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Chicago White Sox to honor former pitching ace Mark Buehrle on June 24

Mark Buehrle on mound for White Sox By RMelon - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https

Organization will retire Sox ace’s uniform No. 56 during special pre-game ceremony with commemorative giveaway for all fans

Press Release

The Chicago White Sox will honor former pitcher Mark Buehrle on Saturday, June 24, by retiring his No. 56 jersey during a special tribute before the first pitch vs. Oakland at 1:10 p.m. Fans will celebrate the southpaw’s 12-season career with the White Sox and have the opportunity to take home a commemorative pin. All White Sox fans in attendance will receive a specially designed No. 56 pin.

“Mark Buehrle is one of the most accomplished pitchers in franchise history,” said Jerry Reinsdorf, White Sox chairman. “Mark carried himself with class and professionalism throughout his career, and his popularity with staff, teammates and Sox fans is very well deserved. Although a very humble person, he certainly showed a flair for the dramatic on the mound, from a no-hitter to an unforgettable perfect game to a World Series title. A standout on the field and a standup teammate in the clubhouse, it is our honor to retire Mark Buehrle’s No. 56 and to welcome him into the legendary class of all-time White Sox greats.”

Buehrle will be the 12th player to have his number retired by the White Sox, including former teammates Paul Konerko and Hall-of-Famer Frank Thomas. He was drafted by the White Sox in 1998, making his MLB debut in 2000. With the White Sox, Buehrle was a four-time American League (AL) All-Star and three-time AL Gold Glove winner. During his career with the White Sox, the left-hander went 161-119 (.575) with a 3.83 ERA (1,053 ER/2,476.2 IP), 27 complete games, eight shutouts and 1,396 strikeouts over 390 appearances (365 starts). Buehrle ranks among franchise leaders in strikeouts (4th), starts (4th), quality starts (4th, 231), wins (6th), strikeout-to-walk ratio (7th, 2.48), innings pitched (7th) and games pitched (8th).

Buehrle, who was part of the 2005 World Championship team, made four appearances (three starts) with Chicago in the 2005 postseason. He tossed the first of four consecutive Sox complete games in Game 2 of the AL Championship Series vs. the Angels and secured the save in the 14th inning of Game 3 of the World Series at Houston. Buehrle also recorded the 16th no-hitter in White Sox history on April 18, 2007, against the Rangers and the club’s second perfect game on July 23, 2009, vs. the Tampa Bay Rays.

Tickets to Mark Buehrle Day on Saturday, June 24, are available now through all season ticket packages as well as in group sale packages. Individual game tickets to 2017 Chicago White Sox home games at Guaranteed Rate Field will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 3, on, at the Guaranteed Rate Field Box Office or by calling 866-SOX-GAME.




Former White Sox outfielder Tim Raines elected to Hall of Fame

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CHICAGO – Former Chicago White Sox outfielder Tim Raines has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Raines will join Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez, John Schuerholz and Bud Selig in the Class of 2017, with the 78th induction ceremonies to be held on Sunday, July 30 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Raines, 57, becomes the 39th former member of the White Sox organization selected to the Hall of Fame. He received 86.0 percent (380 of 442), eclipsing the required 75.0 percent.

“On behalf of the entire White Sox organization and our fans, I want to sincerely congratulate Tim on today’s election to the Hall of the Fame, the highest and greatest honor bestowed upon a baseball player,” said Jerry Reinsdorf, chairman of the Chicago White Sox. “He played a crucial role on the 1993 division championship team, was a key member of the 2005 World Series-winning coaching staff and provided Sox fans with great memories that will not be forgotten.”

Raines played 23 major-league seasons with Montreal (1979-90, 2001), the White Sox (1991-95), New York-AL (1996-98), Oakland (1999), Baltimore (2001) and Florida (2002), hitting .294 (2,605-8,872) with 430 doubles, 113 triples, 170 home runs, 980 RBI, 1,571 runs scored, 808 stolen bases, 1,330 walks, a .385 on-base percentage and .425 slugging percentage in 2,502 games. His 808 steals currently rank fifth and 84.3 stolen base percentage ranks ninth all-time.

