Conor Gillaspie Is No ‘Slap-Hitter’

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On Monday evening, as happens so often during any edition of the Boers and Bernstein Show, there was a caller on the line with a stupid question. Well, actually, the question itself wasn’t entirely stupid, but the voice and delivery of the man asking it made it seem stupid.

The man wanted to know, with Paul Konerko retiring after this season, if the White Sox should move Conor Gillaspie to first base to allow Matt Davidson to take over at third. It was at this point that Dan Bernstein said something that caught my attention, because as often as I disagree with Bernstein on many different topics, he’s normally much smarter when it comes to baseball.

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The Mailbag: A Whole Bunch Of Bulls And White Sox Questions

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Welcome to The Chicago Homer’s Mailbag. It runs once a week unless it doesn’t, and in it I answer questions from readers via Twitter or email. The questions can be about any damn thing you please, and there likely isn’t a question I won’t answer. There may be questions I can’t answer, but I’ll try.

If you’d like to submit a question for the next edition of the mailbag it’s pretty simple. Either ask the question on Twitter using the #AskTCH hashtag — as long as you use the hashtag I will see it — or send an email to TCHMailbag@gmail.com.

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The Mailbag: Crying For Robin Ventura’s Head

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Welcome to The Chicago Homer’s Mailbag. It runs once a week unless it doesn’t, and in it I answer questions from readers via Twitter or email. The questions can be about any damn thing you please, and there likely isn’t a question I won’t answer. There may be questions I can’t answer, but I’ll try.

If you’d like to submit a question for the next edition of the mailbag it’s pretty simple. Either ask the question on Twitter using the #AskTCH hashtag — as long as you use the hashtag I will see it — or send an email to TCHMailbag@gmail.com.

And now that you know how to do it, let’s get to the this week’s questions.

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Conor Gillaspie Could Be Changing The Plan

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Conor Gillaspie’s White Sox career seemed to end on December 16, 2013. That was the day Rick Hahn pulled off his second trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks in less than a week, surprising a lot of people when he sent Addison Reed to the desert for third base prospect Matt Davidson.

Davidson was one of the top prospects in Arizona’s system, and the Sox had given up their closer to get him. It seemed obvious at the time that Davidson was meant to be the third baseman of the future on the south side, and Conor Gillaspie’s days with the team were numbered.

But it doesn’t look like Gillaspie is ready to leave just yet.

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Report: Arizona Is Still Interested In Jeff Samardzija

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Over a month ago I wrote about a report from Bruce Levine telling us how the Arizona Diamondbacks were interested in Jeff Samardzija after losing Patrick Corbin for the season. It was a move that made sense then, as Arizona basically put all its chips in the middle of the table this winter in the hopes of making a run in the NL West.

Then the season started and things haven’t gone according to plan for Arizona since. The Diamondbacks are currently the owners of the worst record in baseball at 8-20. But don’t go thinking a terrible start would cause them to change course, now. According to another report, Arizona is still just as interested in Samardzija, and may be even more desperate to get him now.

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The Avisail Garcia News Is A Downer

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Today was going so well.

I woke up this morning at 6am — did you know there’s a 6am? Turns out there is — in preparation for my guest spot co-hosting McNeil and Spiegel on The Score. (Which, by the way, was an experience I really enjoyed, and who knows, maybe I’ll be back on again.)

Of course, the lead story this morning was the injury to Avisail Garcia, which Spiegel disagreed with because we’d all been told it wasn’t a big deal. Garcia hurt his shoulder diving for a ball, but all the x-rays were clean and the team was calling it “jammed.” He was just going to miss a couple of days.

Then the show ended and minutes after getting home, sitting down and firing up the computer, the news came.

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Doing Their Due Diligence On Tanaka

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There is one premiere free agent left in baseball this winter, and the majority of baseball fans have never seen him pitch, though just as many want him on their teams.

While we know that Masahiro Tanaka will be in a Major League rotation next season, surprisingly it turns out that both Chicago teams are interested in his services. News of the Cubs being interested isn’t turning any heads, as its been speculated that they’d be a player for Tanaka since word first broke that he could be crossing the Pacific. The White Sox, on the other hand, had me doing a bit of a double-take.

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