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NBC Sports Chicago announces its 2019 Chicago White Sox Opening Day and season-long, coverage details

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NBC Sports Chicago announces its 2019 Chicago White Sox Opening Day and season-long, coverage details

Chicago, IL (March 26, 2019) – NBC Sports Chicago – THE Home of the #AuthenticFan – is set to deliver its most comprehensive season of Chicago White Sox coverage to date featuring 106 live regular season game telecasts (53 home, 53 road), which includes live streaming of EVERY GAME and surrounding game coverage to authenticated subscribers via NBCSportsChicago.com and the new “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app (NOTE: Fans located anywhere in the U.S. can download MyTeams for free on iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store), along with a massive season-long offering of dedicated, 24/7, White Sox cross-platform content.  

The first of 106 White Sox games on NBC Sports Chicago’s schedule begins with the ROAD/SEASON OPENER against the AL Central rival Kansas City Royals on Thursday, March 28 at 3:00 PM CT, featuring the always-entertaining White Sox announcing tandem of Jason Benetti and Steve Stone LIVE from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO.  Opening Day coverage begins at 2:00 PM with an hour-long, expanded, season premiere edition of White Sox Pregame Live presented by Aurelio’s Pizza.  NBC Sports Chicago’s veteran White Sox expert Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) will be live in Kansas City with the latest Opening Day news and updates, while Leila Rahimi (@leilarahimi) will be joined by the network’s brand new, recently announced analyst tandem – White Sox legends Frank Thomas (@TheBigHurt_35) and Ozzie Guillen (@OzzieGuillen).  NOTE: Former White Sox standouts Scott Podsednik, Brian Anderson (@WWBAD32), and team legend Bill Melton will also be in the studio analyst rotation throughout the year.  In addition, White Sox multi-platform reporter/producer Vinnie Duber (@VinnieDuber) will also be in K.C. with Garfien to provide fans with even more Opening Day content, plus - fans on social media will also be treated to a special Opening Day Facebook Live (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) chat with Rahimi, Thomas, and Guillen at approx. 1:30 PM.  The game will be immediately followed by Subaru White Sox Postgame Live, featuring White Sox manager Rick Renteria’s live post-game press conference, along with player post-game reaction, expanded highlights, detailed analysis and more.  

NBC Sports Chicago will also carry the 2019 White Sox HOME OPENER on Thursday, April 4 at 1:00 PM CT when the White Sox host the Seattle Mariners. Home Opener overage begins at 12 NOON with an expanded, one-hour Guaranteed Rate Field LIVE REMOTE Home Opener edition of White Sox Pregame Live presented by Aurelio’s Pizza with the game immediately followed by an expanded edition of Subaru White Sox Postgame Live, also live from Guaranteed Rate Field.  In addition, throughout the morning and afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field leading up to first pitch on April 4, NBC Sports Chicago will provide fans with numerous, additional multi-platform HOME OPENER content offerings via Facebook Live (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) segments from inside the ballpark, a special “Tailgate at the Rate” Twitter (@NBCSWhiteSox) live Periscope feature showcasing/interviewing fans getting ready to start up the 2019 White Sox season, plus - a multitude of Opening Day “Sights & Sounds” moments will be also provided featuring photos/quick video offerings via Instagram and Instagram Stories (@NBCSChicago). 

For the third-straight year, EVERY White Sox game telecast airing on NBC Sports Chicago, including surrounding pre/postgame coverage, will be accessible live via NBCSportsChicago.com and the new “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers (NOTE: Fans located anywhere in the U.S. can download MyTeams for free on iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store).  The live streaming service is currently available to customers of Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, Time Warner Cable and Charter among numerous other carriers.  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago is also available on a variety streaming services including DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV.  For a full list of carriers and more information about NBC Sports Chicago’s live streaming service of White Sox games, viewers are urged to visit the following link: nbcsportschicago.com/live-faq.  

