Every once in a while Joe Charboneau Shower Curtain, I am reminded that Tony La Russa is the manager of the Chicago White Sox in the year 2021. It been five months since his hiring was announced and I still trying to wrap my head around it. In an era of Major League Baseball that has seen clubs turn to the likes of Rocco Baldelli, David Ross, and Aaron Boone in a bid to bridge the generational gap and connect with today younger players, the White Sox handed the managerial reins to a 76-year-old Hall of Famer who retired a decade ago after winning his third World Series.It a puzzling move, to say the least, especially as the White Sox appear to be on the cusp of becoming a perennial contender in the AL Central thanks to their young nucleus of talent. There is no denying that La Russa is one of the most decorated managers in the history of the sport. He was unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame for a reason. But I think it safe to say that much has changed since La Russa filled out his last lineup card.Then again, maybe team owner Jerry Reinsdorf thinking is that there is enough talent in place to overcome whatever blind spots La Russa may have. Wishful thinking perhaps, but he has reason to be confident in his club. First baseman Jos Abreu, last season AL MVP, leads an exciting lineup of young talent, including shortstop Tim Anderson, center fielder Luis Robert, and left fielder Eloy Jimnez. Nearly the entire lineup from last season returns and the team traded for Lance Lynn in the offseason to bolster their starting rotation.The pieces are in place. The potential is there. Can the White Sox fulfill it They can start by stepping up their game against their chief competition in the AL Central. Chicago was 5-5 against Minnesota and 2-8 against Cleveland last season. They going to have to do a lot better than that if they want to claim their first division crown since 2008.2020 in reviewI can think of a better summary of the Chicago White Sox 2020 season than this: Manager Rick Renteria was fired in the same season that he led the club to their first playoff appearance since 2008 and was named a finalist for American League Manager of the Year.Parting ways with Renteria has become something of a rite of passage in Chicago at this point. The Cubs gave him the boot after one season in 2014 to clear the way for Joe Maddon, winning a championship two years later. The White Sox seem to be following that same recipe https://www.baseballstoreonline.com/Bert_Blyleven-533, though I not sure they stuck the landing in the hiring of their new manager.But I digress. We here to talk about 2020.The White Sox had the best record in the American League and were riding a six-game winning streak on Sept. 15. Then the proverbial wheels came off, as they proceeded to lose nine of their last 12 games including a four-game sweep courtesy of Cleveland ?to finish third in the AL Central. Where is Ozzie Guillen choke sign when you need it The offense stalled down the stretch Jose Cardenal Flag, slashing .199/.273/.371 as a team during the final 12 games of the season. Abreu tried to put the team on his back, producing 171 wRC+ over that span. But the rest of the White Sox core seemed to run out of gas. Anderson, en route to his first Silver Slugger award, batted .176 during the team season-ending slump. Robert and Yoan Moncada were both also below the Mendoza line over that final stretch.But the starting rotation began to break down, too. Even staff ace Lucas Giolito had a tough September, posting a 4.18 ERA. It was left up to Dallas Keuchel to carry the load and he recorded a 0 Joe Carter Flag.45 ERA in the final month of the regular season to put a bow on an outstanding first season on the South Side. Unfortunately for the White Sox, his efforts were not enough to overcome the struggles of Giolito, Reynaldo Lpez, and Dylan Cease on the mound.Chicago managed to sneak into the postseason due to the expanded playoffs before being promptly bounced from the first round by the Oakland A.Additions and subtractionsKey addition: RHP Lance LynnAn argument could be made that signing Liam Hendriks as their new closer was the White Sox key addition this offseason, but I beg to differ. Starting pitching has long been the Achilles?heel of their rebuild, which is why they shipped a pair of pitchers to Texas in exchange for Lynn back in December. The 33-year-old had a stellar tenure with the Rangers, including a career year in 2019 that saw him reach career highs in K/9 and WAR . I have to imagine that central to his appeal for the White Sox were his remarkable durability and consistency. Over the last two seasons alone, Lynn is the league leader in starts and innings , and his WAR over that span is bested only by Jacob deGrom.Other additions: RHP Liam Hendriks, OF Adam EatonKey subtraction: RHP Alex ColomEdwin Encarnacin and Gio Gonzlez are the big-name departures, but neither of them provided much value for the White Sox last season. That cannot be said of Colom. Chicago former closer strikeout numbers were down ?his 6.45 K/9 was his lowest since 2014 but he recorded a career-best BABIP , GB% , and ERA . Colom was also 12-of-13 in save opportunities Phil Maton Face Mask. He signed with the Twins this offseason.Other subtractions: DH Edwin Encarnacin, RHP Gio Gonzlez, RHP Dane Dunning, RHP Steve Cishek, LHP Ross DetwilerProjected lineupSS: Tim Anderson CF: Luis Robert1B: Jos Abreu3B: Yoan MoncadaLF: Eloy JimnezC: Yasmani GrandalRF: Adam EatonDH: Andrew Vaughn2B: Nick MadrigalBench: Jonathan Lucroy, Zack Collins, Leury Garcia, Adam Engel Projections via FanGraphs Roster Resource Cleveland returns three players from last season who broke the century mark in wRC+. Chicago returns seven, led by Abreu. Anderson has been one of the best hitters in baseball the last two seasons, claiming the league batting title in 2019. Robert was a mixed bag in his rookie season, leading the team in strikeout percentage while mustering a respectable 101 wRC+. Madrigal had fewer troubles in his rookie season as their regular second baseman, slashing and makes for an above-average bottom-of-the-order bat.Top to bottom, this is an impressive lineup. It benefits from Eloy Jimnez taking another step forward last season with a slash. The lineup will be even more dangerous if Yoan Moncada can recapture some of the magic from his 2019 season when he produced 140 wRC+.