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Old 08-27-2013, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by hawkjt View Post
Reading Gordon Wittenberg's column in the Suntimes today on the Cubs, he compared them to an expansion franchise with the kind of total overhaul that Theo is attempting.

The average timeframe for an expansion club to have a winning season is 9.9 years.
That means the Cubs will have a winning team by 2021.

The Sox cannot and will not go that route.
I like the Sox to go for a winning season next year.
If that's the all-time average, it's not really relevant to today. The Rockies made the playoffs in their 3rd season. The D-Backs won the World Series in their 4th season and the Marlins on the WS in their 5th season.

That number is skewed by how long it took most expansion teams in the 1960s to ever amount to anything.

WSI Sox Slow Start Excuse-O-Meter
- Poor play in spring training doesn't matter (2005!)
- It's still April
- It's early May
- Wait until Memorial Day before worrying about anything
- Wait until the weather gets warmer
- '83 Sox! '05 Astros!

- Still time to turn things around in 2nd half
- In Aug/Sept: Another lost season - time to bring back Ventura & Co for 2016.
Special mention: - Blame Sox fans for not showing up to games as soon as the team has one winning streak.

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