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CHICAGO — When will Avisail Garcia reach his ful Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey l potential?

It’s a question Todd Steverson heard on a regular basis beginning when he took over as the White Sox hitting coach on Oct. 31, 2013. Garcia provided the resounding answer of “2017” by hitting .330 with 18 homers, 27 doub Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey les and 80 RBIs scored last season.

CHICAGO — When will Avisail Garcia reach his full potential?

It’s a question Todd Steverson heard on a regular basis beginning when he took over as the White Sox hitting coach on Oct. 31, 2013. Garcia provided the resounding answer of “2017” by hitting .330 with 18 homers, 27 doubles and 80 RBIs scored last season.

Now that question changes for the 26-year-old Garcia after his first All-Star selection. Moving into 2018, Garcia is being challenged to produce similar frontline results, something Steverson believes Garcia can handle.

“You know, why not?” Steverson said during the White Sox Amateur City Elite signing day program Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. “He stuck to something. He’s older. He’s more mature. He’s more knowledgeable about who he is and what the  Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey game has presented in front of him.

“At the end of the day, he did what he did and nobody can ever take last year away from him. Going forward, it’s going to be as hard, if not harder, for him on that level because you gain a level of respect from your peers and coaches around the league that say, ‘Hey, this guy made a stride forward. We have to watch out for him and pitch him a http://www.ebaseballfans.com/Toronto-Blue-Jays-Custom-Jersey  little more careful.’

“That’s up to him and myself and the staff to stay on him and help him keep himself level-headed enough to understand what’s going on. Keep the process the way he’s been doing it, and hopefully we can have positive results.”

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There’s a chance those positive results occur with another team, though.

The White Sox have two years of control over both Garcia and first baseman Jose Abreu. In the midst of a rebuild, it’s up to general manager Rick Hahn and his staff to figure out whether one or both of these veterans fit into the long-term target for championship contention or whether the rebuild is better served by moving them to enhance the team’s youthful core.

• White Sox face key offseason with veteran bats

Video: White Sox plan for Abreu and Avisail during rebuild

If this duo stays together on the South Side, Steverson believes Garcia will continue to benefit from playing alongside Abreu.

“Along with the accolades, he’s so consistent with his thoughts and routines and what he believes in,” Steverson said of Abreu. “He’s been a great help on the flip side as a peer also, as he has been with [Yoan] Moncada and so on and so forth.”

Garcia took control of his career by coming into camp in bette Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Road Gray Baseball Jersey r physical condition, maintaining that improved state and doing the same on-field in terms of a more controlled plate approach. The young outfielder wants more. And so do the White Sox.

“He and I sat down at the end of the year and talked about certain things,” Steverson said. “We will talk again when it comes to Spring Training about what is it did you learn?

“What is it we are going to expand upon and how are we going to get better in certain areas? Even though you had a good year overall, there are always areas to get better. They can keep you at the status where you’ve risen yourself.”

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk’s Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.


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CHICAGO — When it comes to his two biggest assets, Avisail Garcia and Jose Abreu, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is in no hurry to make the decision everyone knows is coming at some point — he will have to negotiate large contract extensions or trade them.

“It’s not me just dancing around or being cute,” said Hahn at season’s end. “There isn’t a firm answer right now.”

CHICAGO — When it  Custom Blue Jays Jersey comes to his two biggest assets, Avisail Garcia and Jose Abreu, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is in no hurry to make the decision everyone knows is coming at some point — he will have to negotiate large contract extensions or trade them.

“It’s not me just dancing around or being cute,” said Hahn at season’s end. “There isn’t a firm answer right now.”

No, there isn’t. Nor is there a firm timetable to get that answer. But the marketplace might be about to influence Hahn, especially regarding Garcia. He’s likely to become an intriguing option for teams once they’ve finished kicking the tires on free agent J.D. Martinez.

Both Garcia and Abreu are arbitration-eligible with two years of control left for the White Sox. They could be long-term pieces with shelf life left in 2020 — when the Sox expect to have one of the most promising teams in the American League — or merely trade chips.

We’ Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey re only in the first of four remaining windows for Garcia and Abreu and the other potential 2019-20 free agents. There’s no rush to resolve the situation, but there is a cost for having them long term.

The White Sox will be a lot better next season with both of them in the middle of a young lineup, and that may mean a lower pick in the 2019 Draft. Look at what happened in September.

The Sox were 54-86 on Sept. 8, positioned to draft second overall behind the Phillies. They went 13-9 down the stretch, and now they’ll draft fourth, with $1 million less allotted to sign amateur talent.

It’s impossible to know what the cost will be in terms of talent, but we know that two wins was all that separated them from 2015 Draft target Andrew Benintendi. Then there was 2007, when a 15-12 September caused the White Sox to drop from second to eighth in the ’08 Draft.

The White Sox selected Gordon Beckham after missing out on Buster Posey, whom they coveted.

It’s unlikely Abreu is going anywhere this offseason, even if the Red Sox miss out on Eric Hosmer and come calling or the Rockies seek Abreu for their first-base void. He’s got value as a mentor to Yoan Moncada and a leader in the clubhouse as well as one of baseball’s most consistent run producers. But this could turn out to be the time to deal Garcia.

Garcia is just 26, in the best shape of his career and coming off a breakout season. He hit .330 with 18 home runs and a manageable total of strikeouts (111), compiling an .885 OPS and a 4.5 WAR, according to Baseball-Reference.com. And Garcia is about to be pushed for his job by Eloy Jimenez, who is crushing Dominican Winter League pitching (.369/.432/.692) as a 20-year-old.

With Martinez demanding a high price on the free-agent market, Garcia could provide a nice option. He could upgrade the outfield for contenders while allowing teams to hold onto flexibility for next offseason’s historic crop of free agents.

Considering the outfielders in this free-agent class, Garcia seems like a lesser gamble than other veteran outfielders who may be made available in trades, like Jason Heyward, Shin-Soo Choo and Stephen Piscotty.

Expect to hear Garcia’s name mentioned more often as the offseason progresses and the market becomes less abstract.

Among the teams Garcia could fit:

D-backs  
They’d love to keep Martinez as protection for Paul Goldschmidt. But if he goes elsewhere, Arizona will be in the market for the best hitter it can find. The D-backs do owe Yasmany Tomas $46 million over the next three years, but restoring him to the lineup would not be a popular choice.

Giants
Their outfield picture is wide open, and they’ve had interest in Garcia in the past. San Francisco is looking for both production and solid play in the field. Garcia could check both those boxes, as he has a strong arm that would play well at AT&T Park.

Blue Jays 
The kids are coming, but the upcoming season is more about Josh Donaldson than Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette or even Anthony Alford. With the right-handed-hitting Teoscar Hernandez in one outfield corner, a left-handed bat might make more sense, but Garcia is a way to replace the production Toronto lost as departed free agent Jose Bautista aged.

