My @soxnerd style alphabetical nugget(s)-a-dayish review of the 2022 White Sox continues with a look at VINCE VELASQUEZ:
*Right-handed pitcher was 3-3 with a 4.78 ERA in 27 games (nine starts) for the 2022 Sox. He fanned 69 batters in 75.1 innings with an opponent’s slashline of .235/.299/.422. … He was granted free agency in November and signed with Pittsburgh in December.
*There was a pronounced discrepancy in Velasquez’s performance with 0 outs, one out and two outs for the 2022 Sox.
With one out, Velasquez’s opponents slashline was .324/.387/.568. With no outs that line was .214/.264/.478 and with two outs those numbers were .195/.271/.402.
*Velasquez was the first starting pitcher to make his Sox debut in the home opener since 2003 (Esteban Loaiza)
*Velasquez was the first White Sox pitcher to wear 23 since Steve Kealey in 1973.
*Velasquez’s five strikeouts on Oct. 5 were tied for the second-highest total total by a Sox reliever in a Game 162. Only Michael had Kopech with six in 2021 had more.
*Velasquez was the second player in Sox history with the inititals VV. The other? Vito Valentino who made one disastrous pitching appearances on June 20, 1954 in his MLB debut (1 IP, 6 ER vs. Yankees)
My @soxnerd style alphabetical nugget(s)-a-dayish review of the 2022 White Sox continues with a look at ANDREW VAUGHN :
*24-year old infielder-outfielder-DH slashed .271/.321/.429 with team-highs in home runs (17) and RBI (76).
*Vaughn’s 17 homers were the fewest to lead the Sox since Ivan Calderon’s 14 in 1989 … He was the first Sox first-rounder to lead the team in homers since Frank Thomas in 2003
*Vaughn made at least one start at every spot in the order in 2022. He made a personal batting order-high 66 starts with seven homers while slashing .267/.319/.407 in the two hole.
In the second spot, Vaughn collected a trio of 4-hit games. Vaughn and Nellie Fox (1955, 1960) are the only No. 2 hitters to post three 4-hit games in a season.
*On May 29th, Vaughn batted second in the White Sox 5-4 win over the Cubs. With Tim Anderson batting first and Jake Burger batting third, best I can tell it marked the first the White Sox ever hit three of their June first-round picks in the first three spots in the order in a game.
*Vaughn has to be considered a candidate to be the Sox No. 3 hitter now that Jose Abreu is in Houston. The Cal product slashed .282/.333/.462 with a homer in 10 games (all starts) in the three-hole in 2022
*It is safe to assume that Vaughn will succeed Abreu at first base. Last season, Vaughn hit .250 with a .286 on-base percentage and a .391 slugging percentage in 22 games at first. His best position (at least 10 games) was DH where he slashed .310/.362/.474 with four home runs in 29 games
Defensively, Vaughn handled 160 chances without an error at first base last season.
By the way, Vaughn has played every position but shortstop, center, catcher and pitcher in his big league career. The Sox have never tapped Vaughn to throw in a laugher even though he pitched 12 games at Cal (1-0, 6.30 ERA)
*Vaughn was so much better hitting with men on than he was with the bases empty in 2022. Vaughn slashed .301/.345/.472 with runners on base in 2022. With the bags empty that line read .248/.303/.398.
*Vaughn was one of the few Sox players who hit well with the bases loaded in 2022. His .583 average (7-for-12) with the bags drunk in 2022 was the highest by a Sox player since Ross Gload batted .615 in 2004 (minimum 12 at bats). Since 1951, Vaughn’s average is tied for second in Sox history with Chico Carrasquel (1952) and Dave Martinez (1997) with players who batted at least 12 times in a season with the bases loaded.
*Vaughn also hit well with runners in scoring position (.339/.384/.477 with 3 homers) and with runners in scoring position and two outs (.353/.411/.529, 2 homers).
