The White Sox officially kicked off spring training with their first practice under manager Robin Ventura. And as Chuck Garfien reports from Arizona, everything is different.
The early returns on Ventura are positive, Jake Peavy is finally healthy and Chris Sale showed up to camp bulked up -- well, kind of.
Kenny Williams is accepting of whatever his future holds, whether that's accomplishing his goal of winning multiple titles or being shown the door. The quote at the end of Garfien's piece from Williams about what he would do if he was let go is pretty great.
Ventura likes to use the word "obviously," which puts him in the category of "every other manager or coach" in sports.
Could Brent Morel be primed for a breakout season? At the least, there's reason to believe that his September stats could carry over to 2012.
David Kaplan and Chicago Tribune Live debated our All-Chicago Team for 2000-2011, taking specific umbrage with our selection of Geovany Soto over A.J. Pierzysnki. I responded to Kap here, explaining our decision to go with Soto.
One area the in which the White Sox shouldn't be criticized is the way they've handled their closers since the Billy Koch trade. There's been plenty of turnover, yes, but that's a good thing for a few reasons.
Potpourri: Larry at South Side Sox wrote about the Ryan Braun loophole, Jim teased the cover of White Sox Outsider 2012, Austin Jackson's trying to cut down on his strikeouts and a "mistake" forced Bobby Jenks to have life-saving surgery in late December.