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A LOOK BACK AT THE SOX 2017 SEASON … @SOXNERD STYLE!

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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@SOXNERD BLOG: MONCADA BREAKS ON THROUGH IN CLEANUP SPOT

The latest @SoxNerd Blog …

What we have learned the last few days, @soxnerd style!

*CLEANING IT UP: Prior to Yoan Moncada’s arrival, it had been a while since the White Sox had a second baseman break on through to the cleanup spot.

Moncada is the first @whitesox second sacker to hit fourth since Jim Morrison — the slugger not the singer — batted there on June 20, 1980 against Detroit at Comiskey Park. Ed Farmer took the loss that day, by the way.

Moncada made his third Sox start at cleanup in Thursday’s series opener in Boston.

Speaking of Boston …

Moncada is the first Sox second baseman to start out of the fourth hole vs. Boston since fellow former Red Sox Mike Andrews on Aug. 22, 1972 at Comiskey Park.

The last time a Sox second baseman started at cleanup in Boston prior to Moncada    on Thursday was Cass Michaels on May 5, 1950.

*A CONSTANT: This will mark the 117th consecutive season the White Sox will battle their red counterparts in Boston.

The first White Sox game in Boston was June 17, 1901 when the home team win the first game as part of a doubleheader split.

This is the 107th year in a row the White Sox are playing in Fenway Park.

Did you know the White Sox spoiled the formal dedication of Fenway Park. On May 17, 1912, among parades, pomp, circumstance and dignitaries, the White Sox prevailed 5-2 with winning pitcher Ed Walsh going 3-for-3. The White Sox used a four-run ninth to win.

*NO. 634: Rookie Nicky Delmonico became the 634th player to homer for the White Sox with his first career homer on Thursday.

And this from Nerd pal @ckamka …

*MORE NICKY: On Tuesday, Delmonico became the first Sox player to make his big league debut batting fifth since @TheBigHurt_35 aka Frank Thomas did it on Aug. 2, 1990 in Milwaukee.

Here’s the list of recent Sox 5-hole @mlb debuts flashed on the Guaranteed Rate Field scoreboard that night.

*CLEANUP KEVAN: Moncada wasn’t the only Sox player hitting in rare air in the fourth hole recently.

On Wednesday, Kevan Smith was the first Sox catcher to cleanup since A.J. Pierzynski on Sept. 27, 2011 and the first right-handed hitter to do it since Carlton Fisk on Oct. 1, 1991.

Digging deeper, Smith was the first Sox rookie catcher to start at cleanup since Matt Merullo on July 2, 1991. In addition, Smith was the first right-handed hitting rookie catcher to start out of the fourth spot since John Romano on Sept. 12, 1959.

*BACK-TO-BACK CHAMPS: The recently-completed sets vs. the @cubs and @Indians marked the first time the Sox had played the defending league champs in consecutive series at home.

This was the second time and second year in a row the Sox played the reigning World Series teams in back-to-back series. In 2016, the Sox played at Kansas City May 27-29 before heading to New York to play the Mets May 30-June 1 in the MATT ALBERS SERIES.

Other seasons in which the Sox played both of the previous years World Series teams were 2003 (Giants and Angels), 2004 (Marlins and Yankees), 2008 (Rockies and Red Sox) and 2011 (Cardinals and Rangers).

*A HIT BY A PITCHER: Here’s what I excavated in the wake of pitcher Carlos Rodon’s two-run double on July 25 at Wrigley Field:

–Rodon’s two RBI were one more than Sox pitchers amassed between 2013 and July 24, 2017

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=1648798083

–Rodon’s double was the first by a Sox pitcher since reliever Matt Albers‘ rocked the Big Apple on June 1, 2016

–Rodon’s two-bagger was the first by a Sox pitcher since Mark Buehrle on June 29, 2011

–Rodon’s double was the first by a Sox pitcher IN CHICAGO since fellow starter Stan Bahnsen victimized Texas’ Dan Stanhouse in the second game of a doubleheader on Aug. 4, 1972 at Comiskey Park.

–Prior to Rodon, the last Sox pitcher to log an RBI in the second inning was Philip Humber on June 16, 2012 at Dodger Stadium

*SIR PAUL: Sir Paul McCartney played three songs on July 25-26 at the the Hollywood Casino and Amphitheater and Casino that he and The Beatles played during their Aug. 20, 1965 day-night doubleheader at Comiskey Park: I Wanna Be Your Man, Can’t Buy Me Love and A Hard Day’s Night.

*NOTE: The Baseball Reference website and Play Index rocks!

@SOXNERD BLOG: A BASES-LOADED TRIPLE!

The first @SoxNerd Blog of the rebuild!

Yes, he’s the most anticipated arrival from the Sox minor league system in decades.

Yes, he loves Twinkies.

Yes, he’s a good-looking dude.

Yes, he can run, field, hit, throw and hit for power.

Yoan Moncada is all those things but the thing I love him for most RIGHT NOW is his bases-loaded triple.

NERD!

Bases-loaded triples have fascinated me for a long time now.

I don’t know if it’s because the play can be a game-changer or the triple is the most exciting play in baseball but something about this situation prompted me to start logging these incidents years ago.

The same is true for one-out saves and 1-0 White Sox victories (256 of them by the way!).

I have logged every White Sox bases-loaded triple digging as deeply as I can before the lack of information delayed me.

For those of you scoring at home, that is 1947!

With that being said (and with some always-sensational contributions from the great Chris Kamka at @ckamka), here’s a deep look inside Moncada’s bases-loaded triple Friday in Kansas City, which was his first big league hit:

–Moncada’s bases-loaded triple came in a Sox loss, which is a recent rarity. Prior to Friday, the Sox had won three in a row and five of their last six games in which they had a bases-loaded triple. … In the last 10 seasons, the Sox are 15-3 in games in which they had a bases-loaded triple

–Along those same lines, the Sox SHOULD NOT lose the next game in which they have a bases-loaded. Dating to 1947, the Sox have NEVER lost consecutive games when they have logged a bases-loaded triple

–Moncada’s bases-loaded triple was the first by a Sox sixth-place hitter since Jose Valentin on May 27, 2000 vs. Cleveland at Comiskey Park

–Moncada’s bases-loaded triple was the first by a Sox player in Kansas City since Conor Gillaspie on Sept. 16, 2014

–Moncada’s bases-loaded triple padded the Sox lead, which is a rarity based on recent history. Prior to Moncada, the last two and five of the last six Sox bases-loaded triples had given the Sox the lead. The only one that padded a Sox lead in that span was Marcus Semien’s three-bagger at Texas on April 20, 2014

–Three of the last four Sox bases-loaded triples (and four of the last seven) have been by second basemen (Brent Lillibridge Aug. 1, 2010, Moncada, Sanchez and Semien).

–Friday was the Sox first bases-loaded triple by a second baseman in Kansas City since Ray Durham on April 15, 1996

–2016 broke a string of three seasons in which the Sox had had a bases-loaded triple. … That was the longest streak since a 10-year run from 1994 to 2003

–The Sox did not have a bases-loaded triple between June 30, 1986 (Ozzie Guillen) and May 17, 1992 (Steve Sax)

–Among the more obscures players to notch bases-loaded triples with the Sox are Liu Rodriguez, Tony Muser, Bob Spence, Matt Batts, Phil Masi, Bob Souchock and …


JIM McANANY!

–July 12, 1959 was the greatest day in the history of White Sox bases-loaded triples. In  fact, it could be argued that day is the greatest day ever in the history of bases-loaded triples. On that day at Comiskey Park, Jim McAnany logged a bases-loaded triple in each game of a doubleheader!