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JJ Stankevitz
Columbia, MO/Oak Park, IL
White Sox Beerleaguer blogger. University of Missouri journalism student. No ketchup on hot dogs.
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Seven months ago, I was given the opportunity to start this blog up thanks to the good folks at CSNChicago.com and the original Beerleaguer's Jason Weitzel. I'm being afforded another opportunity thanks to CSN and Jason -- who did a fantastic job with CSN's redesign -- to head up efforts... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2011 at whitesox
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The White Sox will release Tony Pena, ending a disappointing 2 1/2-year run with the club. With Octavio Dotel's contract expiring at the end of 2009 and Scott Linebrink having one foot in the abyss of ineffectiveness, the Sox decided to bolster their bullpen for the stretch run and future... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2011 at whitesox
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@NotHawk Hawk Harrelson Think next year I'm gonna call him Alejandro De YAZa. He's just that good. Oct 12 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2011 at whitesox
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In a tasty development, Frank Thomas' beer will debut Oct. 15. Take that, iPhone 4S. There's a better product hitting stores this weekend, and I can only hope it's more delicous. Big Hurt Beer isn't messing around. Each can is 24 ounces, and it's 7 percent ABV. A couple cans... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2011 at whitesox
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Greg Walker reportedly will interview for hitting coach posisitons in San Diego and Atlanta. [Hardball Talk] Cold weather won't be an excuse for early-season slumps if Walker winds up in Georgia or California. Of course, if he goes to the Padres and the offense is poor, it probably won't be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2011 at whitesox
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Because there was an A. Rios patrolling center field before the current one. Catcher: Corky Miller Year with Sox: 2009 Before the White Sox traded Lance Broadway for Blastro, Corky Miller served as A.J. Pierzynski's backup for 14 games. He went 8-39 with three walks and three RBIs and threw... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2011 at whitesox
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For those who missed it yesterday (like me), Chris Jaffe at The Hardball Times had an excellent breakdown of the Robin Ventura hire. "The irony, however, is that in-game strategy is just one facet of the job. Most baseball fans know this, but it’s impossible for us to really gauge... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2011 at whitesox
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That was unexpected. Last week, I opined that the Sox have reached the point where rebuilding is the best option for the team. Hiring a manager to lead along that process would be key -- in other words, no Terry Francona, no Tony La Russa. The hiring of Robin Ventura,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2011 at whitesox
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As if you needed more reasons as to why neither Terry Francona nor Tony La Russa won't be the next manager of the White Sox... Kenny Williams said Monday that "the kids will play" for the White Sox next year. That hardly means a rebuilding project is forthcoming, instead, it's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2011 at whitesox
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He's a Great Book! with Ozzie Guillen -- Ozzie Says Goodbye from Dan Bulla on Vimeo. I think "guffaw" is the correct description of my reaction to Ozzie throwing books at the speed pitch area in center field. Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2011 at whitesox
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Because a legitimate season review of the White Sox would be frustrating. This is a pretty simple exercise. Each player's 2011 season is represented by a beer, good or bad. Think my taste in beer sucks? Drop me a line in the comments with a suggestion, or send it to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2011 at whitesox
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Who the next manager of the White Sox is could signal a rebuilding project -- or another attempt at making the playoffs. Ozzie Guillen had to leave. And the White Sox had to part ways with him.The point of no return was reached months ago, when the Sox started 2011... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2011 at whitesox
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With a weak farm system, manager issues, budget concerns and a strenghtening division, the White Sox may have blown their last opportunity to make the playoffs for the near future. Maybe that's too pessimistic of a summary. But with 2011 wrapping up, a glance around the AL Central reveals quite... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2011 at whitesox
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When J.J. Putz signed with Arizona instead of returning to the White Sox, it looked like an odd move for a guy who had never been to the playoffs in his career. But 44 saves and one division title later, Putz is going to the postseason. With Arizona. Putz wasn't... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2011 at whitesox
Posted Sep 22, 2011 at whitesox
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Mark Buehrle says he'd like to return to the White Sox -- if they'll have him back. In a perfect world, Buehrle would finish his career out with the White Sox, and a few years later see No. 56 be retired at U.S. Cellular Field. But it's not a perfect... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2011 at whitesox
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Differing plate approaches for Alexei Ramirez in 2010 and 2011 haven't made much of a difference in his offensive output. As it stands, 2008 may be the best offensive season of Ramirez' career. The then-rookie belted 21 home runs and posted a .336 wOBA, with both still stand as career... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2011 at whitesox
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As the White Sox limp to the finish, a bright spot has emerged for next year. No, seriously! He's only pitched in four games, but those four games plus an impressive minor league resume have been more than enough to be encouraged for Addison Reed's role in next year's bullpen.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2011 at whitesox
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While the White Sox were being clobbered by Detroit last night, Brent Morel continued his clobbering of baseballs in the final month of the season. Over the course of two Septembers (and a few days in October), Morel has an OPS of .862 with eight home runs. In no other... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2011 at whitesox
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The chances Ozzie Guillen returns to the White Sox next year have dropped to a coin flip, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. A few weeks back, a source familiar with Ozzie Guillen’s thinking predicted that it was 95 percent certain that Guillen would remain the White Sox’s manager. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2011 at whitesox
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Jake Peavy won't pitch for the White Sox again in 2011. Since coming to the White Sox, Peavy has set new career highs in ERA, with a 4.63 mark in 2010 and a 4.94 dud in 2011.He's thrown 218 2/3 innings since 2010, fewer than he threw in his Cy... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2011 at whitesox
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A broken hand ended Brent Lillibridge's season last night, which will serve as one of the true bright spots of 2011 for the White Sox. If someone came up to me before the season and told me Brent Lilllibridge would hit more home runs than Adam Dunn this season, I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2011 at whitesox
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The White Sox haven allowed one run in 27 innings against the Twins this week. This isn't to take anything away from Philip Humber, or Zach Stewart, or Jake Peavy. It's certainly not meant to take anything away from a bullpen that's been nothing short of great this year. But... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2011 at whitesox
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With the White Sox season all but over, it's time to look toward next year. In the first installment of this intermittent five-part series, we look at the outfield for 2012. The safe bet with about seven months until opening day '12 is for the White Sox outfield to be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2011 at whitesox
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So long, 2011. Miguel Cabrera's walk-off home run to cap Detroit's comeback Saturday sealed the fate of the White Sox in 2011. There's really no way around it, the Sox are done. Oh well. More to come later. Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2011 at whitesox