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White Sox pull Ronald Belisario as closer

The Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura has pulled pitcher Ronald Belisario from his role as a closer for the team after another bad outing against the Toronto Blue Jays Friday night, the Sox won the game 5-4. It's been reportedly a lot lately that the closer is on the hot seat, and arguably some reporters say that shouldn't be the case, but the 31 year old pitcher's ERA is now at 5.79 after Friday's ga ...

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Takeaways from SoxFest 2014

Sox fans took over the Loop this past weekend as SoxFest came to the Palmer House Hilton. Having never gone before, I figured why not give it a shot and see what it's all about. Here are some of my major takeaways from the weekend: You’re not the only person concerned about our lack of catcher. That at least seemed to be the biggest buzz this weekend among SoxFest attendees. Probably the most overheard conv ...

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Robin Ventura Turns Down Extension Offer

In a showing of great faith to the still young managerial career of Robin Ventura, General Manager Rick Hahn offered the former Sox third baseman a one year contract extension that would have been added to the two years still left on his current deal. However, Ventura turned down the extension citing that he wants to focus on the team right now. Ventura also noted that it was "flattering and nice," but also ...

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White Sox Spring Training Preview: Hitters/Lineup

The smell of freshly mowed grass is beginning to accumulate in Glendale, Arizona. White Sox pitchers and catchers will report in two days and begin the grind to another AL Central title. However, the fate of the White Sox will be decided in Spring Training as the White Sox invite their 40-man roster along with non-roster invitees to see who will best fit the mold for Robin Ventura and his coaching staff. Sp ...

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Bad Luck Robin: Wrong Year to have “Manager of the Year” Candidacy

In most seasons, a manager that takes a team that disappointed the prior season, was expected to be “rebuilding” during the current season and was only picked to win 65 games would be a shoe-in to win the Manager of the Year award for their league. Robin Ventura fits that description, and when added in the fact that he’s a first year manager, it gives him even a stronger resume for the award. However, 2012 ...

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Manto deserves credit for player turnarounds

For most of his tenure as White Sox hitting coach, Greg Walker was a lightning rod for criticism. Fans seemingly were always upset with Walker with a lot of different things, whether it be the team’s plate approaches, the stances of certain players or just the overall lack of production. Whatever the case may be, the blame from the fans went onto Walker more often than not. However, 2012 brought winds of ch ...

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Six Man Rotation would benefit White Sox

Last year at this time, the White Sox were using a six man rotation with Mark Buehrle, Gavin Floyd, John Danks, Phil Humber, Edwin Jackson and Jake Peavy. It didn’t work very well, as certain guys faltered down the stretch, partly causing the Sox to fall short of the postseason and causing me to hate the idea of using six starting pitchers. However, that was 2011. This is 2012, and I believe that given the ...

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Ventura finally has chance to determine bullpen roles

More than in any sport, champions in baseball have their differences from year to year in the way each team is constructed. However, the one thing mostly all of them have in common is that they not only have good bullpens, but ones where everyone knows their roles. The 2012 White Sox not only have yet to find out who has what roles in that bullpen, but they haven’t had a chance to. Two weeks ago, the White ...

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Chicago Media Prepares for Life After Ozzie

 In 2004 Ozzie Guillen was hired as the new White Sox manager and quickly brought the south side franchise out of the Cubs shadow. Yes he led the Sox to 99 victories and a World Series championship in 2005 but that was only part of the reason the team grabbed headlines. Ozzie replaced an older, much more reserved manager in Jerry Manuel. His short fuse, willingness to say anything about anyone and humorous  ...

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