This is the 13th in a daily series of short looks at each team in MLB. The opinions expressed are my own..
The Chicago White Sox: The official team website says "All In"
I guess that doesn't include Ozzie Guillen who made a beeline out of town BEFORE the season was even over. The Chicago White Sox went backwards in 2011.
After putting together an 88-74 record in 2010 (2nd in the AL Central), the White Sox went 79-83 in 2011 and 3rd in the AL Central. They were 16 games back of the Detroit Tigers.
- Paul Konerko - 5th season with at least 30 homers and 100 RBIs (and second straight), not to mention career hit No. 2,000.
- Juan Pierre hit .295 after the All-Star break, finishing with the second-highest single-season RBI total (50) of his career. He also picked up career hit No. 2,000
- For the 11th straight season, Mark Buehrle reached at least 200 innings pitched, at least 30 starts and double-digit (13) victories.
- Chris Sale has a career 2.58 ERA in 79 career games, with 12 saves and 111 strikeouts over 94 1/3 innings.
- The franchise-record $127 million payroll was not enough to buy a whiff of the playoffs come Sept!
- Injuries to catcher A.J. Pierzynski (fractured left wrist), Paul Konerko (left knee/left calf), Carlos Quentin (sprained A/C joint in left shoulder), utility force Brent Lillibridge (fractured right hand), backup catcher Ramon Castro (broken right hand) were the most significant injuries in 2010.
- Adam Dunn's and Alex Rios' massive offensive slumps, as well as Jake Peavy's mound struggles.
- Adam Dunn finished the season hitting .159/.292/.277 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI
- Robin Ventura - the 39th manager in White Sox history. Ventura lacks big league management experience and the team officials are asking for patience. Another words...2012 is a rebuilding year!
- Chris Sale will move to the White Sox starting rotation for the 2012 season.
- The Chicago White Sox and right-handed pitcher Sergio Santos have agreed to terms on a three-year, $8.25-million contract with club options for 2015-17.