Returning for its sophomore season on NBC Sports Chicago will be Baseball Night in Chicago, the network’s weeknight “Chicago-focused” baseball show airing Monday-Friday at 6:30 PM CT, which will serve as the lead-in program for every 7:00 PM weeknight White Sox or Cubs game on NBC Sports Chicago this season.  Hosted by Leila Rahimi with featured analysts Ozzie Guillen and former Cubs standout centerfielder/veteran baseball analyst & author Doug Glanville, Baseball Night in Chicago will focus on the day’s top local baseball storylines as it pertains to both the White Sox and Cubs featuring discussion/debate on the issues that matter most to the Chicago baseball fan. In addition to live game night reports from Wrigley Field or Guaranteed Rate Field, which will include interviews with White Sox/Cubs players and coaches, Baseball Night in Chicago will also have a heavy emphasis on viewer social media interaction that will prompt fans to chime in with their thoughts on the top issues of the day.  

Also returning this season will also be the popular NBC Sports Chicago “Authentic Fan Night” at Guaranteed Rate Field.  Beginning Wednesday, May 1, fans can stop by a special booth set-up to pick up their “Authentic Fan” cards, meet/greet with NBC Sports Chicago talent members, plus - the first 500 fans who visit will receive a special “Authentic Fan” give-away.  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago will present special “Authentic Fan Night” remote editions of SportsTalk Live and Baseball Night in Chicago, which will be held at the ChiSox Bar & Grill (320 W. 35th St.), located across the street from Guaranteed Rate Field at Gate 5.  Full details on this year’s White Sox “Authentic Fan Night” dates and special giveaways to be announced soon.

PROGRAMMING NOTES: 
•    TONIGHT at 10:00 PM CT, White Sox fans can look forward to a special sneak preview of the 2019 MLB season with the White Sox Season Preview Special presented by Aurelio’s Pizza.  Hosted by Chuck Garfien and Jason Benetti, along with special guest, White Sox SVP/GM Rick Hahn, this half-hour special, filled with player/coaches interviews and a detailed season preview analysis, will provide viewers with a comprehensive look at this year’s Opening Day White Sox roster, an overview of all the off-season moves, and a look at the potential minor league/future impact call-ups that will be vying to join the team this season.  

•    WEDNESDAY, March 27 at 1:00 PM CTDigital exclusive presentation on the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app - NBC Sports Chicago will be the host network for the NBC Sports Regional Networks presentation of the LIVE, one-hour, fan interactive 2019 MLB Season Preview special.  Hosted by David Kaplan (@thekapman), along with social media host Leila Rahimi, the 2019 MLB Season Preview (to be streamed exclusively on the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app; fans located anywhere in the U.S. can download MyTeams for free on iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store) will feature in-depth interviews with MLB Insiders from coast-to-coast discussing the hottest topics heading into this season, along with their early predictions on a number of subjects including team records/final standings, league MVPs & Cy Young awards, and much more.  Fans can submit their questions in advance or during the 2019 MLB Season Preview on Twitter by utilizing the hashtag #MLBPreviewNBC.  

•    NBC SPORTS CHICAGO PLUS (+) - Ten (10) White Sox games on NBC Sports Chicago this season are currently scheduled to air on NBC Sports Chicago+ (see below schedule).  NBC Sports Chicago+ (NBCSCH+) telecasts are provided to NBC Sports Chicago affiliates and distributed to viewers when two live events are scheduled simultaneously.  NBCSCH+ is available in high-definition on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 201 in the Chicago area/South Bend, IN & on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 285 in the Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets, along with being made available in DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, RCN, and WOW! homes among others; viewers are urged to visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s special “Channel Finder” section (NBCSportsChicago.com/channel-finder) for complete channel location details. 

