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No. 1 Simeon closes regular season out in style

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No. 1 Simeon closes regular season out in style

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011
11:13 p.m.
By Michael O'Brien
YourSeason.com

Jabari Parker, Kendrick Nunn and Steve Taylor are Simeons bonafide high-major college talents. They are the players the college coaches show up to see.

But the backbone of the well-oiled machine is point guard Tywon Pinckney. He ran the show to perfection Saturday night against Young at Chicago State as the top-ranked Wolverines prevailed 60-39.

Pinckney is a three-year starter, Simeon coach Robert Smith said. Hes the leader of the team. When you have someone that understands what the coach wants, it makes it a lot easier.

At times it seemed almost two easy for Simeon. The Wolverines held No. 19 Young to just three field goals in the first half.

Simeon led 23-15 at the half and opened the third quarter on a 12-0 run.

Young shot 9-for-34 in the game and seemed severely frustrated by the Wolverines' zone defense.

We have a lot of length and are a real quick team, Smith said. We wanted to see if they could make some outside shots.

Taylor led the way for Simeon (19-0) with 14 points and nine rebounds and Darien Walker added 11 points. Nunn scored nine and grabbed four rebounds. Parker finished with just six points, but managed two spectacular dunks.

We know we have a target on our back every time we take the court, Smith said. Everyone wants to beat the best team. Our guys are aware of that and prepared for it every night.

Ohio State-bound forward Sam Thompson led Young (11-9) with 16 points and six rebounds. Kwai Pearson added eight and Tommy Hamilton Jr. scored six for the Dolphins. Simeon outrebounded Young 31-25.

Our strategy is defense and rebounding first and then everything follows, Smith said.

Point guard Derrick Randolph made his first appearance of the season for Young. He scored five points, but it may take the Dolphins a game or two to adjust to his presence on the floor.

Randolph does what he does, Smith said. He really pushes the ball down the court. Hed get down there in a hurry but the Young bigs wouldnt be there yet.

Simeons regular season is over. The Wolverines begin the city playoffs on Wednesday against Wells. Young will host Prosser.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania

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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

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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.