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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

The White Sox held a conference call with Dayan Viciedo and translator Jackson Miranda in which the Cuban right fielder said he reached out to Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Soler and doesn't feel any pressure to replace Carlos Quentin.

According to CSNChicago's David Kaplan, the White Sox likely were Kerry Wood's fallback option if he wasn't able to work out a deal with the Cubs. That tells us the White Sox do have some money to spend.

The White Sox are still listening to offers on Gavin Floyd, although their asking price is high. With Edwin Jackson still available via free agency, any team that wants Floyd should probably make a run at Jackson first.

Toronto was mentioned as a team that's had intermittent talks with the White Sox regarding Floyd. On Tuesday, the Blue Jays officially released Mark Teahen, paying him 5.5 million to not play for them in 2012.

Jerry Reinsdorf wants to see scouts be up for Hall of Fame induction. Hard to disagree with that idea.

Kenny Williams' son Kyle is playing in the NFC Championship this weekend for the 49ers. CSNChicago's Gail Fischer caught up with Kenny at the Bulls game, who joked he doesn't want to give away his travel plans in case somebody wants to break into his home and wear his world series ring and defrost some lobster again.

Jim has an extensive look back at the disappointing career of Scott Ruffcorn and points out that the last 21 first-round picks of the White Sox have amassed a grand total of 4.3 WAR (via Baseball-Reference). Yikes. No pressure, Chris.

James looks at the Gavin Floyd trade rumor and Dayan Viciedo's recruitment of Cespedes and Soler. In examining the difference between Floyd and some combination of Dylan Axelrod and Zach Stewart, James nails it with this line:

"And if you prefer to go by pitcher wins, that's going from 11 wins, to an article by Joe Posnanski explaining the problems with going by pitcher wins."

Around the division:

Victor Martinez tore his ACL and may miss the entire 2012 season. That brought about a few knee-jerk "is Detroit in trouble?" thoughts around the Internet, but the Tigers are still easily the best team in the division so long as they bring in someone to protect Miguel Cabrera. Tom Fornelli at South Side Aslyum agrees.

Tigers blog Bless You Boys looks at the impact of the injury and has some quotes from Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski on the Martinez situation.

Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star says now is the time for the Royals to lock up Alex Gordon long-term. Neutrally, yeah, they should do that, but the thought of Gordon (who legitimately deserved some MVP votes last season) terrorizing the AL Central for the better part of the next decade is a little scary.

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