7/17/1994 – 20 years later

Even at the outset I wasn’t a typical eight year old. I read the newspaper and encyclopedias, and I watched Saturday Night Live. I had started watching baseball the year before, and found myself enthralled with the fact that Scott Erickson had thrown a no-hitter just a few months prior to the day in question.

On July 17, 1994, I became an even more atypical eight year old.

They say time heals all wounds but quite frankly I don’t think that’s true. Continue reading

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I Met Jose Canseco

I received a press release a couple of months ago touting Jose Canseco visiting the Ridgedale FanHQ, and outside of tweeting it out I didn’t think much of it. Sure, it might be fun to meet the author of one of my favorite books, but I’ve long passed the days where I feel the need to meet someone and perhaps feel starstruck. The press releases for these come in quite regularly, and the list of athletes who visit really is quite cool. Former Twins like Joe Nathan, pro wrestling legends like Honky Tonk Man, and even local legends like Lou Nanne dot the landscape in addition to current Twins such as Brian Dozier and Trevor Plouffe. But Canseco? Man, that’s a little different. Kind of like him, right?

As the days drew closer to the event I flip-flopped about whether or not I’d like to go. On the eve of the event, I took a peek at the website and saw that it was $15 for a ‘posed photo.’ Silly, I thought, and wrote the idea off. Continue reading

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One on One with Phil Hughes

Phil Hughes makes his triumphant return to Yankee Stadium this weekend to make his first non-Yankees start at the place he used to call home. Hughes has been a revelation for the Twins so far this season, going 5-1 with a 3.23 ERA while primarily doing it throwing just a couple different fastballs and a curveball.

Hughes was kind enough to take some time to chat prior to Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to the Texas Rangers to talk about the season that’s been, and the weekend to come.

Brandon Warne: “In terms of repertoire, it’s pretty obvious you have changed some things coming into this year. What’s gone into that thought process?”

Phil Hughes: “Obviously when you have the year that I had last year, you figure any change will be a good change. So this offseason, I sort of thought about it to myself for a little bit about what I can do to get better — to turn things around. My slider was kind of a pitch that got me out of some spots last year I guess you could say, but it definitely wasn’t a quality pitch. I just started to think back about what type of pitcher I was at my best, whether that was in the minor leagues, or when I first came up…stuff like that. The curveball was always at the forefront of that. So that was kind of the reasoning behind going back to the curveball and scrapping the slider. I was just like “my curveball can be good; I know it can be good. I just have to work on it, and focus on it, and throw it.” So that was a decision I made this offseason. I talked to Andy about it, and it kind of went from there.”

BW: “Was it kind of a ‘less is more’ approach, just honing in on different things, or was it just knowing what you could and couldn’t command, and going to war with it?”

PH: “I was just trying to think back about when I was at my best, and what I was doing well. I was commanding my four-seam, curveball, and occasional changeup. I feel like my cutter has become a complementary pitch to that. I’m able to throw it to both sides of the plate. I can back door it to lefties and front door it to righties, and obviously in to lefties and away from righties. I just wanted the curveball to be back to the pitch I knew it could be, and knew it was capable of being. I felt like the slider was getting in the way of that development I guess.”

BW: “And now your command has been great this year. I don’t necessarily mean walks as much as your zone percentage, or percentage of pitches you’ve thrown in the strike zone. You’re at a career best. Has that been throwing a fastball predominantly, or has it been better execution, or something else?”

PH: “I probably credit most of it to mechanics. I’d get into modes the last couple years where I’d overthrow with guys on base or in big spots even out of the windup. Any time you overthrow it’s going to cost you location a little bit. This is probably the most comfortable I’ve felt mechanically in as long as I can remember; even probably the minor leagues. I’m able to repeat my delivery, stay nice, easy, and fluid where everything finishes at the end. I feel like with that formula, I can pound the strike zone, and that’s kinda been what’s been working the last month or so.

BW: “Did the Twins do anything to you mechanically, or is this all you?”

PH: “No. No I talked to Rick and we started working on some things in spring training just to keep my — it sounds weird — body out of it as much as possible. Stay nice and easy. Don’t overthrow and fly open, you know all those things you talk about. Staying nice and easy mechanically. All the aggression and effort is at the end.”

BW: “One thing that’s happening that I don’t know if you’re aware of is that you’re near the top of the league in fouls induced. Is that something that really think about at all?”

