Beckham's desire to get to the Majors quicker won't convince manager Ozzie Guillen to throw the organization's top prospect into uncharted waters. The outfield could possibly have one opening in 2010, if Jermaine Dye does not stay with the White Sox, but following the same philosophy he espoused last week with Viciedo, Guillen wants his young talent to stick with what they know. "When Beckham gets to the big leagues, he's going to play every day, someway, somehow," Guillen said. "I don't want to put a title already on him that he's going to be a utility player. I'm not going to think about doing those crazy moves to get him here quicker, but I don't blame him to want to be in the big leagues quicker. "Right now, I want to take him in one spot and one spot only. If the result after this year or a year later is that he's not going to be playing there, then we are going to make the decision at that time." Over 58 at-bats with Class A Kannapolis last season, Beckham hit .310 with three home runs and eight RBIs. He continued that torrid start by posting a .394 average during the Arizona Fall League. Look for Beckham to begin the 2009 campaign at shortstop with Double-A Birmingham. He might get a chance to play around the infield this spring, but Guillen doesn't seem inclined to test him out of his comfort zone at either of the corner outfield slots.
There are concerns that the stimulus plan's $789 billion price tag is too large. To pay for it we will have to borrow the money, adding significantly to the government's debt load. But without a stimulus, the depression would undermine tax revenue and fuel more government spending, producing even larger deficits and debt burdens. It is fortunate that we are still the global economy's triple-A credit; even though this calamity began in the United States, global investors still prefer the safety of U.S. Treasury bonds. We will thus be able to borrow the money at record-low interest rates. Indeed, my most significant criticism of the current stimulus plan is that it is too small. Our struggling economy will produce nearly $1 trillion less than it is capable of this year and will underperform again by at least as much in 2010. The $789 billion in spending and tax cuts to be distributed over those two years is not going to fill this expected hole in the economy. I would thus not be surprised if policymakers are forced to consider a second stimulus plan soon. Nonetheless, when combined with other aggressive policy steps, including efforts to shore up the financial system and stem foreclosures, this fiscal-stimulus plan will go a long way toward relieving the current economic crisis. (for the stimulus discussion)
Joe Crede was a fan favorite among White Sox fans for 6 1/2 seasons. Now he will be playing for one of the Sox's biggest enemies. Crede, 30, agreed to terms Friday night with the Minnesota Twins, according to a major-league source. edit by larry 2/21 at 11:15am: The Twins will sign Crede to one-year deal with a base salary of $2.5 million with the chance to earn $7 million in appearance bonuses. The bonuses begin once Crede reaches 250 plate appearances and tops out at $7 million when he makes his 525th plate appearance. Star Trib
Buehrle was homesick, which isn't really news. He's homesick on the first day of spring training every year. But it has grown worse since he became a father as well as a committed husband, son and brother. He was missing 18-month-old son Braden so much Sunday that he was talking about walking away from baseball after the 2011 season, when his contract expires. He would be 32, the same as Sandy Koufax was when he retired rather than continue to deal with an arthritic elbow. "People may say I'm full of it," said Buehrle, relaxing in front of his locker at the White Sox's new Camelback Ranch. "I don't know. Maybe I am. But as I look at it today, I don't think you're going to see me in a baseball uniform for too many more years. I miss my family too much when I'm away." ...
"I can see Caracas from my house," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen's commentary on the rather long distance he has to travel to go from his Spring Training house to Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz.Being Ozzie Guillen: A little spring color
If all goes according to plan, I will have approximately 200 books in my hands before the weekend. They will be for sale on Sunday around noon. Internet ordering info will be posted on this blog on Sunday. Front Cover Details: -Includes all of the Palehose 6, Palehose 7, and Palehose 8 strips. -Also includes the Smells Like Mascot comics up to, and including, 2/1/09 (the Riddler strip). -362 total comic strips, re-scanned at higher resolution for this book. -150 total body pages (149 black and white + 1 color), white uncoated stock. -Full-color cover, perfect bound (paperback). -The books will be hand-numbered and signed by me. This first printing will be limited to about 200 books. Cost: $15.00 plus shipping and tax. This is a self-published book. I’m not sure what the demand will be, or if there will be a second printing. I’d like to thank anyone who has requested that I put this together. My family and I will treasure the book forever, and I wouldn’t have gotten it together without your support.
Time for another guessing game. I’m thinking of two baseball players. Both first basemen. Both right-handed hitters. Both were instant stars in the big leagues. I’ll tell you that one of the players is Albert Pujols, Prince Albert, Albert the Great, the guy who, if he stays healthy and motivated, could put up some of the most remarkable offensive numbers in baseball history. And our mystery player … well, what can I tell you about him? He never led the league in home runs. He never led the league in RBIs. He was admired as a great player when he was young, but I would say the admiration for him as, well, muted. He only started in two All-Star Games his whole career. He only MADE five, which is just odd to think about. Steve Sax started two All-Star Games and made five. You could argue pretty persuasively that our mystery player was a lot better than Steve Sax. Steve Garvey made 10 All-Star Games and started nine. You could argue pretty persuasively that our mystery player was a lot better than Steve Garvey. ...
