#108Tourney Bracket Challenge

Welcome, it’s your old pal BeefLoaf…..after a long night of broadcasting our YouTube special bracket reveal for the #108Tourney and then discussing the match-ups long form in the FromThe108 Podcast….and of course #108ing (did you hear Chorizy’s crazy ass fucking trade idea at the end of the podcast), I have stumbled out of the gates this morning towards getting this blog post out to all of yous.  #108ing is a lifestyle.

Anywho, we hate that we can only have 65 participants in the actual tournament, which is why we want to make sure EVERYONE, yes, EVERYONE can get involved in the #108Tourney, so we bring you, the #108Tourney Bracket Challenge.

Here’s your instructions to get involved……

1 – It’s easy, print out the beautiful bracket below, styled by our very own MySoxSummer (Click On Image To Download)

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2 – Fill out that bracket soup to nuts (so to speak)

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3 – Take a picture of said bracket, TWEET said picture, tag @fromthe108, and use hashtag #108tourney

Just like this, but so we can read it.

4 – ???????

5 – Profit (probably, top 3 will get prizes of some sort, which will half enrich you and half help MySoxSummer clean out his basement. Rumor is a strictly limited Daniel Palka autographed print is top prize).

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A couple of notes…..

A) The Final Four matchups are CELEBS BRACKET vs BLOGGER/PODCAST BRACKET and 108 BRACKET vs SUPER FAN BRACKET, that stuff was sort of lost in MSS version of this beautifully designed bracket

B) Here is the scoring system we shall use for each rounds correct selections.

Round 1 – 1 pt

Round 2 – 2 pts

Round 3 – 3 pts

Round 4 – 4 pts

Round 5 – 6 pts

Round 6 – 10 pts

Have all brackets posted by Noon CST on Friday, otherwise yous is ineligible.

Good luck!

-BeefLoaf & The Boys

The 108 Interview Series – Write Sox

Here at the 108, it is our job….our duty to bring to you the great personalities of White Sox twitter, either via tweet / photo / video or blog post. In continuing with the tradition of bringing you “the goods” from White Sox twitter we have our interview with one of the OG’s (the originals) of White Sox twitter, the legend Tom Fornelli aka Write Sox.

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Favorite Game That You Were At:

It was Game 1 of the 2005 ALDS. It was the end of April 2005 when I began telling friends that I thought the White Sox had a real shot of winning it all that season. There was just a feeling about the team, and even if I knew the hot start wouldn’t last forever, I was just impressed. Then, of course, the entire season happened, and even though they won the division and reached the playoffs, I was suddenly very nervous. The White Sox just don’t make the playoffs very often! And in my lifetime my memories of White Sox playoff berths were losing to the Blue Jays in six in 93 and then getting swept by the Mariners in 2000.

Now, here they were facing the defending champs, and I was worried about the potential heartbreak coming my way. Those worries faded fast, as the White Sox kicked the crap out of Boston that day, winning 14-2 and lighting up Matt Clement for 5 runs in the first inning. Even Scotty Pods homered in that game, his first all season (the second would be more memorable), and it was during that game I became fully convinced we were gonna win the whole fucking thing.

Favorite All Time Player That Doesn’t Have a Statue On the Concourse:

Robin Ventura. I will always be angry at him for becoming the manager of this team and giving me a reason to dislike him because he and Frank Thomas were the two players I idolized growing up. And as great as Frank was, I was more hurt when Robin left as a free agent to sign with the Mets than I was when Frank left after 2005. At least Frank won a ring here.

Favorite Drink and Dinner at the Park:

I’m a basic bitch. Give me a Miller Lite (or a Modelo now) and a hot dog with onions and mustard.

Favorite Place to Sit:

It used to be anywhere, but the older I’ve gotten, the fewer games I go to. These days I’m more a quality than a quantity guy, and there are usually some seats available on StubHub in the first or second row right behind the visitor’s on-deck circle that I enjoy. They can suck when Albert Pujols decides to park his giant ass right in front of you and block your view, but other than that they’re great. You learn things like Mike Trout is happy to move a foot to the left if you ask him to.

Favorite Uniform:

My favorites are the current home whites with the black pinstripes. I hate the 83s.

Favorite Giveaway:

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The Sox have had some outstanding ones in recent years, and I think the Hawk alarm clock was the most inspired, but I’m a sucker for bobbleheads.

Favorite Theme Night:

I guess I’ll say Dog Day. I would never bring my dog to the park because the last thing I want to do while trying to watch a baseball game is worry about what my dog is trying to do while I’m watching a baseball game, but I don’t mind when other people have their dogs there.

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What irks you the most about White Sox fans?:

The insecurity. Yes, we are the other baseball team in town. Yes, we are the smaller fan base. Who fucking cares? Why do we care? Why do we get bothered by it? I fall victim to it too sometimes. I wish we could all reach a point where we truly stopped caring what anybody else thinks about us and focus all of our anger in the right direction at all times.

What is the worst part of being a Sox fan?:

You mean aside from rooting for a franchise that rarely experiences success, and has to do everything on their terms and nobody else’s? Nothing.

Worst part of the game day experience?:

My only problem with the game day experience is when there are too many other people experiencing it with me. Some people complain about the lack of attendance at White Sox games. I love it. Leave me the hell alone and let me watch a baseball game.

What really grinds your gears?:

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People who treat Rick Hahn like he’s accomplished anything. The team has gone 419-553 (.431) since he became the full-time GM, but since he was able to trade great players on affordable contracts for highly-rated prospects, he’s looked at as if he’s done something. Find me a GM in baseball who couldn’t have traded Sale, Quintana and Eaton for good players. It’s like congratulating somebody for selling a house they inherited for market value. They ignore that Hahn had those players on his team and couldn’t put a winning team around him. I see fans with Rick’s face on t-shirts, and it blows my mind. You don’t see Bulls fans wearing GarPax shirts, yet they’ve done far more than Hahn ever has.

Least Favorite White Sox player of all time:

Jaime Navarro. The Sox signed him to a $20 million deal before 1997. A month earlier they had signed Albert Belle to the biggest deal in club history. Belle lived up to the hype but had the clause in his deal where he had to be a top three paid player in MLB, and instead of spending an additional $4 million, the Sox let him leave. Navarro didn’t have that option. He was here for four years, and he sucked so bad. They traded him away to save money, but I’m convinced that Jaime Navarro is the reason Reinsdorf won’t spend big money on free agents. Jaime Navarro is the reason Reinsdorf wouldn’t guarantee Machado more than $250 million. He was worried he’d be stuck paying a shitty player like he had to with Jaime Navarro.

Game Day

Most memorable experience as a White Sox fan:

How can it be anything other than 2005? Sure, every season that passes since proves that it was a Black Swan event, but they still can’t take it away from us. My friends and I showered each other in champagne out in the street that night. Times were had. Memories were fuzzy.

Ballpark experience, how could it be better?:

Make sure it’s between 65 and 80 degrees and sunny every day. Other than that, I don’t really care. I’m there for the game, so a better team would be nice, but while I like the bars they’ve added to the park, I’m not sure I’d care as much about them if the team didn’t suck.

Best Sox Park hack?:

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It’s not really a hack as much as it’s a recommendation. Go to a game alone on a weekday afternoon. Hell, just go to a game alone. I did it for the first time a few years ago, and no offense to friends, family, and other loved ones, but there’s no better way to go to the game. Not having to worry about anybody else while you’re there is terrific. For me, anyway.

What brings you back for every game?:

It’s nothing specific. Like I said earlier, I don’t go nearly as often as I used to, and I don’t plan on going to a single game this season. I prefer watching the games on television because I’m a nerd that likes to follow the pitching sequences and those kinds of things that you can’t pick up on at the park. Still, going to the game is usually fun, but I’m currently in a state where I don’t feel like giving this franchise my money until it does something to earn it. The charity is over. So I guess the answer is behaving like a franchise that wants to win games more than it wants to win the bottom line will be what brings me back for every game.

Feelings on the wave?:

I hate it. I have never participated in a wave, nor will I ever participate in a wave. That said, I no longer get as mad about them as I used to. The people doing it have been forced to watch the same shitty team I have the last few years, and we all deal with our grief in different ways.

Which Gate is your favorite to enter the park from?:

I guess it would be Gate 5 since I usually park over there and that’s the closest gate.

How Early Do You Get To Games?:

I’m always early no matter where I’m going. I would say I typically get there about 30 minutes before first pitch. Gives me time to acquire beverages and food without feeling like I’ll miss anything. Plus, there’s just something peaceful about the park at that time.

What Do You Bring To Games?:

My cell phone, my keys and my wallet.

How Many Games Do You Go To Each Year?:

It used to be between 5 and 15. Now I’d say between 1 and 5. This year, none.

Section 108 Questions

What is your favorite baseball word?:

Line-drive.

What is your least favorite baseball word?:

Rainout.

What get’s you excited about the White Sox?:

Anybody who follows me on Twitter knows how pissed off I am this spring about developments or the lack of them, but when Opening Day rolls around, I’ll be just as excited about it as I was when I was a kid because this is the one team left that causes me to feel real human emotions. My job has eroded a lot of the living and dying with a team that many fans experience. Like, with the Bulls, Bears and Blackhawks, when they do well, it’s great, but when they suck it doesn’t hurt me. I can laugh it off. When the White Sox suck, it hurts my soul. So when Opening Day comes around, and technically anything is still possible, I’ll be excited. Once May arrives…

What makes you sad about the White Sox?:

The realization that things aren’t going to change. This is a franchise that clearly wanted a player. They wanted this player so severely that they considered trading away some of their top prospects to get him for a year in hopes of convincing him this is where he wanted to be. They even brought in this player’s brother-in-law and best friend to make them a more attractive destination. But then, when it came time to put up or shut up, they decided to draw a line in the sand. It was the strangest fucking thing. You were willing to do all of that, but you couldn’t guarantee a couple of extra years and dollars? This after you spent the last year telling your fans that you were ready to step up to the table when the opportunity presented itself? That makes me sad. It’s not that they lost. I can lose. It’s that they chose to lose, proving yet again that their willingness to do what it takes to win has a limit. So we have to wait for another anomaly like 2005.

