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In memoriam: The White Sox we lost in 2019

With precious time left in 2019, we look back at the White Sox we’ve lost this year.

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Penned in: A look at the 2020 bullpen options on the South Side

With lots of boxes checked this offseason, the bullpen remains an area the White Sox still must fortify.

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Posted in Podcast

South Side Hit Pen Podcast No. 5: The Puig streak continues

Brett Ballantini and Scott Reichard assess the current state of the Sox, with five free agents on board and a few weaknesses left to patch.

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SSHP E5 – BB And Scott Reichard – 2019 – 12 – 29

On the first half of the podcast, Brett Ballantini and Scott Reichard assess the current state of the Sox, with…

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SSHP E5 – BB And Scott Reichard – 2019 – 12 – 29

On the first half of the podcast, Brett Ballantini and Scott Reichard assess the current state of the Sox, with…

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SSHP E5 – BB And Scott Reichard – 2019 – 12 – 29

On the first half of the podcast, Brett Ballantini and Scott Reichard assess the current state of the Sox, with…

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SSHP E5 – BB And Scott Reichard – 2019 – 12 – 29

On the first half of the podcast, Brett Ballantini and Scott Reichard assess the current state of the Sox, with…

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Posted in White Sox History

A tale of two Bat Days

There’s been no more menacing power hitter in White Sox history than Dick Allen.

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Posted in Top 100 Prospects

South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect No. 95: Romy González

With 20-20 potential, this versatile player holds promise for his second full pro season.

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Today in White Sox History: December 28

The White Sox brought in a DJ 26 years ago!

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Posted in Top 100 Prospects

South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect No. 96: Ruben Benavides

Among a gaggle of DSL White Sox catchers, Benavides’ bat stood out.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect No. 82: Luis Ledo

Slowly but surely, Ledo is moving up in the White Sox system.

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Today in White Sox History: December 26

A near-miss with Charlie Finley is notable on Boxing Day.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect No. 84: Spencer Adams

There may be no greater fallen star in the White Sox system than this once-hyped righty.

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A Conversation With: Ken Berry

Defensive whiz, All-Star, Gold Glover and mentor to Big Frank (and Little Craig), Ken Berry has quite a White Sox story to tell.

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Posted in White Sox Game Recap

South Side Hit Pen’s Best of the 2010s

Eight SSHP writers choose their favorite games of a mostly-winceable White Sox decade.

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Posted in Offbeat

A visit from St. Reinsdorf

“Happy Christmas to all, and taking a walk is all right.”

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Posted in Analysis

What’s next on the shopping list for the White Sox?

With the White Sox still looking to add a bat and a relief arm, here are some best bets for both.

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Posted in Top 100 Prospects

South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect No. 97: Trey Jeans

Jeans was a starter in college, a reliever in his first professional year — and could be called on to fill either role as he advances through the White Sox system.

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Today in White Sox History: December 23

The White Sox grabbed a piece of The Rock.

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South Side Hit Pen Podcast 4: The Stove is running Hot

Brett Ballantini and Joe Resis discuss a scorching Hot Stove for the White Sox, with the free agent signings of Dallas Keuchel and Gio González.

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South Side Hit Pen Podcast 4 – BB w/Joe Resis – 2019 – 12 – 22

Brett Ballantini and Joe Resis discuss a scorching Hot Stove week for the White Sox, with the free agent signings…

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South Side Hit Pen Podcast 4 – BB w/Joe Resis – 2019 – 12 – 22

Brett Ballantini and Joe Resis discuss a scorching Hot Stove week for the White Sox, with the free agent signings…

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South Side Hit Pen Podcast 4 – BB w/Joe Resis – 2019 – 12 – 22

Brett Ballantini and Joe Resis discuss a scorching Hot Stove week for the White Sox, with the free agent signings…

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South Side Hit Pen Podcast 4 – BB w/Joe Resis – 2019 – 12 – 22

Brett Ballantini and Joe Resis discuss a scorching Hot Stove week for the White Sox, with the free agent signings…

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Posted in Top 100 Prospects

South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect No. 98: Devon Perez

Devon Perez has been a revelation in his two years in the White Sox system.

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Today in White Sox History: December 22

Author of the most storied inning in White Sox 21st Century history, El Duque, was signed on this day.

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Now Dallas is in Chicago

A HUGE rotation piece gets added to the White Sox, as southpaw sinkerballer Dallas Keuchel signed a three-year deal with the club on Saturday.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect No. 99: Ti’quan Forbes

After a promising 2018 with the Dash, Forbes struggled at Birmingham last year.

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Today in White Sox History: December 20

Bill Veeck assumes control of the White Sox.

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Fixing a Hole: White Sox still looking to patch rotation

With Gio in the fold, the White Sox must be held to their promise to add more premium pitching: Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dallas Keuchel or David Price.

