Sox In The Basement

Sox In The Basement

The White Sox Podcast For Fans, By Fans.

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May 17, 2022 31 min

As White Sox manager Tony La Russa declares that the 9th batter in his lineup is the "second leadoff" man, we look at six key players that actually determine how the offense performs. Dallas Keuchel may be looking for more innings, while we're looking at some unorthodox decisions that have not worked out. Meanwhile it is still May, and this White Sox team may be a spark away from a run up the standings.

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This weekend brings out some of the worst fans in baseball, but they are not exactly who you may think. We'll explain why Tony La Russa's Thursday night lineup against the Yankees clearly tells you how he views his player personnel and team roles at this point. We're also asking if the White Sox are playing specific odds when matching pitchers up each series. Relax, Sox fans. There is a lot more ahead of us.

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May 10, 2022 30 min

White Sox fans were right to criticize Tony La Russa during the team's 8-game losing streak. They now need to commend his good choices and a winning streak. From bullpen usage to shuffling the rotation, smart baseball leads to wins. We're chatting with Chicago radio veteran Herb Lawrence about it all, including looming decisions on Johnny Cueto, Dallas Keuchel and Vince Velasquez. Plus, are the baseballs different for natio...

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The White Sox seem to have turned a corner this week. Tim Anderson is proving us wrong in a very good way. Aaron Bummer may be looking a a role change too. Michael Suareo of SoxOn35th.com joins us to identify minor leaguers down on the farm you may see with the big club this year, and to update us on some surprising prospects further down the line. Meanwhile, the science says offense is about to come back in a big way very soon. We...

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The White Sox are trying to put April in their rear-view mirror, and Dylan Cease may be the rock to build upon. Jordan Lazowski of SoxOn35th.com joins us to explain how the mustached man turned a corner into becoming the possible Ace of the White Sox. We also look at the outfield defense and pre-pitch tendencies from A.J. Pollock. Very soon the White Sox have to clear roster space for Moncada, Kelly and Cueto. Will Dallas Keuchel s...

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April 29, 2022 32 min

In 1986 host Chris Lanuti first met John Cangelosi at the age of 9. Now he has the one-time White Sox rookie on his podcast to tell stories, talk about Tony La Russa, and hear about his partnership with Bo Jackson. We're also talking about the baseballs that Major League Baseball seemingly have ruined this season. When does this team start winning? It has to be soon, right?

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The White Sox went 0-7 on their recent road trip, but how much of that really falls on manager Tony La Russa? We dig deep to find if managers in MLB actually matter over 162 games and learn something unique about La Russa compared to his historical peers. In between some listener "venting" calls we also look at some individual hitting tendencies thus far in the White Sox lineup. The solution to early offensive woes seems si...

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April 22, 2022 31 min

We chat with Fox Sports MLB Analyst Ben Verlander about the potential of the 2022 White Sox, if his brother Justin really could have ended up on the south side & how any Power Rankings list could possibly forget the Sox. Scot Gregor of the Daily Herald discusses some troubling early issues for the team after a disasterous trip to Cleveland. Plus, we worry that Tony La Russa has vastly overvalued Leury Garcia.

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April 19, 2022 32 min

Are the White Sox swinging at the first pitch too often, or are we looking for irrational reasons to be concerned? We should enjoy the wins and have some fun, right? We're visiting with Jim Pender, a fan with a picture of nearly every White Sox player to ever wear the uniform. Learn about his lifetime labor of love. Plus, we wonder if there can be too much technology added to the ballpark experience.

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With injuries seemingly happening daily, the White Sox are demonstrating their impressive lineup depth early this season. Adam Kaplan of SoxOn35th.com helps us examine why they are prepared for these early season hiccups. While it seems the team on the field has learned lessons from last year, the same ballpark problems exist when the crowds get large. Can the White Sox handle big home games? We're also at Cork & Kerry At T...

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The start of the season has us feeling like the White Sox have baseball's most-feared lineup. George Ofman draws upon a long history of covering Tony La Russa as we chat about how the White Sox manager will attack other teams in 2022. We're also talking about Harold Baines getting a new heart and kidney, as one of our hosts can relate. Find out why he says Baines stayed true to form throughout the process.

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The last few months may have caused a little stress to your average White Sox fan. After early offseason moves didn't excite, Rick Hahn did add a few late pieces. So, are the White Sox ready now? Jordan Lazowski from SoxOn35th.com helps us preview the 2022 season with optimism, while also trying to avoid the typical Sox fan feelings of doom.

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As Spring Training comes to an end, we take the temperature of White Sox fans heading into the 2022 regular season. How impactful will AJ Pollock be as an addition to the outfield and batting order? Did the White Sox just pull off a sneaky-good move trading for backup catcher Reese McGuire? Lance Lynn is hurt. Wait...is that Johnny Cueto's music?! We also hand out $1000 to one lucky fan and find out how he was able to snag our ...

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Rick Hahn joins us to answer every question you could possibly have about the White Sox. (That was our April Fools joke.) But Hahn and manager Tony La Russa one-upped us! After a week of controversy surrounding La Russa's comments about fans and no need for a new right fielder, the White Sox traded Craig Kimbrel for AJ Pollock. That's a surprise we can all get behind! We also talk lineup construction with seven or eight cle...

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March 29, 2022 31 min

The first shot at the White Sox fanbase this year was fired by manager Tony La Russa on Tuesday when he said fans looking for an addition in right field were "probably the fans who are not White Sox fans." We explore this ridiculous comment by the White Sox skipper before trying to solve the position with players within the organization. We also simplify the good and bad when it comes to Rick Hahn's current roster const...

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After the White Sox upset Lucas Giolito during the arbitration process, we chat with James Fegan of The Athletic about how quickly contract extention talks between both sides ended last year. Hear what will be the deciding factor if the team wants to keep Giolito past 2023. We also learn how the White Sox have taken a proven approach to fixing relief pitcher Kyle Crick.

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Luis Robert hit .338/.378/.567 across 68 games with a .946 OPS, 157 wRC+, and a .399 wOBA for the White Sox in 2021. Nik Gaur of SoxOn35th.com joins us to explain it was Robert's performance after his injury that has people believing he could challenge for the MVP. Listen to what changes Nik saw and if it translates to long-term success. We're also waiting to see when Craig Kimbrel will be traded, just like everyone els...

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Scott Merkin of MLB.com checks in from the site of White Sox Spring Training at Camelback Ranch. Will the White Sox add more pitching? Is a new right fielder in the cards? Is this Jose Abreu's last season? What is the vibe after an early postseason exit to the Astros? The guys also break down the last week of moves and non-moves. At this point Rick Hahn's roster construction has a spotlight upon it. Will his plan work?

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March 15, 2022 30 min

Joe Kelly, Josh Harrison and Vince Velasquez have joined your 2022 Chicago White Sox. We have offseason interview clips with Liam Hendriks, Jake Burger and David Samson as part of our final vote for the $1000 Guest Bounty. We're also breaking down the moves, the trades, the signings and the vibes with the fans at Cork & Kerry during the South Side Irish Parade. Jordan Lazowski of Sox on 35th joins us for a White Sox Spring ...

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March 10, 2022 34 min

Baseball is back just in time with 162 beautiful games. Now the White Sox can focus on a World Series run. James Fox of FutureSox breaks down the final days of negotiations and what we will see next from Rick Hahn now that the Hot Stove is lit again. Adam Kaplan of Sox On 35th expresses his joy and why he thinks the Sox will focus on right field more than anything else. We even air a few minutes of audio with Jordan Lazowski of Sox...

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