Mar 26, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) makes the play for the out against the Cincinnati Reds in the fourth inning at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
Every year, baseball fans gear up for the season by following spring training. Even though actual games don’t start for the Chicago White Sox until March 4, images of actual live baseball activities get fans ready for action.
How excited are you for this edition of spring training?
For fans in Chicago, snow is on the ground and the temperatures are single-digit, therefore 80-degree temperatures and cacti that come with spring training are a sign that warmer days are ahead.
Hopefully, this year’s spring training will be the prelude to a successful season. On top of that, a lot of new faces are going to be in camp, including Jeff Samardzija, Adam LaRoche, Melky Cabrera and David Robertson. The White Sox have completely overhauled their roster since the disaster that was 2013, which was a necessity.
This offseason, many proven veterans were brought to the South Side to get the club back into contention.
What is the key to this and every spring training?
The first key is to stay healthy.
If the White Sox are able to head north with their 25-man roster at full health, things should be a go. A team doesn’t want to see a position decided by an injury. Nate Jones getting injured last spring was an issue coming out of camp in 2014. The White Sox were left without a closer and never recovered from that injury.
Here is another big issue that needs to come together in camp: team chemistry.
Chemistry is essential for teams to be productive on the field. With all of the new faces in camp, this will be crucial. Not to mention Paul Konerko has retired, meaning new leaders need to step up.
Both chemistry and leadership are two of the main keys to the White Sox success this season. If they don’t have both of those, they will struggle. It will be interesting seeing what players step into the main leadership role left vacant by Konerko.
For fans, spring training is a fun experience, especially if a fan gets to travel to Glendale to see the White Sox complex.
Games are great, but if a fan goes to Glendale, they can explore Camelback Ranch. While camp gets old for players, it is a great experience for fans, plus the added fact there is warm weather!
This spring training has a lot of hype as a new era of White Sox baseball is about to begin. Hopefully they can match the hype with their play on the field once Opening Day arrives in April.