White Sox owner: This season is ‘a nightmare. It’s embarrassing’

White Sox owner: This season is 'a nightmare. It's embarrassing'

Chicago White Sox owner and chairman Jerry Reinsdorf can’t wait for a 2023 campaign to end that has seen his team struggle immensely, resulting in the dismissal of executives Ken Williams and Rick Hahn.

“It was absolutely the worst season I’ve ever been through. It was a nightmare,” Reinsdorf said Thursday, according to Scott Merkin of MLB.com. “It’s still a nightmare. It’s embarrassing. It’s disgusting. All the bad words you can think of is the way I feel about the 2023 season. It absolutely was just awful.

“If I were a fan, I’d be pissed. I’d be very angry. But at the same time, this is the first really, really bad year. We won the division in ’21, we were .500 last year. That’s nobody’s goal to be .500, but that’s still average. This is the first disaster. This is the first real disaster.”

Reinsdorf introduced new senior vice president and general manager Chris Getz on Thursday. The latter said that nobody on the roster is untouchable, per Merkin.

“I don’t want to make predictions, but in this division and with the core of talent that we have, I would hope and I expect that next year is going to be a lot better than this year,” Reinsdorf said. “How much better? I don’t know. But look at the core of this team.”

The 87-year-old Reinsdorf added that he believes there’s a sense of urgency for the White Sox to be competitive again but wants fans to temper expectations this offseason.

“Look, we’re not going to be in the (Shohei) Ohtani race, I’ll tell you that right now,” Reinsdorf said. “And we’re not going to sign pitchers to 10-year deals. But we’re going to try to get better, and that means trades, it potentially means signing free agents, it means playing smarter baseball. It’s a lot of things. I don’t have a lot of time left. I don’t want to go through a long rebuild. I only expect to be here another 10 years.”

The White Sox (53-81) sit 16 games behind the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins and 22.5 games behind the AL’s final wild-card spot.

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