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White Sox To Retain Robin Ventura As Manager

Oct 2, 2015 8:21 PM

Rick Hahn expects Robin Ventura to return next season as manager of the Chicago White Sox.

Hahn said bench coach Mark Parent's contract will not be renewed and that assistant hitting coach Harold Baines has requested to move into an ambassador role. Ventura and the rest of the staff are expected back.


''Obviously, everyone with this organization is extremely disappointed with the way the season has played out,'' Hahn said. ''We have already begun the work of trying to address several of the areas in which all of us need to improve in order to get us to the level that we want to get to for the future.''


During Ventura's 2012 debut, Chicago went 85-77 and led the AL Central most of the season before faltering late and finishing behind Detroit.

Brian Sandalow/Associated Press

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Jose Abreu Wants To Improve English, Leadership Role

Sep 30, 2015 5:18 PM

Jose Abreu wants to extend his leadership abilities with the Chicago White Sox even further and will make an attempt to learn English this winter.

"That's my goal. I want to be a leader and I know that for that, I have to learn the language," Abreu said through an interpreter Tuesday. "And that's my focus for this offseason. It's one of the things that I have on my list. I know if I can learn a little bit more of the language, I can express myself in a better way with my teammates and my coaches. It's going to help our relationship."

Robin Ventura has said Abreu's leadership skills are evident in his work ethic, even with his limited grasp of English. But he applauds Abreu's desire to learn more.

"It's a good thing to hear because we know how he operates," Ventura said. "We know how he comes in every day and how he prepares and how he plays the game. Any time a guy like that wants to step up and lead, we're happy to hear that."

Doug Padilla/ESPN

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Jeff Samardzija's Market Value May Have Reduced

Sep 9, 2015 7:40 AM

Jeff Samardzija, 30, is on his way to throwing 200-plus innings for the third-straight season, but his market value may have decreased as free agency approaches.

Earlier this season Homer Bailey's six-year, $105 million contract seemed like a good reference point for the Chicago White Sox right-hander. James Shields' four-year, $75 million deal may be more realistic now.

Samardzija has a 4.87 ERA, and 146 strikeouts in 188.1 innings this season.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Robin Ventura Campaigns For Job Despite Losing Season

Sep 9, 2015 7:29 AM

The Chicago White Sox have failed to meet expectations, but Robin Ventura said he still has passion for his job and wants to return in 2016.

"Absolutely," Ventura said. "People that think I don't care, that's an unfair assessment. Nobody cares more about how it's going here than I do."

Ventura is under contract through the 2016 season, as are general manager Rick Hahn and executive vice president Kenny Williams.

"We're evaluating everything," Hahn later said.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

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White Sox Claim Mike Olt Off Waivers From Cubs

Sep 5, 2015 6:31 PM

The White Sox have claimed third baseman Mike Olt off waivers after he was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Monday, according to a report on Saturday.

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Alexei Ramirez Hopes To Return To White Sox

Sep 3, 2015 4:51 PM

Alexei Ramirezhopes to return to the Chicago White Sox next season.

"This was the team that gave me the opportunity to play in the big leagues and I want to spend the rest of my career here," Ramirez told the Chicago Tribune through an interpreter.

The White Sox hold a $10 million option on Ramirez for 2016 with a $1 million buyout.

The 33-year-old struggled in the first half of the season, but has hit .285/.324/.435 in 53 games since July 1.

Colleen Kane/Chicago Tribune

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White Sox Pull David Robertson Off Waivers

Aug 31, 2015 4:38 PM

The New York Yankees claimed David Robertson off waivers, but the Chicago White Sox have pulled the reliever back.

The two clubs didn't have legitimate trade talks over the weekend.

The deadline to make a team's postseason roster is Monday, so additions are unlikely in September.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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Sale Third Pitcher To Allow One Or Fewer Hits, Strike Out 15 In 2015

Aug 17, 2015 6:57 AM

Chris Sale had an impressive outing against the red-hot Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

Sale struck out 15 batters in seven innings of one-hit ball. He is just the third pitcher this season to strike out at least 15 and allow one hit or fewer, joining Corey Kluber and Max Scherzer.

The left-hander also reached the 200-strikeout mark for the third straight season, the first Chicago White Sox pitcher to have three straight such seasons since Hall of Famer Ed Walsh from 1910 to 1912.

Sale had a dominant slider, one he threw for strikes 18 times out of 29 pitches. Cubs hitters swung at 10 of them and missed on eight. The other two swings both resulted in foul balls.

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David Robertson Calls Mike Scioscia 'Bush League'

Aug 13, 2015 7:22 AM

David Robertson called Mike Scioscia "bush league" for his handling of a replay review during Wednesday night's game between the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Angels.

