White Sox honor, remember Mr. Cub at SoxFest

Moment of silence held for crosstown hero Banks, who passed away at 83

White Sox honor, remember Mr. Cub at SoxFest

CHICAGO -- The name of Mr. Cub appropriately was attached to Ernie Banks during the 19 years he played on the North Side of Chicago, and pretty much for eternity after he retired in 1971.

But White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf believes that description for the Hall of Famer, who passed away at the age of 83 on Friday, should be expanded to a broader baseball spectrum.

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Flowers: 'My job to lose' behind plate for White Sox

Catching depth not an issue for confident 29-year-old backstop

Flowers: 'My job to lose' behind plate for White Sox

CHICAGO -- With all due respect to Geovany Soto, who has proven to be a more than capable everyday player behind the plate when healthy, Tyler Flowers doesn't plan on giving up his starting job as the White Sox catcher.

Flowers made that statement, supported by pure confidence and an eagerness to be pushed by the competition beginning when pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on Feb. 17, during this weekend's SoxFest festivities.

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White Sox add baserunning legend Coleman to staff

Former outfielder to work in Majors and Minors beginning at Spring Training

White Sox add baserunning legend Coleman to staff

CHICAGO -- The White Sox announced a significant addition to their organization Saturday morning at SoxFest without making any sort of change to their 40-man or active roster.

Vince Coleman will join the team as a baserunning coach, advisor and consultant, working this season at the big league and the Minor League level, per general manager Rick Hahn. Coleman, who had 752 career stolen bases in 929 attempts, begins his new job in Spring Training.

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Back at home, Samardzija ready to get down to business

Right-hander now pitching for childhood team

Back at home, Samardzija ready to get down to business

CHICAGO -- When Jeff Samardzija was traded by the Cubs to the A's on July 5 of last season, he had to say goodbye to the team that originally drafted him and the team with which he spent parts of seven successful seasons.

Ties had to be cut. Samardzija had a new West Coast office, and a new fanbase and team for whom he had to perform.

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Memories of '05 championship rekindled at SoxFest

Memories of '05 championship rekindled at SoxFest

CHICAGO -- One by one, Jerry Reinsdorf, Ken Williams, Geoff Blum, Bobby Jenks and Joe Crede recounted their favorite moment from the 2005 White Sox World Series championship during an entertaining seminar celebrating the 10-year anniversary of this title at SoxFest on Friday night.

Reinsdorf, the White Sox chairman, pointed to Scott Podsednik's walkoff homer in Game 2 of the World Series sweep of Houston, humorously adding that he had just finished cussing at Podsednik in his suite during the top of the frame when the left fielder didn't throw out Chris Burke at the plate as the game-tying run with two outs. Crede also went with Podsednik's blast, marking his second shot of the postseason, after not hitting one in the regular season.

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Rodon has sights set on Majors at SoxFest

Club's top prospect drafted No. 3 overall in June, shined across 9-game debut in Minor Leagues

Rodon has sights set on Majors at SoxFest

CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon is a pitcher, a very talented pitcher, at that.

He's not a politician, campaigning for a spot on the White Sox Opening Day roster. And he's certainly not a prima donna athlete, despite his pedigree as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft and his standing as the White Sox No. 1 prospect per MLB.com.

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Hahn surprised, emboldened by offseason success

In series of moves, White Sox acquire top players on their wish list

Hahn surprised, emboldened by offseason success

CHICAGO -- White Sox general manager Rick Hahn readily admits that the October 2014 version of himself might not believe it if you told him how the club's offseason would go.

"If I'm being honest with where my head was at three months ago when this process started, I think we're mildly surprised it wound up the way it did," Hahn said Friday at SoxFest at the Hilton Chicago.

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Phil Rogers

White Sox poised for historic turnaround

With hitters to protect Abreu, All-Star rotation, revamped 'pen, Chicago could win Central

White Sox poised for historic turnaround

Just how good can the White Sox be this season?

They lost 99 games two years ago and 89 games last season. Can they bounce back from such a depth to make the playoffs?

