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64 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

Tim Anderson collected a career-high 64 RBI in 2018.

Only Swede Risberg (65 in 1920) and Ron Hansen (67 in 1963) had more RBI at age 25 while playing shortstop for the White Sox.



This is the graphic I flashed on the Guaranteed Rate Field scoreboard in the wake of Tim Anderson’s fourth game-starting home run.

A one nugget a day (and alphabetical) look back at the 2018 White Sox.


For the third consecutive season, Tim Anderson hit at least .350 as the White Sox first batter of the game.

After compiling a .350 average as a rookie and .375 in 2017, the flashy shortstop hit .364 inaugurating contests in 2018.

With his on-base percentage at .374 (despite an astonishing one walk) and a slugging percentage at .566 in a healthy sample size of 115 games, it begs the question …



How crazy was the White Sox 2017 season?

For starters, Tim Anderson (@TimAnderson7) was the only @WhiteSox player who started in the same position on the final day of the season as he did on Opening Day.

In between those Anderson starts, the Sox continued to overhaul their roster and the farm system.

No matter the record or the state of the franchise, there are always nuggets.

Here’s a look back, in particular order, at 2017, @SoxNerd style!

*2017 marked just the fifth time the Sox posted a winning record against the eventual World Series champions. The Sox went 4-2 against the Astros in 2017. … Other winning records vs. future champs: 3-1 vs. 2014 Giants; 3-0 vs. 2006 Cardinals; 8-4 vs. 2000 Yankees and 8-5 vs. 1991

*Avisail Garcia’s 455-foot blast off Tampa’s Jake Odorizzi on June 8 at Tropicana Field was the Sox longest homer of the season

*The combined .279 average by catchers Geovany Soto, Kevan Smith, Omar Narvaez and Rob Brantly was tied for the fifth-best in Sox history

*Matt Davidson had the Sox top exit velocity on a home run of 2017 at 113.2mph on his 433-foot dinger on July 24 at Wrigley Field

*The last time the Sox had a higher ERA than the 4.78 they had in 2017, they won the World Series the next year (4.91 in 2004)

*2017 was the first season the White Sox did not have a complete game (previous low: 3 in 2014)

*Jose Abreu’s 43 doubles were the most by a Sox player since Magglio Ordonez’s 46 in 2003

*Todd Frazier led the Sox with 48 walks, lowest total to lead the team since Lamar Johnson’s 43 in 1978

*Miguel Gonzalez was the first righty to lead the Sox in wins (tied with Derek Holland at seven) since Gavin Floyd (13) in 2008

*Derek Holland’s 135 innings were the lowest total ever to lead the Sox (next Melido Perez 183.1 in rebuilding 1989)

*Jose Quintana’s 109 strikeouts were the lowest total to lead the Sox in a full season since Billy Pierce’s 95 in 1949

*David Robertson’s 14 saves were the lowest total to lead the Sox since Tom Gordon’s 12 in 2003

*Anderson’s 94 percent stolen base success rate was the highest by any Sox player with at least 16 stolen base attempts (15-of-16)

*Smith set a Sox rookie record for catchers with a .283 average in 2017

*Jose Abreu’s 43 doubles were the second-best total by a first baseman in club history behind Frank Thomas’ (aka @TheBigHurt_35) 46 in 1992

*Yoan Moncada joins Alexei Ramirez, Tadahito Iguchi, Jim Morrison, Jayson Nix and Rich McKinney as the only Sox rookie second basemen with at least eight homers in a season

*Anderson is the youngest shortstop (age 24) in Sox history with a double digit homer season (17 in 2017)

*Abreu posted the 19th .300/30HR/100RBI campaign in Sox history and 13 of those seasons have been posted by players who appeared some at first base

*Yolmer Sanchez’s eight triples were the most by a Sox switch-hitter since Ray Durham had 10 in 2001

*Since 1950, only Thomas had a higher Sox average than the .330 Avisail Garcia (aka @avisailgarcia) posted in 2017

*Abreu finished with the fourth-best total base output (343) in Sox history

*Garica’s .330 average is tied for the 29th-best output in franchise history

*Garcia’s .330 average is the highest by a Sox player since Thomas’ .337 in 1997

*The last Sox first baseman to amass more than the six triples Abreu had in 2017 was Carlos May with seven in 1971

*The only Sox player shorter than the 5-foot-8 Leury Garcia to record a multi-homer game was the 5-7 Mike Kreevich on June 10, 1938. Garcia hit two homers on May 12 vs. the Padres.

