Eaton, Ramirez named AL Gold Glove finalists

Eaton, Ramirez named AL Gold Glove finalists

CHICAGO -- The White Sox have two chances to capture a 2014 Rawlings American League Gold Glove Award with Adam Eaton announced Thursday as a center-field finalist and Alexei Ramirez announced as a shortstop finalist.

"It's a great honor as you could imagine, it really is," said Eaton by phone. "One of my goals going into this year was to be a finalist, so it was great that I was able to meet that goal.

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Jim Callis

White Sox AFL class features talented Anderson

Chicago's No. 2 prospect hitting .308 in first 10 Arizona Fall League games

White Sox AFL class features talented Anderson

Tim Anderson has moved faster than expected since the White Sox drafted him in the first round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. He also missed two months after an errant pitch fractured his right wrist in June, so he's in the Arizona Fall League to compensate for missed at-bats.

Though Anderson is one of the younger players in the AFL at age 21 and hasn't faced much advanced pitching, Chicago's No. 2 prospect according to MLB.com is looking forward to the opportunity.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Longtime scout Provas passes away after battle with cancer

CHICAGO -- Paul Provas, who was a valuable part of the White Sox organization since the 1993 season, passed away Thursday morning at the age of 63 after a battle with brain cancer.

Provas joined the White Sox as an amateur scout in November 1992, covering Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming. He was a midwest crosschecker with the White Sox from 2002-04 and became a full-time professional scout with the White Sox during their World Series championship effort in 2005.

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Abreu wins Sporting News' AL Rookie of the Year honors

Abreu wins Sporting News' AL Rookie of the Year honors

CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu might be best served to set up a trophy room or at least a trophy shelf at his home in Florida.

On Monday, the 27-year-old slugger picked up Sporting News' 2014 American League Rookie of the Year. He was joined by Mets hurler Jacob deGrom, who got the nod on the National League side.

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Former White Sox star Rowand excited for 'little' cousin Shields

Former White Sox star Rowand excited for 'little' cousin Shields

CHICAGO -- When Aaron Rowand was a kid and playing baseball with his three cousins, the youngest of that group, Jamie, often was deemed too small to join in the action.

Jamie, as in James Shields, who figures to start Game 1 of the 2014 World Series this Tuesday against the Giants for his Royals in Kansas City.

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Phil Rogers

Following same path as '59 White Sox, KC eyes title

Royals hope to pick up World Series win that eluded 'Go-Go Sox'

Following same path as '59 White Sox, KC eyes title

KANSAS CITY -- Fifty-five years have passed since Jim McAnany stepped into the batter's box at Comiskey Park to face Johnny Podres, with the World Series spotlight shining on him. He hasn't forgotten how dry his mouth was as he dug his spikes into the dirt.

"My first time up, my legs were shaking," McAnany said. "But once you get past that, the next time you pretty well settle in and play the game. The only thing I prayed for was not to make a mistake that hurt our team."

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Sox coaches get to know young players in Glendale

Chicago looks to create sense of continuity in organization with visits

Sox coaches get to know young players in Glendale

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper came from Nashville, joined by bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen last week at the team's Camelback Ranch complex in Arizona. Hitting coach Todd Steverson made the drive from Ahwatukee, Ariz., which, despite being 23.4 miles from Glendale, can seem as long as that flight from Tennessee depending on Phoenix Valley traffic.

Instructional league action, and the start of the Arizona Fall League, for that matter, doesn't usually feature the White Sox Major League coaches in attendance. But this rebuilding stretch is a different feel for the organization as it moves toward what it hopes is a '15 playoff berth, with important contributions figuring to come from younger players.

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White Sox prospect Anderson flashes skills

Shortstop goes 3-for-4 with double, stolen base in Glendale win

White Sox prospect Anderson flashes skills

Entering Tuesday, Glendale hadn't won in a week. Since its victory on Opening Day in the Arizona Fall League last Tuesday against Mesa, it had endured a rainout, a three-game losing streak and a tie after 11 innings against Peoria on Monday.