In addition to its live stream of every NBC Sports Chicago White Sox game telecast, NBCSportsChicago.com will also provide fans with even more exclusive White Sox content throughout the season including the following:

•    “White Sox Talk PODCAST presented by Wintrust” – Featuring NBC Sports Chicago’s veteran White Sox expert Chuck Garfien, along with network White Sox content producers Ryan McGuffey & Chris Kamka, along with an array of special guests, NBC Sports Chicago’s wildly-popular “White Sox Talk” podcasts features in-depth White Sox discussion on the hottest topics and breaking news throughout the season. Fans can download all of NBC Sports Chicago’s podcasts at NBCSportsChicago.com/podcasts and simply subscribe to them via Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.

•    NBCSportsChicago.com will stream EVERY White Sox home postgame press conference LIVE providing insider access to manager Rick Renteria. 

•    Push Alerts: NBC Sports Chicago will deliver White Sox push notifications for breaking team and player news, behind-the-scenes reports, plus game reminder alerts via NBC Sports Chicago’s SportsTalk app for iOS and Android devices.

•    White Sox Talk (NBCSportsChicago.com/WhiteSox) - NBCSportsChicago.com’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive White Sox news and opinion section featuring original commentary, reporting and social media aggregation. WhiteSoxTalk contains interactive content with continually updated insights from the network’s talent, which includes the “White Sox Talk PODCAST.” 

•    Fans can also follow and connect with NBC Sports Chicago’s extensive social media White Sox coverage on Facebook (including numerous “Facebook Live” segments featuring NBC Sports Chicago talent), Twitter (@NBCSWhiteSox), along with Instagram at @NBCSChicago.

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2019 Chicago White Sox Schedule
 

