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Steve Stone's mailbag: Manny with Sox next season?

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Steve Stone's mailbag: Manny with Sox next season?

Monday, Sept. 20, 2010
11:38 AM
Steve Stone dives into his mailbag toanswer your questions about Manny Ramirez, Paul Konerko's AL MVP chances, Tyler Colvin's possible move to first base and more!

Scott - Chicago, IL: Do you think Manny Ramirez will be with the White Sox next season?

Steve Stone: As of this writing, Manny Ramirez has 1 RBI and 1 home run. I appreciate the fact that he needs to go through a bit of a spring training. That being said, its a shame he had to go through spring training when we were fighting for our lives in a division race. Now, I personally would not have him on the team, if nothing else, to get rid of his hair.

Robert - Lake Zurich, Illinois: Would Paul Konerko get your vote for AL MVP?

Stone: No. The White Sox are going to finish multiple games back of Minnesota and they will finish multiple back of the Wild Card. Normally when a team that doesn't win it produces an MVP, it means there was a number of other people who didn't have a great year. My MVP vote in the AL would go to Josh Hamilton even though Texas stayed afloat, he has been hitting in the .360 range, and in the top of almost every category. Texas is a somewhat surprise winner in the west and Hamilton would get my vote.

Rene - Chicago, IL: Do you think the Cubs shouldwill move Tyler Colvin to first base next season?

Stone: I think it all depends on the type of power they think he can produce and what happens to Fukudome. I think it is time for Fukudome to move elsewhere and they have to make a decision on what they want to do with their baseball team, which direction they are going in and essentially, how much will they spend to get then. Then and only then I'd consider him playing first base. I'm not sure if he can play it and that becomes problematic. You want to do things to help your defense and not hurt it. There is a long way to go to make him an asset defensively. Too many questions to be answered to be definite.
Kevin - Los Angeles, CA: What is the future of Jeff Samardzija? Do you think he will end up in the Cubs starting rotation soon? Or is he best suited to be in the bullpen?

Stone: I think Jeff will most likely end up in the Cubs bullpen. I think he needs help on his secondary pitches. The CUbs spent a ridiculous amount of money on him but that being said, it's already spent and he could help. Bear in mind, look what happened last year with four youngsters in the bullpen which was disastrous - I don't think they can afford the same thing this year.

Richard - Wheaton, IL: Who wins the AL East? Will the Yankees be able to hold on or will the Rays take it this year?

Stone: If the Wild Card comes out of the East, they can't run into each other as they head into post season play which means that the division winner is going to get Texas, most likely. The Wild Card team is going to get Minnesota most likely. From the Twins standpoint, I don't think they want to play the Yankees. They are hoping for the Yankees to win it - then having the best record between themselves and Texas, they would get Tampa Bay int he first round. All four teams that are going to get in are fully capable of winning a series if they don't have home field advantage.

MLB The Show sim: Lucas Giolito doesn't have ace stuff vs. Mariners

MLB The Show sim: Lucas Giolito doesn't have ace stuff vs. Mariners

NBC Sports Chicago is simulating the 2020 White Sox season via MLB The Show during the postponement of play. The White Sox, stocked with young talent and veteran offseason acquisitions, were expected to take a big step forward in their rebuild this season. Follow along as we play out the first few months of the season.

As the ace of the White Sox, Lucas Giolito looked to right the ship against the Mariners after the South Siders dropped the opener on Monday. Unfortunately for Chicago, Giolito did not have his top-of-the-rotation stuff.

The Mariners broke the seal vs. Giolito in the second. With two outs in the inning, J.P. Crawford lined a two-out double over the head of Edwin Encarnacion to drive in a pair and give Seattle a 2-1 lead. In the third, Daniel Vogelbach absolutely demolished a middle-of-the-zone fastball 444 feet to center field for a two-run blast, putting the Mariners ahead 4-1.

Giolito could not stop the bleeding in the fourth. Mitch Haniger slapped an RBI-double down the left field line to extend the lead to 6-1 and that was all she wrote for the White Sox ace. The run scored on Vogelbach’s bloop single later in the inning was also attributed to Giolito, who finished the day allowing seven earned runs in just 3 2/3 innings of work.

Meanwhile, the White Sox potent offense was largely quieted once again by Mariners pitching. Eloy Jimenez and Yasmani Grandal extended their hit streaks to 10 and 8 games, respectively. Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson and Edwin Encarnacion all collected solo homers but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback.

