White Sox

White Sox, Orioles have mixed emotions about making MLB history

camdenyardsisnotquitefull.png

White Sox, Orioles have mixed emotions about making MLB history

BALTIMORE — Opinions are divided on whether or not the White Sox and Baltimore Orioles should have played Wednesday afternoon following several days of civil unrest that led to the cancellation of the previous two games.

But with a need to make up any missed contests and a more peaceful night Tuesday, the White Sox said they are glad to play at least one game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards — even if it made history. The two teams are playing in the first ever game in Major League Baseball history that is closed to the public in an attempt to ensure law enforcement resources aren’t tied up in an effort to protect the event.

[MORE: Orioles rout White Sox in historic game]

“I’m not happy that I’m the first to do it and I wish it never would have happened but it is what it is,” White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton said. “I’m excited to do this and what’s going on outside, it’s hard to speak upon. But you’ve got to play the games and get them in and this is the best way they feel is necessary to do it.”

Whereas Monday’s pregame coincided with the beginning of riots that resulted in 200-plus arrests, 159 fires and 20 police officers injured, Tuesday was much calmer as a weeklong citywide curfew was imposed at 10 p.m. Though it’s been surreal and “scary,” the reduced tension left players and coaches feeling as if they could play Wednesday.

“We don’t feel the same way we did on Monday,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “Yesterday there was a little concern of being able to be in here and keep it safe. They didn’t necessarily want to move security or National Guard down here just to protect us while playing a game. Yeah, it’s different today.”

[NBC SPORTS SHOP: Get the latest White Sox gear here]

Orioles outfielder Adam Jones said he understands why no fans attended the contest but also believes it would have been a unifying event for the city at a time it needs it most.

“It's not an easy time for anybody right now,” Jones said. “It doesn't matter what race you are.

"We need this game to be played, but we need the city to be healed first.

“To have fans, it would be awesome because it can give them three hours of distractions, and that’s what sports brings, it’s a small distraction from the real world. I think the people of Baltimore need that, but at the same time the safety of those people are very important to those people, the Orioles, Major League Baseball and to the city of Baltimore. Therefore it’s understandable why they’re not allowing any fans. It’s going to be weird, but it’s understandable.”

After short stint in the majors, White Sox send Zack Collins to Triple-A

After short stint in the majors, White Sox send Zack Collins to Triple-A

When general manager Rick Hahn has talked about bringing up key prospects, he says he wants those players to be able to come up to the majors and stay there. That won't be the case with Zack Collins.

The White Sox sent the catcher down to Triple-A Charlotte following Monday's 5-2 loss to the Royals. No corresponding move will be made until Tuesday, but it is expected Welington Castillo will return from his rehab stint and rejoin the White Sox.

Collins was called up on June 18, but only played in nine games with seven starts in his 28 days on the big league roster. Collins drew a pinch-hit walk in his first plate appearance at the Cubs on June 19. He then homered two days later in his first start in Texas.

After that, Collins struggled. He goes back to Charlotte after hitting .077 (2-for-26) with five walks, the one home run and 14 strikeouts in 31 plate appearances.

It's unclear if Collins had a chance to stick on the roster or if the plan was for him to go back to Triple-A once Castillo was ready to return. Collins certainly didn't do himself any favors at the plate, but he also didn't see regular playing time.

Collins, a first-round pick in 2016, was seen working out at first base in fielding practice before games, but he stuck to catcher and DH. He could have played some first base or DH when Castillo returned. However, the White Sox claimed A.J. Reed off waivers and he debuted after the all-star break. Reed has taken the at-bats at DH, leaving Collins without regular at-bats.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the White Sox easily on your device.

White Sox prospect Luis Robert on fire fresh off promotion to Triple-A

White Sox prospect Luis Robert on fire fresh off promotion to Triple-A

Luis Robert has been promoted twice in 2019, but nothing has slowed down his red-hot season.

The 21-year-old Cuban has only played in five games for Triple-A Charlotte, but has skipped past the adjustment period and has been productive in all five.

After collecting two hits, a walk and two stolen bases on Monday, Robert is hitting .429/.500/.810 for the Knights. He has reached base at least twice in every game with Charlotte.

Robert has shown some versatility in his game as well. He hit four extra base hits in his first three games, including two home runs in his first game for Charlotte. In the last two he has added three stolen bases. One of the stolen bases on Monday didn’t require a slide.


With Eloy Jimenez coming into his own for the White Sox and Dylan Cease one start into his major league career, Luis Robert is the clear gem of the White Sox system currently. The outfielder is ranked as the No. 5 prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline.

Charlotte’s BB&T Ballpark is known as a hitters’ park and Triple-A plays with the same baseballs that have been under fire lately for being juiced for hitters in the majors. It makes sense that Robert would put up big numbers, but it’s still an impressive start that has White Sox fans antsy for his call-up.

It’s just five games and the White Sox haven’t been in any rush with their top prospects, but Robert is showing that he isn’t that far away from being ready for MLB pitching.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the White Sox easily on your device.