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White Sox legend/CSN analyst Bill Melton to be next featured guest on Inside Look


White Sox legend/CSN analyst Bill Melton to be next featured guest on Inside Look

“Inside Look presented by Cadillac,” hosted by Comcast SportsNet’s Chuck Garfien, featuring Bill Melton to debut Sunday, April 13 at 3:30 PM CT

CSNChicago.com to provide additional web-exclusive coverage of ‘Inside Look,’ including extended video clips

Chicago, IL (April 14, 2016) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, continues to delve into the lives of some of the biggest names in Chicago sports with its candid, monthly, one-on-one interview series Inside Look presented by Cadillac

Debuting Sunday, April 17 at 3:30 PM CT (following “White Sox Postgame Live”), Comcast SportsNet’s Chuck Garfien hosts an exclusive one-on-one interview with Chicago White Sox legend/veteran CSN studio analyst BILL MELTON.  Regarded as one of the all-time White Sox greats, “Beltin’ Bill Melton, a ten-year MLB slugging standout (eight with the White Sox) and the American League home run champion in 1971 with 33 HRs (the first White Sox player to ever hold that distinction), discusses everything from the rarity of never playing organized baseball other than Little League and wound up being signed by the White Sox right out of high school, winning the AL home run title on the last day of the ’71 season, being embraced by White Sox fans and his unspoken rivalry with Cubs third baseman Ron Santo, returning to the White Sox as a team ambassador and eventual CSN analyst, and much more.  

In addition, viewers are urged to check out Comcast SportsNet’s website, CSNChicago.com, for additional interview content never before seen on TV.  Fans will also be able to watch every Inside Look guest interview online after it debuts on Comcast SportsNet.  Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Inside Look with Bill Melton on the following dates/times: Sun , Apr. 17 at 6:30 PM (on CSN+HD) - Mon, Apr. 18 at 4:00 PM (on CSN+HD) - Wed, Apr. 20 at 4:00 PM - Sat, Apr. 23 at 6:30 PM (on CSN+HD) - Tue, Apr. 26 at 12:30 PM - Sat, Apr. 30 at 6:00 PM - Sun, May 1 at 12:30 PM - Thu, May 5 at 1:00 PM - Sat, May 7 at 8:30 PM (on CSN+HD) & Sun, May 8 at 12 noon (on CSN+HD). (Schedule subject to change).

Note the following quotes from Inside Look with Bill Melton presented by Cadillac premiering Sunday, April 17 at 3:30 PM on Comcast SportsNet:

Melton on never playing organized baseball and getting signed by the White Sox out of high school

I was playing baseball on Saturdays by the Rose Bowl in California just on weekends, pick-up games.  I remember there were a lot of A & AA players out there and that’s where Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, and the Dodgers would practice on the fields, but we played there every weekend.  Then, an old scout with the White Sox by the name of Hollis Thurston saw me hit two home runs in one game and he said ‘did you ever consider playing professional baseball?’ I said I never gave it any thought at all. He said ‘I’ll tell you what…we’re going to go down to Florida in June.’ I said ‘you know what? I do need a job, it’s a nice summer job, so let me go down there and see what I can do.’ That’s how it all started.”

Melton on winning the AL home crown title on the last day of the 1971 season:

“I had 30 home runs. Norm Cash and Reggie Jackson had 32. They had a game left and I played in that game. They didn’t play in their game that day and I hit two that night off Brett Parsons and Jim Slaton with the Milwaukee Brewers. So now, there’s three of us that are tied. 32-32-32. Their season was over. We had a game the next day…and I’m leading off. I go to the clubhouse. I had been out (the night before). The boys had thrown a little party for me on Rush Street. So I get to the ballpark, I remember it was September 30th and it was 95 degrees. I went to Chuck Tanner the manager and said “you know Chuck, I don’t feel like stealing bases today…you know what I’m saying?...why are you leading me off?’ At that time, what did another home run mean? Was I going to get a million dollar raise? I don’t think so. But the second time up, I hit a fastball out of the ballpark. Chuck Tanner made me go out to third base, I got a nice ovation, and they took me off the field. At five o’clock that evening, I was on a plane back to L.A.”