What sound or noise at the ballpark do you love?:

Fastball hitting the catcher’s mitt.

What sound or noise at the ballpark do you hate?:

Anybody who whistles or whoops or whatever. If you’re gonna be noisy, at least say something funny to make me laugh.

What is your favorite Hawkism?:

“Well, I’ll tell you what, I don’t know if Player X is the best I’ve ever seen at Doing Random Thing, but I don’t remember anybody better.”

Why did you kill @NotHawk?:

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A few reasons. The biggest was that it just wasn’t fun anymore. I started the account on a lark because I always had this strange idea of a dark, sinister Hawk away from the ballpark, and I thought I would put that character out there. And it was a lot of fun, and everyone liked it. But it’s like writing a TV show. After a while, you’re just doing the same tropes over and over again, and it loses its entertainment value. I write for a living, and I’m a creative person, and I approached the account that way. Once it stopped being a creative outlet and felt like something I was obligated to do just because people enjoyed it. And I’m glad they did, but all good things have to come to an end. Plus the anonymity was gone. Nobody knew who I was for like the first year, and then I let a select few people know. I think the first person I confessed to was Scott Merkin. Then others were told or at least figured it out, and once that anonymity was gone, it lost some luster as well. I did finally find out from somebody in the organization of Hawk was aware of its existence, and it turns out he was, but that he “didn’t get it.” I like to think he did, but he didn’t want to admit it because the character was actually dead-on.

If you revived @NotHawk for a day, what would be your first tweet?:

Anybody know where I can get an eight-ball in Granger?

We aren’t the biggest college football fans here in the 108, but we do fucking love the Bottom 25, where did the idea come from and do you ever get any weird interactions with fans related to the column?:

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It was a pretty simple idea, really. College sports all have top 25 polls, but there aren’t any rankings for the worst teams. ESPN had been doing a Bottom 10 for a while, but it wasn’t an actual ranking as much as it was a column that allowed the writer to write whatever they wanted to. I have a ranking system that’s based on performance (wins, losses, stats, all that shit) that I rank every single team with, so I figured why not do a weekly column ranking the 25 worst teams every week? People will like it. It’s become more popular than I anticipated. As for fan interactions, yeah, because fans of bigger schools don’t get it. They aren’t used to seeing their teams considered awful because they play in the SEC or whatever. So, early in the season when there are fewer results to work with, and things can be wonky, an 0-1 Georgia (or whoever) could be in The Bottom 25 if they played poorly enough in that one game, and that leads to a lot of angry people in my mentions and inbox. But what might be weirder is the fans of the truly awful programs who root for their team to win The Bottom 25 title. At the end of the day, all any of us want is for our teams to win something.

You release picks on your twitter, a lot of people don’t know, but BeefLoaf and Chorizy were pretty serious advantage players in the not too distant past, so the question is, do you bet half Kelly or are you a real man and bet full Kelly?

Full Kelly.

How come you haven’t been writing about the White Sox on your blog?

Well, from mid-August to mid-January it’s just tough for me to find the time due to work. Then, after the college football season ends, I like to take some time to decompress. I’m writing five features a week during the season, as well as a few other stories on anything that might come up. It’s tiring! It’s hard to use your brain so much. I used to work 40 hours a week at “real jobs” that involved using my actual body, and I was never as tired physically than as I am mentally during a college football season. Plus, honestly, there’s nothing I can’t say on the blog that I can’t share just as easily on Twitter. That’s not to say I won’t write on the site this season; it’s just I never created the site as a place where I’m going to sit down and write. It’s just there if I need it.

One on One basketball game, who wins you or BarstoolBigCat?:

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I do. Big Cat can’t shoot. He’d be the first to tell you that. He doesn’t move. He just rebounds. I can shoot. I can dribble. I’m the same size as he is, so he has no advantage on me there. I’d wreck him.

WhiteSox hypothetical, you can either have a new owner with a big bankroll (think John Henry), but you are stuck with Rick Hahn for the entire time OR you have to keep Jerry Reinsdorf, but you can go out and get Andrew Friedman or Billy Beane or whoever you want to GM, whatchu taking?:

Give me the money. Every team in baseball has a “smart GM” now, but for some reason, it’s the teams that spend the money who are more consistently successful. If Jerry Reinsdorf tells Rick Hahn to guarantee Machado $350 million, Hahn’s a genius right now.

Who wins in a fight, you or Chris Rongey?:

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Well, I’d never underestimate an opponent in a fight, but I have to say I would win the fight because if I don’t think I can win the fight, I’m not going to win the fight. That said, I haven’t been in a real fight in like 15 years. For all I know Rongey’s roaming the streets of St. Louis picking fights to stay in game shape.

What is the current best “@Not” twitter account right now?:

I don’t know. I mute them all.

Do you have any favorite #108ing stories you’d like to share, ballpark or otherwise?:

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Most aren’t for public consumption. One of the least damning stories involves going to a game when I was like 22 with a friend and his younger brother. The game was in a rain delay, so we just sat in his van and finished a 30-pack of Old Style between the three of us while waiting it out. My friend, who was driving, only had six cuz he was driving! The other 24 were split between the kid brother (he was like 19 I think) and me. The first pitch wasn’t until around 9:30 pm after the delay, and we made our way into the park and sat in right field by the visitor’s bullpen, very drunk, and very loud. The game ended some time after midnight. I don’t remember who they played that night. I don’t remember who won. I don’t remember going home. But I remember the rain delay.

What’s your greatest fear about the “rebuild”?:

My fear about the rebuild is the same as it was before it began. That the prospects wouldn’t pan out, that many of them would suffer injuries, and that when the time came for it to happen, the Sox wouldn’t spend the money needed to supplement the youth. Hope those things don’t happen!

The thing about rebuilds these days is that with both the Cubs and Astros winning titles recently, fans seem to think it’s as easy as Rebuilding = Championships. And that’s not how it works, nor has it ever been. Sports are filled with teams who rebuilt and never won shit. Hell, the Royals were rebuilding for 30 years before they finally won a World Series. Rebuilding doesn’t guarantee anything but a few shitty years of baseball.

What is there about this team that excites you the most?:

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It’s gotta be Eloy at this point, right? What else is there?

Give us a #HotTake about the rebuild.:

Eloy will be the only great player to emerge from the process, and even then, he’ll do so as a DH so he’ll be of limited value.

Favorite White Sox Twitter Account (Besides @fromthe108) and why?:

The way I use Twitter has changed a lot in recent years. It used to be for entertainment. Now it’s just a vehicle for information gathering and sharing thoughts or bad jokes. So I guess my favorite White Sox account is Fegan’s?

Person from White Sox Twitter that you’d most like to meet and why?:

If I ever get back out to the park, I’ll hang out with you guys for a few innings. Other than that, I’ve pretty much met everyone I’ve ever felt the need to meet. The only person left on the list is Margalus. We’ve been on these White Sox blogger streets together for over a decade but never actually met.

Favorite Non-White Sox Twitter Account and why?:

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@TomFornelli. He’s handsome and funny.

What do you like best about @fromthe108?:

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The general lack of giving a fuck. Like, you give a fuck, but you don’t give a fuck. Does that make sense?

Favorite White Sox related blog or podcast and why?:

SoxMachine is my favorite blog. No offense to anybody else, as I read nearly all of them, but SoxMachine is the one I read the most regularly. Jim’s always been a writer I admire. I don’t always agree with him, but whether I agree with what he’s saying, I usually love the way he says it. As for podcasts, I don’t listen to a lot of sports-related podcasts to begin with. Pardon My Take is the only one I listen to regularly, and I’m not even sure that’s a sports podcast as much as it’s a parody of sports radio. All the other podcasts I listen to regularly are related to things outside of sports. I work in sports. I consume sports on TV. I am on a couple of sports related podcasts myself. When it comes to podcasts, I don’t want sports.

What is your favorite alcoholic drink for #108ing?  Be specific and feel free to go with more than one if you need to.  What about your favorite beer style?:

I’m simple. Beer. My favorite beer is Miller High Life. If I want to class things up, I’ll take a whiskey neat. I drink Maker’s Mark more often than anything, but I’m open to different brands. Just not Jim Beam. Had one of those teenaged experiences where I drank too much Beam one night, and now the smell of it makes me think of vomiting.

Favorite cut of Steak?  Prepared?:

I like a New York Strip, medium rare.

Gimme an “Uncle Rico” moment from your prior sports playing past.:

One time in a Little League game a girl I had a crush on showed up to one of my games with my sister (we’re twins). Before my at bat I noticed her standing behind the backstop watching. She said, “let’s go Tom” or something to that effect. I then proceeded to hit the first pitch roughly 350 feet. The fences were at like 250. The ball soared majestically over them. I not only admired it, but took my time making my way around the bases, and then once I passed third I proceeded to high-step it home like Deion Sanders returning a punt. The umpire was more than a little upset with my shenanigans but did not toss me from the game because you can’t toss a player for being awesome. The next day at school I asked the girl out on a date. She said no. I guess she didn’t like awesome either.

Where would you take @ChiPartyAunt out on a date?:

No, but I’d take her home.

Favorite performance-enhancing drug?:

Confidence.

Who do you hate more Jim Belushi or John Cusack?:

I don’t hate either. But I find Belushi to be less appealing.

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What Other Chicago Teams Do You Enjoy:

Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks. I’d like to enjoy the Fire, but they haven’t given me a reason to.

