Chicago White Sox: Five best division rivals since 2000

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The Chicago White Sox have played in a division loaded with good players since the turn of the century. Which five stick out above the rest?

The Chicago White Sox don’t play in the best division as we head into 2020 (hopefully) baseball. The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals are both pretty bad right now but they have been good in the recent past. Each of those teams has won the American League Pennant since the year 2000. In fact, every team in the A.L. Central has at least played in a World Series since 2000 except the Minnesota Twins.

In order for each team to have some success shows that this division has had some very good players. There are some guys that are going to the Hall of Fame and had to take part in this division during their runs. The White Sox and Royals each won the World Series in an appearance in the series since 2000. The most recent division rival to play in the World Series was the Cleveland Indians but they were defeated in seven games.

You can argue that each team had multiple superstars throughout the years but some stick out above the rest. There are five specific ones that stand out as the best ones. They were the five best because they were so good against the White Sox but also so good against everyone else. There are pitchers and position players that are there on this list. In order to be on this list, you need to have been considered a great player for one of the other A.L. Central teams from the years 2000-2019.