Word on the Street: Cora to interview for Brewers job


Word on the Street: Cora to interview for Brewers job

Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010

Cora to interview for Brewers job

White Sox bench coach Joey Cora will interview for the Brewers' vacant managerial position.

Cora is part of a larger group of candidates to replace the fired Ken Macha. Fox Sports reported that the Brewers have already interviewed Tim Wallach, manager of the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate, and former Indians manager Eric Wedge.

Cora has yet to manage in the major leagues but has been a coach under Ozzie Guillen dating back to 2003. (The Sporting News)

Butkus 'offended' by Musburger's comments on steroids

Bears Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus told the Chicago Tribune he "personally was offended" by recent comments made by sportscaster Brent Musburger. Musburger told a college journalism class at the University of Montana that medically monitored steroid use by professional athletes should be allowed. Butkus took major exception to Musburger's viewpoint.

"The problem with the whole thing ... he's just uninformed," Butkus told the Tribune on Wednesday. "When Brent says something, a lot of people listen. And, unfortunately, in this case, a lot of young people are watching him and listening to him. When he makes a statement that if the pros get a prescription, he doesn't see a problem with it ... so now the kids are going to be thinking, 'Well, if the pros can do it, I can do it. What's the big deal?' And the problem with getting the prescription ... I'd like to see the doctors who give those prescriptions because it's totally illegal." (chicagobreakingsports.com)

Dorsey suspended for actions during preseason game vs. Bulls

Toronto Raptors forward Joey Dorsey was suspended one game by the NBA for swinging his arm at the head of Bulls forward Brian Scalabrine on Tuesday night. Dorsey will serve his suspension in the first game of the regular season for Toronto, which will be at home against the New York Knicks on Oct. 27. (tsn.ca)

Williams knows losing Hahn will hurt

One day after assistant general manager Rick Hahn interviewed for the Mets GM job, White Sox GM Kenny Williams discussed the possibility of losing his valued assistant.

"I know I'm gonna lose him, and it's gonna be a heavy blow," Williams said.

Williams said Hahn is ready to run a team.

"Nothing is going to surprise him," Williams said. "He's handled the pressure of this market, and I've leaned on him a lot. I don't think he could be any more prepared to take the next step." (nypost.com)

Predators still struggle with playoff loss to Blackhawks

A Stanley Cup erases bad memories for those getting their names engraved, but the eventual champions claim casualties along the way. The first Blackhawks victim of the playoffs was Wednesday night's opponent - the Nashville Predators - who were just 13.6 seconds away from eliminating the favored Hawks before Patrick Kane scored to force overtime and Marian Hossa scored the game-winner to change momentum in the series.

Now almost six months later and in a new season, the loss still weighs heavily on the Predators.

"It was bad luck against us," Nashville forward Steve Sullivan said. "It (stunk) that they scored to tie the hockey game, but that we have to learn that there was still an opportunity for us to win the hockey game, and we didn't take advantage of that." (tennessean.com)

White Sox win the DL Crown

The White Sox spent 27 days in first place, eventually finished with 88 wins for a second place finish in the American League Central division. But they can lay claim to one championship: the DL Crown.

A recent study by Fangraphs indicates White Sox players spent the fewest number of days on the disabled list and tied with the Arizona Diamondbacks as having reported the fewest trips to the DL. (sbnation.com)

Favre's consecutive game streak could end

Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre suggested on Wednesday that he would consider sitting out a start - something he hasn't done since 1992 - if his arm pain continues to linger. Favre has been dealing with tendinitis in his throwing arm and was holding it at several points in Monday's loss to the New York Jets.

"You're not going to make every throw but I would have made some of those throws," Favre said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "From that standpoint, I don't want to play just to play." (usatoday.com)

Jenn Sterger cancels Chicago appearance

Jenn Sterger, the sports television personality at the center of a scandal surrounding Brett Favre's inappropriate text messages has decided to stay out of the public spotlight for a while. After agreeing to host a party at Chicago's Bull & Bear on Saturday, Sterger announced she will no longer be attending. (guyism.com)

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

Brett Lawrie and Avisail Garcia will both return to the White Sox in 2017.

The team announced it reached deals with both players shortly before Friday’s 7 p.m. CST nontender deadline. Lawrie will earn $3.5 million next season and Garcia received a one-year deal for $3 million.

The club didn’t tender a contract to right-handed pitcher Blake Smith, which leaves its 40-man roster at 38.

Acquired last December for a pair of minor leaguers, Lawrie hit .248/.310/.413 with 12 home runs, 22 doubles and 36 RBIs in 94 games before he suffered a season-ending injury.

Lawrie produced 0.9 f-WAR when he suffered what then-manager Robin Ventura described a “tricky” injury on July 21. Despite numerous tests and a lengthy rehab, Lawrie never returned to the field and was frustrated by the experience. Last month, Lawrie tweeted that he believes the cause of his injury was wearing orthotics for the first time in his career.

He was projected to earn $5.1 million, according to MLBTraderumors.com and earned $4.125 million in 2016.

Garcia hit .245/.307/.385 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs in 453 plate appearances over 120 games. The projected salary for Garcia, arb-eligible for the first time, was $3.4 million.

The team also offered contracts to Miguel Gonzalez and Todd Frazier, who are eligible for free agency in 2018, first baseman Jose Abreu and relievers Dan Jennings, Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka, among others.

The White Sox have until mid-January to reach an agreement with their arbitration-eligible players. If they haven’t, both sides submit figures for arbitration cases, which are then heard throughout February.

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.