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White Sox mourn the loss of Kevin Hickey

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White Sox mourn the loss of Kevin Hickey

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Chicago White SoxOur hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of our teammate and colleague Kevin Hickey. RIP Kevin
May 16 via web Favorite Retweet Reply
On Wednesday morning, a member of the White Sox family passed away. Kevin Hickey, who pitched on the south side from 1981-83 and served as a pre-game instructor since 2004, had been found unresponsive in a Texas hotel room in early April. He was flown to Chicago where he remained unconscious before passing away at Rush Memorial Center.

Hickey spent a total of six seasons in the major leagues. The left-handed pitcher was 9-14 with a 3.91 ERA and earned 17 saves in 231 career games. During his time with the White Sox, he went 5-8 with a 3.52 ERA, recording 14 saves over 124 games.

Kevin Hickey was the ultimate long-shot, the classic underdog, said former White Sox general manager Roland Hemond, who signed Hickey in 1978. You couldnt help but root for him. Kevin did the absolute most with every single opportunity he received and earned every bit of his success.

Ask anyone in our clubhouse, every person here appreciated what Kevin did to help the White Sox win baseball games, said White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko. No one wanted to win more, no one was more optimistic, no one cared more and no one took more pride in his job. He made all of us better.

Hickey survived by his partner in life, Anna DAgata; five daughters: Samantha, Elizabeth, Kristen, Jessica and Sarah; three grandchildren; his mother, Kathleen; brothers, Jim and Tom; and sisters, Karen and Kathy.

Information on services has yet to be released.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

Listen here or in the embedded player below!

Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

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Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

Is this the offseason that Cubs executive Jason McLeod finally becomes an MLB general manager?

According to Bruce Levine, the Giants are reportedly interested in McLeod, the Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development, for their vacant general manager position.

McLeod joined the Cubs' front office in 2011 alongside Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Before the Cubs, he spent six years in the Red Sox front office and two in the Padres' (with Hoyer, who was San Diego's general manager from 2010-2011). 

Of course, the Giants' reported interest in McLeod doesn't necessarily mean that he will interview for the job. However, it's worth noting that McLeod interviewed for the Twins' general manager job in 2016; he also withdrew his name from consideration for the Padres' general manager job in 2014. 

In addition to the Giants, McLeod's name has been linked to the Mets' general manager vacancy. This is more speculation, but the point is that it seems to be only a matter of time before McLeod is hired as general manager elsewhere.

For what it's worth, though, McLeod is under contract through 2021 and has previously said that he is grateful to be with the Cubs. 

“I’m exceptionally grateful,” McLeod said. “All of us are. Look at where we are at this moment in time with this team," McLeod said in 2016. "I can’t imagine a better environment, a better culture to work at in baseball.

"We’ve been together a long time. We’re friends. We’re good. We embrace the fact that we are good. And we challenge ourselves to be even better.”