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hsnterprize
02-24-2005, 09:13 PM
In the March 4th edition of the Sporting News, there's an article by Chris De Luca about the White Sox. It's pretty straight-forward in my opinion, but it's re-hashing the same broken record about losing Maggs and CLee and replacing power with speed and defense. There is good and bad in this piece, so I have to say it's pretty fair for the most part. It's a 2-page deal, and just in case you're interested in buying this particular edition, it has Jeff Gordon celebrating his Daytona 500 win on the cover.

Here's an excerpt from the article...

"Maybe it (the lineup) doesn't have the star power or the firepower that it did have, " (Kenny) Williams says of the offense, "but we certainly have a heck of a lot more balance than we have had in a long time."

Williams adds: "We have a National League-type club with American League-type capabilities."

(Ozzie) Guillen, who promises thh Sox will be the American League's most aggressive team on the bases, makes no apologies for the makeover and is ready to accept blame if it fizzles. This is his preferred brand of baseball. What he inherited last season was a team preferred by his predecessors.

"We hit a lot of home runs, but so what? We finished in second place last year." says Guillen, who was the Marlins' 3rd base coach when they small-balled their way to a World Series title. "This is the team you win with-pitching, defense and speed. There are only 2 teams that can just beat the crap out of you every day-the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. Everybody else has to play baseball."

Scouts are quoted in the article, saying they don't feel the Sox "upgraded their defense that much" in regards to the losses of Maggs and CLee from a defensive side. Carlos didn't make an error last year. KW also says in the article that despite losing Maggs' power, there are 7 players that will have "20 or more" homers. KW also says the Sox are going to try to "beat the 3-time A.L. Central champion Twins at their own game.", and Twins' G.M. Terry Ryan says "that's very flattering to hear."

The quote you all should pay attention to is near the very end of the article, when De Luca says...

...it's their new lineup that will turn heads in the A.L. Central this season.

There's also a chart showing U.S. Cellular Field having the most HR's hit in it last year. According to the chart, the top 5 "Homer Havens" are...

Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati...220 HR's
Coors Field in Denver...221 HR's
Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia...228 HR's
Wrigley Field...233 HR's (the author says "reliance on the long ball hurt the Cubs' offense in '04.")
U.S. Cellular Field...272 HR's

The 5 "Pitchers' Pets"...

Shea Stadium in New York...152 HR's
Miller Park in Milwaukee...149 HR's
Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City...146 HR's
PNC Park in Pittsburgh...135 HR's (the author says Pittsburgh's "Death Valley" is in left center.)
Petco Park in San Diego...132 HR's (the author says "the Padres are becoming more dedicated to small ball.")

Not a bad piece. At least people across the country have some idea on what to expect from the Sox. Hopefully, our team can turn a lot of heads for good reasons in '05.

Fake Chet Lemon
02-24-2005, 09:20 PM
Do any of these National writers know that we have already been through almost an entire season without Ordonez ALREADY? They NEVER mention that.

MRKARNO
02-24-2005, 09:23 PM
Do any of these National writers know that we have already been through almost an entire season without Ordonez ALREADY? They NEVER mention that.

But that would actually require non-shallow thought and a tad bit of research. Something which appears near-impossible these days.

Clembasbal
02-24-2005, 09:35 PM
Every reporter around America last year said the White Sox were done ebcause they lost Colon and Flash Gordon. Though Flash was solid for the Yankees, Colon did nothing until about the last month of the year...not worth the money the Angels paid for him.

They can say what they want about losing Mags and Carlos, they might know something, odds are they know nothing and they are just stating what they know...that we lost them. They are idiots without real knowledge about the Sox, so they just have to print what they know...and they know we lost Mags and Carlos.

SOXintheBURGH
02-24-2005, 09:37 PM
But that would actually require non-shallow thought and a tad bit of research. Something which appears near-impossible these days.

Right. I mean, its not like the SOX had him for a full year then cut him and said good riddance. People are idiots.