The Tribune's Mark Gonzales answers the final batch of questions, including inquires involving Jared Mitchell's rehabilitation and potential roster moves.

What's up with all these broken bats this season? Mayor Daley almost got hit in the head with one that shattered and flew into the stands. Now a player was slammed in the chest with one. What's it going take to get these things out of the games and replaced with something non-lethal? -- Dawn, Saint Anne

I don't know what it's going to take, but the Tyler Colvin incident was one of the scariest things I've seen since Steve Yeager got nailed on the on-deck circle about 30 years ago. I know the maple bat companies have taken a hit over this. I don't want to endorse certain companies, and I know the cost of bats went up to about three digits last spring. I wish there was a safer and more affordable way to produce bats that are safer for everyone involved.

How is Jared Mitchell's rehab going? I haven't heard much about him. -- Steven, Northbrook

Mitchell is currently in the Instructional League in Arizona, and he'll play in the Arizona Fall League, which starts Oct. 12. His rehabilitation is going well, from what I was told a week ago. He's also developed a little more power than your typical leadoff hitter. This amounts to a short season for him, but I think 2011 will be a better measuring stick as to how soon he joins the Sox.

The Sox gave this season away before it started. Explain why they let Jim Thome and Scott Podsednik go and didn't bring back Jermaine Dye. These three guys would have made a huge difference. Plus no need for Manny Ramirez! -- Steven, Northbrook

I completely agree with you on the latter part. The Thome story has been explained numerous times. They wanted a DH who could play other positions. Jim would not have received as many at-bats as he ended up getting had Justin Morneau not gotten hurt. In the case of Podsednik, you'll get different stories from each side. No one signed Dye, so the Sox weren't the only team who had issues.

Finally I am able to understand Kenny Williams moving out all our young talent for so-called veterans. We have lost Gio Gonzalez, Clayton Richard, Daniel Hudson, Ryan Sweeney and the list goes on and on. Now he talks about hoping for an offer from the Oakland Raiders, because his real love is with football. In other words, he is suffering from the 10-year itch as GM with the White Sox and wanted to win now, not later. Unfortunately, this also explains why Ozzie winds up with an endless bench of players who want to play every day but cannot because there are too many of them. Good luck, Kenny, sure hope that West Coast offer materializes. -- Tom Culligan; Alt. Springs, FL

If Kenny gets the Raidahs' GM job, then I want Lane Kiffin's duties at USC.

I am not a Ozzie Guillen/Kenny Williams fan, and never have been. I believe Ozzie does not manage his team, he defends his players. Kenny wouldn't know talent if someone walked into his office with Justin Verlander and Joe Mauer. -- Alan; Cherry Valley

If Ozzie would have departed after the 2010 season, who would have replaced him? I'm not saying Ozzie is perfect. The Sox have their own culture, and it would be tough to bring in a new manager unless they planned to clean house from top to bottom. People outside the organization have asked me since 2007 why Ozzie still is the manager. It's simple. Enough people within the organization are comfortable with him, and he's comfortable with enough people here.

The 2011 season will be a big test if there's a changing of the guard if there's no Konerko and Pierzynski, whom each helped police the clubhouse. But Kenny, with a few exceptions, is comfortable with Ozzie in this current landscape.

The White Sox, Ozzie in particular, are constantly praising the Twins organization and how they stress fundamentals. Yet, when it comes to his own team, Ozzie says they are adults who know how to play the game, yet he can't make them practice fundamentals. When is he going to wise up and start copying the Twins methods instead of admiring them from many, many games back? -- Ramona; Chicago

The Sox bettered the Twins in 2005 and 2008, primarily because they had better pitching, timely hitting and defense. It's not necessarily a matter of copying the Twins' methods as much as it's playing at least as smart as they do. The Sox didn't display the greatest baseball acumen during the first two months, and that was just as costly as their poor starting pitching and lack of clutch hitting in the first two months.

Looking to next year, I think it's already evident the Sox found a gem in Brent Morel. His glove is outstanding. He is patient at the plate and doesn't seem fooled by pitches outside the zone. He's showing some good power and most of all, he doesn't look intimidated at all when he faces big league pitching. I think he'll be a Joe Crede-like player. The Sox need to pencil him in at third. NOW! -- Peter; Dallas

I think the Sox can start Morel at third as long as they add more seasoned hitters to next year's lineup. If Morel is batting higher than seventh next year, that could be a problem.

I completely agree with you on his fielding prowess. He's very polished.

As a member of the BBWAA you get a vote in the Hall of Fame balloting. Why is there no category that covers men who contribute to the game and their team but never seem to get any recognition? I'm talking about coaches that are worth their salt and specifically longtime White Sox pitching coach Ray Berres. People tend to think Don Cooper walks on water for the reclamation projects he's had success with since he became the Sox pitching coach. Berres did this for nearly 20 years and under six or seven different managers. Without the likes of him the Sox would not have had 17 straight winning seasons and competitive teams when they had no hitting. What will it take to get someone like Ray some recognition beyond those of us who remember the job he did? -- Joe Allen; Castle Rock, CO

I'd like to see scouts get special recognition as well. I don't forget the days of covering high school under conditions much less comfortable than an MLB press box and watching the scouts try to find a future pro player under poor conditions.