CSN announces association with Jake Peavy

CSN announces association with Jake Peavy

COMCAST SPORTSNET ANNOUNCES ON-AIRONLINE ASSOCIATION
WITH WHITE SOX PITCHER JAKE PEAVY

Network producing exclusive, behind-the-scenes, weekly webisodes entitled Jakes Take shown on both CSNChicago.com

and Comcast SportsNets SportsNet Central & White Sox PrePost Game Live;

Peavy to also provide a weekly CSNChicago.com journal on the current season and life in the big leagues

Chicago, IL (September 1, 2011) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago White Sox and their stretch-drive quest for an AL Central Division title, has announced an on-aironline association with three-time All-Star and Cy Young Award winning pitcher, JAKE PEAVY from the Chicago White Sox, one of the most entertaining personalities in all of Major League Baseball.

Effective immediately, the network will work exclusively with Peavy to produce weekly webisodes (to be showcased on the networks 247 website CSNChicago.com and over the air on Comcast SportsNet) entitled Jakes Take, which will be a video diary featuring Peavy interviewing White Sox teammatescoachesstaff, along with many other players from opposing teams. In addition, Peavy will provide candid discussion on the current MLB season as it progresses, along insightful and entertaining commentary on life in the big leagues focusing on his personal work and his community-related activities off the field.

I enjoy working with the folks at Comcast SportsNet and being able to offer our fans a glimpse into the inner workings of baseball from how we prepare for a game, the personalities on this team, how determined we are to bring another championship to the southside of Chicago and, of course, - well talk some country music, said Peavy. I do hope people will ask me questions and send in their suggestions on what theyd like to see on the next Jakes Take to my Twitter @JakePeavy_44. Were doing some cool things with social media too, so stay tuned.

Without question, Jake Peavy is one of baseballs most popular players and continues to grow a massive fan base in the Chicago area each day, added T.K. Gore, Director of Digital Media for Comcast SportsNet Chicago. We want to showcase Jake at his very best off the field with engaging, exclusive, behind-the-scenes content that will only perpetuate the adoration that fans have for him already.

The weekly Jakes Take webisodes can be found on CSNChicago.com at the following link: (http:www.csnchicago.compagesjake_peavy). The special Peavy page on CSNChicago.com also includes his up-to-the-minute Tweets via @JakePeavy_44, plus links to Peavys Facebook page and the Jake Peavy Foundation (www.jakepeavy44.com). In addition, Comcast SportsNet will also air Jakes Take at various points throughout the week on SportsNet Central and on White Sox PrePost Game Live.

Note the following additional highlights as part of Comcast SportsNetCSNChicago.coms agreement with Peavy:

Weekly Journal: Peavy will also write a weekly journal exclusively for CSNChicago.com, which will include his thoughts on his starting performances, a break-down of specific match-ups, series previews, behind-the-scenes happenings and more.

Social Media: Peavy and Comcast SportsNetCSNChicago.com will collaborate around social media utilizing his @JakePeavy_44 Twitter account and via Facebook (facebook.comJakePeavy44) to solicit fan questions for a special Q&A mailbag as part of his weekly journal, along with promoting the networks on-aironline content.

Fire draft two Charlotte 49ers to close out draft

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Fire draft two Charlotte 49ers to close out draft

The Chicago Fire drafted three players in the first two rounds of the MLS draft on Friday and added another two players in the draft's final two rounds on Tuesday.

The Fire selected two players out of Charlotte in the final two rounds. Midfielder Brandt Bronico went with the third pick in the third round, No. 47 overall, and defender Matej Dekovic was picked with the third pick in the fourth round, No. 69 overall.

Bronico was a key cog all four years at Charlotte. He was a three-time First-Team Conference USA selection and Conference USA Player of the Year as a senior. He totaled 25 goals and 23 assists in four years, including nine goals and five assists in 18 matches as a senior. He had eight goals and 10 assists as a junior.

Bronico also scored an eye-catching goal on the final day of the MLS Combine.

Dekovic is a defender born in Zagreb, Croatia. He was a First-Team Conference USA pick this fall while playing at left back. The Fire don't have much depth currently at outside back, but Dekovic's status as an international player will give him an uphill battle to make the team.

The Fire open preseason camp in six days on Monday, Jan. 23.

White Sox prospect Michael Kopech fires a 110 mph max velocity throw

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White Sox prospect Michael Kopech fires a 110 mph max velocity throw

It's no secret that White Sox pitching prospect Michael Kopech throws hard.

Acquired in the trade that sent ace Chris Sale to the Red Sox, Kopech was clocked throwing a pitch 105 mph last July while pitching for the Salem Red Sox.

But that's nothing compared to what the No. 4 right-handed pitching prospect in baseball did on Tuesday.

Granted, Kopech was throwing an underload baseball (which he confirmed in a response to the original tweet), but 110 mph is 110 mph.

The White Sox would settle for a few miles per hour less on the mound, but either way it looks like they've got a good one.