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Confident Reed flourishing as closer


Confident Reed flourishing as closer

Addison Reeds major league resume isnt long, but he has already gained the trust of his manager.

The White Sox rookie closer was called upon in Saturday nights 8-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers for an extended appearance as he recorded the first multi-inning save of his career.

Reed -- who has a 3.96 ERA in 28 games -- entered a one-run game in the eighth inning to face Milwaukee hitter Aramis Ramirez with two runners on base after White Sox manager Robin Ventura elected to intentionally walk Ryan Braun. Reed walked Ramirez to load the bases, but maintained the lead when he induced an inning-ending grounder out of Corey Hart.

The San Diego State-product later returned for a perfect ninth inning to preserve the victory. Reed has converted nine of 10 save opportunities since he took over the role on May 5.

I dont know if its arrogance, but its just confidence, Ventura said. I think all closers have a certain amount of it and he has it. Hes never come in and looked scared or unconfident at all. Thats just the way he came.

While the multi-inning appearance was his first in the majors, Reed said he had several two-inning appearances for the Aztecs in college. And he has no problem if hes asked to pitch more than an inning.

Any time Im out there Im having fun, said Reed, who has a 0.93 ERA in 10 save chances. So any time Im there for more than three outs, Im glad to do it. Hopefully Ill do it more. I kind of feed off those situations.

The significant difference in those situations is entering a game twice with the game on the line. Instead of a one-and-done entry from the bullpen, Reed must sit on the bench in between innings.

So whats on his mind during that rest period?

Not much.

I just sit there, relax and try not to think about anything because the more I think, the more trouble I get into, Reed said. I just sit there and watch the game and when I get back on the mound I start focusing and dialing in.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania


White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania

Manny Machado to the White Sox?? It's been the dream for many White Sox fans for months.

With Machado in town to the play the White Sox, Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the White Sox chances of signing the soon-to-be-free agent.

Garfien also talks with Nicky Delmonico who played with Machado and fellow free agent to be Bryce Harper on the U.S.A. 18-under national team.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Rick Renteria issues another benching after Welington Castillo doesn't hustle on popup


Rick Renteria issues another benching after Welington Castillo doesn't hustle on popup

One thing you better do if you play for Rick Renteria is run to first base.

Yet again, Renteria benched one of his players Monday for the sin of not hustling down the line.

Welington Castillo, a veteran, not a developing player in need of ample “learning experiences,” popped up to first base with two runners on and nobody out in the sixth inning of Monday’s eventual 3-2 loss to the visiting Baltimore Orioles. He did not run down to first, instead staying at home plate.

So when the inning ended and the White Sox took the field, Castillo stayed in the dugout.

Ricky’s boys don’t quit, or so the slogan goes. But what happens when a player doesn’t live up to that mantra? What happens when they don’t play their absolute hardest for all 27 outs, as the T-shirts preach? This is what happens. A benching.

“It was towering fly ball in the infield at first, probably had 15, 20 seconds of hangtime,” Renteria explained after the game. “I assumed the dropped ball. It has occurred. He could, at minimum, at least start moving that way.

“That’s uncharacteristic of him, to be honest, it truly is. Maybe he was just frustrated in that he had the fly ball and just stayed at the plate, but there was no movement toward first at all. And you guys have heard me talk to all the guys about at least giving an opportunity to move in that particular direction.

“Everybody says, ‘Well, 99 out of (100) times he’s going to catch that ball.’ And then that one time that he doesn’t, what would I do if the ball had been dropped? Would it have made it easier to pull him? Well, it was just as easy because you expect not the best, but the worst.

“That is uncharacteristic of that young man. I had a quick conversation with him on the bench, and he knew and that was it.”

It might seem a little overdramatic, a little nutty, even, to sit down a veteran catcher brought in this offseason to provide some offense and to do it in a one-run game. But this rebuild is about more than just waiting around for the minor league talent to make its way to the South Side. It’s about developing an organizational culture, too. And Renteria feels that if he lets this kind of thing slide at the big league level, that won’t send the right message to those precious prospects who will one day fill out this lineup.

“There’s one way to do it, you get your action, you start moving toward that direction in which you’ve got to go,” Renteria said. “What would’ve happened if everybody’s watching it — and I’m setting the tone for not only here, our club, (but also for) everybody in the minor leagues — and they’re saying, ‘Well, at the top, they said they’re going to do this and then they don’t do it.’

“It’s really simple. And people might like it, not like it. I’ve got to do this, do that so everybody understands what we’re trying to do here. We’re not done with what we’re trying to do.”

This isn’t the first time this has happened in 2018. Avisail Garcia was taken out of a game during spring training for not giving maximum effort. Leury Garcia was removed from a game earlier this month for not busting it down the first-base line on a weak grounder that went right to the first baseman.

It’s become a somewhat common tactic for Renteria, and while it might strike some as taking things a little too seriously, what good is this developmental season if a culture goes undeveloped? The White Sox have placed their bright future, in part, in Renteria’s hands, and they’ve talked glowingly about how the players have bought into his style and how the team played last season under his leadership.

If Renteria truly is the right man for the rebuild, things like this are how he’s going to establish his culture. And it will, he hopes, impact how all those prospects play when they’re no longer prospects and the White Sox are contending for championships.