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Ed Farmer was one of the best relievers in White Sox history

Ed Farmer was one of the best relievers in White Sox history

To White Sox fans, Ed Farmer was the voice that came out of their radios and narrated countless summer nights on the South Side.

And to White Sox fans old enough to remember, he was also one of the best relief pitchers in team history.

Farmer logged 219.2 innings out of the bullpen for his hometown team from 1979 to 1981. He saved a total of 54 games, including 30 during the 1980 season when he represented the White Sox at the All-Star Game.

Excluding the three starts he made in 1979 shortly after joining the White Sox in a trade with the Texas Rangers, Farmer posted a 2.96 ERA as a relief arm that ranks eighth among qualified relievers in the last 41 seasons of White Sox baseball.

White Sox relief ERA leaders since 1979:

1. Jesse Crain, 2.10 ERA, 150 innings
2. Mike Proly, 2.53 ERA, 188.2 innings
3. Barry Jones, 2.67 ERA, 138 innings
4. Zach Putnam, 2.71 ERA, 139.1 innings
5. Roberto Hernandez, 2.77 ERA, 393.1 innings
6. Damaso Marte, 2.78 ERA, 259 innings
7. Keith Foulke, 2.87 ERA, 446 innings
8. Ed Farmer, 2.96 ERA, 219.2 innings

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Farmer was spectacular upon his arrival to the South Side. In 39 relief appearances in 1979, Farmer had a razor-thin 1.07 ERA in 67.1 innings, piling up 14 saves.

In 1980, he earned an All-Star berth with a stellar first half, posting a 3.00 ERA and saving 17 games in 57 innings. On the campaign as a whole, he had a 3.34 ERA and 30 saves, the first time that had happened in club history. Farmer's 30 saves in 1980 still rank as one of the top 16 single-season totals in White Sox history.

His 1981 season did not stack up quite as well. He had a 4.61 ERA in 42 appearances. But his efforts in the two years prior kept his White Sox career numbers strong enough to put him among the top relievers the team has seen in the last half-century.

To this day, Farmer ranks 11th in saves, 14th in relief innings pitched and 19th in games finished in team history. And he accomplished all of that before bringing White Sox baseball to fans across Chicago for three decades.

A South Side native, Farmer will forever be a White Sox legend for his contributions both on and off the field.

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2020 MLB Draft: Reid Detmers is best player who could fall to White Sox

2020 MLB Draft: Reid Detmers is best player who could fall to White Sox

When the White Sox are on the clock next Wednesday in the first round of the MLB Draft, remember the name Reid Detmers.

If the former Louisville Cardinals left-hander with one of the coolest curveballs you will ever see is still available, the White Sox might have a steal on their hands.

“In my mind, (Detmers) is the best player who could fall to No. 11,” MLB.com draft expert Jim Callis said on the White Sox Talk Podcast. “I’m not saying he will. I think he’s the guy who could. That would be the best player you could probably hope for at 11 would be Reid Detmers.”

At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Detmers isn’t going to wow you with his velocity. His fastball tops off in the low-90s.

What he’s known for is a sweeping curveball that takes a wild scenic route to a whole other area code once it leaves Detmer’s hands, before somehow finding the catcher’s mitt on the other end of the rainbow.

“He has one of the best curveballs in the draft,” said Callis, which to me, is an understatement. Just watch this:


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Right-handed pitcher Max Meyer, who is expected to be chosen ahead of Detmers next Wednesday, was recently asked by Callis on MLB Network if he could take one pitch from last year’s Team USA squad, whose would he take? Meyer chose Detmers’ curveball. Who wouldn’t? That thing is nasty.

During his 2019 season, abbreviated due to the coronavirus pandemic, Detmers dominated in his four starts, finishing 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA, 48 strikeouts and six walks in 22 innings. In 2019, he set Louisville’s single-season strikeout record with 167 strikeouts in 113.1 innings.

Detmers has a chance to not only be one of the best pitchers in the draft, Callis believes he could be the most major league ready, as well.

“To me, there’s a lot of good college pitching in this draft. That’s the strength of this draft. Reid Detmers is probably the first college starting pitcher in the big leagues in this draft,” Callis said.

But before you can pencil him into the starting rotation on the South Side in 2022, he’ll first have to be on the board when it’s the White Sox turn to pick. If he is, will the White Sox, with new scouting director Mike Shirley, choose him? We’ll learn next week.

In the meantime, check out the podcast with Callis. We go over several other options for the White Sox. There are some intriguing possibilities at multiple positions, including a former star shortstop from Mt. Carmel whose idol is Tim Anderson.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Who should the Sox take in the newly formatted draft?

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Who should the Sox take in the newly formatted draft?

Chuck Garfien is joined by Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline and MLB.com to discuss the upcoming MLB draft. With the draft only being five rounds this year, Callis discusses the differences between this year and a normal draft and who the Sox should take.

(2:45) - Differences between this draft and previous ones

(8:20) - Who should the White Sox take with the 11th overall pick?

(13:25) - Where will former Jackie Robinson West Little Leaguer Ed Howard land in the draft?

(20:00) - Should the White Sox take a catcher?

(27:08) - The player in the draft who the White Sox are rumored to like

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White Sox Talk Podcast

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