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WizardsofOzzie
04-10-2006, 04:27 PM
Send to triple AAA to work it out

Drop down lower in the batting order

Put him on the DL

Nothing, he will find his stroke soon

WizardsofOzzie
04-10-2006, 04:28 PM
Whats your take?

IlliniSox4Life
04-10-2006, 04:31 PM
Where's the option for trade him to the Cubs for Pierre?

ShoelessJoeS
04-10-2006, 04:32 PM
If he's hurt, put him on the DL. Otherwise he is our leadoff hitter and that won't change. I think this poll will be obselete by next week.

CaptainBallz
04-10-2006, 04:32 PM
Ask in a week or so..

WizardsofOzzie
04-10-2006, 04:33 PM
Where's the option for trade him to the Cubs for Pierre?

I was thinking C-Pat

WizardsofOzzie
04-10-2006, 04:34 PM
If he's hurt, put him on the DL. Otherwise he is our leadoff hitter and that won't change. I think this poll will be obselete by next week.

I agree. Im just riled up from a fight w/ a sox fan over on the ESPN boards that insists he needs to be dropped to AAA.
http://forums.espn.go.com/espn/thread?forumID=106&threadID=3469383&lastPostID=21958159
Just wondering what other opinions were.

Iwritecode
04-10-2006, 04:37 PM
Send to triple AAA to work it out

Drop down lower in the batting order

Put him on the DL

Nothing, he will find his stroke soon

Make him do 20 push-ups everytime he hits one in the air...

TaylorStSox
04-10-2006, 04:38 PM
Make 2 threads about him.

1917
04-10-2006, 04:38 PM
I wouldn't be against a stint in AAA to get his stroke back, he had little ST so it's not a slap in the face or anything. But I think they are going to let him work it out here.

ShoelessJoeS
04-10-2006, 04:39 PM
I agree. Im just riled up from a fight w/ a sox fan over on the ESPN boards that insists he needs to be dropped to AAA.
http://forums.espn.go.com/espn/thread?forumID=106&threadID=3469383&lastPostID=21958159
Just wondering what other opinions were.Hey it's ok to be passionate about our White Sox, just be glad that guy doesn't post here!

:cool:

WizardsofOzzie
04-10-2006, 04:41 PM
Make 2 threads about him.

haha, sorry about that. Still figuring out how the controls work over here. I will say i like it here alot better than the ESPN boards

oeo
04-10-2006, 04:42 PM
Send to triple AAA to work it out

Drop down lower in the batting order

Put him on the DL

Nothing, he will find his stroke soon
I just want to know who's going to be leading off and playing LF if they did anything with him. No more Ozuna, please.

I think it's all in his head right now. DJ said that there isn't one guy that is more angry with his performance than himself. I think he's feeling some kind of pressure and I'm sure it's frustrating, I think he can turn it around. As long as we're winning ballgames, give him the time to turn it around because when he does, we can be that unstoppable force.

Tragg
04-10-2006, 04:42 PM
What should we do? Pray that he gets it together.

He's the only player close to a lead-off hitter that we have. Even last year, his OBP was only decent for a lead-off hitter; it was his OBP plus his steals that made him a real asset.

We can't move him down. What are we going to do, play Ozuna at leadoff? Uribe? What a disaster that would be. Last year, Timo led games off.

I don't know what we have in the minors for next year, but we're gonna need someone next year and they aren't easy to find in trade or FA.

batmanZoSo
04-10-2006, 04:44 PM
It's too early to do anything drastic. Pretty much everyone has a stretch like this at some point during the season. It looks worse when you have it at the beginning. He's in ST right now, and he's proven he can hit...it's not like he's a young prospect and the jury's still out on whether he belongs here.

WizardsofOzzie
04-10-2006, 04:49 PM
for the record, i think he'll be just fine. and sorry about the double post w/ the poll. Still a newbie around here :)

samram
04-10-2006, 04:51 PM
There's nothing you can do right now except hope he starts hitting.

Madvora
04-10-2006, 04:51 PM
If it starts affecting wins and losses, then we should make a change. I wouldn't mind seeing Iguchi in the 1 spot. You can't really think of making that change after a win though.
He needs to get some extra BP right now.

CHIsoxNation
04-10-2006, 04:55 PM
I just want to know who's going to be leading off and playing LF if they did anything with him. No more Ozuna, please.

