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White Sox notes: Robin Ventura to miss Tampa Bay series

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White Sox notes: Robin Ventura to miss Tampa Bay series

The White Sox will follow the Blackhawks to the Tampa Bay area this weekend, but they’ll do so without manager Robin Ventura.

Ventura is off for this weekend’s series against the Rays to attend the graduation of his daughter, Madison, from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The fourth-year White Sox skipper also missed a game last year to attend the graduation of his daughter, Rachel, from Oklahoma State, his alma mater.

Bench coach Mark Parent will manage this weekend’s series at Tropicana Field. Ventura will return to the dugout when the White Sox open a two-game series against the Pirates at PNC Park Monday.

Robertson back on track

David Robertson’s rough few days north of the border look like a small blip on his season’s radar.

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After blowing saves on Josh Donaldson home runs in back-to-back games in Toronto last month, Robertson has returned with five consecutive scoreless outings, including consecutive saves against Houston Tuesday and Wednesday.


While Robertson went a week between appearances (May 29 to June 5) in that stretch, he’s only allowed three hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in it. His season ERA is down to 2.02 and only five relievers (Dellin Betances, Drew Storen, A.J. Ramos, Zach Britton and Andrew Miller) have been worth more WAR than him this year.

“He’s tough,” catcher Tyler Flowers said. “I’ve faced him a few times and it’s not fun. It’s a heavy ball, it’s got that cut on it and it will disappear on you. He has a tremendous curveball. When he’s throwing his curveball for strikes, it’s a tough at-bat for anybody. He’s definitely been a nice weapon to have down there at the end of games.”

Ventura impressed by Correa’s debut

Twenty-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa, considered baseball’s top prospect after the Cubs called up Kris Bryant earlier this year, made his major league debut at U.S. Cellular Field this week and made a strong impression on Ventura even as the Astros were swept by the White Sox.

Correa went 4-for-12 with his first home run — a towering two-run blast off Zach Duke Tuesday — and stole a base. But what Ventura was most impressed by from watching Correa was his poise despite his young age.

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“Good luck to everybody (else),” Ventura said. “He’s very impressive. Even watching him on the field, you see a kid — usually you will see some jitters or something. He’s not rushed. Anybody that things he’s rushed, he’s not rushed to be up here. He’s a Major League player and he’s going to give people fits for a long time.”

Mixed bag for Semien

Statistically speaking, former White Sox infielder Marcus Semien is off to a better start in Oakland (0.9 WAR) than Alexei Ramirez (-0.6 WAR). But Semien committed his 20th error Wednesday night, and the 24-year-old could be on his way to a dubious achievement this season. 

Advanced defensive metrics are a little kinder to Semien, with defensive runs saved pegging him as being worth minus-five runs and ultimate zone rating minus-six. Offensively, though, Semien’s having a solid year: A .276/.327/.421 slash line with six home runs and seven stolen bases. 

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