Reason No. 1 why spring training needs to start: Hopefully it'll get Ozzie Guillen out of the news in Chicago.
But for the next few weeks, Ozzie will continue to linger in headlines, for better or for worse. On Friday, the Waddle & Silvy Show reported that he and his coaching staff knew Adam Dunn had some major issues with his swing a few days into spring training.
"I looked at his swing and I told bench coach Joey Cora going home, 'We've got a big problem,' " Guillen said.
So that begs this question: Why, if Guillen realized Dunn was in for a rough year, did he send him to the plate 496 times, nearly qualifying him to have the worst offensive season of all time? Why didn't Guillen, as Robin Ventura put it, just point to the bench and sit Dunn down?
And, as I've seen some asking on twitter, why can't Guillen just go away and enjoy Miami?
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:
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.