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James McCann Jersey White Sox

CHICAGO — All-Star catcher James McCann agreed to a $5.4 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox on Monday, more than doubling his salary.

The 29-year-old McCann was eligible for arbitration. He signed a $2.5 million, one-year deal with Chicago last December after Detroit didn’t offer him a contract for the 2019 season.

McCann set career highs with a .273 batting average, 18 homers and 60 RBI in his first year with the White Sox. He also was an All-Star selection for the first time.

The White Sox signed free-agent catcher Yasmani Grandal to a $73 million, four-year contract last month. But McCann played a pivotal role in the development of Lucas Giolito into a front-line starter, likely cementing his return to Chicago.

McCann was selected by the White Sox in the 31st round of the 2008 amateur draft, but he decided to go to the University of Arkansas instead. He then was drafted by the Tigers in the second round in 2011.

McCann made his major league debut in September 2014 and spent his first five seasons with Detroit, batting .240 with 40 homers and 177 RBI in 452 games.

In other moves Monday, Chicago declined to offer 2020 contracts to Gold Glove second baseman Yolmer Sanchez and relievers Ryan Burr and Caleb Frare, making the trio free agents. Right-hander Thyago Vieira was released to pursue an opportunity to play in Japan.

Left-hander Carlos Rodon, closer Alex Colome, reliever Evan Marshall and utlityman Leury Garcia were tendered contracts, making them eligible for arbitration.

Zack Collins Jersey White Sox

The White Sox made one heck of a free-agent splash Thursday, announcing a four-year deal with catcher Yasmani Grandal that at $73 million is the richest in club history.

The move is totally in line with everything the White Sox have talked about adding to the team: an impact player from outside the organization, a hitter with power and on-base skills that can slot into the middle of the lineup, a player who meshes with the long-term plans and who can help transition things from rebuilding mode to contention mode.

But it didn’t address one of the team’s stated positional needs: right field, designated hitter and starting pitcher.

Don’t think for one second that’s a critique of this deal. Everything about this signing screams “bingo” for the White Sox as they are likely just getting started in what’s expected to be a busy offseason.

But there are some out there who might be asking, “Why would the White Sox spend big money on a catcher, a position they seemed to have filled, when they could spend that big money in more pressing areas?”

First off, priorities can change if new opportunities arise. The White Sox aren’t taking anything off the table this offseason, and that included upgrading at catcher.

“You still want to be opportunistic,” general manager Rick Hahn said during the GM meetings last week in Arizona. “You can’t control when certain opportunities arise, and we want to take advantage in the market and be flexible.”

The White Sox saw an opportunity with Grandal and made it happen.

“Still,” you might wonder, “why at catcher, where the White Sox already had an All Star in James McCann?”

McCann, under team control for one more season, was an All Star in 2019, and he deserved it after a sensational first half that saw him slash .316/.371/.502, a dramatic transformation from his five years of mediocre offensive production with the Detroit Tigers. After the All-Star break, however, those numbers returned to what they looked like when he played for the division rivals, a .226/.281/.413 line in his final 55 games of the campaign.

But despite that midseason All-Star status, it is reasonable to ask: Which McCann will the White Sox get in 2020? They can count on his work ethic, one described as unlike anything his teammates have seen. They can count on his work with the pitching staff, especially Lucas Giolito, who heaped plenty of credit on McCann in a season that saw the young righty finish seventh in the AL Cy Young vote. But can they count on his bat?

They can count on Grandal’s bat. He’s got more home runs than any catcher in baseball since 2015 (117) and ranks third among big league catchers in RBIs (322) during the same span. He hit 20-plus homers in each of the last four seasons. In 2019, he hit a new career high in that department with 28 long balls, also reaching career highs in RBIs and walks, with 77 and 109, respectively. Those 109 bases on balls were the fourth most in baseball, with two of the only three players to walk more being Mike Trout and Alex Bregman. Grandal had more than double the amount of walks of Yolmer Sanchez, who led the White Sox with 44 of them in 2019.

Behind McCann, there were options, sure. But unknown ones.

Zack Collins was slated behind McCann on the depth chart, though he provided little insight into what kind of offensive or defensive player he’ll be at the big league level in two brief stints of major league service in 2019. The .323/.441/.631 line he put up at Triple-A Charlotte in between those two stints provides hope he can be an impactful offensive contributor somewhere in the White Sox lineup.

