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By Soxman and The Soxman Nation 

As Paul M. Banks recovers from the Blackhawks’ postseason elimination by immersing himself in NBA Combine and NBA Draft coverage, all the while also throwing more pitches for site expansion than Vincente Padilla at opposing hitters, Soxman puts out the Sox signal to his American League of Justice super fans, where together, this week’s Sox exchange is a winner!

Ozzie Guillen said earlier in the season that “something would have to be very wrong with the Sox if they called up Gordon Beckham in 2009.”  What is your take and where do you see him fitting into the team’s plans? 

–Alex aka “Soxtober Kid.”

(SM) Despite a sub-500 record, the Sox are only 3.5 games back in the AL Central.  The Sox desperately need to find ways to get more production from their entire infield with the exception of Paul Konerko, who is quietly having a great comeback year.  Beyond Paulie, not one of their infielders is hitting over .250.  This season, six infielders, Fields, Getz, Ramirez, Lillibridge, Betemit, and Nix have a combined nine home runs, 5 less than one player, Jermaine Dye.  So I guess you could say something is wrong offensively.

Beckham, the White Sox’s first-round draft pick in 2008, has batted .326 with 23 doubles, four homers and 25 RBI in 45 games between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte this season.  Including .465 at AAA.

The last White Sox first-round draft choice to reach the majors this fast was pitcher Alex Fernandez (58 days) in 1990.

Ozzie plans on playing him nearly everyday as long as he produces.  As the Sox designated Wilson Betemit for assignment, Josh Fields will likely be called upon to spell Paul Konerko at first base.

Fans thinking that Beckham will be “the Savior” of the Sox should think again, but  he has the opportunity to add offensive stability to our infield, which is much-needed.

The move demonstrates that Kenny Williams is trying to put the right formula in place.

What happens to Scott Podsednik when Carlos Quentin returns from the disabled list?

–Heidi aka Heidi Hot Soxsoxmanredeyecover05-06

 

(SM) Scott Podsednik may have been the best pick-up by the White Sox this year.  He is handling the lead-off spot better than his predecessors, and appears to be playing average defense.  So long as he continues to produce, you will likely see him move over to CF and platoon with Brian Anderson.  Anderson will likely also be a defensive replacement late in ball games.

Dwayne Wise, Chris Getz, and Jayson Nix, are the top candidates to be sent down when Quentin returns.  Getz is the most likely candidate as he has minor league options remaining.

What do the White Sox have to do to win the division?

–Luke (age 5).

 

(SM) They must become more consistent with their offense.  They rank 22nd in MLB in batting average (.254) and are the 4th worst team in the AL in runs scored (221).  We rank 18th in MLB in HRs (53), which is supposed to be the strong point of our offense.  Our team ERA ranks a respectable but not great, 12th at 4.25.

 

It appears as though Kenny Williams is sending a message to the players: they better produce or else.  He sent down Jose Contreras, cut Wilson Betemit and Corky Miller.  What are your thoughts? 

–Kel 

 

(SM) He’s doing the right thing.  He sent another message to the infield by re-calling Beckham and giving Clayton Richard a spot in the rotation.  As Soxman has always been a straight shooter, the front office is to blame for the Sox losing record thus far.  As I said going into spring training, the Sox took way too many risks in shaping the 2009 roster.  Unproven starters at 4 positions: 3rd base, shortstop, 2nd base, and center field, plus the rotation with at least three questionable slots never sat well with me.

Despite great seasons in 2008, Alexei Ramirez switched positions and is a second year player with a wide swing. Gavin Floyd had a career ERA close to 7.00 before last year.  John Danks also had his first good year  in 2008. While much improved, Brian Anderson was/is not an established starter.  Josh Fields and Chris Getz were unproven.  Colon and Contreras were huge injury question marks.

Even last year’s hitting star, Carlos Quentin only had one good season on his resume.  If you look at teams with proven track records of success, only the Minnesota Twins have been successful with major roster gambles from one year to the next.

This approach almost forces Kenny Williams to move chess pieces around in order to find the right formula.

Ramon Castro is an excellent upgrade for reserve catcher, as he also provides the Sox with a great power threat off the bench.