Orioles
With Manny Machado a year away from free agency, time is of the essence. The rotation is the major issue, but they’re  Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey also a corner outfielder short, even with the emergence of Trey Mancini. Garcia would allow Mark Trumbo to serve as DH and eliminate the need to push 2016 third-round Draft pick Austin Hays from Double-A to Camden Yards.

Mariners
Center field is a bigger question with Jarrod Dyson in free agency and Ben Gamel somewhat of a defensive liability in both corner outfield spots. The addition of a veteran would make Gamel a valuable depth piece. Garcia could balance out the middle of an order that includes the left-handed-hitting Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager, and you know Jerry Dipoto loves to make trades.

Rockies
There are internal options to replace Carlos Gonzalez, the easiest being shifting Gerardo Parra over to right field to open up left for Ian Desmond or David Dahl. But Parra’s not going to get anybody excited. It would be fun to see what Garcia could do at Coors Field.

Rangers
Jon Daniels would love to get back to the postseason in Adr http://www.ebaseballfans.com/Toronto-Blue-Jays-Custom-Jersey ian Beltre‘s farewell season. There’s one open spot in the lineup with Mike Napoli back in the free-agent market. Garcia Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap  is a significant defensive upgrade over Choo and Nomar Mazara, and he would help lengthen a homer-dependent lineup.

One last note: The White Sox are positioned to take on some of the salary for a veteran like Choo ($62 million remaining for three years) or Tomas if it buys them the prospect capital they covet.

Something to watch in what most expect to be a quiet offseason for the South Siders.

Phil Rogers is a national columnist for MLB.com.


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The candidates include nine players whose careers spanned a good chunk of the era from 1970-87, plus the late Marvin Miller, the MLB Players Association leader who put an indelible stamp on the game.

The Modern Baseball Era Committee, which is charged with the process of electing players into the National Baseball Hall of Fame through the Veterans Committee process, announced 10 candidates for election on Monday.

The candidates include nine players whose careers spanned a good chunk of the era from 1970-87, plus the late Marvin Miller, the MLB Players Association leader who put an indelible stamp on the game.

The players are Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, Luis Tiant and Alan Trammell.

The 16-person panel assigned to vote on them will be determined later this fall.

The vote is slated to be announced Dec. 10 live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 6 p.m. ET as the Winter Meetings open this year in Orlando, Fla. Any electees will be introduced at a media conference there the next Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey  day.

The induction ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y., next year is July 29 and will also include any inductees from the BBWAA ballot, which is slated to be released on Nov. 20.

“Of course I’d love to be in,” Garvey said when reached by phone immediately after the ballot was released. “It’s been so long. The managers come up, a Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Road Gray Baseball Jersey nd they’ve been grandfathered in. Yeah, let’s get some players in. Have some fun.”

Video: 1984 NLCS Gm4: Garvey hits a walk-off homer

The 16 members of the committee can vote for a maximum of five candidates, a total of 80 votes. As in any Hall of Fame vote, a candidate needs 75 percent to be elected. In this case, his name must appear on at least 12 of the 16 ballots. Just doing the math defines how difficult this particular process is.

Since Joe Gordon was elected in 2009, only two players have been enshrined through the Veterans’ Committee process: Cubs third baseman Ron Santo in 2012, and Deacon White, a 19th-century catcher, in ’13.

The committees were shuffled again last year in an attempt to correct that shortcoming.

“This is not unusual. It’s about staying relevant,” Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said at the time. “There’s now stronger emphasis on players who have recently fallen off the BBBWAA ballot. No group of candidates is being left out. We’ve always left the door open.”

The committee was comprised by an 11-member panel of historians that boasted 10 members of the BBWAA who all saw these particular players compete.

About the players:

Garvey: Appeared on the BBWAA ballot for 15 years, ending in 2007, and never compiled higher than the 41.6 percent of the vote he amassed in his first year of eligibility in 1993. This is his third time on a Veterans’ Committee ballot. He holds the record for consecutive games played in the National League (1,207) while playing for the Dodgers and Padres. He hit .338 with 11 home runs and 31 RBIs in 11 postseason series, was named the 1978 and ’84 NLCS MVP and won the ’81 Roberto Clemente Award. Garvey also won the 1974 NL Most Valuable Player Award and four Gold Glove Awards.

Video: 1981 NLDS Gm3: Garvey launches a two-run homer

John: Appeared on the BBWAA ballot for 15 years, ending in 2009, with his highest percentage of 31.7 coming in that last season. He pitched 26 seasons for the Indians, Dodgers, Yankees, Angels and A’s, winning 288 games, 164 of them after missing the 1975 season because of ligament-replacement surgery in his left elbow, a surgery that still bears his name. A four-time All-Star selection, John won the ’76 Hutch Award for persevering through adversity and ’81 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award for integrity on and off the field.

Video: 1977 NLCS Gm4: Dodgers advance to World Series

Mattingly: Appeared on Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey  the BBWAA ballot for 15 years, ending in 2015. His top year was 28.2 percent of the ballots in 2001, his first season of eligibility. The current manager of the Marlins played 14 seasons, all for the Yankees, batting .307 with 222 home runs and 2,153 hits. A six-time All-Star and nine-time Gold Glove Award winner at first base, Mattingly led the American League in total bases in both 1985 and ’86, won the ’84 AL batting title, captured three Silver Slugger Awards and was named the ’85 AL Most Valuable Player.

Video: NYY@TOR: Mattingly homers in regular-season finale

Miller: Was last on the Expansion Era ballot in 2013, the year managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa were all elected. Became the head of the MLB Players Association in 1966 and quickly turned the union into a powerho Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey use. Within a decade of being named head of the union, Miller had secured free agency for the players. By the time he retired in 1982, the average player salary was approximately 10 times what it was when he took over.

Morris: Was on the BBWA ballot for 15 years, ending in 2014. He had a high of 67.7 percent in 2013 and became only the second player in history to amass an excess of 60 percent of the vote and not eventually make the Hall, joining Gil Hodges. Morris was one of the best pitchers in the American League in the 1980s and played on World Series winners for Detroit, Minnesota and Toronto. He won 254 games over the course of 18 seasons, capturing the 1991 World Series MVP following 10 shutout innings in a Game 7 victory for the Twins over the Braves.

Video: ’91 WS, Gm 7 ATL@MIN: Morris blanks Braves over 10

Murphy: Was on the BBWAA ballot for 15 years, ending in 2013. His percentage high of 23.2 came in 2000. Murp Custom Blue Jays Jersey hy played 18 seasons with the Braves, Phillies and Rockies, winning back-to-back National League Most Valuable Player Awards with Atlanta in 1982 and 1983. A seven-time All-Star, Murphy won five Gold Glove Awards and four Silver Slugger Awards in center field, finishing with 398 home runs and 1,266 RBIs.

