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Ventura on Friday's controversial play: 'We all missed it'

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Ventura on Friday's controversial play: 'We all missed it'

DETROIT — Most eyes were transfixed on Saturday morning as a replay of the previous day’s controversial play appeared on TVs across the White Sox clubhouse.

A few groans could be heard as Detroit’s broadcast feed showed where shortstop Alexei Ramirez tagged Nick Castellanos before he reached second base, a play Robin Ventura and the White Sox elected not to challenge until it was too late. The scene later took a surreal turn when announcers Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone dropped in on the manager’s media session to say they missed the call, too, believing at the time — and in the confusion — that Ramirez had missed the tag because of a technical issue with their broadcast.

Having finally seen the play in question, Ventura, who initially said there wasn’t enough evidence to challenge on Friday only to reverse course seconds later, acknowledged the mistake.

“I think we all missed it,” Ventura said. “You move on. Everybody in 20-20 hindsight would like to change it. But you know, we left that one out there.”

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Many have opined that Ventura should have immediately challenged the play because he had nothing to lose in the situation given that it put the winning run on second base with no outs. But Ventura stressed that the initial indication from the clubhouse was the White Sox didn’t see clear-cut evidence the play would have been overturned until after he returned to the dugout. By the time he returned to the field, crew chief Jeff Kellogg determined the play was over and Ventura could no longer request a challenge.

“You can go out there and do it but when you also get — you haven’t seen anything to change it — you can go out there and throw one away, too,” Ventura said. “You get the feeds, it’s what you see. Later on there is a different feed, so at that point you’ve kind of already made your stand out there. You go back in and there is a time limit at that point.”

Ventura has run the play through his head a number of times and what could have been done different from a number of aspects. But with Saturday’s game only hours away, the manager didn’t want to spend any more time focused on Friday’s effort.

“There’s a lot of things you could have done,” Ventura said. “You have to put that behind you and play today instead of sitting around worrying about yesterday.”

After short stint in the majors, White Sox send Zack Collins to Triple-A

After short stint in the majors, White Sox send Zack Collins to Triple-A

When general manager Rick Hahn has talked about bringing up key prospects, he says he wants those players to be able to come up to the majors and stay there. That won't be the case with Zack Collins.

The White Sox sent the catcher down to Triple-A Charlotte following Monday's 5-2 loss to the Royals. No corresponding move will be made until Tuesday, but it is expected Welington Castillo will return from his rehab stint and rejoin the White Sox.

Collins was called up on June 18, but only played in nine games with seven starts in his 28 days on the big league roster. Collins drew a pinch-hit walk in his first plate appearance at the Cubs on June 19. He then homered two days later in his first start in Texas.

After that, Collins struggled. He goes back to Charlotte after hitting .077 (2-for-26) with five walks, the one home run and 14 strikeouts in 31 plate appearances.

It's unclear if Collins had a chance to stick on the roster or if the plan was for him to go back to Triple-A once Castillo was ready to return. Collins certainly didn't do himself any favors at the plate, but he also didn't see regular playing time.

Collins, a first-round pick in 2016, was seen working out at first base in fielding practice before games, but he stuck to catcher and DH. He could have played some first base or DH when Castillo returned. However, the White Sox claimed A.J. Reed off waivers and he debuted after the all-star break. Reed has taken the at-bats at DH, leaving Collins without regular at-bats.

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White Sox prospect Luis Robert on fire fresh off promotion to Triple-A

White Sox prospect Luis Robert on fire fresh off promotion to Triple-A

Luis Robert has been promoted twice in 2019, but nothing has slowed down his red-hot season.

The 21-year-old Cuban has only played in five games for Triple-A Charlotte, but has skipped past the adjustment period and has been productive in all five.

After collecting two hits, a walk and two stolen bases on Monday, Robert is hitting .429/.500/.810 for the Knights. He has reached base at least twice in every game with Charlotte.

Robert has shown some versatility in his game as well. He hit four extra base hits in his first three games, including two home runs in his first game for Charlotte. In the last two he has added three stolen bases. One of the stolen bases on Monday didn’t require a slide.


With Eloy Jimenez coming into his own for the White Sox and Dylan Cease one start into his major league career, Luis Robert is the clear gem of the White Sox system currently. The outfielder is ranked as the No. 5 prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline.

Charlotte’s BB&T Ballpark is known as a hitters’ park and Triple-A plays with the same baseballs that have been under fire lately for being juiced for hitters in the majors. It makes sense that Robert would put up big numbers, but it’s still an impressive start that has White Sox fans antsy for his call-up.

It’s just five games and the White Sox haven’t been in any rush with their top prospects, but Robert is showing that he isn’t that far away from being ready for MLB pitching.

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