White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Paul Konerko's quote about the White Sox having a successful season without making the playoffs has led to some consternation (see the sidebar video), but it may be a little overblown. No, Konerko's comments weren't the best for PR, but he didn't make an inaccurate statement. If Gordon Beckham, Brent Morel, Addison Reed, Chris Sale, Tyler Flowers and Dayan Viciedo (plus a few prospects) all take steps forward, it could set the team up well for future contention. And it's not like Konerko said the Sox aren't trying to make the playoffs this year. He was just being realistic.

Speaking of the playoffs, Jerry Reinsdorf has some baseball history behind his "don't write us off" statement. Good stuff here by Chuck Garfien.

White Sox director of baseball operations Dan Fabian held a conference call with a few bloggers on Tuesday and discussed sabermetrics, scouting and a few other topics. Major hat-tip to MarkU-God at South Side Sox for the transcription.

Fabian was half of that conference call, actually. The other half was Brooks Boyer (more on his stuff regarding dynamic pricing today), who said the White Sox are working to get Big Hurt Beer to be sold at U.S. Cellular Field.

Two more takes on Dayan Viciedo's potential outfield shift, courtesy of Jim and James.

Around the division: Twins prospect and all-around good guy Kyle Gibson is being patient with his recovery from Tommy John surgery, Francisco Liriano drilled Danny Valencia in batting practice, Rick Porcello's ground balls are scrutinized, David Huff will start Cleveland's first spring training game (Saturday!) and Royals Review looks at the potential downside (with a jab at the White Sox of sorts) of the Salvador Perez deal.

Fast Break Morning Update: Tim Raines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Fast Break Morning Update: Tim Raines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Former White Sox OF Tim Raines elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame

Between Cubs' victory lap and Hall of Fame vote, Sammy Sosa barely staying in the picture

Bulls' continued inconsistencies 'an issue of focus'

Report: Bears set to hire Curtis Modkins as running backs coach

Wrigley Field named one of the happiest places in the world by CNN

Tim Raines shares thank you message after being elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Bulls Talk Podcast: What went wrong for the Bulls against the Mavericks?

Hawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks' bottom six steps up in Colorado

Big Ten Talk Podcast: Picking contenders and pretenders in the Big Ten title race

Jerry Reinsdorf, Frank Thomas congratulate Tim Raines on Baseball Hall of Fame election

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Tim Raines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Tim Raines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Hub Arkush (670 The Score/Pro Football Weekly), David Schuster (670 The Score) and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel.  Tim Raines finally gets the call from the Hall along with Jeff Bagwell and Pudge Rodriguez.  So when will Bonds and Clemens get in?  Why are Sammy Sosa’s vote totals dropping? The guys debate from former Cub David DeJesus joins the panel to talk Hall of Fame and the 2017 Cubs.

The Bulls lose to a bad Mavericks team. When will GarPax blow it up and start over?

Plus the guys discuss whether or not Antonio Brown will distract the Steelers and if the Falcons defense is the x-factor in the NFC title game.