Former White Sox catcher, pitcher and members of 2005 World Series team will serve as special ambassadors for the organization.
A.J. Pierzynski, a popular player with White Sox fans will return to the organization as a team ambassador. Pierzynski announced the news on Monday at the Winter Meetings. The former major league catcher played eight seasons with the Sox.
Pierzynski has been in a broadcast role with Fox Sports and will represent the Sox next year for the MLB Draft. He will also take part in Opening Day ceremonies for the team and attend other games in relation to his role according to Scott Merkin of whitesox.com.
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Many Sox fans were clamoring for Pierzynski to come back to the organization as a catcher a few years ago and now he will represent the Sox as the team ambassador. Pierzynski was part of the 2005 World Championship team and will always be remembered by Sox fans.
A goal of Pierzynski has been to broadcast a game with Ken “Hawk” Harrelson. With Harrelson retiring from broadcasting in 2018, Pierzynski last chance to realize his dream will be next season. Pierzynski has already informed the Sox that he would move heaven and earth to make sure he’s able to broadcast a game with Harrelson according to Merkin.
"“I told Scott [Reifort] and Bob [Grim] that I’ll move heaven and Earth to make sure I’m able to get at least one game in with Hawk, since it is his last year and we need to make this happen. This year, they’re only doing Sunday games, so it will make it a lot easier to be able to come out and just ride on Hawk’s coattails.” A.J. Pierzynski"
Former Sox pitcher Jose Contreras will also become a team ambassador for the organization. Contreras pitched six seasons with the Sox (2004-2009) and was an integral part of the team’s 2005 World Series Championship. According to Merkin, Contreras will be spend time in the Sox minor league system and work with Latin players in the organization.