White Sox legend Minoso passes away

Club's first black ballplayer was seven-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glover

White Sox legend Minoso passes away

Native Cubans could move to the big leagues without dealing much in politics, secrecy and defection six decades ago. Cuban baseball talent was highly regarded and increasingly desirable. Not coincidentally, Minnie Minoso was at the forefront of the international game then. His baseball skills caught the eye. His distinctive name caught the ear. And his warm and engaging personality made him an uncommonly popular figure anywhere he played -- no, anywhere he went -- and helped forge a legacy that, to this day, prompts baseball folks to smile.

"Our organization and our city have suffered a heart-breaking loss today," said Jerry Reinsdorf, chairman of the White Sox. "We have lost our dear friend and a great man. Many tears are falling."

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Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

Beloved Minnie was a Chicago treasure

Mr. White Sox was a great player on the field and a great man off of it

Beloved Minnie was a Chicago treasure

Minnie Minoso is gone, and it is silly to say he'll be missed. That's a huge understatement.

His death on Sunday leaves holes everywhere. No one alive knew better what it was like for Latin American players to come to the Major Leagues -- Cuban players, in particular. But that's just the very tip of a legacy that includes tremendous love of family, love of the American way and a devotion to the White Sox organization that Jerry Reinsdorf lovingly returned in keeping an eye out for him all these years.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sale fractures right foot in accident at home

Left-hander to be sidelined for three weeks before resuming activities

Sale fractures right foot in accident at home

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Chris Sale sustained an avulsion fracture on the lateral side of his right foot as the result of an accident at his Arizona home Friday. The left-hander is expected to be sidelined three weeks before resuming baseball activities.

Sale, 25, underwent X-rays this morning at Banner Estrella Hospital in Glendale. He will undergo further tests once the swelling in his foot has subsided. At that point, his status for Opening Day will be better determined.

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Pioneer Minoso has passion for life, baseball

Seven-time All-Star, first black Latino player in MLB, will attend Civil Rights Game

Pioneer Minoso has passion for life, baseball

This story was first published on Aug. 22, 2013. Minnie Minoso passed away on March 1, 2015.

CHICAGO -- The door leading to the White Sox executive offices at U.S. Cellular Field pushed open and Minnie Minoso strolled through.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. Associate reporter Manny Randhawa contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB says goodbye to Minoso

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MLB says goodbye to Minoso

Minnie Minoso spent 17 years in MLB, 12 of which were with his beloved White Sox. Early Sunday morning, the seven-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glover passed away at the age of 92.

Born in Cuba, he was, in the words of Orlando Cepeda, "to Latin ballplayers what Jackie Robinson is to black ballplayers." He began his American baseball career in the Negro Leagues, where he played, fittingly, with the New York Cubans from 1946 to 1948.

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Sale's absence opens opportunity for Rodon, others

White Sox insist they will not rush top prospect

Sale's absence opens opportunity for Rodon, others

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Carlos Rodon was not slated to make a Cactus League start prior to Chris Sale sustaining an injury Friday at his Arizona home, unless Rodon was sent to the mound for a "B" game or on one of the two split-squad days.

And even with Sale now being sidelined for three weeks with an avulsion fracture in his right foot, that problem for the White Sox ace doesn't necessarily mean the plan will change for the club's top prospect and No. 14 overall, as ranked by MLB.com.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Athletic Mitchell striving for consistent results

White Sox prospect slowed by injuries, unpredictable performance

Athletic Mitchell striving for consistent results

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jared Mitchell was disappointed when he didn't get called up from Triple-A Charlotte last September. The 26-year-old outfielder had that same level of disappointment when outrighted off the White Sox 40-man-roster to Charlotte in late November.

But in the highly competitive world of professional sports, if played right, disappointment often becomes motivation. That idea represents Mitchell's thinking as the team's top pick from the 2009 First-Year Player Draft goes through Spring Training as a non-roster invite.

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Michigan grad Putnam excited by new football coach

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Michigan grad Putnam excited by new football coach

Zach Putnam lives in Ann Arbor, Mich., during the offseason, so the White Sox reliever caught a first-hand view of the excitement surrounding favorite son Jim Harbaugh's return to take over the Wolverines football program.

"Just the excitement surrounding that was incredible," Putnam said. "I haven't seen a buzz like that in town in a long time."

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White Sox remain positive after Sale's injury

Early off-days give ace time to heal, club to plan

White Sox remain positive after Sale's injury

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The avulsion fracture sustained by White Sox ace Chris Sale in his right foot as the result of an accident at his Arizona home didn't seem to dull the southpaw's acerbic wit.

After general manager Rick Hahn explained that the injury happened when Sale landed awkwardly getting off the back of his truck and Sale talked about the same "freak incident," he was pushed again in regard to the cause. Sale came up with another explanation.

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Webb overcame grief during rookie season

Reliever reflects on mother's passing last spring

Webb overcame grief during rookie season

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Bad days exist for relievers such as Daniel Webb. It's an inherent part of the job when making 57 appearances in a season as the 25-year-old right-hander did during his 2014 rookie campaign.