Video: PIT@ATL: Murphy collects his 300th career homer

Parker: Appeared on the BBWAA ballot for 15 years, ending in 2011, with his high of 24.5 percent coming in 1998. He was the right fielder for the World Series-winning “We Are Family” Pirates in 1979 and posted a .345 batting average in his club’s seven-game win over the Orioles. The 1978 NL Most Valuable Player played 19 seasons, was named to seven All-Star teams and won three Gold Glove Awards.

Video: 1981 ASG: Parker goes deep to give the NL the lead

Simmons: The catcher may be the greatest anomaly in BBWAA Hall of Fame voting. He lasted one year on the ballot in 1994 and didn’t amass the minimum of 5 percent to carry over, logging 3.7 percent. Yet his numbers are compatible with Hall of Fame catchers Johnny Bench, Yogi Berra, Gary Carter and Mike Piazza. An eight-time All-Star, he played for 21 seasons, batting .285 with 2,472 hits, 483 doubles, 248 home runs and 1,389 RBIs for the Cardinals, Brewers and Braves.

Video: 1978 ASG: Simmons throws out Zisk to end top 1st

Tiant: Was on the BBWAA ballot for 15 years, ending in 2002, with his high percentage being 30.9 percent in 1988, his first year. He won 229 games in 19 seasons and recorded a 3.30 ERA, mostly for the Indians, Red Sox and Yankees. The Cuban native known as “El Tiante” won at least 20 games in four seasons, earning three All-Star selections. He won two American League ERA titles, including a 1.60 ERA in 1968, and led the league in shutouts three times.

Video: 1975 WS Gm1: Tiant shuts out the Reds in Game 1

Trammell: Was on the ballot for 15 years and had his best year (40.9 percent) in 2016, his final year of eligibility. Trammell’s numbers compare favorably with career-long shortstop inductees Ozzie Smith and Barry Larkin. In Trammell’s 20 seasons, all with the Tigers, he batted .285 with a .976 fielding percentage, while Smith hit .262 with a .978 fielding percentage and Larkin hit .295 with a .975 fielding percentage. In addition, Trammell was named the 1984 World Series Most Valuable Player after leading Detroit to the championship with a .450 batting average in five games.

Video: Justice on Trammell’s career, Hall of Fame chances

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @booms http://www.ebaseballfans.com/Toronto-Blue-Jays-Custom-Jersey kie on Twitter.

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CHICAGO — Eloy Jimenez and Charlie Tilson possess the same Major League goal with the White Sox for the 2018 season.

But their journeys will be slightly different.

CHICAGO — Eloy Jimenez and Charlie Tilson possess the same Major League goal with the White Sox for the 2018 season.

But their journeys will be slightly different.

Jimenez, who turns  http://www.ebaseballfans.com/Toronto-Blue-Jays-Custom-Jersey 21 on Nov. 27, ranks as the No. 1 White Sox prospect and Major League Baseball’s No. 4 overall prospect, per MLBPipeline.com. The soon-to-be 25-year-old Tilson, who singled in his first big league at-bat on Aug. 2, has battled injuries since tearing his left hamstring while chasing a fly ball later that same night at Comerica Park and undergoing season-ending surgery. Tilson is the White Sox No. 19 prospect.

Both young outfielders continue working during the offseason, with Jimenez putting up impressive statistics fo Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey r Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League. Tilson’s return to the Arizona Fall League, despite an 0-for-14 start with three walks for Glendale, rates as a bit more uplifting than Jimenez’s consistent connections.

Tito Polo was removed from Glendale’s roster after having a tooth pulled and an ensuing infection that would have cost him five or six days. Polo’s departure opened the spot for Tilson, who missed the ’17 campaign due to a stress reaction in his right foot sustained at Spring Training’s outset and later a stress fracture in the navicular bone of his right ankle.

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“You feel for a kid that’s been battling all year and he’s had some setbacks. Charlie has a great work ethic, tremendous attitude. But to have those setbacks and to have all these aspirations and physically, his body just wasn’t allowing him to help reach those. So, it was almost like a relief for him when this opportunity came.”

In 49 at-bats over 13 games for Gigantes, Jimenez has a .367 average with three home runs, five doubles and 15 RBIs. Getz lists the Dominican competition as the best of the Winter Leagues, adding more experienced players will arrive later in winter ball.

Video: Jimenez, Lopez, Peter on hope for White Sox future

“However, he’s still facing pretty good competition,” Getz said of Jimenez. “Are we surprised? You know, not really. This guy since he has become a White Sox has done nothing but produce and perform.”

Along with his high level of production, Jimenez has elevated expectations of reaching the Majors in ’18. The White Sox support Jimenez’s lofty vision, even with a mere 68 career at-bats at the Double-A level or above.

“Absolutely,” Getz said. “He’s made it no secret th Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Road Gray Baseball Jersey at he wants to be the best. It’s exactly what you want to hear out of your players. You want guys who want to get to the big leagues, they want to stay there and they want to be really, really good. He certainly is one of those guys.

“In terms of a timetable, he’s continuing to hit  Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap in winter ball. We expect him to obviously perform next year because he’s shown he can handle Double-A, so we’ll just get him going in Spring Training and see where it goes from there.”

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk’s Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.


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Below is a recap of each player’s performance from the 12th edition of the Arizona Fall League’s Fall Stars Game at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, a 4-2 win for the East division.

Among the highly regarded players in this year’s exhibition were 10 players on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospects list.

Below is a recap of each player’s performance from the 12th edition of the Arizona Fall League’s Fall Stars Game at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, a 4-2 win for the East division.

Among the highly regarded players in this year’s exhibition were 10 players on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospects list.

Angels
Matt Thaiss, 1B, LAA No. 3: Thaiss started at first base for the East and went 0-for-2 with a pair of groundouts, one to the pitcher and the other to the shortstop. Thaiss, the 16th overall pick in the 2016 Draft, played five innings in the field.

Samil De Los Santos, RHP: De Los Santos did not appear in the Fall Stars Game.

Astros
Kyle Tucker, OF, HOU No. 1 | MLB No. 7: Tucker showed why he’s the Astros’ top prospect with a strong showing for the East. The No. 5 overall choice in the 2015 Draft out of a Florida high school, Tucker started in right field and went 1-for-1 with a single and a walk. He played five innings in the field.

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Athletics
Sheldon Neuse, 3B, OAK No. 14: Neuse contributed a run-scoring single in the eighth inning and came off the bench for the East to play the final four innings at third base. After striking out in his first at-bat, Neuse sent a 2-1 pitch back up the middle to score Corey Ray with one out in the eighth.

