The Mailbag: When Is Robin Ventura Going To Be Fired?

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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: Sox Prospects Ain’t Gettin No Respect!

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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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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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I Can’t Believe I’m Writing This

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox

On Wednesday the news broke that the Boston Red Sox were designating A.J. Pierzynski for assignment. Immediately I prepared myself for the onslaught of White Sox fans who were going to yell about bringing their Polish Prince back to Chicago. It wasn’t exactly hard to predict given the outcry of a vocal portion of the fan base last winter when the Sox let Pierzynski walk and sign with the Rangers.

Oh the fun I made of them then, and the fun I was planning on making of them again now. But then a funny thing happened.

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Trading Bacon

Gordon Beckham

I know that the White Sox are currently 32-33 and only 3.5 games out of first place in the AL Central, but even with my history of being unreasonably optimistic about the White Sox, I’m not expecting this team to compete for the postseason this year. I just have a hard time believing this team, with no real bullpen and a starting rotation that’s actually relying on Hector Noesi, is going to contend for the long haul. Hell, they’re in the race now, but they haven’t even won as many games as they lost.

A bad division can make a team look better than it actually is.

But this team isn’t a playoff team. It’s a much better team than 2013, and it’s a lot more enjoyable to watch — THESE KIDS JUST DO NOT QUIT — but October isn’t happening in Chicago this year. In fact, the team we see in September probably won’t be the same as the one we’re watching now.

I still expect the White Sox to be sellers come the trade deadline, and one of the players I feel has a good chance of being moved is Gordon Beckham.

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The Mailbag: Yes, We Have A Mailbag Now

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When I was writing over at The Champaign Room I started a weekly mailbag post, and enjoyed it. While some of the questions got a bit repetitive, it provided the chance to write about things other than Illinois sports from time to time.

Believe me, when you’re writing about Illinois sports constantly, you really look to find ways to write about anything else occasionally. Your sanity demands it.

Well, Chicago sports doesn’t have the same effect because I only write about whatever the hell I want when I want, but I still enjoyed doing that damn mailbag. So I’ve started one here now. This is it! The first one! You are reading history!

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Gordon Beckham Reminds Paul Konerko That He’s Old

Today is Paul Konerko’s 38th birthday, just in case you couldn’t figure that out from the tweet above these words right here. If you can’t read what Gordon Beckham had written on Konerko’s case, don’t worry, I can.

“One more year then… he gone! Senior citizens, although slow and dangerous behind the wheel, can still serve a purpose!”

And this year that purpose will be “making sure Adam Dunn gets less at bats while handcuffing what Robin Ventura can do with his bench. Oh, and being a mentor or something.”

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The Morning Constitutional: Rick Hahn’s Greatest Move

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On Wednesday afternoon the news broke that the Dodgers had agreed to a seven-year, $215 million deal with Clayton Kershaw, which is a good deal for both sides, if risky. My first reaction to the news was wondering how it would affect the Dodgers in the pursuit of Masahiro Tanaka. I quickly came to a conclusion that it probably won’t.

My second thought was thank god for Rick Hahn.

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