By George Castle
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
Three for the price of one:
• All the hand-wringing over a potential White Sox rebuilding program should cease.
The effort is best spent looking over what worked in the past to develop position players who were keys on winning Sox teams, and trying to duplicate strategies that eventually were put aside.
Larry Himes, of course, was famed for striking gold on four consecutive No. 1 draft picks from 1987 to 1990: Jack McDowell, Robin Ventura, Frank Thomas and Alex Fernandez. Third baseman Ventura and first baseman Thomas, of course, were the cornerstones of the 1993 AL West champion team. Left out in the Himes record was picking second baseman Ray Durham in the fifth round in 1990. Durham was a sparkplug on the 2000 AL Central titlists.
Remember Ron Karkovice? The gritty catcher who slugged 20 homers for the '93 team was the Sox's No. 1 pick in 1982.