Carlos May's advice to White Sox rookie Jacob May: ‘Let them know you're here'


Carlos May has some simple, sage advice for his great nephew Jacob May.

"Let them know you're here," the two-time All-Star and former White Sox great said before Monday's rain out. 

Carlos May attended Monday's contest to see the major league debut of his great nephew, Jacob, before the contest was cancelled. The team's home opener has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. on Tuesday. 

"It's always cool to see one of yours make it," Carlos May said. "Pretty good. Like I said, about time he got here. Hopefully he'll have a good year and help the Sox out. 

"He's a good kid. He missed a couple games in the minors, but he's a good player. Switch hitter, speed, which they need. He's going to be good."

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A third-round draft pick in 2013, Jacob May earned a spot on the 25-man Opening Day roster with an outstanding spring. Jacob May is the son of Lee May Jr. whose father, Lee May, is brothers with Carlos May. Carlos May spent 10 years in the majors, including nine with the White Sox. He was an All-Star in 1969 and 1972 and finished his career with a .274/.357/.392 slash line in 4,723 plate appearances. 

Carlos May stayed in Chicago after his playing career ended and said he hadn't seen Jacob, who grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio play as an adult. Jacob May entered camp as the No. 3 option to be the everyday center fielder but he emerged as a candidate for the 25-man roster after Charlie Tilson re-aggravated a stress reaction in his left foot early in camp. Jacob May played so well that the White Sox felt comfortable enough last month to trade Peter Bourjos, who was expected to be the starter. Jacob May was in Monday's original lineup hitting ninth.

As for the rest of his advice, Carlos May said: "Have a good year. Do the best you can. Also, if you leave it on the field it'll be OK."

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