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Matt Hoeppner

Born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago. Graduate of Michigan State University's J-School. Fourth generation Sox fan. Pitch F/X and Statcast operator in Detroit and occasional play-by-play announcer for Michigan Regional Sports Network.

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Jacob May looks to be the White Sox starter in CF

With the trading of Peter Bourjos to the Rays, it appears that Jacob May will be the White Sox starting centerfielder when they open the season next Monday.  While there has been no official word on the matter yet, it seems like we are just waiting for the formal announcement. May comes into the season at number 18 on the Sox prospects list according to  The 25-year-old was a third round pick by th ...

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White Sox to retire Mark Buehrle’s number

The White Sox announced today that they will retire Mark Buehrle’s number 56 before the game on June 24th this season.  Buehrle will become the 11th White Sox player to have his number retired by the club. Buehrle was always a fan favorite on the south side and along with Paul Konerko, were the core of the team throughout the first decade of the 2000’s, one of the most successful periods in team history.  I ...

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White Sox sign pitcher Derek Holland

After spending the Winter Meetings making moves to acquire players to help the team down the road, the White Sox made a move for next season on Tuesday afternoon signing pitcher Derek Holland to a one year deal. Holland is a 30-year-old left hander, who has spent his entire career with the Texas Rangers.  He compiled a 62-50 record with a 4.35 ERA o ...

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A closer look at the Adam Eaton trade

The full overhaul of the White Sox continued Wednesday afternoon with the trading of Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals.  If there was any doubt after the Chris Sale trade that the White Sox are committing to a full tear down, that doubt was washed away with the news of the Eaton deal. Eaton becomes the second of the Sox young, controllable, assets to be sent elsewhere following the trade of Chris Sale ...

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Chris Sale Trade Breakdown

The White Sox finally picked a direction for their future on Tuesday afternoon when they dealt ace Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox for four minor league prospects.  The trade of Sale indicates that the White Sox are finally entering a full rebuild, something they have been avoiding for years.  It also marks the end of the tenure of a pitcher that very well could have gone down as the greatest in team histo ...

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Bob Nightengale rips White Sox fans

Bob Nightengale of USA Today shocked White Sox fans on Wednesday with his report that the Sox plan to extend a contract offer to manager Robin Ventura for at least next season.  This move would put the ball in Ventura’s court as to whether he wants to return or not. This, predictably, caused an immediate uproar from White Sox fans on social media, many of whom would have been happy to see Ventura dismissed ...

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White Sox stay quiet at trade deadline, and that’s OK

The non-waiver trade deadline came and went Monday afternoon and the White Sox did…nothing.  After weeks of speculation that the Sox might move one or both of their top pitchers, Chris Sale and Jose Quintana, the Sox did not find what they deemed to be a suitable offer on the table for either pitcher. Other names were also thrown about as possible trade candidates, including David Robertson, James Shields, ...

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Where the White Sox stand at the break

Well here we are at the All-Star break and while they may not have taken the most traditional route to get there, the White Sox are about where I thought they would be. At present, they sit two games over the .500 mark at 45-43.  They came up one win short of the benchmark I set for them a few weeks ago of hitting the break at 46-42 by losing two of three at home to the lowly Braves to stumble into the brea ...

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White Sox continue to struggle against AL Central

It should go without saying that if you want to win, or even compete within your division, you need to beat your division opponents.  Sure you can break even against the division and beat up on the other teams in your league and do well in interleague play, but beating your division rivals is really the key to being a factor in the race. This is something the White Sox have failed at over the last several y ...

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For the White Sox, it’s now or never

This is it for the Chicago White Sox. I know it’s not even the last week of June but there is no way to avoid it.  They have already given back all the wiggle room they banked at the start of the season with a tremendously bad 10-26 stretch heading into this week’s series in Boston. They have until the All-Star break to prove to their front office, their fans, and to themselves that they will be a factor fo ...

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