I think it's all in his head right now. DJ said that there isn't one guy that is more angry with his performance than himself. I think he's feeling some kind of pressure and I'm sure it's frustrating, I think he can turn it around. As long as we're winning ballgames, give him the time to turn it around because when he does, we can be that unstoppable force.

It's too bad that Sweeney isn't completely ready yet. I would love to see him out there.

lostletters
04-10-2006, 04:58 PM
I read on the white sox website that he is fine, and just needs to get back in step. I think the first couple of weeks will be tough to watch, but after that Pods will be back to his usual self.

Sending him down to AAA is not going to help here, only hurt.

Chicken Dinner
04-10-2006, 05:07 PM
If I'm not mistaken, this is a contract year for Pods. His destiny is in his own hands. If the boy doesn't get it together, I'm sure he won't be around come August.

I guess I have to post this same thing in the other thread because we're in a parallel time continuum. :o:

kevingrt
04-10-2006, 05:07 PM
I have this feeling that Pods is not 100%, meaning he should go on the DL. I could be wrong though if I am wrong then just keep him at leadoff as I hope he will eventually find his stroke. I just have that weird feeling that something is not right with Pods. Ever since last year and the groin injury he hasn't really been the same at the plate or on the basepaths.

SoxFan76
04-10-2006, 05:19 PM
Leave him there. Let him work it out himself.

He's been playing big league baseball for awhile now, he'll get it worked out.

gbergman
04-10-2006, 05:40 PM
i agree 20 pushups everytime he hits one in the air

ondafarm
04-10-2006, 06:09 PM
Actually, I was on a team that lost our lead-off man to injury. We all got bumped in the order one notch; it was the only time in pro ball that I batted sixth. I think his replacement batted eigth with the pitcher still slotted in at ninth. Could this be done with the Sox?

((Not the pitcher obviously, I mean juggling the order.))

Frater Perdurabo
04-10-2006, 06:12 PM
He ought to try to bunt his way on base. That way, the infield will be drawn in toward the plate. Then, he can poke little nubbers over the heads of infielders to get on base. When they start to move back in the next AB, he can bunt again.

For the time being, leave him at leadoff. He is a one-week hot streak away from being back to a .290 average. In the unlikely event he's still at or below .200 come May 15, then it may be time to send him to Charlotte and give Owens or Mackowiak a chance.

JB98
04-10-2006, 06:18 PM
It's too bad that Sweeney isn't completely ready yet. I would love to see him out there.

If something were to happen to Pods, I think you'd see Owens in a Sox uniform. He's got the tools to be a leadoff hitter.

I'm concerned about Scott, but right now, the best solution is to keep trotting him out there and hope he gets it figured out. He's earned the benefit of the doubt.

richb2
04-10-2006, 06:26 PM
god grief-it's only the first week of the season--step off the ledge already----he will be fine-the dark clouds are already getting to me

gobears1987
04-10-2006, 06:27 PM
Give Pods at bats. That's the only thing we can do.

minutia
04-10-2006, 06:36 PM
Make him do 20 push-ups everytime he hits one in the air...

I like that idea. Straight out of the movie Major League.

IowaSox1971
04-10-2006, 06:38 PM
Either put Pods on the DL or have him get his act together in Triple-A. He's worthless to us if he's going to keep playing like this. I can handle a hitless slump on offense, but he's not even drawing walks or advancing runners ... and he's also horrible on defense. There is no way that ball should have fallen for a hit in the seventh inning, I don't care if it was off the end of the bat or not. Plus, earlier he misplayed a single into a single and an error, and I believe he got a bad jump on another ball to turn a single into a double. That's a pretty lousy game for a left fielder.

What we have right now is a guy hitting like Ron Karkovice at his worst batting leadoff for us. Actually, Karkovice's .071 average would be an improvement. With the way Podsednik is going, it means we start off every game with an out, and he is guaranteed to come up for us at least the most of anybody on the team. Podsednik looks lost out there, and if he's not ready to play, he shouldn't be playing at the major-league level.

TheKittle
04-10-2006, 06:44 PM
Let's trade every player if he goes 1 for 9 in a three game series. Then we will be a better team!!!!!

Jjav829
04-10-2006, 06:44 PM
Burn him!

What should we do with him? Nothing. Keep putting him out there everyday until he starts hitting. He's not the first player to get off to a horrible start and he certainly won't be the last. Ichiro only has 6 hits. Bonds only has 2. Ditto for Shawn Green, Jeff Francoeur, Jason Lane, Ronnie Belliard, Jacque Jones, Mike Sweeney, Ray Durham, Rondell White and Frank Thomas. Dan Johnson is 0-19. Bad starts happen. Pods just has to keep playing and turn it around. One 3-4 day could be all it takes.

