The Chicago White Sox should take things from both World Series teams.
The World Series is officially over. The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in six games to capture their first title in over 30 years. It has been a long time coming as they have lost the World Series two out of the last three times going into this series. Well, they finally got it done and they should be proud. It feels good to live in a world where Clayton Kershaw has a ring on his resume. With all of that said, the Chicago White Sox should be taking things in from both teams.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays were the best team in the American League this season. A team like the White Sox even challenged them for that spot before their slump to end the season but there are a lot of things the White Sox can learn from them.
The Rays showed that it isn’t always about the star home run hitters. They have a couple of studly starting pitchers in Blake Snell and Tyler Glasnow but for the most part, the pitching is elite by committee. The offense is also a team effort so that mentality clearly works in baseball and one the White Sox should keep in mind. The whole is always greater than the sum of its parts.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers have so much firepower. There are a lot of folks who pegged them as the World Series favorite going into the season just based on their talent alone. They have two stud pitchers at the top of their rotation in Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler but the rest of their rotation and bullpen brings the heat as well.
There are multiple MVP-level players in their batting lineup as well like Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, Corey Seager, and Justin Turner amongst others. All of that talent on the roster makes it easy to pitch and score lots of runs.
The White Sox can take from them that having a bunch of stars can help you win. They are building a core right now that promises to have a similar level of star power. You need to know how to put all of that together in order to achieve the common goal. It isn’t about who is better amongst teammates when you step on the field as it is only about winning that World Series title.
If the White Sox can take the star power mentality from the Dodgers and team game mentality from the Rays, they will be a force to be reckoned with. A new manager is on his way and it is hopefully going to be one that can instill some of these things in this young group. No matter what, it is going to be so much fun to watch this young White Sox group try to achieve the heights of these two league champions.