Melton on being a southside hero and the crosstown rivalry with Cubs third baseman Ron Santo:

“I was popular because (the White Sox) never had a power hitter, and the competition was Ron Santo at third base with the Cubs and this young kid Bill Melton with the White Sox. Fans were ecstatic that a guy on the southside could lead the league in home runs or a guy on the southside could hit more home runs than Ron Santo. So, in the bars, it was ‘I bet you Melton hits another home run…I bet you Melton hits more home runs than Santo… I bet you Santo hits more RBIs.’ It was competition between me and Ron Santo, even though he had already been in the big leagues about seven or eight years. So that’s where my popularity kind of came in because when you hit 33 home runs back-to-back, all of a sudden people go ‘is this guy for real?’ because (old Comiskey Park) was a big ballpark.”

Melton on his approach analyzing White Sox baseball on Comcast SportsNet:

“I think I’m overall pretty honest with the people. You know…one thing about a Sox fan, you can’t trick ‘em. You know what I’m saying? You just can’t. If they’re sitting there watching on TV, and I try to tell them something like I know about it because I played the game you didn’t…no, it doesn’t work that way.”

Sox Drawer Q&A: Joe Girardi, Enoy Jimenez and Chris Sale's 'infected' belly button


Sox Drawer Q&A: Joe Girardi, Enoy Jimenez and Chris Sale's 'infected' belly button

We made it above 60 degrees in Chicago today: A cause for celebration and another edition of the Sox Drawer. Questions from White Sox fans range from Joe Girardi to Enoy Jimenez (yes, Enoy) to Chris Sale’s “infected” belly button. Here we go.

Q: Jon Heyman tweeted out earlier that Joe Girardi pulled out of the Reds managerial search because he wants to wait a year for the Chicago job. Do you think he’s talking about the Sox? — @piratedwight

CG: I don’t know if the report is true or not, but what I do know is that Girardi grew up a Cubs fan and he later played for the Cubs. Put those two together and I’d assume he would love to manage them in the future. Something to consider: The main reason Yankees general manager Brian Cashman gave for firing Girardi in 2017 was that he felt he had trouble communicating and connecting with the young players. For a young, rebuilding team like the White Sox, that might be a red flag. Granted, that’s the Yankees' side of the story. Personally, I don’t think he’s interested in managing the White Sox.

Q: Who do you want the Sox to draft with the 3rd pick? Do some research. — @Frankie_OConnor

CG: If you look at most mock drafts right now, you’ll see high school shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. going first, followed by Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman (Nick Madrigal’s teammate) and Baylor catcher Shea Langeliers. Rutschman’s stock went way up because of his play in the College World Series, where he was named the Most Outstanding Player. Langeliers won a Gold Glove in 2018, named the best defensive catcher in Division I. He nailed 70 percent of would-be base stealers. Umm, I’ll take that.

The White Sox took Zack Collins with the 10th overall pick in 2016. White Sox scouting director Nick Hostelter always says “take the best player available.” Would they draft another catcher with their top pick again? Possibly.

You know what, why don’t we hear from Hostetler himself? I asked him to describe the talent level at the top of next year’s draft.

“Overall the ‘19 draft has a little bit of everything up top,” Hostetler said. “There are some interesting high school bats and arms, as well as some college bats and a few college arms that are intriguing. I’m not sure there’s a clear top five at this point, but as we’ve seen in past years, the guys sitting at the top of all the lists and mock drafts today usually change come the first Monday in June.”

In other words, let’s talk again in June. The best part about this? The White Sox will be in position to grab a very talented player for their future.

Q: After the most recent international signing of Eloy Jimenez’s brother, Enoy, do you think he could get close to the level of Eloy? Eloy wasn’t a known prospect until a few years ago, keep in mind. — @Dehhmac_

CG: In case you missed it, the White Sox signed Eloy’s 17-year-old brother to a baseball contract Sunday. Eloy posted a photo of him and his smiling brother wearing a White Sox hat and jersey.

By the way, if you do a Google search for “Enoy Jimenez,” Google will ask: “Did you mean Eloy Jimenez?” Even Google can’t believe it.

We don’t know too much about little Enoy. I say little because he’s tiny compared to his big brother. See the video we found on YouTube which was posted a couple of weeks ago. Enoy is wearing a White Sox retro tank top and a Charlotte Knights hat. If anything, he’ll fit right in at SoxFest. Seriously, he has some great baseball DNA, so he’s got that going for him. He’s an infielder. That’s about all we know. As MLB Trade Rumors put it, “scouting information on the younger Jimenez brother is virtually non-existent.”

