Though Tyler Saladino and Alexei Ramirez only spent almost half of a season together with the White Sox, Ramirez made a strong impression on the rookie.
When he was called up in July, Saladino transitioned over to third base after spending almost all of his time in the minors as a shortstop. Going from the minors to the starting lineup in the majors is hard enough. But to learn a new defensive position on the fly at the highest level made it even more difficult.
Luckily for Saladino, Ramirez proved to be a calming influence on the diamond and the 26-year old wants to apply some elements of Ramirez's game to his own as he takes over the starting role.
[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]
"He knows the speed of the game is different," Saladino said of Ramirez. "It's not necessarily fast all of the time. There are certain guys that aren't running as well and things like that. It was calming being out there with him."
Saladino believes heading back to his natural position at shortstop will let him run around a little more" but the key to the White Sox having a great infield defense may be the relationship Saladino builds with the new guys, third baseman Todd Frazier and second baseman Brett Lawrie.
"There are a few new faces and that's always important to me, to have that kind of relationship so we're working together well and taking care of the ball on that side of it," Saladino said.
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.
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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.