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Word on the Street: Deng to play in '12 Olympics?

Word on the Street: Deng to play in '12 Olympics?

Sunday, March 13, 2011
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Deng to play in 2012 London Olympics?

Luol Deng, a British citizen by way of Sudan, announced via Twitter Sunday that he will be playing for the host country in the 2012 Olympics. Deng tweeted: Got the great news we will be playing @London2012. Thanks for all your messages! Can't wait to play in London."

Derrick Rose will likely play for Team USA while Omer Asik could play for Turkey. Joakim Noah is an outside shot at playing for the French national team. (Chicago Tribune)

Soldier Field in Madden '12

Soldier Field has never appeared in the Madden NFL series, or any other NFL series. It's always been a generic venue under the name "Chicago Stadium," or "Chicago Field," because the Chicago Park District has never licensed the name for use.

Apparently they finally were offered acceptable terms.

Phil Frazier, a senior producer on Madden NFL, Tweeted that "it is very likely we'll have the real Soldier Field in the game this year!" Frazier said the team at EA Sports Tiburon must now build the field. Presumably, that would include an exterior shot of its iconic colonnade. (pastapadre.com)
Wade wins custody battle for sons

Chicago courts declared NBA superstar Dwyane Wade sole "care, custody and control" of his two sons Friday. He made the announcement Sunday after the Heat's practice. The custody battle was a long, heated process, but has resulted in good news for the Chicago native. (YahooSports)

ND, Illinois earn NCAA bids

Notre Dame didn't garner a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, but the Irish did earn a No. 2 seed in the Southwest Region. They will face off against Akron, the Mid-American Conference champions.

Illinois, on the other hand, may have felt lucky to even get selected into the NCAA tournament, let alone grasp a No. 9 seed. The Illini had an up and down 2010-11 season, but will play UNLV Friday in Tulsa, Okla. (Chicago Tribune)

Yoan Moncada has gone from 'strikeout heaven to impactful bat heaven'

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Yoan Moncada has gone from 'strikeout heaven to impactful bat heaven'

Yoan Moncada is finishing off a breakout season and he has gotten there with a different approach at the plate.

When Moncada came up through the minors and even in his first two years in the majors, he was known for drawing plenty of walks. At every stop of the minors and in each of his first two seasons with the White Sox, Moncada walked in well north of 10 percent of his plate appearances.

This season, which is inarguably his best in the majors, he has 39 walks in 510 plate appearances. After Moncada added three hits in Sunday’s 11-10 loss to the Mariners, he is now hitting .308/363/.537 with 23 home runs, 72 RBIs and 75 runs scored.

Sunday's 3-for-5 game added to his red-hot September. Moncada is hitting .436/.492/.636 in 14 games this month. He's not the only White Sox hitter on fire this month.

Before the game, White Sox manager Rick Renteria talked about Moncada’s different approach.

“He’s going to be a 30-homer type guy,” Renteria said. “I think his on-base percentage is good. I think people look at the numbers in terms of the base-on-balls, the total numbers that are down, but he’s gone from strikeout heaven to impactful bat heaven, so to speak, and I think there’s going to be a balance in between where he’s going to continue to have those walk numbers, on-base numbers and be a pretty significant impactful player as a third baseman.”

That strikeout heaven Renteria referred to is another big difference for Moncada this year. After striking out in 32 percent of his plate appearances in 54 games with the White Sox in 2017 and whiffing a whopping 217 times last year (33.4 percent), Moncada has cut down on that number. He has 139 strikeouts this year, which is down to 27.2 percent.

So the strikeouts have gone down along with the walks. Moncada’s overall numbers are clearly better so it appears the tradeoff has been worth it.

“I think he’s taking into account more situational type things,” Renteria said. “Instead of taking that borderline pitch that they would call a strike, for example, he might be more inclined to create a productive out and drive in a run and put the ball in play.

"It’s more baseball-oriented, not just numbers wise. It’s a baseball situation in which he is now understanding a little bit more, I have a chance to impact this in a positive way. (If) I don’t swing the bat, it’s a called third strike, I’m walking into the dugout and my guys are still out  there on the bases. I got a pitch I can handle, I can still manage. Put the ball in play, score that run and we score another point, it puts us in a better position. Ultimately it’s about scoring runs.”

Renteria emphasized that he didn’t want Moncada chasing pitches as he tries to be more aggressive. However, going after borderline pitches that are hittable instead of trying to work a walk as one of the most dangerous hitters on the team isn’t always the best approach.

“If you look at his at-bats, he’s not a chaser,” Renteria said. “He doesn’t put balls in play that are a foot (outside), he doesn’t do that. There are balls that are manageable, hittable, things that he can either get a base hit out of or put in play to create a particular run. It’s more situational awareness that he’s become better at, which I think has helped him improved some of his numbers offensively.”

In other Moncada news, he got hit by a throw after stealing a base in the seventh inning .The throw bounced and hit Moncada in the side as he was sliding into second. After being in obvious pain, Moncada stayed on the bases, later came around to score and finished the game.

 

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Rizzo hurt as Cubs sweep Pirates

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Rizzo hurt as Cubs sweep Pirates

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss the injury to Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs offense coming alive against the Pirates and the playoff chase with 2 weeks left in the season.

01:00     How worried are you about Rizzo's injury

05:00     Wrigley's reaction to Rizzo's injury

08:00     Bryant leads the Cubs offense against the Pirates

10:00     Heyward's resurgence after moving out of leadoff spot

12:00     Nico Hoerner's looks impressive in first series at Wrigley

15:00     How do Cubs stand with 2 weeks left?

17:00     Cubs have a chance to make up ground with Cardinals playing Nationals

18:30     Brewers staying in race without Yelich

Listen here or in the embedded player below. 

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