The Chicago White Sox are hoping that Tyler Flowers hits better than .100 next season, because he’s the new full time catcher on the south side. A.J. Pierzynski is off to the Texas Rangers, for a one year deal, pending the physical. His remarkable eight-year run with the White Sox is now over. When Opening Day comes next April, Paul Konerko will be the last remaining player from the 2005 World Series team still with the White Sox.
Pierzynski will best be remembered for controversially reaching first base on a dropped third strike during the 2005 ALCS versus the Los Angeles Angels. The play turned the tide of the game and the series. Pierzynski also gave Comcast Sports Net Chicago reporter Sarah Kustok a pie to the face during her last day with the station this season. Also, no one will forget the time Cubs catcher Michael Barrett punched him at home plate during the red line series. The polarizing player, almost always voted the most disliked in the MLB is coming off a career hear for HRs with 27.
Sox GM Rick Hahn believes Tyler Flowers has not had a chance to prove himself yet, and it’ll take 250-400 at bats to see what he’s really made of. So maybe Flowers doesn’t suck? We’ll see.
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