Video Evidence of John Danks' Cutter

Orlando Cabrera leads the White Sox into a new seasonThe OC might have been canceled, but OCab is still breakin' girls' hearts.

I didn't get to watch the White Sox first spring training contest, a 7-3 loss against the Rockies -- Let's go for 12 in a row tomorrow! -- but judging by the reports from those that did, it was a successful opening even if it wasn't reflected on the scoreboard.

John Danks' cutter seen in the wild

No longer shrouded in mystery, John Danks was seen throwing his cutter almost exclusively in his 2 inning spring debut. According to some first hand reports, Danks didn't throw a curve or top 90 MPH. This outing was all about throwing strikes, good strikes, with his new pitch. And even though he gave up a HR to Troy Tulowitzki, Danks seemed pleased.
"It was great, better than I thought it would be for the first time out. The pitch Tulowitzki hit out, I felt was the best pitch I threw. He just got it up in the jet stream up there."
The wind was blowing hard out to left field (take a look at the flags in the attached video provided by Tony), but Tulo shot was supposedly a no doubter even though it was down the left field line. In addition to striking out the back of some guy's head (and Willy Taveras) on 3 pitches, Danks also struck out Jayson Nix on what was clearly more than 3 pitches.

Spring Training Heroes

Brian Anderson and Boone Logan will, no doubt, 20 years from now, be locks for the Greater Tuscon Area Athletics Hall of Fame. Logan has allowed 1 earned run in 2+ Tucson springs, and Brian Anderson has a perpetual .330 spring batting average.

Josh Fields' contract flap means nothing

I'll just let Joe Cowley, who was first to report that Fields had "refused to sign his contract," explain the reasoning.
There's a reason why Berry advises players to do it. If the sides ever get to an arbitration hearing, the player and his camp can say, "Hey, we've been unhappy with our salary even back when."
For those of you who are still confused, Fields has at least two more seasons before he reaches arbitration. During that time the White Sox can essentially name the price they're willing to pay Fields, as they've recently done with their 21 other pre-arb players including Bobby Jenks, who signed on the dotted line for $550K. By refusing to sign on the dotted line for a small raise over league minimum, Fields is positioning himself for an arbitration battle that will most likely never happen. The more likely event involves Josh establishing himself as an above average offensive force, and signing a long-term deal in a year or two. But for right now, Fields and Berry are simply posturing.
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