Many White Sox fans still refer to their home stadium as Comiskey Park, even though it changed to U.S. Cellular Field in 2003.
According to a report in Chicago Crain’s Business, U.S. Cellular is selling off markets, including Chicago, to Sprint Nextel for $480 million.
In addition, U.S. Cellular is reportedly cutting 640 jobs in the Chicago area.
That leads to the obvious question – is U.S. Cellular Field going to become Sprint Nextel Field?
“Our naming rights to the ballpark are not a part of this deal with Sprint. The White Sox are a great partner and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them," U.S. Cellular said in a statement.
U.S. Cellular has a contract with the Sox for naming rights that runs through 2023 at an annual cost of roughly $3.4 million.
-According to reports out of Boston, the Red Sox are close to naming Juan Nieves their new pitching coach.
Nieves has been the White Sox’ bullpen coach the last five seasons and he was a pitching coach in the Sox’ minor-league system for nine seasons before that.
If the news is true, congrats to Nieves. Not only is he a capable pitching coach, he’s one of the nicer guys you’ll ever meet.
Nieves went to high school at Avon Old Farms in Connecticut, so he’s a good fit with Boston.
He also spent three seasons with Milwaukee (1986-88) and pitched a no-hitter in 1987, the first in Brewers history.