My weekly offseason musings about the White Sox and more…
* Not surprisingly, the GM meetings in Chicago ended without any player movement on the South Side. Kenny Williams didn’t show his hand, but we all know the Sox need another outfielder, a leadoff man, a DH, some help in the pen, a backup catcher and some more bench strength. It seems like the starting staff and the infield are all set. Williams indicated it will be a while before all of the pieces are in place and it certainly will be interesting to see what will be and if free agents Scott Podsednik, Jim Thome or Jermaine Dye will be part of the Sox future.
* I’m looking forward to Monday’s BBWAA AL Rookie of the Year announcement. I’m eager to know if the writers will follow the two player polls and award the honor to Gordon Beckham. As I’ve mentioned before, the favorite seems to be Detroit pitcher Rick Porcello.
* Rumors are flying in New York that the Yankees are interested in Curtis Granderson. Apparently he’s available because the Tigers are looking to cut payroll. It would be fine with me not to see him 19 times a season.
* In last night’s panel discussion with three prominent closers at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center (which will air on the YES Network in March), Goose Gossage recalled his White Sox days and gave full credit to then-Sox manager Chuck Tanner and pitching coach Johnny Sain for his maturation as a pitcher and conversion into a reliever. The great Mariano Rivera and John Franco rounded out the trio.
* I recently changed my boring cell phone ringtone to John Rooney‘s call of the last out in the 2005 World Series. Boosts my spirits every time.
* Yesterday was a happy day for me as the Sox released their 2010 Spring Training schedule. After reviewing it, I’m thinking I’ll be in Glendale the week of March 14. I’ll see the Sox tangle with the Royals, Rockies, Dodgers, Cubs and Padres.
* In one of the great mysteries of the offseason, the Royals have signed Wilson Betemit to a minor league contract. Based on his 2009 performance with the Sox and AAA Charlotte, I just have one queston: Why?
* Happy to report that Sox fan extraordinaire Seymour Berke is now in rehab after a long hospital stay. It’s been quite an ordeal with the constant dialysis, but it seems he’s out of danger.