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Young White Sox shortstops eager to work with Jimmy Rollins

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Young White Sox shortstops eager to work with Jimmy Rollins

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Shortstop Tim Anderson smiled Tuesday when he was asked about the potential impact soon-to-be teammate Jimmy Rollins could have on his career.

Though the signing of Rollins to a minor-league deal on Monday could influence his immediate playing time, Anderson’s focused on the big picture. Both he and second-year man Tyler Saladino said Tuesday they intend to take general manager Rick Hahn’s message -- that Rollins’ addition could really benefit their career -- to heart.

Rollins, who would earn $2 million if he makes the big league club this season, is expected to arrive in big league camp on Thursday. Anderson can’t wait to take the field with the former National League Most Valuable Player.

“I may get star-struck when I see him,” Anderson said. “It’s a guy I look up to, and I’m really looking forward to working with him.

“Just working with him and learning a lot from him, I’m pretty sure he can teach me a lot.”

“(Rick) was just saying take advantage and learn a lot. Ask anything you need.”

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The White Sox see the addition of Rollins as a move with several layers.

They’re without Alexei Ramirez for the first time in eight seasons, which means playing time is up for grabs. And all the candidates to assume the starting role don’t have much major league experience. So on the one hand, Rollins, a four-time Gold Glove winner, could become the team’s starter, if he’s still capable.

But there’s also the other aspect, what Rollins brings in the form of leadership and in the clubhouse. The White Sox are intrigued on both ends.

“Just having a guy who has been that guy before that both Saladino, Tim and our other young players can see how he goes about his business, keeps his body in shape for a full season, how he prepares for games will be beneficial,” Hahn said.

Rollins handled a similar role last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, working with their top prospect, Corey Seager, before Seager ultimately took over.

“Mentor type guy that you can trust and be able to teach the young guys,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “We know where he’s at in his career. He knows where he’s at himself. That’s a role he’s taken on before.”

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Saladino said Ventura spoke to him as they exited the field on Monday and he urged him to continue to be himself in camp. Even though circumstances have changed, the White Sox want Saladino to maintain the same approach he planned to bring to spring training.

They hope he embraces Rollins’ presence and soaks up whatever he can. For his part, Saladino sounds prepared to follow that plan.

“Pretty much just keep doing what you’re doing,” Saladino said. “It’s just exciting. Who wouldn’t be excited about getting to work with a guy like that? As far as the competition side of it, you can’t veer off what you do every day.

“A guy like him, his experience and the level he has played at for so long, it’s going to be an honor to be out there working with him.”

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