Seby Zavala is still on the 40-man roster, though he picked up only one hit and struck out nine times in a dozen trips to the plate in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it trip to the big leagues over the summer. Yermin Mercedes didn’t get the September call-up many fans were clamoring for after he hit an impressive .317/.388/.581 with 23 homers and 80 RBIs in the minors, and was guaranteed nothing more than a shot after the White Sox added him to the 40-man roster Wednesday, preventing another team from snapping him up in next month’s Rule 5 draft.

Grandal answers not just the immediate but the long-term questions about the catcher position. All the others — McCann, Collins, Zavala, Mercedes — could still factor into the mix. But Grandal takes a position that was a question mark and makes it an exclamation point.

The White Sox might have a solution at DH now, too. We’ll have to see how confident Hahn is in a potential rotation there involving Grandal, Collins, McCann and Jose Abreu. But expect the White Sox to continue looking outside the organization for help in right field and in the starting rotation, at the least. Just because they didn’t address those needs with their first addition of the winter doesn’t mean they won’t.

The White Sox need at catcher was nowhere near as pressing as needs elsewhere, true. But signing Grandal was an opportunity too good to pass up, and the White Sox capitalized with one of their biggest offseason splashes ever.

It makes all the sense in the world.

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Jose Ruiz Jersey White Sox

Jose Ruiz found himself at a familiar place Saturday. The airport.

He’s been getting on and off planes at a dizzying pace this season, and the 24-year-old relief pitcher knows the route quite well by now.

Chicago to Charlotte. Charlotte to Chicago. Back and forth, to and fro.

“You have to be ready for everything if you play this sport,” Ruiz said. “You have to be strong mentally and be ready.”

The Chicago White Sox optioned Ruiz to Class AAA Charlotte on Saturday. It is very common for young middle relievers to bounce between the minor leagues and majors, but Ruiz’s case is a bit extreme.

Since joining the Sox from Triple-A on April 3, has been sent back to Charlotte five times.

Ruiz, 1-2 with a 5.24 ERA in 35 appearances with the White Sox this season, stays in a hotel when he’s in Chicago and he stays with a friend when he’s in Charlotte.

“I never put my head down,” Ruiz said. “No matter where I am, I stay the same every day. I try to get better every day. When I am here (White Sox), I try to take advantage of the opportunity and do a good job.”

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Robert reaches 30/30:
Prized Sox prospect Luis Robert hit another home run with Class AAA Charlotte on Saturday night, giving him 30 for the season.

Add in his combined 36 stolen bases for Charlotte, AA Birmingham and high A Winston-Salem and Robert is the first 30/30 player in the minor leagues since the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson accomplished the feat with Class AAA Albuquerque in 2014.

“It’s impressive,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “He’s done some really, really impressive things this season. Good for him. He’s showing everybody that he continues to improve and progress, which is what the organization has wanted.”

Robert, a 22-year-old center fielder, is clearly good enough to be with the Sox right now.

He deserves to come up when rosters expand in September, but the White Sox might wait on Robert until next season.

“It has been really, really important for him to stay out there and get the at-bats and get the experience at the minor-league level, let alone the major-league level, to show everybody what his skills are about,” Renteria said.

“He’s scratching the surface, and hopefully that is something that will be able to transition somewhere down in the near future here at the major-league level.”

Swing and a miss:
When told that Texas manager Chris Woodward said he was happy they didn’t have to face him in the four-game series that ended Sunday, emerging Sox ace Lucas Giolito had a laugh at his own expense.

“Last year, I’m sure 29 of 30 teams would’ve loved to have me for a series,” Giolito said. “It’s a little bit different now. It’s cool to see recognition from peers and other managers and things like that when it comes to the personal success I guess I’ve experienced this year. That’s a good feeling.”

Last season Giolito had the highest ERA (6.13) in baseball. This year he ranks sixth in the American League with a 3.20 ERA.

Kodi Medeiros Jersey White Sox

Kodi Medeiros has seen the player-as-commodity business side of MLB before the trade that sent him from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

Back in 2014, the Waiakea left-hander was Milwaukee’s first-round pick in the MLB draft. The Brewers picked Saint Louis right-hander Jordan Yamamoto in the 12th round.

