One of baseball’s most disappointing players appeared in the mirror on Friday.
Yasmani Grandal did not like what he was seeing, both individually and collectively.
“Let’s put it plain and simple, we just sucked,” the White Sox hunter told reporters.
The truth can hurt, but the sox earn the pain.
Expected to win easily in the MLB’s worst division, the White Sox hovered around the 0.500 mark all year and battle the Twins for second place after the Guardians snatched first place at AL Central Sunday.
In the first of three games against Padres in San Diego on Friday night, the Sox won 3-1. Starter Davis Martin allowed 1 run on 6 strokes over 5⅔ innings while hitting 8 and attended by Eloy Jimenez.
“It looked like everything that could go wrong had gone wrong,” Grandall said. “When you thought it was kind of coming back, it never came back. It just kept going wrong.”
It appears Sox has been flipping the switch of late under acting manager Miguel Cairo.
Judging from the 9-2 game that began on August 31, the White Sox were finally playing quality baseball and looked ready to move up to the top of the division.
Cleveland never gave them a chance. The Guardians played better and a Sox sweep of three games at Guaranteed Rate Field in late September ended the anticipated race on the wire.
There had been an endless string of injuries, but Grandal said the White Sox still had a lack of achievement.
“Anything else would be an excuse,” he said. “And the last thing you want to do as a team, as an individual, is an excuse. It’s almost like a slap in the face. If you don’t take this year seriously, she’ll come back to bite us in (butt) next year again.”
“Hopefully we can fix everything and come back next year and give it a try.”
The 33-year-old has played only 97 games this season due to back and leg injuries. It hits a .200/.301/.269 switch with 5 home runs and 27 RBI.
Last year, a ruptured tendon in his knee restricted Grandale to 93 games.
He’s looking forward to staying healthy all season long.
“I have a really good idea of what I’m going to do, but it all depends on my coach,” Grandal said. “It all depends on what he wants to adjust and what he doesn’t want to adjust. We’ll review the year, we’ll be able to sit down and talk and we’ll go from there.
“I have a pretty good idea of what I want to do in the off-season to get back to the blast I’ve been talking about.
“Obviously the last season’s workout routine I couldn’t do because we were rehabilitating the knee to make sure the knee didn’t get pounded. This is off season, it’s going to be complete, just like any other season. Next year, I’m sure, it’s going to be a different story. in a way “.
In 2023, Grandal will be in the final season of his four-year, $73 million contract.