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02-19-2002, 02:25 PM
The writes of spring training
By Bill Simmons
Page 2 columnist

The link (http://espn.go.com/page2/s/simmons/020219.html)

02-19-2002, 02:36 PM
New Guy: Todd Ritchie, anyone of the thousands that Jerry says can be the 5th starter(I think I'm 23rd on that list for the record. That Hansen kid, haven't heard much about him, but the scouts love him....not great velocity, but a competitor and crafty. He'll get a shot at the 5th starter job in camp)

Washed-Up Guy: Alomar(not a recent signing), hopefully not Lofton...Harold last year for sure

Sleepers: Lofton, Simmons

Unhappy Guy: Clayton (or Sox fans if Clayton isnt unhappy)

Position Change: Valentin(always the rumors), Borchard, Mags, Glover, Osuna, Parque, Lee, Hummel, Harris Did I leave anyone out? geez

Final Straw: Biddle, and maybe Crede, Dellasero, Simmons, Ramirez

Reclamation Project: Kohlmaier, Lofton, Eldred(oh sorry, force of habit), Jacquez, ?

02-19-2002, 02:46 PM
Guy With No Angle: Mags? Tough one here

New Coach with Magic Wand: Minor League Guys, revitalized Nardi?

Injured but hopeful Pitcher: Jesus, take your pick

Guy Looking to Make Amends: Clayton, Thomas(?)

Guilliotine Guy: Barcelo, Valentin(to an extent)

Departed Bitter Star: Still Sirotka

Clubhouse Leader: Valentin, Thomas(?), Foulke, Harold last year

Journeyman Pitcher Finds a Home: Wunch still, Kohlmaier, Jacquez, Pleasac(?)

Quirky Veteran: Konerko(media darling), ?

Guy who always wanted to play here:Pleasac

02-19-2002, 02:52 PM
4th OF who could play everyday for another team: Rowand

Return Engagement: ?, Harold last year

Star Nobody Can Figure Out:Thomas

Last Stand: Honorable mention for Baines(working on multiple last stands here)

Phenom: Take your pick...LTP is next on that horizon

Nightmare Pitcher from Hell: Could be Howry, Kohlmaier....Navarro still the king here

Loveable Bench Guy: Graffiano

Visa Problems: Munoz, Ramirez, etc

duke of dorwood
02-19-2002, 02:54 PM
New Guy- Kenny Lofton (this was tough there are so many)

Washed Up guy - Sandy Alomar

Sleepers- Crash, Crede, Miguel Olivo

Unhappy Guy- Jim Parque

Position Change- Jose Valentin (Again)

Final Straw-Ray Durham

Reclamation Project- Antonio Osuna (all that prior arm trouble)

My Favorite Phenom- John Rauch

The guy with no angle- Joe Crede (again) and Jon Garland

The Injured but hopeful pitcher-Bob Howry

Guy looking to make amends-The Big Hurt

Departed Bitter Star-Harold Baines

Clubhouse Leader-Paul Konerko

The journeyman pitcher that finds a home-Todd Ritchie

The Quirky Veteran- The Choice

Guy who always wanted to play here-Dan Pleasac (how ironic)

Fourth Outfielder that would start on any team-Aaron Rowand

Return Engagement-Brian Simmons

Star no one can figure out-Frank Thomas

Last Stand-Sandy Alomar

Keep an eye out for this guy-Corwin Malone

02-19-2002, 02:58 PM
Good call on the return engagement...almost missed that one

02-19-2002, 02:59 PM
Rich, will you please post links. I have limits on post length for a reason.

02-19-2002, 03:06 PM
Originally posted by FarWestChicago
Rich, will you please post links. I have limits on post length for a reason.

Whats the reason?:) I don't think I exceeded any of the post limits Did I?

02-19-2002, 03:13 PM
New Guy - Kenny Lofton

Washed Up - none, unless Harold shows up.

Sleepers - Onan Masaoka, Todd Ritchie

Unhappy Guy - Jim Parque (stretch since Lowe and Perry are gone)

Position Change - Jose Valentin

Final Straw - Matt Ginter

Reclamation Project - Justin Baughman

No Angle - Paul Konerko

New Coach - none

Injured-but-Hopeful - Rocky Biddle

Looking to Make Amends - Frank Thomas

Guillotine Guy - Lorenzo Barcelo

Departed, Bitter Star - Chris Singleton (?)

Clubhouse Leader - Jose Valentin

Journeyman Pitcher - Gary Glover

Quirky Veteran - none

Guy who always wanted to play here - Josh Paul

Fourth Outfielder who could start - Aaron Rowand

Return Engagement - Brian Simmons

Star Noone can figure out - Frank Thomas

Last Stand - Sandy Alomar

Phenom - Corwin Malone

Nightmare Pitcher from Hell - Danny Wright

Something to Prove - Carlos Lee, Ray Durham

Lovable Bench Guy - Tony Graffanino

Visa Problems - Arnaldo Munoz

02-19-2002, 03:19 PM
<<Reclamation Project - Justin Baughman >>

What in the hell is this?

02-19-2002, 03:30 PM
Originally posted by RichH55
<<Reclamation Project - Justin Baughman >>

What in the hell is this?

Look him up - Baughman was an infield prospect for Anaheim that never did anything at the big-league level. Finally, they let him go, and the Sox picked him up. I guess you can throw Corey Lee into that pile, as well.

02-19-2002, 05:39 PM
My favorite on the Sox team:

"Keep an eye out for this guy" Guy - Arnaldo Munoz
This guy was a reliever in A ball last year and they are already talkign abotu him making the team, yeah right...

Center of Controversey - Royce Clayton
The guy who has been dragged through the mud by the fans but the organization still believes in for some reason. In past years this spot has belonged to names like Jaime Navarro and Albert Belle.