Glendale snapped out of its doldrums Tuesday night, combining solid pitching with an explosive offense to rout Peoria, 9-0.

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Alexei a proven vet, but Sox have shortstop options

Chicago boasts infield depth in system, including Anderson, Rondon

Alexei a proven vet, but Sox have shortstop options

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- For the upcoming offseason, you now are White Sox general manager Rick Hahn. And one major question to be dealt with centers on what should be done with shortstop Alexei Ramirez.

The answer appears to be simple. Ramirez is one of the White Sox most seasoned veterans and most accomplished players in the mix for the 2015 roster. His '14 performance put him in contention for the American League Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Awards.

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Konerko embraces silence of retirement

Former White Sox captain happy to no longer be in spotlight

Konerko embraces silence of retirement

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- If there was a song needed to go with the retirement of Paul Konerko, it easily could be "The Sounds of Silence" by Paul Simon.

That particular theme becomes hard to pull off when you live in a house with three children under the age of 10. But as far as baseball is concerned, it fits perfectly for the former White Sox captain.

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White Sox hitting coach marvels at Abreu's rookie year

White Sox hitting coach marvels at Abreu's rookie year

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jose Abreu's incredible 2014 Major League debut soon should be recognized with the American League Rookie of the Year honor.

It also took just this one campaign for the 27-year-old Abreu to establish himself as a White Sox franchise cornerstone.

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Alvarez's Olympic success helping him rise as shortstop

Sox prospect, a silver medalist in speed skating, is used to heavy training, tight schedules

Alvarez's Olympic success helping him rise as shortstop

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Ask Eddy Alvarez what sort of professional baseball player he envisions becoming, and the 5-foot-9, 175-pound switch-hitter smiles and defers his response to a later date.

"I have no idea who I am yet. I really don't," said Alvarez with a laugh, speaking before a White Sox Instructional League contest Tuesday in Goodyear against a Reds affiliate. "Some days I'll get a couple of singles, and the next day I'll hit two home runs. Anything to produce runs and help my team win, that's what I want to be."

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Improved White Sox take important step in 2014

Highlighted by talented new faces, Chicago made strides in solid year

Improved White Sox take important step in 2014

CHICAGO -- The 2014 White Sox presented a noticeably improved overall version from what was on the field in '13.

It actually would be difficult not to move upward and forward from that previous 99-loss debacle, but there was real progress made under the ongoing reshaping process spearheaded by general manager Rick Hahn. Yet, better certainly doesn't qualify as nearly good enough for Hahn and the organization.

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Stars of tomorrow ready to shine as '14 AFL season begins

Stars of tomorrow ready to shine as '14 AFL season begins

Over its 23-year history, the Arizona Fall League has developed a reputation as a finishing school for baseball's top prospects. This year, once again, many of the game's best young players will gather in the desert, hoping to prove themselves in the same league that helped catapult Derek Jeter, Dustin Pedroia and Mike Trout to stardom.

When the AFL opens play Tuesday, the concentration of talent will again be readily apparent. Two of the three Opening Day games feature premium pitching matchups, and the third game is highlighted by two of the best shortstops in the Minor Leagues.

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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.

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Third-base coach McEwing to interview for D-backs job

Third-base coach McEwing to interview for D-backs job

CHICAGO -- Add Joe McEwing to the growing list of the D-backs' managerial candidates, a job that opened up when Kirk Gibson was removed from the position.

The D-backs announced via Twitter on Wednesday that they received permission to interview the current White Sox third-base coach.

