Scott Hairston will attempt a comeback with the White Sox next season.
The veteran outfielder -- who could be the third member of his family to wear a White Sox uniform -- signed a minor-league deal with the club on Wednesday.
The contract doesn’t include an invite to spring training for Hairston, who sat out the 2015 season.
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Hairston, 35, has produced a .242/.296/.442 slash line with 106 home runs in 2,660 big league plate appearances. His best season came in 2012 when he blasted 20 homers and produced a .803 OPS for the New York Mets. Hairston last played in 2014 when he had 87 plate appearances for the Washington Nationals.
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Both his father and grandfather played for the White Sox.
Sam Hairston was the first African American player signed by the White Sox. He appeared in four games in 1951 and played in the team’s farm system from 1950-60.
Jerry Hairston Sr. played for the White Sox from 1973-77 and from 1981-89.
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal first reported the signing.
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Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.
The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:
— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.
— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.
— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).
— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.
— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)
— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).
Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.