Word on the Street: Buehrle Gold Glove winner?

Word on the Street: Buehrle Gold Glove winner?

Monday, Nov. 8, 2010
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Buehrle wins second Gold Glove award?

The Gold Glove awards are scheduled to be announced Tuesday, but a well-placed source reported that White Sox ace Mark Buehrle will win his second consecutive award for his exceptional defense.

According to a Facebook post Monday, Jamie Buehrle expressed her happiness for her husband's honor.

"So proud of my husband," Jamie Buehrle posted Monday. "He is now a TWO time gold glove winner!!!" (ChicagoBreakingSports.com)

Bennett OK after car accident

Bears receiver Earl Bennett is OK after being involved in an early-morning accident Monday that totaled his car, multiple sources confirmed.

According to entries on Bennett's Twitter account, Bennett said he was OK but his car, which he refers to as "Ole Skool," wasn't as fortunate.

"Thanking God I'm alive!!!!," Bennett tweeted. "Drunk guy ran into back of my ole skool we smashed into wall ole skool done!!! But I'm alive that's all that matters," (ChicagoBreakingSports).

Comcast SportsNet earns two Emmy Awards
Comcast SportsNet was the recipient of two Emmy Awards from the ChicagoMidwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The 52nd annual ceremony was held in Chicago on Saturday, November 6, (CSNChicago.com).
Nuggets' Anthony: Chicago a 'top 3' NBA City
Carmelo Anthony had a lot to say after the Nuggets' shootaround at Moody Bible Institute. Amongst his comments, Anthony praised Chicago and the Bulls, saying Chicago is in the top 3 of NBA cities, (ChicagoBreakingSports).

White Sox lose Triple-A Charlotte manager

The White Sox recently lost Triple-A Charlotte manager Chris Chambliss, who was hired by Seattle to be the Mariners' hitting coach.

But the Sox might receive some minor consolation, as former major league catcher Tim Laker is expected to join their minor league staff. Laker, 40, managed the past two seasons for the Mariners' Double-A West Tenn affiliate. A Seattle source confirmed that Laker is no longer with the organization.

Laker was a catcher for parts of 11 seasons with seven major league teams, (ChicagoBreakingSports).
Should NHL Hall of Fame voting be made public?

The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto welcomes its newest class today, with former Minnesota North Stars great Dino Ciccarelli; women's stars Cammi Granato and Angela James; and builders Jimmy Devellano of the Detroit Red Wings and the late Daryl Seaman, who founded what's now the Calgary Flames.

As with any year, there are annoying controversies that linger during the celebration. This year's class debates:

That the voting for the Hockey Hall of Fame should be made public.

The question is: Would making those totals, andor those voters' decisions, public do anything to improve the process?

Or is this simply another case of fans and media craving another debate topic, another argument to wage over the airwaves?

Vote totals in the NHL aren't exactly state secrets. The League began real-time All-Star Game voting a few seasons ago, where fans could reload a page and see the numbers climb. The NHL Awards vote totals are released the night of the show; if players are red-faced about it, they've not made a stink over them. (Despite the fact that Alex Ovechkin(notes) had more first-place votes for defensive player of the year than Patrick Marleau in 2009-10.)

The Hall of Fame obviously isn't an NHL property, and thus keeps its vote totals close to the suit jacket. The Baseball Hall of Fame isn't an MLB property either, but releases vote totals for players so fans and media can see who came closest to meeting the necessary threshold of support for induction, (Puck Daddy, Yahoo! Sports).

Blackhawks score two Emmys

The Blackhawks are doing some winning -- off the ice. They took home Emmy Awards from the ChicagoMidwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on Saturday night for their ''One Goal'' advertisements with coach Joel Quenneville and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, and for the ''Blackhawks TV'' television program, (Chicago Sun-Times).

Derrek Lee has surgery

Former Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee recently underwent surgery on his right thumb to repair a torn ligament that he suffered during the Cubs regular season opener. Lee, who is a free agent heading into the 2011 season, is expected to recover in time for spring training. Assuming he is healthy, Lee will join a talented list of free agent first basemen that includes Paul Konerko, Adam Dunn, Lance Berkman and others. (Yahoo! Sports)
Cubs interested in Adrian Gonzalez?

