Ozzie Guillen to remain with White Sox in 2011

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Despite recent speculation that he’d bolt due to a deteriorating relationship with general manager Kenny Williams, manager Ozzie Guillen will be back with the White Sox in 2011, MLB.com’s Scott Merkin reported Monday.
According to Merkin, Guillen met separately with Williams and owner Jerry Reinsdorf and came away pleased.
Even though he was under contract for 2011, Guillen had been mentioned in connection with the Marlins, Cubs and, to a lesser extent, the Mets. Florida, in particular, seemed like a great fit, particularly given his home in Miami.
Guillen, however, would seem to be in a better baseball situation with the White Sox than with the possible alternatives. In seven years with the Pale Hose, he has a 595-533 record and just two seasons below .500. He guided the team to a world championship in 2005.
The 46-year-old Guillen may yet ask for a contract extension this winter. As is, the White Sox have an option on his contract for 2012 that will only become guaranteed if the team goes to the World Series next season.

Hunter Pence is mashing for the Rangers

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Hunter Pence was thought to be on his way to retirement after a lackluster 2018 season with the Giants. As he entered his mid-30’s, Pence spent a considerable amount of time on the injured list, playing in 389 out of 648 possible regular season games with the Giants from 2015-18.

Pence, however, kept his career going, inking a minor league deal with the Rangers in February. He performed very well in spring training, earning a spot on the Opening Day roster. Pence hasn’t stopped hitting.

Entering Monday night’s game against the Mariners, Pence was batting .299/.358/.619 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 109 plate appearances, mostly as a DH. Statcast agrees that Pence has been mashing the ball. He has an average exit velocity of 93.3 MPH this season, which would obliterate his marks in each of the previous four seasons since Statcast became a thing. His career average exit velocity is 89.8 MPH. He has “barreled” the ball 10.4 percent of the time, well above his 6.2 percent average.

What Pence did to a baseball in the seventh inning of Monday’s game, then, shouldn’t come as a surprise.

That’s No. 9 on the year for Pence. Statcast measured it at 449 feet and 108.3 MPH off the bat. Not only is Pence not retired, he may be a lucrative trade chip for the Rangers leading up to the trade deadline at the end of July.