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Thursday, April 30, 2009
White Sox move to Plan C in CF?

Big news: the White Sox have solved their ongoing problem in center field! From Or maybe they haven't. From FanHouse's Ed Price: Do you remember when Scott Podsednik was good? Let us hearken back to the yesteryear of 2003, when a fresh-faced kid came out of nowhere to bat .314, steal 43 bases, and finish second (to Dontrelle Willis, and ahead of Brandon Webb!) in National League Rookie of the Year balloting. OK, so he was 27 and he came from Tacoma (which isn't exactly nowhere). But still, it was a good story.

Six years is a long time when you start at 27. In the five seasons since 2003, Podsednik has conistently posted numbers that are highly consistent with his minor-league stats ... which were kept him from playing regularly in the majors until he was 27. Podsednik just doesn't have it anymore, and that's sort of assuming that he actually had it, once.

This is a good story too, though. Granted, not if you're a White Sox fan. But for an outside observer, it's utterly fascinating to watch the White Sox cycle through DeWayne Wise, Jerry Owens, and now Podsednik in their seemingly perpetual quest to find a center fielder who wouldn't be overmatched in a good Triple-A league.