They were teammates in the Arizona rookie league in 2014 and reunited in Advanced A-ball with the Carolina Mudcats in 2017.

Yamamoto was traded in January to the Miami Marlins in the package for outfielder Christian Yelich, who wanted out after Derek Jeter started a payroll teardown.

Besides a plus slider, Medeiros has always had a good eye of perspective, and he looked at the trade from a wide lens.

“I am really excited for this opportunity,” he said. “It’s a little stressful because everything happened very quickly, and I was on the move right away when I got the call.

“I’ve made so many friends, and I really enjoyed my time being a part of the Milwaukee Brewers organization.”

For a young farmhand like Medeiros, 22, the hope if a trade happens is to land with a rebuilding team that avoids big-ticket free agents.

Like the Marlins, the White Sox are in full-on teardown mode. They’re 19.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central.

According to Cot’s contracts, Chicago has no big pitching deals on its books. Most of the pitchers are signed to one-year deals that expire after the 2018 season.

Of all the BIIF players in MLB farm systems — Kean Wong (Tampa Bay), Quintin Torres-Costa (Milwaukee), Jodd Carter (Cleveland), Joey Jarneski (Texas), and Micah Bello (Milwaukee) — Wong and Medeiros are seemingly in the best promote-from-within organizations.

The small-market Rays rarely sign expensive free agents on the open market because they’ve struggled with attendance since their inception in 1998 at Tropicana Field, where they average 14,947 fans. (Miami is last with an average of 9,762 fans.)

However, the Rays are set to move into a new stadium in 2023 that would cost over $890 million.

The Sports Business Journal reported that the Rays’ new regional TV deal, starting next season, will pay $82 million per season over 15 years, a $1.23 billion total. (For comparison’s sake, the Dodgers signed an $8 billion deal five years ago.)

Whether the Rays remain frugal or chase free agents when their new stadium opens remains to be seen.

For Medeiros (7-5, 3.14 ERA in Double-A ball), he’s in a pitching-rich farm system with the White Sox, who sent closer Joakim Soria to the Brewers.

On mlb.com’s Top 30 prospects list, Medeiros is ranked No. 19, and there are seven pitchers ahead of him, but those prospect websites, such as baseballamerica.com, are dubious at best.

On mlb.com’s Tampa Bay list, Wong is not even ranked. He was a Triple-A all-star and has seen time in the Arizona Fall League, where ballclubs send their best prospects.

Meanwhile, Medeiros has made a steady climb up the minor league ladder and hasn’t suffered an arm injury, negating concerns about his low three-quarter arm angle.

The MLB amateur scouts, who spend their summers scouting the minors, and opposing managers, who file reports on their players and the opposition, likely came to the same conclusion: Medeiros is worth trading for.

“The White Sox told me I’ll be in Double-A with the Birmingham Barons,” Medeiros said. “I’m scheduled to meet up with the team on Saturday. We play the Mississippi Braves.

“I have the same goals, but now it’s just with a different team.”

Lucas Giolito Jersey White Sox

The Chicago White Sox are going all-in for 2020 and they want to add two starters to pair with Lucas Giolito, but who will they be?
The Chicago White Sox made a statement when they signed Yasmani Grandal and then extended Jose Abreu the following day: they are in it to win it starting in 2020.

And they aren’t done making moves, as Buster Olney has reported that Chicago wants to add two starters to pair with Lucas Giolito and Michael Kopech.

But there is little clarity to who the White Sox could get. So here are the two starters that make the most sense to fill the rest of the rotation.

Zack Wheeler is the White Sox’s #1 priority the rest of the offseason and they are “willing to pay a huge price” for him, according to USA Today.

Wheeler has a lot of upside, as he ranks in the top group of average fastball velocity and his slider is one of the fastest in the league as well.

Mets fans will tell you that the White Sox are not going to be overpaying Wheeler if they do sign him, as he has been overshadowed by Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.

Cole Hamels
Cole Hamels has said that he is willing to sign a shorter deal in exchange for pitching on a team that is going to be in contention, and the White Sox fit in that description especially when they play in the American League Central.

