@SOXNERD MAY 1 BLOG: REBUILD … WHAT REBUILD?

April MVP!

@SoxNerd blog for May 1:

*NO TANKS: Raise your hand if you had the White Sox 13-10 with Avisail Garcia hitting .368 after the first month of the season.

The supposedly-rebuilding Sox came through April just a half game behind Cleveland in the A.L. Central.

I know what you’re thinking: The Sox had a winning April a year ago and look what happened!

True but don’t you think the pace the Sox have set this April is a little more realistic than last year’s?

By the way, the Sox have posted winning Aprils in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2008 and 2009.

SOX STUMPER: The last time the Sox played at home on May 2, this was the trivia question displayed on the scoreboard: Who is the only position player to spend 20 years in a White Sox uniform?

The answer is at the end of the blog.

MORNING BALL! The Sox Double-A Birmingham affiliate closes a four-game set at Montgomery at 10:35 THIS MORNING.

Plug in the headphones and give legendary Barons play-by-play man Curt Bloom (@CurtBloom4) a listen.

It will help move along a Monday!

Listen here http://www.milb.com/multimedia/audio.jsp?sid=t247

*ENCOURAGING: The Sox were 12-8 vs. the A.L. Central in April.

It took the 2016 Sox 27 games before they reached 12 wins vs. Central foes.

*REMINDER: The Sox had a more-than-decent April with relievers Jake Pertricka and Zach Putnam — penciled in as key components to the 2017 pen — on the disabled list.

Birthday boy Charlie O’Brien


*HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Charlie O’Brien, who hit the White Sox first interleague home run at Wrigley Field on June 6, 1998, is 57 today.

*LOOKING AHEAD: The last time the Sox had a winning record in April and May was in 2008.

*ROYAL RECALL: The Sox play the Royals in Kansas City tonight, something they have been doing since April 30, 1969.

The Royals manager in that 1969 game was Bob Lemon, who managed the Sox 1977 South Side Hit Men and their left fielder was … Lou Piniella.

Minnie Minoso had a big day today in 1951


*ON THIS DAY: Today is the 66th anniversary of one a watershed date in club history.

Today in 1951, Minnie Minoso broke the White Sox color barrier and homered in his first plate appearance in an 8-3 loss to the Yankees before 14,776 at Comiskey Park.

The home run, off Vic Raschi, was the first of 135 Minoso would hit for the Sox and properly inaugurated the franchise’s “Go Go” era, according to team historian Rich Lindberg.

In that same game, the Yankees’ Mickey Mantle hit the first of his 536 home runs.

STUMPER ANSWER: Luke Appling

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