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Big Hurt Errors!

Well Sox fans, Frank Thomas showed us why he is a DH and not a First baseman Sunday, by committing two errors and looking uncomfortable out there for the most part. I think Jerry Manuel could use his twenty/twenty hindsight vision now and admit that Frank probably should have played more at first base in ST this year, knowing full well that he was going to have to play at least twelve games there this year, during interleague play. The fact that Paul Konerko is suffering from a slight quadriceps oowie right now only brings this problem out a little earlier in the season than would normally be expected. Frank did prove, however, that his ability to swing a thirty four inch chunk of lumber can still bring astonishing results, the sawed off broken bat homerun he hit in the first inning is one of the most astounding feats of pure strength I have ever seen. Hitting a broken bat homerun is one thing, hitting a homerun with a half-swing on a sawed off bat is impressive, and thatís coming from someone that saw Greg Luzinski put a ball on the roof of Old Comiskey in person. There has been some comments made about trading Frank, mostly made by those that choose to panic way to early, my reply to that is that when you have a Hall of Fame player on your roster it is in the teams best interest to keep him there. But then again what the hell do I know? 

More Sox Coaching Blunders

The Sox have shown a couple of problems with their coaching staff thru spring training and into the regular season, Gary Pettis was brought in to improve base running, and stealing bases in general, a stat that has become worse since he took over the job. Even routine baserunning has declined under his watch, note the baserunning blunders in both Seattle and Kansas City, luckily the ones in KC did not hurt the team, mostly due to pure ineptitude on the KC defense. Good aggressive baserunning is a sign of a good team, but there is only two players in the line-up that have the skill, Jose Valentin and Kenny Lofton, neither of whom learned it from Gary Pettis, while the players that Pettis has taught make rotten decisions and get caught in bad situations, like trying to steal an occupied base. Yes you could say that someone read the signs wrong, but isnít it the job of the first base coach to take care of those mistakes? Gary Glover was a good pitcher last year, until he was subjected to a full spring training under Nardi, the same Nardi that put almost an entire pitching staff on the DL last season, yet he still has a job. I donít know much, I know that mountains are tall, I know that oceans are deep, and I know a trend when I see one, and this is not a good trend. Blame the performance of the bullpen on relying from players coming back from injuries if you want, but what got them injured in the first place? Granted, pitchers get hurt, it is the nature of the beast, the human arm was not designed to do what they do on a regular basis, but shouldnít a pitching coach worth his name be able to recognize a potential problem? Better yet, shouldnít he be able to teach his pitchers the art of avoiding it? Tommy John blamed his arm problems on poor mechanics taught by an inferior pitching coach, and was able to come back and prove that there is a way to keep an arm healthy. Nardi so far has proven he only knows how to wound them.

Good Riddance to Scrap Iron

Some random baseball notes, the Detroit Tigers lightened up their dugout by dumping some scrap iron, namely Phil Garner, probably the only manager in baseball that makes Terry Bevington look semi intelligent. So long Phil and thanks for the comic relief your decisions have provided over the years. Also shown the door was GM Randy Smith, after a long track record of dubious decisions. Luis Pujols, former bench coach, replaces Garner as interim manager, while team president Dave Dombrowski takes over for Smith. The question that has to be asked here is why wait till the season started to do this? I think it will be a long uphill climb for the Tigers to get out of hole they are in. Hearings in the MLBPA grievance filed over contraction resume this week, with Bob Dupuy on the stand, to be followed by Bud himself. Paul Beeston spared himself the ordeal of lying under oath by leaving his position as COO of MLB, whether he did this on his own or at Budís request is still open to speculation. In the bizarre category, the bidding for a piece of Luis Gonzalezís used chewing gum has reached $3,200, have you made your bid yet?

                                  DAVER


Dave Schmitt is a life-long resident of the Joliet area, with the exception of two years spent being the only Sox fan in the hell hole known as Baytown Texas, where the trucks are large and the alligators are hungry.  Plumber by trade, hunter by choice, and fisherman 'cause you canít hunt year round.  Married With Children, and four dogs that are confirmed Sox fans.  The kids have less sense.  You can send email to Daver at daver@whitesoxinteractive.com.

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