2005 Chicago White Sox
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Clinched Division: September 29, 2005, At Detroit Tigers
World Series Champs
Managed by Ozzie Guillen
The 2005 Chicago White Sox began their season with a very different lineup than in 2004 and a lot of questions. After more than seven years with the Sox, slugger Magglio Ordonez had left the team via free agency, and Carlos Lee was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Scott Podsednik and reliever Luis Vizcaino. The club did sign free agents Jermaine Dye and A.J. Pierzynski in the off-season, and their starting rotation, anchored by Mark Buehrle and Freddy Garcia was viewed as solid. Still, most experts did not expect the Sox to finish above third in their division in 2005.
However, the White Sox were quick out of the gate to begin the season. The club won 16 of its first 20 games, and pitcher Jon Garland started the season with an 8-0 record. The Sox ended the season's first half with the best record in baseball, and pitcher Mark Buehrle was the American League starter in the Midsummer Classic.
On August 1st, the Sox held a 15-game lead over the second place Cleveland Indians. By late September, the surging Indians had cut the lead to a game and a half before the Sox finally clinched the division on September 29th. Despite their late-season struggles, the Sox did finish the season with the best record in the American League.
First baseman Paul Konerko hit 40 homers and drove in 100 runs, and Scott Podsednik led the club with a .290 batting average and 59 stolen bases. Jon Garlan] ended the season with 18 wins, and three other pitchers won at least 14 games (Buehrle, Garcia and Jose Contreras). The closer duties were split between Dustin Hermanson, who saved 34 games, and rookie Bobby Jenks who saved 6 after being recalled from the AA Birmingham Barons in July.
The 2005 Postseason
In the Division Series, the White Sox swept the Boston Red Sox to advance to the American League Championship Series for the first time since 1993. This was also the team's first postseason series win since the 1917 World Series. The Sox lost the first game of the ALCS to the Los Angeles Angels, but Sox starting pitchers went the distance in the next four games as the Sox defeated the Angels in five.
The White Sox went on to sweep the Houston Astros, even though the individual games were closely played, and win their first World Series since 1917. With the sweep, the Sox finished the postseason with an 11-1 mark and won sixteen of their last seventeen games in total. Dye captured the World Series Most Valuable Player Award after hitting .468 for the series, including driving home the only run in the clinching game.
The Ex-Cub factor played perfectly in the 2005 postseason, as each team with more former Cubs managed to lose every postseason series. The White Sox were not impeded by a single player who had formerly donned a Cub uniform.
Awards and Honors
- All-Stars: Mark Buehrle, Jon Garland, Paul Konerko and Scott Podsednik
- Topps All-Star Rookie Team: Tadahito Iguchi (2B)
- AL Manager of the Year Award: Ozzie Guillen
Opening Day Lineup
Scott Podsednik, lf
Tadahito Iguchi, 2b
Carl Everett, dh
Paul Konerko, 1b
Jermaine Dye, rf
Aaron Rowand, cf
Joe Crede, 3b
Juan Uribe, ss
Mark Buehrle, p
- The Associated Press: "White Sox clinch division", The Spokesman Review, September 30, 2005