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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

The White Sox signed Dan Johnson to a minor-league deal and invited him to spring training. The former Rays pinch-hit hero will likely spend most of 2012 with Charlotte, only warranting a call-up if Paul Konerko gets hurt or Adam Dunn is really bad.

Chuck Garfien spoke to Cliff Politte and Neal Cotts about life after baseball, and as it turns out, the pair of relievers both had hip surgeries after their careers ended. Politte's stuff about the end of his career is tough, because things went downhill so quickly for him -- from a 2.00 ERA in 2005 to an 8.70 mark in 2006 before he was eventually released.

Gordon Beckham also told Garfien he feels like he's finally fixed his issues from the past two years, specifically detailing some tweaks to his swing that he believes will help him in 2012.

If Robin Ventura is serious about having no problems benching a struggling player, it'll be a significant departure from the last few years of the Ozzie Guillen era, in which struggling hitters were given a leash so long that it'd only be yanked when they were on the precipice of qualifying for the worst offensive season in major-league history. Jim offered up his take on the subject of negative WAR and the White Sox as well.

I agree with James' assessment of a take on Paul Konerko's comments, while Sir White Sox Observer also looked at a few projections for the White Sox.

White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

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White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

It might be a long shot for the White Sox to sign free agent Manny Machado, but here on the White Sox Talk Podcast, we like dark horses. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss what it would take to bring Machado to the South Side. Plus, is he "the" guy the White Sox are targeting this offseason? Will the Rockies listen to trade offers for Nolan Arenado a year before he reaches free agency? Plus, Chuck talks about a cost-controlled, All-Star on a rebuilding team that could be an answer at third base.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.

The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:

— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.

— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.

— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).

— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.

— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)

— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).

Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.