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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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MLB The Show: White Sox work around early trouble, comeback to beat Royals

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MLB THE SHOW

MLB The Show: White Sox work around early trouble, comeback to beat Royals

NBC Sports Chicago is simulating the 2020 White Sox season via MLB The Show during the postponement of play. The White Sox, stocked with young talent and veteran offseason acquisitions, were expected to take a big step forward in their rebuild this season. Follow along as we play out the first few months of the season.

Result: White Sox def. Royals 10-6
Record: 30-31, 3rd in AL Central (2.5 GB of Twins)

W: Dane Dunning (1-0)
L: Eric Skoglund (3-6)

Game summary: The White Sox' start to a week facing the two bottom-feeders in the AL Central got off to a promising start, though it didn’t appear to be the case early in the opener vs the Royals.

Lucas Giolito was in a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the first and was on the verge of escaping it unharmed. But with two outs, Nick Madrigal made an errant throw to first base that allowed two runs to score. Then, Maikel Franco slapped a two-run single to center and just like that, the Sox were down 4-0.

The South Siders delivered a steady supply of offense the entire night, however. Nomar Mazara immediately halved the deficit with a two-run double in the top of the second. Tim Anderson and Yasmani Grandal each recorded two-run singles in the fifth to put the Sox ahead 7-4. Jose Abreu and Edwin Encarnacion provided insurance by each hitting their 18th home run of the season.

White Sox lineup:

Edwin Encarnacion: 2-3, HR (18), 2 RBI, R (.328 BA)
Eloy Jimenez: 0-6 (.269 BA)
Yoan Moncada: 0-3, 2 BB, R (.257 BA)
Nick Madrigal: 1-4, 2B, BB, 2 R (.256 BA)
Jose Abreu: 3-4, HR (18), 2 RBI, 3 R (.313 BA)
Tim Anderson: 1-5, 2 RBI, R (.294 BA)
Luis Robert: 2-5 (.239 BA)
Yasmani Grandal: 3-5, 2 RBI, R (.325 BA)
Nomar Mazara: 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R (.251 BA)

Scoring summary: 

Bottom first

Ryan O’Hearn reached on error by second baseman, Adalberto Mondesi and Hunter Dozier scored. 2-0 KC.
Maikel Franco singled to center, Jorge Soler and O’Hearn scored. 4-0 KC.

Top second

Nomar Mazara doubled to right field, Jose Abreu and Yasmani Grandal scored. 4-2 KC.

Top fourth

Edwin Encarnacion singled to center field, Mazara scored. 4-3 KC.

Top fifth

Tim Anderson singled to center field, Yoan Moncada and Madrigal scored. 5-4 CHW.
Grandal singled to right field, Abreu and Tim Anderson scored. 7-4 CHW.

Bottom fifth

O’Hearn homered to center field, Salvador Perez scored. 7-6 CHW.

Top sixth

Abreu homered to left field, Madrigal scored. 9-6 CHW.

Top seventh

Encarnacion homered to center field. 10-6 CHW.

Notable performance: Don’t even bother trying to get Grandal out right now, because it just isn’t happening. After Tuesday’s three-hit performance, Grandal is 9-for-12 in his last three games with two home runs and seven RBIs. He’s batting .325 (9th in AL), has 54 RBIs (second) and a 4.9 WAR (first.).

Next game: Wednesday, June 3 - Game 62: White Sox at Royals (Dallas Keuchel, 2-5, 7.18 ERA vs Jakob Junis, 0-5, 5.93 ERA) 

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Hope in a bad time with Laurence Holmes, Tim Anderson

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Hope in a bad time with Laurence Holmes, Tim Anderson

As the country faces tough times not only with the pandemic but the many demonstrations of protest against police brutality, it's time we had a real discussion on the issues.

Chuck Garfien is joined by Laurence Holmes to discuss the murder of George Floyd, and the reactions. Later on, Tim Anderson joins to discuss what he's doing to get involved to help create change.

(5:44) - Getting justice for George Floyd

(14:06) - How to get police reform

(22:00) - How to be a good ally

(29:25) - Laurence getting emotional on the radio

(41:10) - Tim Anderson on the protest in Chicago

(49:10) - Trying to remain positive during this time

Listen here or below.

White Sox Talk Podcast

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