Something I certainly didn’t anticipate Sporcling about this season was the White Sox and their lack of offensive firepower. As I was commuting to work on Friday morning, I was thinking about how Abreu was the only guy with double-digit home runs and how the possibility existed that this team could finish the year without a 20-home run player. And, I wondered, when was the last time a White Sox team didn’t have such a player?
Well, Jim saved me the work of looking. As he noted in his doubling the numbers post yesterday morning, the 1990 season is the last time the Chicago White Sox fielded such a team. (For the record, I would have guessed the early ’80s, but the ’89 team also didn’t have such a player) The 1990 season, of course, was far more entertaining than has been the current season as the Sox finished a surprising 94-68, second in the A.L. West behind Oakland: a far cry from their last-place finish in 1989, a near-reverse record of 69-92.
Anywhoozles, today’s theme will revolve around that 1990 squad. I thought it would be more fun to include both pitchers and batters, so in total there are 37 names for you to guess from that team: how many can you get? Good luck!
- I’ve allotted 10 minutes for completion attempts.
- For hints, I’ve provided the position of the player (as noted by Baseball Reference) and the number of games that player appeared in.
Useless information to amaze, annoy, confuse, and/or confound your friends and family:
- The 1990 team had five regulars with an OPS+ over 100, same as this 2022 team (so far).
- Three players finished with more than 30 stolen bases.
- One position player pitched for this team: a 2-inning, one-run effort starting in the 8th inning in a blowout 12-3 loss to…Tony LaRussa’s Oakland Athletics. Somewhere, a young Jim Margalus intoned after the game, “A’s 12, White Sox 3: [Spoiler] pitched.
All data from baseballreference.com