Wednesday, January 31, 2018

RIP Oscar Gamble

Thank you for the memories of two stints with the White Sox. You will not be forgotten.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Thursday, August 24, 2017

WSC Birth Years: Dioner Navarro

Card #202 - Dioner Navarro

Born: February 9, 1984

Dioner was signed as an amateur free agent by the New York Yankees in 2000. Navarro has improved on defense over the years, culminating in an All-Star appearance in 2008 with the Rays. While he has a little pop in his bat, Dioner never has hit for average, as he bounced around the majors.

The White Sox signed Navarro for $4 million. Before he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays on August 26, 2016, Dioner hit .210 with six home runs and thirty-two RBI in eighty-five games. He committed eight errors with the White Sox.

Friday, July 7, 2017

WSC Birth Years: Mat Latos

Card #201 - Mat Latos

Born: December 9, 1987

Mat was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the eleventh round of the 2006 amateur draft. Scouts considered him a first round pick, but immaturity issues allowed him to slip down to the three hundred thirty-third overall pick. Latos didn't actually sign with the Padres until a few days prior to re-entering the 2007 amateur draft. Mat demanded three million dollars as a signing bonus, which San Diego balked at, but settled at $1.25 million, after watching all of his junior college starts.

Latos found success with the Padres and Reds, including a twenty-one game streak without a loss. After knee and elbow injuries, Mat has bounced around the majors, with erratic effectiveness. He spent time with the Marlins, the Dodgers and the Angels before he came to the White Sox. His first four starts with the White Sox were brilliant, ending up with an ERA of 0.74. Then, everything fell apart for Latos and he gave up twenty-nine earned runs over the next thirty-six innings. On June 9, 2016, Chicago designated Mat for assignment after acquiring James Shields.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

WSC Birth Years: Tim Anderson

Card #200 - Tim Anderson

Born: June 23, 1993

With the seventeenth overall selection in the 2013 amateur draft, the Chicago White Sox selected Tim Anderson, a toolsy infielder with a ton of potential. The White Sox viewed Anderson as the shortstop of the future. After a steady rise through the farm system, the future shortstop made his MLB debut on June 10, 2016 against the Kansas City Royals, in Chicago.

Tim did not disappoint in his first game. His first MLB hit was a double off pitcher Ian Kennedy in the bottom of the third inning, in his first at-bat. He later scored on a Jose Abreu single to left. Anderson finished with a single and a groundout to add to his double. He was also at the plate when an Avisail Garcia caught stealing ended the eighth inning. Tim finished the season with a .283 average and pretty respectable numbers across the board. He even had some brief consideration in the Rookie of the Year voting, coming in seventh.

Friday, April 7, 2017

WSC Birth Years: Michael Ynoa

Card #199 - Michael Ynoa

Born: September 24, 1991

Michael was called the crown jewel of the Best Latino Prospects of 2008. Compared to Felix Hernandez, a bidding war broke out, with Ynoa agreeing to a deal with the New York Yankees. While that deal fell through, the Athletics emerged the victor and signed him for 4.25 million dollars, a record for the club, at that time. He appeared in three games for the AZL Athletics before needing Tommy John surgery. After the 2014 season, he was traded to the White Sox with Jeff Samardzja for Marcus Semien, Chris Bassitt, Rangel Ravelo and Josh Phegley.

On June 14, 2016, Ynoa made his MLB debut with the White Sox against the Detroit Tigers, in the top of the seventh inning. Michael pitched for two innings, without giving up a run. Ynoa was mostly put into games that the Pale Hose were losing, but he did come out of twenty-three games with one win, one hold and a respectable 3.00 ERA. He will be looking to improve upon that in 2017.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

WSC Birth Years: Todd Frazier

Card #198 - Todd Frazier

Born: February 12, 1986

Todd was drafted thirty-fourth overall by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2007 draft. Frazier made his MLB debut against the Phillies on May 23, 2011, striking out in his only at-bat. Todd blossomed into an All-Star for the Reds. He became the 2015 All-Star spokesman, when the game was held in Cincinnati. It was his second straight All-Star selection.

On December 16, 2015, Frazier was part of a three team deal between the Reds, the Dodgers and the White Sox, with the latter getting the services of the third baseman. Todd stabilized third base for the Pale Hose for the first time since the days his manager, Robin Ventura, called third base home. In fact, Frazier blew past Ventura's team record for home runs by a third baseman, clubbing forty in 2015 to Robin's thirty-four in 1996. On the other hand, the Toddfather had career lows in average (.225) and triples (0). With the team looking to rebuild, Frazier's time on the South Side may be short, but he has already made a positive impact in his first season for Chicago.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The First White Sox Card Of 2017 Is...

OK. Settle down. I know I haven't been posting on here as much as I or you would like. I apologize for that. Between a management position at my job and a new house to customize, it's been difficult to find the time to devote to one of my favorite hobbies (and blogs), but I did open some cards a few days after the Topps flagship release, so here are the first results.

The first White Sox card of 2017 is...

Lou Ferrigno? 

Well, that was unexpected! As luck would have it, a few cards further would produce the first 2017 White Sox PLAYER card...


Jose Quintana!

Eventually, I would get the entire base set of White Sox and most of the insert sets, but interestingly enough, no parallels of White Sox yet. While the flagship set is still somewhat new, there is still time to fill in the rest of the gaps with the inserts and parallels. The one thing that I have found a bit frustrating with this release is the parallel cards. They don't stand out at all. I actually passed up a parallel or two because I didn't recognize it right away.

Happy collecting, everyone!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

2017 WSC Hall Of Fame Ballot

Here's a Hall of Fame that anyone can vote for: The White Sox Cards Hall Of Fame.

Yes, it's that time of year again, but this time around there will be a shorter window for voting.

You can vote for as many or as few players as you want. The rules are the same as the MLB Hall of Fame. 75% of the vote will get a player in. At least 5% of the vote will keep a player on the ballot for next year. A player has to be away from the White Sox for a minimum of five years for ballot consideration. If a player cannot get 75% of the vote after 15 tries, he is taken off the ballot.

Last ballot, three players were voted into the WSC Hall Of Fame. Who will make it in this year?

The 2017 ballot includes a player for each positional spot on the field, a designated hitter, a manager, and pitching has been split into spots for starter, middle relief and closer.

Joey Cora  – 2nd Base (1st year)
Joe Crede – 3rd Base (1st year)
Oscar Gamble - DH (7th year) 
Rich Gossage – P (1st year)
Dummy Hoy  – OF (4th year)
Frank Isbell – 1st Base (6th year)
Fielder Jones – OF (6th year) 
Al Lopez – MGR (7th year)
J.C. Martin - C (1st year)
Jack McDowell
- P (1st year)
Minnie Minoso - OF (1st year)
Bobby Thigpen - P (6th year)
Buck Weaver - SS (5th year)

Voting will be through July 11, 2017, with the results announced shortly after. You can vote on the right sidebar. Any position left open due to election or cuts will be filled by another player next year.

The results should prove interesting. Have fun!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Congrats Tim Raines!!!

Hall of Fame Class of 2017

You deserve every bit of this, Tim.  When I was a kid just starting to collect baseball cards, I would wish that you were on the White Sox. I always had a soft spot for the Expos. Maybe it was those powder blue uniforms. Maybe it was the exotic (to a little kid) locale of Montreal, where they weren't just Canadian, they were FRONCH-Canadian. Then one day, in the middle of my freshman year of high school, I got my wish.

You never disappointed me. You, along with a fresh young group (and a couple of old timers), took the AL West by storm. The White Sox became a force to be reckoned with. Then it all came undone with the strike. You may have had your first World Series with the White Sox in 1994, but we'll leave that for another timeline where the strike doesn't happen. Still you got two with the Yankees and finally one, as a coach, with the White Sox. So, a little late, but better than never.

Soak it up and enjoy the ride. You deserve every bit of this.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Congratulations To The Chicago Cubs

This is a picture of me from October 1984. Notice something odd? Obscured by the pillow I'm holding is a NL Eastern Division Champion Chicago Cubs shirt. So, yes, there is thirty-two year old proof that I can enjoy the Cubs too and I do wish them well. I just prefer the White Sox.

Let this be a congratulations off to the Cubs and their fan base. We White Sox fans know about long suffering World Series droughts. Ours lasted eighty-eight years. Only one score off of the Cubs. "Score" being a term that means twenty years, that was more common closer to the last time that the Cubs won a World Series.

I have lots of friends and family who are die hard Cubs fans, including my beautiful wife. I enjoy the Cubs as I enjoy all of baseball. There is no hatred there. Only admiration and respect.

The only problem I have with the Cubs is not their team or their park. I don't even have a problem with most of their fans. I do have a problem with about .01% of the Cubs fans. I also have problem with .01% of White Sox fans. It the obnoxious fans that go to extremes that really cause the division in among fans. Cubs fans are portrayed as beer swilling, bandwagon party yuppies who don't pay attention to the game and just show up to the park to say they've been there. White Sox fans are portrayed as drunk suburban trash, who storm the field, the few times that they actually show up to the park. I'm here to tell you that neither of these portrayals represent 99.99% of each team's fans. The bad acts of the few should not represent the majority.

I can still cheer on the Cubs and not have to turn my White Sox card in. And the same is true for the Cubs fans. We all love the game of baseball. Shouldn't that be enough? It is in my book. Most fans just want to see a good game and if their team wins that game, it just makes it better.

So cherish this special team Cubs fans. It can be done. This team has proven it. From this moment forward, there will be no more excuses. No goats. No black cats. No Gatorade. No more "lovable losers". You guys are winners. It may require a completely different mindset for some of you, but know it's true.

If you would have asked me back in October 1984, if I would see a Chicago championship in my lifetime, I might have been optimistic, but I would probably have said no. Since that picture was taken, I have seen championships by the Bears, the Bulls, the White Sox, the Blackhawks and now the Cubs. I am simply amazed! It can be done.

Enjoy this moment Cubs fans. Cherish it. Relish in it. You deserve it. May you not have to wait another 108 years for another championship... unless you're playing the White Sox in that championship game, then, I'm sorry, I have to go with the White Sox. It's nothing personal and I hope we can still watch the game together.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Just Another Reason To Join The Facebook Page

WSC Birth Year Legacy cards!! Just another perk for joining the White Sox Cards Facebook page.

The regular WSC Birth Year cards cover from 2008 to present day. The WSC Birth Year Legacy cards cover the rest. See White Sox players of yesteryear on cards from their birth year, only on the Facebook page.

Here are the first three.

Monday, July 18, 2016

WSC Hall Of Fame Class Of 2016

The votes have been tallied and here are the results.

There were three players elected this year and three players received too few votes to be on next year's ballot.

Congratulations to Gary Peters, Robin Ventura and Hoyt Wilhelm for being the three players inducted into the WSC Hall of Fame Class of 2016!

Jerry Hairston, Ron Karkovice and Jorge Orta received too few votes to stay on the ballot, so there will be new players at starting pitcher, third base, outfield, second base, catcher and closer on next year's ballot.

Thank you to everyone who voted!

Here are the final totals.

Hoyt Wilhelm - 60 votes (84%)
Gary Peters - 56 votes (78%)
Robin Ventura - 55 votes (77%)
Buck Weaver - 49 votes (69%)
Bobby Thigpen - 48 votes (67%)
Al Lopez - 47 votes (66%)
Fielder Jones - 33 votes (46%)
Dummy Hoy - 32 votes (45%)
Frank Isbell - 27 votes (38%)
Oscar Gamble - 5 votes (7%)
Jerry Hairston - 3 votes (4%)
Ron Karkovice - 3 votes (4%)
Jorge Orta - 3 votes (4%)

Congratulations, once again, to Gary Peters, Robin Ventura and Hoyt Wilhelm for being inducted into the WSC Hall of Fame!

The voting for the Class of 2017 will begin shortly after 2017 spring training.
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