White Sox have no official plans to announce for SoxFest

The Sox have not held the fan convention since 2020.

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SoxFest has not been held in the last three years.

SoxFest has not been held in the last three years.

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As tickets go on sale Thursday for the Cubs’ annual fan convention, the White Sox were not ready to commit to hosting SoxFest this winter.

If the winter passes by without one, it would mark the fourth consecutive year.

There are “no official plans for SoxFest to announce at the moment, but we are working on plans to celebrate fans this winter,” a team spokesperson said Wednesday.

In what form that takes shape remains to be seen. The team waited until last October to announce it would not be holding SoxFest in the upcoming January “due to several factors,” marking the third straight year without the convention. COVID-19 concerns were cited as reasons in 2021 and 2022.

The Sox were coming off one of their most disappointing seasons in recent memory in 2022, when they finished 81-81 after winning the American League Central in 2021. The Sox are 47-69, making things even worse for a disgruntled fan base that waited patiently through a rebuild only to see it fail.

The Sox moved the event from the Hilton Chicago to McCormick Place in 2020.

Middleton’s name omitted

The Sox scored a run in two innings against former teammate Keynan Middleton, who made headlines when he blasted his former team after getting traded from the Sox on Aug. 1, saying there were “no rules” in the clubhouse.

Middleton’s name did not appear on stadium video boards while he was in the game. The Sox said the omission was not intentional.

“The omission was not intentional but resulted because of duplicate players listed under one uniform number on MLB’s downloadable Yankees roster,” a team spokesperson said. “This glitch has arisen from time to time this season when multiple players have worn the same number for a team, and we regret it occurred tonight.”

Sox starter Mike Clevinger said he didn’t notice.

“Nah. I had no idea,” Clevinger said. “I still love Key. We’re focused on us. Focused on building this culture.”

Going for the win

It’s all but certain catcher Yasmani Grandal, 34, and infielder Elvis Andrus, 35, will not be with the team next season, but they continue to get playing time in part because manager Pedro Grifol will “never compromise a major-league win for development.”

At 22 games under .500, Grifol said he understands those who say rookie Carlos Perez and Korey Lee — who’s at Triple-A Charlotte — should be catching for development purposes and Zach Remillard or Triple-A infielder Lenyn Sosa should be playing second base instead of Andrus.

“We are in discussions about that, but today is not the right time,” Grifol said.

And Grifol said “it’s really important for us to finish strong as a team” as a springboard into next season, and Andrus has 10 hits in his last 23 at-bats.

Grifol wants a strong finish where “everybody can go back home and have a good, healthy offseason and get back ready to play.”

“Elvis will play his share. Remillard will play his share. And then we’ll see what happens moving forward,” Grifol said. “But Elvis is playing good baseball right now. Him and Remillard will split some time there, and then when Timmy [Anderson] gets a day off, Elvis will go to short.”

Mum’s the word

Anderson’s appeal of his suspension for his fighting in Cleveland on Saturday remains active, and until it’s resolved, he isn’t talking to media.

Anderson was suspended six games and fined $20,000 by MLB. Michael Kopech was fined $1,000.

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