My weekly offseason musings about the White Sox and more…
Character still a priority on the South Side
Jim Thome and Jermaine Dye are no longer in the White Sox clubhouse, but the organization continues to build championship-caliber clubs with talented players of character. The latest in the long line of Sox good guys is newly-acquired third baseman Mark Teahen (above, signing autographs for a group of kids).
Teahen was recently honored with the 45th Hutch Award presented annually to the major league player who “best exemplifies the dedication to team, family and community and exemplifies the honor, courage and perseverance of former major league player and manager Fred Hutchinson.”
Garland, Contreras Move on
Two White Sox postseason pitching heroes from 2005, Jon Garland and Jose Contreras, have recently found new homes. After time with both the Diamondbacks and Dodgers last season, Garland has signed a deal with yet another National League West club–the Padres. After splitting last year between the Sox and the Rockies, Contreras is now a member of the NL champion Phillies.
Just what I wanted to hear
The usually intense Carlos Quentin was all smiles at SoxFest, according to whitesox.com‘s Scott Merkin. The reason? He appears to be healthy and ready to regain his 2008 form.
“I felt a little restricted, and you put that in the back of your mind as a hitter,” CQ told Merkin, referring to his injured wrist. “Your hands are very important in the swing. But I’m more focused on how much better it feels now. It makes me excited. This offseason I’ve been hitting and been satisfied with my swing…My body feels well. The foot feels great. The knee feels good. The wrist feels 10 times better having the hardware out. The old injuries that were in the past feel great.”