In an era where teams buy their way to championships, both of Chicago’s baseball teams are on the similar road. Both are spending every single penny possible and committing to players from all around the world.
Both teams are, in other words, overspending every penny and signing players with an alienated approach for baseball.
Money isn’t an issue; the economy can’t be blamed anymore and neither can be Bartman, a goat or any mythological story. However, the questions behind the White Sox and the Cubs failure still remain on how and who to blame.
Linning, excuse me, winning (I’m still trying to relocate my spring’s mindset) has gone so far ahead on the chart for this upcoming 2012 season.
Despite having a combined payroll of $255.67 million, both teams failed to reach the playoffs this past season.
In fact, neither team has made the playoffs since 2008.
Only 15 World Series appearances in nearly 105 years.
And sadly, five total championships won by both teams. (Four came before the 1920s.)
To put it in simple words: lets face it Chicago, both of your baseball teams have been a failure, and in reality will continue to be, until major helps arrive.
The Sox are in the middle of a “rebuilding” mode, as Kenny Williams called it. They’re beginning to go young, trading away players and hoping the baseball gods will somehow magically turn Jake Peavy, Adam Dunn and Alex Rios back to the value that they were purchased for.
How many combined wins will the White Sox and Cubs win in the 2012 season?
Fingers quickly began to point at former manager Ozzie Guillen after the Sox continued to play inconsistent baseball throughout the season. Now, Ozzie sits on his chair in South Beach and awaits his third possible ring, leaving the Sox organization wondering about what could possibly have been a risky move.
Questions without answers kept stirring up on the south side, creating a huge fuzz on who to bring in and what signings can carry some excitement into the clubhouse.
To achieve this goal, the Sox brought in Jeff Manto as the new hitting coach, gave Robin Ventura the new manager job, (both have no experience as coaches) and signed Kosuke Fukudome to a one-year contract.
So that’s it, eh?
Well there you have it, mission accomplished. The Sox will win 90+ games, Beckham will make solid contact, and Dunn will now hit over 40 home runs.
Nope, not so fast.
Cubs fans, please don’t smile.
As on the north side, things aren’t any brighter either. The future looks very blurry and unsolvable from here, creating a puzzling image in most Cubs fans heads.
Bringing in Theo Epstein was the first of many needed moves. However, most big-name free agents signed with other teams while the Cubs failed to sign any players to remain in the hunt to stay out of sixth place in the central.
How many All-Stars will make it from Chicago?
Again, who can we blame for the Cubs failure?
Something tells me that combining these teams to one Chicago team might bring some enthusiasm and waken up some fans around the city. However, looking at a roster that could be put together, it might even create more chaos in the Windy City.
On the obvious note, All-Stars Paul Konerko and Starlin Castro will get their role at first base and shortstop. The rest of the infield will be a random drawing from either Ian Stewart, Darwin Barney, Jeff Baker, Gordon Beckham or Brent Morel.
Five mediocre hitters to choose from Chicago, take your pick.
Behind the plate, AJ edges out Soto, only because he is AJ and we wouldn’t want to see a disappointed AJ on the bench.
Dayan Viciedo, David DeJesus and Marlon Byrd will fill up the outfield.
Now here’s the best part—Chicago’s pitching staff.
Johnny Danks and Matt Garza are in. No second thoughts.
And just for the heck it, Ryan Dempster and Gavin Floyd get the number three and four spots.
A healthy Peavy would easily take the last spot, yet can we really rely on his bones or muscles to last longer than a month?
I almost, almost had the guts to relieve some stress and stay with a four-man rotation, but something tells me to simply let this magical manager make his own choice for the last mark.
Some special notes here, Chicago. Listen up carefully!
No Ace at all, and only one starting pitcher that maintained an ERA under four.
Remember the $255.67 million dollar payroll?
Money gets you everything right?
So there you have it, the best team that two franchises can put together.