White Sox 2010 Season Updates

I’m blogging this just so I can keep up with all the changes to our roster for the upcoming season (April 5th can’t come soon enough!!)

November 23, 2009
WHITE SOX SIGN OMAR VIZQUEL
As reported on MLB.com last week, the Chicago White Sox announced Monday the signing of infielder Omar Vizquel to a one-year contract. Vizquel, who turns 43 on April 24, follows the likes of legendary Venezuelans up the middle for the White Sox, such as Chico Carrasquel (1950-55), Luis Aparicio (1956-62, 1968-70) and current manager Ozzie Guillen, who was the team’s starting shortstop from 1985-97.

November 25, 2009
WHITE SOX SIGN ANDRUW JONES
The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with outfielder Andruw Jones, a 10-time Gold Glove Award winner and five-time All-Star. Jones had 17 home runs and 43 RBI in 82 games with Texas in 2009 while making 53 starts as the designated hitter, 12 in left field, five in right field and four at first base.

Jones has hit 30 or more home runs seven times, including a career-high 51 in 2005, and has recorded 100-plus RBI five times, most recently with a career-best 129 in 2006. Among players active in 2009, Jones ranks 10th in home runs, 15th in RBI and 19th in runs scored. His 388 home runs rank 52nd all-time.

December 08, 2009
WHITE SOX FINALIZE DEAL FOR TEAHEN
Mark Teahen, 28, who was acquired by the White Sox from Kansas City on Nov. 6 in exchange for infielders Chris Getz and Josh Fields and was eligible to become a free agent following the 2011 season, will earn $3.75 million in 2010, $4.75 million in 2011 and $5.5 million in 2012.

December 11, 2009
WHITE SOX AGREE TO TERMS ON ONE-YEAR
CONTRACT WITH PITCHER J.J. PUTZ

The White Sox signed right-handed reliever J.J. Putz to a one-year contract on Friday. Putz, 32, went 1-4 with a 5.22 ERA in 29 games for the Mets in 2009 before undergoing season-ending elbow surgery on June 9. In seven seasons in the big leagues – six of which came with the Mariners – Putz is 23-19 with a 3.24 ERA and 103 saves.

December 11, 2009
DJ CARRASCO NOT OFFERED DEAL

December 15, 2009
WHITE SOX ACQUIRE OUTFIELDER JUAN PIERRE
The Chicago White Sox have acquired outfielder Juan Pierre and cash considerations from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for right-handed pitchers John Ely and Jon Link.

Pierre, 32, hit .308 (117-380) with 30 stolen bases, 57 runs scored and a .365 on-base percentage in 145 games with the Dodgers in 2009. He ranked fifth in the National League in steals despite starting just 76 games (63 in left field and 13 in center). Pierre also ranked sixth in the major leagues with a .326 (14-43) average as a pinch-hitter.

January 25, 2010
WHITE SOX MOVE ON WITHOUT THOME
Jim Thome will not be returning to the White Sox as the team’s 2010 designated hitter, manager Ozzie Guillen confirmed during a Monday night conference call.

Guillen’s high level of respect for Thome caused him to reconsider bringing back the prolific slugger, although the White Sox skipper pretty much had decided to go with a DH-by-committee situation, which includes Mark Kotsay, Andruw Jones and Jayson Nix. It was this same respect that led Guillen to make the final call regarding Thome, a decision he conveyed to the popular veteran during a phone conversation on Sunday.

“I make clear how it was going to work with the ballclub,” said Guillen of his talk with Thome. “And I just don’t see him getting that many at-bats.

February 08, 2010
VIZQUEL TO WEAR APARICIO’S 11
The Chicago White Sox have un-retired uniform No. 11, the number worn by Hall of Fame shortstop Luis Aparicio, for the 2010 season, during which it will be worn by Omar Vizquel, the team’s newly acquired 11-time Gold Glove infielder. Vizquel, a native of Venezuela, will don the number as a tribute to Aparicio, who is the first and only Venezuelan to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

“If there is one player who I would like to see wear my uniform number with the White Sox, it is Omar Vizquel,” said Aparicio. “I have known Omar for a long time. Along with being an outstanding player, he is a good and decent man.”

“I feel privileged to have the opportunity to wear the same uniform number with the White Sox as the great Luis Aparicio,” said Vizquel. “It is a great honor for me.”

February 12, 2010
WHITE SOX TO RETIRE UNIFORM NO. 35 IN HONOR OF FRANK THOMAS; ANNOUNCE ‘FRANK THOMAS DAY’ WILL BE CELEBRATED AUGUST 29
Frank Thomas, two-time Most Valuable Player with the Chicago White Sox and one of baseball’s greatest offensive players during his playing career, will be honored by the franchise by having his uniform No. 35 retired during an on-field ceremony on “Frank Thomas Day,” August 29, when the White Sox take on the New York Yankees (1:05 p.m.).

