By John Dempsey, WLS-AM News
(CHICAGO) The Chicago White Sox announced that 2005 World Series Champions José Contreras and A.J. Pierzynski and Hall-of-Famer Tim Raines have rejoined the organization as team ambassadors.
The team says Contreras, Pierzynski and Raines join other White Sox legends as team ambassadors, including Harold Baines, Hall-of-Famer Carlton Fisk, Mike Huff, Bo Jackson, Ron Kittle, Carlos May, Bill Melton, Donn Pall, Dan Pasqua and Mike Squires.
Team ambassadors make appearances on behalf of the organization and serve as team representatives in the community and throughout baseball.
The 46 year old Contreras played six seasons with the White Sox from 2004-09, going 55-56 with a 4.66 ERA (466 ER/900.0 IP) and 628 strikeouts over 148 games (146 starts). He went 3-1 with a 3.09 ERA (11 ER/32.0 IP), one complete game and 14 strikeouts in four starts during the 2005 postseason as the Sox ended an 88-year championship drought and was named to the American League All-Star team in 2006.
Pierzynski, who will continue as an analyst for FOX Sports, batted .279 (1,087-3,896) with 198 doubles, 118 home runs, 460 RBI and 452 runs scored in 1,068 games over eight seasons with Chicago from 2005-12. He ranks third all-time among Sox catchers in home runs.
58-year old Tim Raines is a Hall of Famer who batted .283 (697-2,461) with 98 doubles, 28 triples, 50 home runs, 277 RBI, 440 runs scored and 143 stolen bases in 648 games with the Sox from 1991-95. He holds the Sox all-time record with an 82.7 (143-173) stolen-base percentage.
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