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Grading the White Sox: Michael Kopech

Grading the White Sox: Michael Kopech

He’s a stud — but lose the ’stache, Michael. | Lindsey Wasson-USA TODAY Sports Over Thanksgiving break, let’s be thankful for this young ace At midseason, the SSS staff graded the 46-46 White Sox, from head of the class Dylan Cease all the way down to Dallas Keuchel. We invented a WARsss metric that could very well be just a cute way to trot out our special site grades — but really for all you know could be the product of years of research in a stats lab. Our expanded report card will take us through everyone who saw time in uniform for the White Sox, plus...
17 hours ago
Should I Stay or Should I Go: Michael Kopech

Should I Stay or Should I Go: Michael Kopech

Michael Kopech throws a pitch in Seattle in 2022, mostly healthy for the moment. | Lindsey Wasson-USA TODAY Sports The Blue Light Special at Rick Hahn’s Damaged Goods Emporium fWAR: 1.0bWAR: 2.2WARP: 0.8 He should stay The second piece of the Chris Sale trade, the White Sox are still heavily invested in getting everything they can out of Kopech’s exceptional upside. He carried a stellar 1.94 ERA through his first 10 starts before being inexplicably forced to take the mound for a game with an obvious injury. With a few more innings built up after recovering from TJS...
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Today in White Sox History: November 25

Today in White Sox History: November 25

Just three months into his career, Ozzie Guillén was already at home at shortstop on the South Side. He’d reside there for the better part of 13 years. | Set Number: X31650 TK1 The World Series team gets fractured 1985 Ozzie Guillén of the White Sox was named AL Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Guillén, who came to the Sox in a deal involving 1983 Cy Young winner LaMarr Hoyt, didn’t disappoint. Offensively, Ozzie recorded 134 hits and had a .273 batting average. But it was his defense — carrying on a line of White Sox glove...
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Grading the White Sox: Liam Hendriks

Grading the White Sox: Liam Hendriks

Liam Hendriks has been an elite reliever for the White Sox for two years running. | David Berding/ One area in which the club is covered: closer At midseason, the SSS staff graded the 46-46 White Sox, from head of the class Dylan Cease all the way down to Dallas Keuchel. We invented a WARsss metric that could very well be just a cute way to trot out our special site grades — but really for all you know could be the product of years of research in a stats lab. Our expanded report card will take us through everyone who saw time in uniform for the White Sox, plus some...
Nov 24, 2022
Should I Stay or Should I Go: Liam Hendriks

Should I Stay or Should I Go: Liam Hendriks

There’s no doubt that Liam Hendriks has fulfilled his promise with the White Sox. But he may be an unnecessary extravagance on a .500 team. | Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports A luxury we can’t afford? fWAR: 1.6bWAR: 1.7WARP: 1.7 He should stay Hendriks is still among the most dominant closers in the game and one of the better human beings in the league. He generates tons of strikeouts, issues few walks, and generally finishes what he starts. Despite being a high-priced reliever, he has been more than worth the money. He should go Entering his age-34 season, Hendriks...
Nov 24, 2022
Today in White Sox History: November 24

Today in White Sox History: November 24

In spring training 1977, Steve Stone wasn’t inked into the White Sox rotation. By season’s end, he had the most wins on staff. A sort of homecoming for Steve Stone 1976 The first free agent signing in franchise history became one of a bevy of bargain-basement deals that turned out well for the White Sox in 1977. Steve Stone inked a deal for his second go-around with the team. Coming off of injury and the ideal target for the Bill Veeck-Roland Hemond “Rent-a-Player” scheme, Stone was paid $55,000 for a terrific comeback year. He won 15 games to pace a staff...
Nov 24, 2022
Grading the White Sox : Danny Mendick

Grading the White Sox : Danny Mendick

Studies show that nothing good can last, Danny Mendick confirms. | Jamie Sabau/ Getting injured earns an F; the infielder himself was much better At midseason, the SSS staff graded the 46-46 White Sox, from head of the class Dylan Cease all the way down to Dallas Keuchel. We invented a WARsss metric that could very well be just a cute way to trot out our special site grades — but really for all you know could be the product of years of research in a stats lab. Our expanded report card will take us through everyone who saw time in uniform for the White Sox, plus some...
Nov 23, 2022
Should I Stay or Should I Go: Danny Mendick

Should I Stay or Should I Go: Danny Mendick

This was not the worst duck-and-cover moment for Danny Mendick in 2022. | Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports Who’s buying? fWAR: 0.8bWAR: 0.5WARP: 0.3 He should stay The former Gold Glove finalist (remember that?) was having a breakout season, posting good defensive numbers behind an eye-popping 125 wRC+ and briefly supplanted the struggling Josh Harrison at second base before a collision with Agent Of Chaos Adam Haseley sent him to the IL, never to return. Mendick is one of the few players on the team who can has been a relatively-reliable defender at skill...
Nov 23, 2022
Grading the White Sox: Ethan Katz