Lets close with the  2009 tradition Maybe or Mirage, where we hit 5 quick points on the White Sox and offer our opinion whether it is a sign of things to come or something likely to fade quickly?  Remember, no answer can be longer than 20 words!  Let’s play ball…

The Nick Swisher Trade was a bust- Jennagordon_beckham

Maybe. Swisher is third on the Yankees in HRs (10), with a .380 on-base percentage second only to Jim Thome (.383).

Gordon Beckham will be the White Sox Savior – All American Katie

Maybe. He can be a valuable piece if he stabilizes infield offensive production.

The Sox miss Ken Griffey Jr.- Deacon

Mirage. He’s a DH hitting .223 with 6 HR.

Clayton Richard’s 15 minutes in the rotation is up.  –Tom

 Mirage. Who would replace him?  Give him 2-3 more starts before you panic.

 The Sox are done trying to make trades.  –Melissa

Mirage.  Roy Oswalt, Miguel Tejada and Cliff Lee have all been mentioned in the rumor mill.

Thanks Sox fans for assisting us in putting together a great exchange!  Offer your feedback or submit your questions for future exchanges at the sportsbank paulb05@hotmail.com or to Soxman directly at thesoxman72@yahoo.com.  High five!

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  1. paulmbanks says

    I guess I was wrong when I said Pods was washed up..if he can keep this up and stay healthy. I hope he doesn’t get hurt, but with his recent track record, that’s not likely

  2. Peter Christian says

    I highly doubt that the Indians would trade within the division period, let alone someone as high profile as Cliff Lee.

  3. The Indians are in a place where they might lose Seizmore for the year due to elbow surgery. V-Mart has been linked to the Red Sox and the Lee rumor surfaced after Peavy. You are correct that inter-division rivals would have higher price tags and honestly I wouldn’t want Lee on my team, but if its mentioned, Soxman’s duty is to report it. :)

    The fans did a great job filling in for you Paul! Way to go everyone.

  4. Sweet Lou says

    How come you didn’t ask any Cubs fans to particpate in this exchange? I still like you better than Ronnie Woo Woo.

  5. Soxtober Kid says

    Wow! A special thanks to the Soxman and to the Sportsbank for using my question in this weeks exchange. Using my question first, I feel like I was batting lead-off.

  6. That is an extremely powerful stat on the White Sox combined infield this season. I was not at all aware of that. I have to admit, that’s pretty darn bad. Good research soxman.

  7. Beckham’s debut was less than “saving.” Wish I would have read this before I expected a 3 for 3 with 2 HR appearence. :) Good read soxman.

  8. I love the Soxman. Why have you not been at any games and where has batboy been?

  9. Heidi Hot Sox says

    PS. Thanks again. This is a dream come true. Muah.

  10. Cool read!

  11. Great stat on the sox infield! I did not know we were that bad Soxman! You are right, there were to many questions nad not enough answers.

  12. paulmbanks says

    The last time a Chicago baseball team pinned their salvation on a very high draft pick who was fast-tracked to the majors was the Cubs in ’02 with Mark Prior, and how did that work out? this beckham hype is rather similar. Remember this kid was just in college a couple years ago. He’ll get his eventually, but we can’t ask him to save the season

  13. Gordon Beckham says

    Ummm, give me some credit Mr. Banks. I’m going to be awesome. Plus, I’d like to be called Becks… the American version of that Brit slouch.

  14. prowriter0923 says

    Another great article by Soxman and his supporters!

  15. Soxman I know you don’t comment on your private life, but I couldn’t help but noitce you looked awefully smitten with a raher attractive blond girl at the game on Friday. Are you off the market?

  16. Sox gal holla says

    Saw them too. He appeared to be holding her hand in between innings. Maybe it was to console her over the horrible 5-0 loss. LOL. It might have been his press agent because many people were coordinating photo ops through her. Shes cute and if he has his heart…soxybacks hearts are looking at her with envy all over the city…LOL

  17. Had an awesome conversation with soxman at the game Friday. Win or draw, it was good to see him in the stands. He went o about Beckham 4 a while. He believed that he might not be ready, but reminded me to stay optimistic. Robin Ventura went 0-47 to start his career. Where does he get this stuff?

    He was sitting with a lady at the game.

    Decked in sox stuff and very thin. Don’t know if they were together but she was plite and nice as she was “soxy,” and not trashy either like some gals hat hound him at games.

