White Sox morning roundup


White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Oney Guillen tweeted that his father could control "ANYBODY" with regard to Carlos Zambrano's move to Miami. But Ozzie Guillen hasn't controlled everybody, be that Nick Swisher, Brian Anderson or even Sean Tracey. All of those guys were eventually forced out. And, if we're going there, if Ozzie could control everybody he probably should've controlled Oney throughout his various twitter diatribes aimed against the organization, Bobby Jenks, etc.

Pat Mooney says the Ozzie-Zambrano union was bound to happen ever since Zambrano quit on the Cubs and Guillen moved on to Miami.

After Zambrano's June 25, 2010 dugout tirade, Guillen followed through with plans to go out to dinner with the suspended Cubs pitcher and told the media he could manage Zambrano.

If you're sick of Ozzie and don't care about Zambrano, the other bit of White Sox-related news we had from Wednesday was that former Sox top prospectthird basemanfirst basemanleft fielder Josh Fields (sidebar: remember when he played left? That was an...adventure) signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers.

Andy Gray (@SI_Vault) tweeted out a photo of two nuns wearing Royals caps taking in a Kansas City - White Sox game from 1982.

James at White Sox Observer takes a look at valuations of a few former White Sox players, with one final note about Scott Linebrink and the Twins -- a match TwinsCentric's Parker Hageman says makes some sense.

And in inconsequential minor league news, the White Sox signed Corey Smith to a minor-league deal.

Around the division:

I'm not sure how Joe Saunders is in a position to have salary demands outside of the Tigers' price range, but that's what James Schmehl of the Detroit Free Press thinks. His 3.69 ERA last year was a mirage (he's never had a full year in his career with a FIP lower than 4.36), and moving back to the American League, even in a pitcher's park like Detroit, would almost certainly exacerbate a regression. So, in short, hopefully Saunders' price tag isn't out of Detroit's range.

And finally, Francisco Liriano will pitch in the Dominican Winter League, but won't throw more than 20 innings.

White Sox Talk Podcast: How Sox fans are dealing with Cubs success


White Sox Talk Podcast: How Sox fans are dealing with Cubs success

In our next installment of the White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien is joined by Chris Kamka and Slavko Bekovic to discuss how White Sox fans are dealing with success on the North Side.

Later, White Sox fan and CSN producer Ryan McGuffey talks about his experience producing Cubs content. Finally, Cubs fan Nate Poppen shares his thoughts on Frank Kaminsky wearing a Steve Bartman jersey to the United Center before a Bulls-Hornets preseason game.

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

White Sox coaching staff will rely more heavily on statistics

White Sox coaching staff will rely more heavily on statistics

Statistical analysis will weigh more heavily on the White Sox coaching staff’s daily decisions after Joe McEwing was elevated to Rick Renteria’s bench coach on Friday.

McEwing -- whose influence led to a 957 percent increase in defensive shifts utilized from 2013-16 -- replaces Renteria, who was named the team’s new manager on Oct. 3 after Robin Ventura announced he wouldn’t return.

Former player development director Nick Capra replaces McEwing as third-base coach while Curt Hasler was promoted from minor-league pitching coordinator to replace bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen.

McEwing’s promotion is another sign the franchise will stress the use of statistical analysis when constructing its lineup, etc., a move Ventura suggested was in progress when he said the White Sox needed a new voice. Renteria likes how he worked with McEwing last season and suggested analysis would have a big impact on their day-to-day operations.

“All the information that is provided to us plays an important part in how we move forward,” Renteria said. “We look at outcomes, which are the statistical analysis aspects. But then we are also trying to stay ahead of the curve. We do a lot of video work, trying to see if guys are changing their approaches. In terms of the shifts, we did incorporate shifts, but we also did some modifications as was to be expected when you see guys changing approaches with two strikes and things of that nature or runners in scoring position -- all those different aspects that come into play.”

Similar to many organizations, the White Sox have drastically modified how they align themselves defensively over the past four seasons under McEwing and general manager Rick Hahn. According to FanGraphs, the White Sox went from being ranked 27th in shifts implemented in 2013 to ninth by 2014 with an increase from 102 to 588. The White Sox shifted 1,079 times last season and McEwing has been instrumental in that transformation, several team sources said. It’s reasonable to expect analysis will be used more often in lineup construction and game strategy under Renteria, too. He didn’t shy away from the use of statistical analysis when he managed on the other side of town in 2014, Cubs third-base coach Gary Jones said last week.

“It’s part of our daily preparation,” Jones said. “Rick is good with it as we are right now. It was definitely a part of the equation, no doubt.”

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Renteria cited familiarity when asked why he didn’t go outside of the organization for coaching staff hires. McEwing has long been held in high regard within the franchise and interviewed for managerial openings in Houston and Texas in 2014. Renteria suggested McEwing’s work ethic -- and how he works -- had a big impact on his promotion.

“Having sat side by side (with McEwing) going over a lot of game reviews and studying the opposition and setting up defense, I got to know him quite well,” Renteria said. “He’s a hard worker. He’s in there early looking for anything that will give us an edge. His managing experience and coaching experience also allows him an opportunity to be able to serve me well.

“It’s a good fit. We both are kind of high energy. Joey might be a little higher energy than me and I didn’t think that was possible. He brings a lot to the table.”

The White Sox announced the rest of its staff -- first-base coach Daryl Boston, pitching coach Don Cooper, hitting coach Todd Steverson, assistant hitting coach Greg Sparks and bullpen catcher Mark Salas -- would return in 2017.