REGULAR SEASON

1.    Thu, Mar 28          3:00 pm               @ Kansas City                              (SEASON/ROAD OPENER!)
2.    Sat, Mar 30           1:00 pm               @ Kansas City                         
3.    Wed, Apr 3            12:00 pm             @ Cleveland                             
4.    Thu, Apr 4             1:00 pm               vs. Seattle                                (HOME OPENER!)
5.    Tue, Apr 9             1:00 pm               vs. Tampa Bay                         
6.    Wed, Apr 10          1:00 pm               vs. Tampa Bay                         
7.    Sat, Apr 13            12:00 pm             @ New York Yankees              
8.    Sun, Apr 14           12:00 pm             @ New York Yankees                 
9.    Mon, Apr 15          7:00 pm               vs. Kansas City                        
10.    Wed, Apr 17          1:00 pm               vs. Kansas City                        
11.    Fri, Apr 19             6:00 pm               @ Detroit                                  
12.    Sat, Apr 20            12:00 pm             @ Detroit                                  
13.    Tue, Apr 23           6:00 pm               @ Baltimore                             NBCSCH+
14.    Wed, Apr 24          6:00 pm               @ Baltimore                             
15.    Fri, Apr 26             7:00 pm               vs. Detroit                                 
16.    Sun, Apr 28           1:00 pm               vs. Detroit                                 
17.    Mon, Apr 29          7:00 pm               vs. Baltimore                            
18.    Wed, May 1          7:00 pm               vs. Baltimore                            
19.    Fri, May 3              7:00 pm               vs. Boston                                
20.    Sat, May 4             6:00 pm               vs. Boston                                
21.    Sun, May 5            1:00 pm               vs. Boston                                
22.    Mon, May 6           5:00 pm               @ Cleveland                             
23.    Tue, May 7            5:00 pm               @ Cleveland                             
24.    Wed, May 8          5:00 pm               @ Cleveland                             
25.    Sat, May 11           2:00 pm               @ Toronto                                
26.    Mon, May 13         7:00 pm               vs. Cleveland                            
27.    Thu, May 16          7:00 pm               vs. Toronto                               NBCSCH+
28.    Fri, May 17            7:00 pm               vs. Toronto                               
29.    Sat, May 18           1:00 pm               vs. Toronto                               
30.    Mon, May 20         7:00 pm               @ Houston                               NBCSCH+
31.    Tue, May 21          7:00 pm               @ Houston                               
32.    Thu, May 23          7:00 pm               @ Houston                               
33.    Sat, May 25           1:00 pm               @ Minnesota                            
34.    Sun, May 26          1:00 pm               @ Minnesota                            
35.    Mon, May 27         1:00 pm               vs. Kansas City                        
36.    Tue, May 28          7:00 pm               vs. Kansas City                        
37.    Thu, May 30          7:00 pm               vs. Cleveland                            
38.    Sat, June 1            1:00 pm               vs. Cleveland                            
39.    Sun, June 2          1:00 pm               vs. Cleveland                            
40.    Wed, June 5         12:00 pm             @ Washington                          
41.    Fri, June 7             7:00 pm               @ Kansas City                         
42.    Sat, June 8            1:00 pm               @ Kansas City                         
43.    Tue, June 11         7:00 pm               vs. Washington                         
44.    Thu, June 13         7:00 pm               vs. New York Yankees             
45.    Fri, June 14           7:00 pm               vs. New York Yankees             
46.    Sun, June 16        1:00 pm               vs. New York Yankees             
47.    Wed, June 19       7:00 pm               @ CUBS                                   
48.    Fri, June 21           7:00 pm               @ Texas                                   
49.    Sat, June 22          8:00 pm               @ Texas                                   
50.    Tue, June 25         6:00 pm               @ Boston                                 
51.    Wed, June 26       12:00 pm             @ Boston                                    
52.    Fri, June 28           7:00 pm               vs. Minnesota                           
53.    Sat, June 29          3:00 pm               vs. Minnesota                           
54.    Wed, July 3           7:00 pm               vs. Detroit                                 NBCSCH+
55.    Thu, July 4            1:00 pm               vs. Detroit                                 
56.    Fri, July 12            9:00 pm               @ Oakland                               
57.    Sat, July 13           3:00 pm               @ Oakland                               
58.    Tue, July 16          7:00 pm               @ Kansas City                         
59.    Wed, July 17         7:00 pm               @ Kansas City                         
60.    Thu, July 18          12:00 pm             @ Kansas City                         
61.    Fri, July 19            6:00 pm               @ Tampa Bay                          
62.    Sun, July 21          12:00 pm             @ Tampa Bay                          
63.    Mon, July 22         7:00 pm               vs. Miami                                  
64.    Tue, July 23          7:00 pm               vs. Miami                                  
65.    Thu, July 25          7:00 pm               vs. Minnesota                           
66.    Fri, July 26            7:00 pm               vs. Minnesota                           NBCSCH+
67.    Sun, July 28          1:00 pm               vs. Minnesota                           
68.    Wed, July 31         7:00 pm               vs. New York Mets                   
69.    Thu, Aug 1            1:00 pm               vs. New York Mets                   
70.    Fri, Aug 2              6:00 pm               @ Philadelphia                         
71.    Sun, Aug 4            12:00 pm             @ Philadelphia                         
72.    Mon, Aug 5           6:00 pm               @ Detroit                                  
73.    Tue, Aug 6            6:00 pm               @ Detroit                                  
74.    Fri, Aug 9              2:00 pm               vs. Oakland                              
75.    Sat, Aug 10           6:00 pm               vs. Oakland                              
76.    Mon, Aug 12         7:00 pm               vs. Houston                              
77.    Tue, Aug 13          7:00 pm               vs. Houston                              NBCSCH+
78.    Thu, Aug 15          9:00 pm               @ Los Angeles Angels            
79.    Fri, Aug 16            9:00 pm               @ Los Angeles Angels            
80.    Sat, Aug 17           8:00 pm               @ Los Angeles Angels            
81.    Tue, Aug 20          7:00 pm               @ Minnesota                            NBCSCH+
82.    Wed, Aug 21         12:00 pm             @ Minnesota                            
83.    Thu, Aug 22          7:00 pm               vs. Texas                                  
84.    Fri, Aug 23            7:00 pm               vs. Texas                                  
85.    Sun, Aug 25          1:00 pm               vs. Texas                                  
86.    Tue, Aug 27          7:00 pm               vs. Minnesota                           NBCSCH+
87.    Thu, Aug 29          1:00 pm               vs. Minnesota                           
88.    Fri, Aug 30            6:00 pm               @ Atlanta                                 
89.    Sat, Aug 31           6:00 pm               @ Atlanta                                 
90.    Mon, Sept 2          6:00 pm               @ Cleveland                             
91.    Wed, Sept 4          6:00 pm               @ Cleveland                             
92.    Thu, Sept 5           12:00 pm             @ Cleveland                             
93.    Fri, Sept 6             7:00 pm               vs. Los Angeles Angels            NBCSCH+
94.    Sat, Sept 7            6:00 pm               vs. Los Angeles Angels            
95.    Tue, Sept 10         7:00 pm               vs. Kansas City                        
96.    Wed, Sept 11        7:00 pm               vs. Kansas City                        
97.    Sat, Sept 14          8:00 pm               @ Seattle                                 
98.    Sun, Sept 15         3:00 pm               @ Seattle                                 
99.    Tue, Sept 17         6:30 pm               @ Minnesota                            
100.    Wed, Sept 18        6:30 pm               @ Minnesota                            
101.    Fri, Sept 20           6:00 pm               @ Detroit                                  
102.    Sat, Sept 21          5:00 pm               @ Detroit                                  
103.    Wed, Sept 25        7:00 pm               vs. Cleveland                            
104.    Thu, Sept 26         7:00 pm               vs. Cleveland                            NBCSCH+
105.    Fri, Sept 27           7:00 pm               vs. Detroit                                 
106.    Sun, Sept 29         2:00 pm               vs. Detroit                                              


