CHICAGO -- Tim Raines played a part in the White Sox 2005 World Series championship as a first-base and baserunning coach, returning to the team for which he played from 1991-95.
That accomplishment was all about the team, quite possibly the greatest moment in franchise history. But Wednesday was all about Raines, the individual, as the switch-hitting outfielder who played 23 big league seasons joined Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez as part of the class of 2017 elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
CHICAGO -- Tanking? That is not a word that has been used in reference to the current White Sox rebuild. This rebuild looks a little bit different in terms of the remaining talent on the Major League roster than other teams that in recent years have rebuilt in full.
"I'm not anticipating this to be a 62- or 63-win team," said White Sox director of amateur scouting Nick Hostetler, referring to the 2017 season. "Right now, the way that the team is constructed, we are going to compete in games, battle."
When the White Sox acquired Michael Kopech as part of the package for Chris Sale, they knew they were getting a pitcher with a blazing fastball. According to MLB Pipeline, Kopech sits at 96-98 mph and can even hit triple digits.
By now, you probably know all the reasons why Tim Raines deserves to be in the Hall of Fame: He was arguably the greatest leadoff hitter this side of Rickey Henderson. He stole over 800 bases at an absurd 85 percent success rate. And, while he came 400 hits shy of 3,000, he has nearly the same on-base percentage as first-ballot Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn.
Beyond being a walk machine and a constant threat to steal bases -- like Henderson -- Raines' career went well into his 40s and included a tour through the independent leagues -- also like Henderson.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It took Charlie Tilson exactly one at-bat to pick up his first Major League hit during his White Sox debut at Comerica Park on Aug. 2 last season.
Two innings after that single to center off of Anibal Sanchez and the requisite talk at first base with Miguel Cabrera, Tilson's rookie campaign was finished when he sustained a torn left hamstring chasing Cabrera's double in right-center.
CHICAGO -- The White Sox announced one-year contracts agreed upon with five players on Friday, avoiding arbitration with all five. The White Sox have no remaining arbitration-eligible players and have not gone to an arbitration hearing since 2001, with reliever Keith Foulke.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- At the conclusion of a three-day White Sox hitters minicamp Wednesday afternoon, following hitting coach Todd Steverson's upbeat summation to the 16 players at Camelback Ranch, manager Rick Renteria added in his parting words.
"Don't be afraid to have fun," Renteria said while wrapping up the pre-Spring Training get-together.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson had a chance to work with 16 hitters during a minicamp from Monday through Wednesday at Camelback Ranch. He took some time after its completion to provide analysis on four young hitters.
Yoan Moncada, INF, No. 1 prospect in organization
"He's a strong guy. He's a strong kid. I keep forgetting that he's  years old. Right now, on first look, obviously he's very athletic. He's got some good hands on him. [I] watched him on defense, and he looks like he can field the ball well. Just in general from my side of the bargain, he uses the whole field, switch-hitter, which is always a positive for me. He has a good swing from both sides. He needs to play more baseball and get into it."
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- If fans were allowed into the White Sox hitters' minicamp, taking place through Thursday at Camelback Ranch, then Yoan Moncada probably would have received the first standing ovation as part of his new team.
It only wound up as a Tuesday batting practice session, but even this workout looked impressive for the 21-year-old switch-hitter from Cuba built like an NFL defensive back. Hitting left-handed, Moncada laced a couple of pitches into left field. He followed with a blast over the center-field fence on a back field at the team's complex, which will host Spring Training in a little over five weeks.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The White Sox, as a practice, don't comment on trade rumors.
That philosophy has served the South Siders well this offseason as they start their rebuild -- and considering that there seems to be more information floating around than days on the calendar. But confirmation from general manager Rick Hahn isn't necessary to predict boldly that Jose Quintana could be traded before White Sox pitchers and catchers report to Camelback Ranch on Feb. 14.
Spring is in the air: First workout dates announced
Despite the frigid temperatures throughout many big league cities, Major League Baseball's announcement Tuesday of the first workout dates of Spring Training should be enough to warm the hearts of baseball fans everywhere.
The following are the first Spring Training workout dates, subject to change, both for pitchers and catchers and full squads of the 30 Major League clubs.
