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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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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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Today in White Sox History: November 30

Three more acquisitions mark the day — all of them good ones.

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Deep Dive: Charlotte and Birmingham left fielders

Joel Booker is looking for a bounce-back season that will keep his career on track for the majors.

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Today in White Sox History: November 29

Two deals highlight this day … and both turned out pretty well for the White Sox.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Part III, the Ugly

Is the Yasmani Grandal signing just another carrot — or a promise? In this review of some of the low points of 2019, hope spring eternal.

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Deep Dive: Winston-Salem and Kannapolis left fielders

Many of the players here were either drafted in the later rounds or are considered better suited for utility roles. But perhaps one of the late-round selections, like Cameron Simmons or Jonathan Allen, could surprise in 2020.

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A Conversation With: Wilbur Wood

Truly one of the White Sox’s (and baseball’s) most unheralded pitchers, the knuckleballing southpaw sat down for a long conversation about his 12-year career on the South Side.

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Today in White Sox History: November 27

A very busy day in White Sox history, including a career-ending accident and a decade-defining trade.

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White Sox All-Decade Team: Outfield and DH

With two easy guesses and one true curveball, the All-Decade outfield is sort of fun, in a depressing kinda way.

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Today in White Sox History: November 26

Two key signings, leading to multiple 90-win seasons, highlight the day.

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Meet the Players: Owen Schoenfeld

Welcome our newest writer, a White Sox blog vet and dashing center fielder who makes his analysis debut for us today!

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Joc of all trades: Pederson a perfect fit for Chicago’s right field woes

With the Hot Stove already broiling on the South Side, it may be time for Rick Hahn to turn back toward last offseason’s near-deal for Dodger Joc Pederson.

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Deep Dive: Rookie league left fielders

Benyamin Bailey leads a promising group of young left fielders in the White Sox system.

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Today in White Sox History: November 25

A big day for a little rookie … and a big change to the World Champs.

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Deep Dive: Free agent shortstops

Shortstop is well in hand for the White Sox looking ahead to 2020, but hey, here are four free agent shortstops for you to peruse anyway.

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Today in White Sox History: November 24

Another rookie win, and a return for a now beloved-pitcher, marks the news of today.

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Today in White Sox History: November 23

A favorite son took home a big award for the White Sox, 36 years ago.

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Yasmani Grandal signals a welcome change for White Sox

Yasmani Grandal echoed what we’ve all been saying, for some time now: Why NOT the White Sox?

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José Abreu signs three-year, $50M contract

Locked in: Power-hitting first baseman José Abreu signed a contract that will keep him on the South Side through 2022….

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White Sox All-Decade Team: Infielders

The votes are in! Some were right and some were wrong, but we can all agree that it was not the best decade for the White Sox — and the dreary player selections reflect that.

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Deep Dive: Tim Anderson’s past, present and future with the White Sox

Coming off of a career-best season and running with swagger to burn, it seems most likely Anderson is the South Side’s starting shortstop for the foreseeable future.

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The Sox signed somebody! Welcome, Yasmani Grandal!

The White Sox got free agency off to a stirring start by snatching No. 1 target Yasmani Grandal.

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Deep Dive: Charlotte and Birmingham shortstops

All three shortstops at the upper levels seem to fit the bill of utilityman profiles, but don’t have the upside of a Lenyn Sosa, Lency Delgado or Yolbert Sánchez.

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Today in White Sox History: November 20

The roots of the White Sox were forged on this day, long, long ago. Also, a big, moody masher came to town.

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Deep Dive: Winston-Salem and Kannapolis shortstops

In A-ball, Lenyn Sosa is clearly the better of the two prospects, as he’s four years younger than Johan Cruz; he’s also the second-ranked shortstop prospect in the organization (behind only Yolbert Sánchez) according to MLB Pipeline.

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Today in White Sox History: November 19

A good and a bad day for White Sox acquisitions, as Roland Hemond made a killer trade and Bill Veeck a free-agent flop.

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Deep Dive: White Sox rookie league shortstops

There is a decent degree of upside both offensively and defensively among rookie league shortstops. In fact, the talent level here may actually exceed any at the higher levels, with the possible exception of Lenyn Sosa.

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Saving baseball from itself, Part 1: a relegation fantasy

One way to sass those sluggish “rebuilding” owners and punish teams that aren’t even trying? Relegation!

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A Conversation With: Tony La Russa

In an exhaustive interview, the Hall of Fame manager looks back at his time with the White Sox … and the one time he was close to returning.

