As for news in White Sox land, not much happening. The news of the day was all about the Chicago Bears. If you are a Bears fan, congratulations. Yesterday must have felt like a late Hanukkah / Christmas present for you. with Jerry Angelo and Mike Martz departing Halas Hall for good. Just be patient and maybe eventually, you will have a football team that resembles some of the ones you are envious of because they have good front offices, drafts and players.
As for baseball, the annual announcement of who will make up the 2012 Hall of Fame Class is coming next week. Chris Jaffe at The Hardball Times has an article up where he looks at predictions for who will and won’t get in this time. Of course we were all disappointed in the Golden Era committee for not putting Minnie Minoso in. However another former White Sox player, Tim Raines, is on the ballot again. Whether he gets the call remains to be seen.
Are the White Sox rebuilding? That is the question that everyone is asking these days and no one really has an answer. The Sporting news had the following to say about last season:
Everything that could have gone wrong for the White Sox did go wrong. It got so embarrassing that the organization decided to bench Dunn toward the end of the season so he wouldn’t break the franchise strikeout record in his first year with the club. But, thanks to some injuries that forced him into the lineup, he did it anyway.
We all know last season was monumentally bad for some players and the team as a whole. Particularly one that had a slogan of “All In.” We can only hope next season is better. Presumably, it won’t get worse, but you never know.
In happier news, SoxFest two-day and Sunday passes go on sale January 9th. If you get a chance to attend, I would highly recommend it. It is good times and you can see some members of the 2005 World Series team such as Neal Cotts, Cliff Politte, Joe Crede and Chris Widger. Of course, there will be many current players in attendance as well. I am also thinking of doing a tweet up on one of the days, so stayed tuned for details on that.
So you know that John Danks was recently signed to an extension. In his latest inbox, Scott Merkin looks at whether John could still be traded. If he is traded, that might kill some fans considering that the teams is or isn’t rebuilding. What exactly is happening?
Have a great day and hope the easing back into the real world of work is going easy for you. Just think, spring training will be upon us very soon.