2013 New Years Resolutions For The Chicago White Sox
Chicago White Sox 2013 New Years Resolutions
As 2012 comes to a close, I started to think of some New Year’s resolutions. Obviously, I have some for myself but, this isn’t about me. It’s about the Chicago White Sox. What are some New Year’s resolutions that the White Sox can have for 2013? Well, first let’s take a look back at 2012 and see if they accomplished any of their previous resolutions.
I don’t think many expected the White Sox to do much in 2012. They hired Robin Ventura who had zero managerial experience at any level. Adam Dunn and Alex Rios were both coming off of terrible years in 2011. The White Sox lost Mark Buehrle who was a workhorse in the starting rotation. Chris Sale was going to have his first year as a starter. The only resolution that the White Sox probably had was just to stay above, or right at, .500 for 2012.
The White Sox did that and more. Ventura managed the White Sox to an 85-77 record. The White Sox were in first place for the majority of the year. Yes, they did falter down the stretch but, it was still pretty amazing that they were even in first place to begin with. Dunn’s average wasn’t what most people wanted, but the power numbers were back to normal. Rios put together a great 2012.
Then there is Sale, who turned himself into one of the aces in the American League. Sale was named an All-Star and was sixth in Cy Young award voting. He did seem to slow down a bit down the stretch just like the rest of the White Sox, but the fact that he made himself an ace is unbelievable.
I would say that the White Sox were pretty successful in 2012, even though they didn’t make the playoffs. Just the fact that they were in contention and in first place for so long is remarkable. So, what are some resolutions for the White Sox in 2013? Let’s take a look.
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Adam Dunn Stop Striking Out As Much And Have A Better Average
Look, I’m not sure if it’s asking for too much but I would really like to see Dunn stop striking out as much. In 2012 he struck out 222 times. I know that he is a power hitter and power hitters do strike out a lot, but I would still like to see Dunn lower his strikeouts to fewer than 200 in 2013. As for his average, I would like to see Dunn hit at least .220. Are both too much to ask for?
Tyler Flowers To Have A Productive Year
2013 will be Flowers first full year as a start for the White Sox. The White Sox already know what Flowers can do defensively behind the plate so there is nothing to worry about on that end. Pitchers have also liked how Flowers calls a game for them, compared to A.J. Pierzynski. Offensively, I would like Flowers to have a productive year; an average of .260 and double digits with the RBI’s. I think most White Sox fans can deal with that.
Gordon Beckham To Hit For Average
This is the year that Beckham has to start hitting the ball better. In 2012 he only hit .234. While he did hit 16 home runs, I would trade the home runs with timelier hitting. Beckham struck out 89 times, but I would still like to see Beckham cut down on his swing. 2013 is a must for Beckham to hit and put up good numbers.
Have Good Production At Third Base
The problem at third base plagued the White Sox in 2012 until they traded for Kevin Youkilis. The White Sox signed Jeff Keppinger in the off season to more than likely start at third base for the White Sox. In his eight seasons, Keppinger has played third base 152 times so it isn’t like he will be thrown to the wolves. The White Sox need Keppinger to play to his average. In his career, Keppinger is a .288 hitter, which is better than any other option the White Sox have at third base.
Gavin Floyd To Not Have A “Gavin” Year
Every year it’s the same story with Floyd. He starts off well and is unhittable. Then he goes into a slump and can’t get out of it. Then he goes back to being the unhittable Floyd again. I would really like to see that stop in 2013. I want to see Floyd start off strong and stay consistent.
Paul Konerko To Be Himself
There aren’t going to be many more years seeing Konerko play. That’s the truth unfortunately. So, this is partly a resolution for fans to go enjoy his work. As for Konerko, I just want him to keep playing like he usually does. He is like a fine glass of wine that seems to get better with age. If he can hit close to .300 again and 20 plus home runs I will be happy. Though, I would be happy even if he only hits .270.
John Danks To Be 100% healthy
After Danks went down with an injury in 2012, I have two resolutions for him in 2013. One is to be 100% healthy. I don’t want to see Danks rush out to pitch if he isn’t. If/when he is 100% healthy in 2013, I would like for him to just have a decent year.
Alexi Ramirez and Gordon Beckham Continue To Be One Of The Best Double Play Combinations
Without question, Ramirez and Beckahm are two of the best double play combinations in the MLB. I want to see that continue in 2013.
White Sox Fans Need To Attend More Games
Look, I have addressed this before (here), but White Sox fans need to show up and support the team. I’m not saying to always go to the games and be blind, but I’m sick of the lack of attendance. U.S. Cellular Field has some of the best amenities of any ballpark in the MLB. They even let you bring your own food and water in. The White Sox are also lowering parking prices. There are no more excuses for not going to the games. I understand the seats being empty when it’s cold early in the season but if the White Sox are winning like they were in 2012, then fans need to show up. There are no more excuses.
Win The World Series
I think this is a resolution that every team has. If they don’t, then what is the point of playing baseball? I know it might be a far stretch but have this goal. Just remember, in 2005 no one expected the White Sox to get to the playoffs let alone win the World Series and they did.