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itsnotrequired
02-16-2007, 07:04 AM
With several players entering the final year of their contracts, questions will continue to arise about their futures with the White Sox. These conversations will be dealt with privately and at the appropriate time because none of us want any distractions once the season begins. I personally have told each and every player that we have one goal to win the World Series again. If we focus on playing the game hard, the right way and ultimately reach that goal, then the future takes care of itself.


http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/fan_forum/state_of_the_sox.jsp?date=021607

Hitmen77
02-16-2007, 10:20 AM
Glad to hear him express such confidence in the team. I'm very interested in seeing what it is about Floyd that KW is so excited about.

I think our success in '07 will really hinge on Mark Buehrle. If he can return to how he was before July '06, then I like our chances.

Carp
02-16-2007, 10:32 AM
If Floyd ends up being a flop I think KW is going to have some explaining to do. I'm thinking (and hoping) he'll end up being a good #5 though. I'm really excited to see what this new bullpen can do.

chisoxmike
02-16-2007, 10:33 AM
Keys to '07

---> Buehrle/Contreras
---> must have a 5th starter and he must be consistant
---> bullpen
---> hitters can't make sub .500 pitchers look like Cy Young

gobears1987
02-16-2007, 10:59 AM
Glad to hear him express such confidence in the team. I'm very interested in seeing what it is about Floyd that KW is so excited about.


I think it could be a situation similar to Thornton's where the main issue was a mechanics issue that Cooper noticed on film and easily corrected. The M's pitching coach ought to be kicking his own ass for not fixing Thornton's issues.

gobears1987
02-16-2007, 10:59 AM
---> hitters can't make sub .500 pitchers look like Cy YoungSo no Cy Lima, gotcha.

I do wish I could laugh over that one, but it's so damn true. We make Chan Ho Park and other losers look really good sometimes.

ondafarm
02-16-2007, 11:10 AM
I think it could be a situation similar to Thornton's where the main issue was a mechanics issue that Cooper noticed on film and easily corrected. The M's pitching coach ought to be kicking his own ass for not fixing Thornton's issues.


To be fair, the mechanics are one thing, and one big thing, but the man's confidence is another. Sometimes the organization you come up is just too hard on you at the wrong time and you fail and that wears on you like an albatross. You go someplace new and they see you without recalling past failures and when the people around you don't then you don't. A change of scenery often works wonders. Everybody knows Floyd (and Thornton) has ability, but sometimes that albatross drags you down.

ondafarm
02-16-2007, 11:11 AM
Keys to '07

---> Buehrle/Contreras
---> must have a 5th starter and he must be consistant
---> bullpen
---> hitters can't make sub .500 pitchers look like Cy Young

Three guys: Buehrle, Anderson and Erstad.

Iwritecode
02-16-2007, 11:14 AM
---> hitters can't make sub .500 pitchers look like Cy Young

I think the big key to that is doing the little things. Hit behind the runner. Get the sac bunt down. Get the runner in from third with less than 2 outs.

Don't start swinging for the fences just because the guy has a 6+ ERA.

Luke
02-16-2007, 11:43 AM
Keys for the pitching staff:

Starting pitching doesn't have to get back to '05 form, but certainly needs to be more effective than '06.

Middle relief needs to protect leads better.

Bobby Jenks in better shape should help in the early and late part of the season, where he struggled last year.

Hitters:

8,9,1 spots need to step up. Podsednik wasn't horrible, but seemed like he struggled at the most important times last year.

Uribe and Anderson can't both in the .220s and .230s. If one of them can get into the .250s it would break up that black hole.

caulfield12
02-16-2007, 11:47 AM
To be fair, the mechanics are one thing, and one big thing, but the man's confidence is another. Sometimes the organization you come up is just too hard on you at the wrong time and you fail and that wears on you like an albatross. You go someplace new and they see you without recalling past failures and when the people around you don't then you don't. A change of scenery often works wonders. Everybody knows Floyd (and Thornton) has ability, but sometimes that albatross drags you down.

Thornton looked like the last arm in the pen, if he wasn't cut, coming into Spring Training.

Two former first-rounders with nothing to lose...the typical "change of scenery" trade, like Aardsma and Cotts. Or the Sox obtaining Sisco.

