@SoxNerd blog for May 3 …
*LEADING THE WAY: What better time than to fire off a few nuggets on White Sox offensive league leaders than with Avisail Garcia tops in the American League with a .382 average:
–The only Sox players to lead the A.L. in batting average are Hall of Famers Luke Appling (.388 in 1936 and .328 in 1943) and Frank Thomas (.347 in 1997). … Through April of 1936, Appling was hitting just .261. That figure read .235 for Appling in 1943 and .319 for Thomas in 1997.
–Of all the triple crown categories, the Sox have had two batting champs (three players), two home run champs (Bill Melton 1971, Dick Allen 1972 and 1974) and one RBI champ (Allen 1972)
–The last Sox player to lead the league in a major offensive category was when Jose Abreu topped the circuit with a .581 slugging percentage in 2014.
–Of all the major statistical categories, the Sox have led the A.L. in steals the most times (19) followed by triples (16).
*SOX STUMPER: Here’s my trivia question displayed on the center field scoreboard the last time the Sox played at home on this date (2016): Which future White Sox made his big league debut as a defensive replacement for Jim Thome at third base in this park on this date in 1994?
The answer is the at the end of this blog.
*AVI FILE: Garcia’s .368 average was the highest April output of his career. His previous best was a .309 in 2015. … Garcia is a .305 career hitter in May. His best May was .333 in 2015.
*SOX ALMANAC: On this date in 2005, Tadahito Iguchi went 4-for-4 and hit his first career home run as the Sox set a big league record by taking the lead for the 26th consecutive game to start a season in a 5-4 win over the Royals before 12,362 at US Cellular Field. Carl Everett delivered a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth to make a winner out of Mark Buehrle, who improved to 4-1.
*SHOCK TREATMENT: Mike Pelfrey gets the start for the Sox tonight against the Royals in the state where he became a legend at Wichita State University.
Pelfrey is 1-2 with a 4.85 ERA in six starts in Kaufman Stadium.
*REMEMBER HIM? Jason Bourgeois delivered a double for Triple-A Charlotte this morning against Norfolk (I AM WATCHING ON CSN CHICAGO!). Bourgeois delivered a double for the White Sox last hit at the original Yankee Stadium on Sept. 18, 2000. … That double came a batter after a homer by Paul Konerko, which was the last by a visitor at “The House That Ruth Built.”
*YAZ: Mike Yastrzemski, who is playing for Norfolk vs. Charlotte tonight, is the grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski (YAZ!) and the son of Carl Yastrzemski Jr., who went by Mike.
The original Mike Yaz (Carl Jr.) was an outfielder in the Sox system from 1986 to 1988. He hit .269 with 21 homers and 147 RBI for Sox affiliates at Birmingham (AA) and Buffalo (AAA).
*STUMPER ANSWER: Herbert Perry