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  1. Everyone knows the time to judge a new front office is a few months into its first offseason before you let real results influence the true reality - how it feels. But nonetheless, as someone extremely skeptical this will work, I have to at least remark that it does feel a lot different. First - I think I can say somewhat accurately that this board would have said the worst thing Getz could have done is act like they were still just a, say, RFer away and tried to patch it up. This offseason was painful, because this upcoming season is horrifying, but at least it appears to not be putting off future pain. I'd need an ethicist to tell me if it's better to take more pain in the short term or have more time to adjust future pain. Second - The trades do feel different. I would say in general Hahn got more leeway than deserved because my strong opinion is he sought out trades that got him prospects with higher "prospect handbook" grades specifically to get him a better set of reviews. The hype around the trades continued to meet an underwhelming reality, because often these rankings are outdated, and we were buying guys starting to fall off. He was like buying a car literally after it rolled off the lot for the full sale price, but still showing the sticker on the windshield to us. Posters can check me (I encourage it), but I really can't pin trades that hahn did similar to what Getz has done this offseason. He has gone for volume of some bounce back candidates/dfa candidates, and players whose age/grades seem to have undervalued them. Or...accurately valued them. But it certainly has felt like the sox own grades on these players were what drove the acquisitions. Were they right? I have no idea, but it feels like what is happening. Third - For seemingly his entire tenure, when Hahn is facing free agent position players in his "budget", he has opted for marginally more offensive upside over competency in literally every other area. If you saw a guy that had hit 95 wRC+ over the last 3 years who was slow and horrible defensively, and one who hit 90 wRC+ over the last 3 years and was good/great defensively, Hahn took the first guy 100% of the time. Fourth - Hahn's analytics seemed to always boil down to "this one weird trick will fix all woes". It seemed like they were way, way too focused on contact rate and cutting down Ks after 2019, even if it was a guy with low walk rates or horrendous power, and it came with a bunch of players with horrible zone contact who just chased every pitch for a nubber. For pitching, K-rate became everything. Some of this made sense. When your defense is horrid, getting guys that just don't allow contact made sense. But then also loving sinker-relievers in front of horrid defense made no sense ever. Fifth - he hired from the outside, albeit from the royals exclusively (jk). And even where he did not firesale his PD staff, I have to pay attention when Keith Law says this: "They did extremely well in last summer’s trade binge, they’ve hit on a couple of recent high drafts, and we’ve seen guys develop in that system to a degree that we hadn’t seen in some time." SO - maybe there were was headway. Now, what I'm not saying is different will equal success. You can make a lot of different versions of bad. But as a concern that he was promoted from within, he certainly has some different ideas. But obviously, he needs to show he can find well-rounded, elite talent from the draft, from intl, from trades, from everywhere. Different though! Go Paul DeJong!
    12 points
  2. Rick Hahn was really really really really bad at his job.
    9 points
  3. Yeah, I’m sure it wasn’t the fact they had no money to spend
    7 points
  4. Eloy's biggest impact on this team is the red batting gloves, which I find depressingly hilarious
    5 points
  5. Not the only person clearly who had internalized him as a very tall impressive man
    4 points
  6. Is this an improvement over Rick Hahn's 10,000 words to say absolutely nothing? I honestly can't tell.
    4 points
  7. Maldonado hasn’t had a .700 OPS since 126 at bats in 2014. What exactly is a resurgence for him?
    4 points
  8. Yeah, no good free agents want to come to the Sox because of their bad defense. It has nothing to do with Getz offering sub-$8 million dollar a year contracts.
    3 points
  9. Your 2024 Chicago White Sox. Get your tickets NOW, before we close the upper deck.
    3 points
  10. It also is a ridiculous comment from Getz because it’s not like he signed these defensive upgrades to long-term deals. Guys like Pillar, Maldonado and Dejong will be here for a season (at most).
