Word on the Street: Fukudome's family is OK

Word on the Street: Fukudome's family is OK

Friday, March 11, 2011
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Fukudome's family doing well after quake

Kosuke Fukudome and his teammates spent part of Friday morning watching news updates of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Fukudome said he was able to contact his brother and that his family was OK. Though he has not yet been able to talk to his parents, he said he believed they were fine as well.

Also, media assistant Hiro Aoyama and trainer Yoshi Nakazawa both said their families were okay. (Chicago Breaking Sports)
Shani Davis wins gold
Chicago native Shani Davis won the gold medal in the men's 1,000-meter race at the speedskating single-distance world championships. Davis, who had lost in the 1,5000-meter on Thursday, nabbed his sixth world title by besting two Dutch skaters, Kjeld Nuis and Stefan Groothuis. (USA Today)

Fire sign Barouch, Videira

The Chicago Fire announced on Thursday that they signed forward Orr Barouch and midfielder Mike Videira. Barouch, a 19-year-old Israel native, previously played with Mexico. Videira, 25, spent the last two seasons with the New England Revolution. (Hot Time in Old Town Chicago Now)

Former-Bear Jim Keane does at 87

Former-Bears wider receiver Jim Keane died on Tuesday at the age of 87. Keane, who still holds the Bears' team record for catches in a game at 14, spent seven seasons with the bears before finishing his career with the Packers. In addition to holding the Bears single-game catch record, he is also still the only receiver in Bears history to lead the team in catches four seasons in a row. (ChicagoBears.com)

Canadiens' Pacioretty released from hospital

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty, whose violent injury on the ice against the Boston Bruins earlier this week sent chills down the back of hockey fans across the country, has been released from the hospital. He will be allowed to continue his recovery from a severe concussion and fractured vertebra at home. (Montreal Gazette)

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.