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Reading Room: White Sox Pitchers and Catchers Eve

Comiskey Park illustration in The Sporting News, 1946 or 1947.
Comiskey Park illustration in The Sporting News, 1946 or 1947.

Big ups to J.J. for alerting me to the above awesome cartoon of Comiskey Park in The Sporting News somewhere around 1946 or 1947. There are a lot of neat details in the full version.

Since we're just one day away from White Sox baseball players doing organized baseball things on a baseball field for the first time all year, we'll try to keep spirits light, starting with...

Jerod Morris finds seven reasons to look forward to the upcoming season, with the simple premise, "Our GM seems to throw logic and reason out the window when analyzing his team. Why can’t we?"

"Now is not the time for rationalization, it's the time for ENTHUSIASM." Yeeeeeeaaaaah! That's what James is all about, as he looks back at Gavin Floyd's first great game for the Sox on April 12, 2008.

Let's keep it going, gang! Jake Peavy and Brent Lillibridge will show up to Glendale in full working order after their seasons ended prematurely. Plus, there's this:

Over the last 10 seasons, the Sox have used the DL the fewest times (84) and fewest days (3,527) among AL teams. The major league average for days lost to the DL in the last 10 years is 8,506.

Mark Gonzales gets some insight on Chris Sale's jump to the rotation by talking with Dave Righetti, another lefty who had success as a starter and a reliever. Righetti went in the opposite direction as Sale, so it's not quite the same, but there's some good stuff in here.

Roland Hemond and Bill Melton describe the greatness and uniqueness of Dick Allen, as well as Allen's role in helping save the White Sox over a pivotal three-year stretch in the early 1970s.

Addison Reed rolls in at No. 66, which is 15 spots higher than Baseball Prospectus ranked him on its list of 101 prospects. I thought No. 81 sounded fair, so No. 66 is gravy.

Paul Konerko says of Ozzie Guillen's tenure:

"It's been a success, but it also ran its course -- with Ozzie and the organization. It was time to move on, and he's going be happy where he's at [in Miami]. It will be interesting to see what Robin, Joe Mac and Mark Parent bring. It's been a slow, steady decline so this needed to happen. That's sports, it happens a million times, we just have to build it back up and get it right."

And finally...

Mully and Hanley briefly discussed the "pounds of muscle" post on Tuesday's show. Skip to the 23:20 mark.