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White Sox Carlos Rodon doesn't want Cubs' Kris Bryant hype

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White Sox Carlos Rodon doesn't want Cubs' Kris Bryant hype

He’s the second top-rated prospect to be promoted to Chicago in four days but Carlos Rodon is glad the hype surrounding him isn’t as great as Kris Bryant’s.

The two share the same agent, Scott Boras, and played together for USA Baseball in 2012.

Rodon -- who is expected to start in the bullpen after the White Sox called him up from Triple-A Charlotte on Monday -- even admitted he really likes the Bryant Red Bull commercial featuring Mike Ditka and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan. But the left-hander, the third overall pick of the 2014 draft, doesn’t mind if his debut doesn’t create the same stir as when Bryant made his first appearance for the Cubs on Friday at Wrigley Field.

“Nah, I want to go under the radar,” Rodon said.

There’s no question why Bryant, drafted in 2013, would receive more hype, having conquered the minor leagues with 43 home runs over a full season in 2014. Though the White Sox are confident Rodon can succeed in the majors, general manager Rick Hahn sees this promotion as the next step in the left-hander’s development.

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The move to the major league bullpen not only allows Rodon to ease into a big league career, it also allows the White Sox to manage his workload and keep his innings down. The White Sox took a similar approach with Mark Buehrle in 2000 and again with Chris Sale in 2010 and 2011.

“We're going to let him evolve,” Hahn said. “There's no real restrictions on him in terms of his usage out of the ‘pen at this time. It is a transition, so you're not going to see back-to-backs initially, you're not going to see an inordinate workload in a given week initially. We're going to ease him into this. Again, his development's not done. This is the next step and the most visible step and ideally, the finishing step in his development.”

Rodon is stepping into unfamiliar yet “doable” territory, he said. White Sox manager Robin Ventura suggested Rodon could be used for a lengthier appearance after he made two starts at Charlotte or he could face one left-handed hitter. But Ventura wants to ease Rodon into his new role.

“He’s a nice addition,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “There’s a couple of different ways you can use him. …

“Right now, probably looking at the middle of the game if a spot comes up that looks conducive for him to come in.”

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Rodon knows he could survive in a major league bullpen with just his slider and fastball. But he doesn’t have any plans to slow down his use of the changeup, a pitch both he and the White Sox have discussed he needs to further develop in order to be successful.

Rodon threw the changeup 20 times in his final spring training start and is confident he can get outs with the pitch.

“Oh, it's still there,” Rodon said. “It's a good pitch.”

Rodon believes he belongs in the majors, “You have to be that way, have to be confident,” he said.

Perhaps that’s why he believes he can handle pitching out of the bullpen even though he’s pitched almost exclusively as a starter. Rodon appeared out the bullpen three times in 11 minor league games.

“Yeah, it's a little different,” Rodon said. “You come out, you throw your best fastballs and you don't really try to pace yourself.

“I kinda have an idea what it's like. I had one outing out of the bullpen, I forgot who was it against. It was at home. It was a different routine, but it's doable.”

Just don’t look for him to be featured in any Red Bull spots like his crosstown counterpart Bryant -- not yet, anyway.

“But that’s a cool commercial,” he said.

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