Coffee and Clippings: Abreu: ‘I want to spend whole career with White Sox’

Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) of the Chicago Sun Times covers White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu and his undeniable connection to the community…

There’s no doubt the White Sox love having Jose Abreu on their side. What’s not to like about a slugging superstar who works hard, leads by example in the clubhouse and has a genuinely warm and likable personality?

So when Abreu said Tuesday morning that he wants to spend the rest of his career with the Sox, a fan base responded with an outpouring of love for the third-year Cuban first baseman.

Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) of the LA Times discusses Ross Stripling’s possibilities of joining the Dodgers’ rotation….

Across five innings Tuesday, Ross Stripling displayed the qualities that have impressed the Dodgers this spring — and also showed why the club must be careful about installing him as its fifth starter.

Stripling has resided on the periphery of the competition, probably slotted behind Carlos Frias and Zach Lee, because of his inexperience and history of injury. But he also has opened eyes with his performance in the Cactus League.

In the first three innings of an 11-9 loss to San Diego, he retired eight of the first nine batters, striking out four. Then the Padres’ lineup turned over. He gave up a trio of home runs, including two in a four-run fifth inning.

George A. King III (@GeorgeAKingIII) and Ken Davidoff (@KenDavidoff) highlights Yankee pitcher Bryan Mitchell as he officially makes the squad as a reliever…

He’ll accompany the team to Disney World on Wednesday and pitch out of the bullpen in the Yankees’ game against the Braves.

“He’s a guy that’s pitched extremely well,” Girardi said. “He’s going to be with us one way or another.”

When pressed on his “one way or another” remark, the Yankees manager said, “The competition [for the fifth starter’s job], we said, was between the three guys [Mitchell, Ivan Nova and CC Sabathia]. It’s kind of between the two guys [Nova and Sabathia]. He’s pitched well to maybe get that shot, too. But likelihood, he’ll be out of the bullpen.”

Ben Badler (@BenBadler) of Baseball America gives you five prospects you have never heard of who throw 100 MPH…

Fastballs are screaming out of the hands of pitchers with greater speed than ever before. Not just in the big leagues, but throughout the minors, down to the lowest levels. In gathering information from scouts for league Top 20 prospects lists last summer, I was amazed that we had reports of 11 pitchers in domestic rookie ball and short-season leagues who had touched 100 mph.

The velocity evolution extends even further down the chain. During conversations with scouts and team officials over the past month, five new names popped up of pitchers who have reached 100 mph, all of whom are from the Dominican Republic and have yet to throw a pitch in an official game in the United States.

Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) of The Arizona Republic discusses a unique situation in Arizona in regards to the Diamondbacks’ GM and his wife…

When Dave Stewart left his family-run agency business to become the general manager of the Diamondbacks in 2014, his wife, Lonnie Murray, had a decision to make.

Should she continue to represent players in her husband’s absence, a decision that would invite drama, awkwardness and some unusual optics? Or should she put it aside and focus on being a mom and a wife, cutting ties not only with a business she helped run for more than a decade but also with clients she and her husband lovingly referred to as “our kids”?

Murray said she hadn’t totally made up her mind when her son, Tarik, sort of made the decision for her…


  1. Don’t you mean “White Sox FIRST baseman Jose Abreu”?