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Old 08-26-2013, 07:57 AM
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Originally Posted by LITTLE NELL View Post
Another nice win, we went 4-2 against Texas this year, not too shabby.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say it won't take all that much to contend next year ( some wise FA pickups). I say screw the draft choices and win as many games as they can and head into next year with good vibes.
It's great for fans to have this outlook, but my concern is that this late season rebound is going to delude management into actually believing we're one or two players away from contending.

Over the last 5 years or so, the Sox have built a team to win about 83 games a year with the hope that all the right pieces will come together and that the Sox will "surprise" everyone and make the playoffs.

IMO, the Sox are 1 or 2 players away from being back to an 83-win, 2nd or 3rd place team. We are not 1 or 2 players away from competing with Detroit. Cleveland, Minnesota, and even KC aren't sitting still either.

The White Sox do have a nice young core of starting pitchers to build around, but they have a lot of work to do before they can catch up to the big boys in the American League.

As far as draft picks go, i'm not rooting for draft picks, but this team needs to start drafting better (and maybe it has in the last couple of years) in order to become a consistent contender.

White Sox Baseball
# of teams with a longer playoff drought = 3:
San Diego (2006), Miami (2003), Seattle (2001)

# of teams with fewer playoff appearances since 1995 = 4:
* (2), TOR (2), MIA (2), WASH(2), MILW(2)

# of Sox seasons in the this decade that were arguably dismal failures = 5:
2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Conclusion: Blame Sox fans for not showing up to enough games

* back to back AL Champs, WS Champs 2014-15

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