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Frank Thomas, Paul Konerko, A.J. Pierzynski to join Hawk Harrelson as 'guest broadcasters' in sendoff season

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Frank Thomas, Paul Konerko, A.J. Pierzynski to join Hawk Harrelson as 'guest broadcasters' in sendoff season

This season's star-studded sendoff for legendary White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson will continue this summer with some extra-special guests.

The team announced Friday that a trio of White Sox greats will each serve as a "special guest broadcaster" alongside Harrelson to celebrate his final year in the booth.

First up is Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, who will team with Harrelson during Sunday's game against the Detroit Tigers. He'll be followed by Paul Konerko, who will join Harrelson during the Aug. 19 game against the Kansas City Royals. And, in a much-anticipated pairing, A.J. Pierzynski will share the booth with Harrelson as the White Sox celebrate Hawk Day on Sept. 2 against the Boston Red Sox.

Additionally, the team announced a new Harrelson-inspired promotional giveaway item that is sure to go over as well as the Hawk Harrelson alarm clock and the Hawk Harrelson bobblehead: the Hawk Harrelson nesting doll, which will feature three different Hawks from throughout his decades-long career in baseball.

Mercy, indeed.

White Sox Talk Podcast: What are the White Sox getting in Nomar Mazara?

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White Sox Talk Podcast: What are the White Sox getting in Nomar Mazara?

The White Sox made a late night trade at the Winter Meetings, acquiring right fielder Nomar Mazara for 2018 second-round pick Steele Walker.

Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss the trade, why it was made and, love it or hate it, is it the right move for the short term? (1:25) Then, Rangers beat writer Evan Grant from the Dallas Morning News answers the question: What are the White Sox getting in Mazara? (15:43)

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Yankees sign Gerrit Cole to a record nine-year, $324 million deal

Yankees sign Gerrit Cole to a record nine-year, $324 million deal

In terms of big-time free agent moves, it doesn't get bigger than the New York Yankees new deal with sought-after pitcher Gerrit Cole. On Tuesday, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported that the Yankees and Cole were agreeing to a record nine-year, $324 million deal.

Cole was dominant in 2019, finishing with a 20-5 record and a 2.50 ERA. The wins, losses and ERA  were all career-bests for Cole. He continued his dominance in the MLB playoffs, where he pitched 36 2/3 innings, going 4-1 with a 1.72 ERA. He was especially unhittable in the 2019 ALCS, where he very impressively gave up no earned runs over 212.1 innings pitched against the Yankees, who scored the most runs in the MLB in 2019. His 326 strikeouts in 2019 made him the Astros franchise-leader in Ks in a season, adding even more mystique to a year that felt like something out of a movie.

Despite the dominant season for Cole, he finished second in the AL Cy Young voting to former teammate Justin Verlander as he was a part of an absolutely awesome pitching staff that has now been dealt a big blow. Cole will now be joining another staff that has a chance to become elite over time, as the Yankees will add his elite arm talent to a group that includes Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, and Domingo German.

Cole is likely to be in the Bronx for the long haul, though he does have an early opt-out clause.

The Yankees rode their great offense all the way to a Game 6 in the ALCS, despite their pitching ranking a ho-hum 14th in the league in ERA (4.31). With Cole now in tow, there is reason to believe that the 'Evil Empire' is truly back.

And while the Cubs and White Sox were not considered to seriously be in the running for Cole's services, his signing means that there will likely be developments soon in regards to the other top arms on the market, some of which have been linked to Chicago. This list includes names like Madison Bumgarner, Dallas Keuchel, and Hyun-Jin Ryu. 

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