MLB: Winter Meetings

Miracle on 35th Street: The White Sox Christmas Wishlist

Somewhere on 35th and Shields, Jerry Reinsdorf is reading his great-grandchildren stories of Paul Konerko grand slams, Scott Podsednik walk-off homers, and the greatest postseason run by a starting rotation in MLB history over a cup of hot cocoa. Maybe that’s a bit dramatic. The Winter Meetings are over and the rumors are swirling, which […]


The Catbird Speaks 12.18.17 – Nick and Frank Talk Machado & More

Nick Schaefer and Frank Firke got together on a Sunday evening to discuss the latest White Sox rumors centered around Manny Machado, as well as other major news to come out of the Winter Meetings. Among the subjects: –Ohtani signing; –Giancarlo Stanton trade; –Jeter’s ownership group; –The Mets; –Jack Morris & Alan Trammell; –Manny Machado […]

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Pittsburgh Pirates

A few thoughts on the White Sox apparent pursuit of Manny Machado

Wednesday’s report from Ken Rosenthal that the White Sox were “the most aggressive suitors for Orioles third baseman Manny Machado” threw the White Sox thus far quiet winter into a whirlwind. As is often the case with anonymously-sourced reports, it led to more questions and a lot of potential scenarios being thrown around. Quite simply, […]

MLB: All Star Game-Futures Game

Minor League Promotions & Premature Free Agency Musings

News & Promotions Eloy Jimenez and Zack Collins have been promoted from High-A Winston-Salem to Double-A Birmingham. While there are only a few weeks left in the minor league season, players are human beings and when you excel in superlative fashion at your job a promotion is in order.  There’s also reason to believe that […]


Orioles 10, White Sox 2: White Sox lose game immediately

I went to the game Sunday with my sister, with tickets I bought her for her birthday. Despite getting inside the park 10 minutes before first pitch–would have been sooner if the pounding sunshine agreed better with the digital ticket scanners that had to read confirmation codes off phone screens–we made the critical mistake of […]


Orioles 10, White Sox 2: Danks’ struggles obscure bad night for bats

The sun might be making its last creep under the horizon for John Danks. The 31-year-old left-hander has had more than his share of tough outings since he underwent shoulder surgery in 2012, but with three starts already this season where his stuff looked even more diminished than before, and the Sox giving his rotation […]