Reading Room: Beckham's hand, and more Manny

Gordon Beckham is none too pleased by the way Cleveland's X-ray technician delivered ultimately good news. The rest of the Sox are pleased to welcome Manny Ramirez to the fold.

After Monday night’s agonizing victory, Gordon Beckham was none too enthused with Cleveland’s X-ray technician, seen in action here:

Beckham had his right hand X-rayed after it got crushed by a Frank Herrmann fastball, and Joe Cowley, who started ripping Cleveland before he even got there, pounced on it:

What really summed up the night for the Sox, however, was Beckham having to leave the game in the seventh when he was hit on the right hand by a Frank Herrmann pitch. He was taken for X-rays and told it was broken.
”The guy actually came out of the X-ray room saying it’s broken,” Beckham said. ”I’m like, ‘How is that possible?’ Then he said, ‘No, it’s not.’ Are you kidding me? That’s rookie league.”
No, it’s Cleveland.

Beckham is day-to-day, fortunately. They aren’t in a position to make a run without him.
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*Kenny Williams officially commented on the Manny Ramirez acquisition:

”The thought behind it was very simple. We not only want to get into the playoffs, but once we get into the playoffs, we’d like to have a chance to do something special. The teams that are there have some good pitching, and you’re going to need a hitter that can not only hit good pitching, but hit good pitching in the clutch. This guy’s been there and done that. It’s just a matter of him getting his timing back, and he’ll be effective.”

He also asked, “What’s wrong with a little flair?” Somewhere in New York, Nick Swisher bites his tongue. And then exaggerates how much pain it caused in an unsuccessful attempt for a laugh.
*Analysts are using the acquisition to point out Mark Kotsay’s numerous flaws

My faith in humanity is lessened after arguing with some White Sox fans that don’t think Manny is an upgrade on Kotsay.less than a minute ago via Echofon




… but Kotsay is saying all the right things. This is when his vaunted clubhouse reputation comes in handy.
*Ramirez will wear No. 99, but whether his dreadlocks will partially obscure it is unclear.
*Alex Rios and Paul Konerko won’t be moved for Ramirez, who will bat fifth.
*Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness, which is one of the best blog names out there, offers a thorough summary of Ramirez’s Dodger career that is well worth reading. An excerpt:

I’m not saying he was worth every penny this year; it’s hard to do so with how much time he missed. But to keep up the facade that he could no longer produce is just wrong. If the numbers above aren’t convincing proof of that, how about the fact that they’ve scored more than 5 runs per game with him in the lineup, and fewer than 4 without him? If he’s not classic, “in his Boston prime” Manny, or superpowered “just got to LA” Manny, he’s still an effective force in the lineup, one the Dodgers have proven they cannot win without.

One thing I didn’t know is that Ramirez took a fastball to the hand after returning from his 50-game suspension in 2009. That’s cited as a possible — perhaps probable — reason for the drop in his performance from mid-July on that year. Let’s hope we can’t say the same thing about Beckham.
*And once you’re done reading that, read this. Because it contains this:

*Oral Sox has a new podcast up, topping two hours with Manny talk. I think that’s gotta be a record.

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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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knoxfire30

How do you see a break in a bone that isn’t there? That type of false positive is impossible to screw up.
When is Sale gonna start closing games, because this disaster of a bullpen has gotten beyond rediculous. Some injuries have hurt but how many fucking 3 and 4 run leads can one fat ass give up, im tired of defending this guy.

ricksch

At least Jenks has put an exclamation point to ensure the Sox won’t offer him a contract next year. A team’s going to have to be desperate to sign an overpriced pig on the steep downhill slope. I guess Linestink is our closer now? Thank god Thornton’s scheduled back Thursday.
Anyone have any idea when Putz is coming back? Or IF he’s coming back?

knoxfire30

i heard thornton on friday but either way thats good news
as for putz… not sure

fustercluck

X-ray tech said, “Don’t look great.
We might have to amputate.”
Bex worried,
Not happy.

marshlands

Correct me if I’m wrong, but uh, wasn’t last night a little more than Bobby’s fault?

fustercluck

Lillibridge culpable, but unhooked himself with the go-ahead bomb. Even without the error, Hafner maybe scores from 3rd with runners on the corners, nobody out. Wait, are we still arguing about a win? Even after pulling Jenks, Ozzie only had to burn Linebrink, who’s otherwise pitcher non grata out of the ‘pen.
Look alive, people, Manny’s coming!

ricksch

Lillibridge takes a measure, but our closer put three guys on before the error. And this isn’t just about one game, Jenks has been a major piece of shit all year.

5248a

Unfortunately, mouth breathing idiots such as yourself look at ERA and immediately proclaim, “Jenks bad all year! Must DFA!” when the truth is Jenks has actually pitched well this year as his 2.66 FIP and his 2.59 xFIP indicates. But if you want to display your baseball ignorance then go ahead and continue spouting off your hyperbole. Better yet, go root for the Cubs.

rhythm

I fell ya with the 2.66 FIP and 2.58 xFIP, but I think you’re a bit harsh witht he “mouth breathing idiots such as yourself” and “go root for the Cubs”, even if richsch did prove himself to be the fool.

5248a

To use your golf analogy, if you had played 18 holes the day before, your chances of hitting a good drive would probably decrease from 9 out of 10 to maybe 5 out of 10 and thus if you did hit a bad drive you would more inclined to forgive yourself.

fustercluck

In other words, Bobby’s abilities are the beautiful McMansion. His performance has been the dead hooker in the pool.

