White Sox morning roundup


White Sox morning roundup

From the weekend:

Robin Ventura set his first lineup, complete with A.J. Pierzynski and Alex Rios batting in the second and third spots in the order, respectively. There's a good chance the lineup the Sox trot out against the Dodgers today is the one they'll go with against Texas on Opening Day -- which Hardball Talk's Matthew Pouliot sees as a disaster. White Sox Observer's James Fegan also looked at a few roster and lineup prognostications.

Chuck Garfien spoke to Brent Lillibridge, who thinks the Sox have a good chance to get off to a fast start. Hopefully he's right, since it seems like the Sox haven't had a really good start to a season in years.

Moe Berg might be the most awesome player in White Sox history. Via Chris Kamka's fantastic writeup: "He was a voracious reader of newspapers; upwards of ten a day. He considered each newspaper 'live' until he read it. If anyone touched his newspapers before they were read, they were pronounced 'dead' and he would have to buy it again."

The Sox had an intrasquad game Saturday and Dayan Viciedo hit a grand slam off Gavin Floyd, moving the team's spring record to .500. Oh, and Chris Sale looked good, and Brent Morel's feeling good.

A little clerical item: The Sox agreed to contracts with 24 players, meaning the team's payroll will be 102.5 million this season. And here are photos of some of those players.

Gavin Floyd trade rumors: Will. Not. Die. In similarly frustratingdisappointing news, Alexei Ramirez wants his gold medal from the 2004 Summer Olympics back.

If MLB's new playoff system was in place dating back to 1995, which teams would've benefited the most? Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. But the White Sox would've made the postseason in 2006 and would've been part of a hilarious play-in-game mess in 1996.

Around the division: Recaps, box scores and notes from Sunday's spring training games played by Detroit, Minnesota, Kansas City and Cleveland -- and Joel Zumaya's going to have Tommy John surgery after all.

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.”