Hamels would bring the experience the White Sox need in their rotation, and he is still a good big league starter. In 27 starts, he logged 143 strikeouts with an ERA well under 4.

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Both Hamels and Wheeler would be great additions to the White Sox and would definitely make them even more of a contender in the American League.

Dylan Cease Jersey White Sox

The Chicago White Sox have already had a busy offseason after signing Yasmani Grandal and re-signing Jose Abreu, but after missing out on Zack Wheeler, what’s next?
The Chicago White Sox rebuild reminds me a little bit about the Chicago Cubs and what they were doing five years ago. They are a young team loaded with talent and on the verge of being a competitive team once again. As they head into the offseason, the Sox are ready to make some noise and spend money. If they plan on winning the AL Central this year, they’ll need to add some key pieces.

Rick Hahn got the White Sox offseason started a little early as he went out and signed free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal to a 4-year contract worth $73 million. A day after signing Grandal, the team re-signed their first baseman Jose Abreu to a 3-year contract worth $50 million. Adding Grandal gives them depth at the catcher position as they already have James McCann and Zack Collins, and re-signing Abreu locks up the first base position for the next three years.

Now that they have locked up the catcher position and first base position early, the White Sox are potentially one starter away from being a competitive team again. Their offense is already in good shape heading into the season, as they expect Luis Robert to see the field sometime in 2020 to go along with Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez, Tim Anderson, and Jose Abreu.

The White Sox needed to add a starting pitcher to go along with Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Dylan Cease, and Dylan Covey. They were looking to add Zack Wheeler as they were in on him all offseason and appeared to be the top team to acquire him. Rick Hahn was willing to pay him over $118 million, which was more than the Phillies offered him. On Tuesday, Wheeler decided to accept the Philadelphia Phillies offer of five years, $118 million. He decided to join the Phillies because his wife is from New Jersey, and family comes first.

After missing out on Wheeler, the White Sox still have a lot of other options if they want to add a starter to the rotation. Guys like Madison Bumgarner and Hyun-Jin Ryu come to mind. If they are willing to give Wheeler more than $118 million, why not take a shot at signing Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg?

Although the White Sox main focus is to improve the rotation this offseason, they are still looking to improve the offense. Specifically, the outfield as they’ve been rumored to be in contention to sign either Nicholas Castellanos and Marcell Ozuna.

Keep in mind that the White Sox will eventually need to re-sign the key players of this team, so maybe they stay away from Cole and Strasburg and go for Bumgarner or Ryu.

Aaron Bummer Jersey White Sox

After reading through Dustin’s post about the rumors surfacing around the Dodgers potential offseason moves, I decided to take a quick look at one in particular.

“The seemingly annual Pederson trade rumor is already upon us. It seems the White Sox are interested in his services. They had a deal lined up for him last winter, but it was contingent on the Dodgers signing Bryce Harper, which obviously did not happen. If the Dodgers are “willing to listen to trade offers on several of their high-priced players,” Pederson would fit that description. He’s projected to make $8.5 million via arbitration and if the Dodgers have their sights set on adding more than one big free agent (or trade acquisition), offloading Pederson’s salary could be a key to making that happen.”

Now, I personally am not sure what the deal would have been to send Pederson to Chicago, but three names that seemed to come up last year (though it may have been all sourced from one person speculating) were Carson Fulmer, Bryce Bush and Aaron Bummer.

Fulmer, who turns 26 this month, has struggled mightily in parts of four seasons in the majors and ended up spending significant time in AAA last year. Bush, who turns 20 on Dec. 14, did not exactly replicate his strong first professional season in Single-A.

Bummer, on the other hand, has significantly raised his stock since those trade rumors a year ago, so much so that a quick search of his name has White Sox fans saying he wouldn’t be worth trading for Pederson. Meanwhile, I see some Dodgers fans saying a reliever isn’t enough for Joc.

I don’t really care to dive into what a fair trade would be. Instead, I thought pointing out Bummer’s excellent 2019 performance was worth the time on the slim chance Joc is traded (and it is to the White Sox and Bummer was involved).

To start, the left-handed Bummer turned 26 in September and has pitched in 125 games across three major league seasons. A 2014 19th round pick out of Nebraska, Bummer threw 22 innings in Rookie ball that year. A surgery to clean up his elbow caused him to miss the start of 2015 before an eventual Tommy John surgery caused him to miss all of that year. Returning to the field in July 2016, Bummer jumped through all levels of the minors and reached the White Sox in July 2017.

