Dayan Viciedo came up to the majors to help the Chicago White Sox salvage the last hopes to win the division title. White Sox fans had clamored for months for the White Sox to call Viciedo up so that Ozzie Guillen could insert his powerful bat into the struggling White Sox lineup. White Sox writers on Bleacher Report harped incessantly about the need to call up Viciedo to shore up an anemic lineup and to plug holes caused by injuries.
In late August, the White Sox finally called Viciedo up to the majors. As the White Sox fought to hang on, Viciedo produced, but his teammates did not, and the ship sailed from there.
Unfortunately, Viciedo could not save the White Sox. One could say that he was called up too late to make a difference. Meanwhile, some might say that if only Guillen had pleaded with GM Kenny Williams for Viciedo to be called up—if only Guillen would have played Viciedo sooner—then Viciedo would have helped.
Nevertheless, Guillen was not urgent about playing Viciedo, and Viciedo did not patch the White Sox offense.
Still, Viciedo is being pinned as the next big thing. Last week, one article christened him the next superstar.
While he has shown some flashes, Viciedo has a long way to go before he becomes the next Frank Thomas. One might even argue that Viciedo might not reach that point. He might even become another Gordon Beckham or Joe Borchard.
Following is a list that plays devil's advocate to the parade of cheers for Viciedo.