Chicago White Sox: 6 Reasons the Future Is Bright on the South Side
Chicago White Sox fans have a great deal to look forward to. Not only can 2012 be bright, but in the future this team can shape up and be a contender for years to come.
The Sox are under new management and after the last couple of seasons that is a good thing.
The White Sox will be an exciting ballclub and can give the fans something to be proud of.
Over the last few months, the bullpen was lights out. Sergio Santos will only get better after he posted 30 saves in his first full season as a closer.
Jesse Crain did great as a setup man with a 2.62 ERA and eight wins.
Chris Sale (if he remains in the pen) had a 2.79 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.
The White Sox have a bunch of young talent going into next season and if they meet their potential, the Sox can be real good for a long time.
Alejandro De Aza (27), Dayan Viciedo (22), Tyler Flowers (25) and Brent Morel (24) are going to be the heart of this team.
This is an exciting bunch and they could put up big numbers.
Paul Konerko Is Getting Better with Age
Paul Konerko has been aging like a fine wine putting up spectacular numbers at age 35. His glove is among the American League's best.
The Sox captain has put together consecutive .300, 30 HR, 100 RBI seasons.
And as general manager Kenny Williams says, Konerko has got a managerial job when he decides to hang it up.
Dunn, Rios and Beckham Can Only Get Better
Adam Dunn, Alex Rios and Gordon Beckham had horrendous seasons in 2011. They can only get better after their bad performances.
It was Dunn's worst offensive output of his career. Rios flirted with the Mendoza Line all season. Beckham's numbers have tailed off since his '09 rookie season.
Distractions Are Gone
Robin Ventura has been anointed as the manager of the Chicago White Sox. Ventura will usher in a new era of Twitter-free rantings of family members and vulgar press conferences the Sox had to endure under Ozzie Guillen.
Also gone is hitting coach Greg Walker, who did not get results from any adjustments he attempted to make for Dunn, Rios and Beckham.
It will be a fresh look for the 2012 South Side Hitmen.
If 2012 Doesn't Pan out Kenny Is Gone
Kenny Williams is on White Sox life support. One can assume, if results are not seen by next year, owner Jerry Reinsdorf will cut Williams loose.
He has made questionable signings and trades in his White Sox tenure and he ran skipper Ozzie Guillen, who Reinsdorf loved, out of town.
Kenny needs a successful 2012 to keep his career in Chicago going.