Blue Jays
Max Pentecost, C, TOR No. 8: Pentecost, the 11th overall pick by the Blue Jays in the 2014 Draft out of Kennesaw State, made three plate appearances, going 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a walk. A backstop with a compact swing and raw power, he slashed .276/.332/.434 with nine homers at Class A Advanced Dunedin in 2017.

T.J. Zeuch, RHP, TOR No. 5: Zeuch, selected 21st overall by Toronto in the 2016 Draft, was impressive in one inning of work for the West team, striking out two as he retired the side in order. The 6-foot-7 right-hander struck out Thairo Estrada on a nasty slider, and froze No. 2 overall prospect Victor Robles with a 93.4-mph fastball on the outside corner.

Video: WEST@EAST: Zeuch fans two in strong relief appearance

Braves
Ronald Acuna, OF, ATL No. 1 | MLB No. 5: Acuna, the second-highest-rated prospect in the AFL Fall Stars Game, went 1-for-4, leading off the game with a single to left field. The 19-year-old jumped across three Minor League levels in 2017, slashing an impressive .325/.374/.522 with 21 homers in 139 games between Class A Advanced Florida and Triple-A Gwinnett.

Austin Riley, 3B, ATL No. 10: Riley entered the game as the designated hitter in place of Francisco Mejia and went 0-for-1 with a walk. While he’s prone to strike out often, he’s also shown the power stroke that led Atlanta to develop him as a hitter rather than a pitcher out of high school. Riley slashed .275/.339/.446 with 20 homers in 129 games between Class A Advanced Florida and Double-A Mississippi in 2017.

• Top performances in the Fall Stars Game

Touki Toussaint, RHP, ATL No. 14: Toussaint tossed a scoreless seventh inning for the West team. The 16th overall selection in the 2014 Draft by the D-backs, he struggled at times with his command in ’17, posting a 4.53 ERA in 26 starts between Class A Advanced Florida and Double-A Mississippi.

Brewers
Jake Gatewood, 1B/3B, MIL No. 18: Gatewood played the final four innings at first base for the East. He grounded out to shortstop in his only at-bat.

Corey Ray, OF, MIL No. 2 | MLB No. 58: Ray started at designated hitter for the East, scored a run and went 1-for-3 with a single, walk and two strikeouts. The fifth overall pick in the 2016 Draft, Ray also stole two bases. He hit an infield single to second base on 1-2 pitch in his first at-bat, then struck out swinging in his next two at-bats before working a walk and scoring from third base on a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.

Cardinals
Andrew Knizner, C, STL No. 27: Knizner entered the game behind the plate as a replacement for Pentecost, going 0-for-1 with a groundout to shortstop. In 2017, his second professional season, Kni Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey zner slashed .302/.349/.471 with 12 homers in 95 games between Class A Peoria and Double-A Springfield.

Sandy Alcantara, RHP, STL No. 9: Alcantara came on in the third, pitching two innings in relief of the West starter, Mitch Keller. He gave up two hits and struck out two, getting Corey Ray on a 99.1-mph fastball, and Billy McKinney with an 88.9-mph changeup, considered his second-best pitch behind the heater.

Video: WEST@EAST: Alcantara fans two over two scoreless

Jordan Hicks, RHP, STL No. 14: Hicks did not appear in the Fall Stars Game.

Cubs
Adbert Alzolay, RHP, CHC No. 3: Alzolay pitched the fifth inning for the East and allowed a solo home run to the second batter he faced. He issued two walks, recorded outs on the ground and in the air, and struck out the last batter he faced to end the inning.

David Bote, 2B: Bote played the final four innings at second base for the East. He lined out to third base in his only at-bat.

Jake Stinnett, RHP: Stinnett pitched a perfect seventh inning for the East. The right-hander induced a ground ball to the first batter he faced, then got a flyout and ended the frame with a three-pitch strikeout.

D-backs
Victor Reyes, OF, ARI No. 19: Reyes drove in the final run of the game for the East with a sacrifice fly to right field in the eighth inning. He came off the bench and played four innings in left field. Reyes grounded out to the pitcher in his first at-bat.

Video: WEST@EAST: Victor Reyes notches an RBI with a sac fly

Kirby Bellow, LHP: Bellow did not appear in the Fall Stars Game.

Dodgers
Yusniel Diaz, OF, LAD No. 5 | MLB No. 76: Diaz went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in the second to score Josh Naylor, who had tripled. The 21-year-old outfielder had a strong season in 2017 between Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa, slashing .292/.354/.433 with 11 home runs in 492 plate appearances. He’s working on utilizing his speed on the basepaths, having been caught in 14 of 25 stolen-base attempts.

Video: WEST@EAST: Diaz lunges to make a leaping catch

Matt Beaty, 3B/1B, LAD No. 30: Beaty, who had a strong showing for Double-A Tulsa in 2017, went 0-for-1 with a walk. A Double-A Texas League All-Star this season, he slashed .326/.378/.505 with 15 home runs in 116 games.

Giants
Tyler Cyr, RHP: Cyr earned the save for the East by pitching a perfect ninth inning to hold a two-run lead. Cyr retired the first batter he faced on a ground ball, struck out the next batter on three pitches and then got a lineout to center in a full count to end the game.

Video: WEST@EAST: Cyr retires Nicky Lopez to earn the save

Aramis Garcia, C, SF No. 8: Garcia came off the bench for the East and caught the final four innings. With Garcia behind the plate, four East pitchers combined to throw four hitless frames with five strikeouts against one walk.  

Indians
Francisco Mejia, C/DH, CLE No. 1 | MLB No. 13: The switch-hitting Mejia, who slashed .297/.346/.490 with 14 homers at Double-A Akron this season, went 1-for-2 with a double from the right side against left-hander Tanner Scott. Mejia lined a ball into right-center field in the fourth inning, wit http://www.ebaseballfans.com/Toronto-Blue-Jays-Custom-Jersey h an exit velocity of 100.0 mph, hustling into second with a sliding double.

Video: WEST@EAST: Mejia hits a double in the 4th inning

Argenis Angulo, RHP: Angulo came on for the West in the eighth inning and gave up a double, a single and a walk before exiting. He was charged with three runs in 1/3 of an inning. At Class A Advanced Lynchburg in 2017, he posted a 2.29 ERA in 41 appearances (55 innings), striking out 68 and walking 27.

Mariners
Braden Bishop, OF, SEA No. 5: Bishop went 0-for-1 with a strikeout after entering the game in the sixth inning, playing center field. Known primarily for his defensive ability in center field when drafted, Bishop turned in a strong offensive season between Class A Advanced Modesto and Double-A Arkansas in 2017; he hit .306/.393/.413 with 22 steals in 119 games.

 Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey Matthew Festa, RHP: Festa tossed a 1-2-3 sixth inning for the West team, striking out a pair. The 24-year-old posted a 12.8 K/9 rate along with a 3.23 ERA in 69 2/3 innings for Class A Advanced Modesto in 2017.

Marlins
Braxton Lee, OF: Lee came off the bench for the East and played the final four innings in right field. He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout. Lee was acquired from the Rays in June as part of the Adeiny Hechavarria trade.

Mets
Luis Guillorme, SS/3B, NYM No. 11: Guillorme played the entire game at shortstop for the East. He made all the plays defensively and helped turn a double play to end the top of the second inning. Offensively, Guillorme went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored. He doubled to left on a 2-0 pitch in the bottom of the eighth and then scored from second on a single to left.

Tomas Nido, C, NYM No. 9: Nido started behind the plate for the East and caught five innings. With Nido catching, East pitchers allowed two runs on five hits, with seven strikeouts and three walks. Nido threw out Ronald Acuna trying to steal second base in the first inning. At the plate, Nido went 0-for-2.

Video: WEST@EAST: Nido pops quick to nab Acuna at second

Nationals
Victor Robles, OF, WAS No. 1 | MLB No. 2: The top-ranked player in this year’s Fall League, Robles lived up to the billing in the Fall Stars Game by winning MVP honors. Robles started in center field for the East and played the entire game. He scored two runs, stole a base and finished 1-for-3 with a run-scoring single, a walk and a strikeout.

Video: WEST@EAST: Robles’ bat helps lead East, earns MVP

Orioles
Ryan Mountcastle, 3B, BAL No. 3: Mountcastle started at third base for the East and drove in the game’s first run with a groundout to shortstop in the bottom of the first inning. Mountcastle, the 36th overall pick in the 2015 Draft, played five innings and finished 1-for-2 with a double.

Video: WEST@EAST: Mountcastle turns around 99.6-mph pitch

Tanner Scott, LHP, BAL No. 6: Scott looked great in two scoreless innings for the East, striking out four and allowing a double. The lefty took the mound to open the third inning and then struck out the side. All four strikeouts came on swings and misses. He’s in the AFL for a third straight year and was selected to the 2017 Futures Game.

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Luis Urias, SS, SD No. 3 | MLB No. 48: Urias starred both offensively and defensively, hitting a go-ahead solo homer in the fifth inning, and starting a slick 6-4-3 double play in the half inning prior to that. He began the double play by diving full-extension to his left to snare a sharp ground ball and then flipping to second. The home run, which came off Cubs’ No. 3 prospect Adbert Alzolay, had an exit velocity of 107.9 mph and projected distance of 416 feet over the left-center-field wall, according to Statcast™.

Video: WEST@EAST: Urias clubs a solo home run to left field

Josh Naylor, 1B, SD No. 10: Naylor went 1-for-4, scorching a triple with an exit velocity of 107.5 mph down the right-field line in the second, and scoring the West’s first run. The 20-year-old first baseman, drafted 12th overall by the Marlins in 2015, has plus-plus raw power and has shown plate discipline in slashing .280/.346/.415 with 10 homers in 114 games between Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio in 2017.

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Cornelius Randolph, OF, PHI No. 12: The No. 15 overall pick by the Phillies in the 2015 Draft, Randolph went 0-for-1 with a deep flyout to center field (100.2-mph exit velocity, per Statcast™) after entering the game in the sixth inning. Though a shoulder injury slowed him down in 2016, Philadel Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap phia is eager to see what a healthy Randolph can do at the plate. In 2017, he slashed .250/.338/.402 with 13 homers in 122 games, rebounding from a slow start.

J.D. Hammer, LHP, PHI No. 30: Hammer did not appear in the Fall Stars Game.

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Mitch Keller, RHP, PIT No. 2 | MLB No. 18: Keller made the start for the West, going two innings and giving up a run on one hit and walking two. He threw 38 pitches, 20 of which were strikes. A second-round pick by the Pirates in the 2014 Draft, Keller flashed his 97-mph fastball, but he struggled with his command in the first inning, issuing both of his walks in that frame. He retired the side in order in the second.

Kevin Kramer, 2B, PIT No. 9: Though his 2017 season at Double-A Altoona was shortened due to a broken hand in June, Kramer was in the midst of a breakout season, slashing .297/.380/.500 in 53 games. He went 0-for-1 in the AFL Fall Stars Game with a groundout to first base.

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Adam Choplick, LHP: Choplick did not appear in the Fall Stars Game.

Rays
Brandon Lowe, 2B, TB No. 13: Lowe, who slashed .298/.375/.493 with 11 home runs between Class A Advanced Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery in 2017, went 0-for-2 with a walk.

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Michael Chavis, 3B, BOS No. 2 | MLB No. 92: The 26th overall selection in the 2014 Draft, Chavis went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in the Fall Stars Game. He had a much-improved season in 2017 after struggling in his first two professional seasons. Between Class A Advanced Salem and Double-A Portland, the 22-year-old third baseman slashed .282/.347/.563 with 31 homers in 126 games.

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Brennan Bernardino, LHP: Bernardino earned the win for the East with a hitless eighth inning. With the East trailing, 2-1, Bernardino entered to start the top of the eighth. He retired the first batter he faced on a ground ball, walked the next batter on four pitches and then got a pair of swinging strikeouts to end the frame. The East scored three runs in the bottom of the inning, and Bernardino was credited with  Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey the win.

Video: WEST@EAST: Bernardino fans two and picks up the win

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Yency Almonte, RHP, COL No. 10: Almonte had his sinker and slider working as he pitched a hitless sixth inning for the East. Almonte retired the first batter he faced on a popup, walked the next batter on a full count and then responded with a swinging strikeout and a grounder to end the frame.

James Farris, RHP, COL No. 21: Farris did not appear in the Fall Stars Game.

Royals
Nicky Lopez, SS, KC No. 11: Lopez came off the bench to play shortstop, going 0-for-2 with a groundout back to the mound and lineout to center. Though not a power hitter, he walked as many times as he struck out between Class A Advanced Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas in 2017 (52), hitting .279/.348/.356 with 21 steals in 129 games.

Tigers
Gerson Moreno, RHP, DET No. 20: Moreno did not appear in the Fall Stars Game.

Twins
Tyler Jay, LHP, MIN No. 8: Jay, the sixth overall pick in the 2015 Draft, was called upon in the eighth inning for the West team, inheriting runners at first and second with one out. He gave up a single to Braden Bishop and a sacrifice fly from Victor Reyes before striking out Braxton Lee to end the inning. 

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Jace Fry, LHP: Fry did not appear in the Fall Stars Game.

