I'm curious why Brandon Short and Christian Marrero didn't get called up in September. I knew of Addison Reed because I was watching his stats early on. I'm baffled by some decisions, particularly regarding these two players. Even Kevan Smith should have gotten a look at the majors, considering his stats and his age coming out of college. He only hit .478 or thereabouts on the way to the Voyagers' title. Trayce Thompson is still a year or two away; his strike zone needs to be studied. I might as well add Hector Santiago, Greg Infante and Charlie Leesman -- instead of the rotations of Kinney, Lindsay, and Bruney. -- Demosthenes Papaeliou
Short and Marrero aren't ready yet. The pro game is much different than the college game -- that's why there are very few players (particularly position players) who advance quickly to the majors out of college. Thompson has a way to go, but I love his upside. I hope the Sox continue to draft those kind of players if they're available when it's their turn to pick in the draft. They did a good job of doing their background on the kid and that fact that he was willing to sign when many thought he was headed to UCLA to play for John Savage, one of the best head coaches on the West Coast.
I would have liked to have seen Santiago get a September promotion, but there were no guarantees he would have pitched. I also thought Eduardo Escobar would get to play more. At least Escobar used his time wisely while he was up in the majors. I saw him buy some clothes at a men's department store in Minneapolis, as the state of Minnesota has no sales tax on clothing.
The general manager made an interesting comment in regards to the farm system, stating there were plenty of talented relievers in the farm system. I'd expect one or two to be included in trades this winter. A couple scouts concurred with KW's observations about the quality arms in the minors.
One down. One to go. -- Abby, Barrington
As a life-long White Sox fan, I understand that Ozzie Guillen had to go. But in three years when they think they need to make a change, Kenny Williams has to go. -- Mike
KW has two years left on his contract and two years to get the Sox back on track. There's lots of work ahead, but y'all knew that.
To paraphrase some folks from your old stompin' grounds ... what a long strange trip it's been! If anyone actually thought Ozzie was coming back, then they were too close to the issue to see the forest from the trees. When a manager says his team has quit -- there is no coming back. Say what you want about the man, but he's nobody's fool. That said, no matter what, Ozzie Guillen was a great fit for the South Side ... until he wanted to move back to South Florida. Nobody was better at deflecting attention from his ball club when they weren't doing well. Even in his last days as the White Sox skipper, he protected Alex Rios and Adam Dunn. He obviously knew the game, and for guiding the Sox to the World Series, he will always be held in high regard. Looking forward, I wonder why Joey Cora isn't an automatic choice. Nobody else has a better idea of the current club's strengths and weaknesses, as well as a working relationship with many of the younger players. He may be expected to follow Ozzie, but he's paid his dues, has a long relationship with the front office and if given the opportunity would receive Ozzie's blessings. -- Al Bloom
Al, I never cared for the Grateful Dead. I once had a roommate who had a habit of playing the Grateful Dead to help him fall asleep in his room at 2 a.m. It annoyed the rest of us who shared a house, so a friend got into his room and ''borrowed'' one of his Dead cassette tapes (yes, we're going back 25 years).
When the roommate put the tape back in one night, he thought he was merely hallucinating as he thought he was listening to John Denver. But that's exactly what he heard when he, uh, sobered up!
Anyway, I wish Ozzie well, but it's time for everyone to move on. As Mike Morgan used to say, "You gotta be like Bob Seger and "Turn the Page."
I was impressed with Joey during the few games he managed in place of Ozzie, especially a game against Roy Halladay (and the Phillies) where he calling for the hit-and-run with Paul Konerko on base. He was managing with nothing to lose, but it was the right strategy against Halladay.
He went from a longshot to a finalist for the Milwaukee job last October, and he has a great knowledge of both leagues and players' strengths and weaknesses.
I believe the Sox are looking for a different voice and to do things differently. And I think Joey would want more say in the composition of the coaching staff if he was to be named a manager. This is not a slight on Don Cooper or Harold Baines. I just think it's a manager's prerogative.
With Guillen being gone, any chance Jerry Reinsdorf tells Kenny to follow him out the door? Rick Hahn is supposed to be one of the better GM candidates in the game and he obviously already has a feel for the organization. Guillen talked his way out of town as much as his pedestrian managerial skills. Kenny needs to be brought in the principal's office for two playoffs in 10 years and the worst farm system in baseball. While Dunn and Rios had inexcusably awful years, can't blame Kenny in getting either player. Dunn cost a first round pick, which Kenny usually squanders, and Rios was free. The money is high, but I would still bet on comebacks from both, especially Dunn. What are your thoughts on this and everything? -- Brad Gappa
I'd love to see Rick Hahn get a shot at the Los Angeles Angels' job, especially if he can get a contract that is parallel to the balance of Mike Sciosica's contract. If you thought much of the Sox's money was tied up, consider that the Angels already have $99 million committed to nine players for 2012.
Given ample time and resources, I think Rick can help get the Angels out of this mess. I'm not trying to push him out of town. But given that KW has two years left on his contract, the Angels' job would be very attractive and Rick deserves a shot at moving up and receiving his opportunity to become a GM.
The only thing that would worry me about Rick going there are the sudden firings of some solid, competent people over in the past two seasons, such as Eddie Bane, Ken Higdon and Nancy Mazmanian.
It's a big off-season for Dunn, who will need more than a diagnostic tune-up. Getting in better shape, getting the eyes checked and swinging a bat are all parts of curing his woes.
Rios seemed less vulnerable once he made some adjustments in his stance. But his defense still requires work. The lack of run prevention hurt the Sox nearly as much as the struggles of Dunn and Rios at the plate.
Hopefully Kenny and Jerry realize they can't afford the PR hit if don't sign Mark Buehrle. After this year, they need all the good PR they can get. -- Bob Belke
They were prepared for a hit if Konerko hadn't re-signed last December. During these tough economic times, I think fans appreciated last winter's effort in signing Dunn, Jesse Crain, Will Ohman, etc., and bringing back Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski, but there was a heavy price to pay.
I think what's more worrisome is that Mark was the only Sox's pitcher to throw at least 200 innings, and how do you make up for those 200-plus innings (and shutting down the running game and fielding your position flawlessly) if he signs elsewhere?
Which player among Dunn, Rios, and Jake Peavy do you think has the best chance of rebounding in 2012? -- Perry, California
I would say Rios, only because he made some small strides toward the end of the season, and he should stick to this batting stance instead of putting his hands so close to his chest. He obviously needs to improve his defense.
Dunn has a long way to go. If he has a Dave Kingman-like year in 2012, everyone would be happy. There are too many factors that go into Jake's off-season that allow me to say he's going to rebound.
Please tell me the Sox will consider Ryne Sandberg for manager in 2012! -- John Browning; Flemington, NJ
Ryne might be a better fit elsewhere because the Sox tend to hire from a pool of candidates who have had some previous association. He might be a successor to Charlie Manuel should Manuel elect to retire in the future. There have been a lot of changes on Manuel's staff since Philadelphia won its last World Series.Copyright © 2015, CT Now