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  1. In trying to figure out why PECOTA chronically underestimates the White Sox’s win total year after year, quite regularly by 5+ wins, the number one good reason I could come up with is Schneider and his staff keeping guys healthy and productive, and therefore beating their playing time estimates, plus injury reclamation guys that they were able to rehab and get much better production than a system like PECOTA could have predicted.

    The other ones I came up with were “Don Cooper” and “PECOTA can’t realize that Mark Buehrle is somehow not the same as the other junkballing lefties” but Herm and his staff are most likely the main reason the White Sox do better than the stat models predict preseason.

    Comment by Yinka Double Dare — June 27, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

  2. Another amazing article about Herm bashing in Greg Walker’s teeth with scissors to save his life during a seizure: I’ve been a White Sox fan since the mid-1980s, and it’s amazing that Herm has been there every step of the way. Thanks for the article!

    Comment by H — June 27, 2011 @ 7:49 pm

  3. Absolutely.

    Would it be silly to recommend Schneider for the HOF? Has any trainer ever been inducted?

    There have been articles written around here that show the chronic White Sox health. Either this is luck, they know how to scout guys who will be healthy or Hermie is a real, unrecognized force. I don’t know what the answer is but I know that if you keep a mediocre player healthy and don’t have to replace him with a bad one that is a bonus.

    Comment by MikeS — June 27, 2011 @ 7:53 pm

  4. That was what was so frustrating about the White Flag trade–here Ventura had fought hard to finally come back,the Sox were,I think,only 3 1/2 back without him,and they pulled off this deal. Years from then Reinsdorf had the chutzpah to claim that they never would had the success they had in 2000 if they hadn’t made that trade. Well y’know what? All they did in 2000 was win the division title-who knows what they might have done in ’97? Know something else? They lost me and countless other fans permanently…

    Comment by JR — June 27, 2011 @ 8:54 pm

  5. Great article. That tribune link is pretty amazing, too. The White Sox are lucky to have a guy like Herm Schneider. Any organization would be.

    Comment by Rich — June 27, 2011 @ 11:34 pm

  6. And they promptly lost the 2000 ALDS to the Mariners, though five years later they had a little more success.

    Nice article–had forgotten about some of the names up there. Always curious what kind of baseball career Bo would’ve had had he been a one-sport athlete. Probably 400-450 HR and 2000-2400 SO.

    Comment by Mike B. — June 28, 2011 @ 4:50 am

  7. I don’t recall the White Flag trade being that bad… they should’ve tried to win the division, but as I recall, Alvarez was becoming fat and ineffective, Hernandez wasn’t as good as he was when he first came up, and Darwin was ridiculously old and had no future on the team anyway.

    Comment by James — June 28, 2011 @ 9:07 am

  8. I think he’s met his match with Peavy.

    Comment by James — June 28, 2011 @ 9:08 am

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