Word on the Street: Fukudome's family is OK

Word on the Street: Fukudome's family is OK

Friday, March 11, 2011
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: Chris Getz's new player development role is to carry out 'vision of the scouts'

White Sox: Chris Getz's new player development role is to carry out 'vision of the scouts'

He may be limited on experience, but Chris Getz already has a strong idea about player development.

Getz -- who on Friday was named the White Sox director of player development -- worked the past two seasons as an assistant to baseball operations in player development for the Kansas City Royals. A fourth-round pick of the White Sox in the 2005 amateur draft, Getz replaces Nick Capra, who earlier this month was named the team’s third-base coach. A quick learner whom a baseball source said the Royals hoped to retain, Getz described his new position as being “very task oriented.”

“(The job) is carrying out the vision of the scouts,” Getz said. “The players identified by the scouts and then they are brought in and it’s a commitment by both the player and staff members to create an environment for that player to reach their ceiling.

“It’s a daily process.”

Getz, a University of Michigan product, played for the White Sox in 2008 and 2009 before he was traded to the Royals in a package for Mark Teahen in 2010. Previously drafted by the White Sox in 2002, he described the organization as “something that always will be in my DNA.”

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Getz stayed in Kansas City through 2013 and began to consider a front-office career as his playing career wound down. His final season in the majors was with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore hired Getz as an assistant to baseball operations in January 2015 and he quickly developed a reputation as both highly intelligent and likeable, according to a club source.

“He is extremely well-regarded throughout the game, and we believe he is going to have a positive impact on the quality of play from rookie ball through Chicago,” GM Rick Hahn said.

Getz had as many as four assistant GMs ahead of him with the Royals, who couldn’t offer the same kind of position as the White Sox did. Getz spent the past week meeting with other members of the White Sox player development staff and soon will head to the team’s Dominican Republic academy. After that he’ll head to the Arizona Fall League as he becomes familiar with the department. Though he’s still relatively new, Getz knows what’s expected of his position.

“It’s focused on what’s in front of you,” Getz said. “Player development people are trying to get the player better every single day.”

“With that being said, the staff members need to be creative in their thinking. They need to be innovative at times. They need to know when to press the gas or pump the brakes. They need to be versatile in all these different areas.”

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Cubs' chances against Clayton Kershaw in Game 6


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Cubs' chances against Clayton Kershaw in Game 6

David Kaplan is joined by Ben Finfer (ESPN 1000) and Jordan Bernfield (670 The Score). 

The panel dissects another big Cubs win in the NLCS and sizes up the Northsiders' chances against Clayton Kershaw in Game 6. 

Later, Jamal Mayers has the latest on the Blackhawks and Jay Cutler may be back as the Bears' starting quarterback. 

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