IowaSox1971
04-10-2006, 06:49 PM
He's worthless to us right now on offense and defense. Make sure he's well before we put him back out on a major league field. I don't care if he goes to the minors or is put on the DL.

Jjav829
04-10-2006, 06:55 PM
He's worthless to us right now on offense and defense. Make sure he's well before we put him back out on a major league field. I don't care if he goes to the minors or is put on the DL.

Did you ever think that maybe he is healthy, but just off to a slow start? It's 7 games. There have been players who have played poorly in their first 7 games before.

soxfanreggie
04-10-2006, 06:58 PM
Well, if he is hurt, place him on the 15 day DL-I would say that for any injured player at this point in time. If he isn't injured, let him get out of this funk. Hopefully it gets out of his system now and he doesn't have one later on in the season. He didn't have much of a ST, so hopefully he just needs some games to get acclimated.

SoxSpeed22
04-10-2006, 06:58 PM
Dan Johnson is 0-19.Damn Him!:cuss:

SBSoxFan
04-10-2006, 07:18 PM
Didn't Robin Ventura start one season about 0 for 41?

gbergman
04-10-2006, 07:21 PM
its well to early for this, i say give him the month of april, if he continues to suck it up drop to triple a

WizardsofOzzie
04-10-2006, 07:24 PM
Let's trade every player if he goes 1 for 9 in a three game series. Then we will be a better team!!!!!

Thats exactly why i asked this question because i got tired of people w/ that kind of attitude. Im glad im not crazy

BeviBall!
04-10-2006, 07:27 PM
People calling for Pods' demotion are ****ing insane.

WizardsofOzzie
04-10-2006, 07:29 PM
People calling for Pods' demotion are ****ing insane.

So much more sanity here than over on the ESPN boards

he gone!
04-10-2006, 07:40 PM
now, now..you know pods is gonna be just fine

soxfanatlanta
04-10-2006, 08:52 PM
He did hit the ball hard once today late in the game. Although it drives me crazy that he is swinging at everything lately, he just has to work this funk out for himself.

Ask me again in 2 weeks - I might be singing a different tune. :tongue:

illinisox1
04-10-2006, 09:09 PM
you don't do anything, dudes gotta be our leadoff hitter if we are to be successful this year, so you gotta keep him there and hope he picks it up soon.......

CLR01
04-10-2006, 09:16 PM
We should change his last name to Konerko. That should buy him atleast two months of sucking before people start asking for him to be replaced.

thomas35forever
04-10-2006, 09:24 PM
Don't worry. He'll be distracting pitchers again in no time.

JB98
04-10-2006, 09:26 PM
We should change his last name to Konerko. That should buy him atleast two months of sucking before people start asking for him to be replaced.

I think we should move Dye to 1B, or just play Gloadie.

SOXSINCE'70
04-10-2006, 09:47 PM
I refuse to panic.He may be pressing too much.
Once he relaxes,the hits will arrive,IMHO.

SOXSINCE'70
04-10-2006, 09:50 PM
I think we should move Dye to 1B, or just play Gloadie.

GLOADIE??!!??:unsure: :puking:

JB98
04-10-2006, 10:15 PM
GLOADIE??!!??:unsure: :puking:

That was in honor of one of the FORG. Last year, when Paulie was in a slump, someone posted, "Oh, Gloadie! I miss you!!!" in the game thread. Just ridiculous.

kittle42
04-10-2006, 10:26 PM
Who actually voted that he be sent to AAA?

Brian26
04-10-2006, 10:51 PM
Who actually voted that he be sent to AAA?

Doesn't really make sense. All he needs right now is at-bats...and he's not going to get more at bats magically in AAA. His at bats up here will be against better pitching....the only answer is to try to ride out the storm and get him back in his groove.

SoxSpeed22
04-10-2006, 11:28 PM
Doesn't really make sense. All he needs right now is at-bats...and he's not going to get more at bats magically in AAA. His at bats up here will be against better pitching....the only answer is to try to ride out the storm and get him back in his groove.This is the best solution. I just hope that we don't become too dependent on the long ball without him in his groove.

SoxFan64
04-11-2006, 11:46 PM
It would be nice for Pods to get some more spring training at bats but that's not possible. As for sending him to the DL, what does that accomplish? He will need time to get his swing back. As for sending him to Charlotte -- well it is warmer and he could work on his swing; but who is going to lead off and play left? Without Pods in the leadoff spot we are back to Sox circa 2002-04, too dependent on the long ball as our offense.

