The Chicago White Sox all time all-star team

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CHICAGO - CIRCA 1985: Carlton Fisk #72 of the Chicago White Sox bats during an MLB game circa 1985. Fisk played for the White Sox from 1980 through 1993. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO - CIRCA 1985: Carlton Fisk #72 of the Chicago White Sox bats during an MLB game circa 1985. Fisk played for the White Sox from 1980 through 1993. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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LF- Minnie Minoso

Without doing much research, I always assumed Minnie Minoso was a center fielder, given that he was fast, athletic, and toolsy. While I was wrong about this, his being a corner outfielder makes the fact that he put up 52.2 WAR from 1951-1961 all the more impressive. In those 11 seasons, he was on average 3 wins more valuable than the average player, certainly making him a hall of fame player in my book.

Honorable mention: Carlos Quentin. The man could hit.

CF –  Aaron Rowand

Aaron Rowand doesn’t have the credentials of many of the other players on this team, but from 2004-2005 he was an excellent White Sox player (9.4 WAR), and a member of a championship team. Who else can say that? The best reason for Rowand to be on this team is what he did defensively. Brian Anderson replaced Rowand in 2006, and he was close to Rowand in terms of defense, but he couldn’t hit as Rowand could. Recently, Adam Eaton was a pretty good outfielder and lead-off man for the Sox but his defense can’t be compared with Rowand’s.

Interestingly enough, Luis Robert is probably one of the few current White Sox players with the potential to be an all-time great at a position and he hasn’t even played an MLB game yet. I wouldn’t be surprised if Robert is better than Rowand.

RF – Shoeless Joe Jackson

Fairly or not, when most people think of the White Sox they think of the 1919 Black Sox and Shoeless Joe Jackson. Jackson was primarily a left-fielder during his time with the White Sox, but he still played right occasionally and it’s the position where he spent the majority of his MLB career.

The White Sox have had all kinds of interesting people play right field for them in their history, from Michael Jordan to Bo Jackson, yet Joe Jackson amazingly stands out as one of the most interesting characters with entire movies and books dedicated to him. He’s certainly one of the most famous (or infamous?) people to play for the White Sox and of those is actually famous for things he did with the White Sox as opposed to other teams.

Jackson’s .340 White Sox batting average is the highest in team history. For those who prefer more modern stats, his 27.3 WAR is better than any other White Sox corner outfielder besides Minoso.

Honorable mentions go to Harold Baines, Magglio Ordonez, and Jermaine Dye.

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