White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Chuck Garfien had a fantastic get: Before his fight with Nolan Ryan, Robin Ventura gave a speech about sportsmanship to a team of Olympians. One of those Olympians now plays under Ventura. Check out the story for more.

CSNChicago resident stat guru Chris Kamka looked back at the history of left-handed White Sox closers, which includes some great notes on Wilbur Wood and Terry Forster.

John Danks shaved his head for St. Baldricks', and we have video of it. For the record, he didn't consult his girlfriend about it.

Sergio Santos picked up on something: The White Sox really didn't go through rebuilding in the offseason.

A former White Sox draft pick was suspended 50 games for violating MLB's drug policy because testers thought he still lived with his mom. This guy is 28, so naturally I made a few jokes about bloggers.

And this has nothing to do with the Sox, but is hilarious: J.P. Arencibia does an impression of Tim Kurkjian.

Around the division: The Brandon Inge second base experience is still going on, Prince Fielder may have hit the longest home run ever and Grady Sizemore is be out 8-12 weeks.

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

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

Tim Raines became the 39th former member of the White Sox to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf released a statement congratulating Raines on his election.

“On behalf of the entire White Sox organization and our fans, I want to sincerely congratulate Tim on today’s election to the Hall of the Fame, the highest and greatest honor bestowed upon a baseball player,” said Jerry Reinsdorf, chairman of the Chicago White Sox. “He played a crucial role on the 1993 division championship team, was a key member of the 2005 World Series-winning coaching staff and provided Sox fans with great memories that will not be forgotten.”

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Frank Thomas, who played with Raines from 1991-95, had high praise for his former teammate.

“Rock was one of my favorite teammates ever,” said Hall-of-Famer and White Sox legend Frank Thomas. “He made the game fun night-to-night and was a great leader in the clubhouse. His humor and hustle always brought the team closer. I’m so glad this has finally happened for one of my favorite people ever.”

Thomas also went on Twitter to express his excitement for Raines heading to Cooperstown.

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

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

Tim Raines is headed to Cooperstown.

On Wednesday, the former White Sox outfielder was one of three elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Raines released a statement on Twitter minutes after the announcement:

Raines was so excited, he already switched his Twitter bio.