“Rock was one of my favorite teammates ever,” said Hall-of-Famer and White Sox legend Frank Thomas. “He made the game fun night-to-night and was a great leader in the clubhouse. His humor and hustle always brought the team closer. I’m so glad this has finally happened for one of my favorite people ever.”

A seven-time National League All-Star (1981-87), Raines was named the NL Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News in 1981, posting a .304 average with 71 steals in 88 games. He won the NL batting title and Silver Slugger Award in 1986 after hitting a career-high .334, and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1987 All-Star Game. Raines reached the postseason five times as a player, winning the World Series in 1996 and 1998 with the Yankees.

Raines batted .283 (697-2,461) with 98 doubles, 28 triples, 50 home runs, 277 RBI, 440 runs scored and 143 stolen bases in 648 games with the White Sox. He ranked second on the Sox in runs scored, stolen bases and triples, third in doubles, RBI, batting average, on-base and slugging percentage and fourth in hits from 1991-95.

Raines holds the Sox all-time record with an 82.7 stolen base percentage (143-173). His 51 steals in 1991 are tied for the 10th-most and his 88.2 stolen base percentage (45-51) in 1992 is tied for the sixth-highest in White Sox history. Raines helped guide the Sox to the American League Western Division championship in 1993, hitting .306 (127-415) with a .401 on-base percentage in 115 games. He batted .444 (12-27) with five runs scored in a six-game loss to Toronto in the ALCS.

Raines also spent two seasons (2005-06) on the White Sox coaching staff, serving as the first-base coach for the 2005 World Series Championship team.




Boston Red Sox announce signings of 18 players to 2017 one-year contracts

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Club renews the contract of outfielder Mookie Betts

Press Release

The Boston Red Sox  announced recently that the club has agreed to terms with 18 players on one-year contracts for the 2017 season. In addition, the club renewed the contract of outfielder Mookie Betts for the 2017 season.

President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.

Agreeing to terms were pitchers Matt Barnes, Roenis Elias, Heath Hembree, Brian Johnson, Kyle Martin, Henry Owens, Noe Ramirez, Eduardo Rodriguez, Robby Scott, Carson Smith, Steven Wright, and Luis Ysla; catchers Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez; infielders Marco Hernandez and Deven Marrero; and outfielders Andrew Benintendi and Bryce Brentz.

With these agreements, all players on the Red Sox major league roster are under contract for the 2017 season.




Orioles complete signings for 20 players on on-year contracts for 2017

The Orioles recently announced that they have agreed to terms with 20 players on one-year contracts:





With these moves, all players currently on the Orioles 40-man roster are now signed for 2017.




Baltimore Orioles name 2017 staffs for Minor League teams

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The Orioles have announced the coaching staffs for their seven minor league affiliates for the 2017 season.

BRIAN GRAHAM enters his 10th season with the Orioles and fifth as Director of Player Development. JOHN WASDIN joins the Orioles in his first season as Minor League Pitching Coordinator. He was previously a pitching coach in the Oakland organization for six seasons, including the 2015-16 seasons with Double-A Midland.Wasdin pitched in 26 games for the Orioles in 2001.

RON JOHNSON returns for his sixth season as manager at Triple-A Norfolk. The 2017 season will be his 24th as a minor league manager. In 2015, he guided the Tides to the International League South Division title and earned International League Manager of the Year honors. Johnson, the winningest manager in Tides franchise history (with 356 wins), has compiled 1,617 career victories. MIKE GRIFFIN will serve as Pitching Coach for the ninth straight season with Norfolk (10thconsecutive season in the organization). SEAN BERRY will serve as Hitting Coach for the Tides in his third season. JOSÉ HERNÁNDEZ, who played 15 years in the majors,will serve as Field Coach/Third Base Coach for Norfolk, his fifth consecutive season with the Tides (eighth year in the organization). MARK SHIRES will serve his 19th year as an Athletic Trainer in the Orioles’ system and his 11th year with the Tides.TREVOR HOWELL returns for his sixth season in the Orioles’ organization and fourth as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for Norfolk.