Can we blame all the White Sox major and minor league pitching coaches for the failures of 2000-2004? Not if they didn't have enough talent to work with...and it's not like any of the pitchers no longer with the Sox have gone anywhere else to accomplish anything of note, unless you think Gary Majewski or Jon Rauch were huge losses to the organization.

Dan Mega
02-16-2007, 11:59 AM
Not waving the slowest runners home around 3rd and base running in general are two improvements I'd like to see.

The Critic
02-16-2007, 07:44 PM
Keys to '07

---> Buehrle/Contreras
---> must have a 5th starter and he must be consistant
---> bullpen
---> hitters can't make sub .500 pitchers look like Cy Young

1. I feel good about Count and Mark.
2. I'm confident one of the many candidates will grab the opportunity, but obviously this will play out in ST and beyond.
3. The bullpen is intriguing, but I worry that the Sox have too many of the same type of pitcher in the pen now.
4. The main key as far as I'm concerned. I want to see the Sox hitters pound other teams' inexperienced pitchers and hanging-on veteran leftovers for a change.

oeo
02-17-2007, 02:38 AM
1. I feel good about Count and Mark.
2. I'm confident one of the many candidates will grab the opportunity, but obviously this will play out in ST and beyond.
3. The bullpen is intriguing, but I worry that the Sox have too many of the same type of pitcher in the pen now.
4. The main key as far as I'm concerned. I want to see the Sox hitters pound other teams' inexperienced pitchers and hanging-on veteran leftovers for a change.

What people don't realize, is our bullpen isn't a bunch of Joel Zumayas. They (mostly) have good secondary pitches.

BTW, I'm not saying Zumaya doesn't have good secondary pitches, just that he constantly throws his fastball and nothing else. Just because they throw the ball hard, does not mean it's a bad thing, because they can do more than just throw it hard.

RadioheadRocks
02-17-2007, 02:44 AM
Not waving the slowest runners home around 3rd and base running in general are two improvements I'd like to see.

Part one of that may have been taken care of with Cora moving from third base to bench coach.

pmck003
02-17-2007, 02:58 AM
I've only read the first post and I wish these post were the types that were banned. I don't mind a passionate idiot, but I do mind a balance sheet when I'm letting my mind go.

TheCommander
02-17-2007, 03:25 AM
I've only read the first post and I wish these post were the types that were banned. I don't mind a passionate idiot, but I do mind a balance sheet when I'm letting my mind go.

The first post was quoting Kenny Williams-why should it be banned?:?:

Vernam
02-17-2007, 07:17 AM
I think the big key to that is doing the little things. Hit behind the runner. Get the sac bunt down. Get the runner in from third with less than 2 outs.If we do these things well, it should be a great season. Ozzie has clearly learned his lesson after last year, and let's hope the players have, too. The key to 2005 was their ability to jump on top of teams early by scratching out a run or two, then do it again if necessary late in the game. If we'd done that well in 2006, a lot of other flaws -- especially the pitching -- wouldn't have seemed so glaring.

Vernam

itsnotrequired
02-17-2007, 07:55 AM
I've only read the first post and I wish these post were the types that were banned. I don't mind a passionate idiot, but I do mind a balance sheet when I'm letting my mind go.

Are you talking about my post?:?:

Hitmen77
02-17-2007, 08:47 AM
I've only read the first post and I wish these post were the types that were banned. I don't mind a passionate idiot, but I do mind a balance sheet when I'm letting my mind go.

Yes, direct quotes from the Sox general manager have no place in the clubhouse forum. :?:

viagracat
02-17-2007, 11:52 AM
I've only read the first post and I wish these post were the types that were banned. I don't mind a passionate idiot, but I do mind a balance sheet when I'm letting my mind go.

Post of the week.

chisoxfanatic
02-17-2007, 11:58 AM
I would say the keys to the season are:

-A consistently hitting lineup (that's 1-9)
-Go back to the fundamental baseball that won the World Series
-Not leaving a SP in an inning too long
-Conditioning the Pen

tick53
02-17-2007, 12:25 PM
Ive got a good feeling about the upcoming season. I like the fact that we have a good group of hard throwers in the pen and we'll be fine with our fifth starter. Can't wait..:smile: