Saturday, December 22, 2007

#22 - Ivan Calderon

Let's explore number 22. Who wore it during their White Sox career? Buddy Bradford, Ivan Calderon, Dick Donovan, Ed Farmer, Donn Pall, Jose Valentin, Richie Zisk and many others. I'm going to have to give it to "Ivan The Terrible". Yes, Ivan Calderon.

Ivan's best consistent years as a player came in a White Sox uniform. His best year came in Montreal, but that was technically part of the White Sox mojo. That happened right after his trade from the White Sox. It's kind of a residual effect.

This gold chain wearing gamer played his heart out for the White Sox. He was great in the outfield and decent at the plate with a little pop every once in awhile. Richie Zisk had one year, Donn Pall was an effective reliever and local, but didn't have the same presence as Ivan. Ed Farmer is known better as a White Sox broadcaster than a White Sox player. Jose Valentin had the pop, but for every run he produced, he gave two away by committing an error.

Ivan rises to the top, over sentimental favorites and local heroes. While he pretty much embarrassed himself when he returned in 1993, he is known for his actions from 1986 to 1990. I can't think of a better person to occupy number 22.

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