Favorite Chicago Sports History Moment:

2005.

Favorite All-Time Sox Broadcaster:

It has to be Hawk. He narrated most of my life.

Any Stories About Running Into or Meeting White Sox Players? Other Chicago Athletes?:

Due to my profession and my desire to remain trustworthy in said profession, I cannot say.

Favorite Band?:

It has changed so many times during my lifetime. Right now it is Run The Jewels.

What is your favorite song?:

Right now it is Shallows from the A Star Is Born soundtrack. Next week it will be something else.

Favorite TV Show (or Netflix or HBO or whatever the fuck)?:

Of shows currently airing, it’s Game of Thrones or Better Call Saul. Of all time it’s the earlier seasons of The Simpsons.

Married or Single? Looking for a GF?:

Not married but I’ve been with the same woman for a decade and we’ve lived together for the last six of those years. So I’m married, but not legally.

Do you remember your first Sox game?:

No, because I was not yet a year old.

What Player had the greatest impact on you?:

Frank Thomas.

What was the happiest day watching the Sox?:

Game 4 of the 2005 World Series.

What was the saddest day watching the Sox?:

Game 6, 1993 ALCS.

What do you do for work? If you could be or do anything else – what?:

I write about sports. If I could do anything outside the world of sports, I’d probably be a broke ass comedian.

If you could live in any other time, when might that be?:

I’m good here and now, to be honest.

If you could have dinner with five White Sox Players, past and present, who would they be?:

Frank Thomas, Robin Ventura, Paul Konerko, A.J. Pierzynski, and Mark Buehrle.

If you could change one thing in your past, what might that be?: 

I wouldn’t have gone home with Chicago Party Aunt.

What are you most proud of?:

Turning a Chicago sports blog with a small but loyal readership into a full-time job at CBSSports.com.

How would you like to be remembered?:

These are some profound, philosophical questions all of a sudden. I’d like to be remembered as a good, fun person who was right about fucking everything.

What’s the one thing about you few people know?:

I would argue they already know too much.

What do you dislike most about yourself?:

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That my body didn’t stop aging at 25.

What do you dislike most in others?:

The things I dislike in myself. Just blew your fucking mind.

What were your best/worst subjects in school?:

I was a very good student. I didn’t have any worst subjects until I got to Calculus, but even then I knew enough about math to get an A on the finals and earn a C besides never going to the class or studying. God bless multiple choice finals.

What do you like doing in your spare time?:

I read. In my Japanese soaking tub. It’s great.

Who is your celebrity crush?:

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I would do unspeakable things to earn the favor of Padma Lakshmi.

What is your favorite movie?:

Godfather 2.

What is your favorite baseball movie?:

Major League.

What is your biggest/weirdest fear?:

My biggest fear is whatever social event I currently have plans for.

What would be your one superpower?:

The ability to paint the corners with a 99mph fastball.

What would you change your name to?:

Jupiter Forza.

What pet would you love to have?:

I would genuinely love having a pet wolf that’s free to come and go as they please and just come home to hang out at the end of the day and get its belly rubbed.

What’s your one biggest pet peeve?:

Anybody who refuses to reconsider a position.

What’s your one annoying habit?: 

Caring about the White Sox.

What would be a good theme song for your life?:

I hope there’s never a song that can adequately describe my entire life.

What ballpark would you like to visit?: 

Oracle Park.

WTF is Rick Hahn doing? Part 4

In this short series, yours truly, the BeefLoaf attempts to examine WTF Rick Hahn is doing with the White Sox? I’ll dig high and low (while possibly intoxicated) to try and decipher what is going on and also what alternate path I might take. BUT FIRST….the tale of the tape.

Rick Hahn

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Position: White Sox General Manager aka CEO and shit of the Rebuild

Education: Harvard, Northwestern, Michigan

Accomplishments: 2016 Hot Stove Champion; 2018 Payroll Championship Runner-Up

Likes: Corny Catch Phrases

BeefLoaf

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Position: 4th best blogger for Section 108

Education: BCA, DeLaSalle and Dominican University of Illinois (DUI for short)

Accomplishments: Not as fat as MySoxSummer

Likes: Turley Zins and Eggplant ParmBEFORE YOU CHECK OUT PART IV, CHECK OUT PART I AND PART II AND PART III

PART IV BEGINS……NOW!!!!

The Bullpen

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The back end of the bullpen is a spot where Rick Hahn did actually reinforce with some real parts, the trade for Alex Colome (basically a salary dump by the Mariners) and the free agent signing of Kelvin Herrera represent upgrades over the incumbents in the White Sox bullpen. I’m generally not a fan of paying market price for most of your high leverage bullpen innings, it seems like bad business, especially on a non-contending team. When these signings occurred, I gave them the tentative thumbs up of a “this seems ooooo-kay”. I have since changed my tune on that, but we’ll get to that shortly. I am not ready to jump to the conclusion that the White Sox bullpen is much improved over last season, Joakim Soria was terrific out there last year, Luis Avilan wasn’t too shabby either and the White Sox shed them in trades. The signings above represent a moderate improvement over two back-end options….well, and something else.

What about the prospects?

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Last year was a year in which we started seeing some of the fruits of Rick Hahn’s previous labor, Jace Fry and Aaron Bummer both showed reliable last year and a bunch of other young relievers, namely Ian Hamilton, Ryan Burr (who’s major league debut the 108ers saw in Detroit, he pitched mad af), Jose Ruiz, Thyago Vieira and Caleb Frare (the later tree cumming over in trades for Int’l Spending Cap $$$) debuted to varying results. WAIT!! Let’s clear something up that I have read everywhere, which is total bullshit. I have read that the White Sox couldn’t use their International $$$ to sign July 2 prospects. While it is true they were in the penalty and weren’t able to spend more than $300K on any individual prospect, they were still free to sign as many of those prospects as their cap would take on. That’s exactly what AJ Preller did, under similar penalty. It is unclear to me which is better, but to say the White Sox “couldn’t use the $$$” is total bullshit. Anywho, the future looks pretty bright in the bullpen, even if only Fry and another arm here (pick’em out of a hat, I hope it’s Burr, because I like watching angry mufuckaz pitch) make it, that’s a nizzz little start to a bullpen.

Who else?

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Oh yea, Nate Jones, Juan Minaya and Dylan Covey are still kicking around here as well. They are a veritable wild card of potential outcomes, but Nate’s been really good in the past, Minaya has been mediocre and Covey has shown some upside, so it’s possible out of this group you get 1 dependable arm as well. That’s a really nice start to a bullpen, non-contending team or not.

Aren’t you forgetting a few people??

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Yes, but I am doing that on purpose, because I need to finish big and I don’t really know what to do with my hands right now. Okay, fuck it, let’s end this shit.

WTF is Rick Hahn doing?

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At first, I really wasn’t sure what Rick Hahn was doing and if I wrote this a month ago, I probably would’ve come to an entirely different fucking conclusion. Hahn is clearly BUILDING DEPTH in the bullpen. There, I said it. The signings to reinforce the back end of the bullpen not only make the 2019 team better, but they make the 2020 and future teams better. Yes, I actually see an effort by Hahn to squirrel away talent. Kodi Medeiros had to join the 40 man this year, but other promising bullpen arms that still aren’t on the 40 man roster include, former 1st round pick Zack Burdi, Tyler Johnson and Zach Thompson. This is not to mention any failed starters along the way that will end up converted. Hahn has clearly made a point of stocking up on bullpen arms to be able to withstand injury and prospect failure. This is how you build depth in a position. This is how you ensure that you have low cost internal options to fill in when players get hurt, are ineffective or move on in free agency. This is where you utilize your depth to trade a higher cost player of the same position for something else you need and fill in with your own on hand talent. The bullpen, along with the outfield both seem primed and ready for the next half decade, we’ll see if the rest of the organization improves along with it.

If you read through all 4 of these posts, I want to thank you for lending your weary eyes to look through my thoughts on the current roster. I’m skeptical, but optimistic that Rick Hahn will continue to look for improvements all across and not settle for thinking he did a good job a couple of winters ago by just starting this process, we are probably 40% of the way there, still A LOT to go.

-BeefLoaf

WTF is Rick Hahn doing? Part 3

In this short series, yours truly, the BeefLoaf attempts to examine WTF Rick Hahn is doing with the White Sox? I’ll dig high and low (while possibly intoxicated) to try and decipher what is going on and also what alternate path I might take. BUT FIRST….the tale of the tape.

Rick Hahn

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Position: White Sox General Manager aka CEO and shit of the Rebuild

Education: Harvard, Northwestern, Michigan

Accomplishments: 2016 Hot Stove Champion; 2018 Payroll Championship Runner-Up

Likes: Corny Catch Phrases

BeefLoaf

Position: 4th best blogger for Section 108

Education: BCA, DeLaSalle and Dominican University of Illinois (DUI for short)

Accomplishments: Not as fat as MySoxSummer

Likes: Turley Zins and Eggplant Parm

BEFORE YOU CHECK OUT PART III,

CHECK OUT  PART I AND PART II

PART III BEGINS……NOW!!!!

Starting Pitcher

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Starting pitching has undergone quite the transformation in MLB the last half decade or so, we’ve seen progressive teams use “The Opener” which is basically starting a solid relief pitcher, possibly with a platoon advantage and moving the conventional starter to the 2nd or 3rd inning. We’ve seen some of the same teams (and others) start to nip starters outings in the bud, but pulling them before they get to the dangerous (to some) third time through the batting order. The White Sox however, aren’t one of those teams. Now, they’ll couch it all in the guise of “development”, and that’s probably true, but since we are starting to get out of the other side of development for certain pitchers, we’ll start to be able to tell if good ole Ricky Rents has them tools in the tool shed.

