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#1swisher
07-26-2012, 07:31 AM
White Sox winner of the Heart and Hustle Award, given by the MLB Players Association. MLB honors a winner from all 30 teams with the final winner announced Nov. 13th. in N.Y.

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120725&content_id=35535366&notebook_id=35541310&vkey=notebook_cws&c_id=cws


Congratulations, Alex Rios! :gulp:

SephClone89
07-26-2012, 08:34 AM
I thought he was lazy and didn't give a ****?

cws05champ
07-26-2012, 08:37 AM
I thought he was lazy and didn't give a ****?
That was when he was batting .220....

chisoxfanatic
07-26-2012, 08:48 AM
Why do they take nominations for this award this early? There's still over 1/3 of the season left! Nominations for any award, no matter what they are, should never be turned in until mid-September at the earliest.

doublem23
07-26-2012, 09:04 AM
Why do they take nominations for this award this early? There's still over 1/3 of the season left! Nominations for any award, no matter what they are, should never be turned in until mid-September at the earliest.

Probably because it's a stupid award and no one cares about it

kittle42
07-26-2012, 09:42 AM
Probably because it's a stupid award and no one cares about it

Bingo!

kufram
07-26-2012, 09:45 AM
Why do they take nominations for this award this early? There's still over 1/3 of the season left! Nominations for any award, no matter what they are, should never be turned in until mid-September at the earliest.


Especially the All-Star teams!!

Harry Chappas
07-26-2012, 10:01 AM
This is anecdotal at best, but Rios' body language this season speaks volumes about where his mind is at. He's smiling in the dugout, fist-pumping after big hits, etc. It's like night and day. I don't recall a player in my lifetime going from loathed to loved like Rios. His 180 is even more shocking to me than Dunn and Peavy's.

TomBradley72
07-26-2012, 10:32 AM
this is anecdotal at best, but rios' body language this season speaks volumes about where his mind is at. He's smiling in the dugout, fist-pumping after big hits, etc. It's like night and day. I don't recall a player in my lifetime going from loathed to loved like rios. His 180 is even more shocking to me than dunn and peavy's.

+1

CoopaLoop
07-26-2012, 11:49 AM
I only care about the grindiest award

DeadMoney
07-26-2012, 11:55 AM
He's also well on his way to winning the "I stole the Comeback Player of the Year from Dunn and Peavy" award, too.

JB98
07-26-2012, 12:41 PM
Rios is the best player on the team this year. Who would have thought?

PalehosePlanet
07-26-2012, 12:49 PM
Rios is the best player on the team this year. Who would have thought?

His skill set and tools have been the best on the team since the moment he got here. I think the bigger surprise is the fact that he was so terrible last year, as opposed to being great this year.

SoxSpeed22
07-26-2012, 01:04 PM
I was one of the many who wanted Rios gone last season, but I'm more than happy to eat my words this season. It is pretty difficult to believe the differences between this season and last season for him.

Noneck
07-26-2012, 01:11 PM
Rios is the best player on the team this year. Who would have thought?


He has the most tools of anyone on the Sox and did show them before in Toronto. In my mind he always had the most potential to be what he is today, it really doesnt shock me at all.

DeadMoney
07-26-2012, 01:13 PM
I was one of the many who wanted Rios gone last season, but I'm more than happy to eat my words this season. It is pretty difficult to believe the differences between this season and last season for him.

I mean as of NOW, the comparisons are unheard of:
2011: 145 games, 122 Hs, 22 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 13 HRs, 44 RBIs, 11 SBs, .227/.265/.348
2012: 96 games, 115 Hs, 23 2Bs, 5 3Bs, 16 HRs. 60 RBIs, 14 SBs, .314/.350/.536

SOXSINCE'70
07-26-2012, 02:56 PM
That was when he was batting .220....

For me,it was in 2009 and 2011.:angry:

palehosepub
07-26-2012, 03:17 PM
This is anecdotal at best, but Rios' body language this season speaks volumes about where his mind is at. He's smiling in the dugout, fist-pumping after big hits, etc. It's like night and day. I don't recall a player in my lifetime going from loathed to loved like Rios. His 180 is even more shocking to me than Dunn and Peavy's.

In my opinion the mark of the true characther of a person is how they act when times are tough. Alex pouted last year. He did not always run hard. He was caught napping on a few plays in the outfield last year. He missed the cutoff man.

He is doing great this year, I agree he could be the team MVP. You could make a comparison to Swisher in 2008 who was "Mister Happy & Positive" until he slumped during the second half of the year and was benched frequently - then he pouted and became a distraction to the team.

I dont care about the award but I would hope we recognize people who show consistent character and act professional whether they are going bad or good. Like Baines. Konerko. And Buehrle.

I hope Alex can stay in the groove because he really does have a lot of talent and can elevate a team.

doublem23
07-26-2012, 03:23 PM
I dont care about the award but I would hope we recognize people who show consistent character and act professional whether they are going bad or good. Like Baines. Konerko. And Buehrle.

Isn't the flip to that, though, people who don't show signs of stress and disappointment when things are going bad, people who just don't care?

palehosepub
07-26-2012, 03:30 PM
Isn't the flip to that, though, people who don't show signs of stress and disappointment when things are going bad, people who just don't care?

Theres a significant difference between showing stress and disappointment and losing your professionalism by not hustling or paying attention to a game situation. Alex's heart and head were not in the game at times last year because he was sulking.

LITTLE NELL
07-26-2012, 04:22 PM
Rios is the best player on the team this year. Who would have thought?

I would have traded him last year for a bucket of bolts. Got to give him tons of credit for changing that horrible batting stance and playing like the 5 tool player he should be.

Irishsox1
07-26-2012, 11:36 PM
Look at the stats, he was horrible but he was out of position. Could the change to right and a change in batting stance make all the difference?

However, I'm going to hold onto my final grade on Alex Rios until the end of the season.

TheVulture
07-27-2012, 12:17 AM
Rios' problems last year at the plate were purely mechanical - not just his stance, but mainly instead of simply dropping his hands into his swinging motion he was jerking his hands back and up while initiating his swing. I would imagine it a bit tough to hit major league pitching with that approach.

As far as his perceived attitude last year, let's not forget the Ozzie-taking-a dump-on-the-team factor.

palehozenychicty
07-27-2012, 03:42 AM
I'm happy that Alex has played well. He should be a premiere player in the AL.

Let's see if he can sustain it and do that again next year.