The announcement by the White Sox comes one day after Thomas announced his retirement at Thursday night’s annual Comcast SportsNet Awards dinner to benefit March of Dimes. Thomas, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the fundraising event, meets with the Chicago media Friday morning at U.S. Cellular Field.

“I am officially retired. It’s time. It’s in my heart and it’s time to move on,” Thomas told Comcast SportsNet Thursday night. “I’m proud to say I’m ready to retire. I enjoyed a wonderful career and have nothing left to prove. It’s a young man’s game now.”

Thomas’ No. 35 becomes the 10th uniform number to be retired by the White Sox, joining No. 2 (Nellie Fox), No. 3 (Harold Baines), No. 4 (Luke Appling), No. 9 (Minnie Minoso), No. 11 (Luis Aparicio, currently un-retired for the 2010 season), No. 16 (Ted Lyons), No. 19 (Billy Pierce), No. 42 (Jackie Robinson) and No. 72 (Carlton Fisk).

March 30, 2010
SANTOS CLAIMS FINAL BULLPEN SPOT
Ozzie Guillen had given Sergio Santos his official managerial blessing this past weekend as the seventh and final reliever on the 2010 White Sox staff.

Santos certainly earned that nod with the way he had pitched during Spring Training, not to mention the raw talent coming from his arm in the form of a 98-mph fastball. But the converted infielder still wasn’t convinced how Tuesday would play out, when the White Sox announced their final cuts. Not with one year of pitching experience under his belt.

Just one year ago, Santos was a Minor League infielder with the Giants, having been acquired from the White Sox in an end of Spring Training deal. The 2009 non-roster invite to White Sox camp returned to the Chicago organization through a trade back on April 1, at which point Minor League Director Buddy Bell recommended Santos’ move to the mound.

Andruw Jones
In 2009 Jackson went 13-9 with a 3.62 ERA

July 30, 2010
WHITE SOX ACQUIRE PITCHER EDWIN JACKSON FROM ARIZONA
The Chicago White Sox have acquired veteran right-handed pitcher Edwin Jackson from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for right-hander Daniel Hudson and lefty David Holmberg.

Jackson, 26, is 6-10 with a 5.16 ERA (77 ER/134.1 IP) and 104 strikeouts in 21 starts this season, his first with Arizona. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder threw the second no-hitter in Diamondbacks history on June 25 at Tampa Bay, striking out eight batters. Jackson has thrown 7.0 IP or more nine times this season and struck out a career-high 12 batters on May 17 at Florida.

Jackson is 44-49 with a 4.74 ERA (424 ER/804.1 IP) and 576 strikeouts in 160 career games (131 starts) with the Dodgers (2003-05), Tampa Bay (2006-08), Detroit (2009) and Arizona.

Manny Ramirez
 

August 30, 2010
WHITE SOX CLAIM MANNY RAMIREZ OFF WAIVERS
The Chicago White Sox claimed 12-time All-Star and nine-time Silver Slugger Award winner Manny Ramirez off waivers today from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ramirez, 38, is hitting .311 (61-196) with eight home runs and 40 RBI in 66 games with the Dodgers in 2010. A career .313 hitter with 554 home home runs, 1,828 RBI and 1,538 runs scored over an 18-year career, Ramirez has played in 2,273 games with Cleveland (1993-2000), Boston (2001-08) and the Dodgers (2008-10). An American League All-Star in 1995 and from 1998-2008, and the Silver Slugger Award recipient in 1995 and from 1999-2006, Ramirez was a member of Boston’s World Series championship teams in 2004 and 2007, earning Most Valuable Player honors at the 2004 Fall Classic.

All this information is courtesy of whitesox.com

Why Is It Always in Vain?

When you try so hard to do what’s right,
why is it always in vain?
                  When you work tirelessly to ensure a fruitful outcome,
                  why is it just the same?
                                    When you’re certain that you have a situation under control,
                                    why is there something else to blame?
                                                      why can’t we grasp life’s rein?
                                                                        why can we never gain?
                                                                                          why is it always in vain?

Definition of You

BEGUILING is your nature
through your ERRONEOUS ways.
An ASTUTE response to save yourself
from the TREACHEROUS depiction you’ve painted.
You ROGUISHLY cry that you’re never at fault.
Instead, you INSIDIOUSLY play the innocent role.
So ZANY and clueless,
you’ll never know that this is the definition of you.

You’re LOSING at your own game of doing what’s right.
You have no idea how you’ve OPPRESSED yourself by turning around.
You PERVERSELY entwine yourself in a web of lies,
by ERRATICALLY following the misguided and blind.
You ZEALOUSLY agree with whoever is around you,
instead of using your mind to figure things through.
Have you discovered, yet, that this was written for you?