In all, the Sox have a bunch of retreads, and not a lot of bonafide major leaguers, and not one .300 hitter. Adam Dunn barely hits .200, and his strikeouts nullify his home runs. So it's a sad state, and I'm asking you, when will the Sox finally build a farm system where they can produce their own talent, and not have to rely on free agents who the reason they are free agents is nobody else wants them? -- Marshall Friedman; Surprise, Ariz.
I’m very curious to see what players the Sox obtain from Tampa Bay.
I would like to see them take a shot at Class-A Bowling Green third baseman Tyler Goeddel, the Rays’ 16th best player in their system at the beginning of the season by Baseball America. Goeddel is only 19 and has played at a competitive level since his childhood.
I’m impressed that’s he’s stolen 25 bases in 29 attempts this season, and his power might develop later with a 6-foot-4, 180-pound frame. I think he can stay at third base. I know his on-base percentage is low, but I think that can be fixed.
Do you think Jim Thome would make a good hitting coach instead of Jeff Manto? Would that be a logical step for him to then become skipper in 2015? – Frank, Orland Park
If Jim indeed wants to manage, I’d rather see him manage in the minor leagues and spent a year at the major league level as a coach before managing. Jim always was a very good student of the game, but the toughest part of a hitting coach is relating to hitters of all styles. I’m not saying that Jim can’t do this, but a hitting coach has one of the toughest jobs around.
I’m also not sure a player not far removed from the game and has yet to retire is the best choice to manage the Sox in 2015, especially if this franchise is serious about moving into a new phase. I understand the loyalty to former players, but the bottom line should be about winning.
In the entire history of the White Sox they have only had to compete with their crosstown rivals as “loveable losers.” Beginning very soon, the Cubs will transform into a winning, first-class organization that knows how to draft and develop talent. This will make the Sox look completely incompetent. As the Cubs compete year after year while the Sox stumble, whatever few fans the Sox had will fade to near nothing. This is really the first time they have had to deal with a situation such as this. If the Sox don't make some drastic internal changes they are destined to become completely irrelevant in Chicago. Agree? -- Jimbo Pedigo, Chicago
I wouldn’t say the Cubs compete year after year. They’ve had some of the roughest seasons in their lengthy history, but they’re getting a lot of hype for the aggressive manner that they’ve taken in the international market. I’m not sure how many internal changes the Sox will make, since this is a very loyal organization.
How many years until the Sox are contenders? -- Larry Mitchell; Crestview, Fla.
I would say 2016 is realistic, based on the path they seem to be taking. It’s not the end of the world. I like what Rick Hahn said about fielding a championship caliber team for a lengthy period, rather than go for it each year while mortgaging the farm system. They tried it for most of the past eight years, and it’s produced one division title and one playoff win.
This organization is a disgrace. I watched Andre Rienzo pitch, but the coaching genius found another way to lose again. I hope this team loses all the remaining games. The fans should boycott this team. Rick Hahn should trade his coaches and himself for a bag of nuts, but who would want all this lousy management? -- Phil De Guilio; Denton, Tex.
Well, this manager and coaching staff received plenty of credit in 2012, and Hahn interviewed for several GM jobs prior to being hired as the Sox’s GM.
Believe it or not, the first pick in the 2014 draft is within reach.
Will Robin Ventura be fired, or will he resign? Has the team quit on him? Why continue to play Dunn, why not be more active in sitting Dayan Viciedo, why allow Chris Sale to run up the pitch count ala Dusty Baker, and what is wrong with Alexei Ramirez’ fielding? Has he quit? This is the dullest White Sox team I have seen in years. -- Elaine Pierson, Chicago
I see Ventura finishing out the remainder of his contract in 2014 before assessing the future of the major league roster. I would like to see more players being benched for their struggles and lapses, but the depth isn’t the greatest.
Sale’s pitch coach has been a topic of discussion among scouts, but the Sox were wise in pulling him Thursday after only five innings and 79 pitches.
I completely agree that this team is about as boring as any team I’ve seen in a long time, and very rarely have they kept opponents on their toes.