2015 promises to be an exciting year in the Chicago sports world. Major League Baseball’s regular season opens April 5, and both Chicago baseball teams made a number of deals this past offseason to improve their teams. Let’s take a look at the moves the White Sox roster improvements, Chicago’s beloved South Side club, made this past winter, moves that may very well allow them to contend in the American League Central this coming season:
<h2>The Chicago White Sox Roster</h2>
– Jeff Samardzija: Samardzija, who pitched in Chicago with the Cubs for six and a half seasons prior to joining the Sox, boasts a career 3.85 earned-run average and, despite a record of 7 wins against 13 losses last year, made the All-Star Team. He’ll join a starting rotation that also includes Chris Sale (arguably one of the top 3 starting pitchers in all of baseball), Jose Quintana, Hector Noesi, and John Danks.
– David Robertson: The Sox’s acquisition of Robertson was a big blow to the New York Yankees, his former employer, a team on which he served as the successor to arguably the greatest relief pitcher in baseball history, Mariano Rivera. Last season, Robertson saved 39 games for the Yanks and struck out 96 hitters in 64 and 1/3 innings, cementing his status as one of the game’s elite relief specialists.
– Zach Duke: After bouncing around a few different teams the past several years in mixed roles, former rookie phenom Duke had an outstanding year as a relief pitcher with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2014, finishing the year with a 2.45 earned run average and 74 strikeouts in 58 and 2/3 innings. He’ll be an important addition to a bullpen led by Robertson.
– Adam LaRoche: LaRoche was a key component of the Washington Nationals‘ success over the past several years; last year, he whacked 26 home runs and drove in 92 runs for the MLB National League East champions. With 243 career home runs and playoff experience developed on a number of competitive teams, LaRoche brings a solid bat and leadership experience to the White Sox.
– Melky Cabrera: Cabrera is coming off a great season with the Toronto Blue Jays, where he hit .301 with 16 home runs. Cabrera is a two-time World Series champion, having won in 2009 with the New York Yankees and 2012 with the San Francisco Giants and a solid hitter and defender.
With these players complimenting a strong core, the White Sox look to be contenders in 2015, and now’s a great time to nab some tickets to see them play. Contact us to get your seats to see the “Pale Hose” play ball.
Why it’s a great time to check out the White Sox Roster in action?
Chicago White Sox tickets on the secondary market are at one of the lowest price per ticket on average in four years. In the 2011 White Sox tickets averaged $73.00 per ticket for home games. Currently White Sox tickets average $33.00 per ticket.
With additions to the White Sox Roster this season look for things to start jelling around mid season which is a perfect opportunity for the Sox to start on a run. If the additions and the rest of the White Sox roster can stay healthy they could be the snake in the grass at the end of the season and be a strong playoff contender.
Neither the Cincinnati Reds nor the St. Louis Cardinals were able to put away the San Francisco Giants when they had the chance. The American League champion Detroit Tigers get their opportunity beginning Wednesday, when they take on the National League champion Giants in Game 1 of the World Series at AT&T Park. San Francisco was on the verge of being swept by Cincinnati in the best-of-five NL Division Series before rallying to win the final three contests. St. Louis captured three of the first four games of the NL Championship Series before the Giants went on to become the 12th team in major league history – and fifth NL club – to overcome a 3-1 series deficit as they won the franchise’s 22nd NL pennant. San Francisco’s starting pitchers were outstanding during the comeback, allowing only one run in 20 1/3 innings over the final three NLCS games. The Giants, who are appearing in their 19th overall World Series, fifth since moving from New York to San Francisco and second in three years, will face a Tigers team that has been resting since completing a four-game sweep of the New York Yankees in the ALCS on Thursday.
Detroit is making its 11th trip to the Fall Classic and first since 2006, when it lost to the St. Louis Cadinals. The Tigers have not won a championship since defeating the San Diego Padres in 1984. Manager Jim Leyland, whose roster includes reigning AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander and 2012 Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, said ALCS MVP Delmon Young will play left field in Game 1 with no designated hitter in the NL park. Young, who appeared in left field in only 31 regular-season games, batted .353 (6-for-17) with two home runs and six RBIs in the ALCS, recording the game-winning RBI in all four contests. San Francisco’s Marco Scutaro was named the NLCS MVP as he went 14-for-28 (.500) after hitting only .150 (3-for-20) in the NLDS. Scutaro, who was acquired from the Colorado Rockies on July 26, tied the LCS record with his 14 hits while setting an LCS mark with six multi-hit performances.
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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is a team with a lot of outstanding players. One of these players is LaTroy Hawkins.
