Sox In The Basement

Sox In The Basement

The White Sox Podcast For Fans, By Fans.

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May 5, 2021 35 min

Following a devastating injury to Luis Robert, all eyes are now squarely upon White Sox manager Tony La Russa. Tasked with leading a team with issues he never expected when he took the job, La Russa has to now get his team to respond with a "hellacious effort." Meanwhile, the sharks are circling. James Fox of Future Sox also joins us to look at the start of White Sox Minor League Baseball. 

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The White Sox turns the page on the calendar and find themselves in a good spot as May begins. We break down the numbers showing this team is just starting to emerge as a force. Ed also tries desperately to convince everyone that it was all part of the plan when he gave up on Dylan Cease too early. Whether or not you believe in superstitions like his, we can all agree on some recent bad Yermin Mercedes takes being out-of-town stupi...

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Scott Merkin of MLB.com talks about his recent conversation with White Sox prospect Jake Burger, why Tony La Russa likes starting the 10th inning with a runner on second base, and how the team plans to use Michael Kopech moving forward. Plus, Nick Madrigal is proving to be incredibly unique at the plate. We ask if he really needs to add power to his hitting game. And White Sox fans were arguing about the wrong thing this past week,...

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April 23, 2021 33 min

Luis Robert continues to heat up, and the way he is hitting looks less streaky and more like the start of something great. Meanwhile he is the inspiration for a work of art gifted to us by artist Tom Borowski, who explains why painting the White Sox is such a joy these days. We also unveil the ALL NEW SoxInTheBasement.com website, complete with interactive features and a way to instantly check our hot takes.

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Take a deep dive into some statistics that identify the biggest issue facing the White Sox early in 2021. While some of the offensive problems were inevitable based on the numbers, the solutions are also plain to see. You'll be amazed that Nick Madrigal is holding the team together as much as Yermin Mercedes right now. Ed also surprises by blaming Dylan Cease for everyone else's problems.

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April 16, 2021 31 min

The creator of an innovative Umpire Scorecard system, Ethan Singer, joins the show to talk about just how much an ump can impact a game. Find out how you can get the umpire scores for every White Sox game. Chris also shares some untold stories from the stands during Carlos Rodon's no-hitter, while Ed theorizes that lineup consistency may be the key to waking up some dormant Sox bats. 

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April 13, 2021 32 min

The season is young, and the White Sox are talented. James Fox (Future Sox, South Side Sox) tells us that there may be some internal turmoil over the use of White Sox prospect Andrew Vaughn within the organization. We connect the dots and explore the possibility of a manager disconnected with his front office when it comes to a very important part of the team's plans for the next decade. 

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April 11, 2021 31 min

Sox In The Basement was LIVE at Cork & Kerry At The Park on Sunday April 10th! Listen As Matt Zawaski from Pinwheels & Ivy joins us in front of a full house to talk about Opening Weekend, the team so far, and the joy of baseball in person!

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Take a break from early season panic to marvel at the White Sox "Super-Hitters" that could be the byproduct of a pandemic. Devin DeYoung from White Sox Player Development joins us from Arizona to explain why a year of focusing on training away from games has the organization's returning minor leaguers ready to take a developmental leap. Plus, MLB had a bad week. But what was their biggest mistake? And should Andrew Vaug...

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April 2, 2021 31 min

With a lot of expectations and a fanbase that can get worried very easily, Tony La Russa's biggest job may be to keep his young team from getting too high, too low, or too weird. Meanwhile Steve Stone is in mid-season form and we are all here for it! Plus, the guests and giveaways you will get when Sox In The Basement goes LIVE at Cork & Kerry At The Park on Saturday April 10th!

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March 31, 2021 33 min

Years of rebuilding. A pandemic-shortened season. It all starts to pay off NOW. The White Sox kick off the 2021 season with hope and promise. We preview the entire MLB, plus we preview the opening series with the "All Angels Podcast" as the team heads to Anaheim. Let's Go-Go-Go White Sox!

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The day many White Sox fans dreaded finally happened after Eloy Jimenez injured himself for 5-6 months in the field. What options do the White Sox have now? Jordan Lazowski (Sox on 35th, Diamond Digest) joins us to answer that question, and make a frank warning about moving Andrew Vaughn to LF long-term. Once you can get over your justifiable anger, there is still hope.

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The guys navigate the White Sox Ticket Portal for the opening homestand, and have good news for those still hoping to score some seats! Plus, a roster crunch is coming. The addition of relief pitcher Nik Turley, an injury to Adam Engel and the demotion of Reynaldo Lopez may move some pieces around. What do the 26-man and 40-man rosters on Opening Day look like now?

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The White Sox have hit the dog days of Spring Training, but there is plenty to (over)react to at this point. From the hitting to the pitching, what can we actually evaluate and what doesn't really matter? We break down the likely everyday lineup(s). Plus, the story of Spring Training may be that there is no real story at all. All aboard the Hype Machine. Join us for "30 Minutes of Sox!"

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March 17, 2021 27 min

Baseball writer James Fox tries to help us figure out what the White Sox 26-man and 40-man rosters will look like at the conclusion of Spring Training. Does it matter how well Zack Collins hits in Arizona? Is camp newcomer Billy Hamilton a threat to steal a spot? How different will the pitching staff look at the start compared to the end of this season? Let's ask and answer some questions.

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March 13, 2021 29 min

The White Sox have sent instructions to season ticket holders for getting a seat at the first homestand. We break it down and read off some off the new ballpark rules that stood out to us. Plus, former pitching coach Don Cooper got a little nuts on Chicago radio this week. Somewhere Nardi Contreras is smiling.

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White Sox beat reporter Scot Gregor of the Daily Herald checks in to discuss his pick for the 26th man on the roster, why the official announcement of fans in the stands will actually help White Sox players perform, and why you shouldn't worry about Spring Training standings. Plus, the guys break down Sox players on a list of top guys to build a team around.  And we prepare for April 10th at Cork & Kerry At The Park with yo...

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March 6, 2021 32 min

While most of MLB will have fans in the stands on Opening Day, the White Sox may have a problem. We explain why it may be time for Jerry Reinsdorf to use his money and power for good so Sox fans can start enjoying their team in person. Meanwhile, the Spring Training position battles may not mean very much when you do some roster math. And just as all is lost, and old friend gives us the perfect alternative to Sox In The Basement Fe...

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Before the boys unveil a new segment that was born after a night of celebratory beers, they welcome back "The Pope" Donn Pall. Listen as the former White Sox pitcher breaks down the staff, talks about the pressures of Spring Training, and gives advice to Michael Kopech, Garrett Crochet and Carlos Rodon. Plus, Tony La Russa may very well be Tim Anderson's spirit animal.

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White Sox Insider Scott Merkin of MLB.com joins us from Camelback Ranch in the middle of the party that is Spring Training. Merk gives us the story of camp so far, the lowdown on the White Sox rotation plans, and word on Joes Abreu's COVID-19 diagnosis. It was a great week. Then Rick Hahn started talking about Sox fans. Some solid advice is given to the White Sox GM.

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