Chicago White Sox Will be Fine in First Year Without A.J. Pierzynski
If life were a cartoon we could just keep everything the perfect way we wanted for the rest of time. The same is true of Major League Baseball. If it were a cartoon or had player cutouts to paste in certain places where we wanted to keep them, teams would never have to move on. That isn’t reality of course and the Chicago White Sox know that every time they look behind the plate and for the first time in eight long seasons, don’t see A.J. Pierzynski.
Taking his place will be Tyler Flowers and the backup to him Hector Gimenez. I know Pierzynski is highly thought of or at least was to White Sox faithful fans but I really don’t see much of a problem with this transition. Flowers while getting the majority of playing time could develop into a solid .280 hitter or better. While being pushed by his teammates as we know he will be, there is no reason to think he couldn’t hit twenty-five plus homers and knock in seventy or more runs.
There is a part of you that will never enjoy seeing a legendary figure go, even if that player is just a legend to you. Still Flowers, along with capable backup Gimenez, should be more than able to take on the role left behind and do so extremely well. There will be those that say they aren’t as good and never could be but I implore you to give these guys a chance. Before long if Flowers stays healthy, you’ll have a hard time watching someone take his place.