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White Sox: 'No excuse' for Adam Eaton's lack of hustle on hit

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White Sox: 'No excuse' for Adam Eaton's lack of hustle on hit

MINNEAPOLIS -- Instant replay gave Adam Eaton and extra 2 minutes, 8 seconds to reflect upon a base-running mistake on Wednesday afternoon.

Instead of running hard out of the batter’s box, Eaton stopped twice en route to first base in the fifth inning as the White Sox lost to the Minnesota Twins 6-1 at Target Field.

Believing Twins shortstop Eduardo Nunez snagged his two-out line drive, Eaton nearly beat the throw to first despite two pauses as it pulled first baseman Kennys Vargas off the bases. Replay officials ultimately determined Eaton was out as first-base umpire Jim Wolf originally called.

An inning later, White Sox manager Robin Ventura could be seen talking to Eaton in the White Sox dugout.

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Afterward, Ventura felt the matter had already been settled.

“We just know we want to play with effort and continue and play the whole thing out,” Ventura said. “He knows he made a mistake.

“That’s right up his alley. He knows he made a mistake.”

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Eaton has developed a reputation as a guy who always plays as if his hair is on fire since he joined the White Sox. Hustle and effort have never been in question when it comes to Eaton, who signed a five-year, $23.5-million extension in March. Though he thought Nunez caught the ball, Eaton knows effort is one of the reasons he’s in the majors.

“To lighten the mood I had a Sean Casey moment to be honest with you -- thought he caught it twice,” Eaton said. “Thought the shortstop caught it and thought Vargas caught it at first.


“That said I need to run every ball out. Unfortunate chain of events. I’ve done a good job running things out and playing hard. I have to run every ball out and there is no excuse. No play is over until the guys are walking off the field. That should be the kind of player I am. A guy who doesn’t finish and runs through bag on ball that’s hit back to pitcher on a line. That’s my fault.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Rebuild advice from 3 Houston Astros All-Stars

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Rebuild advice from 3 Houston Astros All-Stars

With the White Sox in the middle of a rebuild, Chuck Garfien spoke with 3 Houston Astros All-Stars who explained how they went from a rebuilding team to World Series champions. Jose Altuve, George Springer and Alex Bregman talk about how they dealt with losing, how they learned how to win, the importance of adding veterans to the young core, and how they kept hope alive during the rebuild.  Then later, Chuck spoke with Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain trying to understand how he dominated the White Sox for so many years.

Jose Abreu didn't come to White Sox looking for leadership role, but he's the face of the franchise on the All-Star stage

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Jose Abreu didn't come to White Sox looking for leadership role, but he's the face of the franchise on the All-Star stage

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jose Abreu didn’t come to the White Sox to be a leader. But that’s what he is as he took his spot among the best in baseball at Tuesday night’s All-Star Game.

Abreu is the face of the South Side baseball club and he’s had a stellar-enough first four and a half seasons in Major League Baseball to earn the distinction of a starter in the Midsummer Classic. But Abreu, unsurprisingly, doesn’t look at himself as one of the best in the game. He looks as himself as a hard-worker.

“I don’t believe that I’m the best,” Abreu said through a team translator on Monday. “I’m just a person who likes to work hard every day and try to do my best.”

That humility is nothing new to folks who follow the White Sox on a regular basis. And neither is talk of Abreu’s work ethic, the admiration of everyone involved with the team and a constant talking point from Rick Hahn, Rick Renteria and all Abreu’s teammates.

Abreu has become as important for his off-the-field roles as he has for his on-the-field production for this rebuilding White Sox team. He’s been described as a role model for all the young players in the organization, whether they’re on the big league roster right now or coming up through the system.

“None of them have told me that yet,” Abreu joked. “But I know that. It’s definitely a compliment, and I take it as something that makes you feel good, something that makes you keep moving forward and to keep trying to help the guys to improve and get better as a team. You feel like that is a big honor, that people think that way of you.”

As good as he feels to be held in such esteem, Abreu didn’t set out to be one of this team’s leaders when he came to the United States. And to be honest, he might not be in his current position if it weren’t for the team’s rebuilding effort. Abreu is one of the few veterans on this team.

“That was something that happened. I didn’t look for it,” Abreu said. “I was always trying to help people and trying to give advice to help people to improve. But I never tried to be a leader. If people say that because of what I do, that’s good, but that’s not something that I’m trying to force or something that I say, ‘I want to be a leader.’ No, that’s not who I am. I am just the kind of person who likes to help people, who likes to give advice.”

Abreu is seemingly the definition of what the White Sox want their next winning roster to be full of. And whether it’s the special relationship he has with fellow Cuban Yoan Moncada or the role-model status he holds in the eyes of his other teammates, both current and future, he’s helping the White Sox develop those kinds of players.

Oh, and he’s generally — though this season has seen an extended slump and atypical numbers — one of the most consistently productive hitters in the game.

Who wouldn’t want all that as the face of the franchise?

“It’s all a blessing. I can’t ask for anything else,” Abreu said. “I’m a true believer that if you work hard, good things are going to happen. That’s why I work hard every day, I try to do my best, I try to improve every day and just to be a better person. Not just a better player, but a better person.”