5248a

I understand that emotions can run high after someone blows a 3 run lead but Thornton and Putz have had their fair share of heartbreaking blown saves as well. Let’s face it, Jenks has been the victim of bad luck this year. His peripherals have been very good this year and unfortunately his high ERA belies this fact.

ricksch

It’s amusing how you (5248A) have to dredge up all these secondary stats to make a case for Jenks and then end up chalking it up to “bad luck”.
If you don’t like my opinion, disagree all you like. But unless you’re Bobby’s wife or his preacher, you have no cause to throw out direct, personal insults to defend a guy who wouldn’t know you from a dozen donuts.
Bobby invites complaint because he’s an morbidly obese “athlete” making as much money as the rest of the pen combined (sans Linebrink). One who’s been called out several times by his boss for poor condition. One whose trips to the DL are becoming a regular thing.
This last stretch when the Great Pumpkin was unable to pitch, Thornton and Putz had to change roles and that’s (rather coincidentally) when they started to have both pitching and health problems.
Spin whatever “bad luck” stat you like, but Jenks’ contribution since the AS break (when it counts) has been minimal and he’s surrendered several MULTI-run leads.
The Sox are not going to re-sign Jenks. Let’s see if any other ML teams view Jenks’ troubles as “bad luck” by the type of contract offers he’ll end up getting.

5248a

Rick,
I think your main gripe with Bobby is that in your eyes he is overpaid. In actuality, Bobby will probably earn his salary this year. Bobby will make $7.5 this year. He has produced 1.4 WAR this far. Each WAR is worth roughly $4.5 mil so Bobby would only need to produce another .2 WAR or so to be worth his $7.5 Mil salary.
On a side note, your uncanny fascination with Bobby’s weight is somewhat puzzling. Does the fact that an overweight man will make more money in one year than you will make in your entire lifetime somehow emasculate you?

5248a

I really don’t understand this lynch Jenks mentality. It’s not like he has blown an inordinate amount of saves. As a matter of fact Bobby’s conversion rate at 84% is higher than both Thornton’s 72% and Putz’s 43%.
If you are searching for scapegoats than perhaps Kotsay as DH or Quentin in RF would serve as better targets.

blah

I agree with the pointing out ricksch for constantly using hyperbole, saying everyone is terrible and such, but the game isn’t played on a stat sheet, and as such BJ has gotta to make his FIP & XFIP translate onto the feild.

danks50

I think the more important question is when are we going to destroy that goddamn white van in left field. For that homerun derby display of foul balls left of the LF foul pole about 2 flew directly over that thing.

rhythm

“when are we going to destroy that goddamn white van in left field”
Forgive me, but what the hell are you talking about?

danks50

There’s this promotional white van in the left field deck right next to the bleachers that we must of missed by a total of 10 feet two of the times we hit hard foul balls.
Anyway according to Cowley/Gonzales for now at least Manny’s not in the lineup.

marshlands

MANNY UP

David

My gut tells me that Ozzie is covering for Manny when he says it was his own decision to sit Manny tonight. However, if that is the truth then Ozzie is a freaking joke.
@KNOXFIRE re: Sale…don’t expect Ozzie to do that. He’s the guy still batting Beckham 9th despite a .338/.404/.561 line since the All Star Break and making the aforementioned lineup decision for tonight.
He’s getting ridiculous.

ricksch

5248A
Jenks’ weight is an issue because it is the root cause of why he’s heading to the DL more often. Good conditioning might help you stay healthy through the long season. It’s not just my issue. Williams has been harping on Jenks for years about his weight. Guy like Jenks is probably diabetic and will drop dead of a heart-attack by age 40. Not that anyone should care so long as his FIP is solid.
BTW — Have you been doing my taxes since you seem to know how much money I’ve earned in my lifetime?
Again, try sticking to the subject instead of launching personal attacks against people you don’t know. The safe anonymity of the Internet makes people brave. Is that why you use a number for a name, or is that your prison ID?

5248a

Rick, you seem to take offense at attacks directed at yourself yet you seem to have no problem with hurling petty insults at others. You accuse me hiding behind the veil of anonymity when it is painfully obvious that you would never insult Jenks in person. Are you trying to be the Hypocrite poster boy?

ricksch

I endured several petty insults from you and felt at least one was owed. Even at that, it was a silly comment and not really personal. Jenks is fair game. We, the fans, are paying his salary. If you don’t understand the difference, I can’t help you.

5248a

Rick, I understand that you are frustrated. However, just I think your scorn and derision are directed at the wrong culprit. I think Ozzie, with his questionable preseason personnel decisions/input along with his penchant for giving the other team outs with via inopportune bunting and base stealing, has cost the Sox far more games this season then Jenks has.
I think FIP and K/9 are good metrics for relievers. You want a pitcher with an ability to miss bats for those high leverage situations and at the same time you do not want a pitcher that gives up many home runs.

ricksch

I’ll cop to some of that Jim. It’s a good thing I’m not the GM cause it would be hard to field a team with only the three or four players I didn’t fire.

ricksch

I agree that starting off the year with this batshit DH hybrid and with guys like Nix and Randy Williams on the roster were the cause of many problems. It forced Williams to go down the rabbit hole trying to get Dunn and ends with him taking a $4 million flyer on Manny. Still, the pen has been a major issue since the AS break. As the closer and de facto leader of said pen, Jenks has seriously underperformed in my view.
Look, at the end of the day, we both want to see the team do well. I’m pulling for Jenks every time he goes out there. Some of us react a bit more passionately than others, though I try not to be too reactionary and take gratuitous shots.
Anyhow, I’m burying the hatchet here. Best to you and hope the Sox do well in Boston.

5248a

Likewise.