Hitter’s Camp Day 3: Blake Rutherford

Getting better all the time: Rutherford hopes to make his strong second half in Birmingham last year the template for his entire 2020 season. (Chicago White Sox)


On Day 3 of Hitter’s Camp, Blake Rutherford talks with White Sox TV about what he’s learning at camp under the tutelage of Frank Menechino, the key to his improved second half in Birmingham, the importance of his balance in the batter’s box, and his goals for 2020.

Hitter’s Camp Day 3: batting cages

The sights and sounds of sweet, sweet baseball: Among the players featured at Hitter’s Camp in Glendale is Seby Zavala, shown here working on his swing plane. (Chicago White Sox)


White Sox TV presents some raw looks at several young players at Hitter’s Camp, including Blake Rutherford, Luis González, Danny Mendick, Seby Zavala, Micker Adolfo, Gavin Sheets, Luis Basabe and Yermín Mercedes.

Hitter’s Camp Day 2: Andrew Vaughn

Getting his legs under him: It’s been a whirlwind year for Vaughn, coolly and calmly taking it all in. (Chicago White Sox)


In a brief but fun interview on Day 2 of Hitter’s Camp in Glendale, White Sox TV caught up with 2019 first round pick Andrew Vaughn to discuss dancing with pitchers, the excited anticipation of his first spring training, highlights of his Team USA experience, and being a “shorter” first baseman.

 

Hitter’s Camp Day 2: Nick Madrigal

See ya soon: Don’t expect Nick Madrigal to get too excited about awards, like his MiLB Gold Glove. (Chicago White Sox)


On Day 2 of Hitter’s Camp in Glendale, White Sox TV caught up with blue-chip second baseman Nick Madrigal, who spoke about his relationship with new hitting coach Frank Menechino, his adjustment to Triple-A, and winning a Gold Glove.

 

Hitter’s Camp Day 2: Yasmani Grandal

Happy to be here? The pleasure is all ours, Yaz. (Chicago White Sox)


After a long hitting session/new teammates meet-and-greet, Yasmani Grandal fielded his first set of questions from White Sox TV down at Camelback Ranch. Among a number of topics, Yaz spoke of his excitement over the new wave of White Sox talent on the brink of the majors and his offseason work habits.

Hitter’s Camp: Day 2, plus Ricky

Moving up together: Frank Menechino tutors ex-Knights pupil Nick Madrigal, who should soon join the hitting coach in Chicago. (Chicago White Sox)


Tuesday was Day 2 of Hitters’ Camp down in Glendale, and the White Sox were kind enough to provide more footage of the proceedings. 

First, a one-on-one with manager Ricky Renteria, who can hardly conceal his excitement over his club turning the corner. Come for the giddiness, stay for the “Gardy.”

 

 

 

 

 

And of course, we have some batting cage footage, including Andrew Vaughn, Nick Madrigal, Frank Menechino, Rick Hahn, Ricky Renteria and Blake Rutherford.

First taste of spring: Batting cages, Camelback Ranch

Meeting of the minds: New hitting coach Frank Menechino and prize free agent Yasmani Grandal offer Triple-A hopeful Blake Rutherford tips in the batting cage in Glendale on Monday. (Chicago White Sox)


With every White Sox fan drooling in anticipation of an exciting summer on the South Side, on Monday the White Sox released some batting cage footage of several earlybirds to spring training. An unofficial head count shows Zack Collins, Danny Mendick, Nick Madrigal, Seby Zavala, Gavin Sheets, Andrew Vaughn, Yasmani Grandal, Blake Rutherford, top brass, manager Ricky Renteria and hitting coach Frank Menechino.

Enjoy your first taste of the signs and sounds of spring:

MLB cancels White Sox 2020 spring training?

Yet again, we who bleed black can’t help but feel attacked.

In the latest of a string of high-profile media omissions of the Chicago White Sox, ranging from ESPN forgetting about 2005’s World Series title (more than once), to right-wing douchebag Pat Sajak’s game show famously leaving out the Pale Hose in a list of Chicago sports clubs, it’s been par for the course for a long time to see our Sox tossed into the memory hole.

So when MLB decided to email a list of 2020 Spring Training schedules to every At Bat subscriber titled “Every Team’s 2020 Spring Training Schedule,” initially we should have known better and expected what we got: no White Sox. Again.

no white sox 2020 spring rainingYes, that’s right: Yet again, the Pale Hose were tossed right into the memory hole.

Did you want outrage? Were you hoping for harrumphing? Forget it: The fact is, this treatment is exactly what we expect by now. That’s why White Sox fans have to be made of stronger stuff than your average fanbase. Our shoulders are cleared of chips. We are sisters and brothers bathed in the nose light of Andy The Clown. We don’t need constant reminders of our existence pouring at us from every quarter of society such as some baseball clubs in Chicago enjoy. No matter how many times we are told we don’t exist, we don’t change our outlook. We know what’s up. We welcome your disdain. We thrive on your inattention.

And with this farm system, 2020 Spring Training is going to field squads that look monumentally dangerous.

Unless MLB cancels it.

Salute o7 to CHK for the tip.

UPDATE: Yes, by Monday afternoon, MLB updated its list and included all the teams, as advertised. Point is, we were forgotten … again.