*Vaughn’s .500 average (13-for-26) against Toronto in 2022 was the highest ever by a Sox player and tied for seventh all-time (minimum 26 at bats)
The 1990 White Sox set a team record with 68 saves.
Bobby Thigpen led the way with a franchise-record and since-broken MLB record 57 saves. Others logging saves that season for the Sox were Scott Radinsky with four, Wayne Edwards, Ken Patterson and Donn Pall with two each and Barry Jones with one.
The White Sox made left-handed pitcher Britt Burns the 70th overall pick in the 1978 draft.
About two months after getting drafted out of Huffman High in Birmingham, Ala., Burns made his big league debut with the Sox at age 19.
By 1980, Burns was a stalwart in the Sox rotation and by 1981 he was an ace and an all-star.
For better or worse, Burns will always be remembered for his epic performance against Baltimore in Game 4 of the 1983 American League Championship Series before 45,447at Comiskey Park.
While the vaunted Sox offense continued to flounder, Burns matched zeroes with Storm Davis and Tippy Martinez through nine innings before Tito Landrum deposited the left-hander’s 150th pitch of the game into the left field stands.
The most deflating home run in Sox annals came after Burns after his eighth strikeout began the 10th inning.
“Britt Burns made a heroic effort, tossing nine shutout innings,” Sox historian Rich Lindberg wrote in “Total White Sox.”
Salome Barojas replaced Burns, who yielded six hits and five walks, and gave up two more runs to account for the final as the Orioles advanced to the World Series, where they wold beat Philadelphia.
Burns won a career-best 18 games for the 1985 Sox before being dealt to the Yankees. A hip injury prevented him from playing for the Yankees thus ending his career.
My @soxnerd style alphabetical nugget(s)-a-dayish review of the 2022 White Sox continues with a look at BENNETT SOUSA
*27-year old rookie lefty was 3-0 with an 8.41 ERA with one save in 25 appearances for the 2022 Sox. In 20.1 innings, Sousa gave up 25 hits with 12 strikeouts and 10 walks while foes slashed .301/.375/.458. … At Charlotte (AAA), Sousa was 2-1 with a 3.95 ERA and six saves in 28 appearances (11.5 strikeouts per nine innings)
*Sousa’s 8.41 ERA in 2022 was the highest in Sox history by a pitcher with a 1.000 winning percentage (minimum three decisions). That ERA was also the fourth-highest by a pitcher with a 1.000 winning percentage and at least three decisions.
*Sousa’s three decisions in 2022 are tied for the third-highest by a Sox rookie with a 1.000 winning percentage behind Nate Jones’ eight in 2012 and Adam Russell’s four in 2008. Among lefties, his three decisions are tied for the most by a Sox rookie lefty with a perfect win percentage with Jimmy Johnson in 1945 and Steve Trout in 1978
*Only Jake Peavy with 20 innings in 2012 pitched fewer Sox innings than Sousa in 2022 and notched at least a 3-0 record (both were 3-0).
*His splits were nutty. The lefty Sousa was blistered for a .378/.442/.541 slashline against lefties in 2022. That average is the highest by a Sox lefty vs. left-handed hitters since at least 1951
*Sousa also struggled at home in 2022, posting a 12.60 ERA in 13 outings with an opponent’s slashline of .356/.434/.556
*Two rancid outings really threw Sousa’s season out of whack in 2022. He gave up five runs in two-thirds of an inning on May 24 Boston and 16 days later, he was tattooed for four runs in two-thirds of an inning vs. Anaheim.
Subtracting those two appearances from his line, Sousa’s ERA drops to 4.74.
