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Report: White Sox designating struggling Yonder Alonso for assignment

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Report: White Sox designating struggling Yonder Alonso for assignment

The White Sox are reportedly designating Yonder Alonso for assignment.

According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, the White Sox have decided to move on from Alonso, who they acquired in a trade with the division-rival Cleveland Indians in December.

While the move could be considered surprising due to the caliber of player Alonso has been in his career — he was an All Star just two seasons ago — what's inarguable is that Alonso is in the midst of a very disappointing 2019 campaign. Acquired in part to provide a presence in the middle of the White Sox lineup, he's been unable to do that and owns just a .178/.275/.301 slash line with seven home runs, 13 extra-base hits and 27 RBIs in 67 games.

Alonso was given an opportunity to figure things out by manager Rick Renteria, who kept the veteran in the middle of the batting order through the first two months of the season, all while fans focused their frustration on Alonso, constantly complaining on Twitter that he was still with the team.

For better or worse, those fans have now, reportedly, gotten their wish.

Somewhat unfairly, Alonso has remained connected to the White Sox failed pursuit of mega free agent Manny Machado in the minds of many fans. While general manager Rick Hahn lauded Alonso's attributes as a hitter and as a clubhouse presence after he was acquired, a large number of fans chose to see his relationship to Machado — Alonso is Machado's brother-in-law — as the main reason for his acquisition. And the lack of production since has made those opinions difficult to change.

As for what the White Sox would do from here, the first base/designated hitter timeshare Alonso was ticketed to have with Jose Abreu before the season started had already crumbled a significant amount. Renteria lessened Alonso's playing time considerably in June, with Alonso starting just eight of the team's 21 games this month. James McCann's emergence has provided another option at DH on days when McCann isn't catching. Zack Collins' recent promotion could produce a sort of three-way timeshare between Abreu, McCann and Collins. Collins is a catcher, but questions about his defense behind the plate, as well as McCann's currently immovable status as the No. 1 catcher, has forced him to try out first base, as well. So Abreu could maintain his stronghold on the playing time at first base, McCann could be the No. 1 catcher and Collins could be the go-to option at DH, subbing in on the field when those two need a day.

That's one possible option. Though with injured shortstop Tim Anderson likely heading to the injured list ahead of this weekend's series against the Minnesota Twins, a whole bunch of moves could be on the way and new faces could be up from the minor leagues. A potential call-up could come in the form of Daniel Palka, who would factor into that DH discussion, as well, though that's merely speculation that the White Sox would want to replace the power bat they thought they were getting in Alonso with another power bat in Palka.

None of this is official yet, of course, and we'll have to wait and see how the White Sox actually proceed.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Could the White Sox season start in Arizona without fans?

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Could the White Sox season start in Arizona without fans?

When the MLB season will start is still up in the air, but could they play without fans?

Chuck Garfien is joined by Ryan McGuffey and Chris Kamka to discuss what that would look like, and take voicemails from fans on if they would like a baseball season with no fans at the stadiums.

(1:50) - How much things have changed since Feb. 3

(10:44) - What does baseball with no fans look like?

(16:15) - The summer heat in Arizona might be a problem

(20:12) - Fans just want baseball, and if that means no fans, then so be it

(26:40) - Is it even safe for players to be next to each other?

(30:50) - If baseball does start, that means the world would be in a better place

Listen here or below.

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Scott Podsednik's base stealing set Paul Konerko up for home runs

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Scott Podsednik's base stealing set Paul Konerko up for home runs

The White Sox knew the first month of their 2005 schedule would be crucial because 22 of their first 28 games were against American League Central opponents.

But no one could have predicted that they’d obliterate their division en route to an unlikely 21-7 start.

After a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals in early May, the White Sox improved to 18-4 against their own division, an incredible pace that put them 4.5 games up on the Minnesota Twins, who weren’t exactly playing poorly.

But after a heavy divisional start, the schedule was about to flip wildly. Now the White Sox had to prove they could beat the rest of the American League. The next 25 games on the schedule were against non-A.L. Central opponents. In fact, other than a three-game series against the Indians in early June, 37 of their next 40 games were against non-divisional opponents.

No sweat.

Starting off in Toronto from May 6-8, the White Sox kept rolling. With Jose Contreras and Orlando Hernandez starting to pitch deeper into the games, manager Ozzie Guillen was able to keep red-hot Jon Garland in his comfortable spot deeper in the rotation. The White Sox won the first two games in Toronto, and while they may have had a reputation for winning one-run ballgames, the ’05 team was also capable of beating you by lighting up the scoreboard.

That’s what happened on Saturday, May 7, as Garland failed to get out of the sixth inning for the first time all season. It didn’t really matter because he had been spotted a 10-2 lead as the White Sox pounded Blue Jays starter Ted Lilly for six runs in just 1.2 innings. The home run list was long and included Tadahito Iguchi, Aaron Rowand, Juan Uribe and two from Paul Konerko, who hadn’t gone deep since Apr. 19.

But it was Scott Podsednik who stole the show, as he swiped four bases in the 10-7 win, tying a White Sox single-game record.

“He’s a true leadoff guy,” Paul Konerko told the Chicago Tribune. “There aren’t many guys in the game who get on base and can change the pace of what’s going on out there. Pitchers are throwing over to first because he’s stealing bases. Pitchers are making bad pitches because they’re worried about him.”

Both of Konerko’s home runs that day came after Podsednik successfully stole both second and third base.

This was just the latest fun way in which the White Sox beat a team that season -- and they were already 23-7 on the year.

The next day on the calendar was Sunday, May 8 and Mark Buehrle was on the mound so you knew there was a good chance the White Sox could get to St. Petersburg, Fla. in time for a late dinner.

Buehrle entered that start with a 34-game streak of pitching at least six innings and the White Sox were looking for their second eight-game winning streak of the season.

Again, it was May 8.

Here’s what Guillen’s lineup looked like:

LF Scott Podsednik
SS Juan Uribe
DH Carl Everett
1B Paul Konerko
CF Aaron Rowand
RF Jermaine Dye
C A.J. Pierzynski
3B Joe Crede
2B Pedro Lopez

Anyone remember Pedro Lopez?

The White Sox-Blue Jays game from May 8, 2005 will air Monday at 4 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Chicago. For the full White Sox Rewind schedule from the 2005 season, click here.