This offseason, Chicago White Sox GM Rick Hahn has made tremendous strides in closing in on the AL Central title by acquiring various players to plug almost every hole on their roster. White Sox ticket holders and fans can be assured that while success may not be immediate, their 25-man roster at the start of 2015 will indeed be superior to that of last season.
Pitching-wise, the team was in need of a power-throwing right handed starter, a top tier closer and at least two relievers. This offseason delivered starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, closer David Robertson and relievers Zack Duke and Dan Jennings who were brought in via trade or free agency. Missing ace Chris Sale for
the start of the season could sting but he is expected to return shortly thereafter.
The White Sox also possibly found solutions to their on-base percentage deficiency, left-handed slugging and lack of a solid utility guy with the acquisition of Dan LaRoche, left fielder Melky Cabrera and Emilio Bonificio.
While the offseason fervor surrounding the White Sox may be a bit excessive and the team could perhaps not deliver, a playoff berth in the AL Central is certainly not beyond the realm of possibility.
It’s been 10 years since the White Sox have made a legitimate World Series run and Chicago fans are certainly eager to see them back there again.
The Chicago White Sox are actually one of the oldest baseball teams in the MLB. They began playing in 1894, though they had their first professional season in 1901. Those first few teams were some of the best in the young American League. The White Sox only had two losing seasons in the first two decades of the 20th century and won two of three World Series. That one loss would proof to be a huge black mark on the franchise. Chicago’s top players threw the World Series, resulting in the suspension of the “Black Sox” and beginning a championship drought that lasted until the 21st century.
In between the 1917 and the 2005 World Series wins there were plenty of clubs that were contenders. The White Sox of the late 1950s and the 1960s featured Luis Aparicio and Nellie Fox. These two future Hall of Fame players took the club back to the World Series in 1959 and finished the season in second place with shocking consistency.
The Chicago White Sox of the 1990s should have had at least one World Series appearance. They had one of the best hitting first baseman of all time in Frank Thomas and a solid complement of hitters that included Robin Ventura and George Bell. They also had pitchers in their prime in Jack McDowell, Wilson Alvarez, and Alex Fernandez. However, the team came close in 1993 and perhaps would have in 1994, but a strike ended the season.
Chicago would have to wait for the year 2005 until the White Sox not only returned to the Fall Classic, but also finally won it again. The team was an underdog from Game 1 of the regular season. Yet, Jermaine Dye and Scott Podsednik led a no-name offense and Mark Buerhle and Jon Garland led an underrated pitching staff. The Sox easily took out the Red Sox, the Angels, and the Astros in the postseason. The club has yet to find its way back, but soon the baseball team is sure to get back in the playoffs.