PH: “No. That’s happened before. I think I in like 2010 I set the record for most foul balls in a game or something like that. That’s just the nature of how I am. My fastball has a little bit of life on it. I’m going to be in the zone a lot and guys are swinging, so you’re going to get foul balls. That’s just part of it. I’m a flyball guy, so obviously they’re going to be hitting the bottom side of the ball and fouling it back, or whatever it is. Early in counts I’ve never been a guy who tries to be absolutely perfect, and nibble. I’ll try make a pitcher’s pitch late in the count when I’m ahead, so early on I’m going to get foul balls and things like that. That’s just the nature of it. If I’m in the strike zone and guys are swinging, there’s going to be more foul balls mixed in there. I don’t think it’s something I need to be overly concerned with; my pitch counts have been OK.”

BW: “Can you recall a time in your career where you’ve pitched better than this?”

PH: “I think back to the first half of 2010, where I went on a good run. But mechanically-wise, this is probably the best I’ve felt in a while. There’s been some other times where I’ve went on some decent runs. This is probably right up there.”

BW: “Feel free to be as specific or as vague as you’d like, but when you became a free agent did a lot of teams express interest, and did you single out places that would be a good place for you to pitch?”

PH: “For sure, I wanted to go somewhere I felt would be a good fit, both with personally and with baseball. I felt like this kind of met every need and thing on the checklist. So yeah, that was definitely up there. There was a lot of interest. The Twins were probably the most aggressive I would say. I think a lot of teams kind of threw their hat into the ring to see if they could get a bargain; ‘it doesn’t hurt to try call’ sort of thing. So there were a bunch of teams. I don’t know how many teams were serious, but there was some interest out there.”

BW: “I don’t want to beat a dead horse, but do you have any extra juice going into this weekend versus the Yankees?”

PH: “I mean I’ll try treat it like any other game as much as I can. But I think human nature is you’re going to get a little more amped up for something like that. It’ll be fun. I’m looking forward to it. I’m glad I get to go in there and spend a couple days before I have to pitch, and see some people around there and stuff like that. It should be a fun weekend.”


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Kicking Through Some Old Clips

I found an old jump drive from my college days, and while browsing through its contents I came across a piece I had done for one of my senior year journalism classes.

We were assigned to go to a nearby care facility and interview some of the residents to see what we could suss out in terms of interesting stories to craft into something that might be printed in a local newspaper. In fact, now that I think about it, it was for Community Journalism class.

For fun — and because I never had it published — I think I’ll post it here today, just to think about how far my writing has come in the past five years. So, here we have it:

Brandon Warne
Comm. Journalism
17 October 2009
First Draft – Bitley Story

Bloomer native Bitley reflects on life after leaving

Waldron “Bit” Bitley was born Apr. 13, 1918 in Bloomer.  He spent his entire childhood in Bloomer, before graduating from Stout Institute (modern day University of Wisconsin-Stout) in 1941.  “My draft number was pulled that year,” Bit mentioned, “so I had to get a deferment in order to graduate before joining the service.”  Upon graduating, Bit shipped out to Camp Wheeler near Macon, GA in July 1941 for his initial training.  “It was a cool time of year,” Bit joked.  After two months at Wheeler, Bit moved on to Fort Dix in Sept.  “They had us all in one barracks, and we were doing guard duty.   What were we guarding?  Squirrels and trees, I guess,” Bit mentioned, suggesting there was little to nothing to do at that time.  With nothing to do, Bit decided it might behoove him to apply for aviation cadet training.  Bit reported to Phoenix for pilot training, and received good marks from his trainer.  The trainer then suggested a check ride to see how Bit would do in the air.  With winds gusting at above 25 miles-per-hour, Bit said “God himself couldn’t have controlled that single-engine aircraft.”  It was determined that Bit’s reaction time wasn’t fast enough, and he abandoned the notion of flying as a cadet.

With his aviation dreams dashed, Bit decided in mid-1942 to apply for Officer Candidate School (O.C.S.) in Miami Beach, and graduated as a Lieutenant in Sept.  He was assigned to Shreveport LA for a short time before he was sent overseas to Casablanca, North Africa with the B26 Bombers.  “They sure didn’t have Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman there to greet us,” Bit joked, also adding that they landed on Christmas Eve 1942.  Bit mentioned that some of the bombers went north into the Aleutian Islands, and some went south into the Ascension Islands near Africa.  According to Bit, the Americans kept their base in Casablanca, while the Germans were in Tunis at this time.  “We were bombing the German supply ships and the ships they had in the harbor, and with the help of the Army we gradually pushed the Germans out,” Bit said.  “We pushed them from Tunis, to Sardinia and Corsica, and finally they retreated into France.”

