Fukudome's departure gives Jordan Danks a confidence boost


Fukudome's departure gives Jordan Danks a confidence boost

Rookie Jordan Danks did enough in his limited opportunities for the White Sox to designate veteran outfielder Kosuke Fukudome for assignment on Friday afternoon.

Fukudome, who had been on the disabled list since June 7 with a strained right oblique, played four games this week in a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte. He was activated off the DL prior to the move.

Fukudome hit .171 in 21 games for the White Sox this season before his injury.

Danks, the younger brother of pitcher John Danks, had his contract selected from Triple-A Charlotte on June 7. He is hitting .385 in 13 at-bats with a stolen base in 10 games.

(Danks) does a lot of different things, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. He can play all three outfield positions. He can run. He did enough with the bat. Just different things, I think. Its good to give (Fukudome) a chance to go somewhere else and get playing time.

Danks said he understood the reality of his situation when he was first promoted to the majors and thought Fukudome could take his position when he returned. But Fridays announcement gave Danks a second boost as he knows he and Brent Lillibridge are now slated to share backup outfield duties.

When I first got called up, I knew it may only be temporary, Danks said. This does wonders for my confidence. Im glad to be sticking around.

Fukudome said sticking around Chicago after four seasons with the Cubs was a point of emphasis when he opted to sign a 1 million deal with the White Sox in Februrary.

The Japanese outfielder signed a four-year, 48-million deal with the Cubs before the 2008 season. He hit .262 over four seasons with the Cubs and hit a career-high 13 homers in 2010.

White Sox Talk Podcast: National media fails to recognize White Sox as 2005 champs


White Sox Talk Podcast: National media fails to recognize White Sox as 2005 champs

Chuck Garfien, Slavko Bekovic and Chris Kamka react to the national media blunders that failed to recognize the White Sox as 2005 World Series champions. 

Later, the guys discuss Jerry Reinsdorf's comments about cheering for the Cubs and break down what it takes to beat the Indians. 

Check out the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast below: 

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.”