Trade was the mantra this offseason for the Chicago White Sox, and they are hoping it translates to more wins and a higher finish in the AL Central in 2016. Chicago dealt five solid prospects to enhance their infield and improve the AL’s worst offense last season by adding Todd Frazier at third base and Brett Lawrie at second to join first baseman Jose Abreu. These changes could be enough to bring in more runs and play their way into Wild Card contention. Chris Sale led the AL in strikeouts in 2015 and should continue to be the ace for this White Sox team. He is backed by three lefties in Carlos Rodon, Jose Quintana and John Danks who are all talented and create a formidable rotation. In the bullpen, they will rely on David Robertson who is came over before last season from the Yankees along with Nate Jones, who looked promising after returning from Tommy John surgery and signed a three-year extension. Matt Albers, Zach Putnam, Jake Petricka and Tommy Kahlne all could use some improvement to round out the right side of the bullpen. The White Sox are starting anew in the middle infield with the shortstop position still unknown and Lawrie at second. With the addition of Todd Frazier from the Reds, he and Abreu
should finally produce the runs needed on both sides of the infield while the White Sox outfield is somewhat of a mixed bag this season. 2016 would appear to be a make or break year for manager Robin Ventura who has survived multiple losing seasons mostly due to the loyalty of owner Jerry Reinsdorf, yet needs to prove himself to fans that he has what it takes to elevate this ball club.
With the new additions to this year’s roster, the White Sox could find themselves in position for a Wild Card berth in the AL Central. Fans should invest in this strong team and purchase their Chicago White Sox tickets early and often this summer to experience all the action live.
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.