White Sox Stars, with Michael Soroka, Visit Bartlett J. McCartin Club

White Sox's Community Engagement Highlights Off-Season Spirit

by Nouman Rasool
White Sox Stars, with Michael Soroka, Visit Bartlett J. McCartin Club
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Chicago White Sox players, including top prospects and established stars, recently took time out from their off-season schedules to engage in an inspiring community event at the Bartlett J. McCartin Boys & Girls Club. The team, in collaboration with the Chicago White Sox Charities, orchestrated this heartwarming interaction to foster stronger ties between the athletes and their young fans.

With the buzz of spring training just around the corner, White Sox talents such as Nick Nastrini, Michael Soroka, Andrew Benintendi, Gavin Sheets, and Bryan Ramos showcased their off-field skills in a variety of activities.

The players immersed themselves in creative and educational pursuits, ranging from sneaker design and computer learning to dancing, basketball, and painting. This multifaceted event not only provided an entertaining afternoon for the students but also allowed the players to demonstrate their diverse interests and talents beyond baseball.

Soroka's High-Profile Arrival

The highlight of the event was the presence of Michael Soroka, the newly acquired right-handed pitcher. His addition to the White Sox, part of a significant six-player trade with the Braves in November 2023, has been a topic of much excitement.

The trade saw the White Sox acquire Soroka, Jared Shuster, Nicky Lopez, Braden Shewmake, and Riley Gowens in exchange for Aaron Bummer. Soroka, in his recent statements, expressed enthusiasm about joining the White Sox and contributing to their rotation.

Despite battling injuries and limited major league innings since 2020, Soroka is optimistic about his recovery and future contributions. His confidence is buoyed by the support of general manager Chris Getz and manager Pedro Grifol, whom he praised for their forward-thinking approach and player-management relations.

The 26-year-old Canadian pitcher, who finished second in the 2019 National League Rookie of the Year voting and sixth in the NL Cy Young, is a valuable addition to the White Sox. His potential impact on the team’s rotation could be significant, particularly if he maintains his health throughout the season.

The community event at the Boys & Girls Club, highlighted on the club's Instagram, served as a perfect platform for the White Sox players to connect with their community, showcasing their commitment both on and off the field.

The success of this initiative reflects the team’s dedication to community engagement and sets a positive tone as they gear up for the upcoming season.

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