Alomar, Blyleven elected to baseball Hall of Fame

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Alomar, Blyleven elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011
1:26 p.m.
By Angie Wiatrowski
CSNChicago.com

The baseball Hall of Fame welcomed one of Chicago's own as former White Sox Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven were elected to the Hall of Fame Wednesday.

A year ago, Blyleven missed election by five votes and Alomar missed by eight, on a ballot in which outfielder Andre Dawson was the only player elected by eligible members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Blyleven had 74.21 percent of the vote and Alomar had 73.65 percent.

Alomar is a 12-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove-winning second baseman. He was a key player in helping the Blue Jays win back-to-back World Series in 1992-93 along with four other playoff teams in Baltimore and Cleveland. He also had two stints with the White Sox in 2003-04 and hit a combined .239 in 85 games on the South Side.

He hit 210 home runs, 1,134 RBIs, and maintained a .300 batting average in 2,379 games. This is his second of 15 years on the ballot.

Blyleven became the first full-time starting pitcher elected to the Hall of Fame since current Rangers president Nolan Ryan received 98.8 percent of the vote in 1999.

He had a 22-season career from 1970-92 with the Twins, Rangers, Pirates, Indians, and Angels. He is fifth in career strikeouts with 3,700 and threw 60 shutouts, only one fewer than Nolan Ryan and Tom Seaver. He was also member of two World Series-winning teams: the 79 Pirates and 87 Twins, and finished his career 287-250 with a 3.31 ERA.

The two will join general manager Pat Gillick for the induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y on July 24.

CSN's Dan Hayes meets the White Sox Dan Hayes

CSN's Dan Hayes meets the White Sox Dan Hayes

Is the White Sox clubhouse big enough for two Dan Hayeses?

We're about to find out this spring training as CSN White Sox Insider Dan Hayes covers the team, which includes first base prospect Danny Hayes.

The Sox prospect Hayes battled .250 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs in 55 games for Charlotte last season.

The big-league hopeful and White Sox beat reporter spoke with CSN's Chuck Garfien about the similarities the two (don't) have.

No word yet on whether they'll battle the two Rougned Odors and Geovani/Geovany Sotos to an Anchoman-style duel.

Check it all out in the hilarious video above.

Yoan Moncada working to learn White Sox culture

Yoan Moncada working to learn White Sox culture

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Yoan Moncada is still trying to familiarize himself with the White Sox but his new club probably don’t feel all that unfamiliar.

At the very least, the rookie second baseman has a strong support group in his first week of spring training. Whether is a seat next to Jose Abreu in the clubhouse, chats with Jose Quintana on the field, or the comfort provided with a manager who speaks the same language, the White Sox clearly want their prized prospect to adapt to his new team. Already in town for the past few days, Moncada participated in the club’s first full-squad workout on Saturday at Camelback Ranch.

“I’m just trying to get to know the culture here, the guys, the staff, the players, how they like to work,” Moncada said through an interpreter. “And so far I’ve been good. Also, the change of the city and state, especially in spring training, I’m getting to know that a little bit better right now.”

Moncada’s comfort is only likely to grow now that Abreu is also in town. The veteran first baseman reported to camp around noon on Saturday (his flight was delayed by weather) and took his physical. Abreu and Moncada played together in 2012 for Cienfuegos and they spent much of the weekend at SoxFest together having fun. Abreu has spoke glowingly about Moncada, who came over from Boston in the Chris Sale trade, and is interested in helping him get comfortable at the big league level. Moncada, who debuted last season, likes having Abreu around.

“That’s a good advantage for me,” Moncada said. “I know him. He knows me. We played together in Cuba. We haven’t yet had the opportunity to practice together. Today was our first day and he wasn’t here, but that’s something that is going to be very good for me.”

So too is the addition of manager Rick Renteria, who is bilingual and addressed his clubhouse in both languages on Saturday. While he’s only getting to know his new teammates and coaches, Moncada is comfortable with the knowledge he can clearly communicate with the man in charge. All those elements should pave the way for Moncada to maximize his development in camp rather than worry about things off the field.

“He’s an excellent manager,” Moncada said. “He can speak both languages, especially Spanish for me, I can communicate with him. That’s a huge advantage for me and I like that. I think that we are going to have a very good season and we are just waiting for the season to start.”