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2021 South Side Sox Hall of Fame Vote

2021 South Side Sox Hall of Fame Vote

Mark Buehrle joins our Hall of Fame ballot this year and stands a pretty good chance of clearing the 5% hurdle needed to remain in 2022. Without a major addition to the ballot, it might be tough to elect anyone this year It’s that time of the year again — now is the time and this is the place to cast your 2021 South Side Sox Hall of Fame ballot. You have until January 21 to fill out your ballot, as we will announce our 2021 Hall of Fame results on January 22. And after that, you will be voting for the third White Sox Hall of Fame class. The rules here are pretty...
Jan 15, 2021
Céspedes to Chicago is official

Céspedes to Chicago is official

@JesseSanchezMLB Rough timeline could have the right fielder on the South Side on Opening Day 2022 More than three weeks ago, we brought you the news that MLB’s No. 1 international prospect, Yoelqui Céspedes, would be signing with the White Sox this month. We did not lie. Both Céspedes and Marco Paddy spoke to the media on Friday, saying about what you’d expect. Paddy does see Céspedes as near MLB-ready due to his Cuban playing experience. “I can’t tell you exactly how close or far I am from the majors,” NBC’s Vinnie Duber quoted Céspedes as saying....
Jan 15, 2021
Giolito, López agree to terms, avoid arbitration

Giolito, López agree to terms, avoid arbitration

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Yoelqui Céspedes and Nick Williams also join the fold The White Sox, breaking news themselves as is their norm, tweeted out just before today’s arbitration-avoidance deadline that they’d come to agreement with their remaining two possible cases, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo López: The #WhiteSox have agreed to terms on one-year contracts with right-handed pitchers Lucas Giolito ($4.150-million) and Reynaldo López ($2.1-million), avoiding arbitration with both players.— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) January 15, 2021 The Giolito...
Jan 15, 2021
Where do the White Sox go now?

Where do the White Sox go now?

Will Rick Hahn call on some budgetary creativity to fit Marcell Ozuna into the lineup, or are the White Sox destined to scrape out the rest of the roster with scraps? | Ronald Martinez/ What say you, sweet child o’ mine? With the signing of Liam Hendriks, the White Sox have fortified their bullpen with the best reliever on the market (and arguably in all MLB), likely ensuring no late-inning falloff from Alex Colomé’s excellent, two-year stint as their closer. The Hendriks signing is the capstone of a White Sox offseason that has been unusually fast-paced compared...
Jan 15, 2021
SSS Cryptosoxery #3

SSS Cryptosoxery #3

It’s a resurrection of a much more minor insurrection This week we get off the Tony La Russa mockery and into the mockery of another returnee to the White Sox uniform. First, though, the answer to last week’s Crypotosoxery, which you probably knew all of after solving the first five words spoken to his arresting officer: Do you see my ring? I’m a Hall of Famer baseball person. I’m legit. I’m a Hall of Famer, brother – Tony La Russa But enough about Hall-of-Famer persons. For this week’s quiz, we go from the very serious insurrection in Washington to a very...
Jan 15, 2021
Today in White Sox History: January 15

Today in White Sox History: January 15

A tale of two Colons 2003 Another bold stab by GM Ken Williams came as he acquired starter Bartolo Colon as part of a three-way deal with the Montreal Expos and New York Yankees. Colon had a good season for the White Sox, with 15 wins, 242 innings pitched and 173 strikeouts. It was his walk year, so he parlayed that into a large deal with the Angels — with whom he’d win the Cy Young in 2005. Williams brought Colon back in 2009 hoping for the same, but got little for his troubles. In fact, Colon got hurt, was overweight and when assigned to a minor league rehab stint never...
Jan 14, 2021
2021 South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Round 14

2021 South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Round 14

Jonathan Daniel/ Who is the 14th-best prospect in the White Sox system? If you’re unsure of what this is, read our Top Prospect Vote primer. This doesn’t happen very often, or maybe at all, but this round every player moved up one slot, in exact order, with the very minor exception of Bryan Ramos catching José Rodriguez to secure a tie for eight place. Pretty wild. That means it was Zack Burdi who ascended from runner-up to winner of the No. 13 slot, with 30% (65 of 217 votes). Like with Jake Burger in the 12th round, Burdi has made an impressive recovery in the...
Jan 14, 2021
Dugout Metrics Podcast 2 - Liam Hendriks and the Analytics of Closer Mojo

Dugout Metrics Podcast 2 - Liam Hendriks and the Analytics of Closer Mojo

Trevor Lines and Luke Smailes break down the big White Sox move of the offseason, and look ahead to see what’s next Well, a month after the premiere was not an ideal lag. But Dugout Metrics, which features South Side Sox college ballplayers/metrics mavens Trevor Lines and Luke Smailes breaking down the news of the day, is back, on the heels of the Liam Hendriks signing. In this Hendriks-plus episode: What has made Hendriks so good in 2019-20? Why not just keep former White Sox closer Alex Colomé? Closer mystique is an actual thing, at least as it applies to Hendriks Is...
Jan 14, 2021
Today in White Sox History: January 14