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Righty Crain among 24 White Sox NRIs

Several prospects, including Rodon, will also be at camp

Righty Crain among 24 White Sox NRIs

CHICAGO -- It didn't have quite the impact of Michael Jordan's press release from 1995. But Jesse Crain used Jordan's same two words in conjunction with his Bulls comeback to confirm his return to the White Sox through social media Thursday afternoon.

"I'm back," Crain tweeted at the White Sox account.

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SoxFest to feature much more than autographs, photos

Abreu, Ventura, Williams, Reinsdorf among those involved in sold-out event's festivities

SoxFest to feature much more than autographs, photos

CHICAGO -- The White Sox expect approximately 16,750 autographs to be signed and 3,425 photos to be taken by and with their players during weekend SoxFest activities starting Friday afternoon at the Hilton Chicago. But the sold-out festivities will feature more than these usual staples.

Earlier Wednesday, the full SoxFest schedule was released with the opening ceremony running from 4-4:45 p.m. CT. Friday. Friday seminars begin at 5 p.m. with the 2015 White Sox, a town hall meeting of sorts with general manager Rick Hahn and manager Robin Ventura.

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White Sox trio visits young patients at hospital

Ventura, Garcia and Jennings deliver gifts

White Sox trio visits young patients at hospital

CHICAGO -- The focus of SoxFest this weekend will quickly jump from Carlos Rodon's potential role on the 2015 squad to Jose Abreu's follow-up to his 2014 American League Rookie of the Year campaign to the seven new additions made by general manager Rick Hahn among the many White Sox-driven topics.

But before the attention falls upon baseball, autographs and photographs, White Sox manager Robin Ventura, right fielder Avisail Garcia and left-handed reliever Dan Jennings made a trip Thursday morning that figures to be their most important moment of the next four days. The trio visited with young patients and their families at University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, delivering White Sox gifts to get fans at Comer ready for the 2015 season.

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Top 15 things to do and see at SoxFest 2015

Top 15 things to do and see at SoxFest 2015

Thank you for attending SoxFest 2015 -- it's going to be an amazing weekend for every White Sox fan!
 
To get you ready for all the fun and excitement as we kick off the 2015 White Sox Baseball season at the Hilton Chicago, check out the event schedule below -- as well as a list of 15 things to see and do at SoxFest. You won't want to miss a thing.
 
TOP 15 THINGS TO DO AND SEE AT SOXFEST 2015
 
1) GET SOCIAL: Play games all weekend long -- even against current and former White Sox stars -- at the #SoxSocial Lounge, located in Salon A. You don¹t have to know a tweet from a pin -- just be prepared for a fully interactive area where surprises await.
 
2) SEE WHAT'S NEW: Salon A is also where you'll find the new White Sox Museum & Video Lounge (featuring the 2005 World Series trophy), as well as an entertainment stage, a green-screen photo booth, a 100-square-foot 2005 World Series logo (great location for selfies!) and more.
 
3) ASK AWAY: Have a burning question about the magical 2005 World Series run or the 2015 season? Here's your chance to get answers by attending a variety of always-entertaining, often-hilarious seminars in the Continental Ballroom.
 
4) SNAG 'GRAPHS: Be prepared for lots of autographs: Attendees scored an average of 10 autographs at last year's SoxFest. There will be six autograph stages this year, located in Salons A, B, C and D.
 
5) SEE THE "X" MEN: See, because X = 10. Anyway, did we mention it's the 10-year anniversary of the unforgettable 2005 World Series Championship? Re-live the magic with key members of the team, including Geoff Blum, Jose Contreras, Joe Crede, Jon Garland, Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez, Tadahito Iguchi, Bobby Jenks, Scott Podsednik and Aaron Rowand.
 
6) SAY CHEESE: Get your photo on as you're decked out in your best Sox gear at the two photo stages, located in Salons B and D.  
 
7) GET READY: Psyched for 2015? Share that excitement with all of the current team members scheduled to appear, including Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton, Avisail Garcia, Jose Quintana, Alexei Ramirez, David Robertson, Jeff Samardzija, manager Robin Ventura and many others.  
 
