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The Achilles Heel Of the Chicago White Sox: Artificial Turf

TORONTO - APRIL 6:  A general view of the Opening Day game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Detroit Tigers at the Rogers Centre April 6, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario.(Photo by: Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
D.A.Senior Writer IJuly 29, 2009

Yet another loss to the Twins at the Metrodome, but what did you expect?

The White Sox suck at the Metrodome. So I got to thinking...the White Sox also suck at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. Oh yea, and at Tropicana Field. What do all three of these places have in common? The artificial turf.

The White Sox just don't know how to adjust to the turf. They lose the ability to hit and play defense. Because of it, they have let the Minnesota Twins back in the AL Central race, and now it's back to being a three-horse race until the end.

Let's examine Chicago's stats over the last three-and-a-half years in these stadiums. The numbers never lie, and it's not a pretty sight.

First, here's the stats of the White Sox at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

Year Record Errors Score
20063-3327-28
20071-319-13
20080-435-12
20090-428-21
Total:4-14949-74


Next, here's the stats of the White Sox at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay.

Year Record Errors Score
20061-2416-17
20074-0321-9
20083-4224-16
20093-1128-13
Total:11-71089-55


Finally, here's the stats of the White Sox at the Metrodome in Minnesota.

Year Record Errors Score
20065-51046-54
20074-5540-50
20081-8634-52
20091-4625-35
Total:11-2227145-191


So, here are the totals over the past three-and-a-half years for the White Sox playing on artificial turf.

Year Record Errors Score
2006-Present26-4346283-320


The numbers don't lie. The White Sox cannot play on artificial turf...and it's embarrassing. They are 17 games under .500 when playing on this surface. They also cannot field, having committed a whopping 46 errors in 69 games. They've also been outscored by 37 runs. They can't get their act together.

All we can be grateful for is that the Twins will be playing in a new stadium next year, and the Rays are looking to get a new stadium in the near future. You should go ahead and join them, Jays.

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