"You are way, way too far ahead there," Williams said. "I have to look at how the Dow Jones did today and see the general state of the economy before we start committing large sums of money out there."Would long-term deals help Sox? | whitesox.com: News
Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, on the talented Alexei Ramirez: "When you see this kid play shortstop, you will forget Ozzie Guillen ever played shortstop for the White Sox."Daily Herald | Don't Nix his chances at second base just yet
Camp Cora has been up and running throughout the winter, and the early progress reports have Josh Fields emerging as a leading candidate to "shock" the organization when he reports to spring camp in just over three weeks. The third baseman was criticized by Ozzie Guillen last season for what the White Sox manager felt were diminishing skills as the year went on, so after a clean-up surgery on his knee in the fall, Fields opted to make a trip to Florida recently and work with Guillen and bench coach Joey Cora in preparation for taking over for free agent Joe Crede. His goal? To make sure Guillen can’t criticize him — specifically his defense — any longer. "I talked to Joey [on Monday] and he said [Fields is] moving better by far than he’s ever moved," hitting coach Greg Walker said. "[Cora] said we’ll be shocked.
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google translation: Could win two: Bartolo Colón guaranteed one-year contract for a million with White Sox The newly Altamira pitcher, Bartolo Colón, who left in the campaign for the Boston Red Sox in the play offs, looking to become a free agent said one-year contract for a million dollars with the Chicago White Sox, White for 2010. A source close to the player, and spoke by telephone with the sports editor, said, "Bartolo is very happy with his signature, which will open the door again to return to the Major Leagues." In addition, the source cited in the agreement White Sox - Colon, the pitcher could earn up to two million dollars, according to innings pitched and production can get the Cy Young Award winner in the American League in 2005. The terms of the agreement, at other points to suggest that Columbus could win two million dollars, according to the number of entries set in 2009. The pitcher serpentinero right of 35 years, has had shoulder and back problems in the most recent tempordas would have to complete physical examination before the completion of the contract, said the informant. Bartolo Colón, the agreement finally realized, it will be a second chance with the White Sox. The first time I wore uniforms of the White Sox won 15-13 mark in won-lost effectiveness with 3.87 in 2003. In that season was a job that allowed him to walk 242 innings pitched. The following year, 2004, then signed a contract for four years and $ 51 million with the Anaheim Angelinos. Anaheim gave fruit with positive results fast, because in 2005 won the coveted Cy Young Award. Since then, he has had problems with his shoulder launched, more than anything brought on by his weight. According to the source who spoke on this sports columnist INFORMATION, Bartolo Colón, is very optimistic that big returns for 2010 with White Sox. "He said the informant, who has no doubt that Columbus will pass the physical examination, because he has been working for that and a return to the Major truinfal.
The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on minor-league contracts with 13 players and will invite them to their spring training camp in Glendale, Ariz. Also receiving invitations are five players from the White Sox minor league system, including their last two first-round draft picks, left-handed pitcher Aaron Poreda (2007) and infielder Gordon Beckham (2008). Thirteen of the 18 spring training invitees have major-league experience. The players receiving non-roster invites are infielders Javier Castillo, Bryan Myrow, Sergio Santos and Eider Torres, catchers Corky Miller and Chris Stewart, outfielders Josh Kroeger and Michael Restovich, right-handed pitchers Ryan Braun, Franklyn German, Brad Salmon and Jon Van Benschoten and left-handed pitcher Randy Williams. Catchers Tyler Flowers and Donny Lucy and right-handed pitcher Mike MacDougal will also be invited to spring training from the White Sox minor league system.
"SHE is the perfect wife, with the body of a Page 3 pin-up and housekeeping skills that put TV’s Kim and Aggie to shame. Her name is Aiko, she can even read a map, and will never, ever, nag. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t she fellas? And she is. Aiko is actually a robot, a fantasy brought to life by inventor Le Trung. Devoted Aiko — "in her 20s" — has a stunning 32-23-33 figure, pretty face and shiny hair. She is always happy to clean the house for "husband" Le, help with his accounts or get him a drink. " ... Le says his relationship with Aiko hasn’t strayed into the bedroom, but a few "tweaks" could turn her into a sexual partner. Le said: "Her software could be redesigned to simulate her having an orgasm." http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article2023392.ece h/t Slashdot
[SunTimes] On Jerry Owens: "Listen, the fact of the matter is this: I have confidence in the players we're bringing back. Obviously, a couple of them had setbacks. But in my opinion, Josh...
According to WFAN’s Sweeny Murti, the Braves are in serious discussions with the White Sox about bringing Jermaine Dye back to Atlanta, where he began his career 12 years ago.
one of the 2009 White Sox draft picks "Boston Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski helps his grandson, Michael Yastrzemski of Andover, at DB's Baseball & Softball Instructional Academy in North Andover. Michael is a senior at St. John's Prep. " http://www.gloucestertimes.com/pusports/local_story_340215230.html
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