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Sox Drawer: Big Hurt Joins CSN's Sox Coverage

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Sox Drawer: Big Hurt Joins CSN's Sox Coverage

Sunday, Apr. 4, 2010
Updated: 6:58 P.M.
By Chuck Garfien
CSNChicago.com

He is the White Sox all-time leader in home runs, RBIs, doubles, runs, walks, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, extra base hits, total bases, on and on and on

He is Big.
He can Hurt.
Hell be Frank.
His last name is Thomas.

And this season, the greatest hitter in the 110-year history of the White Sox will be
joining Comcast SportsNet for all Sox home games in 2010.

Am I excited? That would be a Hawk Harrelson, Yes!!!!

It should make for some fun and intriguing television, not to mention add a whole bunch of homers to the Pre and Post-Game Live set. Frank Thomas (521), Bill Melton (160), Chuck Garfien (0).

Frank did some work with us last year during the Crosstown Series and showed a ton of TV potential. He has the knowledge, the contacts (I think he knows some people), and the passion to be really good at this.

Sunday, he interviewed Ozzie Guillen for a piece we will run on the Sox pregame show tomorrow (12pm on CSN). It went great. But Frank wasnt satisfied. I can do better, and I will, he said.

Besides joining Bill and I in the studio, hell also be doing segments at the ballpark. Want to see Frank in the cage with Gordon Beckham? Done. How about Frank sitting down with Jim Thome when the Twins come to town? Done.

Or, Frank putting the past behind him and speaking with Sox GM Kenny Williams?

Hmmmm. That might come sooner than you think.

Were looking forward to having a lot of fun this season, and not take ourselves too seriously. It all begins on Monday. Baseball.its finally here.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

We asked you to ask us anything about the White Sox and you delivered in a big way. We got so many questions, we had to do two different podcasts! Among the questions here in Part 1: should the White Sox send Yoan Moncada to Triple-A? What players will be traded before the deadline? Who are some sleeper prospects in the minors? Will Jordan Stephens be called up before Michael Kopech? Should Juan Uribe be a team ambassador? What's our all-time White Sox team from 2000 to the present and many more.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Rick Hahn says 'there will be many' promotions for White Sox prospects this week

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Rick Hahn says 'there will be many' promotions for White Sox prospects this week

The White Sox have a number of highly-rated prospects performing well in the minors and some of them will be on the move within the system in a matter of days.

General manager Rick Hahn talked to reporters ahead of Monday night's White Sox game in Cleveland, a 6-2 loss, and gave the news. Well, sort of.

He didn't include names, but he did say that "there will be many" promotions after the minor league all-star games for Double-A and both Single-A teams take place on Tuesday.

Hahn added that Chris Getz, the White Sox player development director, will address the media before the White Sox host Oakland on Thursday about the moves.

If the all-star games are a reason to wait, it's safe to think some of the players involved will be playing in those games. So who could be on the move?

Double-A Birmingham has six all-stars: Eloy Jimenez, Zack Collins, Seby Zavala, Danny Mendick, Dane Dunning and Ian Hamilton. Jimenez is the name everyone wants to see on the move. He has torched the Southern League since getting off to a late start to the season due to injury. Hahn was asked about Jimenez, but didn't tip his hand as to whether he would be one of the promotions.

Dunning has been good in Double-A (2.78 ERA, 65 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings), but was already promoted this season so he may not be on the move again.

Single-A Winston-Salem has five all-stars: Dylan Cease, Luis Alexander Basabe, Joel Booker, Bernardo Flores and Matt Foster. Cease, 22, could be due for a promotion with a 2.89 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings. There's also that outfield logjam the Dash, which won the first-half division title, have had all season.

Other than Basabe and Booker, Blake Rutherford and Alex Call are also noteworthy prospects being forced to split time in the Dash's outfield. If Jimenez is moving up to Triple-A, one or two names from this group could be on the move to take his spot in Birmingham.

This would especially make sense if highly-touted outfield prospect Luis Robert, who was supposed to be in Single-A Kannapolis for a short period before joining the Dash, is ready to move up as planned. Robert is hitting .289/.360/.400 in 13 games with the Intimidators.

Birmingham, Winston-Salem and Kannapolis were all off Monday. The various all-star games will take place Tuesday and the three teams will be off again Wednesday. The promotions could be announced Thursday ahead of Getz's scheduled media availability.