Word on the Street: Players recognize Sox's Ramirez

Word on the Street: Players recognize Sox's Ramirez

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010
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Alexei Ramirez named to The Sporting News A.L. All-Star Team

White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez was named the shortstop on The Sporting News American League All-Star Team. Ramirez hit .282 with 18 home runs, 70 RBI and 29 doubles in 156 games during the 2010 season. Ramirez led all AL shortstops in average, home runs, slugging percentage (.431) and total bases (252).

Ramirez is the third shortstop in White Sox history to be honored by The Sporting News, and the first since Luis Aparicio in 1970. He is the first White Sox player to receive this particular honor since Joe Crede and Jermaine Dye were named to the team in 2006. The All-Stars are voted on by a panel of 326 major-league players, 25 managers and 24 general managers. (chicago.whitesox.mlb.com)

Kopecky playing role on top line to perfection

Primarily on the Blackhawks' third or fourth line last season, Tomas Kopecky is playing his role on a line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa to perfection this season. Kopecky is currently No. 11 in the NHL in scoring (1 goal, 7 assists in 7 games) but his line has been nothing short of dominant, scoring 9 goals and 23 points heading into tonight's game vs. Vancouver.

"I know my job on that line," Kopecky told NHL.com. "I know what I'm supposed to do. I'm supposed to get pucks for them and give them the puck. They're world-class players. All I have to do is skate hard to the net. If we keep sticks on the ice, then good things are going to happen." (blackhawks.nhl.com)

Chicago's current head coachmanager rankings

Two current leading men have won a championship (Ozzie Guillen and Joel Quenneville), yet one tops this list while the other is dead last - behind both Mike Quade and Lovie Smith - who falls where and why? (sbnation.com)

Injured Notre Dame receiver Floyd insists he'll play

Irish wide receiver Michael Floyd missed practice again Wednesday but hopes pain in his ailing right hamstring will alleviate by Saturday and allow him to play against Navy.

"I'm saying right now that I'm going to play," Floyd said following practice. "I don't know how much I'm going to play. But we'll see." (chicagobreakingsports.com)

Redskins' linebacker expected to play Sunday vs. Bears

Washington linebacker Rocky McIntosh is expected to return to the Redskins starting lineup on Sunday vs. the Bears. The five-year veteran missed last Sunday's loss to Indianapolis after suffering a concussion one week earlier against Green Bay. Before last Sunday's game, McIntosh was leading the team in tackles. (washingtonpost.com)

Chris Sale: Trade from White Sox 'bittersweet,' ready to move on with Red Sox

Chris Sale: Trade from White Sox 'bittersweet,' ready to move on with Red Sox

There’s no question he’s excited about the chance to pitch for a perennial playoff team in front of Fenway Park crowds deep into October.

But Chris Sale described the trade that sent him from the White Sox to the Boston Red Sox as bittersweet on Wednesday morning. On his way out of town, Sale, who was traded Tuesday for four minor leaguers, including two elite prospects, credited the White Sox for their support and belief in him from the outset of his career. But while he wishes he could have won a title on the South Side, Sale also said he’s ready to move on.

“It’s exciting for all the reasons I already said,” Sale said. “It’s tough. You build a relationship with these guys and they are like family. Everybody over there is being in your family. You are around these guys probably even more during the year than you are around your family. It’s tough. But knowing what lies ahead makes it a little bit easier for that transition.

“It didn’t work out. I really wish it did. I have nothing but really good things to take from that and I appreciate my time with the White Sox. But I’m looking forward to the next chapter.”

After several years of hearing trade speculation, the five-time All-Star said he started to sense the possibility was real a few weeks ago after a conversation with his agent. The chatter began to increase with the start of the Winter Meetings this week and Sale said he was inundated with texts from friends and family in anticipation of where he could be headed. When he learned it was the Red Sox, Sale said was ecstatic to learn he’d be playing for one of the “greatest baseball franchises ever.”

“It’s kind of like being monkey in the middle, you’re just glad when you finally get the ball,” Sale said. “It’s hectic. There’s a lot of speculation. There’s story after story and obviously getting flood with text messages from family and friends. Just to have the whole process out the way and to get back to normalcy will be nice.”

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Many of those messages came from former White Sox teammates. Sale said he and his wife, who is soon due with their second child, spent much of Tuesday looking at old pictures and nostalgia from his White Sox tenure. Though he’s disappointed by the lack of team success with the White Sox, Sale said the team’s support was a critical element to his success.

The White Sox drafted Sale with the 13th overall pick in 2010 and he reached the majors later that season. Though he spent the first two seasons in the bullpen, the team’s plan all along was to make Sale a starting pitcher, something others weren’t certain he could handle. Sale has been an All-Star and also finished in the top six in the Cy Young Award vote in each of the five seasons since he became a starter.

“It didn’t work out the way we wanted it to in Chicago, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t a lot of great moments,” Sale said. “I had a very good conversation with Rick (Hahn) yesterday.

“I was in a situation in 2010, how many teams would have done what they did? It’s hard to say now, but probably not very many. They drafted me in the first round when people had questions. They brought me up to the big leagues really fast and people probably had questions. They threw in the rotation and people clearly had questions.

“They were really, they had my back a lot and they gave me opportunities that not a lot of other people would have given me. I’m very thankful for that.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Breaking down the Chris Sale trade

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Breaking down the Chris Sale trade

On the latest episode of the White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien and Dan Hayes break down the White Sox trade of Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox.

Plus, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe provides some insight on what exactly the White Sox got in return for their former ace.

And Rick Hahn talks about just how difficult it was to pull the trigger and trade elite, homegrown talent.

Listen to the latest episode below: