|Despite the Sox having the number one pick in the draft, observers are skeptical that they have really helped themselves much this season.
Feeling a Draft?
Max FItelson and Turk Pavone, the Blue Sox' first two draft picks, are likely to be welcome additions to the bull pen. However, few people think that the team is likely to do much better than last season. General Manager Stan Davis is known for looking for big box office draws, like last season's Sam Sloat. The southpaw does look to be a solid addition to the rotation, but is not quite the star that this team is supposed to be commited to. In its next five picks, Chicago went for position players. It is true that they need a solid starting outfielder and it looks as if either Fido Murphy or Ron Bartz are in the mold that this team needs. However, the lack of a relieving corps remains the team's biggest problem. With other teams awash in outfielders, it seems likely that there will be some useful players available as free agents after the teams cut down their rosters. Shouldn't Davis have gone for pitching, a comodity in short supply this season? We shall see.
Rookies Tico Cavalos and Fido Murphy and two members of last season's pitching staff, Oklahoma Crane and Joel Devlin will be sent down to the minors. Crane may never get a handle on his talent, Devlin may just have thrown his arm out. Look for more of the not pitching rookies to be sent down when the squads cut to 25.
Pitcher Tom Count has been given his unconditional release.
DECKER'S BLUE SOX
Sox are the creation of author Duane Decker, who wrote a series
of boys' books about them between 1947 and the year of his
death, 1964. Each book chronicles the rise of a member of
this championship team. Each is a coming of age story using
baseball as both context and metaphor for delivering messages
about honesty, integrity and identity. The protagonists over
come obstacles within themselves in order to succeed in the
Blue Sox manager, Jug Slavin, embodies the philosophy of the
team: tough love. He expects a player to work hard, to maintain
his dignity, not be a hot dog, take advice, stay within himself
and put the team first. The Sox organization is the epitome
of a meritocracy, though raw talent is only one element of
city in which the Blue Sox play is never identified, though
their training camp home, Glensota, Florida, is. The team
take road trips west and visits a big city team in a thinly
veiled New York. Still, there is no question that Blue Sox
Stadium is in a major metropolitan area. The heartland American
ethic that suffuses the books seemed to me to argue for them
to play in Chicago.
of the players on this team are named after those from the
series of books. In a couple of cases, players have been traded
from other teams. Sam "Mayday" Malone came over
last year from the Mockingbirds.