Reading Room: Sox-tober is too short

Mark Buehrle and A.J. Pierzynski are uncertain about their futures, Ozzie Guillen is hilarious, and free agency will move a lot faster.

Thanks to fellow SweetSpot blog Memories of Kevin Malone for the animated .gif of Ozzie Guillen reenacting David Ortiz’s bunt attempt on Wednesday night. If Guillen ever goes, these are the antics I would genuinely miss.

I could watch this forever.
News and notes in the wake of a series win:
*The White Sox went 6-1 against Boston in 2010, their first season-series victory since 2002. In the seven years after, the White Sox went 19-32 against the other Sox.
*Mark Buehrle is still leaning toward retirement after next season, but I wouldn’t hold him to that, and neither would he.
*A.J. Pierzynski would like to return to the White Sox, citing the talented young pitching staff as a big reason why.
*Bobby Jenks plans to throw a simulated game today to see if he can appear in one more game for the White Sox, but Brent Ballantini said that Jenks has been emptying his locker over the last two weeks. That reminds me of the quiet exit of another World Series hero, Joe Crede. But if does make an appearance in the final series, I hope fans give him a standing ovation.
*That’s one reason to catch one of the final three games, and Big League Stew offers 25 more reasons why you should go see an out-of-contention team in the final week.
*Brent Morel has made 14 consecutive starts at third base. His game is beginning to represent what we can expect from him in 2011, and he had his version of a complete game on Thursday — a run-saving defensive play, a single, a walk, and a heads-up baserunning decision that prevented a double play.
*Team cancer Orlando Cabrera has now reached the playoffs in four straight seasons with four different teams, as he reminds us in a message relayed through Larry.
*Carl makes everybody sad.
*White Sox Observer has 1,000 words on Scott Linebrink’s hopefully abbreviated future on the South Side.
*Get ready for a different look for the offseason, as Major League Baseball expedited free agency. In exchange, the Players’ Association dropped collusion charges.
USA Today has a great rundown of the deadline changes, and a few of the most applicable ones for the White Sox:

  • A free agent’s original team has exclusive rights to sign him for only five days after the final game of the World Series instead of 15 days.
  • Teams must offer salary arbitration to free agents by Nov. 23 instead of Dec. 1.
  • Teams must tender contracts to all players by Dec. 2 instead of Dec. 12 in 2010. It will revert back to Dec. 12 in 2011.

There are also restrictions in how teams can use the media, so it will be interesting to see how MLB Trade Rumors copes.

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Jim Margalus
Jim Margalus

Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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bigfun

Re: White Sox Observer’s review of Linebrink, it doesn’t appear to mention that he has full no-trade protection (although he would probably waive it to go to any halfway decent National League team).
What an unequivocally bad deal. Can’t believe there are people defending that deal.

striker

If the White Sox sweep the Indians I’ll nail my 2010 prediction.
http://www.fan-exchange.com/mlb/standingspredictions.asp?userid=53&yearid=2010

baseballjones

I take great joy in being one game short in my 2010 season wins prediction. Losing the last would have bagged it for me, and in this case, I would much rather end with a win, than be right about something as meaningless as picking the correct number of a 2nd-place team. If that makes any sense.