CSN hires Susannah Collins as full-time reporteranchor

CSN hires Susannah Collins as full-time reporteranchor

COMCAST SPORTSNET HIRES SUSANNAH COLLINS AS FULL-TIME REPORTERANCHOR FOR SPORTSNET CENTRALAND ADDITIONAL ON-AIRONLINE INITIATIVES

Chicago, IL (September 18, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, today officially announced the full-time hiring of anchorreporter Susannah Collins as its newest on-air talent member (effective September 20) for the networks signature nightly sports news program, SportsNet Central. Collins will also handle on-site, post-game reporting duties throughout the year at home games for all four of CSNs pro team partners. In addition, Collins will frequently host viewer interactive studio segments on the networks post-game shows, along with a variety of digital initiatives that will be showcased on CSNChicago.com. Collins can also be followed via Twitter @SusannahCollins. The announcement was made by Charlie Schumacher, Senior News Director for Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

We are very pleased to bring someone of Susannahs experience and local sports enthusiasm to our network on a full-time basis, said Schumacher. Providing the very best live, daily local sports news coverage continues to be our focus and Susannah has certainly done an excellent job for us on a free-lance basis over the past several months and will no doubt be a terrific full-time addition to our already solid on-air team.

Currently the co-host of Comcast SportsNets popular Gas Money sports trivia show, Collins has already been handling post-game reporting duties for CSNs White Sox telecasts, along with reporting and anchoring on SportsNet Central. Previously, Collins gained national attention for her on-air work at Showtime Sports, where she appeared as a special correspondent for the networks weekly studios shows Inside the NFL and Inside NASCAR. At Showtime, Collins primarily reported on both topical and light-hearted stories, along with frequent on-set studio interaction with the programs hosts and analysts. Over the past two years at Showtime Sports, Collins reported from both Super Bowls in Dallas and Indianapolis interviewing numerous athletes and celebrities. Collins also covered MMA and boxing events for Showtime as a live event reporter and web-feature contributor.

In addition to her work at Showtime, Collins also served as a correspondentreporter for the NFL Network, NBC and CBS over the past two years. In 2011, Collins anchored the weekend sports broadcasts at WCBS-TV in New York. This past summer, Collins hosted numerous Fan Fest events for MLB.com at the 2012 All-Star Game in Kansas City.

Collins, who grew up in the Chicago western suburb of Downers Grove, IL, attended Downers Grove North H.S. She graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 2001, where, as an undergraduate, worked extensively on both ends of the microphone for student radio station WPGU-FM 107.1.

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White Sox willing to overlook 'rough' patches as healthy Carlos Rodon returns

White Sox willing to overlook 'rough' patches as healthy Carlos Rodon returns

The two fastballs that soared to the backstop on Wednesday night should give you a strong indication that Carlos Rodon was far from perfect.

But in making his first start of the 2017 season, the White Sox pitcher also offered his team plenty of signals that his health isn’t going to be an issue.

Rodon returned to the mound for the first time since last September and brought the goods that made him one of baseball’s top pitching prospects several years ago. Given he’d missed three months with bursitis in the left shoulder and the potential value he offers to a franchise only half a season into its first rebuild in 20 years, that was plenty for the White Sox to overlook the rust Rodon showed in a 12-3 White Sox loss to the New York Yankees at Guaranteed Rate Field.

“He started a little rough early obviously, got some high pitch counts,” manager Rick Renteria said. “And then he kind of settled down.

“Having him back in the rotation and getting him back out there on the big league field, coming out of there feeling good, healthy. I'm sure he will continue to get better as he continues to get out there and move forward.”

Renteria said he wasn’t surprised that Rodon struggled with his command as much as he did against the Yankees. The issues the pitcher displayed in uncorking a pair of wild pitches, walking six batters and throwing strikes on only 41 of 94 pitches were also present during Rodon’s four rehab starts in the minors.

But as long as the stuff was there, the White Sox would be OK with any issues that accompanied the performance. Rodon began to alleviate those concerns immediately when he earned a called strike on the game’s first pitch with a 93-mph fastball to Brett Gardner. Featuring a four-seamer with an absurd amount of movement and a nasty slider he struggled to control, Rodon checked all the boxes the White Sox hoped for from a pitcher they believe will be a frontline starter for years to come. Rodon also was pleased by how he felt before, during and after the contest.

“I was pretty excited,” Rodon said. “I was going a little fast in the first. But it was good to be out there. Next time out, it’ll hopefully be a little better. Arm feels good, body feels good, all you can ask for.”

Well, it’s not ALL you can ask for, but it’s pretty damn good out of the gate given how slow Rodon’s return took. His four-seam fastball averaged 94.9 mph according to BrooksBaseball.Net and touched 97 mph. His two-seamer averaged 94.4 mph and touched 95. And his slider, though he couldn’t control it, nor locate it for a strike, averaged 86 mph.

“You could see (Omar Narvaez) going over to try to catch some balls that were having tremendous run,” Renteria said. “That's (Rodon). He's got some tremendous life, he's just trying to harness it the best that he can and being able to execute where he wants to get as many strikes as possible.”

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The strikes were about the only thing Rodon didn’t bring with him. He walked Gardner to start the game and issued two more free passes after a Tim Anderson error allowed a run to score and extended the first inning. Rodon threw 37 pitches in the first, only 15 for strikes.

He also reached a full count to each of the batters he faced in the second inning. Rodon walked two more with two outs in the third inning after he’d retired six batters in a row.

And there were those pesky first-inning wild pitches that resembled something out of ‘Bull Durham.’

But all in all, Rodon and the White Sox ultimately saw enough in the first outing to be pleased.

“Great stuff, great life, but the goal is to put it in the zone and let them swing it to get guys out early,” Rodon said. “That’s not what happened. I’ll get back to that.”

“It’s a tough loss, but it’s better to be with the guys out on the field grinding than sitting on the couch and watching, for sure.”