Bit recalled that while the men were in North Africa, they would turn in their worn out clothing in for new stuff.  Bit and a friend of his would pick up the salvage clothing and go to the surrounding Arab communities to trade for eggs (the Arabs called them “oofs”) to eat.  “Neither side spoke a lick of the other’s language,” Bit said, “but we both understood numbers.  We’d write a number (of eggs) down, and the Arab fellows would cut the number in half and demand the clothing for that number.  At that, my buddy would put everything down and do a goofy Indian dance he had learned, and the price would go back up for our clothing.”

As the Germans retreated, the Americans forged on and took over the Sardinia base for themselves, Bit noted.  “We had about 350 enlisted men, gunners and ground men included.  We had four squadrons that each had 15 B26’s.  We were a bomb group, and we had fine ground personnel.”  By this time Bit was a Squadron Adjutant, and spent 10 months in Sardinia before they moved onto Corsica, another former German base.  From there, they were able to push the Germans all the way back to Germany.  “They took a (expletive) kicking,” Bit said, mentioning the force by which the Americans destroyed the German forces.  As the Germans retreated, the Americans marched on, this time into Dijon, France, where they would remain for the balance of the war.

As World War II ended, Bit and his outfit, which he described as all the personnel and planes, were sent for retraining.  “We were going to go fight the Japanese,” Bit said, “but we didn’t end up in Japan right away.”  Bit’s outfit first went into Linz, Austria as ground personnel to do some disarmament work.  Near there, in some caves in Switzerland, they found huge German factories.  “Our orders were clear, we were to dismantle but not destroy,” Bit said.  After the disarmament, Bit was granted his release and headed back to the states.  He reached home in Bloomer in Nov. 1945, and received three months worth of leave pay before he re-enlisted.  “I worked at the Bloomer Brewery for three months while getting my leave pay, and then I re-enlisted and was sent to Dayton, OH,” Bit said.

Bit was assigned to the air material command in Dayton, and spent a year there.  He was honorably discharged as a Captain Nov. 30, 1946.   The end of 1946 brought a new title for Bit, Master Sergeant, and a new location, as he was sent to Fort Dix, NJ where he would serve until Nov. 1947.  Bit was then sent to Fuchu, Japan, where in the meantime he was married and his first son was born.  Bit and his blooming family spent nearly three years in Japan before returning stateside.  He was then commissioned back as a Captain in 1949, and was assigned to Travis Air Force Base near San Francisco in California.  There Bit worked as a Slot Major in an Air Force group.  He again received an honorable discharge in 1952, and was commissioned back again as a captain to serve until 1957.

In 1961, Bit and his family arrived in England first class on the Queen Mary.  They stayed in East Anglia, and had to live on the economy, Bit mentioned, because there was no base housing for married military people.  The first place they lived in was a half-house, in which Bit’s family lived upstairs and the owner of the house lived downstairs.  “The houses were heated by fireplace, and we also had kerosene heating lamps in our bedrooms,” Bit recalled.  Following his time in England, Bit and his family moved to Grand Forks, ND where Bit taught ROTC at University of North Dakota for 12 years.  There he became the director of independent study in the division of continuing education.

Today Bit lives in Eagle Crest Retirement Community.  He remarried in 1995 after his first wife passed away.  “I was on a cruise to Alaska, and I met this wonderful woman who loved to dance just like I did.  Every night we’d dance until it was real late, closing down the bar each night.  I like to think we provided the heat on the ship up to Alaska,” Bit joked.  She lived in Roseville, and he lived in Grand Forks still, so they had to make a long distance relationship work for the time being.  Soon, however the woman would become his wife, and they now reside together at Eagle Crest.

