Chicago White Sox: Joe Crede’s tenure was something special

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The Chicago White Sox have had some great players and Joe Crede was one of them. He was a big part of the best year in team history.

The Chicago White Sox had a glorious lineup in 2005. They had studs like Paul Konerko, Jermaine Dye, Mark Buehrle, and A.J. Pierzynski. One player who goes a little bit more under the radar is Joe Crede. The White Sox had a great player at third base for a long time with Crede there. He was a major part of the best year in the history of the franchise. He played a big role in bringing a World Series title back to Chicago.

Joe Crede played in the MLB for ten years and the first nine of them were spent with the Chicago White Sox. He played his final season for the Minnesota Twins. For the White Sox, he played in 798 games. In those 798 games, he had 125 home runs, 422 RBIs,  and he slashed .257/.306/.447. He was a tremendous depth hitter on a loaded baseball team.

In addition to being a World Series Champion, he also was a one time MLB All-Star and a Silver Slugger award winner. His best season statistically was in 2006 when he hit 30 home runs, had 94 RBIs, and slashed .283/.323/.506. The White Sox had a 90 win team that fell short of the playoffs just one year after winning the World Series.

Crede’s career highlight, as mentioned before, has to be when he and the White Sox won the World Series in 2005. That year saw this team dominate the playoffs. They swept the Division Series against the Boston Red Sox, only lost game one of the American League Championship Series to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and swept the World Series against the Houston Astros.

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It was a dominant run by Crede and his teammates. He deserves credit for this team getting over the hump that year. They were dominant all year long and then once the playoffs came around they were even better. Crede deserves a lot of credit for being such a great player during such a great time.