The 2006 White Sox look like the 1986 Bears: unable to stop admiring their championship until they were no longer champions. What say you? --Bill Salivar, Green Valley, Ariz.
Bill, I think this team has turned the page on 2005. Although they've been sloppy at times, I think they know what's at stake. This year will be a challenge for them throughout the season, and they realize that.
Hi, Mark, with all the recent middle reliever problems, what is the current status of Dustin Hermanson and when is he projected to return to full time status? --Ray Winey, Mishawaka, Ind.
Ray, we might have seen the in a White Sox uniform. He hasn't given up on his recovery, but every time his rehab involves a game-like situation, his back problems resurface. It's a very delicate matter.
Did the White Sox sign any draft-and-follow players from the 2005 draft, prior to the 2006 draft? They usually do sign 1-5 each year, but I have not seen any notice of this. --Richard, Omaha, Neb.
Richard, thanks for your interest in this subject. There were no draft-and-follows from the 2005 draft, but there could be a few from this year's draft. Stay tuned.
Who do you think will be the next White Sox player from the championship team to leave? I think it will be Juan Uribe. --HLJ, Macon, Ga.
Uribe's defense makes it difficult to move him, but Alex Cintron has been very steady. Alex has come a long way since his days in Arizona.
Is Pablo Ozuna as bad a fielder as he appears to me? Is the reason he has not been successful in the majors is his apparent poor fielding? Can he play anywhere? --Robert McCracken, Surprise, Ariz.
Pablo had arm surgery that stunted his development as a shortstop. He's had to learn to play other positions, and he's not close to being polished at third. I'd like to see him work out more in left and center because he has the speed to play the outfield.
Why have Sox and other American League teams fans not protested over the raw deal AL teams get not being able to use a DH in both interleague and post-season play? Bud Selig clearly favors the NL by not enforcing the original agreement that the
Diamondbacks switch to the AL after three years in the NL, creating two 15-team leagues. He caved in immediately to allow the Brewers to switch to the NL. Don't you believe the DH must be made the standard and that NL owner stooge Selig has got to go? I believe Bob Costas should be the next commissioner. --Sid, Los Angeles
One of Bud's biggest achievements is interleague play, and he loves to talk about how baseball was unwilling to change for several years. But I don't see the DH rules changing.
Mark, is 91 percent capacity the benchmark for a sellout? Your June 7 story lists 37,192 versus the White Sox Web site figure of 40,615 for capacity. --Frank, West Dundee, Ill.
I've answered this before, but the difference between the paid attendance and the capacity is the number of complimentary tickets distributed. Sellouts are based on tickets sold.
What are the chances that Ozzie Guillen might sit Juan Uribe for a while and let Alex Cintron start at short? --Art Schwarz, Palatine, Ill.
I think Uribe is the starter, but Cintron should get some action in interleague games.
Mark, I moved from Chicago two years ago and love the site. I can see all my teams and the comments from Chicago's point of view. My question is the polls. On a recent one Thome was selected team MVP. He has added much offense to the Sox, but JD plays defense and has similar numbers. MVP is most valuable player, not most valuable stick. --Brendon Diaz, Houston
Great debate. I remember in April there were those who had a legitimate case for Crede as the team MVP. But it was only April, and it's only June right now.
Do you agree that center field is the Sox's problem. I've watched three long flies go for doubles and triples over Rob Mackowiak's head. Brian Anderson would've caught these balls. --Tom Gregory, Sylvania, Ohio