Chicago White Sox
December 18, 2011 by staff
It is that kind of inconsistency that led general manager Kenny Williams to spend $56 million on Adam Dunn last offseason. For the past seven years, it has been automatic to pencil him in for 40 home runs and 100 RBIs. Of course, with the White Sox’s luck, they saw him put together the worst season of his career. His .159 average was 20 points lower than the lowest qualifying average in MLB history. His power numbers of 11 homers and 42 RBIs are the lowest of his career. It got to the point where fans literally cheered when he made contact because he would strikeout so much. As bad as Dunn was, he wasn’t alone.
Alex Rios and Gordon Beckham also proved to be huge disappointments. Rios’ approach of trying to pull everything led to a .227 average, 13 home runs, 44 RBIs and just 11 stolen bases (34 SB in 2010). Beckham played an exceptional second base but seemed to have completely lost it at the plate. He hit a career-low .230 and simply couldn’t hit a fastball (of all pitches). A.J. Pierzynski, Alexei Ramirez and Juan Pierre all had respectable seasons, and Carlos Quentin went from hot to cold to hurt. Brent Lillibridge and Omar Vizquel gave solid contributions off the bench, and in the final two months of the season, Dayan Viciedo and Alejandro De Aza played their way into starting spots for 2012. Only Paul Konerko stood out for the White Sox, and it got to the point where teams would simply pitch around him because there was no other threat in the lineup. With no money available to give Konerko some help, the White Sox must ask their disappointing veterans to step up and their young guns to produce immeiately if they want to contend next season.
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