8) LET KIDS BE KIDS: Kids love having fun at U.S. Cellular Field -- and the same goes for SoxFest! Salon A features fun interactive games in the #SoxSocial Lounge as well as the Bulls/Sox Academy Little Sluggers Field, while Southpaw's Suite and other kid-friendly locations and activities are located in Salon B.  
 
9) EAT 'N DRINK: With so much going on, who has time to be hungry or thirsty? Visit the Miller Lite Lounge or Food Court in Salon A as well as a beverage concession stand in Salon C. Plus, If you're spending the weekend as a SoxFest hotel guest, make sure to attend the SoxFest Family Party on Saturday night from 5-7 p.m. CT in the Continental Ballroom and featuring live entertainment, complimentary pizza and a cash bar.
 
10) MEET A LEGEND: Yep, we've got those, too! No fest is complete without historical White Sox players like Bo Jackson, Ron Kittle, Carlos May, Bill Melton, Minnie Minoso and Billy Pierce.
 
11) HELP OUT: While you're having a good time, help out a great cause, too! The annual Chicago White Sox Charities Garage Sale has loads of items from the 2005 season -- and both Charities and Southpaw's Suite are located in Salon B.
 
12) GET REWARDED: Looking for the perfect 2015 ticket plan to lock in your seats? The first 250 SoxFest attendees to purchase a plan will receive a Paul Konerko bobblehead -- and one lucky fan will be selected to receive an autographed Abreu jersey! Ticket options for the 2015 season and Spring Training are available in Salon D, along with Chicago Sports Depot, the exhibitor hall and 670 The Score's live broadcasts.  
 
13) BE PATIENT: Don't forget to pack your patience -- and comfortable shoes! -- as the lines may be long, but totally worth it! Plus, this year there will be televisions spread out among the autograph lines so that fans can watch White Sox video highlights while they wait.  
 
14) SEE THE FUTURE: Who is the next White Sox star on the horizon? Catch a glimpse of the future with White Sox prospects Tim Anderson, Courtney Hawkins, Micah Johnson and Carlos Rodon.
 
15) HAVE FUN: It is a fest, after all -- so just enjoy an amazing White Sox weekend as we count down together to Opening Day!
 
Visit www.whitesox.com/soxfest for social updates, videos and more all weekend long.

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Fans buzzing about club ahead of SoxFest

Fans buzzing about club ahead of SoxFest

CHICAGO -- Even if White Sox general manager Rick Hahn had made only a few offseason moves to somewhat improve the 2015 squad, this weekend's SoxFest still would hold plenty of interest.

The 10-year-anniversary celebration of the 2005 World Series champions officially begins Friday evening at the Hilton Chicago, including players from that team scheduled to appear in Geoff Blum, Joe Crede, Tadahito Iguchi, Jose Contreras, Jon Garland, Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez, Bobby Jenks, Scott Podsednik and Aaron Rowand.

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White Sox announce 2015 staff assignments

CHICAGO -- The White Sox announced on Wednesday their player-development staff assignments for the 2015 season, with a few changes from '14.

Tim Esmay and Cole Armstrong stand as the new managers in the organization, with Esmay taking over at Class A Winston-Salem and Armstrong at advanced Rookie-level Great Falls.

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White Sox single game tickets available Feb. 27

Only online and phone orders on first day of sales; presale opportunities begin Feb. 25

White Sox single game tickets available Feb. 27

CHICAGO -- Individual game tickets to 2015 Chicago White Sox home games at U.S. Cellular Field go on sale to the general public on Friday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. CT on whitesox.com or by calling 866-SOX-GAME. Tickets will be sold online and by phone only on Feb. 27.

On Feb. 28 and March 1, tickets can be purchased at the Chicago Sports Depot located on 35th Street adjacent to U.S. Cellular Field and at Ticketmaster locations throughout Chicagoland. Tickets can be purchased at the Chicago Sports Depot from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. that Saturday and Sunday.