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P*RO*S*P*E*C*T: You tell ’em, Aretha

For fun and frolic, top prospects lists are plenty fun. But swearing by sub-majors talent is a sure way to punch a ticket to madness.

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Once again, Gio González is going to the White Sox

Gio González rejoins the White Sox, in a rotation-bolstering move.

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South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect No. 100: José Nin

Overall, José Nin has had a solid start to his White Sox career, and could see Birmingham in 2020.

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Today in White Sox History: December 17

Two manager hires, one bad and one brilliant, along with the White Sox birth of the Big Boy, Bobby Jenks.

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Thank you, Yolmer Sánchez!

Yolmer Homer enters free agency for the first time in his career. A remembrance, by a No. 1 fan.

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If you can’t beat ’em, out-BS ’em

The closing section of the South Side Hit Pen Podcast 3, dealing with possible White Sox slogans for 2020, indicated…

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Posted in South Side Hit Pen Hall of Fame

Vote in the inaugural South Side Hit Pen Veteran’s Committee Hall of Fame election

Tired of dopey BBWAA votes? In the first of three offseason Hall of Fame votes, we present our own South Side Hit Pen Veteran’s Committee ballot.

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South Side Hit Pen Podcast: Episode 3

Nomar Mazara? A dwindling list of free agent pitchers? A new 2020 season slogan for Brooks Boyer? It’s all here, in the latest podcast.

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SSHP E3 BB- Scott Reichard 2019 – 12 – 15

Brett Ballantini and Scott Reichard sit down to discuss the aftermath of a quiet Winter Meetings and a dwindling free…

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SSHP E3 BB- Scott Reichard 2019 – 12 – 15

Brett Ballantini and Scott Reichard sit down to discuss the aftermath of a quiet Winter Meetings and a dwindling free…

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SSHP E3 BB- Scott Reichard 2019 – 12 – 15

Brett Ballantini and Scott Reichard sit down to discuss the aftermath of a quiet Winter Meetings and a dwindling free…

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SSHP E3 BB- Scott Reichard 2019 – 12 – 15

Brett Ballantini and Scott Reichard sit down to discuss the aftermath of a quiet Winter Meetings and a dwindling free…

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Posted in Deep Dive

Deep Dive: Free agent right fielders

Several solid options for right field are still available via free agency — but none who would function well with Nomar Mazara as a platoon bat.

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Today in White Sox History: December 15

It’s two up, one down among deals on this day in White Sox history.

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Deep Dive: Leury García’s past, present and future with the White Sox

Superutilityman Leury García is set to play several roles for the 2020 White Sox.

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Today in White Sox History: December 14

A welcome for a fiery manager, and a goodbye for a fiery starter.

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A weird and wonderful fit: Edwin Encarnacion in Pale Hose

Edwin Encarnación is all about mashing. Think he’d fit in a weak White Sox offense?

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Deep Dive: Charlotte and Birmingham right fielders

Three very strong upper-system RFs all suffered star-crossed 2019 campaigns.

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Deep Dive: Winston-Salem and Kannapolis right fielders

Three right fielders in A ball, and three impressive talents.

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Today in White Sox History: December 13

Happy Todd Ritchie Day! (There are actual OK transactions that have fallen on this day, too.)

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Deep Dive: Rookie league right fielders

Without a lot of name recognition but with plenty of upside, the young White Sox RFs will be fun to watch in 2020.

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Today in White Sox History: December 12

A couple more Roland Hemond trades, both working out well for the White Sox.

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Meet the Players: Tommy Barbee

Get to know Tommy Barbee, the newest South Side Hit Pen writer!

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Posted in Transactions

Going meh for Mazara

Cheer up, White Sox fans: the Nomar Mazara swap is a nice change-of-scene deal that could benefit both the White Sox and Rangers.

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Today in White Sox History: December 11

Among a flurry of rough trades, there was one bright spot: Tom Paciorek joined the White Sox on this day.

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Mazara joins the White Sox for Walker, Texas Ranger

In a curious move, the White Sox send promising minor-league talent off to Texas for a stalled major leaguer.

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Today in White Sox History: December 10

Veeck is back! (And a year later, he brings in Zisk.)

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Deep Dive: Free agent center fielders

It’s a weak free agent crop, so it’s a good thing we got a guy named Luis.

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Today in White Sox History: December 9

Possibly the best free-agent signing in team history happened on this day.

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State of the White Sox bullpen as the Winter Meetings approach

With a bullpen in only OK shape, the White Sox will need to examine every avenue to improve for 2020.

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South Side Hit Pen Podcast: Episode 2

Episode 2 features editor-in-chief Brett Ballantini and writer Leonard Gore talking will-he-won’t-he-Marcell Ozuna, Marcell Polo, Yaz Grandal, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Ken Williams, Wiffleball in the house, humor in baseball, and fanfic-on-demand.

