Found September 29, 2013 on
Eight years ago, the Chicago White Sox won 99 games. Paul Konerko smacked 40 homers, the pitching staff was reminiscent of the dead ball era and Carl Everett believed in dinosaurs. What a difference eight years can make. Sadly, the only part of that statement that remains true this day is probably the last part. The White Sox concluded what was not just a disappointment of a season on Sunday, but a full on disgrace. If you forced a normal sports fan to pick something to watch, the 2013 White Sox or your average college football game quarterbacked by Tommy Rees….I mean personally, I’d choose the George Lopez Show. Okay, we get it. The White Sox were very, very bad this year. In fact, their 99 losses marked the exact opposite record submitted by the 2005 White Sox. The question: Is that necessarily a bad thing? Does it really matter just how bad they were? There are two schools of thought. The first, and most likely we’ll see from Rick Hahn and his band of deviants, is the 2013 Cleveland Indians approach. The Indians are headed to the playoffs this year, fresh off a 94-loss season in 2012. The Tribe re-built the new fashioned way that is really starting to become the old fashioned way with player development now being stressed more than ever. They overpayed for marginal talent and hired a new manager. The marginal talent can be summarized by Nick Swisher and his .756 OPS, and the manager goes by the name of Terry Francona. Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis enjoyed breakout years, the bullpen was competent and most importantly, they got to beat up on the White Sox almost 20 times. Kidding on the last part. But in theory, the White Sox might not be as far away as you would think. Maybe Avisail Garcia and Dayan Viciedo break out in 2014. The White Sox sign former UIC Flame and hometown kid Curtis Granderson, who regains his 40 home run form. The pitching stays consistent, and Robin Ventura manages not only his squad but also manages to stay awake for the entire 162 game grind. If only it were that easy. Yes, the 2013 Cleveland Indians happened. But the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays also happened, as did the 2013 Los Angeles Angels. Building through free agency in major league baseball as we currently know it isn’t only foolish, it’s comically outdated. Hence, the reason why losing 99 games isn’t necessarily such a bad thing. The White Sox were so bad that they will have the No. three overall pick in the 2014 draft, higher than they’ve ever had since Hawk Harrelson could recite Carl Yazstremski’s career statistics backwards. As frustrating as it may be, the Tampa Bay Rays, Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles built their franchises the right way. From the ground up. Give White Sox fans some credit. Perhaps they realize that being the Milwaukee Bucks of major league baseball is really nothing a brag about, but being the Oklahoma City Thunder could be. While embarrassing, bottoming out isn’t necessarily the worst thing for the franchise. The only aspect of the White Sox that remains the same as it was eight years ago, you ask? Paul Konerko. He’s the only remnant of the ’05 White Sox. And as sacreligious, almost as it may seem, even that is probably going to have to chance some time soon.  

Konerko will take a month to consider retirement

The question has been looming over Paul Konerko the entire season but with three games left to play in 2013 the White Sox captain wasn't yet ready to provide an answer. The player general manager Rick Hahn said has become "the face of the franchise" will take a month away from a trying season to decide whether he will return to play in 2014 or retire after 17 years...

White Sox move on after one of worst seasons

The Chicago White Sox envisioned big things. Instead, they were a big flop. Paul Konerko could be gone and some other key figures might be on the way out after one of the worst seasons in franchise history. They went 63-99, a year after finishing second in the AL Central and leading the division most of the way. The only thing they were in contention for this year was 100 losses...

Alex Gordon fakes out entire stadium on catch

The White Sox have stumbled through a miserable 2013 season, finishing in the basement of the American League Central division with one of the worst records in baseball. There haven’t been very many causes for celebration at U.S. Cellular Field, but the South Siders are jumping at any chance they see to cue the fireworks — even if the result is complete and utter confusion. During...

Preview: Chen, Royals look to close season strong with win over White Sox

The Chicago White Sox emphatically drove thoughts of a 100-loss season out of the ballpark Saturday.They'll look to close their season with consecutive wins over the visiting Kansas City Royals in what could be Paul Konerko's final game as a member of the Chicago White Sox."It's crossed my mind," the first baseman said. "I could play Sunday, get two or...

2013 Silver Lining: Avi Garcia Bursts Onto the Scene

If you're as bad as the 2013 Chicago White Sox and have the opportunity to acquire as many assets as Rick Hahn & co. did, you better connect on at least one guy to inspire hope for the future. And it looks like that's exactly the case with Avisail Garcia. Since coming over from Detroit in a three-way deal that sent starter Jake Peavy to the Boston Red Sox,...

Chicago White Sox Top 21 Prospects: 2013 Review

With the 2013 season winding down and most leagues already into playoff mode, we’re going to take a look back at the preseason Top 21′s. We’ll look at what was said preseason and what the point of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

White Sox slip past Royals 6-5

The Chicago White Sox had a power surge on Saturday night. But the offensive production in the 6-5 win over the Kansas City Royals has been a rarity this season, and that was evident after the game when the team announced that hitting coach Jeff Manto had been fired. The White Sox avoided 100 losses for the season with the win, but it wasn't enough to save Manto's job....

Recap: Royals' offense offers up 3 homers in 6-5 loss at Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) Adam Dunn and Conor Gillaspie each hit two-run homers and the Chicago White Sox earned a 6-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.After the game, the Chicago White Sox announced they had fired hitting coach Jeff Manto.Marcus Semien and Jordan Danks added solo homers for the White Sox, while Mike Moustakas, Billy Butler and Salvador Perez went deep for the...

White Sox edge Royals to end 4-game skid, avoid 100 losses

It figures someone would have to pay for the White Sox's awful season and the first one to fall was hitting coach Jeff Manto. General manager Rick Hahn announced after Saturday's 6-5 victory over the Royals that Manto had been relieved of his duties. Harold Baines will handle Manto's duties in Sunday's season finale. "The decision to relieve him of his duties...
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