Chicago White Sox Tickets
After several years in limbo, the Chicago White Sox finally decided to rebuild this offseason in an effort towards legitimate contention in the years ahead. Gone are Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, in favor of seven prospects, designed to elevate the farm system from the basement of the league, up to a higher level. Chances are the changes won’t really make a huge difference until 2019, but forward progress is inevitable.
White Sox manager Rick Renteria is tasked with replacing All-Star Sale, after dealing him to Boston for four prospects. Their pitching rotation will begin with Jose Quintana, followed by Carlos Rodon, who has the potential to be an ace if he can keep hitters in the park, as last season he gave up 23 home runs in 165 innings. Chicago’s best free agent acquisition this offseason was Derek Holland, who bounced back in 2016 with seven wins after sitting out for a large chunk of both 2014 and 2015 with injuries. Miguel Gonzalez and James Shield could round out the rotation at the start of 2017, but could be replaced by youngsters Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Carson Fulmer or Spencer Adams at any point throughout the season. The early arrival of Tim Anderson last season was a wonderful thing for this White Sox infield, as the shortstop scored 57 runs, stole 10 bases and showed true talent with his glove. Second base is still a bit up in the air, between a powerful Brett Lawrie, Tyler Saladino who’s faster and better defensively and newcomer Yoan Moncada, who came over in the Sale trade and has the potential to win the job by midseason. At the corners, Jose Abreu at first and third baseman Todd Frazier have the positions for now but could be sent packing as part of the rebuild. Chicago’s outfield is still a large question mark as spring training gets underway. Melky Cabrera is solid at the plate, but struggles defensively in right field, while Charlie Tilson seems to be the center field starter. The White Sox also have a struggling Avisail Garcia, Rymer Liriano- a former Padres prospect who missed all of 2016 after getting nailed in the face with a pitch during spring training, and two veterans in Peter Bourjos and Cody Asche, who could potentially see the field this season depending on how spring training plays out.
While legitimate contention may not be in the White Sox immediate future, this is a young team that will certainly be exciting to watch in 2017. The rebuild is on and with that, hopes for a World Series sits with these young prospects. Be sure to secure your Chicago White Sox tickets and come out to support this talented roster throughout the 2017 MLB season.
Home field to the Chicago White Sox since it opened in 1991. It was built directly across the road from the original site of the old Comiskey Park. Even today after it was renamed U.S. Cellular Field in January of 2003. People still call it Comiskey Park. Not out of any disrespect, but old habits die hard and they have called home field Comiskey Park since the early 1900’s. The Sox were in the original Comiskey Park for 81 years making it the oldest in-use ballpark in Major League Baseball until its demolition. That record is now held by Fenway Park in Boston. This new park features an exploding scoreboard, an old-time façade complete with arches and over 40,000 seats with unobstructed views. Costing $118 million and is home to only the Chicago White Sox. The new Park has a number of attractions and features including but not limited to: a Fan Deck with a panoramic view of the playing field, a rain room for fans to cool off on hot days or dry off on wet ones, the fundamentals deck is devoted to teaching young baseball fans the fundamentals of baseball, The Patio another outdoor venue, such as the Bullpen Sports Bar for group outings, while attending a White Sox game can accommodate up to 100 people. The Gold Coast Club: Located behind home plate features a buffet style restaurant, open bar, padded 22” seats in open air seating, private restrooms, flat-screen televisions and their own private restrooms. Chicago loves their new Major League Baseball Park and once you have been there you will see why and continue to come back every chance you get.
Chicago White Sox History
If the Chicago White Sox did not have to share the city with the Cubs, they might be one the nation’s favorite baseball teams. Though the team has only won eight American League pennants and three World Series they are familiar with the term pennant race. It is just that, more often than not, they have fallen short. Heck, replace a White with a Red and the team is a national phenomenon.
In fact, the White Sox ended its 88-year drought a season after the Red Sox ended their eight decade struggle, but the story of collapsing curses had been played out by the time Sox de Chicago swept the Astros.
The team really should have broken this drought in the 1990s. Then Frank Thomas was at his prime and winning MVPs and a pitching staff led by Cy Young Award winner Jack McDowell was tormenting the AL West and the newly created AL Central. These players and the rest of the 1990s crew have been forgotten by everyone else but the loyal fans.
Previous to this roster, players like Nellie Fox, Luis Apparicio, Minnie Minoso, and Dick Allen were the face of a franchise consistently finishing the year with a winning record. Still, those teams regularly fell a few games short of postseason appearances. Alas, these players could not erase the mark left by the Black Sox and what should have been a true dynasty back in the 1910s and 1920s.
Now, in the 21st century, the team has taken to placing former fan favorite and Gold Glove winners as manager. First it was the explosive Ozzie Guillen and now it is Robin Ventura. As these former players usher in good will from the fans the White Sox are busy retooling the farm system, hopefully preparing for another championship run on the South Side.