Mitchell Looking For Positives During a Tough Fall

Mitchell Looking For Positives During a Tough Fall

Friday Nov. 5, 2010
Posted: 5:50 p.m.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUEPeoria Saguaros White Sox
When Jared Mitchell kicked off the AFL season with a three-hit effort against Scottsdale on Oct. 12, it appeared as if missing the entire 2010 season would have little impact on the player considered by many to be the White Sox top prospect.

But since that big opener, Mitchell has struggled, collecting only eight more hits in 56 at-bats for the Sags, who dropped a 13-5 decision to the host Javelinas on Friday. Hes batting .183 and he has more strikeouts 18 than hits 11. He picked up a hit on Friday, however, giving him hits in five of his last seven games. Though hes only 4-for-22 over that stretch, the fact that hes been able to string a few games together in which hes reached base is a positive that he can take into the final two weeks of the AFL season.

Also on the plus side is .286 hes hitting from the leadoff spot. Hes 4-for-14 at the top of the order and has performed better there than at the bottom of the lineup. Jason Bour went 0-for-1 with a walk and a strikeout. Charlie Leesman allowed two runs on three hits in an inning. Hes allowed 11 runs over his last five appearances, a 4 13-inning stretch.

Kevin Czerwinski can be reached at ktczerwinski@gmail.com.

No, Albert Almora Jr. didn’t subtly give the middle finger to President Donald Trump during Cubs’ White House visit

No, Albert Almora Jr. didn’t subtly give the middle finger to President Donald Trump during Cubs’ White House visit

WASHINGTON – Albert Almora Jr. didn’t use Wednesday’s Oval Office photo op as a subtle form of political protest, but it did sort of look like the Cubs outfielder gave President Donald Trump the middle finger, at least from that angle in an image that went viral on Twitter.    

“There was two fingers! Look closely, there was two fingers!” a veteran player yelled across the room as reporters gathered around Almora’s locker inside the visiting clubhouse at Nationals Park. 

“Guys were giving me a hard time about it,” Almora said, “but I pointed out the second finger. We’re all good.”

In another White House visit that didn’t look nearly as unofficial or informal as the Cubs said it would be, one snapshot became Almora with part of his left hand in his pocket. Almora stood near Kris Bryant – who held a 45 Wrigley Field scoreboard panel – and Trump at his desk with the World Series trophy.

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“Obviously, it’s unfortunate,” Almora said with a laugh. “I’m getting ready to take a picture and I’m posing there. But you guys know that I would never do that to the president of the United States. 

“I respect everybody. It is what it is. We laugh about it now, but there’s definitely two fingers out there.”

Almora is 23 years old, confident and focused, rarely straying off message during his interactions with reporters. He grew up in a Cuban-American family in South Florida and traveled with the team in January for the final official event in the Obama White House.   

“Hey, man, it’s not every day you get to meet the president of the United States,” Almora said. “To meet two in one calendar year, for me, is a special feeling.”

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