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  1. I stopped watching after the middle of the first quarter. This team is not worth watching,
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    A Realistic Offseason

    There is a small piece by Scott Merkin on the White Sox website. He seemed to think that the team was going to be very active. He echoed fans' wants such as two starting pitchers and right fielder. I don't know if that is a real indication of the organization is thinking at the moment. If they do spend money as they seem to be promising, 2020 can be a winning year. Merkin downplayed things some; he didn't believe the Sox would win it all. But if they are this active, it will truly show the team understands the importance if this off-season as you say. I know it would do a lot for my outlook.
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    A Realistic Offseason

    Like most Sox fans, I am hoping for an active offseason. Yet, I don't have big expectations. I am sure the FO will do something, but I don't know on what scale. I find the speculation on this thread interesting, but I am in a wait and see mode. I fear, that in a relative sense, the team will do little.
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    Rumor: Reinsdorf aims to build second place teams

    This is what is frustrating to fans. Losing teams can make money, and so why should they spend it? Then again, if that's the case, why should we go?
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    Rumor: Reinsdorf aims to build second place teams

    To Reinsdorf's credit, the White Sox finally won a division in 1983. On the night they clinched, they became the first Chicago baseball team to draw over 2,000,000 in a season. Most didn't think that would happen because of the miserable springs in Chicago. And this occurred in only the third year since his group purchased the team from Bill Veeck. The Seventies had been a miserable decade for the team, and Reinsdorf and Einhorn quickly gave the team credibility. But the team bombed in the playoffs, and then quickly faded. The last half of the '80s were only slightly better than the Seventies. Reinsdorf and his group have accomplished things with the franchise. I only wish successes lasted longer. We also could have skipped the strike and the White Flag Trade.
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    Rumor: Reinsdorf aims to build second place teams

    Don't even bother saying this, because he won't sell. The most frustrating thing about all of this is that most fans have known full well that the White Sox have needed to change, but we have seen the same tired old faces hang around and we get the same results. Okay, I understand the idea behind a rebuild. But what makes this rebuild different than the various other ones that have happened during the last half century? Why should we really think this particular rebuild is going to work? Have people grown smarter? Are they adjusting to the way the game is changing? Is merely loading up on young talent going to lead to real winning? To tell you the truth, I'm sick of the losing and the empty promises. That much I know for sure.
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    Frank Thomas will be on WWE Smackdown tonight

    I think Frank Thomas needs to find something to do.
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    Steve Stone not returning to the booth next season???

    I'm with you on AJ. I don't want him in the booth. He was a real competitor, but he isn't the most likable person in the world. And it would be a nice change to have someone who has had no connection with the White Sox. Enough of that already. But I expect Stone to be back next year.
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    Rumor: Reinsdorf aims to build second place teams

    What will happen in the next couple of years will demonstrate how serious this team is about building a sustainable winner. It really starts with this offseason. If the FO makes some lukewarm moves, that will say a lot. If the franchise wants credibility, it will have to earn it.
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    Steve Stone not returning to the booth next season???

    After reading your post, I wanted to relate this story. I have had a booth at SoxFest several times during the years. One year Eddie Einhorn's wife and son were next to me. His son had done a documentary on the 1983 division winners. Since we were going to be next to each other for the weekend, I went over and introduced myself to Mrs. Einhorn. She seemed a little shocked. Someone was being nice to her? I didn't like some of the things Eddie had done, but I saw no reason to be rude to his family. Or to him, for that matter. I heard from one former Chicago sportswriter that Eddie was an engaging person. Anyway, we need to remember we are all people. And fans must remember it is tough to be a public person. Jerry Reinsdorf has become reclusive and that is one reason he uses Steve Stone as a spokesman, although I don't think Stone is all that effective as a spokesman. As I have said before, it is time to tone down the anger. It is not good for the fans, and it is not good for the future of the franchise.
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    Steve Stone not returning to the booth next season???

    I agree with you even though I think that many are not assholes. And nasty things are said on this board. My point is that Stone doesn't really say who he is speaking to, and you can alienate many well-meaning fans. I also don't think calling out fans when you have seven losing seasons in a row is getting you anywhere, and it hasn't gotten the White Sox anywhere during the past 40 years. Also the White Sox have a major league arrogance about them. That doesn't get them anywhere, either. It goes without saying that having a civilized dialogue would help. I wrote Stone some time ago. There was no profanity or name-calling. I even wrote that it was from one gentleman to another. I didn't like what he did, but there was no need to get personal. I just didn't agree with him. I'd say the same things to his face, and I would do it in a respectful way. But there are times when I think the Sox believe something is owed to them, and I don't buy that. Bottom line is that things need to change, and I don't think winning will solve everything. But I agree with you on another thing: Twitter is just plain horrible. But your first sentence is awfully sarcastic.
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    Steve Stone not returning to the booth next season???

    Many times fans are no angels, and I can't stand some of the idiocy. The troubling thing is that the relationship between the fans and this organization has been bad from the start. The angry sides feed on each other, and there has been a constant bad and negative aura around the team. The atmosphere was rancid after the White Flag Trade and has never really recovered. Both sides don't understand each other. I never thought Reinsdorf and Einhorn got a good feeling of where the fans were coming from, and sometimes fans thought the organization could spend money like Steinbrenner. Some fans also didn't realize that baseball economics were changing when the Reinsdorf-Einhorn group bought the team. The organization didn't understand how frustrated the fans were by the losing and how cynical they had become. At this point, there needs to be some kind of peace-making. Fans need to accept this organization for what it is because it won't change. The organization should realize that there are still many loyal White Sox fans who only want the team to win on a consistent basis. But the organization needs to take the lead. These public squabbles have been going on for nearly 40 years, and they are counter-productive. The team still struggles at the gate, and the fan base continues to erode. This crap has to stop. That is, if the organization truly wants to have a bright future for the franchise. Right now I am totally frustrated by the fact that the same mistakes are being made. Tell Stone to stick with the color and let's move on.
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    Steve Stone not returning to the booth next season???

    Stone is a good color man, no doubt about it. The guy knows the game inside and out. As a team spokesman? Not so hot.
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    Steve Stone not returning to the booth next season???

    Some of them are. But when a public person tends to make blanket statements, it comes across as attacking all fans, and that is a no-win strategy. I'm a Reinsdorf critic, but I'm sure he has a decent side to him. In fact, I'm sure of it. But that is a separate issue from the performance of the team on the field, and for the most part it hasn't been good since the 2005 World Series. So, it is time for this team to show that it is really committed to making this rebuild work. Reinsdorf doesn't need to spend $300 million. Just spend something and improve the team in 2020. I don't want to hear any more promises or happy talk. Time for the winning to start, at least on some level.
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    Kyle Schwarber?

    The White Sox don't need a one-dimensional player. No thanks to him at first as well. No thanks period. The White Sox should be looking to do better than this.
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