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Deep Dive: Free agent third basemen

Anthony Rendon is the top of the class, but there are some other solid third sackers available via free agency for 2020.

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Deep Dive: Yoán Moncada’s past, present and future with the White Sox

Time for the fun stuff: An exhaustive look at the best everyday player on the White Sox roster.

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The worst White Sox games of 2019

We’ve done the best of the best … now it’s time for the worst of the worst. (Hey, it’s Friday, crack a beer and let these go down easy.)

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Today in White Sox History: November 15

The miraculous Dick Allen was honored as AL MVP, on this day 47 years ago.

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Deep Dive: Charlotte and Birmingham third basemen

With the possible exception of Camilo Quinteiro, these guys appear to be only organizational depth pieces unless they bounce back in a big way in 2020.

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The defense doesn’t rest: an ode to Yolmer

Tis a folly to non-tender our second sacker, if the best offense truly be a great defense.

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José Abreu takes QO, returns for 2020

El Capítan is back, ready to supercharge a stronger Chicago offense. (YouTube) Though there were rumored extension talks leading up…

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Deep Dive: White Sox A-ball third basemen

While Yeyson Yrizarri has yet to advance to Birmingham despite spending nearly 2 ½ years with Winston-Salem, Jake Burger hasn’t even participated in game action for two years due to injuries. Both guys are still young enough to attain their high ceilings — but 2020 will be a big year for both.

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Today in White Sox History: November 13

An exhaustive world tour begins for the South Siders.

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The best White Sox games of 2019

Here’s our look at the very best White Sox games of the 2019 season, from STICK TALK to Giolito’s mound mastery, and a whole bunch of fun in-between.

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Weigh in on the best White Sox of the decade

It was not a pretty 10 years for the Chicago White Sox. Can you recall enough South Side standouts to even fill an All-Decade roster?

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Meet the Players: James Fox

Our newest writer is a FutureSox whiz kid and Frank Thomas fanboy. Just don’t sass him with any of your Cleveland Indians jive.

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Picks to click: free agent starters

The money will be spent … so why not start with rising star Zack Wheeler, and add a lefty on the way out of the store?

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Today in White Sox History: November 12

A team nabbing the top three finishes in the MVP voting? Go-Go Sox!

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Deep Dive: White Sox rookie league third basemen

There is indeed some talent here, though it’s mostly raw. The AZL third basemen appear to be the best of this group.

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Today in White Sox History: November 11

Goodbye to one of our greatest managers … hello to one of our all-time greats.

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The best and blurst games of the 2019 White Sox

This kicks off a mini-burst of bests and blursts this week at South Side Hit Pen. Today, Lenny G gets things going with his highly-entertaining look at his most and least favorite games of 2019.

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Today in White Sox History: November 10

A massive trade, and two huge, unanimous awards mark the day.

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Today in White Sox History: November 9

Today, a big win for a World Series champion manager.

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Deep Dive: Free agent second basemen

With the pickings pretty slim at second, it’s awfully nice that the White Sox seem set at the spot.

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Today in White Sox History: November 8

The highlight of Jerry Manuel’s five-year run in Chicago came in 2000, with an ultimate award.

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Deep Dive: Yolmer Sánchez’s past, present and future with the White Sox

As a player who’s actually been in the White Sox organization longer than anyone else, it would be nice to see Sánchez contribute —even if it’s just as a reserve infielder — to a winning team for a change.

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A most important offseason

The ball is in the front office’s court … we’ll be waiting to see what happens.

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Deep Dive: Charlotte and Birmingham second basemen

Nick Madrigal and Danny Mendick are, by far, the best second basemen in the White Sox system.

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Deep Dive: Winston-Salem and Kannapolis second basemen

Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of long-term talent at Kannapolis and Winston-Salem, so this trio needs to prove some people wrong in 2020.

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Deep Dive: White Sox rookie league second basemen

While there is some decent talent at Great Falls, Arizona and the Dominican, nobody is firmly established enough yet to be a surefire lock for full-season ball in 2020.

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Today in White Sox History: November 4

A momentous day for Ozzie Guillén, whose World Series hangover cleared just in time to be named White Sox manager.

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Today in White Sox History: November 3

Notable manager news: one award-winner, one great hire.

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Today in White Sox History: November 2

A big win for the winningest pitcher of the early 1990s.

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Deep Dive: Free agent first baseman and designated hitters

It’s a robust field this free agency period — and the White Sox have a need for offense.

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