The Chicago White Sox saw Nomar Mazara have his signature 2020 moment on national TV.
The Chicago White Sox didn’t get the best season out of Nomar Mazara. He was brought in to help with the need in right-field but he didn’t do that good of a job. His offensive numbers were probably worse than some people realize and his average play in right-field didn’t make up for it. You also don’t sacrifice offense for a corner outfielder, in most cases. Sadly, it didn’t work out as well in 2020 for Mazara as anyone would have thought but it is what it is.
He did, however, have a signature moment this season. The White Sox had their one moment this season on ESPN’s broadcast of the game. A nationally televised game with Trevor Bauer on the mound for the Cincinnati Reds was a good moment for the White Sox to show America a little bit about themselves. In that game, Mazara took advantage of the bright lights.
He hit a towering home run off Bauer in the fifth inning to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead over the Reds. It ended up being Mazara’s only home run of the season and likely his only White Sox home run of his career so it was a special moment for him. It came very late in the season but it was better late than never. They did go on to win the game 5-0 and (at the time) crawl closer to winning the AL Central Division.
He wasn’t good enough outside of that game to warrant a return to the White Sox. They decided to non-tender his contract for the 2021 season so he is going to be a free agent. He came into the league with a high ceiling and a lot of talent but he never became an above-average hitter. In a normal year, he can be relied on for around 20 home runs which aren’t bad but the White Sox could do better.
Luckily for everyone, he was able to have this one signature moment in 2020. An ESPN nationally televised game against the guy (Trevor Bauer) who would end up winning the Cy Young showed everyone that the White Sox were in fact good. It all got going when Mazara hit that home run. Hopefully, he can find some success with a new team in 2021.