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Offseason

Posted 05-15-2017 at 06:39 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-05-2018 at 07:29 AM by TommyJohn

Offseason

November 25, 1969-New Sox owner John Allyn rejects an offer from Milwaukee Brewers, Inc. to play a slate of games in their city in 1970.

"I don't see any point in continuing to play there" Allyn said. He explained that the point of the games was to prove that the city could support a team. "However, there is nothing more to prove. Milwaukee is not going to get a team."

On the same day, Kansas City Royals outfielder Lou Piniella is announced as the BBWAA AL Rookie of the Year. Carlos May had been the frontrunner for the award until his career-threatening injury ended his season in August. However, May is named AL ROY by the Sporting News.

December 13, 1969-Ed Short gets the hot stove league going with a big winter trade. Gary Peters, with the Sox since his first cup of coffee in 1959, is dealt to the Boston Red Sox (then, as always, in search of left-handed pitching) along with catcher Don Pavelitch. Coming to the White Sox are infielder Sydney O'Brien (who nicknamed himself "The Irish Jew") and 23 year old minor league pitcher Billy Farmer, who had been scouted by Ray Berres, who highly recommended him.

Peters, the 1963 AL Rookie of the Year, was one of the Sox' pitching stars of the decade, albeit one who was almost always hampered by his teammates' lack of hitting. Occasionally Peters would help out his own cause with a home run. Subpar years in 1968 and 1969 made him expendable. Also, he was the White Sox Players' Union representative.

December 18, 1969-Short continues to dispose of 1960s Sox stars in his rebuilding efforts. Pete Ward is dealt to the New York Yankees in exchange for 22 year old minor league pitcher Mickey (not Mantle) Scott.

Ward had been acquired in a big 1963 trade that had sent Luis Aparicio to the Baltimore Orioles. Ward had two splendid seasons at 3rd base, hitting 23 and 22 home runs and looking like the answers to the team's prayers at the position. However, a back injury sustained in a 1965 car accident permanently affected Ward's career. He still continued to supply some pop from the plate, but is not the same hitter he had been in his first two seasons.
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