Carlos Rodon

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Rodon has been basically a league average pitcher for his entire, injury riddled 4 year major league career and that’s been kind of a disappointment. The White Sox haven’t exactly helped him out over time, but regardless, the results are the results. If I were a betting man AND I AM, I’d bet Rodon breaks out this year. No, he won’t be a true ace, but he’ll soldier on, make ~30 starts and be above league average. Rodon’s lovely wife Ashley, who is one of the true joys of #WhiteSox twitter is pregnant with their first child and any of us who are dads, know that once it’s daddy time, you gotta get your shit together and it think Rodon finally will……….and then the White Sox will trade him.

Reynaldo Lopez

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Lopez had a quietly good year last season. I know his ERA was out ahead of his FIP (that’s a fancy stat to try and measure quality of pitching performance, its not perfect though as Bruce Rondon had a decent FIP last year…..)

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Projections for Lopez in 2019 seem to think he won’t be that good, but those who watched his last 7 or so starts of 2018 would probably think otherwise. Also, those that really dig in on pitching (Eno Sarris & Steve Stone to name a few) seem to think Lopez is pretty close to a real breakthrough. Regardless of which side you believe, his spot is secure and Hahn is correct to send him out there every 5 days and see what he’s got.

Lucas Giolito

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In the pantheon of Sophomore Slumps, few could match the horribleness of Gio’s 2nd year on the Southside. Usually they stop the fight before it gets as bad as it got, but the White Sox kept trotting him out there in the name of “Development”. Because of Gio’s former life in the nations capital, he only has 1 minor league option left. That, combined with the fact that Kopech, Cease and Dunning are coming hot and heavy for his spot (and two others spots) he needs to get his shit together right quick. I assume the White Sox are saving his final option in case they need it in 2020 to retool him into a reliever. Based on the current construction of this roster, the White Sox are trying about as hard as Chorizy-E in a company bowling tournament (which we won anyways), so no reason not to send him out there, whether or not he’s shitting his proverbial pants everywhere.

Ivan Nova

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Ivan Nova is Dominican for James Shields. He’s also #108thicc. Other than that, he’s hear to eat some innings. Not sure why ~160 IP would have to cost the White Sox $9M but Rick Hahn is a savvy negotiator. Regardless, he’ll be lumbering out to the bump every 5 days. Was this a good use of a roster spot on this team?? HELL NO!!! There isn’t a single solitary reason the White Sox shouldn’t have taken a gamble on something or someone with more upside. Shelby Miller signed with the Rangers for Michael Scott’s salary before Darryl helped him get a raise. Clay Bucholz is still out there Drew Pomeranz, Tyson Ross, etc. Truth be told, if they wanted to spend a little more money, JA Happ (although it seems he wanted his 39 yr old season to be secured, which seems a bit much) or Charlie Morton would’ve been good multi-year deals. I know the White Sox have a ton of pitching on the way, but Rodon is out in a few seasons, Giolito is barely a starting pitcher at this point and the payroll is so fucking tiny, is there any reason not to line up a decent starting pitcher for future years, or even just take a gamble on some low cost high reward lanzador. Increible. Hahn does some things that make me go hmmmm?

The 5th starter spot

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Manny Banuelos sounds like he should be involved in a dangerous and illegal carnitas deal with Chorizy-E and BeefLoaf.” I uttered those words on our podcast a few episodes ago. I took a look at Banuelos numbers in AAA in the PCL last year and they were pretty decent, plus he has pedigree, but the best part of the whole signing is that Hahn acts like he knows nothing about the guy. He keeps saying one of their scouts begged him to sign this guy, so he did. Which is the narrative I like. A solid chunk of the White Sox fan base paints Hahn as this genius, where the small majority of us left aren’t really sure he knows what he is doing, so this narrative is perfect. “I dunno, that guy told me to sign him, so I did.” This signing is Hahn channeling his inner Mr. Kruger. I LOVE IT!!

The rest of the crowd around the 5th starter spot is equally mysterious. I mean, they’ve been around the org, I’m just not really sure what any of them do well. Luminaries such as Jordan Stephens, Spencer Adams, Dylan Covey, Jordan Guerrero and Donn Roach provide a venerable barbershop quartet of potential options for the job that even Keyser Soze couldn’t sell you on. I actually don’t mind if one of these guys wins the job, it is possible that one of them pops and becomes, as they would say in a criminal investigation, A PERSON OF INTEREST. I would’ve loved to see the White Sox bring in someone else to challenge for this spot, maybe they still will. I just think that a rotation as clearly unsettled as this one should be lining up as many options as possible.

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Not enough imo. You need TONS of starting pitchers! The good teams seem to know this, but the White Sox seem to oddly not get that. I don’t really like the idea of basically leaving two spots wide open for Kopech and Cease in 2020. NO, that’s not what I mean, of course if these dudes are healthy, they are in the rotation, but you don’t know if HURT or BAD or BOTH will happen to Lopez, Rodon, Giolito before you get to 2020, and there isn’t much else pitching coming short term. I guess you can hope Dane Dunning joins the group of hopeful 2020 starters, but having a staff full of basically rookies isn’t generally a recipe for success. Too much of this rebuild seems to be counting on LOTS of serendipity, without taking the appropriate steps to harness said serendipity. The 2019 staff should feature Rodon, Lopez, Gio, plus 3 additional arms (from outside the org) with future control that if one of them hits, you have found something great for the depth of the organization. Hahn added 1 of those, Banuelos. Friends, when you gamble on low probability events, you need to have lots of them to increase your chances of success.

-BeefLoaf

WTF is Rick Hahn doing? Part 2

In this short series, yours truly, the BeefLoaf attempts to examine WTF Rick Hahn is doing with the White Sox? I’ll dig high and low (while possibly intoxicated) to try and decipher what is going on and also what alternate path I might take. BUT FIRST….the tale of the tape.

Rick Hahn

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Position: White Sox General Manager aka CEO and shit of the Rebuild

Education: Harvard, Northwestern, Michigan

Accomplishments: 2016 Hot Stove Champion; 2018 Payroll Championship Runner-Up

Likes: Corny Catch Phrases

BeefLoaf

Position: 4th best blogger for Section 108

Education: BCA, DeLaSalle and Dominican University of Illinois (DUI for short)

Accomplishments: Not as fat as MySoxSummer

Likes: Turley Zins and Eggplant Parm

BEFORE YOU CHECK OUT PART II, CHECK OUT PART I

PART II BEGINS……NOW!!!!

Outfield

Left Field

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I suspect Nicky Delmonico keeps the seat warm until Eloy Jimenez‘s defensive capabilities are up to snuff (aka, until service time has been supressed). This should be Eloy’s spot for the next 7 years, unless he moves down the defensive spectrum to First Base. For now, let’s leave him in the outfield. The White Sox outfield depth is fucking excellent. Nicky Delmonico is a prime example. He still has 3 minor league options. He’s an okay hitter and exactly the type of guy you’d like to have hanging out in Charlotte for when you need someone to fill in for an injury and not embarrass hisself at the plate. He ain’t no Moises Sierra, he might actually hit the ball hard. Behind that, there is depth, but it is years away.That’s okay, I really don’t want anyone taking these plate appearances other than Eloy.

Center Field

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The incumbent, who I tend to give a hard time to on account of the fact that he can’t fucking hit, is the exact type of player you’d like to have in your org so you can “break glass, just in case”. Look I know he was up for a gold glove last year, but 1) He didn’t win and 2) Who gives a fuck, you don’t need a great defensive centerfield in the Guaranteed Rate Field. What you need is someone that can give you good enough defense, while hitting.White Sox teams make the playoffs by smacking a bunch of dingers. The internal options are a little ways away, although if Luis Basabe hits a bunch he could leap frog his way to Chicago by June. The season ticket holder in me would like that, not only because it would give us fans an alternative, but because its not necessarily bad business either, Basabe is burning options as he was on the 40 man last year. Externally, the best alternatives were in the trade market, like Tommy Pham. The widely available center field options were either meh (Billy Hamilton) or going to cost you something (AJ Pollock). I would’ve loved to see Pollock in a White Sox uni, but let’s face it, they rebuilt for a reason and that reason was to save some $$$ while acquiring a gaggle of prospects, since the majority of those prospects reside in the outfield, they could easily talk theyselfs out of making a major signing, no matter how much sense it makes.

Right Field

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This should be Daniel Palka as presently constituted. Mr. 108 showed us that he can smash dongs and he didn’t care how big the moment in the game was, he could still come through. What he still needs to prove is that he can be more selective and make more left hand turns at first base. I know what’s about to happen, some snotty kid who thinks he’s dunking on me is going to say “But Beef, he’s a butcher in the outfield”…….Yea, so? This team ain’t going nowhere, let the kid play. We need to find out what we got before shit gets serious. However, given that we have an in house option, that doesn’t need anything other than playing time, Hahn has to go and do something, classic Hahn.

Enter, Jon Jay (33 yr old Machado bait) and Brandon Guyer (33 yr old Right Hand Only Platoon Partner)……ah fuck! I’ll admit, I was excited about the Jay signing initially if only because he does something that has alluded White Sox outfielders for far too long. He gets on base above league average…..however, upon closer examination, it looks like center field is more and more difficult for the old lad, so he’ll end up in right field more often than not. That’s bad. I mean, unless it secures you Manny, because if it doesn’t it just puts not 1, but 2 road blocks in Daniel Palka’s way for playing time. Jay – RF, Alonso – DH. Imagine being a GM and you are embarking on a rebuild. You trade for prospects with your available assets. You draft high, but with varying results. Then, you grab a minor league free agent off the scrap heap and he shows up the next year, in a non-full-time role and smashes 27 HR’s. Most GM’s would be elated as they found something that teams need lots of these days, POWER!! And then you decide to put as many roadblocks to his playing time in the following season as possible. And not like, young potentially promising road blocks, I mean old mutherfuckers. I mean guys that should be running around in some decent teams AAA ballpark. I might barf.