53 Home, 53 Road regular season games
Total: 106 games

All Times Central Time
Schedule Subject to Change

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Winter Meetings wrap: Why the White Sox left San Diego without a top-of-the-market free agent

Winter Meetings wrap: Why the White Sox left San Diego without a top-of-the-market free agent

SAN DIEGO — “We belong at the table in these negotiations, we belong as part of negotiations for premium talent. And regardless what happens over the next several weeks with either of these two players, we plan to be at the table and continue to attempt to convert on these guys.”

That was Rick Hahn in January, talking about his front office’s pursuits of Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, the two biggest names on last winter’s free-agent market and two guys who landed $300 million contracts. Neither, obviously, is playing for the White Sox. But Hahn set forth expectations last winter that the White Sox were going to try to land that kind of top-of-the-market talent.

Fast forward to the current free-agent cycle, and the biggest names on the market have all signed. None of them signed with the White Sox. The Winter Meetings saw a tidal wave of spending, with Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon all coming off the board, all inking huge deals that figure to transform their new teams (or old team, in the case of Strasburg).

The White Sox, meanwhile, headed home with nothing more to show for their efforts than Nomar Mazara. No word came from any of the usual baseball news-breakers connecting the South Siders to Cole, Strasburg or Rendon.

Why not?

Hahn spent this week, and has spent his media availabilities this offseason and in the months prior, talking about fit. The White Sox are looking for players who fit their long-term plans. The 2020 season might be the year the long-awaited transition from rebuilding to contending comes. It might not be. So the White Sox are searching for players who align with a contention window far into the future.

And that’s an admirable goal. The White Sox should stick to those plans. They’ve suffered too much to make a handbrake turn to try to rush things, certainly at the expense of their bright future. That’s completely understandable.

But didn’t Cole, Strasburg and Rendon fit into that box? Aren’t they the type of premium talents Hahn has talked about wanting to add to a burgeoning young core? Wouldn’t the long-term deals they got insert them right into that contention window?