    3 points
  11. That site is a clown show. They’ve run 4 articles on the new stadium - all of them negative. Sure, there are concerns, but they’re in the very early stages of this thing.
    2 points
  12. This is quite frankly one of the dumbest articles I have ever seen on a Sox blog. Good grief.
    2 points
  13. Have you SEEN the parking at Camelback! My god, you practically park at your seat! And the color of that grass in the outfield patio, it's like a shining emerald! Oh, and if you want to see actual good players, our AAAA shares the park with the world famous LA Dodgers! You can't beat that experience!
    2 points
  14. 2 points
  15. Theoretically it would be good to have a LH bat off the bench who can pinch hit for the catchers, DeJong, & Lopez late in games. But Sheets isn’t even a good hitter against RHP at this point, so obviously a questionable fit.
    2 points
  16. I think "economic home run" is always too far, but "good idea" would be to consolidate more people closer to the loop to help ease some of this drain of commercial real estate. It at least feels like a good idea to continue to surround the loop with the clubs (river north), premier restaurants (west loop), and now a nearby stadium/riverfront/restaurant area, rather than keep it so spread out. Especially for a neighborhood that hasn't shown much desire to move off of heavily residential.
    2 points
  17. Left handed power? Sorry, I can't even type that with a straight face.
    2 points
  18. And even with no real money to spend, they still overpaid a bunch of hot garbage.
    2 points
  19. You don't want to sign Paul "please pray to Jobu" Dejong to a long term deal?
    2 points
  20. What service does Sheets really provide for this team? Play against some tough RHPs? He's beyond bad.
    2 points
  21. They could have gone with marquee offseason signing Chris Flexen
    2 points
  22. Yeah, that's kind of weird right? Edit: Kopech as the pitcher selected for the graphic is depressing.
    2 points
  23. It would be sweet if some of these schmucks could bounce back and recoup some value this season. Maybe flip them at the deadline for pieces that will be a part of the next competitive team.
    2 points
  24. 2 points
  25. Such a terrible disease. So happy for Mongo and his family. LONG overdue.
    2 points
  26. If KC held for the 4th down, they’d still have to drive 60 + yards for the FG. I don’t think it would’ve made a difference with how SF’s defense was looking the second half, but that’s why you’re there - to win the trophy. Put some pressure on KC to score a TD
    2 points
  27. “I just feel it,” Grifol said. “There is a good vibe. You’ll see it, you’ll feel it, and you’ll hear it from these guys when you talk to them. “They feel the same way. We’re all in this together. We have a really good staff we’ve assembled with a lot of experience and postseason experience as well. The group of players that we have are not going to let that slip away from us.” https://www.mlb.com/news/white-sox-goals-for-improving-in-2024 “It’s more so we know what we can do,” White Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi said. “The potential in there is extremely high, and honestly, we are in a division that is pretty winnable for any team. It all comes down to staying healthy and playing to our potential. It’s one thing to say and another thing to do.” “Paul [DeJong] knows what he can be. I know Nicky [Lopez] knows what he can be. Myself included,” said White Sox starting pitcher Michael Soroka, who played for a consistently good Braves team but one still playing with a chip on its shoulder. “We have a lot of guys, I think, that have something to prove. We know what’s available in ourselves, and we want to pull that out on this team. “You could end up with a team that is very, very hard to play against because you are playing against a lot of guys playing for their careers. That’s sometimes how some of those teams start. I’m excited to do that. I hope that is this club.” “Everybody is counting us out,” said White Sox right fielder Gavin Sheets, “The only thing you can do is use that to fuel us. We go out every day trying to play hard and win games, and that doesn’t change what we are going to do. We all know we aren’t favored to do anything this year. That’s the first time since I’ve been here in the big leagues in three years. We can use that to help us and motivate us and see what we can do with it.”
    1 point
  28. Also, I do believe if the Bears keep Fields and trade down for a haul, the team could very well end up making the playoffs. So I don’t think it’s a “terrible” decision there. It’s just now, the possibilities are far greater for either scenario of NFL greatness….or NFL lore for a legendary bust.