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SSHP E2 BB – Leonard Gore 2019 – 12 – 08

South Side Hit Pen Episode 2! Editor-in-chief Brett Ballantini and writer Leonard Gore comb over the latest in White Sox…

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SSHP E2 BB – Leonard Gore 2019 – 12 – 08

South Side Hit Pen Episode 2! Editor-in-chief Brett Ballantini and writer Leonard Gore comb over the latest in White Sox…

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SSHP E2 BB – Leonard Gore 2019 – 12 – 08

South Side Hit Pen Episode 2! Editor-in-chief Brett Ballantini and writer Leonard Gore comb over the latest in White Sox…

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SSHP E2 BB – Leonard Gore 2019 – 12 – 08

South Side Hit Pen Episode 2! Editor-in-chief Brett Ballantini and writer Leonard Gore comb over the latest in White Sox…

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Today in White Sox History: December 8

Sort of a rough run of transactions mark this day, but one — acquiring Eddie Collins — was one of the biggest jackpots in White Sox history.

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Deep Dive: Adam Engel’s past, present and future with the White Sox

While Engel’s role with the White Sox is due to shrink in 2020, he retains value as a fourth or fifth outfielder.

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Today in White Sox History: December 7

Todays treat? More sneaky sweets from Roland Hemond.

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What, if anything, should the White Sox offer Tsutsugo?

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo could supply the White Sox with a reliable, left-handed bat that is well worth the risk.

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Deep Dive: Charlotte and Birmingham center fielders

The Tres Luises collectively stand as some of the brightest prospects in the organization, and none shine brighter than Robert.

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Today in White Sox History: December 6

Three massive trades mark the day: The return of Minnie, the departure of Sale, and the arrival of the Mouth of the South Side.

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Filling the South Side’s crater in right field

A plethora of solid options exist for the White Sox this offseason, including blockbuster trades and hefty free-agent signings.

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South Side Hit Pen Podcast: Episode 1

Try not to shed a tiny tear as we talk about “No. 1 free agent target” Zack Wheeler. We also pump up the volume on Yasiel Puig, take a victory lap with Yasmani Grandal, and work the mailbag.

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Deep Dive: Winston-Salem and Kannapolis center fielders

Two of the best hitters in the entire system excelled in A-ball in 2019.

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Today in White Sox History: December 5

A big trade that paid delayed dividends headlines the day.

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SSHP Podcast 1

Brett and Clint talk White Sox baseball in the first SSHP Podcast http://media.blubrry.com/southsidehitpen/p/feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/723431050-user-267296231-sshp-podcast-1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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SSHP Podcast 1

Brett and Clint talk White Sox baseball in the first SSHP Podcast http://media.blubrry.com/southsidehitpen/p/feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/723431050-user-267296231-sshp-podcast-1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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SSHP Podcast 1

Brett and Clint talk White Sox baseball in the first SSHP Podcast http://media.blubrry.com/southsidehitpen/p/feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/723431050-user-267296231-sshp-podcast-1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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SSHP Podcast 1

Brett and Clint talk White Sox baseball in the first SSHP Podcast http://media.blubrry.com/southsidehitpen/p/feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/723431050-user-267296231-sshp-podcast-1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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Wheels down, it’s time to show (R)yu the money

Plan B after Zack Wheeler? The White Sox could do way worse than a Cy Young runner-up who keeps contact on the ground, and soft. It’s time to target Hyun-Jin Ryu.

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Deep Dive: Rookie league center fielders

These four have yet to reach drinking age, but all are emerging prospects in the White Sox organization.

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So you didn’t sign Zack Wheeler …

There’s still a lotta offseason to gather free agents, White Sox fans.

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Today in White Sox History: December 4

Three savvy moves — one trade, one Rule 5 pick, and one managerial hire — mark the day.

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Deep Dive: Free agent left fielders

Marcell Ozuna, the best of the bunch, would cost the White Sox a second-round pick and $500,000 international bonus pool money. More economical options include Alex Dickerson and Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo.

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Non-tendered players on the market: Which make sense for the White Sox?

Of all the surprising names around baseball to be refused contracts on Monday, four names leap out as great solutions to fill out the White Sox roster.

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McCann signs, but it’s bye-bye Burr, Frare, Vieira

The White Sox secured their backup catcher, but lost three valuable bullpen arms in a rough tender day on Monday.

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Today in White Sox History: December 2

A double-dip of megadeals would make the White Sox season in 1972.

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Deep Dive: Eloy Jiménez’s past, present and future with the White Sox

One of the most fun Dives of all … the delightful phenom of the South Side!

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Today in White Sox History: December 1

Luis Aparicio won the Rookie of the Year award on this day — 14 years later, he was traded away from the White Sox (for the second time!)

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Early moves close the book on the rebuild — it’s time to start winning!

Rick Hahn’s aggressive signing of Yasmani Grandal, along with other smaller moves and an exciting rumor mill, indicate the rebuild is done and the winning begins now.

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