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White Sox hope Melky Cabrera can build off Tuesday's baby step

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White Sox hope Melky Cabrera can build off Tuesday's baby step

During the White Sox 4-2 win over Houston on Tuesday night, Melky Cabrera walked.

Normally, that wouldn’t be noteworthy. But it was the first walk Cabrera drew in 103 plate appearances, a run dating back to mid-May.

Sandwiched between those games in which he took a walk — May 15 and June 9 — was a stretch in which the outfielder hit .202 with a .424 OPS and only two extra-base hits. Coincidence or not, in Cabrera’s at-bat following his walk he ripped a two-run double off Astros reliever Chad Qualls that ultimately turned out to be necessary to keep the White Sox ahead.

“(He was) probably not swinging that well,” manager Robin Ventura said. “And when you’re not swinging well, you tend to expand the zone somewhat and you’re not able to make contact.”

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Cabrera didn’t earn his three-year, $42 million contract from the White Sox by drawing a ton of walks — he has only a 7.1 percent walk rate over his 10-year career. He’s had good seasons in which he didn’t walk much like in 2011, when he had an .809 OPS with Kansas City despite a career-low five percent walk rate.

But with Cabrera not making as much hard contact this year as he has in the past, his lack of free passes has become a little more glaring. He’s hit sixth in four of his last five games, including Wednesday night’s series finale against Houston, and has a paltry .233/.272/.269 slash line on the season.

Ventura hopes Cabrera’s walk on Tuesday is a sign he’s getting more comfortable at the plate and will snap out of his season-long slump soon.

“He’s swung it better the past couple days,” Ventura said, “and being able to hit it hard or take a walk is definitely a step in the right direction.”

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