  18. Soxman I know i’m likely in the minority but when he hell are we going to give up and realize that Brian anderson is not EVER going to be a superstar! He’s an adequete 4th outfielder at best as evident with his K with the bases loaded. I’m done with him. Banks anyone got an opinion?

    Good seeing you at the game Soxman. You need to promote things on your site more.

    Yes- he was at least walking down 35th st. after the game with a cute blond decked out in 80-s throw back gear. While they held hands I think she was a PR person because peole were asking her for photos when I walked past.

  19. Maybe she was another reportter doing a story? Sat in 147 and yes, there appeared to be more chemistry between them then there are on the 2009 Sox thus far. LOL.

    Seriously none of our business. Bottom line it was FANTASTIC to see the soxman back at the Cell. We missed him dearly.

  20. Nikki Sixx says

    I say we just don’t go there…LOL even though the hottest and most mysterious sports celeb in Chicago being at a game with a very cute and what appeared to be down to earth girl would be news.

    It looks like he likes the thin ones. :( She was a rail.

  21. Ya Ya Sox Sisterhood says

    Very nice girl. Let me and my friend hug Soxman in a photo before the game. Good it be his wife? Who knows but either way if she was, she would represent the sox nation well. Very petite and sweet.

    Soxman help us! Our sox are in a downward spiral.

    XOXO (in a friendly way if the gal was his GF- lol)

  22. She was hot. Would you expect anything less from Soxman? Not a romantic guy but there mingling got my GF jealous. LOL.

    soxman you are a man of many talents. Help our sox get some romance back in their approach to the game.

  23. Mary, Mary says

    Jealous? Yes most of Chicagos female sox fans would be. But she was very nice to me walking on 35th. Tiny and thin. Let me take a photo with Soxman. At least shes not one of the Pride Crew “I think I’m all that trash.”

  24. Soxy Mama says

    Sat three rows behind them and there was chemistry for sure. VERY pretty girl. Seemed overwhelmed but enjoying of all the Soxman hysteria. As we know from all who post here, who wouldn’t be excited just seeing Soxman interact with kids. Many a fan would give a lot just to sit with him for a game. Might as well be a beautiful woman like the one sitting with him.

    What happened to Batboy?

  25. I say we let Soxman just enjoy himself and don’t turn it into a papparazzi (SP?) thing. She was a very nice girl. Spoke to her while walking up the asile about the pressue that must be on her being with one of them ore popular people in Chicago. She just smiled and perhaps blushed a little. Humble just like soxman. Those cheerleaders at Sox park could learn from both of their examples. Cuter too. :)

  26. The Little Flirt says

    She’s a little hot thing but looked mega quiet and perhpas nervous. Was nice enough to let him stop for photos with me and my BF and seemed to handle ladies taking photos with him well. Thats a sign of confidence in my book. The Sox should sign her, we have no condience as a team lately.

    Go Soxman!

  27. Honestly what lady wouldn’t kill to be in her position? You gooooo girl. Feel free to post details here. ;)

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Soxman take a girl to a game. Hmmm. Must be someone special.

  28. Soxman is honeslty one of the nicest famous people I ever have met. If the man behind the mask is dating someone I say lucky girl and yes Soxman lucky guy, because your standards must be high and it appears you may have found the match.

    Now can we raise the standards for the Sox abilty to score runs? Jeez.

  29. Mullet Kelly says

    Should we sing “na na na na hey hey hey goodbye” 2 the sox chances of the play-offs in 2009 or to Soxman’s single status LOL. I hope not to either, but if I were a gambling girl I’d say both.

    She did looked quiet bet had a very small frame. I’m not Katy Perry or anything but she’s cute. I don’t need to taste her cherry chapstick to admit that…or even want to. :)

  30. paulmbanks says

    Wow! Look at the comments about the girl SM took to the game?!

    All I’ll say is…….Yes, it is truly indeed the business of the man behind the mask, so I’m going to give a big no comment here. Let’s all respect people and give them the space to keep their private lives private

  31. paulmbanks says

    whoever said the chevrolet pride crew (sox cheerleaders of sorts) thinks they’re all that and hot s#$t…LOL! So true from my experience! totally, the idea of them having the right to condescend is laughable, but quite a few of them do

  32. paulmbanks says

    OK on to actual baseball now….

