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Chicago White Sox: Three times signing old stars went wrong

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 30: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels looks on before the game against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on April 30, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 30: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels looks on before the game against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on April 30, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /
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Seeing Manny Ramirez play for the Chicago White Sox sure was interesting.

Of all the players on this list, Manny Ramirez had the shortest stay on the White Sox. He only played in 24 games for them after the White Sox signed him off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2010. He was 38 years old so there was no way that he was going to be the old Manny who was one of the best right-handed hitters in the history of the sport.

Ramirez was a part of that Red Sox team that ended the Curse of the Bambino. He had an incredible career that is borderline Hall of Fame-caliber. He has two World Series titles, a World Series MVP, nine Silver Sluggers, a batting title, and 12 All-Star selections. Absolutely none of that helped the White Sox when they decided to bring him in for whatever reason.

He had one home run and two RBIs so the power wasn’t there at all. His slash line of .261/.420/.319 for an OPS of .739 wasn’t bad by any means but it was all a small sample size. It was really cool to see the White Sox have a legend like that on their team for a cup of coffee but you can’t say that it worked out.

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The White Sox clearly doesn’t need to be doing any of this for a long time. Even with some of their injuries, they should be playing all of their young guys because there is way more to get out of that instead of signing someone like Albert Pujols. Stay the course and don’t sign washed-up old guys.

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