Starting Pitcher – Mark Buehrle (2000-2011)
Drafted in the 38th round of the 1998 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, Mark Buehrle was the diamond in the rough for the Chicago White Sox, and one of the most beloved White Sox Players of all time. Shooting through the minor leagues, Buehrle appeared in just 36 games before making his major league debut on July 16 2000. In his first full season in 2001, Buehrle went 16-8 with a 3.29 ERA, and never looked back for the White Sox. Buehrle’s signature feverish pace was his trademark, he averaged 15.8 seconds in between pitches, and generally sent fans home happy in roughly two hours and some change every time he toed the rubber. Buehrle has won 10 or more games in each season as a starter, and eclipsed the 15 win mark six times over the course of his career. He was never a flashy “swing and miss” type pitcher, but he always got the job done effectively. He was the staff ace for the World Series Championship victory in 2005, he won 214 games, appeared in five All-Star Games, won four Gold Gloves, and possibly most impressively he never spent an extended amount of time on the disabled list in 16 major league seasons.