Chicago White Sox: Five best division rivals since 2000

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2. . 1B. Minnesota Twins. Justin Morneau. 4. player

Of all the elite rivals on this list, Justin Morneau is the only one who made his way to the White Sox at any point in his career. It was a one-off year for him as he spent most of his career with the Minnesota Twins. He played first base for them for a long time and at one point was one of the league’s best players. He spent parts of ten years with Minnesota from 2003 to 2013 and had a brilliant career along the way.

In those years with the Twins, he ended up winning an MVP, two Silver Slugger awards and was a four-time all-star. That MVP season came in 2006 for Morneau where he had a .321 batting average, 34 home runs, and 130 RBIs. That was the first year of four straight years with 100 RBIs or more. He didn’t (somehow) make the all-star team in 2006 but from 2007 to 2010 he made it four straight times.

Morneau is one of the best division rivals of the century but it was a little strange to see him come play for the White Sox in 2016. He also had stopped with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Colorado Rockies along the way as well. Morneau was a great player and has our respect.

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