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Old 02-14-2017, 01:19 PM
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Pitchers and Catchers report today, with full squad workout Feb. 18th.

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Both Jones and Robertson excited to be playing for Team USA

Jones on pitching in the WBC: "Itís not everyday that someone asks you to represent the country. Iím pretty excited about that."

"Itís not every day that Joe Torre and Jim Leyland call on you. That was exciting."

"I feel strong. I feel healthy and canít wait to get after it."

Jones on trade rumors: "Itís tough at times because thatís the part you realize itís a business."

Tilson on his ongoing hamstring recovery: "The next step for me is to get to game speed."
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Old 02-14-2017, 01:51 PM
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Was just looking at WBC site and saw Pakistan had a team in the qualifier round for the first time. Apparently they are the baseball powerhouse of southern Asia. They've won the Asian Baseball Cup five times in the last six and second the other time. Of course, the cup serves as qualifier to Asian Championship where the eastern asian powerhouses routinely tear them up. You never know, Pakistan could be trouble in 30 years if baseball develops there with their cricket history.
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Old 02-14-2017, 02:49 PM
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Here's an interesting article from NYT on Pakistani team's trip to the qualifier in NYC: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/21/s...iers.html?_r=0
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Old 02-14-2017, 03:09 PM
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Chuck Garfien ‏@ChuckGarfien 1m1 minute ago

If Charlie Tilson is healthy, he'll be the favorite to be White Sox starting CF. Sox want to see what he can do.

Scott Merkin ‏@scottmerkin 3m3 minutes ago

Hahn on ST trades: "We are going to continue to keep an open mind and where there’s conversations to be had, we will pursue them."

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Carlos Rodon says he didn't throw today because the White Sox are taking it slow with him this spring. Expects to throw Friday.
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Old 02-14-2017, 03:16 PM
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Old 02-25-2017, 02:39 PM
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Was just looking at WBC site and saw Pakistan had a team in the qualifier round for the first time. Apparently they are the baseball powerhouse of southern Asia. They've won the Asian Baseball Cup five times in the last six and second the other time. Of course, the cup serves as qualifier to Asian Championship where the eastern asian powerhouses routinely tear them up. You never know, Pakistan could be trouble in 30 years if baseball develops there with their cricket history.
Cricket skills, though, really don't translate to baseball skills.The bats and swings are wildly different. So are the balls -- although they weigh about the same, you couldn't throw a curve, let alone a knuckler, with a cricket ball, and the bowlers "pitch" with a running start. Cricketers, with one exception, also don't wear gloves on defense and tend to catch with their throwing hand when not catching with two hands. Cricket history might inspire increased baseball interest among people who migrate to baseball as a faster game (although India has modified cricket rules to make it a faster game for its televised national league).

Cricketers do have a head-start for baseball with hand-eye coordination, although it's probably not much of an edge over Irish hurlers, who play a faster game than baseball. Still, developing baseball players means bringing up generations with diamond-shaped fields with bases at 90-degree angles as their default rather than a pitch. Hard-throwing pitchers can take teams a long way, but most don't have much movement if they came to baseball from cricket.

Likewise, the best hitters in countries who pick up baseball as a second-bat sport may well have the skills to hit velocity but have had little experience with the sort of movement they would see in a world tournament.

A world baseball tournament should help develop interest in the sport, but it's probably going probably take great generational interest for a country to compete with the world with its own nationals.
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Apparently Lawrie is hurt again. Renteria said he woke up this morning and that leg "didn't feel right..." It the same leg that caused him to not play after the middle of July.

He will be re-evaluated.

Maybe 100 losses is possible! Bring on that #1 draft pick!

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Old 02-25-2017, 07:34 PM
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Maybe, but good Lord, this is going to be SO painful.
"Painful" is hoping against all logic that a patchwork team with obvious unaddressed flaws can have everything go right all at once, sneak into the playoffs, and catch fire once that time arrives, only to be disappointed yet again when it doesn't happen.

If anything, this year will be far less painful than any one of the previous eight seasons that have ended without a postseason appearance, because we already are resigned to that fate before the season starts. 2018 and 2019 will be the same way, and I'm willing to punt 2020 as well if need be. Just don't take the turkey out of the oven too soon and give us all salmonella.
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Apparently Lawrie is hurt again. Renteria said he woke up this morning and that leg "didn't feel right..." It the same leg that caused him to not play after the middle of July.

He will be re-evaluated.

Maybe 100 losses is possible! Bring on that #1 draft pick!

Lip
Lawrie is hurt? I'll stand by the signing of Avi and Lawrie.

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Old 02-25-2017, 08:42 PM
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I watched most of todays spring training game against the Dodgers. Couple observations:

Was it just me or did it look like Fulmer had tamed his delivery quite a bit? It didn't seem all that out of control me. He threw a couple bad pitches but otherwise put in two good innings.

Zack Collins hit the ball hard in his two at-bats. First one was an out to second but the next was a solid single to right-center. Both times I was impressed by his bat speed. Very quick, solid swing.

On a stolen base attempt on the other hand he did not look good. Bad technique leading to a low, late throw.

Otherwise nothing else really stood out to me. I missed Davidson's at-bat and hit so no comments there. Saw him handle a grounder cleanly and make a nice throw to first.
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Old 02-25-2017, 10:30 PM
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I watched most of todays spring training game against the Dodgers. Couple observations:

Was it just me or did it look like Fulmer had tamed his delivery quite a bit? It didn't seem all that out of control me. He threw a couple bad pitches but otherwise put in two good innings.

Zack Collins hit the ball hard in his two at-bats. First one was an out to second but the next was a solid single to right-center. Both times I was impressed by his bat speed. Very quick, solid swing.

On a stolen base attempt on the other hand he did not look good. Bad technique leading to a low, late throw.

Otherwise nothing else really stood out to me. I missed Davidson's at-bat and hit so no comments there. Saw him handle a grounder cleanly and make a nice throw to first.
You're right Fulmer calmed down that delivery of his considerably. Last year nearly every limb looked like it was going to end up in the stands. Much more under control. Good job by him and his coaches.
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Yes, it is. A year out of my life. I've never entered a season thinking that the Sox simply didn't care whether they won games or not.
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You're right Fulmer calmed down that delivery of his considerably. Last year nearly every limb looked like it was going to end up in the stands. Much more under control. Good job by him and his coaches.
Fulmer did look much smoother out there yesterday for sure. He was spotting his fastball very well, but his offspeed stuff was very erratic. I appreciate all the hard work he's put in, I hope it pays off.
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