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Jonathan Mayo

Pipeline Perspectives: White Sox duo among top AFL prospects to watch

White Sox shortstop, Cubs hurler have lots to prove as teams move forward

Pipeline Perspectives: White Sox duo among top AFL prospects to watch

There's a good amount of subjectivity regarding baseball prospects. With the evaluation of talent being in the eye of the beholder, finding consensus is often difficult. Even Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLBPipeline.com don't always see eye to eye. They discuss their viewpoints regularly in a feature called Pipeline Perspectives. Submit a topic for them to debate.

It is just one week before the start of another exciting Arizona Fall League season. I can't wait to get out there to see some of the best prospects in the game compete in the AFL, known as Major League Baseball's finishing school.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Development of young core in '15 can define Chicago's future

Development of young core in '15 can define Chicago's future

CHICAGO -- For the next step in the ongoing White Sox reshaping, retooling or rebuilding process, whatever the name that has been chosen or appropriately fits, the team will … ?

Look for big-ticket players in the free-agent market? Do the same via trades? Continue developing the youthful core that has been established over the past few years?

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Voting underway to decide Hank Aaron Awards

Help decide this season's top offensive performer in each league

Voting underway to decide Hank Aaron Awards

Voting is underway through Sunday exclusively at MLB.com to help decide the 16th annual winners of the Hank Aaron Award, given by "The Hammer" himself during the upcoming 110th World Series to the outstanding offensive performer in each league.

American League nominees include Nelson Cruz of Baltimore, David Ortiz of Boston, Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox, Michael Brantley of Cleveland, Victor Martinez of Detroit, Jose Altuve of Houston, Alex Gordon of Kansas City, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, Trevor Plouffe of Minnesota, Brett Gardner of the New York Yankees, Josh Donaldson of Oakland, Robinson Cano of Seattle, Evan Longoria of Tampa Bay, Adrian Beltre of Texas and Jose Bautista of Toronto.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Classy to the end, Konerko waves farewell to stellar career

White Sox captain exits to rousing ovation, thankful for support of family, fans

Classy to the end, Konerko waves farewell to stellar career

CHICAGO -- Paul Konerko officially became a former Major Leaguer in the sixth inning of the Royals' 6-4 victory over the White Sox on Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.

After grounding out to third leading off the fifth against Kansas City reliever Casey Coleman, Konerko ran out to the field to start infield work as starter Chris Bassitt warmed up. Andy Wilkins waited in the dugout, and when Bassitt was finished, Wilkins jogged out to replace the White Sox captain.

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After Konerko's finale, Hahn reflects on Sox season

Club ends '14 in fourth place, but GM sees bigger, better things ahead

After Konerko's finale, Hahn reflects on Sox season

CHICAGO -- When placing a final grade on the White Sox 2014 season, which closed out Sunday via a 6-4 loss to the Royals before 32,266 at U.S. Cellular Field, general manager Rick Hahn chose to work on a pass/fail grading curve.

Pass/fail, with a caveat.

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Top prospect Rodon could start, relieve next season

Club's No. 1 Draft pick in '14 'important part' of Sox future, says GM Hahn

Top prospect Rodon could start, relieve next season

CHICAGO -- The White Sox view Carlos Rodon as competition for the 2015 rotation coming out of Spring Training. There's also a chance Rodon could break camp as part of the bullpen next April.

"It's conceivable he could be a member of the bullpen in 2015 at some point," said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, who spoke of the team's top pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft and third selection overall as part of Sunday's season-ending interview. "I do believe, much like when we had Chris Sale in a similar situation, that his long-term future is at the front end of a rotation, but we are not necessarily committed that it has to be on Day 1 as part of a rotation in order to get to that spot."

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Hahn wants to see White Sox contend in '15, beyond

Hahn wants to see White Sox contend in '15, beyond

CHICAGO -- Playoff contention stands as the prime target for White Sox general manager Rick Hahn and his staff as they work to improve a fourth-place squad during the offseason. That's contention in 2015 and contention long-term.