GARY KENDALL enters his seventh season as manager at Double-A Bowie. In 2015, he led the club to its first Eastern League Championship. This season marks Kendall’s 18th in the organization. KENNIE STEENSTRA, who served as Pitching Coach for Frederick in 2009 and from 2013-16, returns for his fourth season as Pitching Coach for the Baysox after previously serving in the same role from 2010-12. It will be his 13th year in the organization. BUTCH DAVIS returns to the Orioles organization after spending the previous two seasons as First Base Coach for the Minnesota Twins. He enters his first season as Hitting Coach with Bowie, where he previously coached in 2000, 2003-05, and 2013-14. PAT WESLEY begins his third season as an Athletic Trainer for the Baysox. Strength and Conditioning Coach PAT ARMSTRONG returns for his eighth year in the organization and sixth year at Bowie.

KEITH BODIE, who served as a coach with the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League in 2016, returns for his second season as manager at Class A-Advanced Frederick. It will be his 20th year as a manager. BLAINE BEATTY will serve as Pitching Coach for the Keys after spending the 2015-16 seasons with Class-A Delmarva as Pitching Coach. He returns for his 12th season in the organization and seventh at Frederick, as he previously served in the same role for the Keys from 2006-08 and 2010-12. Former Orioles farmhand KYLE MOORE enters his first season as Frederick’s Hitting Coach after serving in the same capacity for Delmarva last season. SHAWN McGILL will serve as Third Base Coach for the Keys after spending 2016 with Bowie as Field Coach. BRIAN GUZMAN will serve as the Athletic Trainer with Frederick for the third straight season.

Former Orioles third baseman RYAN MINOR will manage the Shorebirds for the fourth straight season. The 2017 season will be Minor’s 10th as a coach or manager in the Orioles organization. Minor will be joined by JUSTIN LORD, who will begin his second season at Delmarva as Pitching Coach (also 2013) after serving in the same capacity for Aberdeen from 2014-16. Lord coached alongside Frederick manager Keith Bodie in 2016 with the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League.BUCK BRITTON, the older brother of Orioles LHP ZACH BRITTON, enters his first season as Hitting Coach for the Shorebirds. A former Orioles farmhand, Britton was selected by the Orioles in the 35th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. MARTY BRINKER enters his first season as the Athletic Trainer with Delmarva after serving in the same role the previous two seasons with Aberdeen.

KEVIN BRADSHAW enters his second season as manager of the Aberdeen IronBirds. MARK HENDRICKSON, a former Major League pitcher of 10 seasons, including three with the Orioles from 2009-11, will begin his first season as Pitching Coach at Aberdeen. RAMON SAMBO, who was a Field Coach with Frederick last year, will serve as Field Coach for Aberdeen (11th overall year in the Orioles system).ADRIAN GONZALEZ enters his first season as Athletic Trainer for the IronBirds after serving as Athletic Trainer for the GCL Orioles in 2015-16.

CARLOS TOSCA enters his first season as manager of the Gulf Coast League Orioles after spending the previous 12 seasons as a bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks (2005-06), Florida Marlins (2007-10), and Atlanta Braves (2011-16). Former Major Leaguer WILSON ALVAREZ returns for a fifth season as Pitching Coach for the GCL Orioles. MILT MAY will begin his eighth season as Hitting Coach for the GCL Orioles. GARY SMITH enters his first season as Athletic Trainer for the GCL Orioles.

