Logan’s Run

June 2002: With the 18th pick of the 20th round of the amateur draft, the Chicago White Sox select Boone Logan, a left-handed pitcher out of Sandra Day O’Connor High School in Helotes, TX.

April 4, 2006: Following a stellar spring training, Logan makes his major league debut against Cleveland. The Sox lose 8-2, while Logan surrenders two walks, one hit and no runs in two innings.

May 16, 2006: In a road game in Tampa Bay, Logan coughs up six hits, two walks and five runs (four earned) in the space of five outs. Demotion to Charlotte immediately follows.

September 1, 2006: In his first game back, Logan dazzles with a perfect inning of relief. . .

September 6, 2006: . . . but in his third game back, the Indians torch #57 for three runs in one-third of an inning.

September 21, 2006: Logan’s final outing of 2006: 0.2IP, 0H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB. 5BF.

February 20, 2007: “It had nothing to do with my mechanics,” Logan tells the Sun-Times. “I’ll be truthful with you, I think I had a mental breakdown up there when I was in the bigs. It’s not my capability of being able to pitch at the big-league level because I know I can do that. Overall, mentally I just didn’t have it anymore. That’s the first time I can ever really say that about myself.”

April 2, 2007: Logan makes the opening day roster.

April 17 – 24, 2007: Logan gives up a total of zero runs in four appearances.

May 13, 2007: One inning, three hits, one walk, two runs. Royals win 11-1.

May 19, 2007: Logan faces four batters. The first, Cubs 1B Derrek Lee, hits a grand slam en route to an 11-6 Cubs win. “”Since I’ve been here [July 2003], that’s the best game we’ve played against the White Sox,” Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez tells the Sun-Times. “The way we won today, that can change the momentum in a hurry.”

July 6, 2007: Widely ranked among the worst days in White Sox history, the Twins sweep a doubleheader by scores of 20-14 and and 12-0. Logan personally gives up five of those runs while facing seven batters across two outs of the sixth and seventh innings in game two.

July 31, 2007: Logan is flawless in relief against the Yankees. New York wins, 16-3.

September 7, 2007: 0IP, 3H, 3ER, 1HR. Twins 11, Sox 10.

March 31, 2008: Logan makes the opening day roster.

March 31 – April 5, 2008: Logan is near-perfect in his first three relief appearances and gives up only one hit.

April 11, 2008: 3BF, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0.1IP.

July 23, 2008: “I’ve just had a run of bad luck. It’s not like I’m going out there and walking hitters,” Logan tells the Sun-Times.” “I’m still going out and attacking hitters. I just need to make a better quality of pitches”

July 31, 2008: Logan walks two and allows two hits; eight batters score two runs while only recording three outs.

August 9, 2008: 4H, 4R, 4ER, 1BB. Red Sox 6, White Sox 2. ”This is a pennant race. I want men out on the field,” Ozzie Guillen later says. “It’s unacceptable when they boo the manager when the players don’t do their job. Some players should look in the mirror and be embarrassed with the way they play.”

September 14, 2008: 1BF, 1H, 1HR.

September 23, 2008: In his final appearance of the regular season, in a must-win series at Minnesota, Logan is summoned to relieve Clayton Richard, who in turn was already picking up the slack for the most interesting man in baseball. Logan records one out, but also gives up two hits and two runs. Sox lose 9-3.

October 2, 2008: The Sox’ ALDS roster is set, sans Logan.

October 31, 2008: Logan has a chance to redeem himself in 2009, according to Cooper, even after finishing 2008 on an abysmal note.

December 4, 2008: The White Sox send Logan and Javier Vazquez to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for four prospects. “He’s a key piece,” Braves GM Frank Wren was quoted as saying. “He’s got the kind of live young arm that we were seeking.”

3 thoughts on “Logan’s Run”

  1. I’m not sure what happened to Logan. He has a great arm, his stuff seems lively, if not lights out. I thought he could have been a key for the Sox bullpen. He was for brief periods. Just didn’t last.

  2. Logan is one of those guys who you either hate to see out on the field, or hate to see go down so badly. Maybe this change of locale can be good to him. As far as his run in Chicago, he didn’t help much at all. Looking at the stats above, some of his appearances made the difference in Ws and Ls.
    This is one player I am glad to see gone

  3. I agree with both of you. When he first came up, I was pretty psyched not just because he’s a left-handed power arm, but also how he really came out of nowhere to dazzle in Spring Training 2006.

    After it became almost unbearable each time he was called in. . . we’ll say I lost faith in him and leave it at that.

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