As a result, Bummer is under team control through 2024, his age 30 season. Bummer struggled with his control in 2017 before pitching much better than his ERA showed in 2018 (a .402 BABIP partly to blame).

This past season Bummer took another huge step forward, finishing the year with a 2.13 ERA and a 3.14 FIP in 67 2/3 innings and 58 appearances. Those numbers included a .178/.213/.233/.446 and 2.54 FIP/3.13 xFIP in 25 1/3 innings against left-handed batters (for his career, Bummer is now .196/.253/.277/.530 3.05 FIP/3.54 xFIP in 51 2/3 innings against lefties).

To compare it to someone the Dodgers already have on their roster, Adam Kolarek finished 2019 with a .178/.221/.262/.483 line and 2.94 FIP/2.40 xFIP in 29 2/3 innings against lefties (and .156/.182/.188/.370 against 33 batters with the Dodgers). Other possible bullpen lefties on the 40-man roster — Scott Alexander, Caleb Ferguson — don’t offer much in the way of a split between batters.

While Bummer wasn’t quite up to Kolarek’s standard against lefties, he finished .188/.299/.264/.563 and 3.92 FIP/3.71 xFIP in 42 1/3 innings against right-handed batters. Kolarek unfortunately compiled a .282/.362/.495/.857 5.82 FIP/5.30 xFIP in 25 1/3 innings against righties (of his 11 1/3 innings with the Dodgers, only 2 1/3 came against righties and they still led to 4 hits and a walk against 12 batters).

What really stood out about Bummer’s 2019 season was his 72.1% ground ball rate, second in all of baseball among pitchers with at least 50 innings trailing only Zack Britton’s 77.2% (Kolarek was third at 66.3% and Joe Kelly sixth at 61.2%). Again using 50 innings as the cutoff, Bummer’s 25.1% hard contact rate was the lowest in the majors.

He achieved those rates by throwing his sinker on 67.7% of his 1039 pitches, with his cutter following at 20%. According to Baseball Savant, both of Bummer’s pitches produce a drop well above the league average.

Robin Ventura Jersey White Sox

1956 — With the first of many awards he would win in his Hall of Fame career, Luis Aparicio became the first Venezuelan to ever win the Rookie of the Year Award. Aparicio led the AL in steals with 21 and played a stellar defensive game, leading the league in putouts and assists as well as in games and innings played. Aparicio picked up 22 of the 24 possible votes. He beat out Cleveland’s Rocky Colavito (who would join the Sox in 1967) and Baltimore’s Tito Francona (who also would be a member of the White Sox, for part of the 1958 campaign).

1964 — The Sox traded pitcher Frank Baumann to the Cubs for catcher Jimmie Schaffer. It was the first time the two Chicago clubs made a direct trade with each other.

1970 — For the second and final time, the White Sox traded Luis Aparicio. The future Hall of Fame shortstop was sent to the Red Sox for infielders Luis Alvarado and Mike Andrews. Those players helped the Sox in the early 1970s, but this is one Roland Hemond trade that some have second-guessed. In 1972, if Aparicio was around to provide some stability to the infield, the White Sox may have taken the Western Division title. Lee “Bee-Bee” Richards, Alvarado and Rich Morales simply weren’t the answer at shortstop that season.

1998 — Popular and proficient third baseman Robin Ventura signed a free agent contract with the Mets. Ventura, who was an outspoken critic of the “White Flag” trade, won five Gold Gloves in his time on the South Side in addition to hitting 171 home runs. He had six seasons with at least 90 RBIs and hit .280 or better for five seasons. He’d return in 2012 to begin a five-year tenure as manager.

Bobby Jenks Jersey White Sox

Former Boston Red Sox and White Sox pitcher Bobby Jenks has won a $5.1 million dollar settlement with Massachusetts General Hospital and Dr. Kirkham Wood.

