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Rick Hahn on White Sox season: 'We're all disappointed'

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Rick Hahn on White Sox season: 'We're all disappointed'

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- If the White Sox are to make any changes after what has so far been a frustrating season, they’ll wait until October.

General manager Rick Hahn said Thursday he wouldn’t address any questions about potential staff or front office changes until the offseason, though everyone would be evaluated.

The White Sox haven’t fulfilled their own expectations and the season -- one that had them seven back in the wild-card race as of Wednesday -- has been full of frustration, Hahn said. Hahn made no promises about anyone’s job security when asked about manager Robin Ventura, though he noted that the club would already have made changes had they felt one was needed.

“We’re all disappointed, Robin included, about where we sit right now and we’re going to have to go in the offseason and evaluate everyone in terms of are we putting ourselves in the best position to succeed,” Hahn said. “I will say that if we felt it made sense to make a change we would have made a change in any position whether it’s a player on the field, the staff or the manager. So obviously that can happen and going forward we’ll have to wait for the offseason and evaluate all of us.”

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Ventura signed a contract extension before the 2014 season and is believed to have a season left on his deal. Then there’s executive vice president Kenny Williams, who continues to have his name attached to the job soon to be vacated by retiring Toronto Blue Jays president Paul Beeson.

“That’s all in the future,” Hahn said. “We’re focused on the here and now and winning tonight’s game. Anything in terms of personnel changes, players, staff, coaches, front office, whatever will wait for the offseason.”

As for how he has handled the disappointment, Hahn said it hasn’t been easy. The White Sox spent nearly $140 million on free agents last winter and traded for Jeff Samardzija. They’ve struggled all season, never pushing more than one game over the .500 mark.

“In a lot of ways I’m not too different from any other fan in that the ups and downs and the unmet expectations are extremely frustrating and difficult to stomach,” Hahn said. “In other ways I’m able to benefit from the fact I’m able to have conversations with staff or players or scouts to try to do something about it. But it’s no doubt been a grind and tough on all of us. We all entered this year with high hopes and high expectations and to date we have not met them yet. There’s still time to potentially meet them but that’s why we wait to the end of the year to do a state of my psyche.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

For many White Sox fans, Comiskey Park was their introduction to White Sox baseball when they were young. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Chris Kamka share their memories of the old ballpark. Among them: Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl, Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball, Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game, they discuss the final game ever played there and read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below.

8:26 - Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl.

10:11 - Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball.

12:49 - Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game

15:11 - The guys talk about the final game ever played there.

16:44 - The guys read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

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'White Sox to the Letter'

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'White Sox to the Letter'

Inspired by Ogden Nash’s 1949 poem “A Lineup for Yesterday”

 

A is for A.J.

Once punched in the face

If strike three ain’t caught

He’ll steal first base

 

B is for Baines

Who’s known to speak gently

When asked if he’ll homer

He said, “Evidently!”

 

C for Comiskey

The old baseball yard

When it was torn down

I took it quite hard

 

D is for Donkey

I mean Adam Dunn

He’d strike out or walk

Or hit a home run

 

E is for Eloy

He isn’t here yet

Though an All-Star career

Is still a good bet

 

F is for Fisk

The incomparable Pudge

From his perch behind home

Not an inch he would budge

 

G is for Gold

G is for Glove

Aparicio is

Who I’m thinking of

 

H is for Hawk

Unforgettable voice

Stretch! Dadgummit!

And don’t stop now boys!

 

I for Iguchi

Second base man

Won World Series

Returned to Japan

 

J is for Jackson

The legend still grows

A home run or touchdown

Only Bo knows

 

K is for Kopech

Speed, he has plenty

He’ll pile up strikeouts

In two thousand twenty

 

L is for Luke

Old Aches and Pains

Hit .388

That record remains

 

M is for Mark

As in Mister Buehrle

When he takes the mound

The game will end early

 

N is for no-no

Wilson Alvarez, Humber

Two by Mark Buehrle

Too many to number

 

O for Orestes

Miñoso’s real name

Not in the Hall

And that’s a real shame

 

P is for Paulie

He gave it his all

At the championship rally

Gave Jerry the ball

 

Q for Quintana

Kept coming up short

Only because

Of no run support

 

R is for Richie

But please call him Dick

A dangerous man

When he’s swinging the stick

 

S is for shoes

Which were not worn by Joe

In 1919

Please say it ain’t so

 

T is for Thomas

Amazing career

He went to the Hall

And brewed Big Hurt Beer

 

U for Uribe

He played everywhere

When the ball left his bat

Hands waved in the air

 

V is for Veeck

He knew how to sell

Fireworks, promotions

And Eddie Gaedel

 

W is for William

Or Bill; He was Beltin’

So hot was the corner

Third baseman was Melton

 

X is for Fox

At least the last letter

Among second basemen

Nobody was better

 

Y is for Yolmer

He has sneaky power

The master of giving

A Gatorade shower

 

Z is for Zisk

And others I missed

Unable to fit

In my White Sox list