2007 Chicago White Sox Fans Favorites In 2006 the power-laden White Sox played well at home with the shorter distances to the outfield walls but played just average ball in large parks on the road, 49-32 at home versus 41-40 on the road. A fact: more home runs have been hit in US Cellular Park in the last five seasons after the outfield walls were move in 15 feet closer than any MLB park. Although most MLB teams have one or two, maybe three fans favorites, the Chicago White Sox have six position players on the list! Here’s a list of the fans favorites:
Setting the Table: Scott Podsednik, left fielder, has impressed all lookers in spring training by showing he’ll be off to a fast start sometime in April after returning from a sports hernia operation he underwent on January 23 2007. Slowed by the hernia most of 2006, Scott Podsedik still led the White Sox with 40 stolen bases and ranked 2th highest in the AL. And, scored 86 runs. In 2005, his first season with the White Sox Scott Podsednik played a major role in the White Sox winning the 2005 World Series by hitting .290 in 128 games, 28 doubles and had 59 stolen bases, 2nd best in the AL.
Joe Crede, third baseman.
The infield is set at third base with Joe Crede. He improved greatly as a hitter in 2005, had a solid .283 BA, 30 homers, 76 runs and 94 RBI. One has to watch Joe Crede daily to appreciate his resounding fielding at the hot corner. ‘We’ll have to firmly declare on record here and now, that Joe Crede ranks in the top 6 or 7 third basemen defensively during the past 50 years, everyone trailing Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson of course… but Joe Crede is an equal or right among Buddy Bell, Graig Nettles, Mike Schmidt, Doug Rader,’ by John R Balazs administrator of baseballhistorian.com
Juan Uribe, shortstop, one of the team’s sparkplugs, his on field aggressiveness enables Ozzie Guillen’s to work his style of play to the team’s advantages. In 2005 his fielding saved many runs for the pitching staff. In 2006 Juan Uribe hit .235, 21 Hr, 53 Runs, 71 RBI. Although he doesn’t register high batting numbers, Juan Uribe is a dangerous hitter in clutch situations.
Jermaine Dye, right fielder, the best all-around player on the team and perhaps the best in the MLB. After 2006 ended, Jermaine Dye was voted by the AL players themselves as the best AL Player. His 2006 numbers include a .315 batting average, 44 Hr, 103 Runs, 120 RBI, a .385 on base pct and a robust .622 slugging.
Paul Konerko, first baseman, a great offensive player and a quiet clubhouse leader, he has two seasons of over 40 homers and over 100 RBIs. Paul Konerko is possibly the best all-around White Sox first baseman of all-time??? In 2006 he batted .313, hit 35 homers, scored 97 runs, 113 RBI, walked 60 times, a .381 On base pct, .551 slugging pct.
Tadahito Iguchi, second baseman. Manager Ozzie Guillen calls Iguchi ‘the team’s Most Valuable Player.’ Tadahito was a leading RBI man in Japan. Bats second in the White Sox batting order, ‘otherwise’ Guillen states ‘he would drive in over 100 runs every season.’ Last season, 2006, Tadahito Iguchi set highs in batting with .281, with 156 hits, in homers with 18, with 97 runs and with 59 walks. Copyright in 2007 by baseballhistorian.com
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