Jim Gallagher: The Forgotten Man

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Feel free to give me an error on the play. Though White Sox minor league first baseman Jim Gallagher has been very much on my mind during spring training, it wasn’t until reading Scott Merkin’s story on whitesox.com that I realized I was remiss in not telling this tale.
During almost every game I attended in the Valley of the Sun, Gallagher appeared. The fact that he saw action in the final innings as a replacement for the big leaguers and wore No. 87 was a good indication he wasn’t being considered for the big club (not to mention that Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn are in front of him on the depth chart). That said, the 25-year-old, who is headed for AAA Charlotte, always seemed to get a hit and keep a rally going regardless of the score. He also played outstanding defense.
With all the big league news surrounding the Sox, I never got around to writing about Gallagher except for a mention or two when it was part of a game description. I do remember, though, whispering to my friend Jeff Weiss at the March 14 game against the Padres that “this guy gets a hit every time up; watch, he’ll do it now.” And he did. 
You can get the details from the Merkin story, but one last thing. In yesterday’s 6-3 Sox loss to the Angels at Camelback Ranch, Gallagher had one at bat–in the eighth–and he doubled in a run.
That gives him a .538 batting average. Not bad, not bad at all.

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