Ventura gets advice from unexpected source

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Ventura gets advice from unexpected source

Robin Ventura will begin his first spring training as White Sox manager in just under three weeks, with the first workout for pitchers and catchers scheduled for Feb. 23.

As the date draws closer, he's getting some advice about the job -- even from unlikely places.

Former Cubs manager Mike Quade, with a total of 199 games of experience under his belt, warned Ventura about what he's about to experience with the Chicago media in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times.

If Robin doesnt know it already, hell find out how important his coaching staff is, Quade told the Sun-Times. At the minor-league and major-league level, you know how important your coaching staff is, but in a big market it becomes absolutely huge."

Quade said the media obligations "consume you," but acknowledge that Ventura may be able to handle it better because he experienced dealing with media in large markets while playing for the White Sox, New York Mets. Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers during his 16-year career.

How do you think Ventura will deal with the media? What advice would you have for him as he prepares to embark on his rookie season as manager? Let us know by commenting below.

White Sox: Chris Sale discusses jersey-cutting incident, suspension

White Sox: Chris Sale discusses jersey-cutting incident, suspension

One day after being handed a five-game suspension, White Sox ace Chris Sale spoke exclusively to MLB.com's Scott Merkin about the incident that led to the suspension, his desire to win with the White Sox and his future with the team.

Below are Sale's quotes from Merkin's story, which can be found here:

-- "I want to win a championship in Chicago. That's been my goal from Day 1. It has never changed. I only get more passionate about it because I know that it's not easy winning a championship. There's a lot that goes into it.

"Our main focus should be winning. I know that every single player comes in ready to win every day. I can't speak on anybody else. ... I don't think I would be traded. I don't know for sure. I don't know what they are thinking now or what's going on."

-- "Nothing else matters really. People don't talk about the guys who get paid the most. They talk about the guys with the rings and teams that won the rings. Our guys in this clubhouse deserve, in every single game, the best opportunity to go achieve that goal of winning a championship. That's why we are all here. Nothing else matters."

-- "When I saw that there was something in the way of that 100 percent winning mentality, I had an issue," Sale said. "I tried to bring it up and say, 'Hey listen, these are my thoughts and concerns,' and they got pushed away because of the business deal that was set in place. I'll never understand why we need to do something on the business side on the field that might impede us winning a game.

"[The '76 uniforms] are uncomfortable and unorthodox. I didn't want to go out there and not be at the top of my game in every aspect that I need to be in. Not only that, but I didn't want anything to alter my mechanics. ... There's a lot of different things that went into it. Looking bad had absolutely zero to do with it. Nothing."

-- "I get you have to have the business side, and if you want us to take pictures with these things, whatever. If it's going to affect the style of play or the outcome of the game, I just thought that would be a no-brainer."

And below is a list of CSN's coverage of the Sale incident:

Chris Sale's suspension 'does not move the needle' regarding his value to White Sox

Chris Sale suspended five days by White Sox

Chris Sale will start Thursday against Cubs

White Sox win in walk-off fashion yet again, top Cubs 5-4

White Sox win in walk-off fashion yet again, top Cubs 5-4

The White Sox found yet another way to survive on Monday night.

Shortly after a second straight blown save, Tyler Saladino singled with one out in the ninth inning to lift the White Sox to a 5-4 victory over the Cubs in front of 39,510 at U.S. Cellular Field. Saladino’s heroics sent the White Sox to their third straight walk-off victory and second in a row when the bullpen blew a ninth-inning lead. The White Sox improved to 49-50.

With Nate Jones and David Robertson unavailable and the group only two days removed from a start-by-committee after Chris Sale was scratched, Matt Albers and Dan Jennings allowed two runs and five hits during a ninth-inning rally.

Jones had pitched five times in six days. Robertson threw three times in a span of 18 hours between Saturday and Sunday. So even though he’d already made 12 pitches and pitched three of the previous four games, Albers returned to the mound in the ninth to preserve a two-run lead. The Cubs took advantage as Javy Baez, who earlier homered, doubled, stole third and scored on Dexter Fowler’s RBI single. Fowler went to third as Kris Bryant singled and was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Jennings took over and got ahead of Anthony Rizzo, but he singled past a drawn-in infield to tie the score. The left-hander gave up another single but struck out Jason Heyward to strand the winning run at second.

That proved critical as J.B. Shuck led off the ninth inning with a single off Mike Montgomery and moved up on a Dioner Navarro sac bunt. Saladino then singled on 0-2 pitch and Matt Szczur couldn’t handle the ball, allowing Shuck to score the winning run.

