08/28/10 8:15 PM ET
Big Hurt set for big day at U.S. Cellular
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
Actually, that honor will come for Frank Thomas prior to Sunday's series finale against the Yankees, when the White Sox retire his jersey No. 35 and give him a permanent spot on the U.S. Cellular Field outfield wall.
The two-time American League Most Valuable Player holds 11 franchise records, including his 448 home runs, 1,466 walks, 1,327 runs scored and 1,465 RBIs. Many of his one-time teammates and friends arrived Saturday for the tribute, including Jermaine Dye, Bobby Thigpen, James Baldwin, Ron Karkovice and Bill Simas. More players and dignitaries are expected on Sunday.
"That's a very, very great honor," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen of Thomas, who he played with and managed. "When you have something like this done when you're still alive, it's one of the best things that can happen in your career.
"People appreciate the way you play. You want to talk about the White Sox. With all due respect to the people who played here in the past, Frank Thomas has to be No. 1 in my opinion. A lot of great players went through this organization.
"I don't want to say Frank Thomas was the best player, but he was the best hitter in this organization," Guillen said. "The least they can do [for him] is what they are going to do tomorrow."
Guillen said the next picture or honor for Thomas is going to be in Cooperstown as a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer.
"Of course he deserves to be there, there's no doubt," said Guillen of Thomas, a career .301 hitter with 521 homers.
Third to first
Paul Konerko's home run in Saturday's 12-9 loss to the Yankees was the 358th of his career, tying him with Yogi Berra for 73rd place on the all-time list. Konerko extended his hitting streak to nine games, during which he is hitting .526 (20-for-38). Konerko has a .319 average and 92 RBIs. ... Juan Pierre has a .438 average in his past 10 games, raising his average to .283. ... Andruw Jones reached base safely in all five plate appearances Saturday, with three hits and two walks. ... The White Sox offense has produced 10 hits or more in 12 of the last 14 games ... The White Sox dropped to 54-56 against the American League.
Manny move not foregone conclusion
CHICAGO -- Manny Ramirez was not in the Dodgers' starting lineup Saturday night for a contest in Colorado, sitting out for a third straight game and second straight since the White Sox reportedly were awarded a waiver claim on the outfielder.
That lack of activity might be viewed as the Dodgers' inclination to avoid Ramirez re-injuring a balky right calf from which he just returned after a lengthy stint on the disabled list. Others might look at his spot on the bench and think the Dodgers can win without him and will move the remaining $4.5 million of his salary to Chicago.
In a conversation with the Dodgers media on Friday, though, general manager Ned Colletti didn't indicate a desire to make a move as long as the Dodgers stayed afloat in the National League Wild Card race.
"We need every contributing good player we can have," Colletti said. "My thoughts will be fluid from now until the end. I think we're playing pretty good. I like the intensity, I like the results."
These two teams have until Tuesday to work out a trade. The Dodgers also could let the White Sox have Ramirez or pull him back off waivers and keep him. Ozzie Guillen was asked before Saturday's game if there was anything new to report on Ramirez, and the White Sox manager quickly answered with "not at all."
USA Today reported earlier Saturday how friends of Ramirez said he would not require a one-year extension to waive his no-trade clause. But whatever the result, Guillen seems ready to manage whoever is present in Cleveland.
"If this kid is going to come here, I just need to see his number on and I'll put him in the lineup," said Guillen of Ramirez. "I don't get involved, because you hope and start making lineups in your mind. Like I say, I'm very, very satisfied with this ballclub. If we are going to bring him, I'd take the help. I'm not going to push the front-office people.
"In the meanwhile, I love what we have. I've loved this ballclub since January 26 [at SoxFest]. I never changed my mind, even in April, May, June. We have a good ballclub, fighting together for a long time, and I'm fine where we are."
Dye wating until next year for opportunity
CHICAGO -- With just a little over one month remaining in the 2010 season, Jermaine Dye understands how his next Major League Baseball action won't take place until the 2011 campaign.
"The season is over for me," said Dye, in town for Sunday's ceremony to retire Frank Thomas' jersey No. 35.
Dye's reasoning came from the Minor League seasons coming to an end in early September, not giving him enough time to get ready. His one-year hiatus, though, doesn't mean Dye has retired. He has stayed in great shape working out at home and has continued hitting at a batting cage in Eric Chavez's house in Arizona, just a couple doors down from his home.
An ideal situation for the 2005 World Series Most Valuable Player would be to find a job where he could split time between playing the field and serving as designated hitter. Dye has spent quite a bit of time with his family during the season away, as well as taking vacations to locales such as Guam and Japan.
Scott Merkin is a reportera for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.