*Sousa became the 10th pitcher in White Sox history to make his Major League debut with a scoreless appearance on Opening Day (2022). … With that appearance, Sousa also became the first University of Virginia to pitch/appeara in a game for the Sox since Pat Daneker in 1999
*Sousa notched a one-batter save in his 12th big league game in the White Sox 3-2 win at Boston on May 8th. In the save era (1969 on), only Al Jones (in his third game on April 29, 1984), Salome Barojas (second game on April 12, 1982), Guy Hoffman (second game on July 5, 1979) and Terry Forster (fifth game on May 1, 1971) did that earlier in a career than Sousa.
My @soxnerd style alphabetical nugget(s)-a-dayish review of the 2022 White Sox continues with a look at LENYN SOSA
*22-year old infielder hit .114 with one home run in 11 games for the 2022 Sox. … Sosa slashed .315/.369/.511 with 23 homers and 79 RBI in 119 games between the Sox Birmingham (AA) and Charlotte (AAA) affiliates in 2022.
*The Venezuelan slashed .331/.384/.549 with 14 homers and 48 RBI at Birmingham (AA) and .297/.352/.469 with nine homers and 31 RBI at Charlotte (AAA) in 2022.
*With the Sox, Sosa played five games at shortstop and six at second (28 chances and no errors) … At Birmingham, Sosa played 35 games at shortstop, 13 at third and nine at second With m… At Charlotte, Sosa played 33 games at short and 23 at second. … In winter ball, Sosa played exclusively at shortstop (38 games) for Caracas.
*Sosa topped Sox minor leaguers with 152 hits. … He was also tops among Sox minor league infielders in homers while finishing third overall behind Craig Dedelow (27) and Mark Payton (25)
*Sosa made his big league debut on June 23, 2022 wearing No. 50.
At first, it was believed, per the Sox media guide, that Sosa was the first position player to wear 50 for the Sox since catcher Mike Colbern in 1978.
However, Baseball Almanac and baseballreference.com did not have Colbern wearing 50.
After contacting a webmaster at Baseball Almanac, I am ready to say that Colbern never wore 50 for the Sox.
Much like the Sox, Baseball Almanac originally had Colbern wearing 50 for the Sox.
“… a White Sox historian approached me and said he had scoresheets for the games and from that season, and was not able to find a single instance where (Colbern) wore 50, and thinks it was just a spring training number,” a Baseball Almanac official wrote in an e-mail. “Since he had the actual scorecards from the games, and penciled-in lineups, and none showed him wearing it, I removed it from the list. … the historian was completely sure he could not find an example of it being worn in a regular season game by him.”
So based on that, Sosa became the first Sox position player to wear No. 50 since Cotton Nash in 1967.
On June 26th, Sosa notched his first big league in joining John Danks in 2014, Sean Lowe in 2001, Rich Hinton in 1971 and Grover “Deacon” Jones in 1962-63 and 1966, to hit safely for the Sox while wearing 50. Ken Brett wore 34 and 50 for the 1976 Sox and I was not able to determine what number he was wearing when he got his hit in 1976.
When Sosa hit his first big league homer on Aug. 9th at Kansas City, he was the first Sox player to do so wearing 50 since Jones went deep on Sept. 28, 1963 vs. Washington at Comiskey Park.
After all that, the Sox website indicates that Sosa has CHANGED HIS NUMBER TO 27!
*Sosa became the 13th native of Venezuela to man shortstop for the Sox. Among the other Venezuelans who have played the position for the Sox are Ozzie Guillen, Luis Aparicio, Chico Carrasquel, Omar Vizquel and Elvis Andrus. … Andrus and Sosa were the first pair of Venezuelans to play shortstop in the same season for the Sox since Jose Rondon and Yolmer Sanchez in 2018. Other Venezuelans tandems to play shortstop in the same season for the Sox are Eduardo Escobar-Ray Olmedo in 2012, Vizquel-Escobar in 2011 and Guillen and Fred Manrique in 1987, 1988 and 1989.
*Note: According to the e-mail I received from Baseball Almanac, the site first published its uniform number information several decades ago based on thousands of donated sheets assembled by a group of fans who were in the military. Based in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, beginning in the 1960s, they watched and listened to games for numbers and collected numbers from other sources. Their “rule” was if they didn’t see it or hear it, they didn’t share it with each other.
