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Sale's competitive drive impressed Smoltz

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Sale's competitive drive impressed Smoltz

John Smoltz said he finds many impressive aspects to Chris Sales game, but one stands out above the rest: his competitive drive.

Last season, his first as a starting pitcher, the White Sox pitcher became an American League All-Star. He won 17 games. He struck out 192 batters in 192 innings. His slider is considered one of the best in the game.

But it was Sales ability to endure in uncharted territory that Smoltz found most impressive. Prior to last season, Sale had never combined for more than 144 13 innings in a single season.

He did a great job, basically with no history of innings, competing throughout the year, Smoltz said before he was inducted into the National Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame in Rosemont on Saturday. I dont think anyone realizes how hard that is.

A future Hall of Famer, Smoltz, who won 213 games and saved 154 in a 21-year career, admits he wondered how Sale might hold up. He saw the wiry frame and the unorthodox delivery and wasnt sure it would last the season. Though his ERA was 4.11 over his last six starts, Smoltz no longer has any doubts about Sales ability to endure any stretches of fatigue.

Hes as good as it gets, Smoltz said. He is in a league by himself. I didnt know if that arm angle could sustain the kind of stuff you need to have to pitch through the whole season. Not only could he sustain it, but it was dominating.

Smoltz didnt stop there, however.

Hes also impressed by how the lanky left-hander and the White Sox handled the situation with the media.

At least out in front, Smoltz said. Maybe behind the scenes he was tired, but he never conveyed This is too much or Im getting tired and I think the organization and him handled it about as good as you can handle it.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Chuck Garfien on Yasmani Grandal signing with the White Sox

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Chuck Garfien on Yasmani Grandal signing with the White Sox

SportsTalk Live is at the United Center for Blackhawks Authentic Fan Night. David Haugh, Charlie Roumeliotis and Scott King join Kap on the panel.

0:00 - The Blackhawks look to get back in the win column with the Lightning in town.

5:00 - Chuck Garfien joins Kap to talk about Yasmani Grandal signing with the White Sox. How much will this help the Sox sign more free agents? Plus the panel discusses how much this improves Willson Contreras' trade value as the Cubs reportedly shop him.

17:00 - Chase Daniel said Mitch Trubisky looked great in practice. Will that translate to the game on Sunday?

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White Sox Talk Podcast: White Sox sign Yasmani Freakin' Grandal

White Sox Talk Podcast: White Sox sign Yasmani Freakin' Grandal

The White Sox got the Hot Stove off to a scorching start with the surprise signing of switch-hitting catcher Yasmani Grandal.

-How big of a deal is this? (1:30)

-Could the Grandal signing help sign other free agents? (8:20)

-Rick Hahn speaks about the signing (13:00)

-Grandal talks about why he signed with the White Sox (16:00)

-What does this mean for James McCann? (17:50)

-Flu-ridden Ryan McGuffey calls in from his sick bed to share his thoughts on Grandal (25:00) and more.

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