At 27, Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale is one of the best pitchers in the game and was named to his fifth consecutive AL All-Star Team in 2016. He finished the 2016 season at 17-10, four more wins than his 2015 season. That year was a bit of an off-year for him, as he finished 13-11 with a 3.41 ERA, the highest of his career. In 2016, he’s clearly back in top form.
After constant rumours that he would eventually wind up in a Boston Red Sox uniform, it finally happened during the 2016 Winter Meetings. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported that Sale is heading to the White Sox for four prospects, including the potential all-star Yoan Moncada.
The Lakeland, Florida native has spent his entire career with the White Sox, who drafted him in the 2010 amateur draft. He made his MLB debut in 2010 at age 21, getting used to pitching in the big leagues as a reliever.
Here’s a look at Sale’s life and career.
5 : Sale Had the Most Complete Games in 2013 & Leads the MLB in 2016
At a time where pitchers rarely throw complete games, Sale has proven to be durable and enjoys pitching all nine innings. He had the most in the MLB in 2013 with four and is currently leading the league with three. (The Red Sox’s Steven Wright, the Indians’ Corey Kluber, Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and the Giants’ Johnny Cueto also have three each.) Sale is also currently leading the AL with 120 innings pitched and has the most wins with 14.
Sale’s most recent complete game came in May against the Houston Astros, with Sale picking up his ninth win of the season. He gave up four hits and stopped the White Sox’s four-game losing streak at the time.
Although Sale has yet to throw a no-hitter, he came close once. In May 2013, he tossed a one-hitter against the Los Angeles Angels. He retired 19 batters before Mike Trout hit a single.
4 : Sale Skipped Out on Draft Night to be With His Parents, Future Wife & Infant Son
In 2010, Sale was invited to go to the MLB Draft, but he declined. Instead, he stayed home to be with his parents – Allen and Marla – and his future wife, Brianne Aron. Their son, Rylan, was born on May 2, 2010, so Sale wanted to be home to help take care of Rylan. However, he was joined by his FGCU teammates and coach.
While playing at Lakeland High School, Sale attracted the attention of the Colorado Rockies, who drafted him in 2007. Surprisingly, Sale’s father actually suggested that he might as well go pro if he didn’t want to focus on education.
“Education was a priority for my wife and I and also for our daughter,” Allen Sale told the Naples Daily News in 2010. “It really was not a priority for Christopher. When I sat down with him, I said, ‘If you’re going to be committed to baseball and education at Florida Gulf Coast like you’ve been dedicated to education and baseball in high school, you might as well take the money the Rockies are offering you and head to Arizona.’ We had serious reservations about his ability to go down there and make grades.”
Sale turned the Rockies down though and went to FGCU instead.
Sale still has ties in Florida. Brianne and Sale hope to launch the Chris Sale Foundation. They also help out Laces of Love, which provides shoes to needy children.
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