November 2009

Sox-wise and Otherwise…

My weekly offseason musings about the White Sox and more…

*  The Mark Teahen for Chris Getz/Josh Fields deal is official and Kenny Williams has cleared up the mystery of who will play where. It’ll be Teahen at third and Gordon Beckham moving to second. No doubt more moves are in the works.

*  Speaking of Jermaine, he was a top producer and always a class act in a Sox uniform. It was just time for the club to sever its ties. He’ll never be forgotten on the South Side and will be revered forever as a World Series MVP.

*  I was happy to see that Mark Kotsay is back in the Sox fold. He’s the kind of player that’s a real plus for a contending team and proved he was a leader from Day 1 on the South Side.

*  In the “life is not fair” department, Damaso Marte now has two World Series rings and Nick Swisher one. Between them, Ken Griffey Jr. and Jim Thome have none.

Jordan Danks update from the Arizona Fall League: In 18 games, he has hit .333, scored 20 runs, hit two homers, driven in 15, compiled a .450 on-base percentage and posted a .485 slugging percentage.

*  Today’s Yankee victory parade through the “Canyon of Heroes” in Manhattan officially ends the 2009 season for me–thank goodness. Now I can focus on something more important than the ’09 World Series, like what the Sox will do during the offseason.

*  Loyal Sox fan Seymour Berke is doing much better and will be leaving the hospital Monday, heading to rehab. Looking forward to being with him on Thanksgiving.

Teahen to Sox for Getz, Fields?

It hasn’t been officially announced, but Bill Madden of the New York Daily News reported this morning that the Sox have dealt second baseman Chris Getz and third baseman/first baseman Josh Fields to the Royals for Mark Teahen.

Madden speculates that Teahen will replace Jermaine Dye in rightfield, but other possible scenarios are at play here as well. Will Gordon Beckham move to second base with Teahen settling at third? Teahen has also played second, but that seems like a longshot at this point. And if Teahen is in right and Beckham stays at third, who plays second base? Jayson Nix and Brett Lillibridge don’t seem like viable starters at this point. Or how about C.J. Retherford, just off an outstanding season at Birmingham and playing well in the Arizona Fall League. Is he ready? I guess we have to stay tuned.

One real positive is that Sox pitchers won’t be facing Teahen in the future. In 77 games, he hit .277 with 12 homers and 41 RBI against the South Siders.

Mr. Berra Welcomes Mr. Marichal

It was quite an eventful day at my day job today as Hall of Famer Juan Marichal visited his friend and Cooperstown colleague Yogi Berra at Yogi’s Museum & Learning Center on the campus of Montclair State University in New Jersey.

There are too many stories to recall, but the one I really enjoyed centered on the time that Juan and his Giants battled the great Warren Spahn and the Braves for 16 innings until none other than Willie Mays won the game for San Francisco with a homer.

Marichal, who is doing World Series color commentary on ESPN Deportes along with San Diego Padres play-by-play man Eduardo Ortega, also had rave reviews for two Yankees in particular–Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter.

In my opinion, Marichal’s greatness has been overshadowed by the fact he pitched in the same era as the likes of Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson. But make no mistake, he WAS great. In a 16-year career he was 243-142, compiled an impressive 2.89 ERA and won 20 or more games six times, including two years when he won 25 and 26.