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Chicago White Sox

Chicago White Sox

2005 ATL Season Review

by "Blanco" Soccus
Sports Reporter
Chicago Baseball

A look at the first season for the Chicago Whitesox . . .

By looking at the record of the Whitesox, one would think that a 79-75 record would make for a 3rd or 4th place middle of the pack finish,but in the Union league Continental division,the Palehose were in the running until the last few days of the season. The fabulous finish by the Washington Nationals (10-0) finished off the strong hearted Whitesox (3-7) and made for a wild finish and kept the fans on the edge of their seats. GM John Dean has a lot of questions to answer for 2006, as he made some deals down the stretch that may have cost the Whitesox a play-off spot. Looking back at the deal, the Sox moved 5 pitchers and 2 hitters and recieved in return 3 hitters and 4 pitchers. The pitchers sent packing had a 33-30 record and a 4+ ERA, and the 2 hitters had batting averages of .257 (Paul Waner) and .213 (Wally Berger). The new hitters put up pretty good numbers but failed in the main area of lead-off/on-base guy . . . Roberto Clemente was brought in to hit 3rd in the order, and he did put up respectable numbers (.300 avg/.455 slug). Tony Perez platooned at 3B and also did well (.309 avg/.539 slug) but the disapointment was in Claudio Vargas, as he posted a meek .316 OB% and a .393 slug%. Very sad for a lead-off man scoring only 22 runs in 48 games.

On the new pitching side,we got solid relief help in Dizzy Dismukes (2.73 ERA,33 IP) and Jose Mesa (0.82 era/11 IP). Starting pitching was OK as Camilio Pascual picked up where Seaver (10-9) left off going 3-4 but with a sparkling 2.49 ERA in 9 starts. El Tiant was the biggest bust of the  whole deal,he was being counted on to replace Blyleven (9-10,3.87 ERA and a no-hitter) and failed miserably by going 4-6,5.72 era in 11 starts.

OK, now for a look at the rest of the team that did not get traded. I have to start with MVP candidate 3b Richie Allen, he was cruising along and crushing pitchers until an injury cost him the last month of the season, his impressive numbers (.293 avg/38 hrs/100 RBI) in only 127 games, he garned a lot of votes for MVP, if he only would have played that final month??? Middle infield was manned by 2B Nellie Fox (.246 avg/.304 OB/.318 slug) and Dick Lundy (.259/.312/.364), not much to write home about.1B was also a very large dissapointment,as Hank Greenberg was being counted on to protect Allen in the line-up, and he did hit for power with 30 homers,but batted just .226 with an OB% of .304 and drove in only 89 runs. Roy Campanella had a tough time hitting behind the plate(.183),he did hit 19 homers and throw out 50% of would be stealers, but hitting below the Mendoza line is not what was expected.Billy Williams and Kiki Cuyler did an admirable job of platooning in LF, they hit a combined .280 with 24 homers and 70 RBI . . . Pitching,the only 2 guys to really talk about here were Phil Niekro and Goose Gossage.Knucksie led the ballclub in starts with 36(21 quality) and IP 233,had a very respectable 14-11 record and a 3.24 ERA.Goose was very solid in his closer role pitching in 59 games,saving 32 (5 blown) and sporting a 2.53 ERA.As the new season approaches, I see a lot of changes being made to the ball-club, pitching needs to be ironed  out and also some OB% type guys to kick start a lowly offense. 2006 will be an interesting year for the Chicago Whitesox.


