Joe Crede might not be as underrated by Chicago White Sox fans because we knew how amazing he was. He was a great player for the White Sox for nine years. It was brutal seeing him play for the Minnesota Twins in 2009 to end his career but at least he got to spend his prime years on the south side. He was a pivotal part of the White Sox getting over the hump and winning the World Series in 2005.
Crede was the third baseman of a team that brought a World Series title to Chicago. He was probably the leader of the depth players on that squad. Paul Konerko, A.J. Pierzynski, and Jermaine Dye were considered stars more than Crede but that doesn’t undermine his importance. In the regular season, he had 22 home runs and 62 RBIs at the plate while playing some solid defense at the hot corner.
Once the postseason came around, he was one of the team’s best hitters. His slash line rose to .289/.327/.622 from a regular-season line of .252/.303/.454. He hit four home runs and had 11 RBIs over the three playoff series that Chicago played. His 13 hits in 12 games made him one of the most important players on the roster. Joe Crede’s importance can be underrated in terms of the national media but he deserves his due as one of the most important players in White Sox history.