You gotta be bleepin' me: What's your favorite Hawk rant?

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You gotta be bleepin' me: What's your favorite Hawk rant?

Alex Cobb had beaned a pair of White Sox players heading into the bottom of the fourth inning on Wednesday. The first was Gordon Beckham on a pitch that hardly looked intentional. The second was a fastball that went straight into the back of A.J. Pierzynski, a pitch that very well could've been interpreted as being thrown with a purpose.

Jose Quintana has been good for the White Sox, but the 23-year-old hasn't had great control and has been prone to seeing a few pitches get away from him. Maybe Quintana and the White Sox were trying to send a message when the Colombian starter threw a fastball behind Ben Zobrist's knees, we'll probably never know.

But home plate umpire Mark Wegner decided to forgo a warning and boot Quintana, and eventually manager Robin Ventura, from the game. And that spawned this epic Hawk Harrelson rant:

Here's the question we have for you: Where does Hawk's rant from today rank among his best blowups? Here's a few of them to job your memory:

May 26, 2010: "Joe West deserves a suspension, he needs a rest...that is a flat-out disgrace to the umpiring profession, what this guy has been doing."
West had already ejected Ozzie Guillen for arguing a balk call earlier in the game, and when Mark Buehrle made his usual pickoff move to first base again, West called a balk. Buehrle tossed his glove down in frustration, West kicked Buehrle out of the game and Hawk ripped into West.
Aug. 1, 2005: "Are you nuts? You have got to be -- That is total BS! ... That is so bad. For a veteran umpire...that's so much BS, it's unbelievable."

One out away from throwing at least six innings in 50 consecutive games, Mark Buehrle hit Baltimore's B.J. Surhoff, and home plate umpire Brian Gorman ejected Buehrle from the game.

April 26, 2003: More BS

There had already been a little bad blood between the White Sox and Twins early in the season, and Doug Mientkiewicz's comments about taking the All-Star Game away from the Sox made a few waves heading into the series. Jon Garland hit Mientkiewicz in the sixth inning and was promptly ejected by Bruce Froemming, spawning a pretty good diatribe.

Sept. 8, 1991: "Joe Brinkman made the call!"

Monty Farriss' ground ball past Robin Ventura down the left field line was clearly touched by a fan, and third base umpire Joe Brinkman appeared to motion to call fan interference, which would've kept Juan Gonzalez from scoring the winning run. But Brinkman rescinded his call or said he didn't make it, which led to this.

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White Sox announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

Crain's Chicago Business released its latest 40 under 40 project and White Sox announcer Jason Benetti made this year's list.

The 33-year-old just finished his first season with the White Sox as play-by-play announcer, working the home games at U.S. Cellular Field (before it was renamed Guaranteed Rate Field last month) alongside Steve Stone as longtime broadcaster Hawk Harrelson saw his workload reduced to mostly road games.

Benetti quickly became a fan favorite among Chicagoans on CSN and other networks in 2016 and his cerebral palsy became more of a backstory, with his work alongside Stone and his affable sense of humor taking center stage instead.

Among other topics, Benetti discussed how he approaches his job of broadcasting for the team he grew up rooting for:

Law school taught me that there are always two sides of the argument. I see it from the Sox prism, but I can’t believe in my heart of hearts that, if the Sox lose, the world’s over anymore. That first game, I was like, “All right, it’s just a game.” And then Avi Garcia hits a homer late in the game against the Indians and I call it like I would call it with a little more. And as the ball cleared the fence, when it was rolling around, I got a slight tear in my eye. And I was like, “What’s that?”

Check out the entire interview with Benetti and the full list at ChicagoBusiness.com.

White Sox reportedly asking for No. 1 prospect plus more in trade return for Chris Sale

White Sox reportedly asking for No. 1 prospect plus more in trade return for Chris Sale

The White Sox could be open for business when the Winter Meetings begin on Sunday in Maryland, with ace left-hander Chris Sale likely to draw the most interest at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. 

The price for the five-time All-Star, of course, will be steep. ESPN’s Jayson Stark offered this as to just how steep it’ll be: To acquire Sale, a team will have to part with its No. 1 prospect plus at least two more players. 

The starting point for the White Sox, according to Stark, will be last offseason’s Shelby Miller trade in which the Arizona Diamondbacks sent former No. 1 overall pick Dansby Swanson to the Atlanta Braves to acquire the 26-year-old right-hander. 

Miller was coming off a strong season in 2015, in which he crossed the 200-inning threshold for the first time and posted a career best 3.02 ERA. But Miller hadn’t come close to establishing the success Sale has at the time of the trade, spending just three seasons in the starting rotations of the Braves and St. Louis Cardinals without eye-popping peripherals (he had a 4.54 FIP in 2014, for example). And the Braves still managed to swipe Swanson away from a Diamondbacks team that went all in for the 2016 season (and crashed to a 69-93 record with Miller having a 6.15 ERA). 

Only three pitchers — Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer and David Price — have racked up more WAR than Sale (26.2) since the start of the 2012 season, and Sale is one of seven starters to have 1,000 or more strikeouts over the last five seasons, too. Durability hasn’t been an issue for Sale, either, as he’s tied for second in baseball with 14 complete games since 2012 (only behind Kershaw) and has thrown the 12th-most innings of any pitcher in the last five years, too. 

That’s the Cliff’s Notes version of why Sale will command such a high price. So that’s why, on MLB Network on Friday, Jon Heyman threw out the following names that could be discussed: Washington Nationals infielder/outfielder Trea Turner, Houston Astros infielder Alex Bregman, Boston Red Sox outfielders Andrew Benintendi and Jackie Bradley Jr. and Red Sox infielder Yoan Moncada. 

Not only are those guys top prospects, but every one them outside of Moncada has had more than a cup of coffee in the major leagues. Whether or not the White Sox could pry one of those players, or someone of their caliber, away from a team in a Sale trade remains to be seen. 

The price may come down, as Stark reported, but the starting point in the Sale sweepstakes certainly appears to be high.