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Betting on the quiet competence of Omar Narvaez

One of the most puzzling decisions the White Sox made going into the 2016 season, a season fully meant to be one resulting in at least a Wild Card chase, was replacing Tyler Flowers and Geovany Soto’s perfectly serviceable seasons at catcher with a platoon of Dioner Navarro and Alex Avila. The company line about […]

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South Side Morning 5: I cannot pretend that there is anything happening

By all means, the White Sox should have a firm price they stick by for all of their insanely valuable trade assets, and maybe even some of their only moderately valuable trade assets. By all means, they are not running late on the market that is slow-developing and was stalled by the holidays, and still […]

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BP South Side 2016-17 Offseason Plan – Part 1

What should the White Sox do to redeem this perpetual mess? Let’s discuss with somewhat reasonable parameters. Our first session will be firing through basic decisions: player options, non-tender decisions and outgoing free agents, hugs. The second session will be about trading Chris Sale and raiding nearby buildings for copper piping. Player Options Pick up […]

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Tigers 5, White Sox 3: Extra Innings, Extra Disappointment

Coming into today’s game, the White Sox were 5-11 on the season when playing the Tigers. It’s been bad. Almost comically bad, but not quite at that level. Just more tragic, which is the 2016 White Sox season in a nutshell. 1. The game started with bang. On the third pitch of the first at […]

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Omar Narvaez: Symbol of Hope?

While it has been a rough season in many respects, one particularly disappointing aspect of 2016 has been–through misfortune and persistent organizational weakness–the lack of young players to watch with hopeful optimism. After all, once it’s clear a team’s immediate playoff fortunes have been dashed, the most obvious pleasure in continuing to watch derives from […]

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South Side Morning 5: What is with this ‘nine relievers’ BS?

1. So Chris Sale made his fifth-straight All-Star game, a honor he has received every year since he became a starter, and he could easily earn the honor of starting the game, since AL starting pitching has thinned out and he’s painting his masterpiece and blahgeddy blah blah blah. Jose Quintana, a very good starting pitcher […]

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South Side Morning 5: Things could be strangely good

1. Fresh off besting two AL East teams with superior run differentials and securing spots above them in the Wild Card pecking order–and dropping their two losses in bizarre enough fashion that their fans still feel irked–the White Sox sit again at .500. If it seems like an unremarkable distinction, it’s because they have been […]