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Brainless Sox Brass

More ridiculous moves by Reinsdorf's hired hands!

One of the things we sometimes get to do as teachers is attend workshops that actually can improve your techniques in the classroom.  I mention this because I’ve spent the past week at just such a workshop.  This is great for me professionally, but for my avocation of writing this column, it wasn’t so good because I was pretty much incommunicado with the rest of the world from Sunday through Friday.   

Anyway, before I begin my rant this week, I’d like to thank Willy Harris, Jeff Carver, and everyone else at ISU for making the past week one of the most fulfilling in my 29 years of trying to teach. 

Before I left, I wrote a column in which I urged Lenny (aka Sox GM Kenny Williams) to make a move NOW.   I was then out of touch for a week.  Has anything new happened?  From what I can tell, the answer is that Lenny only half heard what I said.  He did make some moves, but one of them bordered on the bizarre. 

Sandy Alomar, Jr. is now on the DL which opens up the door for Josh Paul to make his annual appearance with the club. (When does this guy run out of options?)  The key move was that Matt Ginter was sent to Charlotte in exchange for…. 

Of course you know the answer, but I was out of touch for a week.  So when I heard of the moves, my first thought was, “Lenny finally got some sense and brought up Joe Crede

I guess I must have been delusional for a brief instant because when they said, “Willy Harris,” I was snapped back to reality and said to myself, “Of course it was Harris.”  He can sit on the bench and watch Ray Durham instead of actually getting some at bats and working on his game.   

Does anyone think that Harris will be replacing Durham in the foreseeable future?  Bringing up Crede would have simplified things on the left side of the infield because that means you can bench Clayton and have Graffanino as your utility player.” 

Of course Lenny and Jerry Manuel don’t think this way.  Listening to Manuel, Graffanino is the second coming of Brooks Robinson, or at least Bubba Phillips.  Yes, I know Tony has been hitting, but we’ve seen this in the past.  Eventually the grind of playing every day will get to him and he will drop back to about .237 and the fans will have another reason not to come out to Comiskey Park. 

Crede was ready to take over at third base last September and Manuel sat him on the bench the entire month, even after the Sox had been mathematically eliminated from a shot at the division title.  His excuse then was a dismissive, or so it seemed, “We already know what he can do.”  Crede had a terrific spring training, and he was sent down because third base was given to Jose Valentin.  This, of course was because of the absolutely stupid trade that brought over Royce Clayton, a defensive whiz at shortstop, as he’ll be the first to admit. 

So Crede continues to rot and will do so because Clayton continues to hog a roster spot with his (through June 14) .200 batting average.  There is a bright side to Clayton’s offensive contribution to the team, though.  He has 2 more hits than strike outs (37 of the former and 35 of the latter). 

Yes, I know I sound like a broken record, but I just don’t get it.  Willie Harris is going to sit on the bench, except for the occasional pinch hitting appearance against a National League club.  In Crede the Sox would have a third baseman for the next decade, someone who may not make us forget Robin Ventura but who at least will be well above average at the hot corner. 

So Crede continues to rot in Charlotte, the Sox continue to flounder around the .500 mark, and fans continue to scratch their heads.


Editor's Note: Hal Vickery has been a White Sox fan since 1955 when he was five years old. For much of that time he also had a secondary rooting interest in the Cubs, which he has shown the good sense to abandon. When not cheering for or writing about the Sox, Hal teachers chemistry and physics at North Boone High School, in Poplar Grove, IL. Hal commutes there daily from Joliet, where he lives with his wife Lee, and their dog, Buster T. Beagle. Hal's opinions are necessarily those of North Boone High School, his wife, or Buster T. Beagle. You can write Hal at nsmf@aol.com.

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