The KC Royals face off against the Chicago White Sox for the first time in 2016 on Friday night. Five reasons that I’m glad I’m not a White Sox fan.
As of Friday, the White Sox are leading the AL Central with a 25-16 start. The pale hose attempted to build a contender last season with a series of moves that pretty much blew up in their face. Even KC Royals super fan Rany Jazayerli (whose dermatology practice is located in a Chicago suburb) picked them to win the AL Central last season.
Instead, the White Sox face-planted with a 76-86 fourth place finish in the Central.
The White Sox were similarly active last winter, acquiring third baseman Todd Frazier, shortstop Jimmy Rollins, second baseman Brett Lawrie, catcher Alex Avila, center-fielder Austin Jackson, and starting pitcher Mat Latos. This time, it looks like Chicago executive vice-president Kenny Williams and general manager Rick Hahn got it right.
The moves almost completely remade Chicago’s infield, with only superstar first baseman Jose Abreu surviving from the group that played for the White Sox last season. The makeover was a good idea, the 2015 Chicago White Sox scored the fewest runs in the American League.
Obviously, things are going pretty well for the White Sox right now. They have to believe that their off-season moves have put them in a position to win the AL Central and make noise in the 2016 playoffs.
However, no matter how much success they might enjoy this season, I’m still glad I’m not a Chicago White Sox fan for the following five reasons:
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