I saw several people on twitter mentioning Guyer as a “Platoon Partner” for Palka. Look, I get the value in the platoon partner, especially for a guy that has struggled with LHP, however, if the guy who struggles with left hand pitching has less than 100 career plate appearances against LHP, how’s about we just let him hit for another season against LHP. The more plate appearances, the better, when it comes to a throw away season in which development is king.

Designated Hitter

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This looks like Manny bait Yonder Alonso. Alonso is okay, but other than dragging Manny here, he’s not too valuable. He’s likely taking away plate appearances from someone else in the grand scheme of things. He’s probably keeping us from seeing as much Daniel Palka as we should or sussing out if Jose Rondon can actually hit at the big league level. The costs of the Manny whisperers are more than $$$, they also cost development time.

WTF is Rick Hahn doing?

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Hahn needs Eloy in Chicago to cover up the rest of the mess he’s created in the outfield. He has found some depth out of basically nowhere, but that’s a minor victory. He missed trading for Tommy Pham when he likely could’ve matched the price. He’s doing everything he can to take the bat out of Daniel Palka’s hands when he might have found a fucking diamond in the rough. He’s added no real youthful gambles to this mix even though his real prospects in the outfield are likely 1-3 years away from being in Chicago. It feels like paralysis by prospectalaysis. He needs to stop, leaving spots open for people that are years away, and stop putting blocks in the way of people that are here and need playing time for development. Rick Hahn was already skating on thin fucking ice with the 108ers, but if he continues to do everything in his power to keep Daniel Palka off the field, he’ll completely lose us.

-BeefLoaf

WTF is Rick Hahn doing? Part 1

In this short series, yours truly, the BeefLoaf attempts to examine WTF Rick Hahn is doing with the White Sox? I’ll dig high and low (while possibly intoxicated) to try and decipher what is going on and also what alternate path I might take. BUT FIRST….the tale of the tape.

Rick Hahn

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Position: White Sox General Manager aka CEO and shit of the Rebuild

Education: Harvard, Northwestern, Michigan

Accomplishments: 2016 Hot Stove Champion; 2018 Payroll Championship Runner-Up

Likes: Corny Catch Phrases

BeefLoaf

Position: 4th best blogger for Section 108

Education: BCA, DeLaSalle and Dominican University of Illinois (DUI for short)

Accomplishments: Not as fat as MySoxSummer

Likes: Turley Zins and Eggplant Parm

Way, way back in 2016, our WhiteSox were coming off of a 78-84 season, in which they had started 23-10 and then shat their pants to a 55-74 finish. It sucked worse than Wayne’s World II. At that time, us fans, thirsty for something more than watching Chris Sale pitch every 5 days were at a tipping point. We either needed Jerry to commit to ramping this fucking payroll up and turning our delicious core of 5 bWAR stars into a contender…….or, RIP THIS BITCH DOWN TO THE STUDS. Hahn, chose plan B and traded Sale and Eaton in a flurry at the Winter Meetings following the 2016 season. We were off, the fan base was exhilarated, thrilled with a direction being taken instead of sitting in the middle of the pack, getting our dicks slapped out of contention by our AL Central foes. After that, we waited….and waited for Jose Quintana to be traded, I for one had agita for months until they finally were able to trade him to the NorthSiders for a delicious fucking return.

Since then, we’ve had prospect starts and stops, surprises (mostly bad ones) and two wretched seasons that resulted in top 5 picks (Nick Madrigal and the next one in June). I’ll attempt to make sense of the 2019 roster and where I can’t, well, I’ll suggest some shit. Imma do this in four parts, Infield, Outfield, Starting Pitching and Relief Pitching. Today, I’ll start with the infield.

Infield

The infield is set…..sort of, but there are some strange things going on that I just don’t quite get.

First Base

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We startedfromthe108.comback in 2016 and even way back then, we have been talking about what the White Sox should do with Jose Abreu, should they extend his contract, should they trade him as part of the rebuild, should they stand pat and see what happens. In hindsight, I think not trading him was probably a missed opportunity, mainly because we saw what the Diamondbacks got for 1 year of Paul Goldschmidt and because the White Sox have shown no real interest in extending the terms of his deal (which ends at the conclusion of the 2019 season). Ultimately, keeping Abreu is a waste of plate appearances in 2019. Someone else should take these turns at the plate (not Yonder Alonso, but that’s where we are). If the 2019 White Sox aren’t primed to win (and they aren’t given how they look now, Machado or not), then these plate appearances should go to someone that could help a future team. There just isn’t a first baseman in the pipeline to take the plate appearances and meh first baseman in the market don’t cost a ton or have big upside. A progressive team would either hand Daniel Palka a first baseman’s glove and see what happens or trade for someone that’s blocked, Dominic Smith possibly. Give yourself some upside. Instead, Hahn is going with status quo, which is fine for selling tickets in 2019, but doesn’t do much for the 2020 and beyond teams.

Second Base

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Yoan is here. He was a former #1 overall prospect.& He’s basically been league average. He should stay here until further notice. I know, I know, you are dying to slide Nick Madrigal in here, but let him do something professionally before we start doing that. I don’t think jerking Yoan’s position around is a wise idea at this point in his development. Leave him where he is and let him try to learn to hit. I am not sure he ever becomes a star, but Dan Uggla with speed is nothing to sneeze at.

Shortstop

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Tim Anderson is the incumbent. If Manny Machado shows up and demands this position, then he has it. If not, Tim Anderson should play another season here. He’s becoming a good defender. I don’t know if he ever hits enough to be anything other than a bench player on a good team, but he doesn’t hit poorly enough that he’s a major hole. The only other real shortstop close to the majors in the system is Jose Rondon. You could go in that direction, but given Anderson’s contract situation and potential upside that wouldn’t make sense. The only player in the market that looked tempting to me was Tim Beckham and he signed for almost nothing with the Mariners. That would’ve been a nice gamble, former #1 overall pick, I might have brought him in and played him elsewhere, but let him pick up starts at shortstop occasionally.

Third Base

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I love Yolmer, you love Yolmer. Yolmer isn’t a regular Third Baseman. As I mentioned above, someone like Tim Beckham could’ve been a nice signing. The White Sox theoretically have some plate appearances to give to someone. I don’t think the best use of those plate appearances is Yolmer, you aren’t likely to find out anything new. I get it, they are trying to sign Machado and if they sign someone like Beckham, well, that wouldn’t make sense. I guess if they miss on Machado, they could add a little upside by playing Jose Rondon and seeing if his power is real. However, he’s right handed, so the urge to platoon he and Yolmer would be strong and result in Rondon not really playing enough to figure it out. I know these are tough people decisions for Ricky, but he’ll have to start making some sooner or later.

Catcher

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Welly Castillo is the incumbent and I know there are favored prospects in the pipeline, but it seems like there was an opportunity here to try and hit on a gamble of some sort, whether it be an oft injured back stop like Devin Mesoraco or a younger guy that almost washed out and would require a trade like Blake Swihart. It just seemed like a move here to try and find something would’ve been better than signing James McCann as the back up. He’s not young and he’s never had much of a pedigree or been good. Seems like they just signed a placeholder. I kinda get that, but why not try and find something valuable. We’ve been saying it all along, not every prospect will hit and teams can always use more good players. I just don’t get why Rick Hahn doesn’t play this rebuild like that.

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The Infield lacks sufficient gambles on upside for my liking. Up the middle is good, both players are adequate right now and have good upside. Abreu is beloved at first base, but there isn’t much future there as currently constituted, they effectively wasted the available trade window and suitors (outside of a major injury) and they have no real prospect depth at the position. Gavin Sheets still seems pretty far away. A scrap heap add of a young player from another org or handing Palka a first baseman’s glove would seem appropriate, but they really can’t do that with Yonder Alonso in the fold as Machado bait.

-BeefLoaf

The 108 Interview Series – Pete Hand

Here at the 108, it is our job….our duty to bring to you the great personalities of White Sox twitter, either via tweet / photo / video or blog post.  In continuing with the tradition of bringing you “the goods” from White Sox twitter we have our interview with our buddy Pete Hand.  Pete is a friend and confidant of the 108ers and was one of the first people we encountered (other than our spouses) that actually thought this 108 thing could become something.  Oh and he’s also a great #WhiteSox and baseball fan, without further ado, Pete Hand……

Aloha Mr Hand

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Favorite Game That You Were At

Game 2 of the 2005 World Series. Konerko’s slam was the loudest I have ever heard the park. I remember in the 9th I thought that there would be a walk-off HR, but I thought it would be by Juan Uribe, who batted before Podsednik. I remember walking out of the park down the RF ramps, right by the 108, almost in tears of joy mumbling “They are coming back for a parade”.

Favorite All Time Player That Doesn’t Have a Statue On the Concourse

Mark Buehrle, followed by Ron Kittle

Favorite Drink and Dinner at the Park

White-Sox-elote

I am usually driving so it would be a Coke Zero and Elotes with everything except salt, and don’t be bullshitting around with the butter and red pepper.

Favorite Place to Sit

I have 2 favorite places to sit. One is the section I am in (131) and the other is the 108.

Favorite Uniform

As much as I love the ‘83’s I got to go with the red pinstripes of the early ‘70’s. That was the era I started going to games at the ballpark.

Favorite Giveaway

I really like the magnetic schedules. I have every one of them from 2000 on, plus the 1998 “Line Drive” one.

Favorite Theme Night

Elvis night. I am hoping for a 108 day (10/8) in the near future because that will mean the team is in the playoffs.

Dislikes

What irks you the most about White Sox fans?

