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Friday, May 29, 2020

Articles tagged: Chicago White Sox

White Sox had clever scoreboard troll of Astros

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The Chicago White Sox are at least superior to the Houston Astros in one aspect of the game: their troll game.

Tuesday saw the two AL teams face off against each other in a doubleheader at Guaranteed Rate Field. During the second leg of it, the White Sox flashed a funny message on their scoreboard about how this was technically the first doubleheader between the two teams since they swept the Astros in the 2005 World Series. MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart shared an image of the troll job.

Though they did fall short in 2005, the Astros are now one of the best teams in baseball (currently a full 24 games better than the White Sox in the standings) and won a World Series of their own in 2017.

Still, 2005 obviously brings back some great memories for the White Sox, and it’s not their first time trolling Houston about that year’s World Series title.

Alcides Escobar blasts White Sox organization after release

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Alcides Escobar carved out a lengthy MLB career as a light-hitting, glove-first shortstop with the Kansas City Royals, where he spent eight years as a reliable everyday player and won a World Series. He left Kansas City after 2018 and landed in the Chicago White Sox organization on a minor league deal. His time there does not appear to have gone well.

The White Sox quietly announced Friday that their organization had released Escobar, who had spent the entire season with the team’s AAA affiliate in Charlotte. The Knights thanked Escobar for his time there with a video, but Escobar made quite clear in a reply that he was not happy with how the organization had treated him.

Escobar doesn’t give a lot of context why the White Sox were “not honest.” It may well be that he felt he had earned or had been promised a promotion to the MLB level, and he’d hit .286 for the Knights this season. He still hadn’t appeared in the majors, and perhaps it wasn’t going to happen as things stood.

White Sox reportedly call up top prospect Zack Collins

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The Chicago White Sox are continuing their youth movement.

According to Andy Slater of 640 The Hurricane, the White Sox are calling up 2016 first-round draft pick Zack Collins.

Collins, a catcher, ranked as a top 100 prospect before the season began. He hit .258 with nine home runs in 48 games for Triple-A Charlotte this season. While it’s unclear if he’ll stick as a catcher in the long-term, he’s there now, but it’s his power bat that is generally the most intriguing.

Collins may not be up for long, but he does join a rather exciting youth movement that includes Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez, and Lucas Giolito. Things are looking up in Chicago.

Jason Kipnis has harsh assessment of White Sox after losing series to them

Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis seemed a little frustrated when assessing the state of the AL Central after Sunday’s loss.

The Indians were preseason favorites in the division, but sit at 29-30 after losing three of four to the rebuilding Chicago White Sox. With that, the Indians and White Sox have the same record, both sitting 11.5 games behind the first-place Minnesota Twins.

According to Kipnis, the equal records are meaningless, because the Indians can’t do any worse and the White Sox can’t do any better.

“Think about it, we have the same record. We’re playing like s— and they’re playing as good as they can and we have the same record, to put it in perspective,” Kipnis said, via Kevin Powell of WGN Radio. “Are they playing better than us? At least this series, absolutely. I think they’ll admit it too, that it’s too early to celebrate a second place trophy on June 2.”

It feels like a bit of frustration boiling over from Kipnis’s perspective. The Indians are a long-shot to even get back in the division race at this point, and two months into the season, they aren’t playing well at all. Injuries have played a part in that, but it’s not that simple, and the hole is getting deeper and deeper. Sure, the odds still favor Cleveland finishing ahead of Chicago this year, but their ambitions are much higher than that.

White Sox troll Aaron Rodgers over weak beer chug

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Even the Chicago White Sox are trolling Aaron Rodgers over his weak beer chug.

Several members of the Chicago Bears attended Friday night’s White Sox-Cleveland Indians game. While at the game, they were shown on the video board at Guaranteed Rate Field doing a simultaneous beer chug.

When the White Sox shared the video on Twitter, they tagged Rodgers and told him “this is how you get it done.”

The tweet is a reference to Rodgers’ weak effort to chug a beer while attending Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford showed up Rodgers after seeing that. Now Mitch Trubisky has too. Kirk Cousins is next up on the list.

Crowd for White Sox-Royals suspended game was non-existent

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If the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals play a continued game and nobody is there to watch it, did it even happen? That is something the teams were trying to test.

Monday’s White Sox-Royals game was suspended in the fifth inning due to rain. The plan was to continue the game on Tuesday, prior to the originally-scheduled contest between the teams. When the game began at 4:40 p.m. CT, there weren’t many fans in attendance.

Check out these photos from the Chicago Tribune’s Paul Sullivan:

A few more fans had scattered through over the next hour.

The White Sox allowed fans with tickets for Tuesday’s game to come early to watch the conclusion of the suspended game. They also gave fans with tickets for Monday’s game the option to receive the equivalent value to attend a future White Sox home game, including Tuesday’s.

The White Sox entered Tuesday 23-29, while the Royals have the third-worst record in the league. The White Sox are 23rd in the league in attendance with an average home crowd of 18,519.

Last year we saw a similar image from the White Sox for one of their games. This isn’t a better look.

Watch: Managers go at it in Royals-White Sox scuffle

Things got rather heated on Wednesday between the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox.

Royals pitcher Brad Keller hit White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson with a pitch during the game after Anderson extravagantly tossed his bat after a home run.

Keller’s pitch seemed like a fairly clear bit of retaliation for that action, and the benches immediately cleared. The Royals’ actions didn’t sit well with White Sox manager Rick Renteria, either, who squared up his Kansas City counterpart, Ned Yost.

The White Sox have good reason to be upset after this, and it will be interesting to see if they come down hard against Keller. The league has started to promote younger players doing things like Anderson did, and the Royals look pretty bad trying to police it.