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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And Just Like That He Was Gone

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I’ve been ready for the White Sox to trade Gordon Beckham for a few years now. I wanted it to happen. I’ve waited for it to happen. That’s why it was so strange that when I learned the news after getting into my car and turning on the radio, I found the news that Beckham had been traded to the Angels to be bittersweet.

Initially there was the “finally!” reaction, but then it was just depressing. A former first round pick, taken with the 8th pick in the 2008 draft, had been shipped to Los Angeles in a waiver deal with the Sox getting either a player to be named later, or cash.

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POTD: Gordon Beckham’s Trade Value Has Never Been Higher

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Last night Gordon Beckham not only made a diving play to start a double play, and keep what could have been the winning run from scoring in the ninth inning, but he also delivered the two out, game-winning single in the 10th.

In other words, Gordon Beckham’s trade value has never been higher than it is right now. Put him on waivers this instant, Rick Hahn. September will be here soon.

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Carlos Rodon Could Be In Chicago Next Month

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The Road to Rodon could pass through Chicago as early as next month.

Rodon has only pitched nine innings in five games for the White Sox in the minors — in the Arizona League and at Winston Salem — since being drafted in June, but like Chris Sale before him, he could be on the fast track to Chicago. MLB.com’s Scott Merkin writes that there’s a “better than average” chance Rodon could be on the roster come September when they expand.

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A Possible Home For Adam Dunn

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Thursday’s trade deadline came and went without the White Sox making a move. All your favorite White Sox trade bait is still here, from Gordon Beckham and Dayan Viciedo, to John Danks and Adam Dunn. But just because they’re still here now doesn’t mean they’ll still be here come September.

There is still the waiver deadline, in which teams can pass players through waivers, and if they go unclaimed, teams are then free to try and negotiate a trade. While I don’t expect any major changes to the Sox roster over the next month, I do think there’s a relatively decent chance that Adam Dunn could find a new home.

And those chances may have increased Thursday night.

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The Mailbag: Who’s Winning The Next Title Around Here?

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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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Trading Bacon

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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: 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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The Road To Rodon Was The Right Path To Take

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We already know how he’ll look in the uniform

Just over a year ago I was still covering Illinois sports at The Champaign Room, and the Illini actually had a good baseball team. This meant that, for the first time ever, I was actually paying close attention to college baseball. (I used to spend some time watching the College World Series during the summer, but never too closely.)

Illinois had qualified for a regional that could have sent them to the College World Series, and it was news to follow for the site. So I began watching college baseball when I could. The Illini wouldn’t get out of their regional, thanks to Tyler Beede (who was taken with the 14th pick by San Francisco last night) and Vanderbilt ending their run.

But during that time I came across a pitcher named Carlos Rodon.

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