This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.
Today I begin the first of two or three articles on potential 2021 World Series champions.
In two articles, I'll look at teams I believe have a chance to win it all this year. Of course, I will offer my opinion on what I believe to be the potential result for each club. And of course, I wouldn't bet any of my own money on my choices.
The articles will evolve as more teams qualify for the postseason and more is known. Today's article highlights teams in the American League.
I will return to evaluating prospect players when these two articles conclude.
Chicago White Sox: Estimated Payroll: $71 million
White Sox principal owner Jerry Reinsdorf is 88-years-old. He wants another MLB championship.
Reinsdorf hand-selected Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa to bring his managing magic to Reinsdorf's quest of winning the World Series.
The selection of La Russa was controversial at the time, and remains so today. Clearly, he gets good reviews from vocal White Sox team members for the way he has steered his club to victory in the A L Central, but there are critics as well. Like me.
With stars Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez injured for a good part of the season, the White Sox managed to remain competitive and gain traction early in the Central race. They began the season with a very fresh and competent rotation that included Carlos Rodon, Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito, Dallas Keuchel and Dylan Cease.