“Probably a guy the fans see out there and see fits with what we're doing and, ‘Hey, they should pursue him,’ maybe we did,” Hahn said Thursday. “Maybe we have extra information where it shows that would’ve been a fruitless pursuit in the end, just based on the player’s preference for where they want to be, league or locationally. Perhaps it’s something that we did get after and just weren’t able to convert on.

“We obviously operate best when there’s less noise around what we’re doing. Certainly we recently showed that on (Yasmani) Grandal. It would be temporarily nice or fulfilling for me to stand here and say like, ‘Yeah, we didn’t go after Player X because we knew for a fact this thing about why he wasn’t coming here,’ or, ‘We did go after Player X and we came up short.’ That might satisfy some sort of desire to show that we were active if people didn’t think we were.

“But I would hope after all this time that people understand our approach tends to err on the side of being aggressive. And if there’s a high-quality player that seems like a fit for us, we probably went down that path to some extent, and if it didn’t wind up converting, there’s usually a pretty good reason why.”

That quote hit the Twitterverse not long after it left Hahn’s mouth, and the reactions were, generally, less than favorable. Plenty saw it as an excuse. But while vague, there’s a lot of truth in those words.

The White Sox cannot control everything when it comes to free-agent pursuits. They can control how much money they offer, but as we saw with Zack Wheeler, that doesn’t always win the day. Wheeler spurned the White Sox richer offer to please his family and pitch for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Cole, meanwhile, was long expected to choose between a preference for the West Coast or his childhood fandom for the New York Yankees. It helped, of course, that the Yankees offered him a stupifying contract. Strasburg was long expected to return to the Washington Nationals, and that’s just what he did, with folks wondering if there was any consideration given to pitching somewhere else.

Those are mighty difficult things to overcome, and they could have made the White Sox — and plenty of other teams — jumping into the fray a potential non-starter.

“More often than not, early in the process, you hear why it’s a potential non-fit for either side,” Hahn said Monday, speaking in the wake of Wheeler’s decision. “Again, that doesn’t mean anything was mishandled or anything was wrong with this. In the end, when offers are on the table and it's decision time, guys can make that decision based upon any factor that they view as important. You’ve got to respect that. And they’ve earned that right.”

That’s not really supposed to make anyone feel any better. As Hahn often says, you either sign the guy or you don’t.

What’s probably got some fans stewing as much as the eventual free-agent destinations is the White Sox complete lack of attachment to Cole, Strasburg or Rendon in the typical stream of rumors that flows during baseball’s busiest week. As Hahn mentioned, all being quiet doesn’t mean the White Sox weren’t pursuing those players. But after years of discussing financial flexibility, the team seems to have the economic means to play in the deepest end of the free-agent pool, so it’s not unreasonable to expect to hear about it doing so.

"The money will be spent,” Hahn said in February, after Machado picked the San Diego Padres. “It might not be spent this offseason, but it will be spent at some point. This isn’t money sitting around waiting to just accumulate interest. It’s money trying to be deployed to put us in best position to win some championships.”

With that in mind, plenty assumed the White Sox would be able to afford even the gargantuan contracts that went to this winter’s three free-agent superstars. But simply having money to spend doesn’t mean they believed Cole was worth the $324 million he got from the Yankees. It doesn’t mean they believed Strasburg was worth the $245 million he got from the Nationals. It doesn’t mean they believed Rendon was worth the $245 million he got from the Los Angeles Angels.

That’s where that discussion of fit comes in again. It’s easy for us to see a player and believe him a fit for what the White Sox are building. But we’re not the ones defining the fit. The White Sox are. And while they might have pursued all three, might have wanted to pursue all three, might have been willing to back a truckload of money up to all three, it’s also possible that, for whatever reasons, they didn’t see them as the same kind of fit they see other players at different price points.

The lingering notion that the White Sox shy away from handing out long-term deals to pitchers is likely more of a general caution than the edict it’s often portrayed to be. It’s also not reserved to the White Sox.

