After finishing second last year in the AL Central, the Chicago White Sox are looking forward to their upcoming season. The White Sox did not make it into MLB playoffs last season with a record of 85-77.
Adam Dunn led the team in home runs and RBIs, while Alex Rios had the highest batting average. Chris Sale and Jake Peavy were leading pitchers for the White Sox, and both played in the MLB All-Star game.
“I was very happy with my game in 2012,” Rios said in an article on ESPN.com. “I battled throughout the year and the consistency was there. That is one thing I am looking forward to repeating this season.”
Manager Robin Ventura wants to emphasize pitching and defense in the year to come. He recently turned down an off season offer of a contract extension.
“It’s flattering and nice, but in talking to Rick (Hahn) we have two more years to do this. We have good communication and everything is fine. This is my contract and I was the same way when I was a player. I will worry about it at the end of the contract. I want them in two years to think I am still the right guy for the job” said Ventura told ESPN.com.
The White Sox will play their first game on Feb. 22, in Glendale, Ariz., against the Los Angeles Dodgers, who finished second in the NL West.