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White Sox Finish in Bottom Half of ESPN Ultimate Standings

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Sep 20, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Chicago White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera (53) reacts with third base coach Joe McEwing (47) after hitting a three RBI home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the third inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 20, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Chicago White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera (53) reacts with third base coach Joe McEwing (47) after hitting a three RBI home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the third inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /
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White Sox ranked 96th by ESPN The Magazine in Ultimate Standings for professional sports teams. With Robin Ventura already ranked as worst coach, this is another blow for the franchise.

The Chicago White Sox were ranked 96th in the Ultimate Standings by ESPN The Magazine. This will be revelead in the Oct. 31 issue, but is already visible online. The Sox already had its former manager Robin Ventura voted the worst coach in professional sports by fans in the same issue.

After a fourth consecutive losing season, the Sox dropped 11 spots in the Ultimate Standings by ESPN The Magazine. The Ultimate Standings are based on ranking 122 professional sports teams in North America on their fan relations, ownership, players, stadium experience, title track and bang for the buck.

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While the Sox might not be the worst professional sports team according to the Ultimate Standings, they aren’t the best either. Ironically, the Sox were ranked above the Chicago Bulls who came in at 97th in the Ultimate Standings. Sadly, both Jerry Reinsdorf owned franchises are experiencing some tough times.

The Sox inability to have a winning season in four years has not only led to this low ranking, but it has also led to a lot of anger among its fans. With a new manager in Rick Renteria, the Sox could very well turn its fortunes around. However, this will hinge upon the team actually adding quality players to its current core.

According to the Ultimate Standings article, the Sox ownership dropped 38 spots in ownership ranking since 2015. With the Cubs recently winning the National League Pennant, the onus has gotten much larger for the Sox to contend again. Reinsdorf has been reluctant to spend top money to attract quality free agents, but he might need to this off-season.

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The Sox will need to choose a direction this off-season, rebuild or add to its current core. The better option would be to add depth, but it could cost the team. If they choose to rebuild, there’s no guarantee they will receive equal returns for their best assets. Whatever direction they choose, there needs to be a set plan in place to reach contention again. Sox fans want a winner, and this franchise certainly needs to become relevant again nationally.

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