After waiting for more than a decade, the White Sox inch closer towards the contending phase and they have the rebuild to thank for that.
As the 2010s came to an end, many reflected on different events that transpired in the past decade. A popular meme that went around was one calling out professional sports teams that did not make their sports’ postseasons at all in the past 10 years. The Chicago White Sox were on the list. Many mocked and pointed their fingers laughing at the Sox. Who can blame them? It is embarrassing to not have made the playoffs since before Instagram was created.
For many years the White Sox remained in limbo. For about three years the team was desperately holding onto what they had built. They almost had the right pieces for a moment, but frustration between fans and ownership and the lack of will to open the checkbook became apparent. Then issues between the front office and some of the team leaders began to surface after a situation involving a player’s son and his presence at Spring Training.
An outburst from one of the leagues best out of frustration with the general manager would send the team to a place there was no going back from. Since after the 2016 season, we have seen the first two stages of a rebuild, selling, and development. With the 2019 off-season concluded, it is safe to say the development phase is about 90% done. After some key players make their debuts and have some MLB experience under their belt, the team will begin the third and final stage: contention. What led to the fall of the White Sox?