White Sox

Ranking the Sox by MLB The Show


Ranking the Sox by MLB The Show

According to the video game MLB 12 The Show, here's how White Sox players rate among their teammates, from best to worst:

Paul Konerko
Matt Thornton
Jesse Crain
Chris Sale
Jake Peavy
Gavin Floyd
John Danks
Philip Humber
Alexei Ramirez
Will Ohman
Alex Rios
A.J. Pierzynski
Brent Morel
Gordon Beckham
Addison Reed
Dayan Viciedo
Adam Dunn
Hector Gimenez
Dylan Axelrod
Doug Davis
Alejandro De Aza
Eric Stults
Brian Bruney
Hector Santiago
Eduardo Escobar
Brent Lillibridge
Zach Stewart
Ozzie Martinez
Tyler Flowers
Dallas McPherson

Quick thoughts:

-Brent Lillibridge is hilariously underrated. While he's only had one good year in the majors, he hardly deserves to be rated below Hector Gimenez and Doug Davis.

-The game rates Dayan Viciedo as a better fielder than Alexei Ramirez. Viciedo could be the second-best fielder on the team and he wouldn't be a better defender than Ramirez.

-Jesse Crain is good, but he's not the third-best player on the team.

-Adam Dunn was pretty harshly punished for his 2011, although his ratings aren't outlandish.

-Alejandro De Aza doesn't have much to base a rating off, but he certainly deserves to be higher than Hector Gimenez.

-Seriously, nothing against Hector Gimenez, but he's not better than De AzaLillibridgeTyler Flowers.

Got any other thoughts on the rankings? Air your grievances in the comment.

Danny Farquhar to throw out the first pitch before White Sox game on June 1


Danny Farquhar to throw out the first pitch before White Sox game on June 1

In another example of how amazing Danny Farquhar’s recovery has been, the pitcher will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the White Sox game on June 1.

Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm during the sixth inning of the team’s April 20 game against the Houston Astros. But his recovery has been astounding, and he was discharged from the hospital on May 7. Farquhar’s neurosurgeon expects him to be able to pitch again in future seasons.

Farquhar has been back to visit his teammates at Guaranteed Rate Field a couple times since leaving the hospital. June 1 will mark his return to a big league mound, even if it’s only for a ceremonial first pitch with his wife and three children. Doctors, nurses and staff from RUSH University Medical Center will be on hand for Farquhar’s pitch on June 1.

The White Sox announced that in celebration of Farquhar’s recovery, they will donate proceeds from all fundraising efforts on June 1 to the Joe Niekro Foundation, an organization committed to supporting patients and families, research, treatment and awareness of brain aneurysms.

White Sox Talk Podcast: The fallout from Welington Castillo's suspension


White Sox Talk Podcast: The fallout from Welington Castillo's suspension

Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the shocking news that Welington Castillo has been suspended for 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enchancing drug, putting the White Sox catching position in quite the precarious position.  You’ll hear reaction from Rick Hahn and Ricky Renteria, Castillo’s apology, the options the White Sox have at catcher both inside and outside the organization, and what it means not only for Castillo’s future with the White Sox but what the team might do at catcher going forward.