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Yoan Moncada adds to his hot spring with a home run off Cole Hamels

Yoan Moncada adds to his hot spring with a home run off Cole Hamels

Yoan Moncada is teasing White Sox fans of a potential breakout season.

It's just spring training so take any success in the Arizona heat with a grain of salt, but Moncada added to his hot spring with a three-run blast off Cole Hamels on Friday.

Also take note of the mini Sammy Sosa-esque hop that Moncada showed off after hitting it. It doesn't look close enough to Sosa's signature move to be an ode or a diss, but Moncada did show a little extra excitement in his step after connecting with what he knew was a home run ball.

Moncada went 1-for-2 with a walk and the home run on Friday. That was his second home run of the spring and he is hitting .379/.486/.724 in 11 Cactus League games.

Moncada hadn't played in the Cactus League since March 10, but he also homered in that game.

He is still striking out plenty with 10 in 35 plate appearances, but even that strikeout rate (28.6 percent) is lower than his career MLB strikeout rate (33.6 percent).

Success in spring is nothing new for Moncada. In 2017, before he debuted with the White Sox, he hit .317/.391/.683. Last spring he posted a less spectacular, but still solid line of .271/.358/.475. So there's no reason to get especially excited that this season's spring will translate to success in the majors, but it's probably better to have success in spring than not.

 

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MLB, players deeply divided with clock ticking: 'It's ugly right now'

MLB, players deeply divided with clock ticking: 'It's ugly right now'

Where do things stand right now between Major League Baseball and the players union?

Let’s just say the owners are in New York and the players are in Los Angeles. Hopefully, they can meet somewhere in the middle — like Chicago — and we can have baseball in 2020.

But it's going to take a lot of work.

MLB's much-anticipated, first economic proposal presented to the players on Tuesday features a sliding scale of pay cuts where the players making the most money lose a greater percentage of their salaries, while those making less will have smaller cuts.  

The players' didn't like it one bit.

"The owners have a long way to go," one player said.

Fortunately, this isn’t the ninth inning of negotiations. There’s still time to make a deal.  

But with the clock ticking, there’s a big divide and harsh feelings that need to be addressed.

According to one agent, “I like to think I’m an optimist, but it’s ugly right now. While it’s a complicated situation, it comes down to money. The little hope I have is cooler and sensible heads [will] prevail.”

Will the two sides come to an agreement? If so, how and when?

That’s what I discussed with my NBC Sports Chicago colleagues Adam Hoge and Vinnie Duber on this Give Me Baseball edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast. 

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Players union unhappy with proposal by MLB owners

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Players union unhappy with proposal by MLB owners

The MLB owners' proposal to the players union was said to be one that would get the two sides at least a little closer to an agreement, but the players seemed offended by what they were given.

Chuck Garfien is joined by Adam Hoge and Vinnie Duber to discuss what made the players so upset, how can this be fixed and whether the latest proposal ruined the trust between the players and owners.

(1:28) - What were the details of the new proposal the players immediately turned down?

(6:59) - Biggest issue between the two sides is money

(12:15) - Thoughts from anonymous players on the proposal

(19:19) - MLB is in a rough spot because the pandemic hit right at the start of the season

(24:50) - What gives you hope that there will be a season?

Listen here or below.

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