With 72 days left until opening day, here are some of the White Sox legendary No. 72 Carlton Fisk’s greatest hits:
April 10, 1981: In his White Sox debut and in the stadium he called home for the previous 10 seasons, Fisk launched a dramatic three-run homer in the eighth inning that gave his new Sox the lead for good in a 5-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Opening Day at Fenway Park.
April 14, 1981: In his White Sox home debut, Fisk thrilled an Opening Day crowd of 51,560 with a grand slam in a 9-3 triumph of the Milwaukee Brewers.
June 15, 1983: A fifth-inning RBI triple fronted the Sox for good in a 5-2 win at Anaheim. The hit came with Fisk starting in the No. 2 spot and ignited a streak which would see him bat .329 the rest of way in leading the White Sox to the A.L. West title.
May 16, 1984: First inning double, second inning single, fourth inning home run and a seventh inning triple made Fisk just the third White Sox player to hit for the cycle and the first to do it at Comiskey Park. Despite the history, the Sox lost to the Royals 7-6.
Aug. 2, 1985: Fisk tagged out both Bobby Meacham and Dale Berra on the same play at the plate in the seventh inning of the White Sox 5-3 win at Yankee Stadium. Next to his iconic Game 6 homer in the 1975 World Series, this is Fisk’s most famous play.
Sept. 25, 1985: Fisk tied Dick Allen’s 1972 franchise record with his 37th home run of the season. The solo shot came off Ron Romanick in a 7-4 loss at California. The dinger was also Fisk’s 33rd while playing catcher, breaking Lance Parrish’s 1982 league record for roundtrippers at the position.
Aug. 19, 1988: Fisk caught his 1,807th American League game, setting the record in that category. He celebrated the occasion with his first career five-hit game.
June 21, 1989: Fisk cracked his 307th home run as a catcher, passing the Yankees’ Yogi Berra as the American League’s all-time leader in that department. Fisk accomplished the feat in a 7-3 win at Yankee Stadium.
July 17, 1989: Fisk collected his 2,000th hit -– a 28 bouncer up the middle -– before an appreciative crowd at Comiskey Park. The milestone came off the Yankees’ Dave LaPoint.
May 22, 1990: Fisk scolded and lectured the Yankees’ Deion Sanders on Yankee Pride at homeplate during the Sox 5-2 loss to New York. Fisk’s lecture was apparently over Sanders’ lack of hustle and his lackadaisical demeanor on baseball’s hallowed ground and prompted both benches to clear but no punches were thrown.
Aug. 17, 1990: With one swing of the bat, Fisk became the most prolific home run-hitting catcher in big league history and the White Sox all-time home run leader. Fisk’s second-inning roundtripper off Charlie Hough in Texas gave him 328 as a catcher and 187 with the White Sox. He eclipsed Johnny Bench’s mark for catchers and Harold Baines’ White Sox record. The historic homer came in the White Sox 4-2 win.
Sept. 3, 1990: Fisk hit the last of his 87 home runs at the original Comiskey Park in a 4-2 win over the Kansas City Royals before 25,236 on the Southside. Fisk finished tied for second all-time in Old Comiskey Park home runs with Harold Baines, one behind leader Bill Melton. Twenty-seven days later, Fisk would start the final game at the old park behind the plate and go 0-for-4.
July 9, 1991: Fisk made his fourth and final All-Star team as a member of the White Sox and his 11th and last overall. … Joined Yogi Berra and Johnny Bench as the only catchers to play in at least 10 All-Star Games (Fisk did not play in the 1974 game because of an injury). … Replaced Sandy Alomar Jr. at catcher in the fifth inning to become the oldest White Sox player, the third-oldest player overall player and the oldest American League position player to play in an All-Star Game … Finished the game behind the plate. … Went 1-for-2. … Singled off Pete Harnisch to center with two out in the sixth to become the oldest player (43 years, seven months, 13 days) to hit safely in an All-Star Game.
