Chicago White Sox rebuild proves to be entertaining

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This Chicago White Sox rebuilding season is proving to be far more entertaining than in recent years where they tried to compete for the playoffs and miserably failed in doing so.

Last July, Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn expressed his discontent with the direction of the team when he commented on how the White Sox were “mired in mediocrity.” The vision for the White Sox as a playoff team last season didn’t come to fruition, but, then again, it hasn’t since 2008.

Season after season, White Sox fans have tolerated excruciating teams where the front office tried to sell us on the fact that the roster was good enough to compete for a playoff spot, when, in reality, it wasn’t. Although, let’s be fair. There were a couple of seasons where the White Sox posted solid records but were outplayed by the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers down the stretch and, thus, failed to make the playoffs.

According to ESPN’s MLB standings, since and excluding 2008, the White Sox finished over .500 twice, which was in 2010 and 2012. Frustrated fans could only watch in disappointment as the franchise continued to grasp at goals that weren’t within reach.

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But the outcries of disappointment and discontent finally reached the front office and, more importantly, were understood. The rebuild began to take shape with the trade of ace and fan-favorite Chris Sale, a deal in which they acquired Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Luis Alexander Basabe and Victor Diaz.

This deal marked the beginning of a significant flurry of trades orchestrated by Hahn and the front office. Since then, the White Sox have arguably put together the best farm system in baseball.

What more could you ask for? The Sox set a goal, and are now working towards achieving it. The goal of this rebuild is to achieve and sustain consistent success. Consistent success wasn’t attainable through the conditions of their previous win-now strategy.

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The Chicago White Sox are going to lose a lot, and that’s the goal, but every loss moves them closer to the number one overall pick. Losing baseball games isn’t painful like in years past. We understand this team isn’t supposed to compete. There isn’t the added stress of having to win against division rivals.

Additionally, Sox fans collectively have been following the farm system much more intensely than in years past. If losing is truly stressing out Sox fans, they can always take their minds off the major league team and follow the farm system. This season is drastically different from previous ones–this time, there is a realistically attainable goal.