CSNPhilly recently posted a report that the San Diego Padres are open to trading All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez before the start of the 2011 season. Gonzalez, who will turn 29 in May, is a two time gold glove winner who hit .298 with a .393 on base percentage and 31 home runs in 2010. The Padres would prefer to keep their star first basemen, but Gonzalez' agent recently informed the team that his client would be seeking a contract on par with other star first baseman such as Ryan Howard (five years, 125 million) and Mark Teixeira (eight years, 180 million). A contract of that size is likely far out of the price range of a small-market club such as the Padres. Additionally, ESPNChicago.com recently suggested that the Cubs may be interested in acquiring Gonzalez. (CSNPhilly.com)

White Sox manager Rick Renteria won't be fazed by rebuild

White Sox manager Rick Renteria won't be fazed by rebuild

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Rick Renteria knew a White Sox rebuild would be a possibility when he took over as manager and he’s not afraid of the challenges it presents.

Same as he told them in October, the new White Sox manager said on Day 3 of the Winter Meetings on Wednesday that he’s OK with whatever direction the team chooses to head. Given the events of the past two days, when the White Sox reigned in four elite prospects in pair of blockbuster deals for Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, Renteria has a pretty firm grasp of what’s to come.

Shortly after trading they traded Sale to the Boston Red Sox for four minor leaguers on Tuesday, the White Sox acquired three top pitching prospects from the Washington Nationals for Eaton on Wednesday. Despite what promises to be an inexperienced roster in 2017, Renteria plans to take the same open-minded approach into next season as he always has regardless of the makeup of the roster.

“We're obviously going to miss Chris,” Renteria said several hours before the Eaton deal was completed. “He was an integral part of our organization and our team. My only concern is obviously whatever players, what group of players I have, those are the ones I have to manage. So at this point, we have what we have right now and we'll see how it continues.”

When he hired him on Oct. 3, general manager Rick Hahn said he did so in part because the Renteria could handle a veteran roster equally as well as a youthful one. Hahn mentioned Tuesday that the entire major league coaching staff has been restructured with player development in mind, including the additions of third-base coach Nick Capra and bullpen coach Curt Hasler.

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Regardless of whether or not the team planned to compete next season, Renteria expected to at least work with some younger players. It’s the way of the world, promoting prospects to the majors with the idea it’s the final step in their development, Renteria said. Renteria didn’t sound as if he’s worried if he was inundated with prospects.

“There was talks of the possibility, but there was nothing set in stone at the time obviously,” Renteria said. “Younger players are filtering in a lot sooner than they used to in the past. You still have to continue to teach at the Major League level, and that's one thing that's evident throughout.”

Renteria said the key to players young or old is communication. Either way his approach would mostly be the same.

“Every human being is the sum total of all their experiences, so you've got to get to know people first, see what it is that motivates them, what kind of clicks with them to get them to act out on certain things that you might have them perform on a more consistent basis,” Renteria said. “I think that baseball has its own language. It's something that is indescribable at times. But working with the younger guys, I relish it. I look forward to it.

"But I also look forward to working with older veteran players, too. It's the same. My approach doesn't change a lot, other than you give people with experience their place.”

White Sox deal Adam Eaton to Nationals for Lucas Giolito, two others

White Sox deal Adam Eaton to Nationals for Lucas Giolito, two others

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The White Sox completed another blockbuster deal at the Winter Meetings on Wednesday night, sending Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals.

One day after they traded Chris Sale to Boston for four minor leaguers, including two elite prospects, the White Sox traded their outstanding leadoff man for three more top prospects, including pitchers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez. Washington’s 2016 first-rounder Dane Dunning is also in the deal.

The Nationals’ top minor leaguer and MLB.com’s third-rated prospect in the game, Giolito was one of the main players included in a reported package for Sale only two days earlier. A first-round draft pick in 2012, the 22-year-old right-hander features an outstanding fastball-curveball combination.

Lopez is the No. 38 overall prospect in baseball and Dunning was selected with the 29 th pick in the June draft.

Giolito is the second top-5 prospect the White Sox have added in two days along with infielder Yoan Moncada, the 2016 minor league player of the year, who came over from Boston in the Sale trade. The White Sox also acquired right-hander Michael Kopech, the 30th overall prospect, in the Sale deal.