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Wrapping up day 2 of SoxFest

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Wrapping up day 2 of SoxFest

From SoxFest on Saturday:

Adam Dunn is ready to move on from his disastrous 2011 season, reports Chuck Garfien. It's not something he wants to talk about anymore, and he actually wasn't asked about it as much in his seminar appearance Saturday -- most fans concentrated on telling Dunn how much they supported him in addition to asking questions about his offseason regimen.

Gordon Beckham is part of the crew that includes Dunn -- and Alex Rios -- that need to have bounce-back years for the White Sox to contend, by most accounts. But Beckham says he's not going to entertain those thoughts, thus avoiding putting any added pressure on himself.

One guy who hardly needs a bounce-back year is Brent Lillibridge, who hopes to parlay his growth in 2011 into a successful 2012 and, eventually, a starting role.

It's new to Jeff Manto to be in a market in which position coaches are sought out by the fans and media. The new White Sox hitting coach spoke to CSN about that "unusual" aspect to the job, as well as the approach he's going to take to Dunn, Rios, and the rest of the team.

In a way, Kenny Williams actually welcomed the smattering of boos that greeted him during Friday's opening ceremonies, as he notes the last two times he was jeered at SoxFest -- 2004 and 2007 -- the Sox made the playoffs the next season.

Robin Ventura participated in spring training as a player for 17 seasons, but come thing spring, he'll have to coordinate his first one as a manager. Lucky for him, he has a few coaching veterans on his staff who will be instrumental in having everything run smoothly.

Ventura mentioned during a seminar that he's not going to be afraid to sit a player down, no matter who they are or what they're making. He also mentioned that he won't treat everyone the same -- like Paul Konerko vs., say, Gregory Infante -- but he will try to treat everyone fairly.

Brent Morel told CSN he was too concerned with making contact during most of 2011, but in September, he concentrating on being more selective and driving the ball. That tweak in his approach produced eight home runs and 15 walks, for what it's worth.

Rick Hahn on the perception the White Sox don't like on-base percentage: "Yeah, it's like we don't like puppy dogs, chocolate and Christmas. Everybody likes those things." Hahn also joined Buddy Bell, Doug Laumann and Nick Capra in discussing the state of the White Sox farm system, which Larry has some thoughts on after looking at Baseball America's prospect handbook.

Don Cooper doesn't like to read too much into 7 23 innings of work, but Addison Reed was impressive enough in that cup of coffee last season that Coop has him as a lock to be in the 2012 bullpen.

White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect Zack Collins is being talked about in some elite company after a recent accomplishment.

Collins participated in the Southern League Home Run Derby in Double-A earlier this evening for the Birmingham Barons, and he secured his first career home run derby win.

Now, this is cool, thanks to NBC Sports Chicago’s stats guru Chris Kamka: Dating way back to 1895, Babe Ruth was born on Feb. 6, 1895. Collins was born on the same day as Ruth, but 100 years later.

It’s still way too early to make any sort of comparisons, but it’s a fun way to connect the two.

Collins so far this season is hitting .267 with 9 HR, 33 RBI’s and 59 BB in 62 games. Those walks lead the Southern League. The next highest is 39.

Collins is hitting much better than he did when he was with Single-A Winston-Salem last season. Collins hit a mere .233 in 101 games.

Think about this too. Rick Hahn mentioned several White Sox prospects will get promotions in the coming days. Could this mean Collins will get his opportunity? We’ll just have to wait and see.

 

Jose Abreu still leading AL first basemen to start 2018 MLB All-Star Game

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Jose Abreu still leading AL first basemen to start 2018 MLB All-Star Game

Last week, Jose Abreu had a nearly 26,000 vote lead to start the 2018 MLB All-Star game over Red Sox first basemen Mitch Moreland. But now Abreu can take a brief sigh of relief on his quest to Washington.

MLB updated the American League fan ballot standings Tuesday for the Midsummer Classic. The Sox first baseman now has a lead on Moreland by over 138,000 votes.

This an encouraging sign for Abreu and White Sox faithful. Are fans taking notice of Abreu’s production this season?

His numbers this year include a slash line of .283/.338/.500. He also has 11 homers, 41 RBIs and 26 doubles. For his career, Abreu has a .299 average, 135 homers and 451 RBIs in 683 games.

He ranks first among AL first basemen in hits, doubles, RBIs, SLG and OPS. In other major offensive statistics, Abreu ranks near the top 10 for almost all of them.

Abreu is a cornerstone in the White Sox rebuild and if he does indeed start, it could be huge for his confidence and the team.

An All-Star nod this season would also mean a second career appearance in the game. He debuted in his rookie year (2014) as a reserve.

If fans indeed vote Abreu in as a starter, he would be the first position player to start for the White Sox since Frank Thomas did it back-to-back as a first baseman in 1994 and 1995.

There is still time to cast your votes to see Abreu start the Midsummer Classic. The AL will have another updated voting ballot June 26.