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White Sox to use Illinois minor league site as training facility

The Chicago White Sox announced Thursday the team will utilize the Schaumburg Boomers Stadium as a training site for players not on the team’s active roster. 

“We are extremely fortunate to have a high-quality facility like Boomer Stadium located close enough to our ballpark to allow our players to prepare and work out for the 2020 season,” said Rick Hahn, White Sox senior vice president/general manager, in a release. “The White Sox organization is very appreciative of Patrick Salvi, his excellent staff, and of course, the people of Schaumburg for being so welcoming to us.”

Coaches, trainers and support staff will join players on the club’s taxi squad in Schaumburg.

“We are incredibly excited to hear of the White Sox coming to the Boomers’ stadium,” said Tom Dailly, mayor of Schaumburg, in the release. “To have a one of our major-league home teams practicing and training in our facility is very thrilling. We look forward to them enjoying our facility and having some summer fun.”

The team is expected to release a roster of players assigned to Schaumburg prior to next week’s workouts.

The White Sox will also send over a number of new additions to the Schaumburg facility, including:

  • Installing an all-weather hitting and pitching tunnel in right field
  • Full upgrade of the playing field to MLB dimensions and specifications
  • Conversion of the suite level “Schaumburg Club” to a strength conditioning area for player use
  • Renovation of the clubhouses and training areas to meet social distancing protocols
  • Creation of multiple food service areas, including on-site dining and “to go” options;
  • Two health screening and testing locations for players and staff.

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