*The last Sox player shorter than the 5-8 Garcia to hit more than the nine homers Garcia hit in 2017 was the 5-7 Don Buford, who went deep 10 times in 1965

*Anderson became the fourth Sox draftee to lead the club in stolen bases along with May, John Cangelosi and Ray Durham

*Abreu became the first player to lead the Sox in RBI in four straight seasons since Thomas did it from 1991 to 1997

*The seven wins Holland and Gonzalez each posted to lead the Sox were the lowest total ever to lead the club

*Abreu paced American League first basemen with 102 RBI

*Narvaez tied for sixth among American League catchers with 38 walks

*A. Garcia led the American League with a .349 average in night games

*This is the third straight year a Sox player led American League outfielders in assits (A. Garcia in 2015 and 17 and Adam Eaton in 2016)

*A. Garcia led the big leagues with a .424 average against lefties


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Rick Renteria managed his first game for the White Sox on Tuesday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

In the wake of Tuesday’s loss, here are some White Sox Opening Day nuggets … @SoxNerd style:

*Skipper report: Rick Renteria became the first man to manage an Opening Day game for both Chicago franchises on Tuesday.

Johnny Evers, the first baseman of the famed double play combination,  is the only other man to skipper the Cubs and the Sox.

After managing the Cubs in 1913 and 1921, Evers was hired to guide the Sox in 1924 but didn’t start until May because of illness.  

*Skipper report II: Renteria is 0-2 in openers. The Cubs dropped his managerial debut 1-0 in Pittsburgh in 2014. … The last Sox full-time manager to win his first game with the club was Jerry Manuel in 1998. Robin Ventura lost his debut in 2012 while Ozzie Guillen dropped his in 2004.

*Tyler talk: Tyler Saladino was 2-for-4 with a run and a walk leading off and playing second base in his first big league Opening Day assignment.

Counting his minor league days, Saladino boosted his average to .444 (8-for-18) in Opening Day games.

Saladino singled and eventually scored to lead off the game and the season. The last time that happened for the Sox was in 2015 with Juan Pierre ina 15-10 win at Cleveland. Prior to Saladino, the last time a Sox player led off the season with a hit and scored in Chicago was Pablo Ozuna, who doubled and crossed on Darin Erstad’s homer, in 2007.

*Hail Colombia: Jose Quintana joined Julio Teheran as the only Colombian pitchers to start an Opening Day game.

Quintana made his first start in an Opener for the Sox on Tuesday while Teheran made his fifth Opening Day start for the Braves on Monday.

*On ‘Q:’ Quintana became just the second pitcher in big league history whose last name starts with ‘Q’ to start an Opening Day game.

The other? “Long” John Quinn for the Boston Red Sox in 1922 and for the Brooklyn Robbins in 1931.

*Abreu file: Jose Abreu was 2-for-4 with an RBI on Tuesday, jacking his Opening Day average to .429 (6-for-14).

Abreu has hit safely in all four of his big league season premieres with a home run and three RBI.

*New guys: The White Sox had six players starting in their first Opening Day game for the club on Tuesday: Saladino, Tim Anderson, Omar Narvaez, Quintana, Jacob May and Cody Asche.

The previous two times that happened, in 2005 and 2000, the Sox reached the postseason.

The last time the Sox had more than six starters making their first Opening Day start for the club was in 1981, the first year of the current ownership.

*May day: Jacob May, the Sox third round pick in the June 2013 draft, made his big league debut in Tuesday’s Opener.

He is the nephew of Carlos May, who was the first Sox draftee (1966) to make an Opening Day start for the club in 1969.

Also Tuesday, May joined Daryl Boston (1985), John Cangelosi (1986), Mike Cameron (1998), Aaron Rowand (2003-05) and Brian Anderson (2006) as the only Sox draftees to make an Opening Day start for the club.

*One for Skilling: Monday marked just the 10th time the White Sox scheduled Opening Day game was “weathered out.”

The last time the Sox lost their starter to Mother Nature was in 2009 when the forecast of high winds, cold, rain and snow prompted the team to call off the game vs. the Royals early and reschedule (and play) it the next day.

*Draft class: Anderson joined Lee “BB” Richard (1971), Bucky Dent (1974-76) and Harry Chappas (1978) as the only players drafted and signed by the Sox to make an Opening Day start at shortstop for the club.

Anderson was the Sox first round pick in 2013.

*Catching on … not: J.C. Martin is still the only catcher to start an Opening Day for the Sox and the Cubs.

Geovany Soto had a chance to do it but he did not start for the Sox on Tuesday. Soto was the Cubs Opening Day backstop from 2008 to 2012.

Martin started Sox curtain-raisers behind the plate in 1963 and 1964 and for the Cubs in 1970.

*Historical link: Melky Cabrera did not homer for the Sox on Opening Day but he has in the past.

Cabrera hit the final Opening Day home run in the original Yankee Stadium in his first Opening Day game in 2008. The first Opening Day home run in the “House that Ruth Built” was hit by … Babe Ruth, of course! The Babe went deep against the A’s in the 1923 inaugural in Yankee Stadium.