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    I've posted my interview with Chuck Tanner from 2005 on the site for your reading pleasure. I always though he was an under rated manager, he did the best he could under the financial circumstances the Sox were under at the time. He certainly got the best out of Dick Allen, that's for sure.

    Any questions or comments, feel free to post in this thread.

    https://www.wsiforumstoo.com/51798-a...h-chuck-tanner

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    Another excellent interview Lip. The brief time he was on the Southside were some of my favorite years. The Sox seemed headed in the right direction but money woes lead to the selling of the team to Bill Veeck and that’s a whole other chapter.

    The 1972 season was a great time to be alive and be a Chicago baseball fan.

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    • #3
      Agree. After watching some good to great teams in the early 60’s that late decade slump stunned my wee little soul to the core. Chuck grabbed the ships wheel and kept the USS White Sox from running ashore and beaching.

      Considering the limitations on the franchise he put together some exciting squads that competed with the best in the league only to fall short. Sure re-established my faith in the Palehose that the late 60’s swoon was just a passing of an era and better days were on the horizon.

      BK59

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      • #4
        My other favorite Chuck Tanner memory was when Bill Melton went down with the back injury in 1972, I remember my older Brother’s pointing out how the team would manufacture runs. If the lead off guy got on base and he wasn’t a speed merchant, Chuck would usually have the next batter sacrifice him over to Second, and my brother would point out we’ve got two chances to drive him home. My Brother also pointed out the next couple of batters Batting Average and said those are your chances of scoring. If the hitter was hitting .250 he said he’s got a 1 in 4 chance of succeeding. I was just twelve years old but playing the odds and check trending numbers and suddenly Baseball got even more interesting.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Wsoxmike59 View Post
          My other favorite Chuck Tanner memory was when Bill Melton went down with the back injury in 1972, I remember my older Brother’s pointing out how the team would manufacture runs. If the lead off guy got on base and he wasn’t a speed merchant, Chuck would usually have the next batter sacrifice him over to Second, and my brother would point out we’ve got two chances to drive him home. My Brother also pointed out the next couple of batters Batting Average and said those are your chances of scoring. If the hitter was hitting .250 he said he’s got a 1 in 4 chance of succeeding. I was just twelve years old but playing the odds and check trending numbers and suddenly Baseball got even more interesting.
          And now come the metrics folks to tell you that there's less chance to score from second with one out than from first with no outs. Stand there and wait for the home run.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Nellie Fox View Post

            And now come the metrics folks to tell you that there's less chance to score from second with one out than from first with no outs. Stand there and wait for the home run.
            The one situation I have never understood is runner at second with no outs and you give up an out to move him over to third, he's already in scoring position, why give up the out.
            Now coming up to bat for the White Sox is the Mighty Mite, Nelson Fox.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by LITTLE NELL View Post

              The one situation I have never understood is runner at second with no outs and you give up an out to move him over to third, he's already in scoring position, why give up the out.
              Because another out gets him home about 80% of the time. That greatly increases the chances he scores. I'm not advocating for bunting in that situation, I prefer a flyball or a ball hit towards the right side which still stands a chance to be a hit, but anyway you get that runner to third with one out or less the odds on them scoring goes WAY up.
              Riding Shotgun on the Sox Bandwagon since before there was an Internet...



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