    THIS TEAM FREAKIN SUCKS!

    I was at the game today, and it was brutal. Getz gets a no out triple and we can’t get em in. My rec league softball team cna manufacture runs better than this. They could probably do a better job playing infield too. 2 errors in the 8th gave the Tigers the game.

    Watching the nightcap at home…just let Bonderman out of a huge jam.

  33. paulmbanks says

    Tomkat, BA is still around becuz there are no other close-to -legitimate options. Yes, it does seem like he’s had 18 chances, but this one’s on Kenny, not Anderson. The GM of all people should know who he is by now…and who he is not. and never will be.

    The guy I’m more disapointed in is Fields. Seriously, his defense is still garbage, and what happened to his power? I thought he had potential in 07, but I’m ready to give up on him.

  34. Agree on the love talk but the ladies love the guy and all that is the mystery about him. My GF has a huge crush on Soxman. I’d rather have it be him than Brian Anderson. LOL.

    I saw soxman as well walking with her. Thought she was wearing Cubs colrs at first. LOL. Very cute girl. My GF even agreed and shes critical of everyone. Was jealous but agreed.

  35. Sox it 2 Me says

    I wonder if the fans who post here also watch entertainment tonight. My gosh, next thing you know there will be a reward for dirt on the new girl lol.

    Above everything else it was great to see the Soxman back at the park. His fans missed him, and so did the Sox.

    Agree with Banks on Fields. And then the baby complains about playing time? Goodbye.

  36. The Soxman is one of he nicest people in the world, so if he met a lady, I’m happy 4 him. She better treat him well or else we’ll send her to the minors. LOL. Glad 2 hear it if its true. Its ok to be sad its not you girls but tip your cap to the lady who “Woo’d” him, not Ronnie Woo WOOd him. LOL.

    If true, shes done the more impossible than throwing a no hitter. I’ve never seen the soxman respond to his female admirers. Bet she’s a model but intelligent and not a box of rocks..like the pride people. LOL.

  37. Wolverine says

    Man the soxman’s love life is buzz worthy. Too much pressure on the girl. Bet she knows what Gordan Beckham feels like.

    Paul Banks you are kinda right.

    Anderson, Fields, Getz, Wise, and soon Gavin Floyd have no place on a major league roster right now.

    Soxmans chick appears to be a hit which is more than I can say about any of the above players. She can stay. ;)

  38. Batboy’s babe says

    Where has Batboy been?

    Is this woman of Soxman the reason we have not heard much from him this season? Remember your fans Soxman!

    If the woman rumors are true, my appeal to the “Sox Girl”- Share him with the city! We miss him. LOL.

    Seriously- she has to be a winner to have won the soxman. Thats better than winning the world series.

    Just keep your paws off Batboy…LOL.

  39. Batboy’s babe: says

    Where has Batboy been?

    Is this woman of Soxman the reason we have not heard much from him this season? Remember your fans Soxman!

    If the woman rumors are true, my appeal to the “Sox Girl”- Share him with the city! We miss him. LOL.

    Seriously- she has to be a winner to have won the soxman. Thats better than winning the world series.

    Just keep your paws off Batboy…LOL.

  40. Soxman congrats. She’s pretty smoking. We’d expect nothing less from our version of Batman- the man who can have ANY soxyback he wants. Saw you two on Friday.

    Now get your head off the love bus and help our sox win! We need you in the stands!!! LOL.

    Maybe she can be like cat woman…LOL.

  41. Soxy Sheri says

    If true, this girl should buy a lottery ticket because she is the luckiest woman in the world. Congrats 4 doing what MANY ladies were never able to accomplish.

    Saw you two Friday. You represent Soxy ladies well.

    Very cute. Don’t let any jealous people bother you. They just wish they were you. Good luck.

    Soxman now get your butt back to the park on a regular basis and start blogging again hot stuff! We miss you.

  42. paulmbanks says

    Wolverine,

    I said in March, and I’ll say it again “as Floyd and Danks go so will the season” I need anti-depressants now.

    Gavin has looked better his last few starts, but I guess he was due considering how atrocious his April was.

  43. paulmbanks says

    Wow the mystery sounding Soxman’s personal life just keeps growing and growing each day.

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