As the White Sox have their first all-team workout today, the 2017 regular season is drawing near. Speculation and general baseball knowledge tells us that this will be a poor year record-wise for the White Sox. Even though their number of wins will decrease from the past couple of seasons, I believe the White Sox will be much more fun and interesting to watch this season. There are aspects of White Sox baseball that will be vastly different from last year’s Sox.

1. The Future

The exciting White Sox future begins in 2017. Even after franchise players such as Chris Sale and Adam Eaton departed this offseason, the White Sox will call up prospects throughout the season that will bring a thrilling and hopeful atmosphere to the diamond. Guys like Tim Anderson, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Yoan Moncada, Zack Burdi, Adam Engel, and more will be key components of not just the 2017 White Sox, but the White Sox for years to come.

2. Rick Renteria and the White Sox Way

The White Sox took care of a long awaited move by firing their manager of 5 years, Robin Ventura. Bench coach Rick Renteria was promoted and given the managerial job. Players have said that Renteria brings an enthusiastic, energetic approach to the game. Ventura always seemed to lack that type of energy through good times and bad. Renteria has also said he plans to instill “the White Sox way”. This means getting his players to give their all each and every play and always showing hustle. What could be more fun than watching a young, talented team that shows a tremendous amount of effort every game?

3. The Franchise has a Direction

Similar to the Chicago Bulls, the White Sox have lacked a direction for the franchise for the last couple of years. For a few years the team tried to put together a club capable of making the postseason and making a deep run. That didn’t work out. These teams ended up just hovering around the .500 mark with no positive or negative direction in sight. The front office finally made the correct call by going into full rebuild mode this offseason. Even though the team won’t compete for the next couple seasons, a potential World Series title is now visible down the road.

Photo: Chicago Tribune

 


 

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