Saturday, June 4, 2011

Chicago White Sox

1B  Frank Thomas – Two-time MVP; five seasons with 40+ HRs; drew 100+ walks ten times.
2B  Eddie Collins – One of the best 2B ever; batted over .300 ten times for the Sox; led the AL in SBs three times for Chicago.
SS  Luke Appling – Franchise leader in games played; won two batting titles (.388 in 1936).
3B  Robin Ventura – Claimed five Gold Gloves in Chicago; hit 20+ HRs five times for the Sox.
OF  Harold Baines – Four-time All Star in the ’80s; drove in 90+ runs six times for Chicago.
OF  Minnie Minoso – Led AL in steals three straight years (1951-53); topped .300 six times for the Sox.
OF  Jermaine Dye – World Series MVP in 2005; hit 44 HRs and drove in 120 the following year.
C  Carlton Fisk – Joined the White Sox in 1981 at age 32, still catching for them a decade later.
DH  Paul Konerko – Power hitter with five 100+ RBI seasons; reached 40-HR mark in ’04 and ’05.
Bench  Nellie Fox – Led the AL in hits four times; won 3 Gold Gloves at 2B; 1959 AL MVP.
Pitcher  Eddie Walsh – Career ERA of 1.82 is best in baseball history; won 40 games in 1908.
Pitcher  Ted Lyons – Won 260 games, all of them with Chicago; led AL in ERA at age 41 (1942); great fielder.
Pitcher  Red Faber – Four-time 20-game winner; led the AL in ERA in back-to-back seasons (1921-1922).
Closer  Hoyt Wilhelm – Five straight seasons (1964-68) with an ERA below 2.00; others had more saves, but Wilhelm was the better relief pitcher.

Why is Joe Jackson not in the outfield? The shoeless one played a little less than four and a half seasons with the Sox, and thus falls short of my five-year longevity requirement. Rules are rules. I think Charlie Comiskey would agree.

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