    1 point
  29. I really wonder if Poles somewhere deep in himself hates the idea of ending up with the #1 pick. I know, red hot take - how could he be anything but thrilled? As fans we of course love the possibilities, as does the media for the stories its creates; but our situation now has so many possibilities (for right and wrong). If the Bears selected #4 or below with the Carolina pick it’s likely a non-issue - Fields would be returning. We’d have a clearer path. If we select the wrong QB (ie, Trubisky/Mahomes, Young/Strous), or keep Fields and miss out on a generational talent, Poles is done. Not immediately, but his shelf life with the Bears will have been lessened. High expectations would have followed Poles regardless. However, when you select number one in a draft with a supposed generational talent on top, two other quarterbacks likely going #2 and #3, the expectations rightfully skyrocket.
    1 point
  30. Oh goodie, more spring fluff articles...
    1 point
  31. Another thing, I keep going back to that stat that points to JF having the best NFL QB rating when targeting Moore, upwards of 140, better than Mahomes to Kelce in fact...if you put MHJr opposite Moore, there's no way you can convince me it wouldn't make Fields a better passer. Would they be carrying Fields? Yeah I guess so but I wouldn't care so long that it's effective. If the Bears let JF1 walk, I'll be rooting for the next guy to succeed and prove me wrong, as of right now though, I have my doubts about CW. Granted I didn't watch a lot of his games but I did catch the ND game and he looked lost.
    1 point
  32. Oh he has a plan. It's just not one he is going to say out loud. He is clearing deadweight and payroll while filling in with minimalist players, while hoping to maximize a young talent pool.
    1 point
  33. Scott Merlin is a sycophantic orifice. Gertz can't figure out what he is doing. Just acquiring 4A guys and see if they stick around. Maybe next year he will have a plan.
    1 point
  34. Shuster will be starting in Charlotte and I doubt Berroa makes the club initially
    1 point
  35. You can say all you want about the third team possessing the ball having a guaranteed shot to win the game outright…but that discounts all the permutations of deal with Mahomes knowing exactly what he needs to do (like going on 4th and 1 deep in own territory, or setting every drive up with punting never an option)…not to mention Greenlaw was out by that point, and how huge he was for their defense. And then how much the Chiefs possessed the ball in the second half and finally started to wear down the SF defense. And it’s Patrick Mahomes, lol. The lead specifically mad a rule to thwart him, Tyreek Hill and Kelce because they were so deadly automatic.
    1 point
  36. Some people are just too fragile. Disagree with them and they passive aggressively cry about it for years. Oh wait Hahahahaha
    1 point
  37. I think he’s fine as a backup. His biggest enemy is his body, so playing a couple times a week I think he will be quite effective by backup C standards.
    1 point
  38. Wouldn't surprise me if he somehow rebounded and played decently this year. I don't think it will happen but it would be so White Sox if it did.
    1 point
  39. Exactly. A penny pincher burning a couple mill on this guy is weird.
    1 point
  40. How does Maldonado get $4.25 million?
    1 point
  41. https://www.mlb.com/news/chris-getz-discusses-possibility-of-dylan-cease-trade The “short term” piece concerns me a bit. Trade Cease for 2026 -2027 ready prospects. Don’t care much who they acquire the next two years beyond prospects. After trading Santos and Cease, they are at least 20 players short of competing in 2025.
    1 point
  42. I saw this writeup and thought it was worth sharing. Lots of stuff I didn't know about Related Reality, what has already been secured in terms of funding, and most importantly why it makes sense financially for the Sox to do this.
    1 point
  43. This was exactly what I was going to post as well. It's like they are trolling the fans even with the fluff pieces.
    1 point
  44. All these guys that were playing for their careers were playing for them last season until an team awful enough threw a few dollars at them to try again. But I do agree with wegner. Defense alone should get them a few more wins.
    1 point
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