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Minnesota Twins – Los Angeles Dodgers Doubleheader Preview

Dodgers at Twins
Setting: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minn.
Season Series: Dodgers lead 1-0 (Twins won last season series 2-1, in 2011)

(All stats entering play Thursday)

Game One Matchup: RHP Dan Haren (3-0, 2.03 ERA, 7.8 K/9, 1.13 WHIP) v. RHP Mike Pelfrey (0-2, 7.32 ERA, 3.7 K/9, 1.88 WHIP) – 12:10 CT first pitch

Haren Lowdown: Haren has been nothing short of sensational in his first five starts as a Dodger, winning three and looking quite a bit like early-career Haren. It’s not exactly business as usual for the righty, however. He’s throwing softer than ever — 87.5 mph on his four-seamer and 86.7 on his two-seamer — so he’s clearly getting by with deception and location (3.1 percent walk rate will also attest). Those velocities are a full three miles per hour slower than his career rates.

Having a wildly diverse repertoire has helped Haren, who can come at a hitter with four different fastball varieties (split and cutter in addition to aforementioned two), and he’s mixed in what PITCHf/x classifies as a knuclecurve, which he’ll throw about one in every 10 pitches. Haren’s location has been very, very good this season. His splitter is the only pitch where he’s seen much difficulty, both in location (8.3 percent walk rate) and execution (.455/.500/.773 batting line against). Everything else is allowing a sub-.700 OPS — including sub-.500 on the cutter and knucklecurve — and a sub 2.1 percent walk rate (and that’s just cutter, everything else is zero). Haren will continue to walk a fine line given his velocity as a right-hander, but it’s going to be absolutely artistic to watch him pitch when he’s on. And so far, that’s been the case.

Pelfrey Lowdown: At this point Pelfrey has to be just pitching for his job, as any positivity from the first couple starts has completely evaporated over the past two weeks (1.9 K/9; 7.7 BB/9 in that span). Pelfrey has nearly twice as many walks (15) and strikeouts (8), and could be just one or two more bad starts from being banished to the bullpen — he warmed up as an emergency reliever over the weekend — or worse yet, Rochester. Apparently he still does have options, though as a vested veteran he could refuse to be sent down. It’s still early, but there has to be some worry about Pelfrey’s location, especially when taken in the same vein as his diminished early season velocity. Out of the pen, Pelfrey could be a very good reliever, but it’s unclear just how close the Twins are to considering it.

Game Two Matchup: RHP Red Patterson (MLB debut) v. LHP Kris Johnson (first 2014 MLB appearance) – 6:10 CT first pitch

Patterson Lowdown: There’s virtually no buzz surrounding Patterson, who’ll come up and make his big league debut in a spot start that was widely believed to be going to Josh Beckett as recently as late Wednesday night. Patterson spent all of 2013 at Albuquerque, posting a 3.03 ERA and 9.2 K/9 in a notorious hitter’s league (PCL). Patterson was a 29th round pick in 2010, and has not appeared on Baseball America’s Dodgers prospect list in any year. If memory serves, that list runs 40 deep each season. In other words, Patterson is a ways down there. John Sickels of MinorLeagueBall.com did have him as a possible C+ after 2011, but even then by the looks of it he was somewhere in the 30 range in the Dodgers organization nearly three years ago.

True Blue LA — the Dodgers SB Nation blog — had Patterson at No. 64 in the Dodgers organization after 2011, and offered the following (via interviews conducted with Patterson himself and his pitching coach Kremlin Martinez in the Saginaw News:

“Patterson’s best pitch is low-90s fastball (that has been clocked as high as 95 mph), but Patterson feels his best pitch is a “spike” curveball, a combination slider-curve. Red said, “I’ve never been able to throw a real curve, so I came up with the spike, basically digging my fingernail into the ball. It doesn’t move 12-to-6, but more 3-to-9, but even then it sometimes moves different ways.” Kremlin also added, “This year, the control on his off-speed pitches improved. He still has a good fastball, but he’s been able to use his changeup and curve to get lefties out.””

Johnson Lowdown: Unlike Patterson, Johnson isn’t making his big league debut on Thursday, but it’s not far from it. Johnson made four nondescript appearances for the Pirates last year (6.10 ERA, 7.8 K/9) before coming over in the bizarro Duke Welker shuttle situation. Even with the magic of MiLB.tv, the writer has yet to see Johnson pitch live, so here’s a breakdown of the lefty from Rochester’s own Chris Fee, who covers the team for Sports and Leisure Magazine:

“So far Johnson has either been average or virtually unhittable, there has been no middle ground. In his first and last start, Johnson has not allowed an earned run in 11 innings, and has given up just five hits and struck out 10. In his second and third starts, Johnson allowed seven earned runs and 13 hits in 11 innings with 10 strikeouts and three walks. While Johnson has an overall ERA of 2.86 with 20 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched, there needs to be more consistency from him before a promotion to the next level is a possibility. (Johnson went 10-4 with 2.39 ERA with Indianapolis last season).” Of course, Mr. Fee is suggesting a more permanent promotion rather than the 26th man situation the Twins are in today.

