I haven't heard much about Dustin Hermanson. Is he done for the year or worse his career? --Vince Ackerman, Elk Grove, Ill.
Dustin is giving his comeback another shot at Triple-A Charlotte.
We should know more about his future at the end of the month, as he
is trying to avoid career-threatening surgery on his lower back.
I'm told he looked good in his first appearance last week, moving
without any discomfort and throwing about 89 mph, which is good for
his first outing. But he will need to stay pain-free and effective
to have any chance of rejoining the Sox.
Paul Shields, San Jose, Calif.
Paul, please tell me you didn't attend Leland High School. I break
out in hives when I recall all the complaints from parents and
readers from that high school when I worked in San Jose.
You make some great points, but I think some people feel the talent
is there for a repeat. It's tough to knock a team that won 57 games
in the first half. The Tigers have raised the bar in this division,
and I think Sox fans are used to being on top after last year's
wire-to-wire first place finish.
I hope you feel better. I look forward to our trip to California in
Hey Mark, I'm a 16-year-old life-long White Sox fan. I think
your work is great, but I think many fans need to sit back and
relax. It seems since we have gotten our first taste of victory in
88 years, we are over anxious and eager to jump the gun to point
fingers for petty mistakes that in other years would be completely
overlooked, such as Jon Garland's inconsistent pitching. Do people
not realize he was always just a 12-game winner and asking for much
more from him would be over zealous? I understand that five 12 game
winners would not make a stellar starting rotation, but a 12 game
winner as a fifth starter is not too bad. I wish people would just
relax, sit back and let the team play rather than demanding for
more talent which could possibly be detrimental to the team
chemistry. --Eric, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Eric, you write and sound much more mature than 16-years-old.
Thanks for the kind words and insight.
Why don't the Sox start Pablo Ozuna in center field instead of
Brian Anderson? --Brandon
Brandon, I thought Ozuna would get some spot duty there while
Anderson was serving his suspension. He played a few games in
center for Colorado and held his own. He's a decent athlete and
plays very fearless.
Why is it when there is a bench clearing brawl after a batter
gets hit, no one goes after the manager? Is the some unwritten rule
that a jerk like Ozzie can't get his butt kicked? --Bob Tietz,
I've seen Derrek Lee and Joe Carter call out Tony La Russa after
getting hit, so Ozzie isn't the first manager in this position.
Scott Posednik drives me nuts with his inconsistent play, taking
third strikes, not drag bunting, bunt pop-ups to second, bad angles
in the outfield, seemingly lackadaisical effort at balls along the
left-field line, banging into center and shortstop and then he
walks or leads off with a nice hit steals second and scores. Man, I
love him! --James Poulsen, Viera, Fla.
You summed up his performance very well!
Just to answer one of your questions, the D-Rays want two
top-of-the-line pitchers/pitching prospects for Carl Crawford. So I
don't foresee Kenny doing anything of that nature. I don't know
about you. --Pat Woyna, Oak Forest, Ill.
Pat, you jumped to conclusions when I mentioned that Kansas City
acquired Joey Gathright for a thrifty price (left-hander J.P.
Howell) and that the Sox should at least find out what Tampa Bay is
asking. Podsednik is arbitration eligible next winter and could be
in line for a decent raise from his $1.95 million salary, so it
doesn't hurt to explore other options.
I know Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon, and you're no Joe Maddon.
Mark, I love your column. Thanks very much. What is your opinion
of Ross Gload? Did he ever have power potential, for like 10-15
homers a year? If so, where has it gone? Or has he just not gotten
enough playing time? --Jim S., Fort Wayne, Ind.
I think Ross can hit 15 homers if he plays every day. We
know that's not going to happen here. I am surprised that Ross
hasn't attracted interest from other teams because of his ability
to play first base, the outfield and hit left-handed.