by Mike DePilla
Saturday, May 1, 2010
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Alex Rios' wife picked a heck of a time to go into labor.
The Sox' desperate attempt to scrap together any runs will be even more difficult this afternoon as Rios, one of the teams most consistent offensive performers thus far, will be out of the line up to attend the birth of his child in Chicago.
Making things even tougher on himself, Ozzie Guillen insists on using arguably the worst hitter in the American League in the leadoff spot. Two days after declaring Juan Pierre and his .260 OBP unfit to lead off, Guillen inexplicably turns to Omar Vizquel for the role today. The 43-year-old Vizquel is hitting .091 with a .231 OBP on the season.
Last night Guillen used Alexei Ramirez for the role. The same Alexei Ramirez who has a grand total of one walk all season. Juan Pierre, Alexei Ramirez and Omar Vizquel. These are the kind of guys Ozzie is putting ahead of his sluggers.
I understand the guy doesn't have a lot to work with (mostly of his own doing), but this stubborn anti-OBP at the top philosophy is so wearisome. Is Ken Williams OK with this, and will all parties be help responsible for the results? $100+ million payrolls have to result in better looking on the field products.
With the team's performance on the field in question, there is one thing to be excited about this summer: the new White Sox reality show on MLB Network. "The Club" will debut July 4 at 7 pm.
A preview was put online yesterday, and, as much as I typically dislike reality shows, I won't miss this one. Check out the preview here.
There's a lot of good stuff just in those five minutes! Hopefully the Sox won't be completely irrelevant on the field by the time the show airs.
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