Today in White Sox History: January 14

Hoyt Wilhelm was the linchpin of Chicago’s bullpen in the 1960s. One master move set the White Sox up for much of the 1960s 1963 It was the move that re-energized the franchise and led directly to back-to-back-to-back 90 or more-win seasons in 1963, 1964 and 1965. White Sox GM Ed Short traded shortstop Luis Aparicio and outfielder Al Smith to the Orioles for third baseman Pete Ward, outfielder Dave Nicholson, shortstop Ron Hansen and relief pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm. Ward would be named Co-Rookie of the Year (with teammate Gary Peters) and would supply power for the next...
Jan 13, 2021
Sharing Sox Podcast 22 - Liam Hendricks Edition

Sharing Sox Podcast 22 - Liam Hendricks Edition

Throw another reliever on the barbie SSS duty geezer Leigh Allan and his son and west coast correspondent, Will, are joined by Liam Hendricks whisperer Eric Loughlin, who analyzes the latest Sox signing and all the ramifications thereof — or at least a bunch of them. From there, the conversation expands, as they look at additional relievers, other actions the White Sox could (or should) take this offseason, Lucas Giolito arbitration money probabilities, how the 2021 White Sox payroll is actually now lower than last year’s would have been, and ... crucially ... changes that...
Jan 13, 2021
South Side Sox Reacts: Next Free-Agent Dominoes to Fall

South Side Sox Reacts: Next Free-Agent Dominoes to Fall

A detail view of the cleats of Trevor Bauer of the Cincinnati Reds are seen during the game against the Chicago White Sox at Great American Ball Park on Sept. 19, 2020. | Michael Hickey/ With the White Sox snatching Liam Hendriks off the board, where will Trevor Bauer, DJ LeMahieu and George Springer land? Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Chicago White Sox fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts. The start of spring is within eyeshot, but some of baseball’s biggest...
Jan 13, 2021
The White Sox Bullpen Just Got Hercu-Liam!

The White Sox Bullpen Just Got Hercu-Liam!

Breaking T welcomes Liam Hendriks to the South Side with some groovy new closer wear To welcome our new, colorful closer, Liam Hendriks, Breaking T has gone positively Greek with the Australian, with Hercu-Liam! Breaking T put together four great purchase options for Hercu-Liam, from petite to husky, winter bundling to summer sunning. And click here to view everything in Breaking T’s White Sox collection in one spot. Individual links below should get you to other White Sox products on site, including the Classic Collection that features the Ed...
Jan 13, 2021
Dick Allen makes the South Side Sox White Sox Hall of Fame!

Dick Allen makes the South Side Sox White Sox Hall of Fame!

Congratulations, Dick. We hope this bodes well for Cooperstown enshrinement soon. The slugger was honored with a near-unanimous ballot Our second Veterans Committee ballot is in the books, and the sole winner was Chicago White Sox legend Dick Allen, with 86.5% of the vote. Allen nearly met his astronomical 89.3% tally in the preliminary round of this Veterans ballot. In 2020’s final vote (with Minnie Miñoso inducted), Allen earned 58% support. In a sign of a really strong ballot, no other candidates broke the 75% threshold — but none polled so poorly as to drop off...
Jan 12, 2021
2021 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 98: Lane Ramsey

2021 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 98: Lane Ramsey

No. 100 prospect Corey Zangari manages to squeeze into the frame otherwise dominated by No. 98 prospect, Lane Ramsey. | Tiffany Wintz/South Side Sox Ramsey is poised for a leap to Winston-Salem, and perhaps Birmingham, in 2021 Lane Ramsey Right-Handed Relief Pitcher6´9´´245 poundsAge: 24SSS rank among all right-handed relief pitchers in the system: 21 After transferring from Division II Newman University, Lane Ramsey spent the final two years of his college career with the University of Oklahoma. Yes, that’s correct. He transferred from Newman to Norman. While his...
Jan 12, 2021
2021 South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Round 13

2021 South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Round 13

Who is the 13th-best prospect in the White Sox system? If you’re unsure of what this is, read our Top Prospect Vote primer. Coming out of a very tight race last round, Jake Burger established himself early and didn’t let up his lead in order to become our No. 12 prospect, with 28% (104 of 371 votes). It’s a pretty impressive leap for Burger, who fell in the vote to No. 21 last year after finishing eighth and ninth in 2018 and 2019, starting his White Sox career. In the 2020 poll, Matthew Thompson finished as our No. 12 prospect in the vote. Blake Rutherford made a nice...