If you haven’t already heard, Chicago White Sox division rival Detroit Tigers, in a season where they just aren’t getting the kind of results that they are looking for, have gone ahead and fired General Manager Al Avila.
Avila had been with the Tigers organization for over 20 years in a variety of roles and was the general manager for them during the last seven years.
The Tigers were notorious basement dwellers during his time in the general manager spot and had finished last in the American League Central in four of those seven years.
Despite the fact they have some decent talent, Avila could just not put a winner together and now the Tigers will head in a different direction looking to get back to the top again.
The Tigers have a lot of talent. With players like Javier Baez, who had come from a World Series-winning organization in Chicago (Cubs) along with highly rated newer prospects like Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson, the Tigers seemed loaded for bear and ready to win.
But it never worked out. They just continued to struggle and couldn’t seem to get out of the lowly spot that they are perpetually in.
The Chicago White Sox should make a big move like the Detroit Tigers did.
The Tigers are sure to take some time to try to find a general manager that is going to pull them up from the doldrums and get them into a better place. The firing proves that the organization knew that they were heading in the wrong direction and wanted to right the ship.
The White Sox could take heed from this in a few different ways. First, they must know that if the Tigers are getting serious about being contenders as this is going to cause problems for the White Sox in the future.
The Tigers no longer intend on being the pushovers in the AL Central and are willing to do whatever it takes to not be that. With new blood, the Tigers will be headed upwards whereas the Chicago White Sox are still trying to do the same thing with the same people.
If the White Sox don’t start doing something to course correct, the Tigers are going to pass them by. Another thing that this does is prove that a shake could be what’s needed to help get the Sox moving in the right direction.
Maybe Rick Hahn needs to be fired or perhaps Tony La Russa needs to be let go. Not like that will happen but that kind of shakeup just might get the Sox going and propel them to the top of their division.
Finally, having a new set of goals and ideas in the organization will likely help the Tigers find their way. New blood often looks at things differently.
Whoever they hire might be able to provide the spark that’s needed to help get them going the right way. That could end up getting them to the top of the division.
The White Sox are a stagnant organization. Everyone else around them is doing something while they just sit and hope what they are doing is going to work. It’s time to take heed from the Tigers and shake things up a bit so the White Sox start moving in the right direction and win some games.