Yankees
Thairo Estrada, SS, NYY No. 17: Estrada started at second base for the East and played five innings. Defensively, he started a double play to end the top of the second inning. At the plate, Estrada went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.

Billy McKinney, 1B/OF, NYY No. 23: McKinney started in left field for the East and went 0-for-2 with a flyout and a strikeout . McKinney, who was acquired from the Cubs in last year’s Aroldis Chapman deal, played five innings in the field.

Justus Sheffield, LHP, NYY No. 4 | MLB No. 79: Sheffield started for the East and pitched two innings, allowing one run on three hits. The 31st overall pick in the 2014 Draft, Sheffield walked one and recorded two strikeouts swinging. He threw 31 pitches, the last one resulting in an inning-ending double play. Sheffield was part of the package the Yankees received from the Indians in the Andrew Miller trade last year.

Video: WEST@EAST: Sheffield on performance, upcoming season

Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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CHICAGO — The White Sox quickly became one of the major focal points during the 2016 Winter Meetings by trading Chris Sale, one of the game’s top starters, to Boston, and Adam Eaton, one of the game’s best leadoff hitters, to the Nationals.

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CHICAGO — The White Sox quickly became one of the major focal points during the 2016 Winter Meetings by trading Chris Sale, one of the game’s top starters, to Boston, and Adam Eaton, one of the game’s best leadoff hitters, to the Nationals.

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Through that process, general manager Rick Hahn brought back second baseman Yoan Moncada and right-handers Michael Kopech, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning. They stood at the forefront of their burgeoning rebuild, almost instantly boosting a somewhat dormant farm system into baseball’s upper echelon.

Don’t look for this upcoming White Sox offseason to be quite as noteworthy or have as much fanfare, whether it’s through free agency or trades. The White Sox are allowing the players from this top-rated system to develop an Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap d work toward the goal of winning multiple World Series championships.

Video: KC@CWS: Giolito tosses seven innings of one-run ball

Free agents: RHP Mike Pelfrey, C Geovany Soto.

Arbitration-e Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey ligible: 1B Jose Abreu, RF Avisail Garcia, LHP Carlos Rodon, INF Yolmer Sanchez, RHP Jake Petricka, RHP Zach Putnam, RHP Al Alburquerque, RHP Danny Farquhar, OF/INF Leury Garcia.

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Pelfrey and Soto stand as the only White Sox free agents, an Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Road Gray Baseball Jersey d neither seem to factor into the club’s long-term picture. But they both were major clubhouse influences on the younger players in 2017.

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Hahn has talked about the team being more than willing to spend in potentially completing the rebuild when the time is right. It’s unlikely that this offseason is the right time, but it doesn’t mean the White Sox won’t explore all options.

The bullpen was taken apart by trades and injuries during the season’s second half, so the South Siders will be looking for relief. They also need to fill Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey  out the rotation and take some innings pressure off young hurlers like Giolito and Lopez, who are moving into their first full big league seasons. Adam Engel is a talented glove-first center fielder, so the White Sox also might shop for a veteran left-handed hitter Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey  who can share that spot.

Video: LAA@CWS: Engel makes a nice running grab in the 6th

It’s difficult to pinpoint exact players on their list, with the White Sox organizational meetings taking place next week. But the targets figure to be a veteran or two who can be signed and potentially eventually flipped or a player who fits long term into this rebuild.

Wild card scenario
There’s little chance the White Sox shift even slightly from their rebuild plan and go after short-term fits who could help them contend in 2018. But the White Sox have two key pieces in Abreu and Garcia, top-notch players in and out of th http://www.ebaseballfans.com/Toronto-Blue-Jays-Custom-Jersey e clubhouse, whom they have control over for two more seasons.

If Hahn decides to trade one or both, then those vacancies might open up the pursuit for short-term fits on the open market. The White Sox have not pushed any of their prospects to the Majors before they were ready, and trading Abreu and/or Garcia won’t change that mindset.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk’s Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.


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The Modern Baseball Era Committee, which is charged with t Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap he process of electing players into the National Baseball Hall of Fame through the Veterans Committee process, announced 10 candidates for election on Monday.

The candidates include nine players whose careers spanned a good chunk of the era from 1970-87, plus the late Marvin Miller, the MLB Players Association leader who put an indelible stamp on the game.

The Modern Baseball Era Committee, which is charged with the process of electing players into the National Baseball Hall of Fame through the Veterans Committee process, announced 10 candidates for election on Monday.

The candidates include nine players whose careers spanned a good chunk of the era from 1970-87, plus the late Marvin Miller, the MLB Players Association leader who put an indelible stamp on the game.

The players are Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, Luis Tiant and Alan Trammell.

The 16-person panel assigned to vote on them will be determined later this fall.

The vote is slated to be announced Dec. 10 live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 6 p.m. ET as the Winter Meetings open this year in Orlando, Fla. Any electees will be introduced at a media conference there the next Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey  day.

The induction ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y., next year is July 29 and will also include any inductees from the BBWAA ballot, which is slated to be released on Nov. 20.

“Of course I’d love to be in,” Garvey said when reached by phone immediately after the ballot was released. “It’s been so long. The managers come up, a Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Road Gray Baseball Jersey nd they’ve been grandfathered in. Yeah, let’s get some players in. Have some fun.”

Video: 1984 NLCS Gm4: Garvey hits a walk-off homer

The 16 members of the committee can vote for a maximum of five candidates, a total of 80 votes. As in any Hall of Fame vote, a candidate needs 75 percent to be elected. In this case, his name must appear on at least 12 of the 16 ballots. Just doing the math defines how difficult this particular process is.

Since Joe Gordon was elected in 2009, only two players have been enshrined through the Veterans’ Committee process: Cubs third baseman Ron Santo in 2012, and Deacon White, a 19th-century catcher, in ’13.

The committees were shuffled again last year in an attempt to correct that shortcoming.

“This is not unusual. It’s about staying relevant,” Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said at the time. “There’s now stronger emphasis on players who have recently fallen off the BBBWAA ballot. No group of candidates is being left out. We’ve always left the door open.”

The committee was comprised by an 11-member panel of historians that boasted 10 members of the BBWAA who all saw these particular players compete.

About the players:

Garvey: Appeared on the BBWAA ballot for 15 years, ending in 2007, and never compiled higher than the 41.6 percent of the vote he amassed in his first year of eligibility in 1993. This is his third time on a Veterans’ Committee ballot. He holds the record for consecutive games played in the National League (1,207) while playing for the Dodgers and Padres. He hit .338 with 11 home runs and 31 RBIs in 11 postseason series, was named the 1978 and ’84 NLCS MVP and won the ’81 Roberto Clemente Award. Garvey also won the 1974 NL Most Valuable Player Award and four Gold Glove Awards.

