White Sox Prospect Watch

Thursday’s Chicago Tribune carried news of the arrest of five people, including Michael Ligue, 18, of Blue Island, on charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm following a Sunday night shooting in Chicago Ridge.

Ligue is the son of the lavishly tattooed William Ligue, Jr., who made an international name and reputation for himself in 2002, when he and another reprobate son jumped onto U.S. Cellular Field so they could assault 54-year-old Royals first-base coach, Tom Gamboa.

The elder Ligue received a five-year prison sentence in 2006 for violating probation in the Gamboa case.

The shooting in Chicago Ridge stemmed from an altercation involving the girlfriend of one of Michael Ligue’s friends. The five people arrested allegedly drove to Chicago Ridge and fired shots from their car at a 21-year-old man tangentially involved in the dispute.

At the time of his arrest, Ligue was free on bail from a previous marijuana arrest. He is being held in Cook County Jail on $200,000 bail.

Considering Ligue’s age, criminal history, current Cook County sentencing guidelines, and Bill James’s work on aging patterns in baseball, young Ligue figures to be out of prison and eligible to make his U.S. Cellular Field debut just as he’s hitting his prime.


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