Aug. 6, 1991: Fisk hit his 200th home run in a White Sox uniform. The four-bagger came off the Yankees’ Wade Taylor in a 14-5 win at “new” Comiskey Park.
April 7, 1993: On his first swing of the season, Fisk socked what turned out to be the final home run of his Hall of Fame career. The blast, the 376th of Fisk’s career, came off Jim Deshaies in the third inning of the Sox 6-1 loss at Minnesota.
June 19, 1993: Fisk notched the 2,356th and last hit of his career – a fifth inning single off Mark Langston in a 5-4 loss at California.
June 22, 1993: Fisk became the all-time leader by catching his 2,226th game in the Sox 3-2 win over Texas before 36,757 at Comiskey Park. Prior to the game, the White Sox presented Fisk with several gifts, including a special-edition Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a $25,000 donation to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Fisk helped give the Sox the lead with a sacrifice in the fifth that led to a run. After Texas tied the game in the sixth, Lance Johnson drove in the winning run with a two-out single in the ninth. Six days later, the Sox released Fisk
A few excerpts from 2022 season in review blog on No. 74 Eloy Jimenez:
*For those who pine for Jimenez to become a full-time DH, I offer you this: Eloy slashed .340/.389/.515 in his 30 games in left field. In 50 games as a DH, Jimenez slashed .274/.343/.500
*With Jose Abreu in Houston, the Sox will need a No. 3 hitter.
How about Eloy?
In 21 games (all starts) in the three hole, Jimenez hit .373 with a .461 on-base percentage and .507 slugging percentage in 2022. In addition, Eloy logged four doubles, two homers, 12 RBI and 12 walks against 13 strikeouts in the three hole.
The average was the Sox highest at No. 3 (minimum 21 games) since Tim Raines’ .405 output in 1995. Eloy’s average was the sixth-highest overall output in team history (minimum 21 games).
*Eloy saved his best for the best in 2022.
Jimenez hit .455, his highest against any foe, vs. the World Series champion Houston Astros in 2022. In four games, Eloy had a .625 on-base percentage and a .546 slugging percentage vs. Houston.
This is the last Friday the 13th until mid-October.
That means the Sox won’t have to worry about playing on the superstitious day for the second time in three years.
In 2022, the Sox fell to the Yankees on Friday the 13th in May, a year after the team had its first scheduled off-day on a Friday the 13th (August) for the first time since June of 1952.
That rare Friday day off was prompted by the Sox epic win the day prior in the “Field of Dreams” game in Dyersville, Iowa.
The Sox were also not scheduled to play on Friday the 13th in August of 1915 and 1926 and June of 1941.
Here are some more nuggets on the White Sox and the most superstitious day on the calendar:
*Overall: The White Sox are 48-30-2 on Friday the 13th. … The Sox have won two of their last three and seven of their last 11 Friday the 13th games.
*Winning ways: The Sox have been at or above .500 on the date since July 13, 1973 when Eddie Leon’s RBI single capped a three-run ninth in a 3-2 win over Baltimore at Comiskey Park. That improved the Sox to 22-22-2 on Friday the 13th that day.
*Real bad luck: The Sox Friday the 13th game in 2016 proved to be a huge jinx.
On that day in New York, Chris Sale improved to 8-0 with a complete game as the Sox whipped the Yankees 7-1.
The win, which also included a homer from Jimmy Rollins, improved to the Sox to 24-12 and enabled them to keep their five-game lead in the Central.
That, though, was the high point of the season.
From Saturday the 14th of May until the end of that season, the Sox went 54-72 and plummeted into fourth place in the Central.
*16 innings! The Sox greatest win on Friday the 13th was one of the greatest games in their history.