I bunch the fans in groups. There are the Jerry Haters, The Rick Hahn apologists, the optimistic fans (although there aren’t many recently), the stat heads, and the realisists.

I do not understand the Jerry Haters. If you hate Jerry that much why do you give him money? I could never figure that out.

The Rick Hahn apologists can never accept he made a mistake (Jeff Keppinger, Tatis Jr for Shields).

The stat heads I have fun with because they quote all these stats and I ask a simple question. Do you watch the game? That usually ends the argument. I have to tell this story. In 2016 I got into a Twitter exchange with a White Sox twitter “expert” who was saying at the beginning of July that the White Sox will be trading for a bat at the deadline. After going back and forth I asked if he actually watched the games and watched the team. If he had actually watched the team, he would have known that this team was shit in division and that they were going nowhere. I said it was be a giant mistake to make a trade, to which I was called every name in the book. Two weeks later Rick Hahn gave the mired in mediocrity speech, and this person then deleted the entire exchange. Sadly, he has on his twitter profile that he will delete tweets. How can you be taken seriously if you delete tweets? I give hot takes and part of doing this is having the ability to say you were wrong.

What is the worst part of being a Sox fan?

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The worst part is something that I am hoping will be rectified by the time this is published. The refusal to bring in top tier talent. In the past when the off-season started you knew which free agents were off-limits. Oh, this guy is a Boras client so the Sox won’t negotiate. Oh, that guy wants too much money so he won’t be coming. Let’s go sign this PTP (Past Their Prime) name player for a cheaper rate so it looks like something is being done (Hello Adam Dunn and Adam LaRoche). I just didn’t like KNOWING that there were certain players who were off-limits based on agent or money.

Worst part of the game day experience?

Lately it is the number of fans from other teams who are making themselves comfortable in our home park, hat tip to Beefloaf for that perfect summation.

What really grinds your gears?

Ha, Let’s see. 0 – 2 walks. Jose Quintana was the king of this. He would get ahead 0 – 2 on a hitter and then nibble and wind up walking the hitter. It seems to be a part of Sox pitching strategy to get ahead 0 – 2 and then immediately throw a pitch a foot outside, in the dirt, or both.

Least Favorite White Sox player of all time

Jamie Navarro, not only a bad pitcher but a raging asshole. Had an incident with him in Tiger Stadium in 1998 when I told him, in a drunken stupor, that he was robbing the Sox and that he should sign his paycheck over to Mike Sirotka.

Game Day

Most memorable experience as a White Sox fan

Game 1 & 2 of the 2005 World Series.

Biggest regrets about the White Sox experience

Not boarding a plane on October 26, 2005 to fly to Houston. The company I worked for at the time had offices in Houston so I could have done it. If I ever get the chance I will be on a plane.

Ballpark experience, how could it be better?

I think there are a lot of things. The first thing is I think the team should give preferential treatment to Season Ticket Holders by having a separate entrance and early admission. It is easy enough to do if they use Gate 1 or Gate 6, which are generally not used. I think security should separate people with and without bags, as we saw in Detroit last August. Looking at tickets in the 108 when there are about 20 people in the section is ridiculous, especially when they don’t check tickets where I actually sit.

Best Sox Park hack?

One of my favorite hacks is the Stadium Club. I buy the pass every year for a couple of specific reasons. 1.) You get in a ½ before gates open so you can get the giveaway and 2.) the bathrooms, they are much cleaner, and I am a bathroom snob.

What brings you back for every game?

The hopes of seeing something I have never seen before and all of the friendships I have built over the years with other fans and some White Sox employees.

Feelings on the wave?

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Fuck the Wave and the one annoying asshole who feels it is their job to start the wave. They belong in the 7th level of hell listening to “We Built This City” by Starship on an endless loop.

Which Gate is your favorite to enter the park from?

Gate 5, for many reasons. Whether it’s coming to the park from work, meeting friends at ChiSox, or attending one of the awesome tailgates like the Crosstown Wasted last year, held by Soxon35th and the guys fromthe108.

How Early Do You Get To Games?

I used to get to games right around the time gates opened, but since I started a new job in the ‘burbs it’s a little later. I like to eat and socialize before the game so I can be in my seat for 1st pitch.

What Do You Bring To Games?

The hope that I will see another World Series Champion

How Many Games Do You Go To Each Year?

Last year was 65. I have done anywhere from 60 – 75. I had perfect attendance in 2017 until I broke my foot in late August.

Section 108 Questions

What is your favorite baseball word?

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It’s a relatively new one. Palksmash!

What is your least favorite baseball word?

Cubs

What get’s you excited about the White Sox?

The fact that they quit half-assing the roster and chose a direction.

What makes you sad about the White Sox?

Where to begin. The fact that this team has never made the playoffs in back to back years, while every other team in the division, , all smaller markets as well, have. The fact that the management has let this team atrophy so much they are irrelevant. The fact that this irrelevance has also worked it’s way to the employees who in some respects half-ass things (see previous article I wrote about many STUPID mistakes the team makes in trying to market their product). The fact that when free agency rolls around you know that the top tier talent is an afterthought for the team to pursue because their former GM was butthurt by an agent in the A-Rod negotiations after the 2000 season.

What sound or noise at the ballpark do you love?

Fireworks after a Palksmash!

What sound or noise at the ballpark do you hate?

Go Cubs Go

What is your favorite Hawkism?

He Gone, primarily because He Gone!

You did a really cool recap of your day flying to New York City last year for HOF class announcements, can you tell us how you got involved with the HOF and what drew you do that?

 It started in 2014. I “joined” the Hall of Fame so that I could get a seat for the Frank Thomas induction. I fell in love with the place and the town. If you are a baseball nerd, like I am, it’s heaven, not Iowa, a reference for Chorizy’s favorite movie. I was going to do it again for 2019 but unfortunately the weather cancelled my flight that day. Hope to do it again in 2020, weather permitting.

You do a TON for Ron Kittle charities, tell us about how you became buddies with Ron.

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 It’s hard to explain because I am not really sure how. I spoke with him numerous times and did some stuff with White Sox Charities and just got to know him. I remember at Soxfest 2008 I was wearing my Kittle jersey and I walked up to him and said look what I got. He told me that he had interviewed for the Sox radio job, which he didn’t get, and that he was going to buy anyone who wore his jersey at a game a beer. I asked where my beer was, and he said he didn’t get the job. It just went from there. I can say there is also an incident from 2010 at the bar of the Palmer House that I cannot go into here, but it occurred about 5 minutes before the famous Freddy Garcia fuck the Cubs video which you can find on YouTube. I do owe him a lot because he has provided me some valuable advice in the time, I have known him. He has also delivered some messages I needed to hear during that time too.

What capacity do you serve for Ron Kittle charities?

I am one of the directors.

What % of Ron Kittle’s stories aren’t bullshit?

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I say 50 / 50. A couple I thought were bullshit were in fact true.

You have pretty boss seats behind home plate, have you met any celebs, if so, name drop the BEST and WORST?

The best and worse are affiliated with visiting teams. The best, by a mile, was Evan Longoria’s family. His wife (Jamie Edmondson) and mother-in-law were so nice and easy going. We have had multiple great conversations.

The worse, and it isn’t even close, is the Girardi family. His wife and daughter think they are privileged. There was an incident where the teenage daughter (Leena) kept hitting the back of my seat with her mini baseball bat. I kindly asked if she could stop. She kept doing it. I finally snapped and said if she didn’t stop, I was going to take the bat away. The mother stepped in and said that if I took the bat away and she got it back she would hit me with it. I told the mother if the kid did hit me with the bat, I would not only take it away, but I would shove it up her ass and pull it out her mouth. She immediately went to security and asked why I was sitting there, and the security guard told her that I pay for those tickets, but of course she couldn’t understand this. That is part of reason I want no part of Girardi as manager. I could see another Guillen family situation from the entitled elitist assholes.

And there is a witness to both sides of this answer. I will tell you who it is and she can confirm.

You’ve been known to crush sports trivia, if you had to pick any one of the 108ers to team up with in a baseball trivia contest, who would it be?

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This is a slam dunk. Biguns. BTW, still waiting for my video of destroying Barstool during the Crosstown Wasted Tailgate. I also won $130 on the show Gas Money, which is now known as Beer Money.

The 3-minute handy is a unique video series, who’s idea was it and why do you think it’s so popular?

It was a MySoxSummer idea. Because I’m honest, sometimes rather brutally and crudely, and it’s what a lot of people want to say but don’t have the platform to do. I’ve gotten a lot of feedback about it, mostly good. I did have one person say they wanted to wash my mouth out with soap after watching one of them.

 Do you have a Member’s Only jacket?

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Not anymore. I did and I rocked it!

Can you guess which other 108er has a Member’s Only jacket?

I thought I was the last member. I would immediately guess Biguns, but I’m going Slumpbuster here

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Why don’t you room with Wally$ on any of the baseball trips?

HELL NO!!! I’m afraid what would happen after Wally$ has a night of 108’ing and his GF isn’t around. I don’t want to wake up with the smell of cool water in the air.

Do you have any favorite #108ing stories you’d like to share, ballpark or otherwise?

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I remember being chastised for having Ginger Beer, which I did not drink, in Detroit. That whole weekend was a blast, from seeing Slumpbuster make a new friend in the bar, to the whole Wally$ performance.

What’s your greatest fear about the “rebuild”?

That they half-ass it and put themselves in the same situation they were before.

What is there about this team that excites you the most?

Potential, with unfulfilled potential scaring me the most

Give us a #HotTake about the rebuild.

 I have a fear that the coaching staff they have in place in multiple stops won’t be able to develop the players they have into what they can be. How many players have they truly developed? Pickings are slim. And frankly I have the most fear with Cooper. He cannot help pitchers develop what their talent says they have. He has to develop them into the same pitcher. All throw cutters. Why do you think division teams have teed off on the Sox for years? They pretty much know the pitcher’s repertoire.

