The White Sox’s 60-man player pool is still hovering around 44, but whenever they fill out the rest of it, we know where most of those guys will be.
The club announced this morning that they gave the OK to Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg, which will be the alternative training site for the players not on the active roster. The stadium, which opened in 1999 and has been modified by the White Sox to make it suitable for all the activity, will host workouts, practices and intrasquad games starting on July 15.
The White Sox detailed the arrangement in a press release. The stadium enhancements include:
- Installing an all-weather hitting and pitching tunnel in right field;
- Full upgrade of the playing field to MLB dimensions and specifications;
- Conversion of the suite level “Schaumburg Club” to a strength and conditioning area for player use;
- Renovation of the clubhouses and training areas to meet social distancing protocols;
- Creation of multiple food service areas, including on-site dining and “to go” options;
- Two health screening and testing locations for players and staff.
As for the things fans would probably like to know, the club said that workouts will be closed to the public. Also, the remainder of the 60-player pool will likely be unveiled next week when the team announces a list of players designated for Schaumburg.
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The White Sox also announced their 2021 schedule today, the timing of which confused me since 2020’s schedule doesn’t even feel all that sound. Then I saw Phillies beat writer Matt Gelb say that teams are trying to get season-ticket holders excited about reupping or paying it forward, and that makes sense.
Anyway, here’s what the White Sox are dealing with:
It’s nice that they’ll get a West Coast road trip out of the way early. It’s not so nice that they’ll play the NL Central two seasons in a row as their interleague partners. This year was supposed to be the NL West before COVID-19 intervened, although Josh is trying to make Leinenkugel Summer Shandy out of lemons by planning a tailgate in Milwaukee 55 weeks in advance.
(Photo of Boomers Stadium courtesy of the Chicago White Sox)
On this topic I was considering this Kannapolis shirt the other day…
Third base is about to be Yerminated.
I don’t know that I’m a believer in Yermin as a third baseman even in a pinch, but if he hits even remotely like he did in the minors I won’t give a shit.
Since we can’t watch the intrasquad game today:
Finally, a west coast start! April 8th at home sounds good. That should also be a Michael Kopech day! 🙂
That 2021 schedule looks pretty soft until mid-May. I think the Indians will be tearing it down to the studs, Boston will be preparing to do the same, KC and Detroit will still be building up, and Texas and the Angels more in the “good not great” category.
I was hoping that the Sox would choose North Central College, Naperville – for purely selfish reasons as it’s so close to home. Oh well. Boomer field is nearby my work. Maybe I’ll be able to catch a glimpse. Plus I am a Boomer.
I signed on for the Brewers game next season via twitter. Sounds like fun. I did a Sox game probably 15 years ago with the deceased White Sox Interactive. It was a good time.