Alex Rios is no stranger to strong starts with the White Sox -- this season qualifies as his third -- but he's seldom received recognition for them. That's mostly his own doing, because these strong Aprils and Mays were preceded by awful...
Alex Rios is no stranger to strong starts with the White Sox -- this season qualifies as his third -- but he's seldom received recognition for them. That's mostly his own doing, because these strong Aprils and Mays were preceded by awful seasons, making any kind of rebound easy to write off as a fluke.
But here we are on May 22, with Rios well on the way to putting together his ninth consecutive baseball month of excellence. He's hitting .306/.369/.559, and the middle number is the most surprising. He's had power and speed his whole life, but he's found a way to be the most selective he's ever been, too. Either that, or teams are nibbling around Rios to take their chances with Adam Dunn or Paul Konerko, and Rios isn't biting.
Whether a byproduct of a refined approach or underperforming teammates, Rios is seventh in the AL with a .394 wOBA. His previous career high? .366, so this is exciting new territory even for those of us who have watched him complete one of the more drastic image reversals in recent memory.
Hell, he's even riding a career-long 16-game hitting streak. Everything is coming up Rios now, and Ken Rosenthal wanted to know how it happened. The answer is straight-up, yo:
"It’s probably the most fun I’ve ever had with a hitter," said Manto, who initially proceeded cautiously with Rios as the team’s new hitting coach last season. "It was a blast, an absolute blast working with him."We both decided that maybe getting taller would be better. He wanted to do certain things with the ball. We both felt that, in the position he was in, it wasn’t going to work as well. Through basic conversation, as the days went on, he got taller and taller in the cage."One day he said, ‘I want to do it tonight.’ I said, ‘Do it tonight? You can’t do it tonight. Let’s work on it a little bit.’ But he said, ‘I want to do it tonight.’ So I had to explain to (manager Robin Ventura), ‘He jumped the gun. This is what you’re going to see tonight.’ But it was a lot of fun.’"
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Jerry Reinsdorf received the SportsBusiness Journal/Daily Lifetime Achievement Award, which is as prestigious as its name is unwieldy. He's the first team owner to receive the honor, which is in its fourth year. You may have already seen the first link since Larry dropped it in the comments, but if you missed it, it's an excellent profile of how he's grown into a position of great influence in both Major League Baseball and the NBA.
Since he's 77 and this is a lifetime achievement award, the focus naturally turns to what happens after. The rough plan is that Reinsdorf's son, Michael, will take over the Bulls while his family sells his share in the Sox, but that's subject to change. Reinsdorf plans to be around to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the All-Star Game, so that takes care of the next 19 years. As you were.
Sox to have three managers in three days - ESPN Chicago
It's graduation season, and Robin Ventura and Mark Parent will be stepping out in early June to attend ceremonies for their kids. That means the Sox will have three different skippers for their three-game series in Seattle. Parent will manage the first game and Ventura will return for the last, but since they'll both be out on June 3, it's unclear how the middle game will work:
"We are still going over how we are going to do it on the third," Ventura said. "My first choice would be to have Joe (McEwing) do it, but he likes to coach third. We have Coop (pitching coach Don Cooper) who has done it. I am not going to have Joe manage and coach third base at the same time. We will figure