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White Sox bring back Kip Wells on a minor-league deal

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White Sox bring back Kip Wells on a minor-league deal

The White Sox, seeking minor-league pitching depth, have signed Kip Wells to a minor-league deal according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. Per Hardball Talk, Wells was last seen pitching for the independent-level Long Island Ducks in 2010, but Heyman says Wells' fastball hasn't suffered:

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Jon HeymanKip wells hasn't pitched in bigs since 2009 (reds, nats) but was hitting 93-94 in tryouts. Still only 34. chisox
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Wells pitched for the White Sox from 1999-2001, compiling a 5.15 ERA in 267 23 innings. His worst year of that stretch was the best year for the Sox, as Wells posted a 6.02 ERA in 20 starts for the AL Central champions in 2000.

He was dealt along with Josh Fogg and Sean Lowe to Pittsburgh in the infamous Todd Ritchie trade on Dec. 13, 2001 and had decent results in his first three years with the Pirates (3.72 ERA, 534 IP). But with a high home run rate, average walk rate and below-average strikeout rate, things were bound to come crashing down for Wells, and they did in 2005.

Wells spent 2005-2009 bouncing between Pittsburgh, Texas, St. Louis, Colorado, Kansas City, Washington and Cincinnati, never finding the results he saw with Pittsburgh. Walks were a big issue (nearly five per nine innings) and as a result, his ERA during that stretch was 5.53.

This move doesn't change Dylan Axelrod's status as the most likely Charlotte Knight to be called up if the big-league club needs a starter. Wells may not even be in line for a call-up if Axelrod is passed over, although newfound success for the 34-year-old Baylor alum could lead to a return to the majors two years after he was last spotted at that level.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

For many White Sox fans, Comiskey Park was their introduction to White Sox baseball when they were young. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Chris Kamka share their memories of the old ballpark. Among them: Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl, Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball, Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game, they discuss the final game ever played there and read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below.

8:26 - Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl.

10:11 - Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball.

12:49 - Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game

15:11 - The guys talk about the final game ever played there.

16:44 - The guys read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

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'White Sox to the Letter'

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'White Sox to the Letter'

Inspired by Ogden Nash’s 1949 poem “A Lineup for Yesterday”

 

A is for A.J.

Once punched in the face

If strike three ain’t caught

He’ll steal first base

 

B is for Baines

Who’s known to speak gently

When asked if he’ll homer

He said, “Evidently!”

 

C for Comiskey

The old baseball yard

When it was torn down

I took it quite hard

 

D is for Donkey

I mean Adam Dunn

He’d strike out or walk

Or hit a home run

 

E is for Eloy

He isn’t here yet

Though an All-Star career

Is still a good bet

 

F is for Fisk

The incomparable Pudge

From his perch behind home

Not an inch he would budge

 

G is for Gold

G is for Glove

Aparicio is

Who I’m thinking of

 

H is for Hawk

Unforgettable voice

Stretch! Dadgummit!

And don’t stop now boys!

 

I for Iguchi

Second base man

Won World Series

Returned to Japan

 

J is for Jackson

The legend still grows

A home run or touchdown

Only Bo knows

 

K is for Kopech

Speed, he has plenty

He’ll pile up strikeouts

In two thousand twenty

 

L is for Luke

Old Aches and Pains

Hit .388

That record remains

 

M is for Mark

As in Mister Buehrle

When he takes the mound

The game will end early

 

N is for no-no

Wilson Alvarez, Humber

Two by Mark Buehrle

Too many to number

 

O for Orestes

Miñoso’s real name

Not in the Hall

And that’s a real shame

 

P is for Paulie

He gave it his all

At the championship rally

Gave Jerry the ball

 

Q for Quintana

Kept coming up short

Only because

Of no run support

 

R is for Richie

But please call him Dick

A dangerous man

When he’s swinging the stick

 

S is for shoes

Which were not worn by Joe

In 1919

Please say it ain’t so

 

T is for Thomas

Amazing career

He went to the Hall

And brewed Big Hurt Beer

 

U for Uribe

He played everywhere

When the ball left his bat

Hands waved in the air

 

V is for Veeck

He knew how to sell

Fireworks, promotions

And Eddie Gaedel

 

W is for William

Or Bill; He was Beltin’

So hot was the corner

Third baseman was Melton

 

X is for Fox

At least the last letter

Among second basemen

Nobody was better

 

Y is for Yolmer

He has sneaky power

The master of giving

A Gatorade shower

 

Z is for Zisk

And others I missed

Unable to fit

In my White Sox list