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Paul Konerko firmly declined Wednesday to use the word “coach” in any of the upcoming job descriptions of his 16th and final season with the White Sox at age 38 in 2014.
CHICAGO | If Antti Raanta said he’s not nervous before his third NHL start in goal, possibly as soon as Friday, of course he’d be lying.
CHICAGO | Duncan Keith’s numbers speak for themselves.
It would be tempting for Kris Versteeg to say little has changed since he departed the Blackhawks amid the forced salary-cap purge that pushed him out after the 2010 Stanley Cup championship.
Even the greatest auteur often does not land the most desired “get” for his production.
CHICAGO | It doesn’t get easier from here on for Angel Figueroa of Bishop Noll and Kevin Jones of Portage.
CHICAGO | Letting his Blackhawks sleep on their worst performance of the season in Nashville on Saturday, coach Joel Quenneville delayed a locker-room review of the debacle until shortly before Sunday’s game.
CHICAGO | Curtis Granderson was still as verbally diplomatic with his free-agent plans, including the White Sox, as he was snaring corporate or community contributor to his far-flung philanthropic efforts.
Ryan McGuffey has almost lost track of all the production hats he’s worn the past 15 years behind the camera at Comcast Sports Net Chicago and predecessor Fox Sports Chicago.
CHICAGO | One of these days, sooner rather than later, the Blackhawks expect to have to win a game 1-0 or 2-1.
CHICAGO |Why wasn’t Nikolai Khabibulin in goal Sunday night on the tail end of the Blackhawks’ back to-back schedule Sunday, against the NHL bottom-feeding Edmonton Oilers?
CHICAGO | There’s still plenty of life in Marian Hossa’s old carcass.
CHICAGO | At 6-foot-3, Jose Abreu cut an impressive figure in his shiny gray suit Tuesday. He looked like the quintessential power hitter even out of uniform.
CHICAGO | Blackhawks farmhands have two related goals: impress coach Joel Quenneville when called up, and thus get off the “Rockford Express.”
CHICAGO | With 21st century sports medicine and workout routines, a 40-year-old apparently can still properly condition himself to perform like an armored-up gymnast while possessing stereoscopic vision behind a mask fit for a horror film.
CHICAGO | Blackhawks management no longer has to scratch their heads about how to make their roster tougher, as they did exiting a disappointing post-Stanley Cup 2010-11 season.
CHICAGO | Almost everyone believes the Detroit Tigers should be headed for greatness, playing to the end of October and snaring the Motor City’s third World Series title in 45 years.
CHICAGO | Patrick Kane reveled in being a Sports Illustrated cover boy this week.
CHICAGO | Officially, Paul Konerko’s one at-bat and five batter-stint at first base Sunday was limited by a tweaked back incurred the previous night.
CHICAGO | Since the White Sox and Cubs likely won’t win any league-wide awards this year, it’s up to the Times Baseball Bureau to bestow some tarnished season-ending bling on the underachievers:
CHICAGO | Thornwood now has two national baseball TV analysts on its alumni roster.
CHICAGO | It was a tale of two games rolled into one for the White Sox’s John Danks on Wednesday.
CHICAGO | If students at Scott Middle School in Hammond want someone to talk hot-stove-league baseball with this off-season, they've got Trent Howard.
CHICAGO | From almost the moment he signed with the Blackhawks in 2011, Brandon Saad has been under the bubble of publicity as a future producer.
CHICAGO | Issuing walks, and lots of them, is the worst sin a pitcher can commit.
CHICAGO | In his second big-league start Tuesday, Erik Johnson got more education on the double-meaning of his appearances since his Sept. 1 call-up from Triple-A Charlotte.
The frustration of knowing he was on the Baltimore Orioles’ radar likely pains Bishop Noll alum Andy Loomis more than the after-effects of his Tommy John elbow-ligament transplant surgery.
Dallas Green, Ryne Sandberg’s baseball godfather, keenly watched Sandberg’s return to Wrigley Field as Phillies manager over the weekend.
CHICAGO | Good defensive outfielder, can play all three positions.
CHICAGO | While Matt Garza mastered many White Sox players Sunday, he couldn’t quite get past a brother act that performed in support of one another better than any such tandem in 58 years.
In the glare of the postseason, Major League Baseball finally experienced the tipping point to push it toward the widespread replay system planned for 2014.
CHICAGO | A middle of the lineup of Hall of Famers, a host of journeyman ballplayers in between and just average fans all reveled Saturday night in the last glamorous event of the forgettable 2013 White Sox season.
CHICAGO | “It’s tough being a kid today.”
Baseball plans to adopt an instant replay plan in 2014 that is similar to one advocated by the player most affected recently by the lack of video review.
CHICAGO | The White Sox got further confirmation they got the real goods in right fielder Avisail Garcia from the best hitter in baseball, who was an early mentor to Garcia.
CHICAGO | It’s all about new roles and trends for the White Sox as the numbing losses mount for 2013.
CHICAGO | In his farewell tour that took him through U.S. Cellular Field last week, Mariano Rivera has received accolades befitting the best reliever in history and a Hall of Famer five years from now.
CHICAGO | The kids need more polish and precision, but they belong in the big leagues with the White Sox.
CHICAGO | Some $16.5 million in salary relief through 2014 and the immediate start of the Avisail Garcia era were the immediate benefits to the White Sox Friday after their trade of right fielder Alex Rios to the Texas Rangers.
CHICAGO | Matt Kuna’s five-inning winning stint Monday for the Schaumburg Boomers in the independent Frontier League probably pulled even further apart the forces that govern his baseball career.
Jason Repko wasn’t going to stick around one at-bat too long.
It takes more than radiation and chemotherapy treatments to keep Schererville’s Bill Bryk away from the ballpark.
CHICAGO | The projections of late January often fall far by the wayside six months later, so much so they’re a slap in the face to the team making them.
CHICAGO | One of the most talented lefties in baseball can dial it up to 95 miles per hour or better when he really needs the hitter to swing and miss.
CHICAGO | Just to assure his department heads haven’t established independent duchies in the office, Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz confirmed he has the final say if ticket holders see a cost hike.
CHICAGO | After two Stanley Cup championships in four seasons, there will be no question who the boss of the Blackhawks will be going forward.
CHICAGO | After Jake Peavy beat the Tigers and Justin Verlander Thursday, he left his teammates wanting more as a White Sox.
CHICAGO | As if life wasn’t bad enough for the White Sox with a 14-36 record against the Detroit Tigers since Aug. 14, 2010, they’re now attacked by Motown’s Godzillas rather than mere ferocious beasts.
CHICAGO | Rick Hahn popped into the White Sox clubhouse briefly at mid-afternoon Tuesday. The general manager did not appear trade-focused, sporting a smile on his face as he walked into manager Robin Ventura’s office.
A White Sox fan by birth and Houston Astro by grooming, De La Salle alum Brian Bogusevic stayed far away from the strangeness of “Cubbie occurrences”…until now.
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