The Tribune's White Sox reporter answers reader questions each week during the season. This week, Lance Broadway's future, September call-ups and how to label the 2008 White Sox.
Hey, Mark, what's your take on Lance Broadway? Is he in the rotation next year? --David C., Grand Rapids, Mich.
Why isn't Alexei Ramirez listed on your top 10 hitters in the American League by batting average? You list Suzuki No. 10 with a .306 average. It can't be that Alexei does not have enough at-bats because you list Bradley with 322 at bats at No. 5 and Alexei has 341 at-bats. It can't hurt his rookie of the year chances if he gets this recognition. --Joe Pignotti, Bartlett, Ill.
Joe, as of the morning of Aug. 25, Alexei was batting .307 and Magglio Ordonez was 10th at .311. I think Alexei is getting more attention and will be seriously considered fro the AL rookie of the year if he maintains his production.
Over here in Iraq I don't get to see a lot of Sox games, but I keep up with all things White Sox through your excellent coverage. I noticed in a box score from the Red Sox series the name "Aardsma." Is this the same David Aardsma, the White Sox traded for Neal Cotts before the 2007 season? If so, why did the Sox give up on him? --Major Jeff Palomino, Multi-National Force - Iraq, Forward Operating Base Shield, Baghdad, Iraq
With the addition of Linebrink and Dotel, and MacDougal and Thornton under contract and Masset also in the loop at the time, innings were going to be tough for David to get. Yes, that is the same David Aardsma, although he is currently on Boston's disabled list.
Jack McDowell was so much fun to listen to the couple of times he's filled in on the radio. Any chance of him getting a full-time gig when they put the TV guys out to pasture? Or better yet, a pitching coach job somewhere in the origination? But lets still put the yahoos on TV out to pasture! --Brian, Homer Glen, Ill.
I think Jack is involved in a lot of projects in Southern California. It would be great to bring Jack in the organization in some capacity, but I understand his devotion to several projects. It was great talking to him in Oakland, and I've heard many positive responses about his work on the air.
I don't get the controversy over Joe Crede and Juan Uribe. If Crede is ready, he's back, and Ozzie Guillen has an opportunity to use Uribe to spell Crede, Alexei Ramirez and Orlando Cabrera plus be ready to take over if Crede is hurt again. Look at what Ozzie's doing with first base/center field/etc. and you'll know what he'll do if Crede is ready. --Ken Heyl, Perdido Key, Fla.
Ken, I think you're getting your wish.
Who will bat lead-off for the Sox next year. It looks they will let Cabrera go in the off-season? Ozzie recently stated he doesn't like putting pressure on Alexei Ramirez by putting him high in the batting order. Nick Swisher doesn't have much speed. So will it be Jerry Owens? Someone from outside the organization? --Randy, Des Moines, Iowa
It could be someone from outside the organization. As for Ramirez, he's developed into a solid run producer but might be too much of a free swinger to bat at the top. But Cabrera was more suited for a No. 2 hitter, and he's done a decent job filling in at the top of the order. So you never know.
Broadway pitches a good game and the "He Gone." Richard pitches a nice game and now what? Is Kenny Williams going to stick with these young kids during the hot days of summer or is he still looking for some bullpen help now that it appears that Scott Linebrink might be done for the year? Almost seems like Paul Konerko is an after thought! Keep up the great articles and GO SOX! --Allman, Tempe, Ariz.
Thanks for the kind words. With the off days, the Sox can manipulate their rotation so they don't have to lean heavily on Broadway and Richard. But it's also great experience for them now and in the future.
With Dewayne Wise hurt, what are the chances he goes on the 15-day DL and Owens gets called up? He has his average up over .280 at Class AAA. Wouldn't it make him eligible for post-season duty if he is on the 25-man roster before Sept. 1? Vic Fiebig, Springfield, Va.
Owens likely will get a promotion on Sept. 1. With Contreras, Wise and Linebrink on the DL, the Sox can rearrange their roster if they make the post-season.
I think this year's team is a better example of grinder ball. I mean that in the sense that the 2005 team had a sort of magic about them. This year's team has had to find their own identity along the way. Both teams had some great career years out a few players, in '05 we had Dustin Hermanson, Cliff Politte, and eventually Bobby Jenks. This year we have gotten it from Carlos Quentin, who in the spring was only 50/50 to even make the team as the fourth outfielder. We have also gotten it from Alexei Ramirez, who never played baseball in the US before this year, along with great surprises from Danks and Floyd, who have outperformed the veterans on the staff. If this year's team has an identity, what would you call it? --Tim Tyrakowski, Bolingbrook, Ill.
A roller-coaster team, with the long winning streaks and impressive displays of power tempered by losing several winnable games thanks to a miscue or lack of clutch hitting.
What about cost effective baseball? If pitching is 70 percent of the game then the pitching staff should receive 70 percent of Mr. Reinsdorf's payroll. What is the actual percentage? --Dewayne Richardson, Cost Rica
Slightly over 41 percent. But they're getting more than their money's worth with Danks and Floyd.
How long is Kenny and Oswaldo going to put up with the ineptness of this Horacio Ramirez? There is a reason last place KC let him walk. Hey, didn't they do that with the equally inept Mike MacDougal? Kenny, stay away from KC pitchers save Ron Mahay. --Michael Klempin Jr., West Frankfort, Ill.
You left out Andrew Sisco, who is recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery but could be ready next spring.
Actually, Ramirez cleared waivers and the Sox were able to make a deal with the Royals. But Comcast SportsNet's Chuck Garfein marveled for several days that the Sox were able to pull off a trade for Ramirez. It would have been more interesting had Minnesota not put a waiver claim on Oakland left-hander Alan Embree before the Athletics pulled him back. Embree would have been a good fit with the Sox.