By the end of the 2022 regular season the White Sox had made it fairly evident that they were planning to move on from veteran first baseman José Abreu. Fans would later find out that Jerry Reinsdorf had to step in the last time Abreu was a free agent to get a deal done to bring him back to the White Sox and now that Abreu is with the Houston Astros he’s made some of his personal feelings known about his former team.
Mitch already covered most of Abreu’s comments and you can read his full thoughts here.
But Mitch couldn’t let the issue rest just yet and offered more up on this week’s Pinwheels And Ivy Podcast. We all agreed. White Sox fans who got mad and were attacking Abreu over his comments was a terrible look, flat out embarrassing going after a guy who gave everything he had for the White Sox since coming over from Cuba in 2014.
Here’s the segment on Abreu and the backlash he got from some White Sox fans.
Abreu signed a three-year, $58.5 million contract with the Astros this offseason.
All right, no more Abreu talk…for about three weeks because the White Sox are opening the 2023 regular season playing a four-game series against the Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Meanwhile at White Sox camp in Glendale, Ariz., second baseman Elvis Andrus appears to be the new team leader heading into 2023. It is kind of odd that a guy who was only on the team for six weeks and was re-signed right when spring training was getting underway can be viewed as the team leader, but that’s the vibe he seems to be carrying.
First-year manager Pedro Grifol has already talked about Andrus leading in the clubhouse and on the field in spring training.
But again, Andrus signed on Feb. 20, less than a week before the White Sox played their first spring training game and right after GM Rick Hahn was hyping up Romy González for the second base starting job.
That being said, even if the timing doesn’t fully fit the narrative, and Andrus was most likely waiting to sign on as a shortstop, it doesn’t mean Andrus isn’t someone who the rest of the guys can’t look up to. The 34-year-old infielder has been in the big leagues since 2009, and was a key contributor on the Texas Rangers, who went to the postseason five times, including two World Series appearances, while Andrus was on the team.
Elsewhere on the White Sox, outfield prospect Oscar Colas keeps getting hits and is staying in the conversation to make the Opening Day roster as the team’s starting right fielder.
The left-handed hitter’s main competition in right field is fellow left-handed hitter Gavin Sheets.
Meanwhile, left-handed reliever Aaron Bummer is making positive strides and remains on track to be ready for the start of the regular season. Bummer was slowed down earlier in spring training with soreness in his left lat.
The 29-year-old, had a 2.36 ERA in 26.2 innings in 2022. Bummer missed a couple of weeks in May with a knee injury and a lat strain in June sidelined the lefty for three months, limiting him to only 32 appearances for the White Sox last season.
We talked about Andrus, Colas, Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert Jr. in the World Baseball Classic and more on this week’s Pinwheels And Ivy Podcast. Make sure to subscribe to the channel on YouTube. Once the Pinwheels And Ivy Podcast gets to 1,000 subscribers, we’re giving away two tickets to a White Sox game, located right behind their dugout.
Abreu saying what he said was his opinion and it’s not about whether like that or not. My issue with his comments are, why didn’t he speak up when he was with the Sox all those years? Why wait until he goes to a rival team? After all, he was part of that leadership and organization, whether he believes that or not.