Ventura just wants calls to be right


Ventura just wants calls to be right

Alejandro De Aza's single-turned-out in the seventh inning Tuesday night wasn't a momentum-crushing blown call, because the Sox went out to score nine runs after it and beat Minnesota by seven. A replay showed Twins right fielder Darin Mastroianni didn't catch the line drive, which was initially ruled a single but changed to an out after Angel Hernandez conferred with his fellow umpires.

Manger Robin Ventura recognized the umpiring crew was just trying to make the correct call, even if it turned out that didn't happen.

"You just want it to be done right," Ventura said. "You want all the calls to be right. It hasn't always been that way, and it's not always easy. I think last night, Angel had it, he thought he had it, but the other guys didn't think he had it so it's one of those things, luckily we overcame that and didn't succumb to the feeling like you're going up against something you couldn't overcome."

Bud Selig has been steadfast in his denial that fans are clamoring for more replay. A plan was in place to add replay for fair and foul calls as well as trapped balls, but the additions were shelved in March when Major League Baseball couldn't come to an agreement with the umpires and players unions. Expanded replay could be implemented next year, which could help teams avoid the mental pitfalls of a blown call.

"You can fall prey to that as far as thinking, well you're not going to win just because a bad break went against you," Ventura said. "They just play, I don't think they think too much about it as far as you'd like to have that guy on base, but you still have to score runs."

For now, though, all the White Sox and other teams can hope for is umpires to confer about a call and try to get it right -- even if that happened last night and the crew didn't make the correct call.

"If the other ones are thinking that he did catch it, then I think he probably re-thinks what he thinks he saw," Ventura said. "They at least got together and discussed it, and that's about all you can really ask them to do when they have differing opinions."

White Sox Talk Podcast: Hawk rips Lackey, Swarzak traded, Coop misses Q


White Sox Talk Podcast: Hawk rips Lackey, Swarzak traded, Coop misses Q

After a wild day at Wrigley Field against the Cubs, Chuck Garfien and Dan Hayes discuss John Lackey hitting four White Sox batters and also play Hawk Harrelson's epic on-air rant directed at the Cubs pitcher.

"Jeff the Sox Fan" appears on the podcast and suggests what he thinks Jose Abreu should have done to Lackey when he was hit for a second time.

While they taped the podcast, Anthony Swarzak was traded to the Brewers. What kind of return did the White Sox get? Garfien also interviews White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper about losing Quintana to the Cubs, why he can't watch Quintana and Chris Sale pitch in different uniform, when some minor leaguers like Reynaldo Lopez will be called up and more.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

How White Sox aggressive deadline strategy paid off in Anthony Swarzak trade


How White Sox aggressive deadline strategy paid off in Anthony Swarzak trade

The White Sox jumped out ahead of a crowded reliever market once again and traded Anthony Swarzak to the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.

The White Sox acquired 25-year-old outfielder Ryan Cordell from the Brewers in exchange for the veteran reliever, a baseball source confirmed. The No. 17 prospect in the Brewers farm system, Cordell was hitting .284/.349/.506 with 10 home runs and 45 RBIs in 292 plate appearances at Triple-A Colorado Springs this season.

A nonroster invitee to big league camp this spring, Swarzak was 4-3 with a 2.23 ERA, one save and 52 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings this season. He’s the third reliever the White Sox have traded since the second half began as they also dealt David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to the New York Yankees with Todd Frazier on July 18.

TA free agent after the season, Swarzak has fared extremely well in high-leverage situations, stranding 26 of the 35 runners he had inherited. He pitched in two high-leverage spots in the team’s previous two games, earning his first career save Monday. Swarzak, whose 9.68 strikeouts per nine is a career high, also earned a hold on Sunday in Kansas City.

“I’ve been waiting for that opportunity for a long time,” Swarzak said of Monday’s save. “It’s nice that I went in there and got it done. You think about that moment for years and then it finally happens. You just are trying to take a step back and reflect on what just happened, and I’ll be able to come in tomorrow and be ready to go.”

Two American League scouts said Monday that Swarzak still had good trade value even though he’s viewed as a rental. While he wouldn’t likely net the White Sox a top-150 prospect, they could wrangle a “good” minor-leaguer in a deal. One element that could have potentially derailed the White Sox was an abundance of strong relief options in the market, perhaps as many as 20 pitchers.

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After the White Sox traded Robertson and Kahnle, general manager Rick Hahn indicated they moved the pair early in anticipation of a competitive marketplace when they acquired Blake Rutherford and others from the New York Yankees. The Baltimore Orioles are a team that could have wreaked havoc on the relief market if they decide to sell -- something one AL source said they’ve gone back and forth on every day -- because they could flood it with Zach Britton and others.

The move is the third made by the White Sox in a span of two weeks, including the trade of Jose Quintana to the Cubs on July 13. The White Sox still have several veterans on the roster who could draw trade interest, including starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez.

“We are still open for business,” Hahn said last week.

Today’s Knuckleball’s Jon Heyman first reported the deal that sent Swarzak to the Brewers. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal initially reported the teams’ were discussing a trade for Swarzak.