The Chicago White Sox weren't even close to being a playoff team in 2023. Their season was over after they ended April with one of the worst records in the league. From there, they were never able to get back on track.
There are a lot of reasons for that issue in 2023. It turned out to be one of the worst years in franchise history and a lot of different people deserve blame for it.
A few people left the White Sox over the last handful of years and they were missed deeply by the White Sox this year. It is a shame that the White Sox continue to let good players go.
These are the three players that the White Sox missed the most in their failed attempt to make the playoffs this year:
1. Jose Abreu
The Chicago White Sox missed having Jose Abreu a lot in 2024.
Of course, the first one on the list is Jose Abreu. He is one of the greatest players in franchise history and he left last off-season. His new team, the Houston Astros, came within a game of getting back to the World Series this year but fell just short.
Abreu isn't the same player as he once was but he was missed dearly in the White Sox lineup. They were down a big-time run producer right in the middle of their lineup. He also provides a lot of leadership in the lockerroom as well.
The vibes were just off without him this year. It is not surprising at all when you think about it that the White Sox had a bad year like this right when he leaves.