The off-season always brings change in major-league baseball, and the White Sox’ first move could be in the TV booth.
There is some obvious tension between lead broadcaster Ken “Hawk” Harrelson - an unabashed cheerleader - and analyst Steve Stone.
Stone just finished his fifth year with Hawk. Is he coming back for a sixth season?
"I'm pretty sure that I am," Stone said Thursday morning on WSCR (670-AM), the Sox’ flagship radio station. “You never know what next year is going to hold.”
Stone prides himself on breaking down strategy and predicting the next move. Hawk, meanwhile, took immense pride in being judged as the biggest homer among MLB TV broadcasters last month in a Wall Street Journal report.
"He is associated with White Sox baseball, maybe like nobody else has for quite some time," Stone said of Hawk on WSCR. “They realize that he might be the ultimate fan. So, when things aren't going well for the team, he gets grumpy. Grumpier than the normal person would get who would be doing that particular job. For those of us who don't have those phenomenal highs and exceptional lows, it becomes a little bit difficult at times to relate."
Hawk celebrated his 71st birthday on Sept. 4, but he’s not going anywhere. He still has three more years on his contract and, last off-season, he told me he wants to “die in the booth.”
So, let’s throw this out …
If Stone exits, whom do you want as a replacement?
If I’m forgetting anybody, add it to the list.