Wise proving to be smart pickup for Sox

September, 22, 2012
9/22/12
7:09
PM CT
Levine By Bruce Levine
ESPNChicago.com
Archive
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Life is good for outfielder Dewayne Wise, who has had a big impact on the Chicago White Sox's sustained success since returning to the team.

The journeyman has reinvented himself as an offensive threat to go along with his defensive prowess. If not for a quirky trade that sent All Star outfielder Ichiro Suzuki to the New York Yankees, Wise would still be playing in New York.

[+] EnlargeDewayne Wise
Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesDewayne Wise has forced his way into the lineup since rejoining the White Sox.
“I really enjoyed my time over there,” Wise said. “Everyone is very professional over there as well. When you sign with New York you already know what you are getting into. It is a great place to play, especially when you are doing well.”

Wise’s strong play has forced Sox manager Robin Ventura to use a platoon of Dayan Viciedo, Alejandro De Aza and himself over the past three weeks of the season. Great defense aside, Wise is hitting .310 with eight extra base hits and nine RBIs over his last 17 games. The long ball has been a new part of Wise’s offensive arsenal. He has eight home runs this season, five since coming back to Chicago.

“It’s crazy how my career has varied to this point,” Wise said. “I always felt like I could play up here. It is all about getting the chance. I have never had the amount of big league at-bats that I have had this season.”

The 34-year-old Wise signed a contract with the White Sox on Aug. 3, one day after getting his release from the Yankees. The Sox were looking for a left-handed hitting outfielder who could play defense and run a little bit. They approached the Chicago Cubs about a trade for Tony Campana and were turned down. They also talked about resigning 2005 World Series hero Scott Podsednik before giving Wise a chance.

“I am really glad to be back,” said Wise, who up until this season was best known for “The Catch”, saving Mark Buehrle’s perfect game with a homer-saving grab of Gabe Kapler’s ninth-inning drive. “So many people in the organization have been great to me and I’m happy to pay back in any small way I can.”

Bruce Levine | email

Chicago baseball beat reporter
Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jose Abreu
BA HR RBI R
.317 36 107 80
OTHER LEADERS
HRJ. Abreu 36
RBIJ. Abreu 107
RA. Ramirez 82
OPSJ. Abreu .964
WC. Sale 12
ERAC. Sale 2.17
SOC. Sale 208