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PRO BASEBALL NOTES: The Cell hosts NW Indiana Sox Fan Night Friday

2013-05-19T17:15:00Z 2013-05-19T18:39:08Z PRO BASEBALL NOTES: The Cell hosts NW Indiana Sox Fan Night FridayGeorge Castle Times Correspondent
May 19, 2013 5:15 pm  • 

Sorry, Ozzie Guillen won’t be there except as a fan. He won’t be managing either team.

The White Sox will host their fourth annual Northwest Indiana Sox Fan Night on Friday with the Miami Marlins visiting U.S. Cellular Field. Specially priced tickets will be available to all Northwest Indiana residents.

Ticket prices are $14 for bleacher and upper box seats. Tickets can be purchased by visiting or by calling (866) 769-4263 and giving the NWI offer code.

Prior to the game, the Sox will host a festival with the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority at Gate 5.

Where are they now?: Former Valparaiso University star Kyle Gaedele is now playing left field for the Lake Elsinore Storm, the San Diego Padres’ Class A California league affiliate about 80 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Gaedele was hitting .228 with four homers and 17 RBIs through 37 games. He was the Padres’ sixth-round pick in the 2011 draft.

Gaedele is grand-nephew of Eddie Gaedel, Bill Veeck’s famed 3-foot-7 batter in 1951. He came out of Valpo ranking third in school history with 148 runs scored, 12 triples and 48 stolen bases; fifth with 48 doubles and 86 walks, and seventh with 121 RBIs.

Massive replay introduction a surprise: Major League Baseball’s apparent movement to make video replay available next season for all plays except balls-and-strikes calls is the biggest surprise this year.

Nothing in the past three seasons, including commissioner Bud Selig’s sentiments, pointed toward a comprehensive replay program. The Times reported during 2012 baseball officials were concerned over the lack of standardized camera positions to show replays, given the varying designs of each ballpark.

Interviews with officials, managers and players showed little appetite for expanding replays from its present limitations of “boundary” calls -- whether balls clear the fence for homers or land fair inside the foul pole. Concerns over delaying games with replays were paramount.

Umpire Jim Joyce’s two-out, ninth-inning blown call costing Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game in 2010 sparked momentary outrage. But the call produced no groundswell for an expansion to cover the kind of “bang-bang” plays on which Joyce admitted erred.

Galarraga suggested several replay “challenges,” a la the NFL, per game for each manager.

MLB planned to expand replay for 2012 to include fair-foul calls and outfielders’ catches/traps, but delayed due to the myriad issues involved.

Takes one to know one: Some baseball pundits believe Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers passed up the Angels’ Albert Pujols as the best right-handed hitter in the game.

Pujols said Cabrera is the hitter he likes watching.

“It’s the way he swings, the way he stays inside the ball,” Pujols said.

The list: Following are Region members of Chicago playoff teams -- 1983 Sox, Ron Kittle (Gary); 1984 Cubs, Tim Stoddard (East Chicago), Steve Trout (South Holland); 1989 Cubs, Lloyd McClendon (Gary); 1998 (wild-card) Cubs, Mickey Morandini (Valparaiso); 2003 Cubs, Kenny Lofton (East Chicago), and 2008 Cubs, Jeff Samardzija (Valparaiso).

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