Best Dodgers Player You Haven’t Heard of: Scott Van Slyke, outfielder/first baseman

Lowdown: It can be easy to forget about Van Slyke, the son of former Pirates great/good Andy Van Slyke, but that’s more because he’s behind the troupe of Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, and Carl Crawford. That’s not totally his fault, and to his credit he has mashed when given the opportunity the past couple years. He’ll play all over the outfield — though unlike pops he can’t really do center — and can give Gonzalez a rest at first base as well. More importantly, he has mashed when given the opportunity the past couple of years, hitting .248/.349/.491 with nine home runs in just under 200 plate appearances. That’s more or less a 30 home run pace over a full season. So far he’s profiled more as a lefty masher (.826 OPS v. LHP | .691 v. RHP) as he bats right handed — contrary to his pops’ lefty swing. Still, this will be a guy the Dodgers will find plenty of playing time for, especially with Ethier’s platoon issues and Crawford’s Crawford issues.

Injury Bug:
Dodgers pitchers Chad Billingsley (elbow), Scott Elbert (elbow, appendectomy), and Onelki Garcia (elbow) are on the 60-day disabled list. Billingsley and Elbert are out indefinitely after Tommy John surgery, while Garcia’s elbow surgery was of the arthroscopic variety and should only keep him sidelined until early summer. Lefty Clayton Kershaw (back) is on the 15-day disabled list but is expected to be activated next week. Catcher A.J. Ellis (left knee) is also on the 15-day disabled list after having surgery to repair his medial meniscus. He’s expected back in early- to mid-May.

Twins outfielders Josh Willingham and Oswaldo Arcia are on the 15-day disabled list. Both are expected back sometime in May.

Who’s Hot (last two weeks):
1B Adrian Gonzalez – .381/.438/.690 (.470 wOBA, 3 HR)
OF Yasiel Puig – .302/.388/.535 (.405 wOBA, 2 HR)
OF Scott Van Slyke – .263/.333/.526 (.374 wOBA)
SP Dan Haren – 1-0 (2 starts), 2.03 ERA
SP Zack Greinke – 2-0 (3 starts), 1.42 ERA
RP Brandon League – unscored upon in 6.1 IP (four appearances)

OF Sam Fuld – .429/.455/.667 (.486 wOBA)
C Josmil Pinto – .278/.469/.472 (.425 wOBA)
C Kurt Suzuki – .385/.441/.577 (.425 wOBA)
3B Trevor Plouffe – .293/.388/.512 (.389 wOBA)
RPs Casey Fien, Sam Deduno, Michael Tonkin, and Caleb Thielbar – unscored upon in 18.2 innings pitched
RP Glen Perkins – 1 ER over 5 IP in 5 appearances (1.80 ERA)
SP Phil Hughes – 2-0 (2 starts), 2.77 ERA

Who’s Not (last two weeks):
OF Carl Crawford – .107/.161/.179 (.155 wOBA, 3 for 28)
IF Justin Turner – .160/.250/.200 (.216 wOBA)
3B Juan Uribe – .205/.234/.341 (.243 wOBA)
RP Brian Wilson – 6 ER in 5 IP in 7 appearances (10.80 ERA)

SS Pedro Florimon – .150/.190/.200 (.179 wOBA)
OF Jason Kubel – .211/.268/.263 (.244 wOBA)
OF Aaron Hicks – .192/.323/.346 (.308 wOBA)
SP Kevin Correia – 0-2 (2 starts), 11.88 ERA
SP Ricky Nolasco – 1-1 (2 starts), 8.49 ERA
SP Mike Pelfrey – 0-0 (2 starts), 6.75 ERA

Weather (courtesy of BleacherWeather.com/subject to change): High 48/Low 39, 70 percent chance of precip Thursday (30 percent Thursday night)

Other notes:
Twins rank fifth in runs scored in MLB.
Twins rank first in offensive walk rate (12.6 percent) and team OBP (.353) in MLB.

