Chicago White Sox: Dodgers would be a terrible division rival
The Chicago White Sox would not benefit at all from one specific MLB proposal that is being thrown around as they would be in one hard division.
The Chicago White Sox were looking forward to trying to take advantage of a somewhat weak American League Central Division in 2020. The Minnesota Twins are a very good baseball team but outside of them, there are question marks. The Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers were in all likelihood going to be bad baseball teams. Then there are the Cleveland Indians who are still a respectable foe but they are on the decline from where they were a few seasons ago.
Well, due to the coronavirus pandemic going on right now, we would be lucky to have baseball at all. Well, Bob Nightengale of USA Today has revealed an idea that is floating around Major League Baseball. It is a proposed alignment that would divide the league into its Spring Training groups known as the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues. Each league would be divided up into three divisions. The one that the White Sox would be in is awful.
The alignment that is proposed under this model has them in a division with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Cincinnati Reds, and Cleveland Indians. The latter three are tough enough teams but playing in a Division with the Los Angeles Dodgers would be extremely difficult. They were going into the 2020 season with the best roster in all of baseball.
They would be a terrible division rival to have for a White Sox team that was looking to take a major step in 2020. They have superstar position players like Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, Justin Turner, Corey Seager, and Joc Pederson. Oh, and they just added Mookie Betts to their group in a blockbuster deal with the Boston Red Sox.
Their pitching staff is unbelievable as well. They have Clayton Kershaw whos is probably going to go down as the best pitcher of his generation. There is also Walker Buehler who might be better than Kershaw at this point in their careers. David Price came to the Dodgers in the Betts trade as well. Then there is Julio Urias and Alex Wood to round out a brilliant rotation.
They are a very good baseball team. It should be a group that is the odds on favorite to be the champions of baseball if they get a season in. If baseball is going to come back in 2020, this might be the only way that it is able to return. Seeing them as a division rival is no good but it is better than nothing.