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Watch: The three longest home runs the White Sox hit on the South Side in 2019

Watch: The three longest home runs the White Sox hit on the South Side in 2019

You might have heard that a lot of home runs were hit in Major League Baseball in 2019.

Something to do with a new kind of ball or something, right?

Well, if you love home runs, you don't care why they were hit, you're just happy that you got to see some of your favorite players, not-so-favorite players and just plain players you've never heard of sock a whole bunch of dingers.

Turns out that in addition to those home runs landing really far from home plate, they landed in the record books, too.

In perusing a couple of leaderboards in the White Sox media guide, you'll find that three of the eight longest home runs hit by White Sox batters in Guaranteed Rate Field history came last season — and they all traveled the exact same number of feet.

So while you wait a really long while for baseball to return, why not watch these three homers that went a really long way?

Eloy Jimenez, 462 feet, June 11 vs. Nationals

Jimenez went all the way until mid June before hitting his first home run on the South Side. But when he did, it was a doozy. Jimenez ended up making a habit of blasting majestic homers out to dead center field during his rookie season, and though it was impressive every time, none popped eyes quite like this one, which bounced off the stairs on the side of the Fan Deck.

The fact it came off Patrick Corbin, who got the win in Game 7 of the World Series in October, was pretty cool, too.

Yoan Moncada, 462 feet, July 3 vs. Tigers

What a day July 3 was for these White Sox. First Dylan Cease made his big league debut and got the win in the first half of a doubleheader against the Tigers. Then the White Sox brought the thunder in Game 2. Jose Abreu's walk-off homer in the 12th inning will go down as more memorable, but Yoan Moncada's game-tying shot off All-Star closer Shane Greene in the 10th was the longer of the two drives, matching the distance of Jimenez's home run from less than a month earlier.

Jose Abreu, 462 feet, Sept. 8 vs. Angels

And speaking of Abreu, we haven't forgotten about Pito. Two months after he walked off the Tigers, he matched the distance of his locker buddies' drives with the longest South Side home run of his White Sox career.

It was part of a red-hot September for Abreu. He hit .286/.360/.520 with five homers and 21 RBIs over the season's final month, ending the campaign as the American League RBI champ.

Now, on a less jovial note for White Sox fans, it's important to mention these three homers weren't even in the top three longest ones hit at The Rate last season.

Unsurprisingly, Twins slugger Nelson Cruz had the two longest drives, a 473-foot shot off Lucas Giolito in July that currently ranks as the sixth longest homer in the stadium's history and a 469-footer off Jose Ruiz in June that ranks as the eighth longest in the park's history. Astros star George Springer also outdid the aforementioned White Sox trio with a 467-foot homer off Cease in August.

But we'll end this with a positive memory for the South Side faithful. Let's dial the wayback machine all the way to 2004 for the longest home run ever hit at Guaranteed Rate Field, the 504-foot moonshot off the bat of Joe Borchard.

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Why Cubs losing Jose Quintana to injury isn't exactly good news for White Sox

Why Cubs losing Jose Quintana to injury isn't exactly good news for White Sox

The Cubs' pitching staff suffered a blow Thursday, when the team announced that Jose Quintana will miss some time after injuring himself in a dish-washing accident.

While some White Sox fans might jump at the chance to revisit the 2017 Crosstown swap that sent Quintana to the North Side in exchange for Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease, it's important to realize that what happens to the Cubs affects the White Sox more than ever in this most unusual of seasons. The two teams are scheduled to meet six times, which accounts for 10 percent of the 60-game regular-season schedule.

In a normal season, games against the Cubs are more of a frivolity, a chance for the city to get excited about the two sides of town squaring off, and a time to provide some memorable moments (speaking of Jimenez). But this year, playoff chances could really hinge on Crosstown matchups, with both teams entering the abbreviated campaign with postseason expectations.

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So Quintana's season being in jeopardy is a break for the White Sox, right? Without one of their starting pitchers, the Cubs' staff is worse off than it was yesterday. It's bad news for their bullpen, which might have already been staring at shouldering a heavy load considering the unknown ability of starting pitchers after a three-month layoff. And the White Sox won't have to face a guy they know has the ability to pitch really well. He regularly did just that during his five and a half seasons on the South Side.

But maybe missing out on matchups with Quintana isn't such a good thing for the White Sox.

They've only faced their old mate once, but they did some significant damage against him in September 2018, tagging the former White Sox hurler for five runs on nine hits in his five innings of work. While the White Sox lineup that day featured only a few players still with the organization — Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada and Adam Eaton made up a third of the batting order; Jose Abreu didn't even play that day — the bats made some noise.

Maybe it was familiarity with an old teammate? Maybe it was just an off day for Quintana, whose Cubs' tenure has been far more of the up-and-down variety than his consistent days with the White Sox?

While the sample size is undoubtedly tiny, the only time the White Sox faced Quintana, they raked. So losing him as a foe might not be an obvious plus, after all. That being said, perhaps the strain placed on the Cubs' staff without him makes everyone else a better opponent for the White Sox, and they rake regardless.

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It's complicated, obviously, as even the numbers from that day in 2018 show: Anderson and Moncada, now two rebuilding cornerstones for the White Sox, went a combined 1-for-5. If the White Sox still had Kevan Smith, who homered off Quintana in that game, this would be far easier to figure out.

But nothing is easy to figure out in 2020, including something as seemingly straight forward as a frequent opponent losing a key cog in the starting rotation.


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White Sox Talk Podcast: Who will win the AL Central in 2020?

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Who will win the AL Central in 2020?

With only 60 games to play in the 2020 MLB season, it seems like there will be a three-team race to the top of the AL Central. To discuss and debate, Chuck Garfien is joined by Anthony Castrovince and Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com to discuss who will be crowned the division winner.

(4:30) - Is the AL Central a three-team race or will the Twins win it again?

(10:30) - Who will have the best hitting in the division?

(16:49) - Who has the best starting pitching?

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(23:38) - Bullpen break down

(31:52) - Final rankings on who should win the AL Central

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