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Mike Olt to see plenty of playing time for White Sox


Mike Olt to see plenty of playing time for White Sox

Tyler Saladino started on Wednesday night but Mike Olt is expected to get a bunch more playing time before the White Sox season ends.

Olt started each of the previous three games since the White Sox claimed him off waivers from the Cubs on Saturday. With no surefire answers on the left side of the diamond for 2016, the White Sox intend to give Olt every chance to prove he can stick at third base.

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“He'll probably get the majority of that time as we go through the rest of September, depending on matchups and things like that,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “We'll be able to mix and match with him in there, but I would say he would get the majority of it.”

Prior to Sunday, Olt hadn’t played since Aug. 29 at Triple-A Iowa. He worked hard to stay in playing shape but was out of action for eight days. Given that layoff, Ventura likes what he’s seen from Olt, who is so far 2-for-11 with four strikeouts.

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“It's been good,” Ventura said. “I think first he's got to get his feet wet just being here and getting acclimated with that, but ... I hadn't seen him play a lot of third base, so to see him move around and the action with his feet and everything, he's been good. “It's been a pleasant surprise. Hitting-wise ... I think that's still a little bit rusty because he hadn't played in probably a week.

“But its kind of getting re-acclimated to it. But as far as his pop and stuff like that, you like seeing it. I like what we've been seeing.”

NBC Sports Chicago to honor retiring behind-the-scenes broadcasting legend Jim Angio

NBC Sports Chicago

NBC Sports Chicago to honor retiring behind-the-scenes broadcasting legend Jim Angio

Chicago, IL (September 24, 2018) – NBC Sports Chicago – THE home of the #AuthenticFan – will be honoring the illustrious 40-year career of 13-time Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award winner & Emmy ‘Silver Circle’ inductee JIM ANGIO, who will be officially retiring at the end of the season, during its White Sox telecast tomorrow night (Tue, Sept. 25) vs. the Cleveland Indians (coverage begins at 7:00 PM CT).  

Among the in-game highlights honoring Angio during Tuesday night’s White Sox telecast on NBC Sports Chicago include numerous video montages featuring classic Chicago sports moments Angio has directed over the years, along with interview clips showcasing a number of front-facing and behind-the-scenes individuals who worked with Angio over his career.  IN ADDITION – NBC Sports Chicago will dedicate the entire third inning of tomorrow night’s game to Angio, as fans will hear first-hand how he calls the game from inside the production truck.

“Jim Angio is a true Chicago sports legend who will go down as one of the very best directors in sports broadcasting history,” said Greg Bowman, VP of Programming for NBC Sports Chicago.  “We are grateful for Jim’s artful direction on so many of our city’s most memorable sports moments and we couldn’t be more honored than to dedicate Tuesday night’s game to Jimmy, along with providing our audience with a glimpse of his expert efforts.”

Angio, 66, a graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, began his White Sox broadcasting career back in 1978 with WSNS-TV 44 in Chicago working with the late Harry Caray and Jimmy Piersall.  During his distinguished career, Angio was at the helm of directing numerous no-hitters, which include Mark Buehrle’s no-hitter and perfect game, along with Tom Seaver’s 300th career win, Jim Thome’s 500th career HR, division-clinching games in 1983, 1993, and 2005, and many more.  

In addition, Angio was in the director’s chair for numerous Chicago Bulls seasons and Michael Jordan career-highlight moments, including the all-time NBA record 70th regular season win back in 1996, Jordan’s fresh out of retirement 55-point game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in 1995, along with Jordan career-high 69-point game back in 1990, among many others.

Among Angio’s numerous career honors include 13 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award wins, 56 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award nominations, three Illinois Silver Dome Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting, a national CableACE Award, along with the prestigious induction earlier this year into the Chicago/Midwest Emmys “Silver Circle,” recognizing 25 years or more of excellence and significant contributions to the Chicago broadcasting industry.

Watch Hawk Harrelson's sign off from his final broadcast

Watch Hawk Harrelson's sign off from his final broadcast

Hawk Harrelson has been the voice of the White Sox for decades, but Sunday was his last broadcast as the play-by-play announcer of the team.

As the bottom of the ninth took place on the field, Hawk started to get emotional in the booth. He began to thank the fans for listening to him in the booth.

"The big thing is I want to thank the fans," Harrelson said. "I love our White Sox fans and I always will."

Later on, Hawk continued: "I want to thank Sox fans for giving me all those 35 years of their time."

After the game ended, players and staff from both teams came out on the field to tip their caps to Hawk.

Hawk sent it to break with one more "this ballgame is ova" call. After returning from break, Hawk gave a final thought.

"I love you all and I always will," he said. "I'll go to my grave with that. Thank you."

Watch the video above for all the memorable moments from his final broadcast.