Aided by his defense early, Miguel Gonzalez managed to pitch out of several jams throughout the night to keep the Cubs wrapped up. It was yet another strong outing from the right-hander who was signed as a minor-league free agent on the eve of the season after he was waived by the Baltimore Orioles.

Melky Cabrera made a spectacular catch to rob Kris Bryant of a homer in the first inning and he and Tyler Saladino combined to throw out Javy Baez at home plate to end the third.

But Gonzalez did much of the rest on his own, including twice retiring Addison Russell with men in scoring position. Russell batted with two on in the fourth inning after a walk and a Frazier error and grounded out to second. Two innings later, Gonzalez struck out Russell after Jason Heyward doubled Willson Contreras over to third with two outs.

Even though he surrendered a two-run homer to Baez in the seventh, Gonzalez bounced back for two critical outs as he retired Dexter Fowler and Bryant. The strikeout of Bryant matched a season-high for Gonzalez, who also fanned eight on May 21 against Kansas City.

Gonzalez allowed two earned runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings with two walks. He threw strikes on 66 of 104 pitches and lowered his July ERA to 3.03 in 32 2/3 innings.

The White Sox offense struck first against Jake Arrieta. Saladino provided the team its first hit with a one-out double to left. Adam Eaton took immediate advantage as he singled off Arrieta to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead.

Arrieta settled in from there and retired nine of the next 10 batters into the sixth inning. But Tim Anderson changed it all with a 10-pitch strikeout to start the sixth inning as the White Sox made Arrieta go to work. Cabrera drew a six-pitch walk with one out and Jose Abreu singled on the 21st pitch of the inning. Arrieta struck out Justin Morneau but Frazier didn’t let him off the hook as he ripped his 29th pitch, a slider, for a three-run homer to center and a 4-0 lead. Arrieta -- who allowed four earned runs in six innings -- threw 37 pitches in the sixth. 

Adam Eaton on clubhouse protests: 'You've got to stick up for yourself'

Adam Eaton on clubhouse protests: 'You've got to stick up for yourself'

Whether you agree with them or not, the White Sox have consistently shown a willingness to fight for their cause all season.

Twice last week, and in March with Adam LaRoche, White Sox players took a stand against management decisions they don’t agree with.

The more recent incident of course occurred Saturday and ultimately led to Chris Sale’s five-game suspension for insubordination and destruction of team property.

White Sox players also made headlines when they declined to tip the Seattle Mariners clubhouse attendant as a form of protest to a new team policy instituted that redirects 60 percent of those tips back to a club account to cover expenses such as postgame meals, etc. Traditionally, all money tipped by players has gone directly to clubhouse personnel without team involvement. Eaton said players merely are standing up for their beliefs.

“You’ve got to stick up for yourself,” Eaton said. “As cliché as it might sound, it’s just power to the players. The players have a voice in this game and if you don’t feel like something is par for the course or up to standard, we definitely vocalize it. It’s not that we’re spoiled or anything like that.”

“It’s just the way things have been ran and how things have been, with the instance of Adam LaRoche, the kid coming into the clubhouse -- I thought we got a lot of support with all kinds of guys putting pictures up online of them and their kid being in the clubhouse. With the Seattle thing, the other 29 teams are doing it. Sale’s a little bit off the radar -- I kind of like it.

“We feel strongly about something we’ll do something about it.”

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White Sox players met with Seattle assistant general manager Jeff Kingston during the trip to talk about the policy in a story first reported by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Eaton said Monday that White Sox players have an envelope full of checks ready to hand over to Mariners visiting clubhouse manager Jeff Bopp when the situation is resolved. It’s not that they want to hurt Bopp, but they want the policy changed similar to how the San Francisco Giants quickly amended theirs last year. Eaton said the Cleveland Indians also tried to get around Seattle’s policy. He expects it will be an issue that is discussed in upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement talks.

“More or less we want to give the money to the people that are doing the work in the clubhouse,” Eaton said. “We don’t want the front office taking money from the guy that’s down there working until 1 o’clock in the morning cleaning our uniform and cleaning our spikes. We treat those guys with the utmost respect. They work their butts off. When we made a decision as a team not to pay, it was because we want that clubby to get the money he deserves. The front office, they’re not down there during the day, they’re not doing any work, and they’re receiving the funds. We don’t see that as a productive practice.”