10 useless but interesting White Sox spring training facts

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10 useless but interesting White Sox spring training facts

What to make of Spring training statistics? The correct answer is mostly nothing. But since I have access to White Sox spring training numbers from 2006 to present, I insist in presenting ten useless facts to munch on until Opening Day.

1. No White Sox player has 50 PA and an OPS of 1.000 or better this Spring. Over the previous four Springs, however, there have been a grand total of two times this has happened.

- Josh Fields: 1.092 OPS in 78 PA Spring 2009
- Brian Anderson: 1.021 OPS in 79 PA Spring 2008

2. Paul Konerko, over his last 60 Spring Training Games (every game from 2009 to current), has two HR in 193 at-bats...but is batting .347 over that span.

3. Adam Dunn has a BBK ratio this Spring of 138 (1.63), which is way better than last Spring (0.41 BBK ratio - 11 BB, 27 K). Dunn also has seven HR in 110 Spring at-bats in a White Sox uniform; he had zero homers in 73 career spring at-bats while with the Nationals.

4. From 2006 through 2011, only two White Sox pitchers have finished a spring with 10 IP and an 0.00 ERA

- Boone Logan: 0.00 ERA in 11.0 IP Spring 2007
- Randy Williams: 0.00 ERA in 13.2 IP Spring 2010

5. Matt Thornton racked up a save Thursday against the Dodgers. His only other Spring save with the White Sox came in 2007. The White Sox spring saves leader from 2006 to present is the unforgettable D.J. Carrasco, who tallied three -- all in 2008.

6. Is it possible to be 2-0 with an 13.50 ERA? Yes it is. Carlos Vazquez pulled it off for the Sox in 2008.

7. Once over the last six springs have three White Sox players finished with 50 PA and an OPS of 1.000

Jim Thome: 1.175
Rob Mackowiak: 1.065
Paul Konerko: 1.024
(Jermaine Dye just missed at .999, by the way)

That came in 2007, when they went on to go 72-90; their worst record since 1989.

8. Chris Sale's BBK ratio of 22:2 this spring is nothing short of incredible. But of all White Sox pitchers to strike out 10 or more in a spring from 2006 to current, the best is Ryan Bukvich in 2007, with an incalculable 11:0 ratio.

9. Over the last six complete springs, a White Sox player has had 5 homers on five occasions.

Jim Thome: 8, 2006
Jermaine Dye: 5, 2006
Jim Thome: 6, 2008
Wilson Betemit: 6, 2009
Carlos Quentin: 5, 2011

Only Betemit failed to hit five in the regular season (he had none in 20 games).

10. Lucas Harrell posted a 20.25 (6 ER in 2 23 IP) spring ERA in 2011, but ended up pitching for the White Sox during the season. That's the highest spring ERA from 2006 to current to eventually pitch that regular season with the big club.

White Sox closer David Robertson's foundation big part of MLB's Louisiana flood relief efforts

White Sox closer David Robertson's foundation big part of MLB's Louisiana flood relief efforts

DETROIT — David Robertson’s charitable foundation is at the head of Major League Baseball’s drive to help victims of this month’s Louisiana floods.

High Socks for Hope, which Robertson created with his wife, Erin, received a $62,500 donation on Tuesday from MLB and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association, which made a joint $250,000 contribution.

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation, which was established by former Louisiana State players, also received $62,500 and The American Red Cross got $125,000.

The Robertson’s foundation originally was formed to help victims of an April 27, 2011 tornado that rocked Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Birmingham, resulting in 64 deaths and more than 1,500 injuries.

“We’ve evolved over the years,” Robertson said. “Passing time we’ve worked toward helping a lot of the veterans and now MLB has been gracious enough to give us this donation and we’ve already got people on the ground there feeding thousands of people, both volunteers and those who are down there who have lost everything. We’re going to continue to help out as much as we can down there. We’re not a monster of an organization, but we do what we can, we stretch every dollar and with this generous donation we’re going to find a way to help those that have been affected by this terrible flood.”

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White Sox pitcher Anthony Ranaudo pitched at LSU and has been active in raising funds, too.

“It’s good to see young guys getting involved in stuff like this because the game doesn’t last forever,” Robertson said. “But these charities can keep going and there’s always a chance for us to give back and we’re given so much as baseball players that it’s only fitting that we return the favor.”

'Little bit of experience' has helped White Sox infielder Tyler Saladino at plate

'Little bit of experience' has helped White Sox infielder Tyler Saladino at plate

DETROIT — The White Sox have long felt Tyler Saladino would be a player who improves with experience. Saladino wholeheartedly agrees with that assessment.

Now in his second season, Saladino looks like a more complete player. In the midst of a hot streak, the White Sox utility man is hitting .265/.302/.409 with eight home runs and 32 RBIs in 246 plate appearances this season.

The performance is far removed from when Saladino produced a boatload of defensive highlights in his rookie season but only a .602 OPS at the plate.

“At the beginning I didn’t know any of the (pitchers) really, didn’t know what their stuff was like, how they pitch or what I’m doing,” Saladino said with a hearty laugh. “All that stuff kind of plays into just everything. They’re all factors. I have a little more knowledge and the extra at-bats. You kind of know yourself, know what’s going on and kind of slowed things down a little bit. It’s huge.”

Saladino has played nearly every day with Brett Lawrie on the disabled list since July 22. Those consistent at-bats have resulted in one of the hottest stretches of Saladino’s career. Over the last 12 games, Saladino is hitting .326/.354/.522 with three doubles, two homers and nine RBIs in 49 plate appearances. The stretch doesn’t appear to have been propelled by a ton of luck, either; Saladino’s batting average on balls in play over the 12 games is only up a tick to .333 compared with a .310 season average.

Prior to the season, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Saladino has always improved in his second year at a level. Manager Robin Ventura has seen the difference in how Saladino competes at the plate.

“Just the quality of his at-bats have gotten better as the season has gone along and his experience has got him there,” Ventura said. “And everybody is going to see him a second time, have adjustments and do their adjustments on him. But he’s smart and cagey enough that he’s also making adjustments. He understands what guys are trying to do to him. You see him in one series and see him a couple weeks later he has a better idea what they’re trying to do to him and what he might see. And his recall is very good as far as being able to visualize what they’re trying to do to him and get the barrel to it.”

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Saladino said he expected the same. He said his style has always been to make corrections and improve.

“I definitely believed in it,” Saladino said. “That’s kind of how I’ve always been. I may not get it the first time, but I’m going to get it. I’m going to work at it, I’m going to figure it out the second time around or in the future from that first go at it. That’s how it has always been my whole life. If I didn’t get it in the beginning I was going to figure out how to get it done after that. That’s how a long of things go for me.

“A little bit of experience goes a long way.”

Preview: White Sox continue series with Tigers on CSN

Preview: White Sox continue series with Tigers on CSN

The White Sox continue their road series with the Tigers on Tuesday night in the Motor City, and you can catch all the action on CSN. Coverage from Detroit starts at 6 p.m. Then be sure to stick around following the final out for reaction and analysis on White Sox Postgame Live.

Today's starting pitching matchup: Anthony Ranaudo (0-1, 7.88 ERA) vs. Daniel Norris (2-2, 3.63 ERA)

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