Video: 1981 NLDS Gm3: Garvey launches a two-run homer

John: Appeared on the BBWAA ballot for 15 years, ending in 2009, with his highest percentage of 31.7 coming in that last season. He pitched 26 seasons for the Indians, Dodgers, Yankees, Angels and A’s, winning 288 games, 164 of them after missing the 1975 season because of ligament-replacement surgery in his left elbow, a surgery that still bears his name. A four-time All-Star selection, John won the ’76 Hutch Award for persevering through adversity and ’81 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award for integrity on and off the field.

Video: 1977 NLCS Gm4: Dodgers advance to World Series

Mattingly: Appeared on Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey  the BBWAA ballot for 15 years, ending in 2015. His top year was 28.2 percent of the ballots in 2001, his first season of eligibility. The current manager of the Marlins played 14 seasons, all for the Yankees, batting .307 with 222 home runs and 2,153 hits. A six-time All-Star and nine-time Gold Glove Award winner at first base, Mattingly led the American League in total bases in both 1985 and ’86, won the ’84 AL batting title, captured three Silver Slugger Awards and was named the ’85 AL Most Valuable Player.

Video: NYY@TOR: Mattingly homers in regular-season finale

Miller: Was last on the Expansion Era ballot in 2013, the year managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa were all elected. Became the head of the MLB Players Association in 1966 and quickly turned the union into a powerho Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey use. Within a decade of being named head of the union, Miller had secured free agency for the players. By the time he retired in 1982, the average player salary was approximately 10 times what it was when he took over.

Morris: Was on the BBWA ballot for 15 years, ending in 2014. He had a high of 67.7 percent in 2013 and became only the second player in history to amass an excess of 60 percent of the vote and not eventually make the Hall, joining Gil Hodges. Morris was one of the best pitchers in the American League in the 1980s and played on World Series winners for Detroit, Minnesota and Toronto. He won 254 games over the course of 18 seasons, capturing the 1991 World Series MVP following 10 shutout innings in a Game 7 victory for the Twins over the Braves.

Video: ’91 WS, Gm 7 ATL@MIN: Morris blanks Braves over 10

Murphy: Was on the BBWAA ballot for 15 years, ending in 2013. His percentage high of 23.2 came in 2000. Murp Custom Blue Jays Jersey hy played 18 seasons with the Braves, Phillies and Rockies, winning back-to-back National League Most Valuable Player Awards with Atlanta in 1982 and 1983. A seven-time All-Star, Murphy won five Gold Glove Awards and four Silver Slugger Awards in center field, finishing with 398 home runs and 1,266 RBIs.

Video: PIT@ATL: Murphy collects his 300th career homer

Parker: Appeared on the BBWAA ballot for 15 years, ending in 2011, with his high of 24.5 percent coming in 1998. He was the right fielder for the World Series-winning “We Are Family” Pirates in 1979 and posted a .345 batting average in his club’s seven-game win over the Orioles. The 1978 NL Most Valuable Player played 19 seasons, was named to seven All-Star teams and won three Gold Glove Awards.

Video: 1981 ASG: Parker goes deep to give the NL the lead

Simmons: The catcher may be the greatest anomaly in BBWAA Hall of Fame voting. He lasted one year on the ballot in 1994 and didn’t amass the minimum of 5 percent to carry over, logging 3.7 percent. Yet his numbers are compatible with Hall of Fame catchers Johnny Bench, Yogi Berra, Gary Carter and Mike Piazza. An eight-time All-Star, he played for 21 seasons, batting .285 with 2,472 hits, 483 doubles, 248 home runs and 1,389 RBIs for the Cardinals, Brewers and Braves.

Video: 1978 ASG: Simmons throws out Zisk to end top 1st

Tiant: Was on the BBWAA ballot for 15 years, ending in 2002, with his high percentage being 30.9 percent in 1988, his first year. He won 229 games in 19 seasons and recorded a 3.30 ERA, mostly for the Indians, Red Sox and Yankees. The Cuban native known as “El Tiante” won at least 20 games in four seasons, earning three All-Star selections. He won two American League ERA titles, including a 1.60 ERA in 1968, and led the league in shutouts three times.

Video: 1975 WS Gm1: Tiant shuts out the Reds in Game 1

Trammell: Was on the ballot for 15 years and had his best year (40.9 percent) in 2016, his final year of eligibility. Trammell’s numbers compare favorably with career-long shortstop inductees Ozzie Smith and Barry Larkin. In Trammell’s 20 seasons, all with the Tigers, he batted .285 with a .976 fielding percentage, while Smith hit .262 with a .978 fielding percentage and Larkin hit .295 with a .975 fielding percentage. In addition, Trammell was named the 1984 World Series Most Valuable Player after leading Detroit to the championship with a .450 batting average in five games.

Video: Justice on Trammell’s career, Hall of Fame chances

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Kevan Smith, David Ro Custom Blue Jays Jersey bertson on Daniel Webb

CHICAGO — Kevan Smith and Daniel Webb’s regular hunting and fishing trip to Montana, which they had enjoyed since they became friends and teammates in the White Sox organization, was scheduled for Monday, Oct. 16.

That journey lined up two days after the 28-year-old Webb, and his wife, Melissa, celebrated marital bliss with numerous friends and family members during a party at their ranch in Waverly, Tenn. Their infant daughter was one of the honored guests.

CHICAGO — Kevan Smith and Daniel Webb’s regular hunting and fishing trip to Montana, which they had enjoyed since they became friends and teammates in the White Sox organization, was scheduled for Monday, Oct. 16.

That journey lined up two days after the 28-year-old Webb, and his wife, Melissa, celebrated marital bliss with numerous friends and family members during a party at their ranch in Waverly, Tenn. Their infant daughter was one of the honored guests.

“I tell everybody he was as about as happy, the happiest I’ve ever seen him,” Smith said. “He was married, he had a little girl. He built his dream pad here.

“There wasn’t a worry in his mind. So that’s why it’s comforting to know that he was in a good spot. He was with his friends and family that all loved him.”

Webb’s life came to a tragic end on that same Saturday evening when he was killed during an all-terrain-vehicle accident. His wife suffered a broken collarbone in the accide Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey nt, and two others were also injured.

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Tributes from friends who played with Webb came across social media shortly after news of his passing. Reliever Nate Jones released a statement through the White Sox.

Smith, a catcher who first got to know Webb as his batterymate with Class A Kannapolis in 2012, referred to Webb as his brother. David Robertson, who pitched with Webb from 2015-16, said Webb had an aura a Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap bout him and was “just a fun, likeable guy.”

“I remember him always smiling, always had a good little funny comment in a conversation,” Robertson said. “He was always a guy you wanted to sit next to in the bullpen and on the bus. Jus Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Road Gray Baseball Jersey t a great guy. He revolved around the outdoors, and that’s pretty much how I was raised. We got along really well.”

