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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

We're giving away a 1972 Bill Melton White Sox throwback jersey autographed by Beltin' Bill himself. To win it, all you need to do is follow @WhiteSoxTalkCSN and send us a tweet with a memory, experience, favorite player, favorite moment, photograph -- anything -- from the White Sox 2005 run to the World Series.

The White Sox will wear those '72 throwback uniforms for every Sunday home game. They look pretty sweet, to say the least.

The 1972 season saw Dick Allen win the AL MVP and Wilbur Wood throw and ungodly amount of innings, among other happenings on the South Side.

Area native Scott Olsen signed a minor-league deal with the White Sox. He'll probably slot in to Charlotte's starting rotation.

The Cubs appear to be the frontrunners to sign Yoenis Cespedes, with the White Sox behind Miami and Baltimore to sign the newly-minted free agent.

Addison Reed was ranked as the No. 100 prospect in baseball by MLB.com. He was the only Sox player to make the list.

Finally, AJ Pierzynski joined Chicago Tribune Live and noted that he won't talk about Ozzie Guillen once spring training rolls around. Hopefully his teammates will join him in that regard.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Distant Replay, The INSANE Andy Hawkins no-hitter

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Distant Replay, The INSANE Andy Hawkins no-hitter

Distant replay is back and boy do we have a game for you. What if we told you there was a game where a pitcher threw a no hitter, but lost the game 4-0. This happened to then Yankees pitcher Andy Hawkins vs the White Sox on the final season at the old Comiskey Park. Host Chuck Garfien is joined by Ryan McGuffey, Vinnie Duber, and Chris Kamka to discuss and relive one of the most insane games you will ever see.

(2:43) - Andy Hawkins had the worst luck ever

(9:22) - That 1990 Sox team is similar to the current White Sox

(18:34) - Greg Hibbard and Andy Hawkins both had no hitters going

(28:29) - The error that broke the tie

(32:58) - The error that added insult to injury

(35:04) - How the game ends

(37:14) - Live interview with Andy Hawkins**

(48:05) - The 1990 White Sox won 94 games that season and didn’t make the playoffs

Listen here or in the embedded player below.

White Sox Talk Podcast

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Believe in 'Magic': For White Sox, a matter of when, not if, Nick Madrigal starts raking in the majors

Believe in 'Magic': For White Sox, a matter of when, not if, Nick Madrigal starts raking in the majors

When will Nick Madrigal reach the majors?

That, now that Luis Robert's path to an Opening Day roster spot has been cleared by a big-money contract extension, is the most pressing of the prospect-related queries facing the 2020 White Sox, a team that, it should be noted, will be turning its focus away from the minors and toward playing big league baseball in October for the first time in more than a decade.

Not unlike Robert, Madrigal shredded minor league pitching in 2019, playing at three levels and showing just how successful his elite bat-to-ball skills can make him as an offensive producer. He stepped to the plate 532 times and struck out only 16 times.

There's a reason even Rick Renteria is already calling the 22-year-old "Magic."

The general feeling seems to be that Madrigal will start the season at Triple-A Charlotte, though with the waiting game apparently over on the South Side and the intent to win as many games as possible, perhaps a strong showing at spring training will see Madrigal starting at second base in the March 26 opener.

That's a question better answered after the White Sox have been in Glendale for a few weeks.

But Madrigal's goal is clear.

"I definitely want to be in Chicago as soon as I can," Madrigal said earlier this week at the team's hitters' camp out in the desert. "I know they have a plan for me one way or another, but I think that’s the ultimate goal: being in Chicago and winning with that team.

"I know this offseason there’s been a lot of moves, and I’m excited to be a part of that, hopefully, in the near future. The ultimate goal is winning. There’s nothing else at this point."

Madrigal might not have blown the doors off the minors like Robert, who finished with a 30-30 season, but he wasn't fazed by climbing through the system. Madrigal put up good-not-great numbers in nearly 50 games at Class A Winston-Salem but exploded for a .341 batting average and a .400 on-base percentage in 42 games at Double-A Birmingham before batting .331 and reaching base at a .398 clip in 29 games at Charlotte.

That he didn't even reach 30 games in a Knights uniform could signal that the White Sox might prefer a little more seasoning, but he didn't see any problems facing the pitching at Triple-A.

“Honestly, it wasn’t too different at all. There was nothing I hadn’t seen before," he said. "There were some older guys in the league, more consistent arms. I thought it wasn’t anything too different.”

Madrigal's earning high praise all over the place, rated among the best prospects in the game. He's earned rave reviews for his ability on both sides of the ball, picked by team executives (in an MLB Pipeline poll) as having one of the best hit tools and gloves of any player in the minor leagues.

There still might be some skepticism, or perhaps mere curiosity, as to how Madrigal's skill set will translate to the major leagues. Players like him, who focus on making contact and putting the ball in play, are becoming rarer in today's game, which sees a focus on power and launch angle and an acceptance of strikeouts. His manager, one of "Magic's" biggest fans, isn't too concerned about Madrigal finding success once he finally makes the jump to the bigs.

"Watching him swing the bat yesterday, I'm amazed at his bat-to-ball skills. It's incredible," Renteria said Wednesday from Arizona. "He's actually filling out a little bit more. All these guys, we've seen them for the last four years, they're growing up. And even though Magic just joined us last year, you can see a difference in him, physically speaking.

"I think his skill set, in terms of his bat-to-ball skills, as he continues to develop, you may see a ball leave the ballpark here and there. But the fact he can put the bat on the ball and manage the barrel as well as he does, he'll be able to find holes. Continuing to improve upon and cleaning his swing path, staying through the ball a little bit more and still being able to use all parts of the field, his skill set will play. He'll find a way to get on base at a high rate through probably contact and eye recognition, pitch recognition."

Rick Hahn has said that he expects Madrigal to be the White Sox second baseman for the bulk of the 2020 campaign, so even if he doesn't make the 26-man roster out of spring training, keep your eyes peeled for a Madrigal sighting not too deep into the baseball calendar.

This is a matter of when, not if. So the walk-up music folks at Guaranteed Rate Field better start getting ready. Will it be "Magic Man" by Heart? Or "Strange Magic" by Electric Light Orchestra? "Do You Believe in Magic" by The Lovin' Spoonful is, of course, also acceptable.

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