Paul Konerko: Celebrating a legend as he walks away from the game

This weekend, a legend is taking his final swings in a baseball stadium full of cheering fans and standing ovations.

No, not that legend.

I’m talking about Paul Konerko, first baseman for the Chicago White Sox. After 18 seasons in the majors, he’s decided to retire from the game of baseball.

A dozen managers on MLB’s 2014 hot seat

Even with Mike Scioscia seemingly safe, there are still a lot of skippers in varying degrees of danger as baseball fast approaches its stretch run. Here is my ranking of 12 managers who may feel the seat starting to get warm, and one who may be the first casualty of 2014 as soon as this week.

Chicago White Sox, Carlos Rondon agree to huge deal

The Chicago White Sox may have gotten a steal when they snagged N.C. State lefty Carlos Rondon with the third pick in the 2014 MLB Draft. Now, the Sox can officially see what the 21-year-old starting pitcher can do, as they have reportedly agreed to a $6.45 million deal.

Down On the Farm, Season 4: A Birmingham Beauty

As a historically-cold Midwest winter finally wraps up near Memorial Day, we headed down south to kick off our 2014 campaign in Birmingham, Alabama. The state’s largest city opened a stellar new downtown ballpark in 2013 to replace suburban 25-year-old Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

Texas Rangers acquire Alex Rios from Chicago White Sox

On Friday afternoon the Texas Rangers acquired outfielder Alex Rios from the Chicago White Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations. A deal between the two teams for Rios was considered unlikely after Texas claimed the 32-year-old on waivers earlier this week.

Subway Boys In The Hall: Hall Of Fame Hopefuls Athlete: Jake Peavy, P, Boston Red Sox

SUBWAY is celebrating The Boys In The Hall , examining certain players and their candidacy for the Hall of Fame. Peavy is this week’s candidate.

Report: Chicago White Sox trade Jake Peavy to Boston Red Sox

After declaring Jake Peavy untouchable on Monday, the Chicago White Sox have reportedly turned around and traded him to the Boston Red Sox.

Down on the Farm: Nothing “standard” on Chicago’s South Side

If you’re going to watch Independent league baseball in person, a 10:30 a.m. weekday start and temperatures hovering around 70 degrees with a breeze is hard to beat — even along the mean streets of the South Side of Chicago.

MLB Trade Rumors: Chicago White Sox to keep Jake Peavy?

In what came as a complete shock on Monday, the Chicago White Sox have started telling teams they will keep starting pitcher Jake Peavy and try to build around him. Peavy is 32 and is under contract for $14.5 million in 2014 and has a $15 million player option for 2015.

MLB Rumors: Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals after Jake Peavy

Jake Peavy has an extensive injury history, but when he’s healthy and on his game the Chicago White Sox right-hander can shutdown opposing hitters. With the White Sox positioned as sellers this season, Peavy should be one of the pieces the team moves as baseball’s trade deadline approaches. And the two leading suitors for his services are starting to emerge.

MLB Trade Rumors: Pirates after Alex Rios, Alexei Ramirez

Thursday night CBSSports’ Jon Heyman reported that the Pirates are pushing hard to acquire Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios. But in an added nugget, Pittsburgh is also likely to push for White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez as well. A deal for both players would definitely qualify as a blockbuster and could reshape the National League playoff chase.

Chicago White Sox: Gavin Floyd will miss remainder of 2013 season

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd will reportedly miss the remainder of the 2013 season and possibly next year because he’s set to undergo surgery on his right elbow.

2012 MLB Win-Loss Predictions Revisited

Kurt compares the final win totals for 2012 MLB regular season to his predictions from March. How many did he get right?

Putting Chris Sale’s Breakout Season Into Perspective

Currently standing at 13-3 with a 2.59 ERA, Chris Sale has catapulted himself into the conversation of the league’s best.

MLB’s Parity Amazes … And Other Random Musings and Tidbits

A few nights ago it was so warm I couldn’t sleep, so my mind drifted to Octobers past. I came up with these nuggets, which I believe are all factual with seven weeks to play in another splendid MLB season.