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White Sox stay with Alexei Ramirez despite struggles

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White Sox stay with Alexei Ramirez despite struggles

MINNEAPOLIS -- Robin Ventura doesn’t believe Alexei Ramirez’s latest mistake is a result of the White Sox veteran being tired.

If that were the case, Ventura said he’d give Ramirez a day off. But the White Sox manager believes Ramirez’s throwing error in Monday’s loss was a mental mistake and thinks the shortstop is motivated to bounce back after his latest poor play -- even if it draws the ire of the team’s fans on social media.

“There are times when you do give him that day, and I don’t think this is that time,” Ventura said. “He wants to get back in there as quick as he can and play. We always know there are times he’ll go through if you look at it that he might have a game like that and then he comes back and plays well. He’s not happy about it. I know that, in talking to him, but he wants to get back in there and play. I don’t think he’s fatigued at all.”

[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]

Ramirez’s overall play has fallen off in 2015.

Whereas he was a Gold Glove finalist and a Silver Slugger Award winner in 2014, he’s seen his numbers on both ends decrease. Ramirez is 25th of 27 qualified shortstops with minus-7 Defensive Runs Saved, according to Fangraphs.com. And he’s hitting .227/.249/.298 with two homers and 26 RBIs in 269 plate appearances.

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But Ramirez is certainly not alone in his struggles and Ventura won’t assign the blame to him alone when so many other players are struggling.

“I’m not going to sit here and put it on him,” Ventura said. “He wants to play better. We want him to play better. But there’s a lot of other guys that need to do the same thing. We’re not going to put it on any one guy. There’s plenty to go around.

“This one he’s going to play through.”

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