Originally Posted by Frater Perdurabo
To be the "glass half full" contrarian, I think we could come up with a pretty decent list of players the Sox have produced, and/or acquired early in their careers, and/or started with the Sox and went on to productive careers elsewhere, and/or reached their career peak with the Sox, just in the last 35 years, starting with: ...
Bobby Bonilla (we developed him) ...
The White Sox didn't develop Bobby Bonilla. The Pirates signed him to his first contract in 1981. Bonilla played for teams in the Pirates farm system in 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1985. The White Sox claimed him in the Rule 5 draft in December 1985. He went to spring training with the Sox and played 75 major league games in 1986 before the Sox traded him to the Pirates in July for Jose Deleon. Ken Harrelson was the White Sox GM at the time. I believe Larry Himes replaced him at the end of the season. Bonilla was developed by the Pirates, lost him in an oversight and traded to get him back half a season later.