The Catbird Speaks 1.30.16 – Silent SQL queries

James is fresh from visiting SoxFest for his new work with The Athletic Chicago, and delights his friends Nick Schaefer, Frank Firke and Mark Primiano with tales of what the White Sox are saying about their state of affairs.

–Excitement for the new prospect arms

–Awkwardness for Jose Quintana and Todd Frazier

–Tim Anderson’s extreme confidence

–Hope for Zack Collins at catcher

–Rick Hahn’s long-term rebuilding vision

–Ceviche pedantry!

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The Catbird Speaks 1.16.17 – Rymer Slimer or Leury Slurry

James Fegan, Mark Primiano and Nick Schaefer broke the incredibly long drought of The Catbird Speaks recordings this weekend with the first episode since the White Sox teardown began in earnest. This episode finds the staff acclimating to the new Sox way of life, talking about Jose Quintana trades, the lack of heat behind other players, answering reader questions and, as always, bagging on other teams. Topics include:

–Look at all these big-time prospects

–Who makes a deal for Quintana? (Rockies? Pirates? Astros? Yankees? Braves? Mets?)

–Some actual trade rumor info

–Where are Frazier and Lawrie going to go?

–When will this prospect bounty make it to the majors?

–The Mariners look bad

–Reacting to James’ bad jokes

–2017 White Sox win total

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The Catbird Speaks 11.30.16 – Waiting for death

The gang of James Fegan, Ethan Spalding, Collin Whitchurch and Mark Primiano gather together to once again ponder the seemingly immiment but possibly never happening White Sox rebuild.

–Will Chris Sale get traded? How long will it take? Can they rebuild without dealing Sale?

–What about one-year rentals for Todd Frazier and Melky Cabrera? When do the Sox get moving on that?

–If the Sox don’t move Sale, do they roll the dice on winning in 2017 without making any effort to improve?

–Can Jose Abreu get traded in this market?

–What if the Sox keep Jose Quintana? Can they build around him?

The Catbird Speaks 10.28.16 – The Offseason Plan

James Fegan and Collin Whitchurch gathered together to discuss the most important and shocking news that the White Sox world has to offer, such as Adam Eaton being a Gold Glove finalist and James Shields opting into the last two seasons of his contract.

Or actually, they spent most of the podcast discussing the BP South Side Offseason Plan, a simple $140 million path to winning in 2017. 

The Catbird Speaks 10.9.16 – The Only Rule is the Season Has to End On Time

It’s playoff time, baby! That means the BP South Side gang is gathering around to talk about something else, because the White Sox are done for the year. James Fegan, Nick Schaefer and Frank Firke gathered together to discuss:

–What was with all the weird machinations put in place just for Robin to step down?

–Rick Renteria should be good, right?

–The Sox are probably not rebuilding

–Notable White Sox in the playoffs

The Catbird Speaks 9.28.16 – We will not be ruled by fatalism

Mark and James gathered together for a near-end of season podcast on the also-ran 2016 White Sox. Items of fun and uplifting discussion include:

–Anxiety about a possible Sale departure

–Managing the Tyler Saladino-Brett Lawrie situation

–Possible free agent targets

–Why trading Sale or Quintana but not both doesn’t make sense

–Can the Sox ever break out of the middle?


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The Catbird Speaks 9.23.16 – The End Is Near

James, Collin, and Matt get together for a late night discussion about what’s even left to care about with the 2016 White Sox. There are complaints, expressions of sorrow, and James borrows from the greats of literature to express just how deep the sadness runs.


The Catbird Speaks 9.11.16 – Why watch the White Sox?

Ethan Spalding and James Fegan gathered on a fine September weekend in Chicago to discuss what’s left to enjoy about the dog days of the White Sox season. They settled on:

–Carlos Rodon’s ascent to becoming one of the best starters in the AL

–Chris Sale’s bid for the AL Cy Young

–Tim Anderson being good

–A suprise cameo from BP’s own Mauricio Rubio to talk about Sox prospects

–Todd Frazier’s weird season

–Jose Abreu’s recovery



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The Catbird Speaks 8.31.16 – Late Nights with Craig

Ethan Spalding and James Fegan are joined by Baseball Prospectus’ Minor League Editor Craig Goldstein for a late night cast discussing the future of the White Sox, as the present is not worth discussing (per usual).

Topics for this spirited affair include:

–Tim Anderson

–How does a prospect like Anderson compare to a prospect like Carlos Rodon?

–How do you build the next White Sox contender?

–What will the White Sox do instead of that?

–Comparing the Sox to the Dodgers, a team that acutally competed while strengthening their depth

–25 Tim Andersons


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The Catbird Speaks 7.31.16 – This could wind up like a 911 call

Nick Schaefer and James Fegan sat down to discuss the White Sox in the midst of trade deadline madness and a bizarre game against the Twins. Nothing happened and Chris Sale wasn’t traded while they reacted and started screaming in real time.

-How can we know what the Sox are doing for next year, if we don’t understand what they did this year?

-Compete in 2017 or total rebuild?

-Will the Sox spend to make this a competitive club?

-How much are Jose Abreu and Carlos Rodon to blame for sinking 2016?

-Much more!


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