-- Demosthenes Papaeliou
Short and Marrero aren't ready yet. The pro game is much different than the college game -- that's why there are very few players (particularly position players) who advance quickly to the majors out of college. Thompson has a way to go, but I love his upside. I hope the
continue to draft those kind of players if they're available when it's their turn to pick in the draft. They did a good job of doing their background on the kid and that fact that he was willing to sign when many thought he was headed to UCLA to play for
, one of the best head coaches on the West Coast.
I would have liked to have seen Santiago get a September promotion, but there were no guarantees he would have pitched. I also thought
would get to play more. At least Escobar used his time wisely while he was up in the majors. I saw him buy some clothes at a men's department store in Minneapolis, as the state of Minnesota has no sales tax on clothing.
The general manager made an interesting comment in regards to the farm system, stating there were plenty of talented relievers in the farm system. I'd expect one or two to be included in trades this winter. A couple scouts concurred with KW's observations about the quality arms in the minors.
One down. One to go.
-- Abby, Barrington
KW has two years left on his contract and two years to get the Sox back on track. There's lots of work ahead, but y'all knew that.
-- Al Bloom
Al, I never cared for the Grateful Dead. I once had a roommate who had a habit of playing the Grateful Dead to help him fall asleep in his room at 2 a.m. It annoyed the rest of us who shared a house, so a friend got into his room and ''borrowed'' one of his Dead cassette tapes (yes, we're going back 25 years).
When the roommate put the tape back in one night, he thought he was merely hallucinating as he thought he was listening to
. But that's exactly what he heard when he, uh, sobered up!
Anyway, I wish Ozzie well, but it's time for everyone to move on. As Mike Morgan used to say, "You gotta be like
and "Turn the Page."
I was impressed with Joey during the few games he managed in place of Ozzie, especially a game against
) where he calling for the hit-and-run with
on base. He was managing with nothing to lose, but it was the right strategy against Halladay.
He went from a longshot to a finalist for the Milwaukee job last October, and he has a great knowledge of both leagues and players' strengths and weaknesses.
I believe the Sox are looking for a different voice and to do things differently. And I think Joey would want more say in the composition of the coaching staff if he was to be named a manager. This is not a slight on
or Harold Baines. I just think it's a manager's prerogative.
With Guillen being gone, any chance Jerry Reinsdorf tells Kenny to follow him out the door? Rick Hahn is supposed to be one of the better GM candidates in the game and he obviously already has a feel for the organization. Guillen talked his way out of town as much as his pedestrian managerial skills. Kenny needs to be brought in the principal's office for two playoffs in 10 years and the worst farm system in baseball. While Dunn and Rios had inexcusably awful years, can't blame Kenny in getting either player. Dunn cost a first round pick, which Kenny usually squanders, and Rios was free. The money is high, but I would still bet on comebacks from both, especially Dunn. What are your thoughts on this and everything?
-- Brad Gappa
I'd love to see Rick Hahn get a shot at the
' job, especially if he can get a contract that is parallel to the balance of Mike Sciosica's contract. If you thought much of the Sox's money was tied up, consider that the Angels already have $99 million committed to nine players for 2012.
Given ample time and resources, I think Rick can help get the Angels out of this mess. I'm not trying to push him out of town. But given that KW has two years left on his contract, the Angels' job would be very attractive and Rick deserves a shot at moving up and receiving his opportunity to become a GM.
The only thing that would worry me about Rick going there are the sudden firings of some solid, competent people over in the past two seasons, such as Eddie Bane, Ken Higdon and Nancy Mazmanian.
It's a big off-season for Dunn, who will need more than a diagnostic tune-up. Getting in better shape, getting the eyes checked and swinging a bat are all parts of curing his woes.
Rios seemed less vulnerable once he made some adjustments in his stance. But his defense still requires work. The lack of run prevention hurt the Sox nearly as much as the struggles of Dunn and Rios at the plate.
-- Bob Belke
They were prepared for a hit if Konerko hadn't re-signed last December. During these tough economic times, I think fans appreciated last winter's effort in signing Dunn,
, etc., and bringing back Konerko and
, but there was a heavy price to pay.
I think what's more worrisome is that Mark was the only Sox's pitcher to throw at least 200 innings, and how do you make up for those 200-plus innings (and shutting down the running game and fielding your position flawlessly) if he signs elsewhere?
-- Perry, California
I would say Rios, only because he made some small strides toward the end of the season, and he should stick to this batting stance instead of putting his hands so close to his chest. He obviously needs to improve his defense.
Dunn has a long way to go. If he has a Dave Kingman-like year in 2012, everyone would be happy. There are too many factors that go into Jake's off-season that allow me to say he's going to rebound.
Please tell me the Sox will consider Ryne Sandberg for manager in 2012!
; Flemington, NJ
Ryne might be a better fit elsewhere because the Sox tend to hire from a pool of candidates who have had some previous association. He might be a successor to