Chicago White Sox

Jose Quintana was traded from the Chicago White Sox to the Chicago Cubs
Over the offseason the Chicago White Sox loaded up on prospects when they traded their star ace Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox and outfielder Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals. Since then, baseball has been waiting for the team to trade their next best starter after Sale, Jose Quintana. It was never a question of “if” but a question of “when, where and for how much.” Thursday morning, those questions were, somewhat shockingly, all answered. The Chicago White Sox made a big trade with their crosstown rivals the Chicago Cubs. The trade seems like a fair one, but […]

Crosstown rivals CAN make a trade! Cubs, White Sox make ...

left-heavy rotations
Seven takeaways from MLB week 7 Each week on Monday (I figure I  can handle a small commitment to my blog, right?) I’ve been giving  you a quick wrap up of seven important things that happened over the past week in MLB, and even some MiLB,  plays, events, matchups or whatever it was I would have loved to do an entire post on but didn’t have the time. ( If I did do a post on an event it’s likely you won’t usually see here because I already wrote about it – however in some cases – you might! LOL!) […]

Socks Girl’s seven takeaways from MLB week 7

Dee Gordon, takeaways
Seven takeaways from week 4 So, this is NEW! – well it’s the third time I’ve done this so I’m leaving the introduction for the first couple of weeks. For the first edition of this weekly column you can click here. Each week on Monday (I figure I  can handle a small commitment to my blog, right?) I’m going to give you a quick wrap up of seven important things that happened over the past week in MLB, and even some MiLB,  plays, events, matchups or whatever it was I would have loved to do an entire post on but […]

Socks Girl’s seven takeaways from MLB week 4

lefty-heavy rotations 1
How well can lefty-heavy rotations do in a season? It’s unusual in baseball for a team to have the majority of the pitchers in its starting rotation be left-handers. Lefty pitchers are more of a rarity and, therefore, usually a more-wanted commodity than right-handed pitchers. Having two, or maybe even three, is seen as a well-rounded rotation, but for a team to have four or five lefties in their rotation is almost unheard of. Almost. There have been teams in history though, who, like the 2016 Los Angeles Dodgers, have had enough left-handed starters to fill a rotation (though with LA’s recent […]

History of lefty-heavy starting rotations

opt-out clauses, cespedes, committed to cespedes
Why hasn‘t anyone committed to Cespedes? Yoenis Cespedes is one of the biggest names free still left on the free agent market. He probably didn’t expect to find himself without a job in January but no one has committed to Cespedes yet.That doesn’t mean there isn’t a market for outfielders; other big names are still looking for the right offer. Alex Gordon and Justin Upton are both looking for homes in 2016 and beyond. There are more than a few teams that are on the lookout for an outfielder as well, specifically for Cespedes. The Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, San […]

No one’s committed to Cespedes, For the Angels it should ...

**Thank you for making this the most read post on the entire FanRag Sports Network for two straight days! If you haven’t read the entire column please check it out! 🙂 Was trading Lawrie all part of the A’s plan? During last week’s Major League Baseball Annual Meetings in Nashville, among a flurry of other trades and signings, the Oakland Athletics traded third baseman Brett Lawrie to the Chicago White Sox. What they got in return, especially at first, seemed quite underwhelming. Lawrie, who will be 26 years old in January, put up the best numbers of his career since […]

Trading Lawrie could have been part of A’s bigger plan

Semien, athletics
Marcus Semien may just be the A’s shortstop of the future Oakland Athletics’ shortstop Marcus Semien appeared to be a gamble from the start.  He was acquired in a roundabout way to replace Addison Russell, who was traded to the Chicago Cubs for Jeff Samardzija, and who’s also been a powerhouse on both offense and defense for Chicago. The Athletics later acquired Semien in a trade that sent Jeff Samardzija to the Chicago White Sox. Semien had played a total of 81 big league games over the course of two seasons with the White Sox, so he didn’t have much […]

Semien’s improvement should keep him a career shortstop

shoeless joe jackson
Update: September 1, 2015 6:45 am PT It’s unfortunate, at least in my opinion, but “Shoeless” Joe Jackson will not be reinstated into Major League Baseball, despite the efforts of the curator of the Greenville, South Carolina museum dedicated to the memory of the famed ballplayer. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred rejected the petition sent by curator Arlene Marcley in a letter that was retweeted by LA Times baseball writer Bill Shaikin. Manfred’s letter declining to reinstate Shoeless Joe Jackson, courtesy of @HOVG: — Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) September 1, 2015 Part of Manfred’s letter reads, “I have reviewed our records […]

Update: Manfred denies latest attempt to reinstate Shoeless Joe Jackson

mlb newsworthy moments
The top five MLB newsworthy moments from my days off (ICYMI too!) I took Thursday and Friday off from work, from my blog, from everything. While baseball is my passion in life I also enjoy other sports (shocking!) and love the City of Oakland (another big shocker there!). Well, since the Golden State … no the Oakland Warriors are the 2015 NBA Champs, I took a couple days off in honor of their accomplishments and for the celebratory parade! Thank you Dubs for an unbelievable season with a perfect ending! 😀 So, back to baseball now shall we? Between June […]

Top 5 MLB newsworthy moments – June 18 & 19 ...

Carlos Correa
Update: June 9, 2015 9:55 pm PT Houston Astros rookie shortstop Carlos Correa hit his first big league home run on Tuesday off of Chicago White Sox reliever Zach Duke. Correa also stole his first base in the major leagues but his efforts and the efforts of Astros’ ace Dallas Keuchel couldn’t hold off the White Sox. Jose Abreu hit a two-run blast off of Keuchel and the White Sox added another two run in the eighth off of Chad Qualls to make the score 4-0. Correa’s two-run shot cut the White Sox lead in half in the ninth but […]

Update: Carlos Correa hits 1st big league home run, Astros ...

walk-off, donaldson, BBWAA Awards 4
Four clubs walked-off in one night on Tuesday. One of them could have been mine. There could have been pie at the Coliseum in Oakland.  There was a decent chance. It had been 1-0 since the top of the first inning in the game against the Detroit Tigers and my hometown Oakland A’s.  It was a true pitcher’s duel in Oakland Tuesday night. The only run came on a throwing error by A’s catcher Josh Phegley when Anthony Gose, who had singled to left on the game’s second pitch, stole second and advanced to third on the error. He scored […]

Four clubs walk-off in one night

Ike Davis, A.J. Griffin, Injury , Morneau, non-tendered
Oakland Athletics’ first baseman Ike Davis hasn’t played in a game since May 11, with the exception of a pinch hit appearance on May 13 against the Boston Red Sox has been officially moved to the 15-day disabled list with a left quad strain. In a corresponding move outfielder Craig Gentry has been re-called from Triple-A Nashville, the transaction is retroactive to May 14. Gentry was removed from the Nashville Sounds game during the fourth inning on Saturday in order to be able to join the big league club as soon as possible. The A’s are facing the big right-hander […]

A’s send 1B Ike Davis to DL, Recall OF Craig ...