Former Red Sox pitcher Bobby Jenks will receive $5.1 million to settle a claim that he suffered a career-ending spine injury when a surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital operated on his back while overseeing another operation at the same time. https://t.co/S37QiYtGv1 pic.twitter.com/lknLS9P70X

— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) May 8, 2019
Jenks had a brief, yet successful MLB career, collecting a 2005 World Series ring with the White Sox. Jenks career ended in 2011 after further injury issues, which it turned out were caused by Dr. Wood’s surgery.

In December 2011, Jenks had spinal decompression surgery at MGH and was told that while the surgery does not guarantee anything, it was his best chance to return to the league.

However, in the aftermath of the three-hour surgery, Jenks experienced painful headaches and issues with leaking spinal fluid.

Jenks filed to sue Dr. Kirkham Wood and MGH in 2015 after learning that there was a second surgery that Dr. Wood was overseeing as his surgery was going on.

In a recent interview Jenks stated, “I want this to be spread everywhere and known by everybody…..What they practiced at the hospital was unsafe and should not be done anywhere.”

Jenks has said he plans to use the $5.1 million from the settlement to teach the general public about the great dangers connected to concurrent surgery.

Bill Melton Jersey White Sox

Joe Jackson has been in the news since 2019 is the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Black Sox scandal season. Even more so today because it was announced that the White Sox will meet the Yankees on August 13, 2020 in the “MLB at Field of Dreams” game to be held in Dyersville, Iowa, the site of the popular 1989 baseball film.

Field of Dreams helped pull Joe Jackson from the dustbin of history, and all of a sudden, most baseball fans today know who he was. But how good was he?

Shoeless Joe Jackson is a player often distorted by myth and legend, but is best appreciated by simply examining the facts.

Joe could never exist today. Perhaps this is why he remains one of the more intriguing figures in baseball history. Can you imagine a guy playing an actual game in his socks? Even in the minors? Even for one game? For that matter, who was the last illiterate superstar to grace the diamond?

Consider the circumstances under which his career ended. A group of players throwing a World Series just to make an extra buck? Today’s average salary is a little over $4 million. Forget about it.

Jackson’s last season was 1920; his age 32 season. Plenty of good baseball left. His first sniff of the live-ball era. What would he have done with league production trending like this:

American League average BA/SLG for the last five seasons of Jackson’s career
1916 .248/.324
1917 .248/.320
1918 .254/.322
1919 .268/.359
1920 .283/.387

AL average BA/SLG for the first five seasons after Jackson
1921 .292/.408
1922 .285/.398
1923 .283/.388
1924 .290/.397
1925 .292/.408

How many more .400 seasons? In the inflated offensive era of the 1920s, many doubles & triples would turn into homers. Would White Sox fans not have had to wait until Bill Melton in 1971 for the first 30-HR season in franchise history? It’s a compelling thought because of his limited but incredible body of work. The inflated numbers would counteract the inevitable decline phase for a while, so he’d certainly build on his 1,772 hits, 307 doubles, 168 triples, and 54 home runs.

Jackson hit .408, .395 & .378 in his first three full seasons – but thanks to Ty Cobb, he finished second in the American League each time.

Amazingly, he put up a .356 lifetime average (3rd all-time among players with 3,000 career plate appearances) without a single batting title. He had a .423 OBP, good for 16th all-time. He slugged a very respectable .517. Struck out only 233 times against 519 walks.

Jackson’s career wRC+ of 165 is tied with Cobb for 8th all-time. Only Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, Mike Trout, Rogers Hornsby, Barry Bonds & Mickey Mantle are better. Sure, that might slip a little in his mid-to-late 30s, but where would he fall? All the way to the Willie Mays-Frank Thomas-Henry Aaron tier? You could do worse.

He compiled 2,800 plate appearances for two original American League franchises (Indians & White Sox) and still owns the highest lifetime average for each (.375 for Cleveland, .340 for Chicago).

His game was not just limited to hitting. He could also run (202 SB), and throw (183 outfield assists).

This is a player who could conceivably make a list of the top 50 players period; not just limited to those not enshrined in Cooperstown.

Shoeless Joe Jackson (along with the other seven Black Sox) and John D. Rockefeller (a stunning $29 million fine imposed in 1907 on his Standard Oil in antitrust case) were the two most notable opponents taken down by Kenesaw Mountain Landis. The Standard Oil fine was overturned long ago. Isn’t it about time to give Joe his due?

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