Favorite White Sox Twitter Account (Besides @fromthe108) and why?

Oh geez, several to choose from. I really like Palka’s because its entertaining.

Person from White Sox Twitter that you’d most like to meet and why?

KeNWO. Even though I think I may have met him already.

Favorite Non-White Sox Twitter Account and why?

Ken Rosenthal. If he reports it you know it to be true.

What do you like best about @fromthe108?

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Everyone is themselves. No one is trying to be something they are not. No one is afraid to bust balls, and everyone treats each other with respect. I would also add that #108ing is not only about having a good time, but friendship and mutual respect.

Favorite White Sox related blog or podcast and why?

I like White Sox Talk and Sox in the Basement, but the podcast about Baseball and Bullshit (aka the 108 podcast) is my favorite.

What is your favorite alcoholic drink for #108ing?  Be specific and feel free to go with more than one if you need to.  What about your favorite beer style?

I am not that big of a beer guy. I am more of a spirits guy. Love me some Jack Daniels Tennessee Fire, and Angels Envy. I have a bottle of Jack Daniels Frank Sinatra century which I take a glass from on occasion. As far as beer style, I don’t have the first clue but I will drink a black and tan if available. Also, like Newcastle Brown Ale and Peroni. I liked Baderbrau High Noon but we know what happened there.

Favorite cut of Steak?  Prepared?

Filet, Medium

Gimme an “Uncle Rico” moment from your prior sports playing past.

 I have two, both in high school. I led the winning intramurals team for softball and volleyball. The best part is that I was on the team with the “smart kids”, because believe it or not I was one of them, and we beat the jocks, who were guys I played sports with. After beating them in Softball they refused to shake hands, similar to what the Pistons did to the Bulls in 1991.

Where would you take @ChiPartyAunt out on a date?

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Portillo’s on Harlem and then Rainbow Motel

Favorite performance enhancing drug?

Baseball – Steroids, Other – Viagra.

Who do you hate more Jim Belushi or John Cusack?

Fuck them both, but if I had to choose, I would go with Belushi. At least Cusack made some movies I liked.

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What Other Chicago Teams Do You Enjoy

Bears and Blackhawks

Favorite Chicago Sports History Moment

2005 World Series, otherwise the “17 Seconds” in the 2013 Stanley Cup finals.

Favorite All-Time Sox Broadcaster

I miss John Rooney on the radio.

Any Stories About Running Into or Meeting White Sox Players? Other Chicago Athletes?

I’ve met a few. The one that stands out is Jim McMahon. When I was in High School McMahon was the man. I met him a few years later and what a JERK.

Favorite Band?

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The Rolling Stones

What is your favorite song?

Let’s go go White Sox

Favorite TV Show (or Netflix or HBO or whatever the fuck)?

If you read some of the stuff I tweet, you know it’s Seinfeld.

Married or Single? Looking for a GF?

This is funny. I am not married but I am no longer single or looking for a GF. I met a beautiful woman named Michele at the 108 Festivus party.

Do you remember your first Sox game?

Sort of. I do not know if it was my first Sox game but I remember being on the field for picture day, when they would allow fans on the warning track and the players would come and take pictures. I remember Dick Allen walking up and scaring the shit out of me.

What Player had the greatest impact on you?

From a fan standpoint I would say Fisk and Thomas. From a personal standpoint Kittle.

What was the happiest day watching the Sox?

October 26, 2005

What was the saddest day watching the Sox?

 October 8, 1983. Tito FUCKING Landrum.

What do you do for work? If you could be or do anything else – what?

I am currently working for a bank as an IT Auditor. I received a BS (in more ways than one) in Computer Information Systems. I make sure that banks systems are secure, no inappropriate access, changes to systems are appropriate, and all necessary banking regulations and requirements are being followed. It’s a geeky type of job but allows me to buy season tickets. If I could have been anything else it would have been the 1st baseman for the White Sox, but in my prime years there was this Frank Thomas guy who blocked me.

If you could live in any other time, when might that be?

I think the 50’s would have been cool. Some great baseball and life seemed easier then.

If you could have dinner with five White Sox Players, past and present, who would they be?

Shoeless Joe Jackson, Buck Weaver, Nellie Fox, Mark Buehrle, and Juan Uribe

If you could change one thing in your past, what might that be?

As previously mentioned, if I had the chance I would board a plane for Houston on October 26, 2005

What are you most proud of?

Knowing that my nieces and nephew are not afraid to come to me for advice or help.

How would you like to be remembered?

A good guy who was honest with himself and everyone else

What’s the one thing about you few people know?

I learned long division when I was 6 years old so I could compute batting average

What do you dislike most about yourself?

Temper can get the best of me at times, even though I’m not as angry as I seem, to quote MySoxSummer.

What do you dislike most in others?

Treating people with disrespect

What were your best/worst subjects in school?

Best subjects were Math and History. Worse subject was Spanish

What do you like doing in your spare time?

 Golf

Who is your celebrity crush?

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Well before I met Michele the next future Mrs. Hand was Jennifer Aniston

What is your favorite movie?

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. I played basketball with co-workers in the 90’s. They used to call me Chief because I played basketball like the character of Chief in the movie. If you haven’t watched it do.

What is your favorite baseball movie?

For baseball it’s The Natural. One with a baseball reference Naked Gun

What is your biggest/weirdest fear?

Walking on subway grates on the streets downtown.

What would be your one super power?

 X-Ray vision

What would you change your name to?

Clint McQueen or Dirk Diggler

What pet would you love to have?

I would love to have a dog, but I am hardly ever home so it wouldn’t be fair.

What’s your one biggest pet peeve?

“Fans” of a team who don’t know their players or have never been to their home park.

What’s your one annoying habit?

I bite my nails.

What would be a good theme song for your life?

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My Way by Frank Sinatra

What ballpark would you like to visit?

I haven’t been to PNC yet. I hear that is the only one that compares to AT&T, actually Oracle Park now, in San Francisco.

White Sox Morale Victories

I am writing this in the evening of February 6, 2019 and Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are still free agents.

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After a long night of #108ing at the #fromthe108 and #soxmachine soxfest after party I attended the Saturday morning Rick Hahn / Rick Renteria session regarding the upcoming season. I listened intently for any clue as to Harper and / or Machado news. At the end of the session I felt there were a couple of messages that were clearly communicated.  The first is that the White Sox were not going to sign both players, which any real fan already knew. The second message is the sticking point to me. Rick Hahn mentioned that he would be disappointed if they were unable to land one of the big two free agents. I took this to be “doubling down” on their efforts to land one. I was feeling exhilarated walking out of the session.

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The more I thought about this the more I started thinking about other comments, some made in an off the cuff passing manner. The one that sticks out to me is that the Sox are in the ballgame and how it’s a great step for the franchise when they weren’t even in the top 6 in Vegas at the beginning of the offseason. This statement stuck with me, but I could not put my finger on what it was about this statement that bothered me. Then I read a tweet from my friend Bill Demantes. He was quoted in the Tribune talking about the Rick Hahn double speak, and it hit me. Was this not “doubling down” but laying the groundwork for the Sox if, or when, Machado and Harper sign with other teams? Was the victory in this not signing the player, but being “at the table”?

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I hope that Machado or Harper do sign with the team. I have written about how the organization needs a jolt from signing a player of this caliber, in particular Bryce Harper, but I cannot escape thinking about this after reading Bill’s excellent summation.

Is Rick Hahn talking about a “morale” victory, which in the context of this is the losers lament, in my opinion. It would be one thing if Harper and Machado are blown away by “stupid money” but given the fact that it is February 6th and neither has signed yet I do not think that has happened. It is also obvious that the White Sox are not Manny Machado’s first choice. They are the safety date for prom in case the one that he wants to ask him out, The Yankees, don’t. When you lost 190+ games the last two years that should be expected.

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The White Sox make it very hard to be a fan of this franchise at times. They are in the 3rd largest market in the country. They have a sweetheart stadium deal. There is NO EXCUSE for this franchise not dominating the AL Central when the other team markets are much smaller in comparison. There is no excuse for the fact that this team has NEVER made back to back playoff appearances when every other team in the division, all smaller markets too, have.

Morale victories? This division is there for the taking. The Indians are basically mocking the other teams in the division with considering trading Kluber or Bauer. They aren’t afraid of any of these franchises. The White Sox organization should take this for the slap in the face that it is and be embarrassed about it. It is there for the taking but my concern is that the team will be satisfies with a morale victory. If the team were to look closely, they would see that a large part of their attendance issues come from their desire for morale victories, not actual ones.

The time for morale victories has passed, it’s time for actual victories in the front office and on the field.

-AlohaMrHand

Why the 108ers are SHORT on Nick Madrigal

Hello friends. I’m so fascinated by the man who’s phrase that is, Jim Nantz is such a freak, did yous guys know he likes his toast burnt a certain way, and he is so fucking particular that he carries a picture of how he’d like his toast burnt around with him everywhere? Anywho, today I want to talk Nick Madrigal, and why I think the vast majority of White Sox twitter has a chubby for him and why the 108ers (and Keith Law) don’t.

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Nick Madrigal was the 4th overall pick by our #WhiteSox in the 2018 MLB Rule 4 Amateur draft

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From the moment he was selected, I saw members of #WhiteSox twitter anointing him the 2nd baseman of the future!!! Many folks were already trying to figure out odd lineup configurations moving around many of the teams other young players to accommodate Nick in the current lineup. The more bullish of the crowd saw Nick as a Shortstop, even though he did not play Shortstop in college. The White Sox claiming to “try him out” at shortstop (he only played 1 minor league game at shortstop in 2018) stoked this fire even more.

