in 153 innings in his first season on the South Side. Fornieles appeared in 86 games for the Sox and had a 3.82 ERA over 297 innings.

-- Adrian Nieto (2014)

A Rule 5 selection in December 2013, Nieto spent the entire 2014 season with the White Sox. He caught 48 games and hit two home runs. Nieto also called Abreu “The Cuban Babe Ruth” after the first baseman burst onto the scene that April.

Other Cuban players to play for the White Sox include: Jose Acosta (1922), Guillermo “Willy” Maranda (1952), Aurelio Monteagudo (1967), Hector Rodriguez (1952), Nelson Santovenia (1992) and Leo Sutherland (1980-81).

Dallas Keuchel frustrated with White Sox' effort in loss to Tigers

Dallas Keuchel frustrated with White Sox' effort in loss to Tigers

Dallas Keuchel took his teammates to task after Monday’s uninspiring 5-1 loss at the hands of the Detroit Tigers.

The White Sox arrived in Detroit in the wee hours Monday morning after losing a hard-fought, extra innings, rain-delayed game vs. the Indians on Sunday, and Keuchel says the team let that carry over into Monday’s game.

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“I would’ve liked to see the team play better tonight,” Keuchel said. “We just came out flat, and I feel like we stayed flat the whole game.

“We’ve got some guys coming out and taking professional at-bats, being professional on the mound, and doing what it takes to win, and we’ve got some guys kinda going through the motions. So, we need to clean a lot of things up.

“If we wanna be in this thing at the end of the season, we’re going to have to start that now. When you have enough talent to potentially win every game it’s very frustrating when you have games like this and it just seems like we were out of it from the get go... Today was one of the first games I've seen subpar play from everybody."

While that is obviously not the assessment fans want to hear from one of the top free agents the White Sox brought in this season, it’s that leadership that the team coveted so much from Keuchel in the first place. Leading is easy during a hot streak, but it’s more important during losing skids. Keuchel seems to understand that’s what the White Sox need as they try to transition from rebuilding team to playoff contenders.

“There’s going to be a lot of learning curves for this team, just because of the process that this team has been under for the last two or three years, and this is one of them. We faced a challenge tonight and hopefully we can come out tomorrow and strap it up and play some White Sox baseball.”

Tuesday’s expected return of Tim Anderson, whose energy has been noticeably missing since he suffered a groin strain on July 31, should help the team regain that spark. As one of the Sox’ most consistent hitters he should also help the sluggish offense, which has only mustered 11 runs over the last six games.

“We have a great opportunity these next couple of games to get some wins and keep moving the wagons forward,” Keuchel said. “As frustrating as it is tonight, we could very well easily come out tomorrow and play like we’re supposed to and then win the series on Wednesday.”


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Detroit Tigers' C.J. Cron hit by ball, needs to be helped off field

Detroit Tigers' C.J. Cron hit by ball, needs to be helped off field

A scary scene unfolded during the 4th inning of Monday’s series opener between the White Sox and Tigers.

C.J. Cron needed to be helped off the field after he got hit by a sharp ground ball while fielding at first base.

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Cron lay on the ground for several minutes after the play and limped off the field with the help of Tigers staff.

Amazingly, pitcher Daniel Norris was able to corral the ball and tag out Danny Mendick to end the inning.

Cron has been one of the Tigers’ best power hitters, tied for the team league with four home runs.


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