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Old 08-26-2013, 01:39 PM
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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.
I have zero concern about this. I don't think the people in the Sox front office are so stupid to believe that a good 20-game stretch makes up for the horrors of the 110 games before it.

They traded off four veterans this summer, including two productive players who had reasonable contracts for next season. That sent a clear signal in terms of what direction they are moving.

I don't think they have a major organizational overhaul in mind, but I also don't think they are going to be in "go for it" mode next season. There is a middle road in between the two extremes.
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Old 08-26-2013, 02:43 PM
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I don't think they have a major organizational overhaul in mind, but I also don't think they are going to be in "go for it" mode next season. There is a middle road in between the two extremes.
I agree, completely. This is a good place to be in for a freshly started, though. If you can sign a couple average ballplayers to fill in some holes in the lineup and pen, and climb up to .500 ball next year, you stand a better chance of convincing someone from the top of '15 FA class that your team is one on the rise and they would be the difference in .500 ball and the playoffs. It also lets you bide you time and see if guys like Semien are the real deal.
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Old 08-26-2013, 02:52 PM
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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.
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:46 AM
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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.
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Danks becomes the first pitcher to start and win a MLB game in which his brother homered as a teammate since 1947 (see last line of this article).

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...k_cws&c_id=cws
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