Through David and Erin Robertson’s High Socks for Hope charitable foundation, a memorial fundraiser has been set up to honor Daniel and help his family with some of the unplanned expenses coming from his tragic passing. All donations are tax deductible and 100 percent of the proceeds will be given to Daniel’s wife, according to the foundation’s website, www.highsocksforhope.com, where donations can be made directly.

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In 94 games over parts of four seasons with the White Sox, Webb posted a 4.50 ERA. He missed the entire 2017 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on June 10, 2016, but Smith said Webb was planning a comeback and raved about his surgically repaired arm.

The wedding party began early that Saturday afternoon, and around 8 p.m., Webb decided to travel to a spot on his property where he could really see the stars. The fatal accident happened on their return, via a trail Smith guessed Webb drove thousands of times.

“He was so witty,” said Smith of Webb, who also was survived by his 6-year-old daughter. “He cared very much about what he loved and the people he hung around with. You can just see the support and the people that have reached out in help and with what they have sent or their words, it shows the impact he truly left on everybody.

“People locked in on him, and the guy could tell stories with the best of them. He sucked in the whole room whenever he started telling a story. He would be the last one at the restaurant. We always joke about it. ‘One more,’ he always said. He never wanted to leave.”

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey , Merk’s Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.


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CHICAGO — Good, but not satisfied.

That description came from Yoan Moncada, through interpreter Billy Russo, when the 22-year-old second baseman was asked to describe his 231-plate-appearance debut with the White Sox during the 2017 season. Honesty and self-awareness apparently can be added into the wide array of talents for MLBPipeline.com‘s one-time No. 1 prospect.

CHICAGO — Good, but not satisfied.

That description came from Yoan Moncada, through interpreter Billy Russo, when the 22-year-old second baseman was asked to describe his 231-plate-appearance debut with the White Sox during the 2017 season. Honesty and self-awareness apparently can be added into the wide array of talents for MLBPipeline.com‘s one-time No. 1 prospect.

“But I’m really happy,” Moncada said during a recent interview. “I’m glad to have the opportunity here because I know it’s something that’s going to help me to build for my future. I’m happy to be here with the guys, with [Jose] Abreu, to have the opportunity to play with him and just to be with this organization.

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In regard to the “not satisfied” part, Moncada specifically referred to his overall statistics, but more so the stats when he arrived. He started 4-for-38 with the White Sox, and he struck out 44 times over his first 122 plate appearances.

Opposing pitchers went after Moncada with more offspeed offerings, something the switch-hitter didn’t see with as much sharpness as he ripped through the International League with Triple-A Charlotte. He adjusted on the fly by hitting .276 with the Wh Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey ite Sox in the season’s last month and finishing with a .231 average overall, eight home runs, eight doubles, two triples and 22 RBIs.

Moncada’s .338 on-base percentage showed an advanced plate approach — even if the results weren’t always there, and even with a total of 74 strikeouts.

“I wouldn’t say necessarily a surprise,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said of Moncada’s solid effort. “It was certainly part of the package we thought we were acquiring: that aptitude, that strike-zone knowledge and judgment along with his ability to barrel up a ball and the exit velocity that came with.

“One of the last elements of his development had to happen in Chicago. He’s 22. He’s going to have some fits and starts over the next few years. But based on everything we’ve seen since he stepped on campus, we continue to project him as a special talent.”

Hahn and the White Sox don’t stand alone in that projection. Moncada has shown the raw ability to be at the center of a championship-caliber rebuild. But after processing all that he learned, he w Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Road Gray Baseball Jersey ill have to continue adjusting during his first full Major League season coming in 2018.

“Absolutely, I feel like a Major Leaguer,” Moncada said. “I had the opportunity to play almost every day here and just to get comfortable. My confidence level is high because now I know how to perform and how people here handle themselves.

“My plan for this offseason is basically the same as last year — just keep doing my routine. I have Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey  more experience and more focus because now I’m  Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap going to finish the season at this level. That’s going to give me more awareness about what I have to Custom Blue Jays Jersey  do to be in better shape and to be in better position for next Spring Training.”

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk’s Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.


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CHICAGO — Class A Kannapolis manager Justin Jirschele was named White Sox Minor League Coach of the Year and Phil G Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey ulley was named Scout of the Year as announced by the team on Thursday.

Jirschele, 27 and just two years removed from playing in the White Sox system, led Kannapolis to a first-half divisio Custom Blue Jays Jersey n title and a berth in the South Atlantic League finals in his first year as a professional manager.

CHICAGO — Class A Kannapolis manager Justin Jirschele was named White Sox Minor League Coach of the Year and Phil Gulley was named Scout of the Year as announced by the team on Thursday.

Jirschele, 27 and just two years removed from playing in the White Sox system, led Kannapolis to a first-half division title and a berth in the South Atlantic League finals in his first year as a professional manager.

“Justin’s attitude, work ethic, attention to detail and overall leadership skills have been a tremendous asset to the White Sox organization,” White Sox director of player development Chris Getz said through the team. “His ability to guide Kannapolis to the postseason in his first year as a manager proves that he has a bright future ahead as a leader on the field and in the clubhouse.”

“Any time you have the privilege of playing extra baseball into September in the Minor Leagues, it’s exciting,” said Jirschele during a recent interview. “It’s a great experience for all of us, players and coaching staff in http://www.ebaseballfans.com/Toronto-Blue-Jays-Custom-Jersey cluded, and we were fortunate enough to get to the championship series. We came up a little short, but overall, it was a great experience for everybody.”

Gulley recommended and/or signed fourth-round pick RHP Lincoln Henzman (RHP), sixth- Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey round pick Kade McClure (RHP) and 16th-round pick L Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap ogan Taylor (CF) for the White Sox from the 2017 MLB Draft. He also previously signed Kevan Smith (C, seventh round in 2011) and Adam Engel (CF, 19th round in 2013).

“In 2017 alone, [Gulley] recommended and/or signed three of our top 16 Draft picks,” White Sox director of player development Nick Hostetler said through the team. “Phil has been a cornerstone of our amateur scouting department for many years, and his ability to identify premium talent makes him worthy of this award.”

White Sox make moves
Catcher Geovany Soto joined right-handed pitcher Mike Pelfrey in free agency on Thursday, when the White Sox declined the option on Soto’s 2018 contract. The 34-year-old veteran hit .190  Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey with three homers and nine RBIs over 13 games for the White Sox in 2017, before undergoing season-ending arthroscopic right elbow surgery in May.

Right-handed pitcher Zach Putnam and outfielder Charlie Tilson have been reinstated from the 60-day disabled list. The White Sox 40-man roster sits at 34.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk’s Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.


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