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Twins-White Sox Series Notes

Twins at White Sox
Setting: U.S. Cellular Field
Season Series: White Sox Lead 1-0

Game Two Matchup: RHP Felipe Paulino (NR) v. RHP Kevin Correia (NR) – 1:10 CT

Paulino Scouting Report: The Twins have seen Paulino before on three separate occasions (1-1, 4.60 ERA, 17 K/3 BB in 14.2 IP), as the 30-year-old right-hander previously toiled for the Royals in 2011 and 2012. In fact, Paulino’s last big league appearance came against the Twins, as he exited after just two-thirds of an inning back on June 6, 2012 with a strained right groin. Paulino then tore his UCL while rehabbing his groin, which required Tommy John surgery. If that wasn’t enough, Paulino missed all of 2013 with shoulder surgery to remove a cyst, as well as rotator cuff and labrum cleanup. When healthy, Paulino can throw some real heat. His average fastball in his career is 95.2 mph. For some context, last year’s MLB leaders in fastball velocity among ‘qualified’ pitchers were Matt Harvey of the Mets (95.4 mph) and Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals (95.2). His velocity, repertoire, and workload will both be monitored closely as the season wears on. In the past, Paulino has featured a very good slider (86.1 mph career average thrown 25.5 percent of the time), as well as a changeup (86.4 mph, 8.3 percent) and a curveball (77.8 mph, 7.5 percent).

Game Three Matchup: Jose Quintana (NR) v. Phil Hughes (NR) – 1:10 CT

Quintana Scouting Report: The White Sox inked Quintana to a five-year deal late in spring training, which is a huge coup for a player who had pitched just 48.2 innings above High-A — and at one point was left off the Yankees 40-man roster altogether — prior to making his big league debut with the Sox in 2012. The 25-year-old left-hander quietly threw 200 innings last year, and his 3.7 fWAR tied him for 24th among all big league starters (tied with Homer Bailey, Madison Bumgarner, Patrick Corbin, and ahead of Jordan Zimmermann and Mike Minor). Quintana does it with a low-90s fastball that’s almost exclusively of the four-seam variety. He supplements it with a high-80s cutter, high-70s curve, and a mid-80s changeup. Quintana’s best pitch last year was his four-seamer, which resulted in a batting line of .237/.295/.360 (.291 wOBA). In fact the only pitch he got hit hard with last year was his changeup (.299/.377/.522 | .389 wOBA), which he only threw 10.4 percent of the time. Quintana’s best swing-and-miss pitch is his curveball, which generated a whiff 11.3 percent of the time last year. Overall, Quintana has shown a healthy penchant for grounders (44.5 percent career rate) and strikeouts (6.6 per 9, 7.4 in 2013), and that sort of combination is the holy grail for pitchers. He may not have ace type projection, but he could be a thorn in the Twins side for years to come.

Best White Sox Player You Haven’t Heard of: Marcus Semien, Infielder
Lowdown: Most people have already heard of masher Jose Dariel Abreu, and the answer here could probably be a couple other players — including Paulino if healthy — but Semien gets the nod for right now. The Twins telecast referred to him as a backup second baseman on Monday, but that’s not totally fair to Semien either. He may well beat out Gordon Beckham for regular playing time at second, and is versatile enough around the infield to see time at short and third too.

Baseball Prospectus rated him as the sixth-best prospect in a weak White Sox system over the winter, saying that while he lacks top-end projection, he “will provide a valuable service for a major league team, and given the skill set, has a chance to stick around for a long time.” Patience is wearing thin with Beckham on the South Side, and Semien could force him out sooner rather than later. Beckham is currently on the disabled list (strained left oblique).

Weather (courtesy of BleacherWeather.com): 60% chance of precipitation, 42 high/35 low Wednesday afternoon | 60% chance of precipitation, 40 high/38 low Thursday afternoon.

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Audio from Podcast Recorded with Notch

Hi friends, long time no post here at BW.com. I have some fun ideas about how I’m going to utilize this space in the near future, but for now, I’m just going to say that there are a lot of fun things in the works in my life, and I’ll be updating you all on them as soon as I can.

But the chief point of today’s post is to bring you the audio from a podcast I joined yesterday called “Notch’s Sports Spectacular” which featured me as a guest with my good pal W.B. Nottger.

This link will take you straight to the audio, which is nearly 30 solid minutes in which the worst thing I say is “Aaron Hicks was never close to the prospect Byron Buxton is.”

Please listen, enjoy, and feel free to comment. Thanks!

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