But walking a couple of hitters in an inning or allowing an occasional inherited runner to score isn't in the same ballpark as the pain Webb felt one year ago on Feb. 27, when his mother, Sandra, passed away suddenly at the age of 54. Webb was notified in Glendale as he was competing for a spot on the White Sox roster.

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McEwing proud to be considered manager material

White Sox third-base coach among top candidates

McEwing proud to be considered manager material

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Joe McEwing didn't go looking for new baseball jobs during this past offseason, but other Major League teams certainly came calling.

In fact, the White Sox third-base coach interviewed for three managerial openings in the same week a little more than one week after the 2014 season came to a close. McEwing wasn't hired by the D-backs, Rangers or Twins, but the upbeat McEwing wasn't disappointed in the jobs going to Chip Hale, Jeff Banister and Paul Molitor, respectively.

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Making his pitch: Rodon will get chances

Top White Sox young arm has work cut out for him in Arizona

Making his pitch: Rodon will get chances

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper does not currently have Carlos Rodon scheduled to start a Cactus League contest. But the White Sox top prospect and No. 14 prospect overall, as ranked by MLB.com, will be throwing innings and progressing as a starter.

Cooper added that the 22-year-old southpaw could start a "B" game or get a start in one of the two split-squad setups on March 12 and April 1. Rodon was characterized by Cooper as someone who wants to be good and has set the bar high personally, but Cooper wants the young hurler simply to feel comfortable as himself in his first big league camp.

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Prolific base-stealer Pierre retires after 14-year career

Outfielder, who played for six teams, is not ready to coach

Prolific base-stealer Pierre retires after 14-year career

JUPITER, Fla. -- Juan Pierre, the catalyst of the Marlins' 2003 World Series title team and one of the most prolific base-stealers of his generation, has announced his retirement. The 37-year-old speedster is walking away from the game after an impressive 14-year career.

Pierre, who lives in south Florida, is now a self-proclaimed "stay-at-home dad." He also isn't ready to accept a coaching position at this point.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Duke adds arm angle to deceive hitters

Sale, Samardzija and Quintana slotted for opening series against Royals

Duke adds arm angle to deceive hitters

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Zach Duke wants to clear up a misconception concerning the changes he made in throwing the baseball.

"I didn't adjust my arm angle. I added a second one," said Duke after Friday's workouts at Camelback Ranch. "So, I throw from multiple angles. That's really what it is. I still throw from my normal angle. I just added a second one."

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Davidson reclaims zeal for game, confidence

Prospect aiming to rebound from lost 2014 season

Davidson reclaims zeal for game, confidence

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Matt Davidson doesn't want to reflect too much on the 2014 season, when the soon-to-be 24-year-old hit a dismal .199 with 164 strikeouts over 478 at-bats for Triple-A Charlotte in his first year as part of the White Sox organization.

But he also doesn't want to forget what happened, so as not to repeat it ever again.

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Maximizing speed Coleman's mission with White Sox

Former steals leader emphasizing smart baserunning

Maximizing speed Coleman's mission with White Sox

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The original idea to bring Vince Coleman on as the White Sox baserunning instructor did not take root through Coleman's talk with executive vice president Ken Williams at December's Winter Meetings in San Diego. It actually started last season, while Williams was watching the White Sox on the field.

"I remember leaning over to [White Sox chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf] and [general manager] Rick [Hahn] and saying, 'We need a specialist for guys like Adam Eaton and Micah Johnson and Tim Anderson,'" Williams said. "I believe Avi Garcia can be a 30-stolen base guy. We have more speed than I think we've ever had, more basestealing speed than we've ever had. We want to get these guys the best chance to try to maximize it."

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First week of camp in the books for improved White Sox

LHP Quintana to start Cactus League opener

First week of camp in the books for improved White Sox

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- There's been much discussion over the past few months concerning how strong the White Sox look on paper after the eight moves made by general manager Rick Hahn during the offseason. But as was pointed out just as many times, nothing is ever won on paper.

So how do the White Sox look through one week of Spring Training, which concluded with Thursday's workout at Camelback Ranch? Can any very basic conclusions be reached at this stage? Count executive vice president Ken Williams as impressed by what he has viewed through the early work.

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Low-key Quintana works in the zone, under the radar

Lefty brings efficiency, consistency to mound

Low-key Quintana works in the zone, under the radar

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Without flashy raw stuff or gaudy strikeout totals, White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana is easy to forget when discussing the elite pitchers in the American League.

Even in the White Sox clubhouse this spring, Quintana is easy to miss. His locker is located at the opposite end of the room from fellow starters Chris Sale, Jeff Samardzija, John Danks and Hector Noesi.

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Ari Kaye is a graduate student in the journalism masters program at Arizona State University. This story is part of a Cactus League partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Melky aims to be catalyst from No. 2 spot

Eaton, newcomer expected to generate offense atop lineup

Melky aims to be catalyst from No. 2 spot

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The learning process between Melky Cabrera and Adam Eaton already has begun.

