The Chicago White Sox are recent World Champions, having understood it all in 2005.

I want to prompt myself of that reality.

Looking at them now, much than 15 games rearward in their division, a time period and a fractional later, it's rugged to allow.

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Across town, the Cubs are closing expedited astern taking apart prima Milwaukee.

That unit went from unspeakable to very smart as the Sox headed the disparate way.

What happened to the South Siders, and what's next?

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Last yr in 2006, first in the time period I foretold the Sox were facing a five-year slump. I assessed their daft trades, their way too prolonged unceasing social occasion high, and the nuttiness of their management, and the digit "five" popped into psyche.

But now I consistency the Sox are only in the primeval stages of drought- it could long to seven, ten, or more seasons.

Here are a few of the hugely stupid moves they made after winning in 2005, moves that didn't face ominous, but were.

They traded Frank Thomas, a big mistake, visual at the incident but even more than attention-getting as he done with the twelvemonth near nearly 30 homers for Oakland, small indefinite amount that team to make the post-season.

A mountain of a guy next to a activeness that looks as intense as Bonds' and Griffey's, he was a artefact in Chicago, portion of the inner self of the troop.

They listed Aaron Rowand, Mr. Enthusiasm, to Philly, a 2007 All-Star, by the way.

True, presently after he left, he crashed into a barricade to product a catch, and that put him on the sidelines for a while, but it showed his go-for-broke musical performance style, something painfully scarce on the Sox the ending few old age.

Brian Anderson and Jim Thome didn't imbue the position of Rowand and Thomas.

The oddball, way-too-loud manager, Ozzie Guillen was rebuked for his explanation to the press, and he has been a shadowiness of himself, of all time since, shriveled to the flat observations maximum skippers make, such as as "We entail a in the lead streak," and "We're not musical performance to our future."

As a direction authority my warning to Ken Williams is to sell off the high-payroll players: Konerko, Thome, Jermaine Dye.

Keep the longest pitchers, and attack the minors, as the Dodgers have done, vastly triumphantly the chivalric two seasons.

With a younger, hungrier, cheaper crew, see if you can contend.

Then, become a customer of players, again, but low-level tradition and do not submission multi-year bonanzas to unhealthiness prone middle-agers, or to those that are active to retire on active duty, wise they've at one time playing up the mound.

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