ELVIS MOREL will manage the Dominican Summer League Orioles. He will be assisted by Pitching Coach DIONIS PASCUAL and coaches BENNY ADAMES(outfield), RAMÓN CARABALLO (hitting), RUBÉN FRANCISCO (first base/baserunning), MIGUEL JABALERA (field coordinator), RAMÓN LUBO (third base/catching), and ROBERT PÉREZ (bullpen). LUDOVINO ALONZO will serve as Athletic Trainer for the DSL club, while ANTHONY ADAMES will serve as Strength and Conditioning Coach.

JEFF MANTO returns for his fourth year as Minor League Hitting Coordinator.DON WERNER will serve as the Minor League Catching Coordinator, while DAVE ANDERSON will serve as the Minor League Infield Coordinator. SCOTT McGREGORenters his sixth season as the Sarasota-based Pitching Rehabilitation Coordinator.DAVE SCHMIDT, in his 20th season in the organization, will serve as the Florida and Latin America Pitching Coordinator for the Orioles. NELSON NORMAN remains the Director of Dominican Baseball Operations for the Orioles, while FELIPE ROJAS ALOU, JR. returns to serve as Director of the Dominican Academy. LEN JOHNSTONenters his 41st season with the Orioles organization, serving as the Administrator of Sarasota Operations. DAVE WALKER will begin his 15th year as Minor League Medical Coordinator and 24th season in the Orioles’ farm system. RYAN DRISCOLLreturns as Sarasota Strength and Conditioning Coordinator.

Affiliate League Manager Pitching Coach Field Coach(es) Trainer/S&C

Norfolk (AAA)       International       Ron Johnson          Mike Griffin                 S. Berry/J. Hernández     Shires/Howell
Bowie (AA)            Eastern             Gary Kendall           Kennie Steenstra Butch Davis    Wesley/Armstrong
Frederick (A) Carolina            Keith Bodie             Blaine Beatty K. Moore/S. McGill Guzman/TBA
Delmarva (A)        South Atlantic    Ryan Minor             Justin Lord Buck Britton                     Brinker/TBA
Aberdeen (SA)     New York-Penn Kevin Bradshaw    Mark Hendrickson TBA/R. Sambo Gonzalez/TBA
Gulf Coast (R)       Gulf Coast           Carlos Tosca           Wilson Alvarez Milt May                       Gary Smith
Dominican (R)      Dominican          Elvis Morel              Dionis Pascual Benny Adames          Ludovino Alonzo
Ramón Caraballo   Anthony Adames
Rubén Francisco
Miguel Jabalera
Ramón Lubo
Robert Pérez 




Director, Player Development                                    Brian Graham

Director, Minor League Operations                            Kent Qualls

Manager, Minor League & International Administration            J. Maria Arellano

Assistant Director, Minor League and International Operations   Cale Cox

Administrator, Sarasota Operations                           Len Johnston

Coordinator, Minor League Pitching                           John Wasdin

Coordinator, Minor League Hitting                             Jeff Manto

Coordinator, Minor League Catching                          Don Werner

Coordinator, Minor League Infield                              Dave Anderson

Coordinator, Pitching Rehabilitation                          Scott McGregor

Coordinator, Florida and Latin America Pitching       Dave Schmidt

Coordinator, Minor League Medical                           Dave Walker

Coordinator, Sarasota Strength and Conditioning     Ryan Driscoll

Athletic Trainer, Pitching Performance Chris Correnti

Instructor, Special Assignment                                  B.J. Surhoff

Instructor, Special Assignment                                  Mike Bordick

Pitching Instructor, Special Assignment                    Ramón Martinez

Director, Dominican Baseball Operations                  Nelson Norman

Director, Dominican Academy                                    Felipe Rojas Alou, Jr.

Coordinator, Dominican Field                                     Miguel Jabalera

Administrator, Dominican Academy                          Jorge Perozo

Coordinator, Latin American Medical                         Manny Lopez

Manager, Minor League Equipment                           Jake Parker

Manager, Dominican Equipment                                Franklin Fajardo




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