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Rodon No. 2 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 LHP Prospects list

Dodgers' 18-year-old Urias leads list, followed by White Sox's Rodon, Jays' Norris

Rodon No. 2 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 LHP Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

Though all of the left-handers who ranked on last year's preseason Top 10 are still eligible to be considered for inclusion this year, there are still several new faces on this list. Julio Urias, Henry Owens and Andrew Heaney are the holdovers, albeit with their order reversed from last year.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sale seeks top prize at bargain price for White Sox

Offseason moves provide motivation for lefty

Sale seeks top prize at bargain price for White Sox

CHICAGO -- The contract numbers, in terms of years and dollars, roll in for ace hurlers such as Jon Lester and Max Scherzer, and Chris Sale has the same reaction as pretty much everyone else.

"My eyes bug out, my jaw drops and I'm like, 'Holy Cow,'" Sale said with a laugh on Tuesday. "But I don't need the biggest contract. I want that big shiny [World Series] trophy at the end.

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Sale to have college jersey retired

Florida Gulf Coast to retire No. 41 in honor of White Sox staff ace

Sale to have college jersey retired

CHICAGO -- First there was Chris Sale, the All-Star. Then, there was Chris Sale, the American League Cy Young candidate. And coming soon, there will be Chris Sale, the 25-year-old Florida Gulf Coast University immortal.

FGCU announced Monday that the White Sox staff ace, entering his sixth big league season, will have his jersey No. 41 retired during a ceremony at halftime of the men's basketball game against Northern Kentucky on Jan. 31 at Alico Arena. Sale becomes the first student-athlete in the history of FGCU to have his jersey retired, according to the release.

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Phil Rogers

12 deals that led to Chicago's baseball boom

Cubs and White Sox are trending up thanks to a dozen smart trades

12 deals that led to Chicago's baseball boom

CHICAGO -- Seldom has there been so much simultaneous optimism for Chicago's two Major League teams.

Never mind the Cubs having suffered through five consecutive losing seasons. Fans walking around the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers at this weekend's Cubs Convention were pinching themselves.

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Podsednik set to reminisce about Series shot at SoxFest

Reflecting on walk-off in '05 Classic, Game 2 hero one of nine from that team to attend this weekend

Podsednik set to reminisce about Series shot at SoxFest

CHICAGO -- Scott Podsednik knew he hit the 2-1 fastball from Houston closer Brad Lidge with as much authority as he possibly could with one out in the ninth inning of Game 2 of the 2005 World Series.

But on Oct. 23, 2005, in Chicago, with rain falling and temperatures in the low 40s, the White Sox leadoff hitter -- who hadn't hit a homer in the regular season -- wasn't sure if the connection was solid enough for the ball to carry over the right-center-field fence at U.S. Cellular Field.

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White Sox reach terms with Samardzija, Flowers

Club signs final two arbitration-eligible players

White Sox reach terms with Samardzija, Flowers

CHICAGO -- The White Sox avoided arbitration with right-handed starter Jeff Samardzija and catcher Tyler Flowers, agreeing to terms with their final two arbitration-eligible players on Friday.

Samardzija's deal is for $9.8 million, while Flowers' deal is for $2.675 million. The White Sox avoided arbitration earlier this week with outfielder Dayan Viciedo ($4.4 million), right-handed starter Hector Noesi ($1.95 million) and right-handed relievers Javy Guerra ($937,500) and Nate Jones ($660,000).

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Inbox: What's the South Siders' next move?

Beat reporter Scott Merkin answers fans' questions

Inbox: What's the South Siders' next move?

SoxFest sits just one week away. There's a buzz around the White Sox, and Chicago baseball in general, so it's a perfect time for a return of the Inbox.

I love or at least like all the White Sox moves to this point and realize that it's not realistic to address every single area of need in one offseason. But I'm concerned about the catcher's spot. Are the White Sox OK with Tyler Flowers and whomever going into the season?
Pat F., St. Charles, Ill.