On Aug. 13, 1954, Jack Harshman WENT THE DISTANCE in the Sox 1-0 win over Detroit in 16 INNINGS. Harshman fanned 12 and gave up nine hits and seven walks and got the win when Minnie Minoso’s triple drove in Nellie Fox with one out in the 16th.
*The first: The Sox first Friday the 13th game was a 5-3 home loss to Milwaukee in September of the franchise’s inaugural year of 1901.
*First win: The Sox first victory on Friday the 13th was a 9-0 home win over Boston in June of 1902.
*Even-Steven: The Sox Friday the 13th ties were in April of 1928 (1-1 with Cleveland) and in June of 1958 (5-5 with Baltimore)
*13 runs! Fittingly, 13 are the most runs the Sox have scored in a Friday the 13th game.
In September of 2002, Magglio Ordonez was 3-for-3 with three runs and three RBI in the Sox 13-2 win over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
That really was a freaky Friday because Rocky Biddle got the win over Mike Mussina.
*Hello NL: The Sox played their inaugural interleague game on a Friday the 13th.
On June 13, 1997, Wilson Alvarez went the distance as the Sox won 3-1 at Cincinnati.
*The best No. 13: Ozzie Guillen, wearing No. 13, homered on Friday the 13th in June of 1986 in an 11-10 loss at Seattle. … Ozzie was 6-for-24 with that homer on Friday the 13th.
*Good luck vs. Cubs: In the only game between the Chicago teams on a Friday the 13th, the Sox beat the Cubs at Wrigley Field in July of 2001.
Paul Konerko and Jose Valentin homered as the Sox won for the fourth time in their last five Friday the 13th tilts.
*I can not tell a lie: George Washington hit a homer for the Sox in their Friday the 13th loss to Philadelphia in September of 1935.
*Joltin‘ …: Joe De Sa hit the Sox second pinch-hit grand slam on a Friday the 13th. In September of 1985, De Sa victimized the Mariners in Seattle in a 6-1 win.
*Go the distance: The White Sox last complete game shutout on Friday the 13th was in September of 1991 in Anaheim.
Outdueling Jim Abbott, Jack McDowell used a Bo Jackson RBI in fashioning a four-hitter in a 1-0 win.
*No uni: White Sox infielder Hal Chase experienced a bit of bad luck on Friday the 13th in March of 1914.
Chase, a veteran, did not play in the Sox 4-0 exhibition win over the host San Francisco Seals because he left his uniform at the hotel in Oakland.
That nugget came from the Tribune.
*Pray: The next Friday the 13th is in October.
With any luck, the Sox will have a postseason game — their first on a Friday the 13th — that day.
My @soxnerd style alphabetical nugget(s)-a-dayish review of the 2022 White Sox continues with a look at ANDERSON SEVERINO
*Left-handed reliever posted a 6.14 ERA in six games for the 2022 Sox. In seven innings, the 28-year old Dominican gave up seven hits and four walks with nine strikeouts. … He spent most of 2022 at Charlotte (AAA) where he was 3-4 with an 11.40 ERA in 37 games … He elected free agency in November
*The most memorable game Severino had with the Sox was his first.
On April 14th against Seattle, Severino became the first Sox pitcher since Jon Rauch almost exactly 20 years (April 2, 2002 at Seattle) earlier to enter with the bases loaded in a big league debut. Like Rauch, Severino escaped the jam unscathed.
Severino is the only Sox pitcher to inherit a bases-loaded jam in his debut at Guaranteed Rate Field. He was the first Sox twirler to do this in a home game since June 4, 1988 when Steve Rosenberg accomplished the feat vs. Texas.
There have been 13 Sox pitchers since 1918 to enter their debut with the bags loaded. In addition to Severino, Rauch and Rosenberg, Joe Vance, Dan Dugan, Pryor McBee and Spencer Heath did not allow an inherited runner to score.