The Philadelphia Phillies are making the Chicago White Sox community go crazy right now as they enter the World Series as the National League champions.
Each team had a similar record when the Phillies fired Joe Girardi as their manager. The White Sox kept their guy and let him be terrible for the duration of the season.
When he left because of a medical condition, the team won a lot more going forward. That is until that extra innings game against the Cleveland Guardians when the division was pretty much wrapped up. From there, they fell apart again.
If they would have made the change earlier in the year, they would have stayed hot because the talent on this team is undeniable.
They handled Luis Robert’s injury very poorly when he had it and he was never able to fully recover from it at the end. That is extra bad because he is the most talented player on the roster.
With others like Eloy Jimenez, Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson, and Andrew Vaughn amongst others, the offense should have been much better. With pitching talents like Dylan Cease, Michael Kopech, and Lance Lynn, things should feel a lot different.
There is no doubt that the Chicago White Sox have talent on this roster.
Recency bias suggests that we overrate the talent on the team but recency bias is all it is. What about the leaps forward made for almost everyone in 2019, 2020, and 2021? Did they just forget how to play baseball?
No, this was a poorly managed team. Do Rick Hahn and Kenny Williams deserve some blame? Absolutely. They didn’t do enough to supplement the roster and there were some major free agency/trade misses. However, they can win with the core that’s there.
If they hire a whole new manager who brings in a whole new staff, then the players should be held even more accountable for their performances but this team reflected the lethargic approach of their Hall of Fame manager in the dugout.
It would be nice to see Rick Hahn be a much better GM this off-season. Find your own manager, make some big moves to help the offense, the defense, and the pitching staff, and regain the attitude that made the 2021 team so much fun. This team has talent, go supplement it.