LaTroy Hawkins is a 6 feet five inch relief pitcher who is a right-handed thrower and also a right-handed hitter. He used to play baseball when he was in high school in Westside Gary, Indiana. It was in 1991 when he was drafted in the 7th round by the team of Twins in the amateur draft. He signed with the team on June 7, 1991. By then, he has his next four years playing in the team’s minor league system. In April 29, 1995, he has his first appearance in the Major League Baseball and it was challenging for him as the team faced the team of Orioles. However, over the next few years, LaTroy Hawkins was able to bounce between the big league club and Salt Lake of the Pacific Coast League, finally landing in his team’s bullpen permanently in 1998. And he was the opposing starting pitcher in the perfect game by Yankees pitcher David Wells on May of 1998.
LaTroy Hawkins of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim was born on December 21, 1972 in Gary, Inidana. After eight seasons with the Minnesota Twins, LaTroy Hawkins moved to the teams of Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies, New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Milwaukee Brewers before joining the team of Angels of Anaheim. It was one of the great career opportunities for Hawkins. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and veteran reliever Hawkins agreed to a one-year deal worth three million dollars in December 2011. He was 39 years of age then when he signed with the team of Angels of Anaheim, entering his 18th Major League season. His past two years was spent with the Brewers, posting a 2.42 ERA in 52 appearances in 2011 becoming a key figure in the team’s runaway division title in the National League Central.
LaTroy Hawkins continues to flourish with the Angels of Anaheim. In fact, this right-hander pitcher spends his time in the camp with the team of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim which is his ninth team in ten glorious years. According to LaTroy Hawkins, joining and spending time with the Angels of Anaheim team is really fun among all of his stops along the way in his journey in the world of Major League Baseball. In addition to this he also stated that he is moving around the game, he’s playing with the greatest players in the world, and what excites him the most is the fact that he is almost forty years of age and playing a kid’s sport, anyone can’t beat that according to him. LaTroy Hawkins really enjoys being with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim team. Age does not matter indeed when you will embrace your passion and follow your dreams…LaTroy Hawkins saw this opportunity to flourish with the Angels of Anaheim.
Bob Kelly Abreu or “Bobby” was born on March 11, 1974, in Maracay, Aragua, Venezuela. He is a professional Major League Baseball (MLB) right fielder player that was playing for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Abreu is nicknamed as “El Comedulce” and also “La Luche” and a two-time All-Star, won a Gold Glove Award and a Silver Slugger Award.
Bobby Abreu was signed by the Houston Astros as an amateur free agent in 1990 and he debuted in MLB on September 1, 1996 for the Houston Astros. Abreu played for the Houston Astros in 1996 to 1997, but traded to Philadelphia Phillies which he began playing in 1998 to 2006. He was traded again to the New York Yankees and played for two seasons (2006 to 2008).
Leading the league games was one of his greatest achievements. Bobby Abreu was major league leader in defense among active players in outfield assists. Abreu is also one of the active ballplayers in doubles, third in walks, at stolen bases he was in sixth and he was ninth in on-base percentage. He is also famous for his plate discipline when he led the American League in 2009 by his percent in pitches.
Bobby Abreu Awards and Recognition
- 1996 Houston Astros Minor League Player of the Year
- 1999 Venezuelan Winter League All-Star OF
- 1999 Venezuelan Winter League Player of the Year
- 1999 Philadelphia Phillies Player of the Year
- 2000 Philadelphia Phillies Player of the Year
- 2001 Philadelphia Phillies Player of the Year
- 2004 NL Silver Slugger Award (OF)
- 2004 MLB All-Star
- 2005 NL Player of the Month (April)
- 2005 NL Gold Glove Award (OF)
- 2005 MLB All-Star
- 2005 Winner of the Home Run Derby at the MLB All-Star game.
- 2009 AL Player of the Month (July)
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Surely, the Yankees do not need more great players to win, but it always pays to strengthen the team and that’s why the trade deadline of July 31st could prove to be an important one for the Yankees.
Who could be the great pitchers for New York Yankees?
Bruce Chen of Kansas City Royals
Bruce Chen, the lefty of Kansas City Royals is a great pick for the Yankees. The only Yankee lefty is C.C. Sabathia and the team could very well do with one more southpaw. Chen is the best pitcher of Kansas City Royals and has an ERA of 3.26.
Aaron Harang of San Diego Padres
During the first half of 2011 season, Aaron Harang has had a record of 7-2 and a 3.45 ERA. Harang could once top 200 strikeouts in a single season. His contract ends right after the season which makes him a great risk-free pick for the Yankees.
Livan Hernandez of Washington Nationals
Livan Hernandez is the half-brother of former Yankee, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez who was World Series champion 3 times. Hernandez can string together about 4 or 5 outstanding starts and is just the pick for 2011.
Wandy Rodriguez of Houston Astros
Wandy Rodriguez, the lefty of Houston Astros, is a great pick to fit the Yankee’s need for a second lefty in the team. Rodriguez has a 6-6 record and 3.52 ERA. He is 31 years old and makes a moderate investment for the Yankees for the future years.
Ted Lilly of Los Angeles Dodgers
Like Rodriguez and Chen, Lilly is also a southpaw, much needed for the starting rotation of the Yankees. His career benchmark is 4.22 ERA and 119-105 record.