With the White Sox leading 2-1, Angels shortstop Erick Aybar struck out to lead off the ninth against Robertson. The ball was in the dirt, so White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers reached out to tag Aybar on the leg, with plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth making an out signal.

Abyar kept on running to first base, though, with Flowers not making a throw after Culbreth made his out call.

Scioscia argued, ultimately challenging the ruling via replay. Robin Ventura questioned why there should even be a replay since an out signal was made.

Umpires reviewed the play and upheld their original call that Aybar was tagged out by Flowers. Scioscia, though, came back out to the home plate area to get an explanation. By rule, managers are not allowed to argue a replay decision, but Culbreth gave Scioscia the courtesy of explaining the decision.

"I felt that Scioscia was very bush league, coming out there and standing in front of home plate after the play had already been reviewed," Robertson said. "I felt like once it has been reviewed, it has been reviewed on film and he's called out, there's no reason for you to come back out and argue the call. I guess that's just the way he is. It kind of changed the whole momentum in the ninth."

Doug Padilla/ESPN

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White Sox Looking To Add Pieces For 2015 And Beyond

Aug 11, 2015 2:40 PM

The Chicago White Sox have lost eight of their last 11 games, but they refuse to throw in the towel.

"As we get deeper into August and if things don't improve that is something we'll have to take seriously but at this point we're still having the same approach of looking for long term fits that could help this year and beyond," Rich Hahn told the Chicago Sun-Times.

The White Sox are 14.5 games back of the Kansas City Royals in the American League Central. They sit 6.5 games back of the Los Angeles Angels for the second Wild Card berth.

Daryl Van Schouwen/Chicago Sun-Times

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White Sox Sign John Maryberry, Jr.
The Mets released Mayberry, Jr. after acquiring Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson via trade last month.

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Mark Buehrle Has 'Special Feeling' About Blue Jays
He ended up in the World Series with the White Sox the last time he felt this way.

Associated Press

Pitching Coach Will Influence Where Samardzija Signs
Unless he agrees to an extension with the White Sox, Jeff Samardzija will become a free agent at season's end.

David Laurilla/FanGraphs

White Sox Promote Nick Hostetler To Scouting Director
Nick Hostetler's predecessor, Doug Laumann, is moving into a new role as senior adviser to scouting operations

John Manuel/Baseball America

White Sox Pursuing Hitter; Looking At Cespedes, Upton
The White Sox are pursuing a hitter ahead of Friday's non-waiver deadline, a reversal in what their approach was expected to be.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

White Sox Waiting To Decide On Jeff Samardzija Trade
It was reported on Monday that the Blue Jays have shown the most interest in the right-hander of any club.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Blue Jays Showing Strongest Interest In Jeff Samardzija
It was reported last week that the White Sox have become "increasingly willing" to move Jeff Samardzija, who is owed $9.8 million this season and will become a free agent this winter.

Dan Hayes/CSN Chicago

Astros Discussed Samardzija With White Sox Before Kazmir Deal
Houston ultimately opted to make the deal for Scott Kazmir because they were more comfortable with the Oakland Athletics' asking price.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

White Sox Now Listening To Trade Offers
The White Sox are open to "listening" to trade offers after a series loss to the Royals over the weekend.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Yost, Ventura Agree On One-Inning For Sale
Chris Sale threw 115 pitches through seven innings on Saturday.

Samardzija Doesn't Want White Sox To Trade Him
The White Sox may have already decided to field offers for Jeff Samardzija, but the right-hander hopes the club is given a full season before a final evaluation is made.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

White Sox Won't Dismantle At Trade Deadline
With a few weeks to go before the non-waiver trade deadline, the White Sox aren't expected to dismantle before July 31.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

All-Star Game Starters Announced
Josh Donaldson sets the all-time single-season voting record, while Bryce Harper finishes as the top NL vote-getter.

Press Release

White Sox GM Denies Conflict With Boss
The White Sox entered play Friday with the worst record in the AL at 34-42.

Astros, Blue Jays Are Front-Runners For Samardzija
The White Sox have disappointed this season and Jeff Samardzija is expected to be discussed in trades this summer.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Ventura On Solid Footing With White Sox
White Sox VP Kenny Williams says Robin Ventura is improving as a manager.

David Robertson Aware White Sox Could Trade Him
David Robertson signed a four-year, $46 million contract with the White Sox this past offseason, but things haven't gone according to plan.

Scott Merkin/MLB

Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players
The University of Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

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Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks
Overall, pitchers made up more than 52 percent of the selections. 633 hurlers were drafted (462 right-handers and 171 lefties). Positions players were taken with 582 picks.

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Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft
The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but position players were a hot commodity overall.

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