Word on the Street: Players recognize Sox's Ramirez

Word on the Street: Players recognize Sox's Ramirez

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010

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)

White Sox Talk Podcast: National media fails to recognize White Sox as 2005 champs


White Sox Talk Podcast: National media fails to recognize White Sox as 2005 champs

Chuck Garfien, Slavko Bekovic and Chris Kamka react to the national media blunders that failed to recognize the White Sox as 2005 World Series champions. 

Later, the guys discuss Jerry Reinsdorf's comments about cheering for the Cubs and break down what it takes to beat the Indians. 

Check out the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast below: 

White Sox: Chris Getz's new player development role is to carry out 'vision of the scouts'

White Sox: Chris Getz's new player development role is to carry out 'vision of the scouts'

He may be limited on experience, but Chris Getz already has a strong idea about player development.

Getz -- who on Friday was named the White Sox director of player development -- worked the past two seasons as an assistant to baseball operations in player development for the Kansas City Royals. A fourth-round pick of the White Sox in the 2005 amateur draft, Getz replaces Nick Capra, who earlier this month was named the team’s third-base coach. A quick learner whom a baseball source said the Royals hoped to retain, Getz described his new position as being “very task oriented.”

“(The job) is carrying out the vision of the scouts,” Getz said. “The players identified by the scouts and then they are brought in and it’s a commitment by both the player and staff members to create an environment for that player to reach their ceiling.

“It’s a daily process.”

Getz, a University of Michigan product, played for the White Sox in 2008 and 2009 before he was traded to the Royals in a package for Mark Teahen in 2010. Previously drafted by the White Sox in 2002, he described the organization as “something that always will be in my DNA.”

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Getz stayed in Kansas City through 2013 and began to consider a front-office career as his playing career wound down. His final season in the majors was with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore hired Getz as an assistant to baseball operations in January 2015 and he quickly developed a reputation as both highly intelligent and likeable, according to a club source.

“He is extremely well-regarded throughout the game, and we believe he is going to have a positive impact on the quality of play from rookie ball through Chicago,” GM Rick Hahn said.

Getz had as many as four assistant GMs ahead of him with the Royals, who couldn’t offer the same kind of position as the White Sox did. Getz spent the past week meeting with other members of the White Sox player development staff and soon will head to the team’s Dominican Republic academy. After that he’ll head to the Arizona Fall League as he becomes familiar with the department. Though he’s still relatively new, Getz knows what’s expected of his position.

“It’s focused on what’s in front of you,” Getz said. “Player development people are trying to get the player better every single day.”

“With that being said, the staff members need to be creative in their thinking. They need to be innovative at times. They need to know when to press the gas or pump the brakes. They need to be versatile in all these different areas.”