Archive for June 6th, 2009

Now Batting For The Chicago White Sox…

White Sox prospect Gordon Beckham made his highly anticipated major league debut on Thursday, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Chicago’s 7-0 loss to the Oakland A’s.  He was also 0-for-3 in his second game, a 6-0 loss to Cleveland on Friday.  Two games, no hits in six at-bats, his team has been outscored 13-0.  Clearly the Gordon Beckham Era in Chicago is destined to be a failure.

Okay, so I’m clearly kidding.  Beckham, the eighth overall pick in last year’s amateur draft, has the full support of White Sox general manager Kenny Williams:

‘He’s not going anywhere,” Williams said of Beckham, who started at third base and batted eighth. “We’re committed to letting him get his major-league feet under him. He’s not going to sit.

“The fact of the matter is I was confident enough in him out of spring training that if the need arose that this guy could contribute,” Williams added. “He’s a special guy. We won’t treat him that way, and he doesn’t need to feel he has to carry the team. He’s just a part of it. He has a special makeup.

“It’s not unheard of for young guys to struggle when they first come up, and I’m not saying he won’t. But he’s not going anywhere.”

So, if Williams is to be believed, the kid’s gonna get a chance to work through some struggles as they come up without having to look over his shoulder.

Baseball Musings writer David Pinto made a funny point about Beckham: he was born about a week after Pinto’s wedding.  I remember when it was a big deal to me that players were born in the same year as me, and my wife still often looks at famous people and says, “Oh my God, they’re younger than us.”  Still, it’s hard for me to even fathom the day when a major leaguer is born in the year I graduated from high school, or college, or my son was born.

A Brief Update on the 2009 College Baseball Postseason

Why college baseball?  Because today’s collegians are tomorrow’s Bus Leaguers, that’s why.

The right side of the Super Regional bracket got started last night with Cal State Fullerton, Arkansas, Ole Miss and LSU gaining 1-0 advantages in their best-of-three series.  Louisville, Florida State, Virginia and Rice try to avoid elimination today.  Any potential third games will be tomorrow.

The left side of the bracket starts today and continues through to Monday if necessary.

There are eight games on the schedule today (all times are Eastern Standard Time).

Ole Miss vs. Virginia (Ole Miss leads series, 1-0) (12:00 PM, ESPN2)

East Carolina vs. North Carolina (12:00 PM, ESPNU)

Arkansas vs. Florida State (Arkansas leads series, 1-0) (12:00 PM, ESPNU)

Southern Miss vs. Florida (3:00 PM, ESPNU)

Cal State Fullerton vs. Louisville (Cal State Fullerton leads series, 1-0) (5:00 PM, ESPN2)

LSU vs. Rice (LSU leads series, 1-0) (5 PM, ESPN)

Texas vs. TCU (6 PM, ESPNU)

Arizona State vs. Clemson (9 PM, ESPNU)