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White Sox legend Harold Baines to be next featured guest on Inside Look

White Sox legend Harold Baines to be next featured guest on Inside Look

“Inside Look presented by Cadillac,” hosted by Comcast SportsNet’s Chuck Garfien,

featuring Harold Baines to debut Wednesday, August 26 at 8:00 PM CT 

CSNChicago.com to provide additional web-exclusive coverage of ‘Inside Look,’ including extended video clips

Chicago, IL (August 24, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, continues to delve into the lives of some of the biggest names in Chicago sports with its candid, monthly, one-on-one interview series Inside Look presented by Cadillac

Debuting Wednesday, August 26 at 8:00 PM CT, Comcast SportsNet’s Chuck Garfienhosts an exclusive one-on-one interview with Chicago White Sox legend/current assistant hitting coach HAROLD BAINES.  Regarded as one of the all-time White Sox greats, Baines, a 22-year MLB slugging standout, who spent 14 seasons with the White Sox as a player and is currently in his 12th season as a White Sox coach, discusses everything from the team’s glorious 1983 “Winning Ugly” division winning season, his thoughts on playing during the steroid era, his Hall of Fame chances, how he always kept his emotions in check, his life as a coach, and much more.  

In addition, viewers are urged to check out Comcast SportsNet’s website, CSNChicago.com, for additional interview content never before seen on TV.  Fans will also be able to watch every Inside Look guest interview online after it debuts on Comcast SportsNet.  Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Inside Look with Harold Baines on the following dates/times: Fri , Aug. 28 at 11:30 PM - Sat, Aug. 29 at 5:00 PM - Sun, Aug. 30 at 12 noon - Thu, Sept. 3 at 3:30 PM (on CSN+HD) - Fri, Sept. 4 at 5:00 PM (on CSN+HD) - The, Sept. 8 at 3:30 PM (on CSN+HD) - Sun, Sept. 13 at 12 noon & Tue, Sept. 15 at 11:30 PM (on CSN+HD). (Schedule subject to change).

Note the following quotes from Inside Look with Harold Baines presented by Cadillac premiering Wednesday, August 26 at 8:00 PM on Comcast SportsNet:

Baines on his 1983 game-winning/division-clinching sacrifice fly scoring Julio Cruz

That was my most fun time on a baseball field.  I’m emotional about my kids, but in baseball, I am not emotional about it because it is a job. Once we got in the locker room, and with the champagne, it was a little different.”

Baines on how he always kept his emotions in check:

“Baseball was a sanctuary.  It is a job.  I took it as a job.  If you take it as a job, you have to be focused on everything that you do.  I don’t believe in fakeness.  Go back to how I was raised, we were raised to get the job done and go on to your next task and that is what I tried to do.”

Baines on playing in the steroid era with A’s teammates Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire:

“They were already big when I got there.  I knew my number…I would never hit 40 (home runs), I would be in the 20s. How far they were hitting them was unusual in baseball.  I was there, but I never saw it.”

Baines on his chances of being inducted into the Hall of Fame:

“It is out of my hands, so I can’t dwell on stuff like that.  My numbers are good as some in the Hall of Fame, but from what they tell me, DH isn’t a position.  They don’t respect the DH slot at all.  You have to ask the writers because it is definitely part of the game—the AL anyway.  The position that I played is not respected throughout baseball.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: A.J. Pierzynski rips Manny Machado


White Sox Talk Podcast: A.J. Pierzynski rips Manny Machado

Former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski comes on the podcast and tells Chuck Garfien why he’d sign Nolan Arenado over Manny Machado (6:15).

Pierzynski criticizes Machado for saying that he doesn’t play hard everyday (7:08). Would he make Machado the face of the White Sox franchise? (12:30)

He also talks about how bullpenning cost the Milwaukee Brewers a spot in the World Series (14:45).

He reveals the former White Sox player who had a gift for recognizing players who tipped their pitches (21:00).  Pierzynski tells behind the scenes stories about former teammates Nick Swisher, Bartolo Colon, Gavin Floyd and more (28:00).

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

It's time for the Bulls to spin the point guard roulette wheel


It's time for the Bulls to spin the point guard roulette wheel

Over the last couple seasons we've had some fun on our Bulls Pregame Live shows with the ever-changing cast of characters at the point guard position. We even brought the point guard roulette wheel to the show a couple years ago when Rajon Rondo, Isaiah Canaan, Jerian Grant and Cameron Payne all saw significant time at the position.

Grant began last season as the starter, followed by Kris Dunn and Payne with a little Ryan Arcidiacono mixed in.

But this season was supposed to be different. Dunn showed enough in his 52 game stint (13.4 points, 6 assists per game) in 2017-18 that he entered training camp as the unquestioned starter, with Payne and Arcidiacono as backups. The front office and coaching staff expected the 3rd year guard out of Providence to establish himself as a quality starter with elite skills at the defensive end.

Now, after playing just one regular season game, Dunn has been sidelined again, this time with a sprained left MCL suffered in his debut at Dallas Monday night. He's expected to miss 4-6 weeks of action, which should get him back on the court sometime in early December, right about the same time Lauri Markkanen is expected to return from his elbow injury.

So, what does Fred Hoiberg do now? Initially, you can expect Payne to replace Dunn in the starting lineup, with newly signed Shaq Harrison getting a look in the backup role. In case you don't know much about Harrison, he's an undrafted four-year player out of Tulsa, who spent most of the last two seasons in the NBA G-League. Like Dunn, Harrison is a physical 6'4" defense-first player who should be able to pressure some of the elite point guards the Bulls will face in the coming weeks. The front office showed their level of interest in Harrison's potential by signing him to a two-year NBA contract which includes a guaranteed salary for this season.

The Bulls also signed former Marian Catholic H.S. star Tyler Ulis to a two-way contract after he was released by Golden State in the final cutdown. Ulis started 58 games for Phoenix over the last two seasons, and is lightning quick in the open court. Problem is, he's generously listed at 5'10" which could create some serious issues at the defensive end.

And then there's always Arcidiacono, a Hoiberg favorite who's fundamentally sound, a solid defender and a decent outside shooter. Arcidiacono didn't play in Dallas Monday with Dunn back as the starter and it will be interesting to see how he's used with the coaching staff searching for answers at the position.

From my perspective, the Bulls' best option might be not going with a point guard at all in the starting lineup. Zach LaVine is on the hottest offensive streak of his young career, and he's most effective with the ball in his hands. LaVine played a lot of point guard during his rookie season in Minnesota, and he's more than capable of pushing the ball in transition.

Yes, I know having LaVine defend some of the high-scoring point guards around the league is not an ideal formula for success. The Bulls could move Justin Holiday to the shooting guard position, and see if he can match up defensively against opposing point guards. Again, not ideal.

The Bulls will be facing the likes of Kemba Walker, Trae Young, Steph Curry and Chris Paul over the next week and a half, and going without a true point guard might create defensive issues that are impossible to overcome. That's why you should expect to see Harrison take on a significant role in the upcoming games, since he's the only point guard currently available on the roster that has the physical skills to replicate in some fashion what Dunn brings on the defensive end.

Any way you look at it, the Bulls will be in survival mode over the next six weeks, trying to scratch out as many wins as they can until Markkanen and Dunn are healthy enough to get back on the court.