Result: Mariners def. White Sox 7-4

Record: 6-5, third in AL Central (0.5 GB of Indians)

W: Taijuan Walker (1-1)

L: Lucas Giolito (1-1)

SV: Yoshihisa Hurano (2)

White Sox lineup

  1. Tim Anderson: 1-5, HR (2), RBI (.354 BA)

  2. Yoan Moncada: 0-5 (.292 BA)

  3. Jose Abreu: 1-5, HR (3), RBI (.260 BA)

  4. Edwin Encarnacion: 3-4, HR (3), RBI (.289 BA)

  5. Yasmani Grandal: 1-4 (.326 BA)

  6. Eloy Jimenez: 1-4 (.268 BA)

  7. Luis Robert: 0-2, 2 BB (.167 BA)

  8. Nomar Mazara: 1-4, RBI (.200 BA)

  9. Leury Garcia: 1-4 (.217 BA)

Scoring summary

Bottom first

  • Jose Abreu homered to right. 1-0 CHW.

Top second

  • J.P. Crawford doubled to right. Carlos Gonzalez scored. Dom Thompson-Williams scored. 2-1 SEA.

Top third

  • Daniel Vogelbach homered to center. Mallex Smith scored. 4-1 SEA.

Top fourth

  • Mallex Smith grounded out to shortstop. J.P. Crawford scored. 5-1 SEA

  • Mitch Haniger doubled to left. Dylan Moore scored. 6-1 SEA

  • Daniel Vogelbach singled to left. Mitch Haniger scored. 7-1 SEA

Bottom fifth

  • Tim Anderson homered to left. 7-2 SEA

Bottom sixth

  • Edwin Encarnacion homered to left. 7-3 SEA

Bottom eighth

  • Nomar Mazara singled to left. Edwin Encarnacion scored. 7-4 SEA

Notable performance: At this stage in Encarnacion’s career, the 37-year-old wasn’t expected to be a centerpiece of the White Sox offense. However, through 11 games, there doesn’t seem to be much dropoff in Encarnacion’s play. After a three-hit day vs. the Mariners, the vet has three home runs and five RBIs with a .437 on-base percentage this season.

Next game: Wednesday, April 8 - Game 12: Mariners at White Sox (Yusei Kikuchi, 0-0, 11.00 ERA vs. Dallas Keuchel, 0-1, 10.80 ERA)

MLB responds to reports of season restarting in Arizona in May or June

MLB responds to reports of season restarting in Arizona in May or June

ESPN's Jeff Passan dropped a news bomb on the baseball world late on Monday, reporting that the league is considering a plan that involves the 2020 season taking place in the Phoenix area and starting as early as May.

Major League Baseball responded Tuesday morning with a statement that acknowledged the league is “actively considering numerous contingency plans that would allow play to commence once the public health situation has improved to the point that it is safe to do so.” 


However, the statement also said that while playing games at one location has been discussed, the league has “not settled on that option or developed a detailed plan.”

RELATED: MLB, MLBPA focused on plan to start 2020 season in May

On Tuesday’s ESPN Daily podcast with Mina Kimes, Passan said the plan has a “high degree of difficulty.” But the desire to play in 2020 exists from both players and the league.

“What you are going to have, I think, is players who are motivated to get paid and a league that is motivated not to lose a season,” Passan said. “When you have both of those things working together, all of the logistics can get figured out. That’s just a matter of time. Whether it’s May like they’re hoping for, or June, like, might be more realistic, I think they’re going to do everything they can because they know if this does not work, then the backup alternative is probably no season in 2020.”

The logistics of the idea and the potential pitfalls are numerous.

“We can go on and on and on about the number of people who have to abide by this plan to make it work. And the discipline that that would take is so extraordinary that I think a seamless summer in which games are played and a player doesn’t contract coronavirus or someone involved doesn’t contract coronavirus is really unlikely,” Passan said. “The question at that point is what will happen if something like that takes place, and will they be in a position to continue playing? And I think the answer that baseball has by undertaking this plan is yes, we would continue through that because we hope that what we have in place in terms of testing will prevent the spread if somebody does come into the biosphere with coronavirus.”

While the league said it has not settled on how to play the 2020 season, the reported word of a possible return as soon as May or June is the first news of a major American sports league considering a return since the sports world halted in March.

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