White Sox Talk Podcast: Bill Melton tells all about his life in baseball

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Bill Melton tells all about his life in baseball

Bill Melton's baseball career is the stuff of legend — some for what happened on the field, but also for what happened off of it.

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, the former White Sox slugger speaks with Chuck Garfien about winning the 1971 home run crown on the final day of the regular season after partying on Rush Street into the wee hours the night before. Melton also describes his huge public battle with then White Sox play-by-play announcer Harry Caray, partying at Hugh Hefner's Playboy Club, hanging out with Frank Sinatra, fighting with former Angels manager Dick Williams.

Melton tells these stories and many more about the wild days of playing major league baseball in the 1970s. Plus, you'll hear a lost interview from 1971 when Brent Musburger interviewed Melton right after he became the home run king.

Listen to the latest episode below:

White Sox Talk Podcast: Jim Callis believes White Sox will pounce on best MLB draft class in years

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Jim Callis believes White Sox will pounce on best MLB draft class in years

It's a fight to the finish between the White Sox, Phillies and Giants for the top pick in next year's MLB draft. But with the talent in the draft expected to be some of the best in years, how much will it really matter if the White Sox draft first, second or third? Chuck Garfien and Chris Kamka speak with Jim Callis, senior writer for MLB.com and MLBPipeline.com. He says the 2018 MLB draft will be the best since 2011. Will the White Sox go with a high schooler or a college player? Does Seth Beer fit into their plans?

Callis breaks down the top names and predicts who he thinks the White Sox will draft with their number-one pick. Callis also analyzes key players in the White Sox farm system: Michael Kopech, Eloy Jimenez, Jake Burger, Blake Rutherford, Micker Adolfo, Dane Dunning and many more.

Later, Garfien and Kamka talk about what Jose Abreu has meant to the White Sox both on and off the field. Kamka shares some incredible statistical data that puts Abreu in a class by himself. 

All this, and more, on the latest White Sox Talk Podcast:

White Sox Talk Podcast: Giolito on being a different pitcher; Benetti on broadcasting career

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Giolito on being a different pitcher; Benetti on broadcasting career

We've got two special guests on this edition of the podcast. Lucas Giolito sits down with Chuck Garfien to talk about his first three starts with the White Sox, what it was like facing Miguel Cabrera (he went 0-3 vs. Giolito), how he got 10 strikeouts against the Rays and why he's a different pitcher now vs. last year with the Nationals.

Giolito tells the story about getting a beer shower from his White Sox teammates after collecting his first major league win, how he blew out his arm in high school and needed Tommy John surgery, plus the crazy coincidences between himself and Atlanta Braves rookie pitcher Max Fried and explains why Michael Kopech "will be here very soon."  

Then, it's a conversation with White Sox play-by-play man Jason Benetti. They talk about Giolito, Eloy Jimenez and the chemistry inside the White Sox clubhouse despite their last place record.

Benetti gives behind the scenes info about how he prepares for calling White Sox games, where he gets his old school references, and why he didn't make a radio documentary at Homewood-Flossmoor High School. Garfien did and he's not happy about this. There's also a cameo appearance by somebody in the booth. 

All this, and more, on the latest White Sox Talk Podcast: