The Chicago White Sox fans just want baseball, even if it means that they have to play in a super hard made up Cactus League division.
The Chicago White Sox are definitely a team getting it bad as far as timing for the coronavirus pandemic to shut down the world. They were going to be a super exciting team on the south side for the first time in a very long time. There are other teams that had excitement too that are surely disappointed but you would have to put the White Sox near the top of the list.
By now, you probably heard about the MLB’s potential play to play a shortened season in front of no fans split between the Cactus League and Grapefruit League. The idea would put the White Sox in the same division as the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, and Los Angeles Angels. That is a brutal division as far as strength of schedule, especially when you think about the elite roster of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
We put up a poll on our Twitter, @SoxShowdown, asking some of our readers if they would be okay with that as opposed to the alternative. The alternative being no baseball at all in 2020. The results were pretty heavily weighted in favor of playing in the hard division. It seems that people just want baseball in any way, shape, or form. As long as it is safe, that might be the only way this year.
As you can see, the results heavily favor the “Division of Death” proposal. 85% of people who voted said that they would rather the White Sox play in a ridiculous division than not play at all. It is fair to see why because this team was going to be good. You can also look at it as if they were going to be good, they were going to need to beat good teams anyway.
They have a lot of work to do so playing against some high-level competition could be a blessing in disguise. They can prove that they can beat anyone if they played well in these circumstances and make 2021 even more exciting.