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Ventura just wants calls to be right


Ventura just wants calls to be right

Alejandro De Aza's single-turned-out in the seventh inning Tuesday night wasn't a momentum-crushing blown call, because the Sox went out to score nine runs after it and beat Minnesota by seven. A replay showed Twins right fielder Darin Mastroianni didn't catch the line drive, which was initially ruled a single but changed to an out after Angel Hernandez conferred with his fellow umpires.

Manger Robin Ventura recognized the umpiring crew was just trying to make the correct call, even if it turned out that didn't happen.

"You just want it to be done right," Ventura said. "You want all the calls to be right. It hasn't always been that way, and it's not always easy. I think last night, Angel had it, he thought he had it, but the other guys didn't think he had it so it's one of those things, luckily we overcame that and didn't succumb to the feeling like you're going up against something you couldn't overcome."

Bud Selig has been steadfast in his denial that fans are clamoring for more replay. A plan was in place to add replay for fair and foul calls as well as trapped balls, but the additions were shelved in March when Major League Baseball couldn't come to an agreement with the umpires and players unions. Expanded replay could be implemented next year, which could help teams avoid the mental pitfalls of a blown call.

"You can fall prey to that as far as thinking, well you're not going to win just because a bad break went against you," Ventura said. "They just play, I don't think they think too much about it as far as you'd like to have that guy on base, but you still have to score runs."

For now, though, all the White Sox and other teams can hope for is umpires to confer about a call and try to get it right -- even if that happened last night and the crew didn't make the correct call.

"If the other ones are thinking that he did catch it, then I think he probably re-thinks what he thinks he saw," Ventura said. "They at least got together and discussed it, and that's about all you can really ask them to do when they have differing opinions."

SportsTalk Live Podcast: What should be the plan to call up the White Sox prospects?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: What should be the plan to call up the White Sox prospects?

SportsTalk Live is on location for White Sox Authentic Fan Night. Phil Rogers (MLB Network), Mark Carman (WGN Radio), David DeJesus and Ozzie Guillen join Kap to talk about Manny Machado Mania, Anthony Rizzo’s struggles and the White Sox plans for calling up their best prospects. 

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White Sox add Alex Presley at Triple-A, another veteran outfielder who could factor into 2018 plans for banged-up outfield


White Sox add Alex Presley at Triple-A, another veteran outfielder who could factor into 2018 plans for banged-up outfield

Not long after the White Sox brought Michael Saunders into the organization, another outfielder with major league experience is joining Triple-A Charlotte.

Alex Presley — a 32-year-old who played 71 games last season for the Detroit Tigers and has also spent time with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Minnesota Twins, Houston Astros and Milwaukee Brewers — is the latest addition to the Knights’ outfield. He’s a guy who could potentially be used to help the White Sox outfield, which has seen two Opening Day players go on the disabled list for extended periods of time.

Avisail Garcia is in his fifth week on the DL while dealing with a Grade 2 hamstring strain. Nicky Delmonico is expected to miss the next four to six weeks while recovering from a broken bone in his hand. The White Sox might feel that the collection of Adam Engel, Trayce Thompson, Leury Garcia and Daniel Palka might be enough to get them through those injuries. But the results have not been great from that group. Engel and Thompson are both hitting under .200, while Leury Garcia and Palka have on-base percentages just above .300.

Presley, like Saunders, could be an option for a midseason promotion should he hit well in the minors. He hit .314 with a .354 on-base percentage in those 71 games with the Tigers last season. This year, he was playing in the Baltimore Orioles’ organization, where he hit .275 with a .347 on-base percentage in 26 games.

It’s possible we won’t see either veteran outfielder on the South Side this season (though having Presley here for Elvis Night would be pretty excellent), but it gives the White Sox options should the lack of production from their current crop of outfielders and the injuries to Avisail Garcia and Delmonico keep them out longer.

It’s also quite possible that none of the names mentioned to this point will have a role to play in this team’s long-term future, not an outlandish thought considering Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, Micker Adolfo, Blake Rutherford and Luis Alexander Basabe are all still developing in the minor leagues.