Rick Hahn doesn’t have a problem saying he’s dissatisfied with the way the White Sox have opened the 2013 season. The offense has performed far below the team’s internal projections and the defense hasn’t lived up to the White Sox standards, either. Although the White Sox general manager would love to seek a solution via trade for each and every one of the team’s foibles, Hahn knows to do such a thing after only 32 games would be to overreact and he hasn’t yet reached that point. Hahn also said he’s encouraged by the team’s performance on its just-completed 4-4 road trip through Texas, Kansas City and the New York, an excursion that saw them face four top-notch pitchers in Yu Darvish, James Shields, Jeremy Guthrie and Matt Harvey. “You do have try to let things unfold and give guys the chance to show their true performance levels over an extended period of time,” Hahn said. “Obviously you don’t wait for that indefinitely and you don’t spend the whole summer just waiting around and hoping things are going to get better. But this early on there’s still the expectation guys are going to return to their previous norms.” To emphasize just how early it is in the season, Hahn drew a comparison with the Bears. He’s not happy the White Sox, who have been hit hard all over by injuries, are off to a slow start. But there’s a significant chunk of the schedule to go, he pointed out. “Growing up a fan of the Bears, I’m certainly one who’d get upset after a 1-2 start,” Hahn said. “But you try not to overreact to three games out of a 16-game schedule and that’s essentially where we are in the baseball season, less than 20 percent of the way into the schedule.” Although the White Sox return to the road for seven games starting Monday, now may be their best chance to get going.
Patient Hahn looks for Sox to right the ship
CSN Chicago | May 12