Gimenez tearing it up in winter ball


Gimenez tearing it up in winter ball

Hector Gimenez is in the midst of another huge offseason.

Gimenez, who is projected to be the White Sox backup catcher behind Tyler Flowers, carries a .307.385.521 slash line with seven homers and 28 RBIs in 140 at-bats in Venezuela this winter.

Gimenez is second on his team -- Tigres de Aragua -- in homers and RBIs even though his at-bats rank fifth on the squad. Last winter, Gimenez, 30, was named a Caribbean Series All-Star.

The White Sox head into the 2013 season without A.J. Pierzynski behind the plate for the first time since 2004. The plan is to give Flowers, twice rated a top-100 prospect by Baseball America, the first crack at the starting job. General manager Rick Hahn also stated in December the team has no problem with Gimenez as the teams backup, even though he has just 11 games of major league experience.

Gimenez was 5-for-11 with an RBI in five games for the White Sox last season after a September promotion. He hit .259 with 14 homers and 57 RBIs in 99 games at Triple-A Charlotte.

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

On his 24th birthday, Tim Anderson’s present from home plate umpire Jim Wolf was his first major-league ejection.

In the fifth inning of the White Sox 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics, Anderson fouled off a pitch that landed in the opposing batter’s box. But A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell picked it up in what was ruled to be fair territory and threw the ball to first for the out.

Anderson pleaded his case saying the ball went foul. Wolf agreed, according to Anderson, which only further confused the White Sox shortstop.

“I told him that was BS,” Anderson said. “And he tossed me.”

Anderson said that he was surprised to be ejected so fast. So was manager Rick Renteria, who was thrown out moments after Anderson.

“I don’t want to get in trouble,” Renteria said. “The players having emotion, they are battling. I just think we need to grow a little thicker skin.”

Anderson said that he was appreciative of his manager coming to his defense.

“He kinda had a point and let me know he had my back,” Anderson said of Renteria. “Speaks a lot of him.”

A day after scoring nine runs on 18 hits, the White Sox failed to generate any offense on Friday. The team’s best chance came in the ninth inning.

But with runners at the corners and two outs, Matt Davidson put a good rip on the ball to center field, only to fly out at the warning track.

Anderson and Renteria were watching the game together in the clubhouse, and both believed the White Sox had tied the ballgame.

“We all jumped up and were excited but it kind of fell short,” Anderson said.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle


White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle

On the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien goes 1-on-1 with the star of the weekend, Mark Buehrle.

Buehrle tells an absolutely amazing bachelor party story and discloses why he wore No. 56.

Take a trip down memory lane and listen to the White Sox Talk Podcast here