WE HAVE A REPLACEMENT FOR TIM ANDERSON!!!

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I heard lewd comparisons to Jose Altuve and Dustin Pedroia (Madrigal is small, like really small, like 5’6″ and weighs slightly more than my biggest cat) as his comps and how he might even be better than them dudes. I saw people projecting .380 OBP for him in his prime. The excitement seemed insane to me, and believe you me, I am happy to get excited about shit that seems impossible, I’m a White Sox season ticket holder. I’m not sure how many players under 5’9″ have been top 5 picks this century, but it surely wasn’t many. Again, he is listed at 165 lbs, and this is a College Junior, not a High School kid that has yet to fill out. I don’t know how many folks of this weight or under have been picked this high in recent memory, but it can’t be a lot. I was told not to worry about any of that stuff, this kid has elite bat control and is the most polished hitter in this draft. He also doesn’t strike out, like hardly ever. The White Sox were just concluding a season in which they would set the all-time single season strike out record. Does not striking out really matter that much if you don’t hit the ball hard enough for it to go over the fence? I was confused. I wasn’t seeing what everyone else was.

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The way I saw Madrigal, the way I still see Madrigal is that he looks like the guy on your little league team that was really good in little league and never got any better because all he could really do was put the ball in play all the time. In Little League, that’s a fucking terrific strategy, because you don’t have elite athletes covering materially all of the diamond, you have a fat kid at 3b who might catch a ball if you line it directly into his fat rolls. At 2b, you probably have a kid who looks like he should be able to play baseball, but really can’t. Your OF’s aren’t too splendid either. Yes, they are coordinated enough to ride their bike to the park, but their defensive baseball skills end at retrieving a ball, not “playing it”. See where I am going with this? If your entire skill set is never striking out, you are likely to be a star as long as catching the ball is a big problem. As you rise up the ranks, just putting the ball in play is a very tough strategy to execute. This is not to mention the pitchers knowing this shit as well. Oy vey.

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Chorizy and I have been on the opposite side of the consensus on this from the get-butt. Mind you, this isn’t contrarianism for contrarianisms sake, this is two dudes, drinking a lot and talking shit and coming to the same goddamn conclusion. Now, you know us, you know the 108ers, if we think something, we are happy to tell you….we are also happy to listen to your opinion, that’s how conversations work. I for one am often confused by prospect talk. I know nothing about scouting, I couldn’t tell you dick about a guys swing or how he brings his ubula through the zone. I don’t know how the hips are supposed to be used, I take all my hips positioning advice from Chubbs Peterson. So this sort of commentary is taking the 10,000 ft view. I’m using empiricism and probability and most of it doesn’t agree with the consensus.

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Anywho, when thinking about this, I just looked around and realized, hey, there aren’t many tiny players that become stars and the ones that have become stars have been long shots to do so. Also, the current MLB player needs to basically hit for power OR have an elite defensive profile at a premium position (like SS, because even Billy Hamilton was non-tendered), like Andrelton Simmons. Otherwise, it is very tough to be much of a player in this MLB. As I tried to come up with comparisons in profile, the only two players that seemed similar in playing style to Madrigal (good contact hitter without much power and good defender at 2b) from what I could dream up were DJ LeMaheiu (6-4 215 lbs) and Joe Panik (6-1 200 lbs), both decent players, but not stars, also these dudes are way huger than Madrigal. The truth is, the world where guys like Madrigal is a really good player is a dream world. Jose Altuve is basically a fucking Chupacabra, Madrigal ain’t becoming him, Altuve hits the ball really fucking hard. Dustin Pedroia has to be the 99th percentile outcome of Madrigal, he’ll need to add good weight and really start smacking the ball hard. When I say good weight, I don’t mean the type of weight that me and Wally$ are carrying, right around the old spare tire area, that weight is fine when creating the “motion in the ocean”, but not as good for impacting a baseball hard.

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What I am saying is, without some changes, the dude as is ain’t becoming them dudes, in fact, we might be lucky to sneak a David Eckstein type guy out of him. A good player for a couple of years, that sort of declines into infield Jon Jay (a guy with no power, some speed and nice on-base skills), that’s workable, but that player doesn’t seem to cost too much on the open market (see Jon Jay’s career earnings). That player also doesn’t really need to play all the time. That’s basically Leury Garcia‘s role, well, Leury Garcia if he couldn’t grab a glove and fake the outfield. You don’t usually need to draft that 4th overall. Look, I’ll probably be way wrong on this and all of you will be right. You’ll be able to tell me “I TOLD YOU SO”…..the lineups you crafted where you had to move Moncada to Point Guard and Tim Anderson to Running Back to fit Madrigal into the lineup where he belongs, at the only position he can play, Second Base will be right and you’ll be able to piss in my Cheerios (as they used to say)…..but this is just my dumb, uneducated take, what do the fucking experts think….where is he rated on the top 100 prospect lists for 2019?

Baseball America – 43rd

MLB Pipeline – 47th

Baseball Prospectus – 15th

Oh fuck, I guess I’m a dumbass…..but wait……

Keith Law – Just missed top 100 (listed 12th on his list of players that missed)

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FINALLY!!!! Someone that isn’t a dumbass like myself, sort of agrees with this uphill battle ole Nicky boy is probably facing. Now, most of you reading this will be like, oh, but Keith Law hates the White Sox. I am pretty sure what I have read from Keith Law, most fans thinks he hates their team. That seems pretty consistent, so it isn’t likely he hates the White Sox more than anyone else. I’ll admit, I like Keith Law’s writing, he’s a bit of a prick in his writings, but he’s entertaining and I just like his perspective on baseball stuff. I’ll often check in on his chats (print or live video) and I am glad I did this time, because he talks for 2 mins about our top pick from 2018 in this one, start at the 35 minute mark. Pretty much hits the nail on the head for me.

Of course, I am rooting for Mr. Madrigal, I’d love to be wrong on this stuff. I would much rather be mashing hands with all of you fine folks after an RBI triple by Nicky. I’d love to watch him be a fucking vaccuum cleaner at 2b. I’ve been thinking “MAYBE HE CAN BECOME LIKE JOSE VIDRO”….that would be nice, but I really don’t buy it. I hope to be wrong, dead wrong.

Tell me why I’m wrong, come at me bro

-BeefLoaf

The 5 – 5 Things to replace sweating Twitter for Machado rumors

Welcome friends, this is the 5, inspired by #WhiteSox twitter, which is simultaneously looking to move on from sweating Manny Machado rumors on twitter and can’t stop fucking refreshing twitter looking for said rumors.  Anywho, here are 5 alternatives to continually sweating twitter for those rumors, now, I know what you are thinking, I’m going to tell you to meditate or exercise or some shit like that….I’m not, that’s for overachievers.  We are straight C type students, not showing off, and not falling behind.  This is a list for us.

5 – Eat some pudding

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Pudding is delicious and ever since the whole Bill Cosby scandal, pudding, particularly Jello pudding has been getting a bad fucking wrap.  I suggest going to the grocery store, grabbing a couple of fist fulls of chocolate pudding packs and dig in.  You’ll love it so much, you’ll be dancing in the streets singing the praises of pudding and handing off pudding packs to random folks on the street.  You’ll stop thinking about Manny Machado immediately.

4 – Re-Learn the Macarena

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That’s right, I have no idea what the big homeys Los Del Rio have been up to since the mid 90’s, but you know and I know that we learned that fucking dance and now we have forgotten it.  A vital piece of our personal history has been trashed in favor of learning about “advanced metrics” or some other bullshit, awful!!  Let’s take back the part of our life when we learned the hip dance of the time period just so we wouldn’t miss out.  Fuck, we can probably get it going in Section 108 during the season if we all just take the time to work it out.  I see a big coordinated scoreboard appearance for us friends.  That’s much more important than Manny Machado.

3 – Play with some puppies

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I love dogs and cats.  They are essential to a happy life imo.  If you don’t love house pets you are a horrible menacing curmudgeon of non-humanness.  I recently spent a few hours on MLK Day with Mrs. BeefLoaf and Bonita Steakie at a PetSmart that had an Anti-Cruelty wing to it.  We went in and played with puppies, it was fucking amazing.  It costs $0, it brings joy to the animals and to you.  Why even bother looking at twitter when you can play with puppies.  Manny Machado would want you to do this, in fact, he’s not signing with the White Sox unless you do this shit…RIGHT. DAMN. NOW!!

2 – Read a book

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Look, I know the 108 family and friends ain’t necessarily Umberto Eco or some shit like that, but I think we could spend a little more time reading books.  If I had to guess, your subscription to Juggs magazine has just run out, so it might be time to go out and BUY an actual book.  Fuck it!! You can go to the library and just take out a book.  If you have children, read to them, or read with them.  If you don’t find yourself a book that interests you.  I’m not looking for a goddamn book report here, I want you fulfilled in a way that bullshit report tweets by Bob Nightengale won’t do.  I like Nassim Taleb, he’s probably my favorite author…..so maybe check out something in his catalog and tell me if you enjoy it.  Manny Machado probably doesn’t read Nassim Taleb, so you’ll instantly be smarter than him.

1 – Exercise

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Alright, I admit, the 108ers don’t look like the fittest crew out there, but you know damn well that a good workout will make you forget about this Manny shit and really enjoy life.  I’m not suggesting you train for a marathon or something, that would be lunacy, how about a 2 mile walk while you listen to some music, or how about you ride a bike.  Look I know the weather sucks but even 90 seconds of doing the old “IN-OUT” with your significant other constitutes “exercise”, I mean, it’ll get your heart rate up and I know for sure you’ll feel better after.  Manny Machado is probably doing the old “IN-OUT” right now, he’s not thinking about you, so why think about him?

-BeefLoaf