Being a White Sox fan isn’t fun this year — Baseball.FYI – MLB Sports

By the cat Garcia @TheBaseballGirl

White Sox fans remember waiting.

For most teams, the rebuilding starts with the traditional “4 or 5 year plan” hope and is always a 6 or 7 year plan. That is how baseball works. It is a prey to unexpected situations that can upset planning and development.

However, the Chicago White Sox waited 12 years before returning to the playoffs. Their fan base suffered from second baseman throughout Gordon Beckham’s multiple seasons. They saw Fernando Tatís Jr., considered an important element of the White Sox in this class, being replaced by San Diego for a disassembled version of veteran pitcher James Shields.

But patience was rewarded. During his tenure as General Manager Rick Hahn, the White Sox signed a long-term contract with their best starting pitcher, winning one of the top international free agents in the last decade and of sufficient quality to withstand major injuries. I built a pitching depth. Start spinning.

The conversation about the White Sox has been head-on in 2020 for years. The White Sox 2020 class, they will be leaders, all-stars, and candidates. That was my goal. At the end of 2019, no one knew how this 2020 season would rock, but it was still a year set to open a competition window.

The White Sox in 2020 overcame the circumstances surrounding them, continued to prosper, stewed together, and began to take on the role they had been waiting for. They finished second in the season and secured a wildcard spot in the playoffs.

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Fans were always asking if former White Sox manager Rick Renteria was the “man” to manage the team when it was time to take him to the playoffs. The Cubs didn’t seem to think it was appropriate and gave up the lenteria a year before the cubs landed on a playoff spot controlled by the Cubs.

But with the White Sox, the question didn’t seem to have an answer other than “we see.” Over the years, the management of the White Sox in Renteria has begun to stagnate. Renteria was good at fine-tuning the core of young players to create a strong, healthy and honest clubhouse culture. That’s what Renteria was most good at.

And with the introduction of the 2020 White Sox, the answer to that question became clearer. Renteria was more of a work person behind the White Sox than a work person in front of the White Sox.

As the Cubs renteria class shows, these home teams are together for about 6-7 years, and the window of competition within that period is usually even shorter. Baseball may move slowly, but it changes fast.

A wave of performance anxiety struck the White Sox fan base when the organization announced in early October that it had let go of Renteria and veteran pitching coach Don Cooper. It shows that men in suits also saw what baseball fans were watching every night.

That meant that the window of the saying was opened. Fresh blood was flowing. The possibilities for a new future seemed to be expanding. There is an opportunity for new thinking, a new level of respect, and most importantly, the ability to win and adapt to the rapidly changing era of gaming.

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Hiring Tony La Russa was a nightmare from the beginning. The whisper of his name was enough to cause a high level of panic that is now justified in the fan base.

However, the idea at the time was that “he was not AJ Hinch.” Because it’s simply that the scratches are too fresh and undermine the integrity of the game being played in the field. No team was hoping that the Astros scandal ghost would follow in the coming years, especially.

But Larusa? Fans of Reinsdorf-owned sports franchises know what the outcome of Reinsdorf’s decision will be, but this particular decision is a pure indication of the power these fan bases will receive under Reinsdorf’s control. did.

Larusa, who spent most of his baseball tenure with the Cardinals and was the last franchise he wore in his uniform, was still ideal for a “cardinal way” despite nine years off work. I showed that I was deeply immersed.

The era of that “road” of baseball is gone, and many of its cultural changes have been influenced by this young and cheerful White Sox team over the past few years.

The clubhouse culture that Renteria has cultivated lies on the cliffs to achieve its most important purpose. In short, it helps this player’s core to be more than just a gateway to the playoffs.

The early and abrupt removal of Renteria and Cooper may have surprised fans in the eradication of the status quo at such a vulnerable time for the team, even for greater benefit in the future. But what Reindorf did was that of an organization that once stimulated growth and change within the clubhouse and installed the most opposite candidate, stubborn, white, unruly 76-that can be found in Larusa. A one-year-old ex-manager who played a role in such an important part — and a friend.

With the adoption of Larusa, tensions began to rise in the fan base and the team itself (Tim Anderson contacted him to still touch the base, despite comments that Larusa was about to get to work. I first mentioned that I didn’t). The future of this class of White Sox feels like its management style is turning in the wrong direction. The clubhouse has already seen signs of an early rift in it, and fans are already feeling the side effect of one of Reinsdorf’s sharpest reminders that he is responsible.

And that was all before the news of Larusa’s latest DUI accusations from earlier this year was reported.

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The question was protracted shortly after rumors spread that the new White Sox coach La Russa was charged with drunk driving in Arizona earlier this year. The shock lasted for days, this had to be news for them, right? There was no way for the White Sox to close its eyes like that.

The wedge that Larusa began to drive between the front office and the fans deepened as the days went by without comment on the accusations from the organization, but the story got worse.

The White Sox was informed of the accusation against La Russa the day before he hired La Russa and announced it publicly.

They knew about the accusation, repeatedly saw the criminal, and encountered widespread disapproval by voice fans — and still hired Larusa.

Larusa brings a series of problematic ideologies that have not yet been redeemed by action-only the words he changed. He brings a set of outdated management skills that will be released soon, and is now the oldest manager in the game, at risk of destroying the team’s cleverly crafted ecosystem. But none of them are comparable to the betrayal of giving a pass to a recurring DUI criminal.

It is never acceptable to excuse drunk driving or any form of harmful illegal activity. Especially on big stages like trying to guide a younger generation of spectators. However, if you are willing to dismiss these issues to protect one of the worst candidates available for this job, a special kind of sour taste remains.

Taunting Reinsdorf for being “cheap” or “faithful” becomes a fan of the White Sox when it comes to the sad wording of fun rather than the harsh and consequential reality. Was easy. Today, the team is ready to run in a championship title with a homemade core. It’s a thank you in itself. But for White Sox fans, it’s a long-awaited redemption time when they didn’t expect the franchise to be offered under Reinsdorf’s ownership.

The adoption of Larusa can be seen as a powerful move against changes in baseball culture and game vocality. Perhaps Reinsdorf used Larusa as an academic recruitment and infused a little “Cardinal Road” into this championship. -A caliber team, after all the cardinals have won two championships on his watch.

But I know that is not the case. At least it’s not the root cause of hiring Larusa. The truth is sadly much simpler. Reinsdorf was a man with a checkbook, his companion, and his way home. When Larusa needed a job, he gave him a job in the tradition of nepotism and the spirit of the old-age club.

And now we all have to suffer. again.

– MLB Sports

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