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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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What the Luis Robert deal means for the White Sox

The White Sox landed another huge piece for their rebuild over the weekend when they agreed to terms with Cuban outfielder Luis Robert. The 19-year-old was reportedly down to the White Sox and the Cardinals as his teams of choice.  The Sox pitched Robert on their rich Cuban heritage, with some help from manager Rick Renteria, and fellow Cuban players Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada. It was a big get for the Sox ...

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Matt Davidson’s hot start a nice sign for Sox

Yesterday we took a look at Avisail Garcia’s fantastic start to the season.  Apparently I wasn’t the only one with him in mind because Brian Kenny at MLB Network dove into the same numbers I did with Garcia.  Avi then went out and went 2-2 with a walk, and RBI and two runs scored last night to raise his average to .382 on the year. Today we are going to look at one of the other hot starters for the Sox, Mat ...

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Is Avisail Garcia finally breaking out?

We are a month into the 2017 baseball season and there have been quite a few surprises on the South Side.  Notwithstanding fact that the White Sox sit at 13-11, just a half game back of first place, there have been some individual surprise performances as well.  The two most notable of which are Avisail Garcia and Matt Davidson. We will start with Avisail Garcia today and get to Davidson tomorrow.  The 25-y ...

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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 MLB.com.  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. https://twitter.com/BNightengale/status/809091955238076416 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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