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


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.”

Lucas Giolito has some fun with the not so dark side of his Twitter history


Lucas Giolito has some fun with the not so dark side of his Twitter history

White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito isn't having a great season, but at least it looks like his Twitter account could pass a background check.

A Twitter user dug through some of Giolito's tweets from his teenage years. He didn't find much in the way of hateful, mean or angry tweets. Instead, he found candy, touch tanks at the aquarium and animated movies.

The tweet got plenty of attention on the platform, leading Giolito to comment on it. Giolito took the joke with a good sense of humor and made a joke at his own expense.

This kind of makes you wonder what else would qualify as Giolito's "dark side." Maybe this will spawn a series of Lucas Giolito facts like the very tame version of Chuck Norris or The Most Interesting Man in the World.

Michael Kopech, Eloy Jimenez lead Charlotte Knights on NBC Sports Chicago

Michael Kopech, Eloy Jimenez lead Charlotte Knights on NBC Sports Chicago

Tonight, White Sox Triple-A affiliate Charlotte (44-52) will go head-to-head with the Pawtucket Red Sox (45-49) on NBC Sports Chicago at 6 p.m.

Top pitching prospect Michael Kopech (2-5, 4.88 ERA) faces William Cuevas (5-3, 3.21 ERA) at BB&T Ballpark. The flame-throwing Kopech is coming off an 11-strikeout performance in his last start when he completed six innings of work and allowed only four hits and one earned run.

Kopech has been inconsistent for the Knights this season, but leads the International League with a whopping 122 strikeouts. He had a forgettable month of June, when he went 1-4 with a 5.46 ERA, but he looks to be getting on the right track recently.

Charlotte’s batting lineup is highlighted by White Sox No. 1 prospect Eloy Jimenez, who has performed well since his promotion from Double-A Birmingham in mid-June. The powerful hitter has a .283/.348/.483 slash line with three home runs in 60 at-bats with the Knights.

Reliever Ian Hamilton (2.71 ERA), who is ranked by MLB Pipeline as the No. 18 White Sox prospect, has served as the team’s closer since his June promotion to Triple-A. The 23-year-old has converted four of five save opportunities with Charlotte, making him a player to monitor during tonight’s game. He has 10 strikeouts with only two walks in 9 2/3 innings.