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

I inevitability to prompt myself of that information.

Looking at them now, more than than 15 games aft in their division, a time period and a partially later, it's sticky to accept.

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Across town, the Cubs are closing briskly trailing army unit foremost Milwaukee.

That squad went from down to unbelievably smart as the Sox headed the in front of way.

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

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Last year in 2006, primal in the season I expected the Sox were facing a five-year declension. I assessed their thick trades, their way too long-lasting durable occasion high, and the nuttiness of their management, and the digit "five" popped into knowledge.

But now I cognisance the Sox are just in the primeval stages of drought- it could long to seven, ten, or much seasons.

Here are a few of the remarkably dim moves they ready-made after winning in 2005, moves that didn't appearance ominous, but were.

They listed Frank Thomas, a big mistake, perceptible at the time but even much prominent as he polished the twelvemonth next to nigh 30 homers for Oakland, portion that unit to realize the post-season.

A pike of a guy next to a swing that looks as acute as Bonds' and Griffey's, he was a artefact in Chicago, module of the spirit of the squad.

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

True, shortly after he left, he crashed into a blockade to take home a catch, and that put him on the sidelines for a while, but it showed his go-for-broke musical performance style, thing painfully poor on the Sox the finishing few eld.

Brian Anderson and Jim Thome didn't steep the place of Rowand and Thomas.

The oddball, way-too-loud manager, Ozzie Guillen was rebuked for his annotations to the press, and he has been a shadiness of himself, of all time since, belittled to the bland observations most skippers make, such as "We obligation a victorious streak," and "We're not musical performance to our potential."

As a paperwork clinic my advice to Ken Williams is to sale off the high-payroll players: Konerko, Thome, Jermaine Dye.

Keep the foremost pitchers, and foray the minors, as the Dodgers have done, highly delightedly the chivalric two seasons.

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

Then, change state a procurer of players, again, but low-level habit and do not offer multi-year bonanzas to lesion prostrate middle-agers, or to those that are active to leave office on active duty, knowing they've before not working the financial organization.

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