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White Sox will retire Konerko's number on May 23

White Sox will retire Konerko's number on May 23

CHICAGO -- Paul Konerko will become the 11th player to have his jersey number retired by the White Sox when the franchise icon is honored during a special pregame tribute before the first pitch of a 3:10 p.m. CT game against the Twins on Saturday, May 23, at U.S. Cellular Field.

Fans get to celebrate Konerko's 16 seasons with the White Sox -- a run that came to an end for the captain after the 2014 campaign -- while the first 20,000 in attendance will receive a replica Konerko statue presented by XFINITY.

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White Sox avoid arbitration with three right-handers

Chicago inks Noesi, Guerra and Jones to one-year contracts

White Sox avoid arbitration with three right-handers

CHICAGO -- The White Sox agreed to terms on one-year contracts with right-handed pitchers Hector Noesi, Javy Guerra and Nate Jones, avoiding arbitration with all three.

Noesi's contract was for $1.95 million, Guerra's was for $937,500 and Jones' deal was for $660,000. Catcher Tyler Flowers and right-handed starter Jeff Samardzija are the only two remaining arbitration eligible players for the White Sox.

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Anderson eager to seize second chance with White Sox

Former first-round pick signs Minor League contract with club that drafted him

Anderson eager to seize second chance with White Sox

CHICAGO -- Brian Anderson is guaranteed nothing by the Minor League deal that was agreed upon with the White Sox on Wednesday. Not a spot on the team's 40-man roster. Not an invite to big league Spring Training. Not even a job with Triple-A Charlotte after Minor League camp is complete.

Yet the 32-year-old is simply thrilled to be wearing a White Sox uniform once again and already is primed for Spring Training Minor League minicamp at Camelback Ranch.

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Michalczewski a hot prospect at hot corner for White Sox

Third baseman eager to build on first extended season

Michalczewski a hot prospect at hot corner for White Sox

CHICAGO -- Take a look at the White Sox Top 20 prospects per MLB.com, and the future at third base for the White Sox is on display near the bottom of the first 10.

Matt Davidson checks in at No. 8 and Trey Michalczewski ranks No. 9, with the duo trending in slightly different directions based on their 2014 showings. Davidson, 23, made a legitimate push to make the 2014 Opening Day roster with a strong second-half performance in Spring Training, but followed up that effort with a .199 average for Triple-A Charlotte and 164 strikeouts over 478 at-bats. At a recent hitters mini-camp, Davidson spoke about feeling decidedly more comfortable entering his second White Sox season.

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Amid flurry of offseason moves, White Sox spending wisely

Amid flurry of offseason moves, White Sox spending wisely

CHICAGO -- The best way to describe the White Sox offseason to date would be flexible aggressiveness.

There's no reason to delve further into the aggressiveness portion. The seven impact moves made by general manager Rick Hahn speak for themselves.

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Viciedo, White Sox come to terms on 1-year deal

Viciedo, White Sox come to terms on 1-year deal

CHICAGO -- The White Sox reduced their total of arbitration-eligible players to five by agreeing to terms with outfielder Dayan Viciedo on a one-year, $4.4 million contract.

Viciedo, 25, hit .231 with 21 home runs, 58 RBIs and 65 runs scored over 145 games in 2014. The 5-foot-11, 240-pound Viciedo set career highs in runs scored, extra-base hits (46), walks (32) and at-bats (523). The power-packed outfielder wasn't pegged as a starter at the season's outset, scheduled at best to split time in left field with left-handed-hitting Alejandro De Aza.

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Sox reportedly agree to deal with Andy LaRoche

Sox reportedly agree to deal with Andy LaRoche

CHICAGO -- Spring Training will have a family feel for Adam LaRoche, with the White Sox reportedly agreeing to terms on a Minor League deal with his brother, Andy. That deal involves a non-roster invite to big league camp.

Adam, 35, agreed to a two-year, $25 million deal with the White Sox this offseason and figures to split time with Jose Abreu at first base and designated hitter. Abreu told MLB.com last week that he was looking forward to working with LaRoche and was excited to have a cleanup hitter with LaRoche's accomplishments and a leader with LaRoche's veteran presence to fill the void left by the retirements of Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn.

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