With Cabrera reporting to Spring Training on Tuesday, the projected White Sox No. 2 hitter sat down with the leadoff man and had their first of what figures to be numerous talks to get things set at the top of the order.

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Coleman infuses passion for baserunning into discussion

Coleman infuses passion for baserunning into discussion

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The session held by Vince Coleman on a back field at Camelback Ranch on Wednesday was termed by White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams as the best speech on baserunning he had ever heard. The passion shown by Coleman concerning the topic was evident, and the presence of a man with 752 career stolen bases as the organization's baserunning coach figures to pay dividends for the White Sox in all areas on the basepaths.

"It's important getting a guy in there with that kind of knowledge, the baserunning as well as little tips of stealing bases and things like that," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "It's valuable for our guys to hear that stuff. Having him here and doing that, we feel lucky."

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White Sox feel pain of Bulls', Blackhawks' injuries

Rose and Kane forced off the court and ice

White Sox feel pain of Bulls', Blackhawks' injuries

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Trayce Thompson and Derrick Rose share a common bond by virtue of their respective status as professional athletes. But the connection between the Thompson and Rose families runs a bit deeper.

Rose played with Golden State's Klay Thompson, Trayce's brother and another one of the NBA's top players, this past summer for Team USA, while Julie Thompson, Trayce's and Klay's mother, became friends with Rose's mother, Brenda. So the news of the medial meniscus tear sustained by Rose in his right knee, leading to his third knee surgery in three seasons, hit hard for the White Sox No. 14 prospect, as ranked by MLB.com.

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Klay Thompson's brother is a White Sox prospect

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Klay Thompson's brother is a White Sox prospect

It wasn't exactly Arnold Palmer vs. Jack Nicklaus, but in a golf matchup between White Sox No. 14 prospect Trayce Thompson and White Sox first-base coach Daryl Boston, Thompson was tantalizing close to getting a victory.

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Phil Rogers

LaRoche the leader of White Sox overhaul

LaRoche the leader of White Sox overhaul

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- When Adam LaRoche was being courted by the White Sox, general manager Rick Hahn told him that the team was hopeful it could make major upgrades to its roster. But this was back in November, only a couple of weeks after the free-agent period opened, and LaRoche wasn't sure if he was being served a slice of pie in the sky.

"As a free agent, which I've been a few times, you always hear that," LaRoche said. "There's always talk: 'We're going to do more, we're not finished yet.' Sometimes it works out, and a lot of times it doesn't."

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Phil Rogers is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rodon dazzles in first batting practice session

After catching top White Sox prospect, Soto says 'This kid is going to be special'

Rodon dazzles in first batting practice session

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With each day spent at his first big league Spring Training, Carlos Rodon seems to learn a little more about his repertoire.

And the rest of the White Sox get a look at the immense talent possessed by the team's No. 1 prospect, per MLB.com.

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Ventura gives players his state of White Sox address

Manager's message centers on doing right things to prepare for season

Ventura gives players his state of White Sox address

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Robin Ventura gave his state of the White Sox address before his squad's first full Spring Training workout Wednesday at Camelback Ranch. But the manager's speeches aren't designed to present all his "A" material in one sitting.

"I save them throughout. I've never given one big one," said a smiling Ventura. "I give little ones along the way."

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LaRoche happy to lead, but knows role is earned

Elder statesman on White Sox roster getting to know new teammates

LaRoche happy to lead, but knows role is earned

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The role of leader is one that Adam LaRoche will gladly assume with the White Sox, as both the oldest player on the team's 40-man-roster and a man who comes to the organization with the reputation of being a highly positive clubhouse influence.

LaRoche, 35, also knows that arriving in a new league via free agency, let alone a new organization, means that mantle of leadership won't be assumed overnight.

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Johnson says stealing not lost art, but runners must be smart

White Sox second-base prospect says 100-SB season remains possible in MLB

Johnson says stealing not lost art, but runners must be smart

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Micah Johnson didn't make a grand prediction of a 100-stolen base rookie season Tuesday, when the full White Sox roster was in camp for the first time and working at Camelback Ranch. The 24-year-old isn't a lock to make the team, let alone win the battle to start at second base.

But the points made eloquently by Johnson are that 100 stolen bases in a season remain possible for a Major League player, and that speed is good.

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Abreu trying to reach postseason, not duplicate rookie season

Cuban slugger enters second season in Chicago

Abreu trying to reach postseason, not duplicate rookie season

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The back of Jose Abreu's baseball card lists 2014 as his rookie campaign with the White Sox and within Major League Baseball. It took very little time for Abreu's teammates and his opponents, for that matter, to realize he was not a run-of-the-mill first-year player.

"By the end of Spring Training, none of us were really considering him a rookie, other than Rookie of the Year," said White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers. "He really never looked overmatched.

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