Sox and the City (USAT)
Growing up, I was always ready for fireworks and hijinks from the Chicago White Sox. Bill Veeck and the exploding scoreboard. Disco Demolition Night. Ballplayers in shorts. LaMarr Hoyt. Ozzie Guillen. A.J. Pierzynski. Wheeling, dealing Kenny Williams. There was always something going on with the ballclub on the South Side.
It's a different era now. Guillen left a year ago, AJP signed with Texas three weeks ago, and the Pale Hose haven't made any kind of a splash in the current offseason (meanwhile, names like Myers, Liriano and Youkilis headed out of town). No one sees a spike at the ticket office after signing Jeff Keppinger. Maybe new GM Rick Hahn is hesitant to shake things up; meanwhile, Williams has been kicked upstairs to a VP position. (My ears did perk up when I saw familiar names Ruben Sierra and John Shelby on the transaction log, but it's Ruben Sierra Jr. and John Shelby Jr. - a couple of non-prospects. So it goes. I'll spend the rest of the day counting deadhead stickers on Cadillacs.)
Perhaps the goal is for the current White Sox to fully adopt the personality of their field manager, Robin Ventura. Keep your head down, show no emotions. Stay the course. Vanilla all the way. Be that as it may, the White Sox still get a Pressing Questions, like the other 29 clubs. Let's toss around some Q and A.
What's the spin on Chris Sale's second-half slump?
Anyone who snagged Sale in advance of 2012 had a glorious run through the first half of the year (10 wins, 2.19 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 98 strikeouts). Sale's numbers didn't exactly collapse in the second half (4.03 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 94 strikeouts, seven wins), but we have to at least examine the ratio drops and try to explain them.Read More »from Pressing Questions: The Chicago White Sox