Jerry Reinsdorf walked through the Chicago White Sox clubhouse on Saturday afternoon as a group of reporters waited in vain by Tim Anderson’s locker.
As he passed, the president of the Sox asked us to come up with some good questions.
“Sure,” I said. “come on over.”
Reinsdorf smiled and asked to contact Scott Reifert, Sox senior vice president of communications and concierge for the president. It was the 86-year-old Reinsdorf’s unique way of saying, “I won’t talk to any of you.”
The last time I remember Reinsdorf answered a question about his team in a group setting during the 2019 winter meetings. When I asked if he was optimistic about the Sox’s moves for 2020, he replied: “I’m tired of being optimistic and then my optimism was wrong.”
There are many questions we’d like to ask Reinsdorf about the status of the Sox, a team built to be a World Series contender but struggling to get over .500 as the dog days of August approach. Is.
Here are seven of those questions:
Are you still optimistic that the Sox can make the World Series?
While still in contention, the Sox is nowhere near the team everyone had hoped to see back in March. “We’ve got a bunch of wins to really say we’re in contention,” manager Tony La Russa said on Saturday.
Does Reinsdorf believe they can turn the switch in October if they win a bad American League Central? La Russa reported that their 2006 St. Louis Cardinals won it all after 83 regular-season victories, but the team showed no sign of the miracle ending.
Why is Sox not one of the main bidders for superstar Juan Soto?
Only one player in the first four months of the 2022 season would immediately ease the pain of Sox fans. That player is Soto, a Washington Nationals outfielder who turned down a 15-year, $440 million contract offer and is being bought by Nats president Mike Rizzo. The San Diego Padres and Cardinals are the two alleged chasers, while the Sox is also not mentioned.
While the Sox don’t have a top-notch farming system, their window to winning is open and they have several major-league-ready — and affordable — properties, including Eloy Jimenez, Andrew Vaughan, Michael Kopech and Garrett Crockett. That doesn’t mean the Sox couldn’t compete with the Padres for Soto. Or does Reinsdorf not think it’s fair to acquire Soto because it’s less likely to be paid to stay after 2024 and no one else?
Are you satisfied with the management of this season of La Russa?
Well, we already know the answer. next.
Will La Russa return as manager in 2023 if the Sox don’t make the postseason?
Normally this would be a question for General Manager Rick Hahn, but since Reinsdorf was the one who put La Russa in the first place, it would clearly be his call. We know La Russa won’t be replaced by Reinsdorf for a second time, but he could move on to a front-office role and still has a hand in the team’s future, giving a youngster a chance to get this team on track. Get.
The real question is whether Reinsdorf would be willing to sacrifice another year as manager of La Russa, Knowing how polarizing he is with the fan base. Does he believe La Russa’s management has anything to do with the Sox’s ill-health, or does he put all the blame on the players?
How safe is Han?
While Han did a fantastic job in the first part of the reconstruction, finishing it has been a challenge. Injuries have been a factor, but this Sox team has been weak on defense and on the basepath, while building the bullpen hain has been disappointing.
reinsdorf hess Haven’t fired a Sox GM since Larry Himes in 1990 When he said Himes got him from Point A to Point B. “We need to get to Point C,” Reinsdorf said. “It is our opinion that Larry Himes is not the best person to get us to Point C – a World Championships.”
GM Ron Schueller resigned in 2000 to make way for Kane Williams, who reached Point C in 2005 before being booted upward after the 2012 season to make way for Hahn. Now they are back at Point B.
Is Anderson still the face of the Sox?
Reinsdorf has spent much of the past four decades dealing with the missteps of his athletes, from Scottie Pippen’s refusal to enter a Bulls game to Frank Thomas’ exit from Sox camp because his contract contained a “low skill clause.” Because of the various Dennis Rodman antics. Anderson is just the latest.
The most popular Sox player has been suspended twice last year for contacting the umpire, Including the three-match suspension he appealed for on Saturday. The Sox built their “Change the Game” marketing campaign around Anderson, who starred in an Adidas commercial in 2019, in which he declared: “Baseball is boring. Watch me change it.”
Anderson had a one-game suspension which was reduced to a fine for flipping a fan in Cleveland. Earlier this season on social media, he told Sox studio analyst Ozzy Guillen, the former player who managed the 2005 champions, about the “stuffy” when Guillen made Anderson sit in the second game of a doubleheader in Cleveland. criticized La Russa for.
Is this the change Reinsdorf is looking for?
Are you as disappointed with the 2022 season as most Sox fans?
Former Miami Marlins president David Samson said in 2019 that Reinsdorf once told him that a second place finish was the way to go: “He said, ‘You know what, here’s my best advice to you: Finish in second place every year. Because your fans will say, ‘Wow, we have a shot, we’re at it.’ But the carrot is always there. There is always one more step to be taken.'”
The Sox issued a statement saying that Reinsdorf had “no recollection” of commenting and that he “always considered the second-place team the best loser.”
The Sox remain in the hunt after the season despite their mediocre game. Is this enough carrots for 2023? How long is Reinsdorf willing to wait to win another championship?
The curious mind wants to know.