White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

The White Sox signed Dan Johnson to a minor-league deal and invited him to spring training. The former Rays pinch-hit hero will likely spend most of 2012 with Charlotte, only warranting a call-up if Paul Konerko gets hurt or Adam Dunn is really bad.

Chuck Garfien spoke to Cliff Politte and Neal Cotts about life after baseball, and as it turns out, the pair of relievers both had hip surgeries after their careers ended. Politte's stuff about the end of his career is tough, because things went downhill so quickly for him -- from a 2.00 ERA in 2005 to an 8.70 mark in 2006 before he was eventually released.

Gordon Beckham also told Garfien he feels like he's finally fixed his issues from the past two years, specifically detailing some tweaks to his swing that he believes will help him in 2012.

If Robin Ventura is serious about having no problems benching a struggling player, it'll be a significant departure from the last few years of the Ozzie Guillen era, in which struggling hitters were given a leash so long that it'd only be yanked when they were on the precipice of qualifying for the worst offensive season in major-league history. Jim offered up his take on the subject of negative WAR and the White Sox as well.

I agree with James' assessment of a take on Paul Konerko's comments, while Sir White Sox Observer also looked at a few projections for the White Sox.

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

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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