The Chicago White Sox had Mark Buehrle for a long time and he was one of the best pitchers in franchise history. Today, we wish him a happy birthday!
Monday, March 23, 2020, is a special day in Chicago White Sox history. It is the birthday of White Sox legend Mark Buehrle. He turns 41 years old today and we will remember some of the great moments that Buehrle has provided for White Sox fans. He played a remarkable 12 years for the White Sox and was a class act during his entire tenure on the south side.
Buehrle went 161-119 as a White Sox pitcher. He had a career record of 214-160. The first 12 years of his career were spent with Chicago before he moved on to play one year with the Miami Marlins and then three years with the Toronto Blue Jays. He was a model of consistency for 16 years. It was an honor to have him play for our team for such a long time.
Buehrle was an All-Star five times throughout his career. He also was a gold glove pitcher four times because he was such a valuable defensive pitcher. His career is obviously highlighted by his 2005 World Series title. He was the ace of the staff that brought the White Sox their first title in almost a century.
In his MLB career, Buehrle pitched a no-hitter and then followed it with a perfect game later on. There are only seven pitchers who have ever done that. Six of them are in the Hall of Fame and Buehrle is the seventh. When he is Hall of Fame eligible, you can argue he deserves to be in. He had a 59.1 WAR, 3.81 ERA, and a 1.281 WHIP. When that time comes, there is definitely going to be people arguing for him to make it. He might not be first-ballot but he should get some steam later in his eligibility.
If you are naming the ten best players to ever put on a White Sox uniform, Mark Buehrle is definitely on that list. He was never a true Cy Young level pitcher yet he still managed to be one of the better pitchers of his era. On his birthday, we remember how truly important he was to the White Sox for a very long time.