Awards Won by White Sox Players

Dick Allen
All-Star, Silver Slugger

Dick Lundy
All-Star

Goose Gossage
All-Star

Bert Blyleven
April Pitcher of the Month

Roy Campanella
Gold Glove

Union League



Team Batting -- 2005 Chicago White Sox


S Name P AVG OBP SPC G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI BB K HBP IW SB CS
Perez,T 1b .309 .376 .539 44 152 47 5 0 10 22 22 17 44 0 0 2 1
Fain* 1b .300 .447 .400 23 30 9 3 0 0 3 0 7 10 1 0 0 2
Clemente rf .300 .340 .455 49 200 60 8 4 5 23 26 12 39 1 0 5 1
Allen,D 1b .293 .364 .580 127 498 146 15 7 38 83 100 55 132 3 1 2 0
Cuyler rf .287 .344 .409 59 115 33 3 1 3 13 11 9 29 1 0 7 5
Williams,Bi* lf .272 .328 .501 112 393 107 19 4 21 53 58 33 46 1 2 2 0
Vargas cf .267 .316 .393 48 191 51 11 2 3 22 9 13 44 1 0 16 7
Lundy# ss .259 .312 .364 152 638 165 25 6 10 86 50 50 54 1 3 23 14
n Waner,P* rf .257 .320 .387 97 393 101 20 5 7 54 31 33 39 4 1 2 2
Gleason# 2b .250 .500 1.000 4 4 1 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
Salazar* of .250 .250 .750 8 4 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Donlin* cf .246 .289 .500 89 142 35 4 4 8 19 23 9 21 0 1 2 3
Fox* 2b .246 .304 .318 125 390 96 15 2 3 38 37 33 20 2 9 3 1
Overall# sp .241 .290 .379 46 29 7 1 0 1 2 2 2 5 0 0 0 0
Schalk c .231 .292 .246 29 65 15 1 0 0 5 3 6 12 0 0 3 0
Marcano 2b .229 .246 .390 48 118 27 5 1 4 9 15 2 14 1 0 0 0
Greenberg 1b .226 .304 .449 154 579 131 19 10 30 83 89 64 139 2 0 3 4
n Berger cf .213 .290 .392 102 357 76 12 2 16 45 46 39 86 1 0 1 4
Kell 3b .208 .235 .271 35 48 10 3 0 0 5 4 2 6 0 0 0 0
Day 2b .206 .316 .235 57 68 14 2 0 0 10 1 11 19 0 0 3 1
n Faber# sp .200 .200 .200 26 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0
n Seaver sp .184 .212 .204 26 49 9 1 0 0 3 6 2 18 0 0 0 0
Campanella c .183 .263 .334 132 464 85 9 2 19 47 61 49 68 2 0 0 0
Aparicio ss .182 .182 .182 8 11 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lopez,A c .176 .176 .176 6 17 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0
Tiant sp .167 .211 .389 11 18 3 1 0 1 2 4 1 5 0 0 0 0
Hebner* 3b .167 .286 .167 13 12 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 0 0 1 0
Pascual sp .143 .143 .286 9 21 3 0 0 1 1 1 0 6 0 0 0 0
Dismukes sp .125 .125 .250 17 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0
Niekro sp .089 .100 .089 36 79 7 0 0 0 1 2 0 18 1 0 0 0
Jones,Sl* sp .083 .120 .083 38 24 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 12 0 0 0 0
n Blyleven sp .060 .060 .080 25 50 3 1 0 0 2 3 0 16 0 0 0 0
n Vance sp .024 .024 .024 22 41 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 0
Gossage cl .000 .000 .000 59 14 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0
n Hiller mr .000 .000 .000 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Marshall cl .000 .000 .000 54 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
McGregor# sp .000 .000 .000 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mesa cl .000 .000 .000 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pena,A mr .000 .000 .000 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Peters* sp .000 .000 .000 19 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Weaver# ss .000 .000 .000 6 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
White,Do* sp .000 .000 .000 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total .239 .301 .397 154 5241 1254 184 51 181 635 609 454 937 22 17 75 45


Team Pitching -- 2005 Chicago White Sox


S Name P ERA W L S G GS CG SHO INN H R ER BB K HR GDP BF
McGregor* sp 0.00 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 4.0 2 0 0 2 3 0 0 16
Mesa cl 0.82 3 0 0 12 0 0 0 11.0 9 1 1 4 7 0 0 45
Salazar* of 2.25 0 1 0 6 0 0 0 12.0 6 3 3 13 10 0 0 55
Pascual sp 2.49 3 4 0 9 9 2 2 65.0 52 22 18 21 34 3 3 266
Gossage cl 2.53 2 4 32 59 0 0 0 85.1 67 25 24 38 67 7 1 355
Dismukes sp 2.73 1 0 0 17 0 0 0 33.0 31 16 10 11 17 2 3 139
Niekro sp 3.24 14 11 0 36 36 5 0 233.1 215 93 84 105 119 10 10 1007
n Faber sp 3.66 3 1 0 26 0 0 0 46.2 45 23 19 15 21 6 3 207
Overall sp 3.71 5 6 0 46 11 0 0 121.1 96 58 50 57 90 14 7 509
White,Do* sp 3.86 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 7.0 3 3 3 0 4 2 0 24
n Vance sp 3.86 7 6 0 22 21 4 1 128.1 115 59 55 41 105 14 5 534
n Blyleven sp 3.87 9 10 0 25 25 6 3 153.2 131 78 66 45 105 19 7 642
Jones,Sl* sp 3.91 4 3 0 38 9 0 0 96.2 98 52 42 44 79 12 9 426
Pena,A mr 3.94 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 16.0 17 7 7 7 4 4 1 72
Day 2b 4.09 4 2 0 9 6 1 0 44.0 42 21 20 19 28 3 6 186
n Seaver sp 4.30 10 9 0 26 26 4 2 165.1 152 82 79 66 126 19 7 703
Marshall cl 5.46 5 7 4 54 0 0 0 59.1 72 38 36 36 28 9 0 281
Tiant sp 5.72 4 6 0 11 11 1 0 56.2 67 40 36 17 31 12 3 250
Peters* sp 5.96 0 1 1 19 0 0 0 22.2 25 16 15 9 12 3 1 101
n Hiller* mr 8.13 4 4 0 31 0 0 0 27.2 31 28 25 16 23 4 3 126
Total 3.84 79 75 37 154 154 23 10 1389.0 1276 665 593 566 913 143 69 5944


n=non-roster at end of year


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