White Sox Notebook: New Radio Home, Ethan Katz is the new Pitching Coach

After an exhausting week of navigating the Tony La Russa DUI scandal, White Sox fans might have finally received some good news this morning, and the organization finally commented on the TLR debacle.

White Sox to ESPN 1000

Chicago media reporter Robert Feder reported last week that the White Sox radio broadcast was likely heading back to WMVP ESPN 1000 after a 15-season hiatus from the station.

Here’s ESPN 1000 market manager Mike Thomas’ statement on the move:

“The White Sox are an extremely entertaining, talented baseball team with an incredibly bright future, and we’re thrilled to partner with them to bring the White Sox to ESPN 1000 fans,” said Mike Thomas, ESPN Chicago market manager. “We’re dedicated to bringing the best content in Chicago sports to ESPN 1000, and having the Sox back on our airwaves just ensures that we’re making good on that promise.”

Here’s the statement from Brooks Boyer, White Sox chief marketing officer:

“The White Sox have shared incredible moments with ESPN 1000, remembering the memorable voices of Ed Farmer and John Rooney on their airwaves making the final call in Game 4 of the 2005 World Series,” said Brooks Boyer, White Sox chief revenue and marketing officer. “As we prepare for an exciting era in White Sox baseball on the field, we are equally excited to partner with an all-sports format radio flagship station whose brand resonates with Chicago sports fans.”

According to the White Sox’s official blog this morning, this agreement also includes “White Sox Weekly,” a two-hour show in season and one-hour show offseason, plus pregame and postgame shows.

Report: White Sox to hire Ethan Katz as their new pitching coach

While yet to be reported by the team or a national writer, Barstool Sports’ White Sox blogger Dave Williams reported this morning that the team is close to naming San Francisco Giants’ assistant pitching coach, Ethan Katz as the next pitching coach of the White Sox.

This would be an absolute home run hire for the White Sox. I wrote about Katz — Lucas Giolito‘s former high school pitching coach — earlier this month, you can check that out here:

Story on Ethan Katz

UPDATE: MLB Network’s Jon Heyman confirmed that Ethan Katz will be the new pitching of the Chicago White Sox.

Statement on Tony La Russa

After nearly three days of radio silence from the White Sox regarding the Tony La Russa DUI arrest, the organization finally released a statement on the matter.

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