Grading the White Sox: Ethan Katz

Not sure how much he had to do with the success of an iconoclast like Johnny Cueto, but Ethan Katz can count the veteran as a stunning triumph in 2022. | Ron Vesely/ The 2022 White Sox of MLB pitching coaches At midseason, the SSS staff graded the 46-46 White Sox, from the head of the class Dylan Cease down to Dallas Keuchel. We invented a WARsss metric that could very well be just a cute way to trot out our special site grades — but really for all you know could be the product of years of research in a stats lab. Our expanded report card will take us through...
Nov 23, 2022
Today in White Sox History: November 23

Today in White Sox History: November 23

Believe it or not, but by 1966 Tommie Agee (left) was better than Mickey Mantle (right). A rare, fifth-season Rookie of the Year 1966 Tommie Agee was named AL Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America, in a blowout vote. Agee earned 16 of 18 first-place votes, far outpacing the runner-up, pitcher Jim Nash of the Kansas City A’s. Agee had gotten cups of coffee in four previous seasons, playing 41 games from 1962-65 with Cleveland and the White Sox, but used his first year as a regular in the majors to outstanding effect: 22 homers, 86 RBIs, 44...
Nov 22, 2022
Grading the White Sox: Tanner Banks

Grading the White Sox: Tanner Banks

In a season filled with bad storylines, Tanner Banks had one that was plenty sweet. | Michael Reaves/ Garbage time relievers are important too, and this southpaw was at the top of the class At midseason, the SSS staff graded the 46-46 White Sox, from the head of the class Dylan Cease down to Dallas Keuchel. We invented a WARsss metric that could very well be just a cute way to trot out our special site grades — but really for all you know could be the product of years of research in a stats lab. Our expanded report card will take us through everyone who saw time in...
Nov 22, 2022
South Side Soxivus 2023: Miracles

South Side Soxivus 2023: Miracles

Eloy Jiménez regaining his health and flexing his power stroke would be a Soxivus Miracle. | Nuccio DiNuzzo/ When each staffer asks for one miracle in 2023, the wish list gets wild, quick We started this Soxivus season with the Calling of Managers, then moving on to Grievances and Feats of Strength. Most recently, we’ve taken a look at the Worst and Best Games of 2022. And we still have more Soxivus celebrating to do in 2022! Enjoy this week’s feature, our Soxivus Miracles for 2023. A Healthy Season for a Superstar Waiting to Happen Adrian Serrano Reality is...
Nov 22, 2022
South Side Sox Podcast 131 — Soxivus Miracles

South Side Sox Podcast 131 — Soxivus Miracles

Jordan Hass, Dante Jones, Adrian Serrano, Allie Wesel, Tommy Barbee, Joe Resis and Brett Ballantini spin magical hopes and happenings for the 2023 White Sox Happy Soxivus! We are following up our first year celebrating Soxivus in 2021 with a full two months of festivities in 2022. This week, our companion piece to this podcast is the Soxivus Miracles story that much of this podcast refers to. We’re overjoyed to have Father Soxivus, Tommy Barbee — the man who conceived of our Soxivus celebration last year — with us on these podcasts. Joining Tommy to discuss worst games...
Nov 22, 2022
Today in White Sox History: November 22

Today in White Sox History: November 22

You’d be pleased, too, if you’d just signed the contract José Valentín did, on this day 22 years ago. A big award, and a crucial re-signing 1983 Slugger Ron Kittle took home the AL Rookie of the Year. After a cup of coffee in 1982, the Gary, Ind. native exploded for 35 home runs and 100 RBIs, slashing .254/.314/.504. A majors-leading 150 Ks and poor defense in left field dragged Kittle’s WAR down to 1.9, but those negatives didn’t dissuade voters, who gave him 15 of 28 first-place votes. Cleveland’s Julio Franco was the runner-up, but the player cheated most...
Nov 21, 2022
White Sox coaching moves: the breadcrumbs edition

White Sox coaching moves: the breadcrumbs edition

Chris Johnson, at the plate during his playing days with the Baltimore Orioles. Sure hope he can help the Sox hit fewer singles in 2023. | Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The South Siders seem to be quietly making some staff additions We THINK the White Sox have made a few moves on the coaching staff front; however, the team has not announced anything official as of yet. Nonetheless, as always, your friendly South Side Sox squad seeks to keep you in the know as best we can, even though the team likes to keep us in the dark as much as possible. It’s fun and exciting to...