15 Players I Don’t Want To See On The Chicago White Sox Again
15 Players I Don't Miss On The Chicago White Sox
After I made my list of the 15 players that I miss on the Chicago White Sox (which you can find here) I decided that I should make another list. This one is more dubious then the other list I compiled. These are the 15 players that I don’t want to see on the White Sox again.
Just like the other list that I compiled, these are players that I remember. I’m sure there are plenty of players that have played for the White Sox in the past that I don’t remember that didn’t play well. There are also “honorable” mentions on this list just like my last.
The first of these is Jerry Owens. Owens was a top prospect in the organization for the White Sox. He tore up the minor league system and even contended for the starting center fielder job in 2006. The problem with Owens was the injuries that he suffered. After 2007, Owens seemed like he couldn’t hit the ball anymore. He is still a free agent and has never regained what he once was.
The second honorable mention on this list is backup catcher Toby Hall. Hall just didn’t do anything special for the White Sox. I understand that he was a backup catcher but still, nothing pops out that he did. In his two years with the White Sox, Hall appeared in 79 games. He hit .235, only drove in 10 runs and had an on base percentage of .267. I won’t miss Hall or his antics. He made some players in the clubhouse angry and annoyed others with his childish behavior.
With that, let’s take a look at players I don’t want to see on the White Sox again. Brace yourself, because the names will bring back bad memories.
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Borchard was one of those players that never seemed to get “it”. He was great in college at football and baseball and the White Sox drafted him pretty high. Borchard’s one claim to fame for the White Sox is that he still holds the record for the longest home run hit at U.S. Cellular Field at 504 feet. Other than that, he did nothing impressive. In his four years with the White Sox, Borchard appeared in 102 games, hit .191, only drove in 30 runs and had an on base percentage of .254. The White Sox traded Borchard to the Seattle Mariners in 2006 for Matt Thornton. I guess that Borchard was good for that as well, and I will always be thankful to the Mariners for trading Thornton to the White Sox.
Swisher just annoyed White Sox fans. He didn’t play well for the White Sox but then went on to have a good year with the New York Yankees. I wrote an entire article about why White Sox fans don’t like Swisher which you can find here. I don’t want to see Swisher in a White Sox uniform ever again.
The White Sox received Betemit from the Yankees when they traded Swisher. In 20 games and 50 at bats with the White Sox, Betemit only hit .200 and drove in only three runs. He also committed four errors at third base. After the White Sox had enough of Betemit they designated him for assignment to make room for Gordon Beckham.
When the White Sox traded Miguel Olivo and other players to the Mariners, Davis was part of the trade, along with Freddie Garcia, in 2004. Davis started some games but didn’t do anything with the White Sox. In 54 games and 171 at bats Davis hit .231, drove in 16 runs and had an on base percentage of .276.
Anderson, just like Borchard, was a high prospect. He was crushing the ball in the minor leagues and to many he seemed to have “it”. One of the reasons the White Sox traded Aaron Rowand was because they thought Anderson was ready to play every day. Anderson was great defensively; there was no doubt about that. He was also involved in the famous fight at Wrigley Field in 2006 when Michael Barrett punched A.J. Pierzysnki. Anderson got into a fight with John Mabry. However, regardless of what he did against the Chicago Cubs, his offense wasn’t very good. In 334 games he only hit .225, drove in 75 runs and had an on base percentage of .288. The White Sox traded Anderson to the Boston Red Sox in 2009. Since then, Anderson has tried to turn to pitching and will try in 2013 with the Colorado Rockies in the minor leagues.
The White Sox traded lefty and fan favorite Neal Cotts to the Cubs for Aardsma. At first, the trade worked out and Aardsma looked great. In April of 2007 he posted a 1.72 ERA. Then the wheels started to come off. Aardsma ended 2007 with a 6.40 ERA in 35 innings. He was released after 2007.
The fact that Hudson is on this list isn’t entirely his fault. The White Sox signed him and tried to have him play third base which isn’t his natural position. He did what he could. I just don’t think that Hudson fits in with the White Sox going forward. In 51 games and 192 at bats Hudson hit .197, drove in 17 runs and had an on base percentage of .262.
When the White Sox traded for MacDougal in 2006 it was considered a shrewd move. He pitched well and the White Sox signed him to a three year contract. Then everything started to go downhill. MacDougal battled injuries; he battled control on his pitches and would have a hard time finding the strike zone. It was unfortunate because MacDougal had so much talent. In his four years with the White Sox MacDougal appeared in 100 games, he was 3-6, posted a 4.77 ERA in 88.2 innings of work.
Wells was drafted high by the White Sox in 1998. He didn’t really do anything for the White Sox. In his three seasons he was 20-21. He posted a 5.14 ERA. He was traded in 2001.
Fields was another prospect for the White Sox that failed. The White Sox thought that he was going to be the future at third base and he just wasn’t. In four years with the White Sox he appeared in 204 games. He hit .229, drove in 31 runs and had an on base percentage of .302. Fields does have a couple of good accolades with the White Sox though. He hit a home run in his first ever MLB at bat. He was also a factor in Mark Buhrele’s Perfect Game. He hit a game winning grand slam and caught the final out.
Eyre was horrendous when he pitched for the White Sox. In his four seasons he had a record of 9-14. He posted an ERA of 5.66 ERA in 211.2 innings. It takes a special type of pitcher to do that. As soon as he left the White Sox I was very happy. I was even happier when the White Sox saw him again when Eyre was on the Cubs and the White Sox did well against him.
I remember when the White Sox signed Ohman. I didn’t quite understand why. I saw how horrible he was with the Cubs. I didn’t think that he was going to change and unfortunately I was correct. In his two seasons with the White Sox he was 1-5. He posted a 4.95 ERA in 80 innings. I’m sure Ohman will land somewhere since he is a lefty, but it won’t be with the White Sox again.
I don’t think any White Sox fan wants Vazquez back. He was beyond frustrating. He seemed to have no passion for the game and never showed up in the big game. In his three years with the White Sox he was 38-36. He posted a 4.40 ERA in 627.2 innings.
When the White Sox traded their closer and fan favorite at the time, Keith Foulke, I wasn’t happy about it at all. I was a huge Foulke fan and was quite upset when they traded him. Some thought it was a good trade because of the success that Koch had in the past. Unfortunately, I was right again. In his two seasons with the White Sox, Koch was 6-6. He posted an ERA of 5.66 in 76.1 innings and only recorded 19 saves.
The White Sox were hoping to catch lightening in a bottle when they traded for Ramirez. It didn’t work. Ramirez appeared in 24 games and had 88 at bats with the White Sox. He hit .267. Ramirez only hit one double and one home run with the White Sox. He also only drove in two runs.