Tag:Mark Buehrle
Posted on: September 30, 2010 4:50 pm
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Buerhle considers retiring after 2011

Mark Buerhle Could Mark Buehrle hang up his cleats after 2011?

"As I sit here now, I'd love to just go home and be with the family and kids and go from there," Buerhle told the Chicago Tribune . "I could play for another five years after next year when it comes down to it. But as I sit here now, I see myself going home."

That's rather odd talk coming from a 31-year-old primed for years of success ahead and still the ace of a contending ballclub.

Buehrle has been with the White Sox for 11 seasons, with only his first season not as a full-time member of the rotation or even big-league club. In the 10 other seasons, including 2010, he has pitched over 200 innings. Combine that with being a southpaw with impeccable control (2.1 career BB/9), and Buehrle fits the classic profile for longevity. But Buerhle has his family to think about.

"Some guys want to play until they can't and then they get kicked out, and other guys want to go home and be with families and do different things," Buehrle, who is completing the third year of a four-year, $56 million pact, said.

Buehrle was talking about himself in the latter description, but the first description was about Paul Konerko, who has no interest in retiring after a career season at age 34.

"I'm not saying bad on him," Buerhle clarified. "He's just not ready to hang it up."

Meanwhile, the lefty has thought about it before, even mentioning it as early as February 2009. Does that mean Buehrle's pretty much got his mind made up? Not quite.

"When next year gets here and knowing you're going to walking away from the game, knowing if I have something left or not, I have to hope that first of all, I'm healthy," Buehrle added. "And second, someone wants to sign me. Obviously, it's a plus if that is. And obviously it's going to be harder to make a decision."

Unless Buehrle completely blows up in 2011 with a mixture of flat-out ineffectiveness, concerning injuries and a surly attitude, he won't have to worry about getting a contract -- nor worry if he will get a multi-year offer.

It's unlikely Buehrle will suddenly forget how to throw a baseball. His mid-80s heater doesn't fool anyone, but his blend of control, movement and craftiness more than make up for it. On the year, he is 12-10 wih a 4.32 ERA in 204 1/3 innings. For his career, he stands a lofty 147-110 with a 3.85 ERA. Those numbers won't suddenly disappear, and neither will the money for those numbers.

It's not just the money that matters to Buerhle about staying, however.

"It could be a tough decision, knowing this is all you've known for 15 years of your life and constantly having to be somewhere, to go somewhere. And all of a sudden you have nothing to do. It's going to be a tough decision."

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 17, 2010 6:49 pm
 

Konerko OK, says situation was handled correctly

Paul Konerko The odd codes of baseball were on display Thursday night in Chicago -- Carl Pavano accidentally hit Paul Konerko in the face with a pitch, setting off a chain reaction of baseball logic and justice.

Konerko, knowing it wasn't intentional and being pretty darn tough, got up and went to first -- only to retaliate by homering in his next at-bat.

Before Konerko had his chance to respond with the homer, White Sox starter Mark Buehrle decided he needed to intentionally hit the Twins' first batter, Michael Cuddyer, because the Twins accidentally hit his player. Cuddyer, apparently, understood and just took his base. Does all that seem right?

In baseball world, it was.

"I think everybody handled it right," Konerko told the Chicago Tribune . "Mike Cuddyer was perfect. He knows the game. Everybody involved in that little situation last night handled it perfectly. Unfortunately, you don't see that too much nowadays. The umpires handled it perfectly as well."

As if his homer wasn't proof enough that he was fine, Konerko said he was OK a day later, suffering from just a fat lip and a sore nose.

"Any time you get hit up in that area, your first thought is the eye," Konerko said. "You want to make sure both your eyes are OK, or at least your left one. After that, just checking my teeth and after that, everything is kinda replaceable."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 17, 2010 12:37 am
Edited on: September 17, 2010 9:41 am
 

RIP 2010 White Sox

Congratulations to the Minnesota Twins, your 2010 American League Central Division champions.

With the Twins' sweep of the White Sox, even Chicago ace Mark Buehrle knows what's up: "I think she's singing," he said in reference to the fat lady.

The New York Times' Tyler Kepner had that quote, and another on his Twitter account . The other: "Everybody knew coming in we had to sweep them, not get swept. They came in and kicked our butts every which way."

Tough to argue with that.

The Twins now lead the division by nine games with 16 games remaining in the season and their magic number dropping to eight.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 16, 2010 9:32 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2010 1:34 am
 

Konerko gets payback

Paul Konerko Unlike Derek Jeter, there was little little doubt Paul Konerko was hit on Thursday. In the first inning, Twins starter Carl Pavano hit Konerko in the face.

Konerko was examined and stayed int he game. In his next at-bat, he homered, cutting a Twins lead to 3-1.

The White Sox retaliated, as Mark Buehrle hit Michael Cuddyer in the back on the first pitch of the second inning, prompting home plate umpire Jerry Crawford to issue warnings to both teams. The Twins then made the Sox pay, as Cuddyer scored on back-to-back singles to start a three-run inning.

UPDATE: Following the Twins' 8-5 victory, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen made the case for keeping the free-agent-to-be with Chicago.

