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You gotta be bleepin' me: What's your favorite Hawk rant?

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You gotta be bleepin' me: What's your favorite Hawk rant?

Alex Cobb had beaned a pair of White Sox players heading into the bottom of the fourth inning on Wednesday. The first was Gordon Beckham on a pitch that hardly looked intentional. The second was a fastball that went straight into the back of A.J. Pierzynski, a pitch that very well could've been interpreted as being thrown with a purpose.

Jose Quintana has been good for the White Sox, but the 23-year-old hasn't had great control and has been prone to seeing a few pitches get away from him. Maybe Quintana and the White Sox were trying to send a message when the Colombian starter threw a fastball behind Ben Zobrist's knees, we'll probably never know.

But home plate umpire Mark Wegner decided to forgo a warning and boot Quintana, and eventually manager Robin Ventura, from the game. And that spawned this epic Hawk Harrelson rant:

Here's the question we have for you: Where does Hawk's rant from today rank among his best blowups? Here's a few of them to job your memory:

May 26, 2010: "Joe West deserves a suspension, he needs a rest...that is a flat-out disgrace to the umpiring profession, what this guy has been doing."
West had already ejected Ozzie Guillen for arguing a balk call earlier in the game, and when Mark Buehrle made his usual pickoff move to first base again, West called a balk. Buehrle tossed his glove down in frustration, West kicked Buehrle out of the game and Hawk ripped into West.
Aug. 1, 2005: "Are you nuts? You have got to be -- That is total BS! ... That is so bad. For a veteran umpire...that's so much BS, it's unbelievable."

One out away from throwing at least six innings in 50 consecutive games, Mark Buehrle hit Baltimore's B.J. Surhoff, and home plate umpire Brian Gorman ejected Buehrle from the game.

April 26, 2003: More BS

There had already been a little bad blood between the White Sox and Twins early in the season, and Doug Mientkiewicz's comments about taking the All-Star Game away from the Sox made a few waves heading into the series. Jon Garland hit Mientkiewicz in the sixth inning and was promptly ejected by Bruce Froemming, spawning a pretty good diatribe.

Sept. 8, 1991: "Joe Brinkman made the call!"

Monty Farriss' ground ball past Robin Ventura down the left field line was clearly touched by a fan, and third base umpire Joe Brinkman appeared to motion to call fan interference, which would've kept Juan Gonzalez from scoring the winning run. But Brinkman rescinded his call or said he didn't make it, which led to this.

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Did the Yankees just copy the White Sox in their quest to sign Manny Machado?

Did the Yankees just copy the White Sox in their quest to sign Manny Machado?

"It's a copycat league," you'll often hear. And now the White Sox are getting copied. Kind of.

The White Sox raised a few eyebrows last weekend with their surprising trade for Yonder Alonso. Alonso, acquired from the Cleveland Indians, brings a ton of positives to the 2019 and 2020 White Sox. Their lineup needed a boost, and he gives it one. Their clubhouse needed some more veteran leadership, and he brings that. He allows Jose Abreu to take better care of his body and could have long-term benefit as a positive influence on young players.

But everyone looked past all that and noticed that he also happens to be Manny Machado's brother-in-law.

Machado is one of the two free-agent superstars the White Sox are pursuing, along with Bryce Harper, and the popular opinion on social media was that the South Siders brought in Alonso to help with their pitch to Machado. Heck, they announced the trade just two days before Monday's meeting with Machado.

Rick Hahn shot down all that, saying this was a baseball move, and the benefits of Alonso's arrival, independent of his relationship with Machado, are listed above.

But now the New York Yankees, just two days before their meeting with Machado, have gone and done something similar, hiring Carlos Beltran as a special advisor to general manager Brian Cashman. Why is it similar to the White Sox acquisition of Alonso? Machado's agent used to represent Beltran.

If it's not coming through, this all a bit joking, of course. Hahn had a laundry list of reasons the White Sox traded for Alonso, and Beltran has his own appeal to any team after his lengthy big league career and his recent role as a veteran leader with the Houston Astros during their championship season.

But the coincidences — or conspiracies, if you will — are a little fun to point out.

Alonso and Beltran are assets to their respective teams. But if they can help sway Machado, well that will go down as a nice added benefit.

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Top White Sox stories of 2018: Adam Engel's week of home-run robberies

Top White Sox stories of 2018: Adam Engel's week of home-run robberies

As the new year approaches, we're counting down the top White Sox stories from 2018.

Somewhat quietly, Adam Engel was a Gold Glove finalist in center field this fall.

But he had one week in August that was anything but quiet, and that week alone might have put him in the running for the annual fielding award.

In the span of seven days, Engel made a trio of jaw-dropping home-run robberies against the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians.

First, on Aug. 6, he stole one away from Yankees hitter Greg Bird.

He followed that up the very next night, with this robbery of a home run off the bat of Kyle Higashioka. This theft came right near the "The Catch" sign in center field and brought to memory Dewayne Wise, who made, under the circumstances, the best catch that Hawk Harrelson had ever seen.

White Sox pitcher Reynaldo Lopez really appreciated that one.

"I just wanted to take off my glove," he said through a team translator that day, "and go out there and kiss him."

And if that wasn't enough, Engel stole the show (literally) in the Sunday afternoon game Aug. 12, this thievery of Indians slugger Yonder Alonso — now one of Engel's White Sox teammates — the best of the bunch.

While Engel's offensive production has been slow to come along, his defensive ability has never been questioned, and spectacular plays like this show how valuable his glove can be to the White Sox moving forward.

"That’s something I take a lot of pride in, show up every day and trying to help the team win in any way that I can," Engel said that Sunday. "Defensively, it’s something I know I can count on. Just make sure to try to work on that every day. Make sure I stay sharp, and offensively hopefully I can get it going."

A season's worth of high-quality defense got him the title of Gold Glove finalist, but this week in August surely brought his skill to the attention of the baseball world.

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