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Robin Ventura on White Sox rundowns: 'Get it right'

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Robin Ventura on White Sox rundowns: 'Get it right'

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The White Sox coaching staff has been pleased with the overall look of the team’s defense this spring.

But not how the club has handled its rundowns.

After a week that included several botched plays, the White Sox went back to work on rundowns in the early portion of Friday’s workout. Not particularly pleased with the results of three recent plays, White Sox manager Robin Ventura requested the session.

“If they don’t get them right, we’re going to redo them,” Ventura said. “You’re just going over it to refresh and make sure they understand the mechanics of how we’re doing it and why we’re doing it.

“Some people might say it’s not a punishment. It probably is if you don’t get it right, so you go ahead and do it. Get it right.”

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Bench coach Rick Renteria is satisfied with the quality of work he witnessed Friday. Energy and enthusiasm from players was present, he said. Renteria said Ventura requested the additional work to make sure things are run smoothly and enough attention is paid to the details.

While rundowns were worked on earlier in camp, Ventura thought it was time for a refresher course.

“The guys were doing a nice job of trying to execute those as close as they could to kind of game speed,” Renteria said. “You don’t want anybody to get hurt, but they were doing it with some explosiveness in terms of being able to react and cutting the distance short between the guy with the ball and the receiving end of the tag.

“Things come up and you address and that’s what Skipper did. He said, ‘We’ve seen a couple, let’s just go over them again and clean them up.’ And that’s all you can do in camp.”

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Ventura is pleased to address the play in camp and before the regular season begins. He hasn’t hesitated in the past to deal with the team’s defensive woes in season. But he wanted to make sure his team didn’t miss on the opportunity to improve.

“We’ve been known to go back over it before,” Ventura said. “That stuff, you’ve just got to get it right, and it’s better to get it situated down here. I know we made a couple of mistakes on those, and it just can’t happen.

“We took care of it, and they should be good.”

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