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Chicago White Sox: 2019 season was a success with all things considered

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The Chicago White Sox are not making it to the playoffs but they are looking like an organization that has some sustained success ahead of them.

The Chicago White Sox are finishing on the wrong side of the playoff line this season, but that doesn’t mean that there are reasons to be mad about how this season went. They are going to finish with a losing record of 72-89. A rainout is causing them to only play 161 games this season opposed to the normal 162 but they are 10 wins better than the 62-100 season that they had in 2018. That is a major improvement for a team that is about to end a rebuild.

This season had some individuals that had great seasons and are big parts of what this team is building. They add more and more as each year goes on. This is going to be a good team in the not so distant future and they proved that this year. Getting to 72 wins in a year where the pitching was as inconsistent as it was is amazing. They are sure to spend some money and fill some holes this year and make sure they are ready for 2020.

A guy like Yoan Moncada took a huge step forward. He led the American League in strikeouts in 2018 and came back this year and was a top-five hitter in the American League. Lucas Giolito went from being one of the worst pitchers in all of baseball to one of the best in one offseason. He is an ace and going to be a top of the rotation level guy for this team for a long time.

Jose Abreu had a down year last year by his standards but he got right back at it this year and went even further with it. He is the American League RBi champion and that is a major accomplishment for him. He is on an expiring contract and the White Sox are going to be sure to make sure he is a long term part of the team after how he performed this year.

Then, of course, there was Tim Anderson going from being an average MLB player to being one of the best hitters in all of baseball. He won the MLB batting title and is among the stars of the league with that achievement. It was a great season for him and one that they believe will continue into next season as the team looks to compete.

Eloy Jimenez was brought in to be a star for this team and he was as good as advertised. Reaching the 30 home run plateau in his rookie season with two stints on the injured list is something to be proud of. He is going to be in consideration for the rookie of the year in the American League and a future MLB superstar.

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There are so many reasons for White Sox fans to be excited and this season was just the beginning for so many of these guys. The playoffs are a long way away for them but it could be sooner than you think. 2019 was a success with all things considered and these guys should be proud.

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