A monster indeed...and a name you've never heard thrown into the steroid controversy...in fact I remember when he and his fellow Sox teammates refused to test in an effort to get steroid testing into the game.
His career ended not so great in Chicago, but he did stick around long enough to get a ring, and in my mind, is probably the biggest White Sox star ever. Glad to see Chicago is going to retire #35....even better to feel good that he should be receiving a call to Cooperstown by end end of the decade.
Originally posted by StaggerLeeSuch a shame he had that injury bug the last four or five years of his career. He was a MONSTER in his prime.
Maybe the natural decline and accumulated wear & tear that hit ballplayers in their late 30's since before there was an American League through what we now call the steroid era?
Jimmie Foxx and Joe DiMaggio both faded to the point they were retired around 35. Babe Ruth declined, Mickey Mantle and Sandy Koufax retired from injuries (no HGH then either).
That said, even as a Cub fan I have to admit that for a good decade, I would stay tuned to a Sox game I flipped past if the Big Hurt was due up that inning. Nice to see him and the club patch things up.
Considering his age and he is left handed, he is going to want between Zito money and the expected Santana money, which would put him in the 6/$126 region. Look at what mediocre pitchers received last season as free agents.