ARLINGTON -- Former Rangers pitcher Jackie Brown, who was known as the "Oklahoma Curveballer" and later became a Major League pitching coach for three organizations, has passed away after a long illness. He was 73.
Brown pitched for the Washington Senators in 1970-71, the Rangers in '73-'75, the Indians in '75-'76 and the Expos in '77. He had a career record of 47-53 with a 4.18 ERA in 214 games, including 105 starts.
T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Anderson to prospects: 'Let your abilities work'
Former top picks give advice to future White Sox stars
CHICAGO -- The stage was set for Brian Anderson's Major League arrival in 2006.
As the White Sox top pick in the 2003 MLB Draft and 15th selection overall in the first round, Anderson had already logged 35 plate appearances for the '05 World Series champions. That total included two home runs off of Felix Hernandez on Aug. 26 in Seattle.
CHICAGO -- Matt Zaleski has a wonderful life, thanks to baseball. But some might look at Zaleski's career trajectory and think otherwise.
Zaleski was selected out of Indiana State by the White Sox in the 30th round of the 2004 MLB Draft and spent the next 11 seasons pitching in the Minors. Zaleski made 316 appearances, of which 110 were starts, for Rookie-level Great Falls, Class A Kannapolis, Class A Advanced Winston-Salem, Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte. He also spent parts of six seasons with the Knights as part of the International League.
CHICAGO -- The current White Sox bullpen alignment doesn't feature Zach Putnam in the closer's role, although he pitched the ninth successfully during parts of a 2014 breakout campaign.
But anyone who watched the most recent postseason, specifically Andrew Miller and the American League champion Indians, understands the last three outs aren't always the tensest or even the most crucial for a bullpen crew in securing a victory.
A year ago, MLBPipeline.com introduced the Pipeline Poll, where general managers and scouting executives were asked to choose the game's top prospects. In that edition, Corey Seager was the clear-cut winner as the overwhelming choice for top overall prospect, and that seemed to work out pretty well.
The 22-year-old was an All-Star, won the National League Rookie of the Year Award, finished third in the NL Most Valuable Player Award voting and set a slew of franchise records, including most homers, hits, doubles and total bases by a Dodgers rookie shortstop.
CHICAGO -- The White Sox have a long-term goal of contending for, and hopefully winning, numerous World Series championships.
In order to reach that goal, they will be taking a new approach during the 2017 season. The South Siders started what many believed to be a long overdue rebuild by trading Chris Sale, one of the game's top starting pitchers, to Boston, and by trading multi-threat outfielder Adam Eaton to Washington during the Winter Meetings.
CHICAGO -- A number of positive results transpired for the White Sox during the 2016 season.
Jose Quintana became an All-Star for the first time in his steady career, often bordering on spectacular, while the southpaw also notched a career-best 13 wins, a 3.20 ERA and 181 strikeouts over 208 innings.
The Hot Stove started to buzz on Tuesday when a report circulated that the Yankees and White Sox have discussed a trade that would send left-hander Jose Quintana and closer David Robertson to New York. However, a source told MLB.com that those talks have not really progressed and that the report is overstating the seriousness of the discussions.
USA Today reported Tuesday morning that New York was interested in acquiring both Quintana and Robertson from the White Sox, who would eat a portion of the $25 million remaining on Robertson's deal. The New York Post later reported that the Yankees have not discussed acquiring both players. The clubs have not commented on the reports.
Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Most amazing American League games of 2016
By Doug Miller
The Indians came thisclose to bringing a World Series title home to their fans and to the American League after an amazing 2016 season. Taking the Chicago Cubs to the 10th inning of the seventh game of the Fall Classic was just about as memorable as it gets.
But the Indians were one of 15 teams in the AL, and each one had its own Game of the Year. In consultation with the MLB.com beat reporters for every team, here are the best individual games for each AL club during another fantastic year in Major League Baseball:
CHICAGO -- Following the 2018 season, when John Tumminia will be 66 years of age, the longtime White Sox scout plans to retire.
A logical jump would be for Tumminia to move full time into Baseball Miracles, the labor of love and non-profit charitable endeavor he began about five years ago. But here's the only problem with that logic: Tumminia already delivers a full-time commitment to Baseball Miracles while working for the White Sox.