CHICAGO -- Strikeouts, errors and even double-play grounders might raise Andrew Vaughn’s ire from time to time, though those less-than-desirable individual outcomes certainly are expected over the course of 162 games.
But losing as a team is detested by the White Sox first baseman more than anything else, with Chicago losing 101 times last year. It was a disappointing 2023 campaign that Vaughn wants to study, then never repeat.
“There’s a lot of things to learn that happened last season,” Vaughn told me during an interview Monday. “That’s the biggest thing, see what happens in a losing season like that.
“It’s never fun to lose. That’s the No. 1 thing I dislike in this game. Losing sucks. The biggest thing going into next year is [to] set our goals, put our minds to it and play 162 as hard as we can.”
Vaughn, who is seemingly a seasoned veteran at age 25, is doing his part toward White Sox improvement in 2024. He won’t hit until the start of December, but Vaughn already is focused on getting stronger, faster and more agile through physical training.
Those areas have been stressed by the White Sox, with general manager Chris Getz and assistant general manager Josh Barfield looking for “dynamic” talent as they construct the 2024 roster. They want to win games through means beyond hitting a bunch of home runs -- which of course remain a crucial part of the game.
“Maybe get that extra step on a ground ball,” Vaughn said. “Little things like that to help the team. That’s the biggest thing. I want to be more agile. I want to be the best defender I can [be]. I want to be able to take that extra base.
“I’ve been working out pretty much since the season ended. Definitely want to do even better than I did last offseason. Get stronger, get faster. Do whatever I can, train every day if I need to, to be the best me once the season rolls around.”