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Nancy Faust to retire after 2010 season


Nancy Faust, beloved fixture as the White Sox organist for 40 years, says she will be playing her swan song at the end of the 2010 season. "It won't be easy, but the timing is just right to move on," Faust said. "Next year will be my 41st season. Never did I imagine that I would be saying that.

The Carry of a Fly Ball


There was much discussion in the early weeks of the 2009 MLB season about the large number of home runs hit in the new Yankee Stadium, leading to speculation that many of the home runs were aided by strong wind currents. Or, in the lingo of baseball, the ball was "carrying well" in Yankee Stadium. All this discussion stimulated me to ask the question, "Just what is meant by 'carrying well'?" Of course, we all have an intuitive notion of what this means. We observe a fly ball coming off the bat and have an expectation of how far the ball will travel. If the ball traveled farther than this expectation, we say that the ball carried well. And of course, vice versa. But can we come up with a more precise, less intuitive measure of "carry"? It is precisely this issue that led to the analysis presented in this report.

Jim Parque: Why I juiced


"Former Sox pitcher Jim Parque says he's sorry he juiced, but he wants to ask you one question: What would you have done?"

Baseball to digitize everything


A new camera and software system in its final testing phases will record the exact speed and location of the ball and every player on the field, allowing the most digitized of sports to be overrun anew by hundreds of innovative statistics that will rate players more accurately, almost certainly affect their compensation and perhaps alter how the game itself is played.

White Sox attendance holding steading in 09


The White Sox are actually slightly up (1.7%) in attendance over 2008. I wonder if this has anything to do with KW seemingly getting the green light from JR to add salary in terms of a front line starter -- perhaps the effects of the economic downturn haven't hit the White Sox as bad as anticipated.

Puck Prospectus on the man advantage


Pretty interesting article at Puck Prospectus on how to quantify how much of an advantage drawing a penalty is over the length of a season. They use an example from a Hawks game where Ladd drew a penalty and at the end of the article show that Ladd draws about .4 more penalties than he takes for 60 minutes of play.

Anderson is a lock


Good news for Brian Anderson. Even if he doesn't win the starting job in center field, it sounds like he's at least locked in to being the fourth outfielder when the team breaks camp and leaves Phoenix for the South Side.

Sox Playoff Roster for ALDS


Pitchers Richard Thornton Carrasco Russell Linebrink Jenks Dotel Floyd Buehrle Vazquez Danks Position players on the bench Fields Hall B. Anderson N. Swisher J. Owens Tentative starting lineup Cabrera D. Wise J. Dye Thome Konerko Griffey Ramirez Pierzynski Uribe

Quentin injury worse than originally thought - out until Monday at best


Win and survive. That's the White Sox's theme for the remaining 23 games this season after a patchwork lineup and the pitching of Javier Vazquez and Bobby Jenks produced a 4-2 victory over the Indians on Wednesday and kept them in first place in the American League Central. The Sox's task becomes even tougher with the strong possibility that slugger Carlos Quentin probably won't be available until at least next week's Toronto series—and maybe much longer. "That's our hope," manager Ozzie Guillen said of a return Monday by Quentin, who has 36 homers but has been hampered by a sore right forearm near his wrist.

Meet Carlos Quentin


Yet, here we are only five months into his Chicago career and the Sox are relying not on Jim Thome or captain Paul Konerko, but rallying behind Quentin---the main reason for their current grasp on first place. In a recent ten game stretch, the Stanford product hit .387 (12-for-31) with five home runs and 10 RBI. "Oh, he has carried this ballclub," said Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. "A kid without that much experience in the big leagues batting third and having [the year] he has had, I never thought that was going to happen. I didn't expect this kid to be carrying the ballclub. We hit the lottery with him."

Q Armor Update


While he has been hit by a pitch a major-league-high 20 times, Carlos Quentin has refused to add padded protection on his left arm, saying recently that "it bothers me when I'm swinging, so I don't wear it." Hitting coach Greg Walker said: "I heard [Nick] Swisher talking the other day about a friend who had something more streamlined. Some players don't mind it, and some can't stand it. [Quentin] just personally doesn't like it." Most of the time, Quentin has been hit in the left biceps or shoulder because he actually rolls into the pitch instead of trying to back away from it. He also stands almost on top of the plate. Walker has feared that one pitch will hit him in the forearm and "those are the ones where they take you back to the X-ray room and they tell you you're done. That's a bad feeling." But Quentin has refused to back off. "He's committed to staying there as long as he has to to hit a baseball," Walker said. "He is one tough son of a gun."

Guillen said after the game that he will use Thornton and Dotel, as well as Linebrink, in save op...


Guillen said after the game that he will use Thornton and Dotel, as well as Linebrink, in save opportunities now. Linebrink said, "I stink."

Cowley: Guillen says Thornton, and Dotel also will close

2008 Sox better than 2005 Sox?


It was first mentioned in passing a few days ago by a veteran baseball scout, his theory that these 2008 White Sox are better than the 2005 World Series champion White Sox. In qualifying his belief, the scout said this season's Sox might not win as many games and certainly might not win the World Series, but that he would pick this one talent-wise, albeit with barely half the season played.

Stone to replace DJ in TV booth?


Speculation that the Sox may replace DJ with Stone in the TV booth next year. "His longest contract as a player was one year, and that speaks to why Darrin Jackson changed uniforms eight times in his baseball career. But as a broadcaster, Jackson has never been in the uncomfortable position in which he currently finds himself — unsure whether the White Sox want him back next season. The Sox hold an option on Jackson, and they don't plan to let him know their intentions until late in the season or after the season, when they're obliged to do so contractually. ..."

"Just be ready because I expect movement Tuesday," Guillen said. "I expect Kenny to do something ...


"Just be ready because I expect movement Tuesday," Guillen said. "I expect Kenny to do something Tuesday, and if we don’t do anything Tuesday, there are going to be a lot of lineup changes. That’s all I’m going to say about the offense. "It can be me. It can be (hitting coach) Greg Walker. It can be the players. It could be anybody. I’m sick and tired to watch this thing for a year and a half. I’m not protecting anybody anymore. (Bleep) it. "If they can’t get it done, Kenny should find someone to get it done. That’s it."

Ozzie: Expect "movement" on Tuesday
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