With only $46 million committed to the '15 payroll, before arbitration, White Sox fans would like to see Hahn get the top player at every position that needs an upgrade through this financial flexibility. Hahn joked Sunday that he would like the White Sox to do the same, but understands that hope does not always become reality.

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Konerko statue unveiled during pregame ceremony

White Sox captain feted by organization, fans for 16 seasons

Konerko statue unveiled during pregame ceremony

CHICAGO - All Paul Konerko wanted to do was play baseball.

That fact rang true during the 16 years the captain was a fixture with the White Sox on the South Side of Chicago. It certainly was the case Saturday night at U.S Cellular Field, just two games from the end of the 2014 regular season.

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Ventura unsuccessful in challenging play at plate

Later in game, crew chief review confirms call on fielder's choice

Ventura unsuccessful in challenging play at plate

CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura unsuccessfully challenged a fourth-inning call in Sunday's game against the Royals that Josh Phegley was out at the plate trying to score on a grounder back to the pitcher.

With one out and runners at the corners, Phegley ran home on a Leury Garcia dribbler back to Royal starter Yordano Ventura, who tossed home to catcher Salvador Perez. After a two-minute, 24-second review, the umpires ruled that the play stands.

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Daniel Kramer is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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White Sox deal Royals' division title hopes a blow

Abreu, Phegley (twice) homer following Konerko's retirement ceremony

White Sox deal Royals' division title hopes a blow

CHICAGO -- Records were eclipsed and farewells were fostered in the White Sox 5-4 win over the postseason-bound Royals on Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

A crowd of 38,160, third largest of the season, was on hand to enjoy a 41-minute pregame ceremony honoring retiring White Sox captain Paul Konerko.

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Phil Rogers

Reinsdorf shares memories, special gift with Konerko

Reinsdorf shares memories, special gift with Konerko

CHICAGO -- Jerry Reinsdorf was a fan first, then a husband and a father. He's brought seven championships to Chicago, including six for the Bulls in the Michael Jordan era. He lived the fullest of lives in love and in business.

He was never as emotional, by his own account at the time, as the moment in 2005 when Paul Konerko reached into his pocket and handed him the ball that was used to record the last out in the White Sox's World Series sweep of the Astros.

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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.

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Special night brings out all kinds of emotion

Organization, fans show Konerko how much he will be missed

Special night brings out all kinds of emotion

CHICAGO -- To present an idea as to how perfect the Paul Konerko Day celebration was pulled off by the White Sox on Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field, an overwhelmed Konerko said after a 5-4 victory over the Royals that he couldn't have done a better job laying it out himself.

"If I would have planned it myself, I don't think I would have done anything different," said Konerko, speaking in the Conference and Learning Center at the ballpark after going hitless in three at-bats. "That's how good it was.

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Fan gives Konerko back WS ball, gets another

Turns over prized possession during ceremony, catches foul ball

Fan gives Konerko back WS ball, gets another

CHICAGO -- Chris Claeys surprised Paul Konerko with the baseball from his grand slam during Game 2 of the 2005 World Series as part of Paul Konerko Day ceremonies on Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field. But in a strange twist, Claeys gave away one baseball and left with another one.

In the third inning of the game against the Royals, Claeys snagged a foul ball on the second pitch from Royals reliever Louis Coleman to of all people, Konerko. Claeys then talked about the catch and the gift of the grand slam baseball later on the White Sox television broadcast.

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Abreu sets White Sox rookie home run record

Sets mark with No. 36, surpassing Kittle's 1983 total

Abreu sets White Sox rookie home run record

CHICAGO - Jose Abreu set the single-season White Sox rookie home run record with his 36th blast to right-center off of Kansas City starter Danny Duffy in the first inning of Saturday night's 5-4 White Sox victory on Paul Konerko Day at U.S. Cellular Field.

Abreu connected on a 2-2 fastball, driving in Alexei Ramirez, to give the White Sox a 3-0 lead. He was previously tied with Ron Kittle, who hit 35 during the 1983 season.

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