Q: We know that Rick Hahn plays things close to the vest. In your opinion, do the White Sox view Matt Davidson as a viable two-way option? Personally, I'd like to see how he does in close games. — @emm528

CG: I know Davidson is quite serious about it. I’m not sure about the White Sox side of things. When I asked Don Cooper during the season about the possibility of Davidson having a more permanent role in the bullpen, he seemed skeptical about the idea. That said, if Davidson comes to spring training and impresses the coaching staff, they might be open to it. Davidson told me in September that he needs to train his body during the offseason so he could handle the workload as a pitcher. He just basically winged it in emergency duty last season. At one point after one of his appearances, he needed around two weeks for his body to get back to normal. It’ll be interesting to see if he can pull it off.

Q: You got to be by the dugout for most home games this year. What’s something that goes on in the dugout during a game that fans at home wouldn’t know? — @PeteCha56613119

CG: Davidson likes to throw gum at me.

Q: Chris Sale. Discuss. — @sccerlaw​​​​​​​

CG: If you’re asking about Sale getting an infection from a belly-button ring, he was joking. Sale likes to have fun with the media. Remember in 2014, when he tried to work in a specific word during his postgame media scrums? He said things like juxtapose, acquiesce, capitulated, ruminate, amalgamation. Waiting to hear what his next Harvard vocabulary word was one of the highlights of a rough fourth-place season. Sale did miss his start in Game 5 of the ALCS because of an unspecified stomach illness. Keep in mind, he’s probably taking medication for an inflamed shoulder. But he says he’s 100-percent ready now for Game 1 of the World Series.

Q: If the White Sox win the World Series next year will you get a belly button ring? — @vlamas05​​​​​​​

CG: Sure.

Q: Why don't the White Sox have a museum in the park? About 1/3 of the league does and most of those teams have half the history the Sox do. — @Gnome89​​​​​​​

CG: Good question. For this one, I went right to the source and asked Brooks Boyer, White Sox senior vice president of sales and marketing.

“We used to have a small museum that fans could walk through which was attached to our team store," Boyer said. "Years ago, we converted that space as demand for a wider selection of retail products grew. We do have a museum-like historical display in the Magellan Scout Seats and have put many of the significant moments in our history on the columns leading to the sections on the 100 level. This past season we had a Negro League Museum traveling display in the Chicago Sports Depot.

"We continue to look for ways to display our history, and the Depot may very well be the best place, but, at this point, there are no plans for a permanent museum location.”

Q: Who do you see the White Sox going after in free agency this year? — @Grank2410​​​​​​​

CG: I wrote about my top five free agents last week. I don’t know for sure who the White Sox will sign, but I’d like to see them add a veteran hitter or two who have playoff experience, who know what it takes to win and can impart that on the young hitters.

Q: When will the Sox change their uniforms? — @ckottlarock​​​​​​​

CG: Personally, I’d wear the 1983 throwbacks for every game, home and away. But that’s just me.

Q: Can we please not get Machado? Can we get Nolan Arenado instead? — @drobaseball555​​​​​​​

CG: Rick Hahn, if you’re reading this, @drobaseball555 wants Arenado. Got it?

Thanks everyone for all of your questions. We’ll do it again next week.

White Sox sign Enoy Jimenez, the 17-year-old brother of Eloy Jimenez

White Sox sign Enoy Jimenez, the 17-year-old brother of Eloy Jimenez

One Jimenez just isn't enough for the White Sox.

The White Sox signed the younger brother of top prospect Eloy Jimenez this weekend. Enoy Jimenez is a 17-year-old infielder, and the 21-year-old outfielder ranked as the No. 3 prospect in baseball was on hand for his brother's big moment.

Eloy figures to hit the big leagues early next season, though it will likely be a while longer before his teenage brother could do the same. Still, they're likely hoping for the chance to play together one day.

According to this pretty exhaustive list from MLB.com, four sets of brothers have played together on the White Sox: Homer and Ted Blankenship in the 1920s, Dick and Hank Allen in the 1970s, Roberto and Sandy Alomar in 2003 and 2004 and John and Jordan Danks in 2012.

Should we be getting ready for the fifth pair?

Update: Our Chuck Garfien found this video of Enoy taking some cuts with his big brother — all decked out in White Sox gear, too.