"I hope my players, not just White Sox players -- look themselves in the mirror and see what this guy did," Guillen told the Chicago Tribune . "This guy has a chance to be the MVP. Great numbers, great career. Stepped it up like a man and played the game. That's something a lot of people got to look themselves in the mirror, and you're going to grow up with somebody, and you're going to grow up with a guy like that, you're going to come out as a good ballplayer."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 26, 2010 12:29 pm
Edited on: August 26, 2010 12:57 pm
 

Buehrle accuses Pie of stealing signals

Felix Pie
It's probably a good thing Orioles outfielder Felix Pie isn't going to face White Sox starter Mark Buehrle again this season, because Buehrle has a beef.

Buehrle gave Pie an earful as the outfielder ran off the field in the sixth inning Wednesday night. Those who overheard say the pitcher was accusing Pie of stealing signs and relaying them to batters, and warning him that there would be consequences for Orioles batters if he didn't knock it off.

Buehrle told a Chicago Tribune reporter simply that "I let him know how I felt," and Pie told the Baltimore Sun "I don't know what he says. I don't play that game."

Stealing the catcher's signs is one of those things that happens in baseball with some frequency, but you'd better not get caught doing it unless you want a fastball in the square of your back.

As the Sun pointed out, the outburst might have had something to do with frustration over Pie's success against the Sox -- he's 5-for-7 with a walk in the first two games of the series. Ironically, the one person his alleged sign-stealing doesn't benefit is Pie.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 27, 2010 5:21 pm
 

That's the (fake) ticket

The Rays are the latest team to capitalize on the ridiculous new trend of selling people mementos of an experience they didn't have.

Fans attending "Joe Maddon's Summer Social," part of a charity event on August 15, will receive a game ticket from Monday night's Matt Garza no-hitter. A game ticket. Printed after the game was played. And thus not a ticket to anything except maybe lying to your grandchildren someday.

There were 17,009 tickets sold for Monday's game (attendance was even lower due to season ticket no-shows), and the capacity is around 45,000, so that's 28,000 people who can own a piece of fake history.

At least in this case the tickets are being distributed to help promote a charitable event. The Marlins took a much more unseemly route after Roy Halladay's perfect game against them on May 29, selling the unpurchased tickets at face value. Making a cash grab to take advantage of your own team's failure? That's just sad.

The White Sox also are in the fake ticket club, selling "souvenir" unused tickets from Mark Buehrle's perfect game last season. But at least they were selling them as souvenirs of something one of their own players accomplished.

Does this seem crazy to anyone else? It's one thing to collect used, actual tickets from historically significant games. But to manufacture "pieces of history" that didn't exist when the history happened, it feels like it cheapens the event.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 29, 2010 11:36 am
 

Controversial ump to return to Yankee Stadium

Joe West There's nothing more forgiving or welcoming than a New York crowd. Or not.

Expect a reaction when the umpires are announced before Tuesday's Yankees-Mariners game at Yankee Stadium, as controversial umpire Joe West will work the game, the New York Post reports .

In April, West called the Yankees and Red Sox "a disgrace to baseball" after the opening series of the season between the two teams.

West told the Record : "They're the two clubs that don't try to pick up the pace. They're two of the best teams in baseball. Why are they playing the slowest? It's pathetic and embarrassing. They take too long to play."

West has found himself exactly where he seems to want to be this season -- in the spotlight. West has a publicist who peppers anyone with a big-league credential with press releases for his country music releases and is always promoting interview opportunities for the umpire.

Umpiring, at its best, is an anonymous profession, but West has been anything but, especially in 2010.

Not only did he make the remarks about the Yankees and Red Sox, he also got into a spat with White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen after calling two balks on Mark Buehrle last month.

Following that incident, Guillen had quite a few things to say about West. Here's the best of them from the Chicago Sun-Times :

"Sometimes he thinks [expletive] people pay to watch him [expletive] umpire."

"He's a [expletive] [expletive], that's what he is."

"I deserve respect and the players here deserve respect, too. When you tell the manager to 'get the [expletive] off the field,' I don't think that's a good way to handle situations. No matter what you say, what you do, how long you talk here, Major League Baseball doesn't do [expletive] for anything."

"He think he's the [expletive] on the field. People pay to watch [expletive] players play, not to see umpires and managers. I don't see any people say, 'I'm going to see Ozzie Guillen manage or Joe West [expletive] umpire.'"

About the same incident, Buehrle said, "I think he's too worried about promoting his CD and I think he likes seeing his name in the papers a little too much instead of worrying about the rules."

All three -- including West -- were fined for the incident.

This month, West raised eyebrows when he reversed a call at third base in a Reds-Nationals game all the way from first base -- even though the reversal was the right call, it seemed odd.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 16, 2010 6:51 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2010 12:42 am
 

Tired Peavy could be pushed back

Jake Peavy White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen met with general manager Kenny Williams and pitching coach Don Cooper before Wednesday's game, apparently discussing juggling the rotation to give right-hander Jake Peavy some extra rest.

No decision had been announced prior to game time, but the Chicago Tribune reports that if Peavy is given extra rest, Mark Buehrle would take Peavy's scheduled start on Thursday, and either Peavy or Gavin Floyd would start Friday against Nationals rookie Stephen Strasburg.

Peavy complained of a "tired arm" in late May. He has pitched 83 1/3 innings in 13 starts, about 6 1/3 innings per start. That's on par with his workload previously in his career. He is 5-5 with a 5.62 ERA and has allowed 52 earned runs, tied for the most in baseball.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: Guillen said after Wednesday's game that Peavy had an MRI that revealed no structural damage, but that Buehrle would make the start Thursday. He didn't say what the plan was for starters Friday and Saturday.

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