If there is a real problem with his health I have no doubt that KW has a plan B.

MikeKreevich
04-12-2006, 08:31 AM
I think the key factor is his foot speed. Is Podsednik 100% physically? Without his stolen bases and pitcher disruption, he is a below average outfielder. He is a below average outfielder who depends on his foot speed. He has a week throwing arm and doesn't hit for power. What he does good is run and if he is slightly injured, that ability is compromised. I'm for getting him healthy.

Steelrod
04-12-2006, 08:51 AM
He's hitting about the same as Ichiro. Probably we should do what Seattle will do, NOTHING ! It's April 12th!

bigsoxfan420
04-12-2006, 09:00 AM
Does WSI get a vote with Ozzie now. What's with the WE?

Anyway... TRADE HIM

Thome's Homey
04-12-2006, 11:44 AM
I say drop him to the #2 spot for now. He can find his stroke while doing something useful, like moving Iguchi over so that he can score on singles. :D:

D. TODD
04-12-2006, 11:49 AM
It's only 1 WEEK! Do I smell a it's time to end the Pods experiment thread.:o: His health does concern me though, hopefully he is not nagged with leg problems or he becomes extremely limited to say the least.

Hitmen77
04-12-2006, 12:15 PM
Quote from today's Trib.

Scott Podsednik is 1-for-26 (.038) through the first seven games, but there are no instant alternatives at Triple-A Charlotte. Leadoff batter Jerry Owens is 2-for-20 (.100) and Ryan Sweeney is batting .190 (4-for-21).


Looks like Owens and Sweeney are hitting just about as poorly at Charlotte as Pods is hitting here. So promoting them at this point is not an option. I think this is a reminder that anyone can start very poorly in the first 26 ABs of the season. The theory that Pods is suffering now from having too few ABs in spring training is the most plausible to me. The only concern I have is that the real problem is that he's injured. That would be a big problem for the Sox.

Steelrod
04-12-2006, 12:22 PM
Remember a guy named Ventura. Was 0 for 46 or something like that. I suggest you and Kenny be patient!

Hangar18
04-12-2006, 12:34 PM
How about the DL? Let him sit for 15, do absolutely nothing, except get in a cage and take swings 8hrs a day.
THEN, call him back.
In the meantime, let Ozuna lead off .................. Pods is doing us absolutely no good leading off right now, and is going to end up hurting himself, and eliminate us from playoff contention. Dont want to be a dark cloud so early here, but cannot fall back any farther to the Indians.
They dont even seem to be hitting on all cylinders yet. I cant see the SOX going on a 34-5 run anytime soon.

Theanticub
04-12-2006, 12:54 PM
Keep him where he is, he's only had 30 at-bats, and he was light in the at-bat category during ST.

He'll find his groove...and it will come soon (*prays*)

viagracat
04-12-2006, 01:04 PM
Remember a guy named Ventura. Was 0 for 46 or something like that. I suggest you and Kenny be patient!

Ryne Sandberg also started out a year like that. Everybody goes into a slump sooner or later. It's just more noticeable when your average is .038 (ya think? :tongue: ). Pods'll work out of it, but he has to play. Maybe dropping him down in the order temporarily might take some pressure off him.

Thome's Homey
04-12-2006, 01:14 PM
He'll find his groove...and it will come soon (*prays*)

Did you just see the double and the run toward third? If that isn't the picture of running in pain, I don't know what is.

Last year, Pods ran leaning forward. This year, his back is straight.

Last year, he took long (stretched out) strides. This year, his knees are getting too high in the air.

It's consistent with a groin that's still hurting. Shorter, higher steps exercise your groin muscles less than long strides do. I remember playing center field and leading off through my hernia back in high school. :whiner:

I did all the same things that Pods is doing today.

Reni
04-12-2006, 01:17 PM
with that playmate wife of his, maybe she keeps him too busy off the field, making him tired the rest of the time! (if this has been said, forgive me) :cool:

This kind of thing is always speculated about in the UK when a footballer's performance suffers when he is dating a supermodel, pop star, porn star, etc......

gobears1987
04-12-2006, 01:19 PM
And Podsjust got a double. He's running wierd, but that might be more psychological. After an injury, you don't push yourself becaue you fear reinjuring it.

soxfan13
04-12-2006, 01:23 PM
I think we need to give up some of our surplus of pitching to get crawford