“In general, the investment in a position player is less risky than an investment in a pitcher,” Hahn said. “Those things vary. We are talking just about generic players, you generally err on the side of a position player being less risky.”

“Is anybody worth $300 million?” USA Today’s Bob Nightengale said Tuesday on the White Sox Talk Podcast. “Say the White Sox signed Gerrit Cole, it doesn’t make them an automatic winner. He’s a good pitcher, but hey, good pitchers get hurt, too.”

OK, so what about Rendon? The White Sox were willing to offer a reported $250 million in guaranteed money to Machado last winter. Rendon got less than that to play for the Angels. Of course, Machado’s free agency came before Yoan Moncada blossomed into the team’s best all-around player at third base. Machado was 26 during his sweepstakes. Rendon is 29. These are not necessarily defenses, they are simply truths.

“As a general thought, when you are making a long-term commitment, doing that to a player who is in their mid 20s, in general, is a more appealing alternative then doing that with a player who is in his 30s at the start of the contract,” Hahn said. “Everyone is familiar with aging curves and risk and how that balances out as you get older. So yeah, the idea of devoting big money to someone who is younger versus older is certainly more appealing.”

And then there’s the clarifying Hahn did on those “money will be spent” comments from 10 months ago. Basically: That money doesn’t all have to be spent in one place to make the White Sox better.

“I think it would be awfully foolish to say we're going to go out and spend whatever the amount of the offer (to Machado) was immediately,” he said Wednesday. “The point of that comment was there's other ways for us to allocate this money, and it's going to be allocated toward player acquisitions.

“You could argue some of it went to Grandal, you could argue some of it went to the Eloy (Jimenez) extension or re-signing (Jose) Abreu or whatever we have coming down the pipe next.

“That offer was over an eight- to 10-year period, so to say it's all going out the door in Year 1 just because it's sitting there, maybe, but it's got to be for the right players.”

None of this will satisfy the critics. And that’s a product of the frustrating on-field success of the big league team during the rebuild and the expectations that came into this offseason. The White Sox pursued the talent at the top of the free-agent market last offseason, so they must be willing to do the same thing again this winter, right? They might have. But it didn’t work out, and now there are two offseasons where fans wanted Machado and Harper and Cole and Strasburg and Rendon and watched all those players go elsewhere.

It’s important to remember the White Sox did sign Grandal, that they do still have that young core that broke out in a big way in 2019. The future is still blindingly bright, and Hahn & Co. see that. It’s why they remain so committed to their long-term plans — because they could very well work.

Those plans might mean that the consolation prizes for teams that didn’t land one of the top three prizes on the free-agent market aren’t quite as appealing fits. It’s not as easy as just moving down to the next name on the list. The White Sox are being picky, and they can afford to be picky. Not adding a huge free agent — and, again, remember they did sign Grandal — doesn’t mean Moncada and Jimenez and Tim Anderson and Lucas Giolito are suddenly all bad. The future is snowballing for the White Sox, in a good way, and the melting process is nowhere near starting.

Yes, the South Siders left San Diego without Cole, Strasburg or Rendon. Perhaps it wasn’t for lack of trying. Perhaps they weren’t able to get past the bouncer, no matter how big the checkbook was. Perhaps they didn’t see these guys as good fits. Perhaps they saw these guys as expensive in a way that would jeopardize their carefully laid plans.

The biggest takeaway from this week: Those plans are the driving force for these White Sox. Do not, for any reason, expect them to deviate.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Guest appearance Hall of Famer Ken "Hawk" Harrelson

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Guest appearance Hall of Famer Ken "Hawk" Harrelson

Ford Frick winner and Hall of Famer Ken "Hawk" Harrelson joins Chuck Garfien on the podcast.

(3:15) - People that have congratulated Hawk on his induction, including some people you would never guess

(12:24) - Origin of some of your favorite "Hawk-isms"

(15:29) - Great story about the late great Harry Carey

(18:46) - His life growing up in Savannah, Georgia

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