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White Sox hope to start tests on new scoreboard Friday


White Sox hope to start tests on new scoreboard Friday

Though it’s a little late for the holidays, the White Sox may get to start playing with one of their new toys shortly.

The first of three new scoreboards at U.S. Cellular Field has been installed and the White Sox hope to start testing it soon. With the 2,500-square foot scoreboard in left field already in place and alterations to the board’s operation room nearly complete, testing could begin as early as Friday, vice president of sales and marketing Brooks Boyer said.

Back in October, the club announced an overhaul of the ballpark, which is headed into its 26th season. The highlight of the estimated $7.3 million project is a 7,000-8,000 square foot board in center field, construction of which is under way. The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority approved the plan last year.

“I’m thrilled about the new look,” Boyer said. “Now one of my concerns is how are we going to get the audio levels correct? We can test it all we want with nobody in the ballpark. What’s it going to be like when people are in the ballpark?

“It’s a big undertaking.”

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In essence, the construction is the first phase of a three-part project. As of now, construction of the boards remains on schedule, Boyer said.

Then comes the testing and programming phase, which is followed by the final step, figuring out what content to use to fill all of the extra space on the new scoreboards. After the project is completed, the White Sox will have gone from one of the smallest video boards in the majors to one of the largest.

The White Sox have added two full-time employees to the scoreboard staff to operate and provide content for the project. The team also has studied what every other Major League Baseball club does with its scoreboards as it prepares for the 2016 season.

“One of the big things we’re working on is the connectivity with fans,” Boyer said. “How can the fans get involved with these things? That’s been a fun project. And what additional information can we share — whether it’s fantasy sports or a deeper dive into statistics. So we’ve been working around that.

“We feel pretty good about it.”

Lucas Giolito has some fun with the not so dark side of his Twitter history


Lucas Giolito has some fun with the not so dark side of his Twitter history

White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito isn't having a great season, but at least it looks like his Twitter account could pass a background check.

A Twitter user dug through some of Giolito's tweets from his teenage years. He didn't find much in the way of hateful, mean or angry tweets. Instead, he found candy, touch tanks at the aquarium and animated movies.

The tweet got plenty of attention on the platform, leading Giolito to comment on it. Giolito took the joke with a good sense of humor and made a joke at his own expense.

This kind of makes you wonder what else would qualify as Giolito's "dark side." Maybe this will spawn a series of Lucas Giolito facts like the very tame version of Chuck Norris or The Most Interesting Man in the World.

Michael Kopech, Eloy Jimenez lead Charlotte Knights on NBC Sports Chicago

Michael Kopech, Eloy Jimenez lead Charlotte Knights on NBC Sports Chicago

Tonight, White Sox Triple-A affiliate Charlotte (44-52) will go head-to-head with the Pawtucket Red Sox (45-49) on NBC Sports Chicago at 6 p.m.

Top pitching prospect Michael Kopech (2-5, 4.88 ERA) faces William Cuevas (5-3, 3.21 ERA) at BB&T Ballpark. The flame-throwing Kopech is coming off an 11-strikeout performance in his last start when he completed six innings of work and allowed only four hits and one earned run.

Kopech has been inconsistent for the Knights this season, but leads the International League with a whopping 122 strikeouts. He had a forgettable month of June, when he went 1-4 with a 5.46 ERA, but he looks to be getting on the right track recently.

Charlotte’s batting lineup is highlighted by White Sox No. 1 prospect Eloy Jimenez, who has performed well since his promotion from Double-A Birmingham in mid-June. The powerful hitter has a .283/.348/.483 slash line with three home runs in 60 at-bats with the Knights.

Reliever Ian Hamilton (2.71 ERA), who is ranked by MLB Pipeline as the No. 18 White Sox prospect, has served as the team’s closer since his June promotion to Triple-A. The 23-year-old has converted four of five save opportunities with Charlotte, making him a player to monitor during tonight’s game. He has 10 strikeouts with only two walks in 9 2/3 innings.