Because there was an A. Rios patrolling center field before the current one.
Before the White Sox traded Lance Broadway for Blastro, Corky Miller served as A.J. Pierzynski's backup for 14 games. He went 8-39 with three walks and three RBIs and threw out just two of 10 base-stealers, well below his career average.
One shining moment: On May 12, 2009, Miller lined a single off Cleveland's Tony Sipp to score Chris Getz and Jim Thome, cementing a 7-4 White Sox win.
Honorable mentions: Gustavo Molina, Donny Lucy
First base: Brian Daubach
Year with Sox: 2003
Looking back, this actually should've been construed as a fine signing by the White Sox -- Daubach had just finished up a four-year stint in Boston that saw him post an .833 OPS with 84 home runs, and he was expected to provide depth behind Paul Konerko at first base. Konerko tanked in 2003, but Daubach struggled to find any sort of power stroke, only hitting six home runs. He did post a .352 on-base percentage, but he had the power numbers of a slightly greater Juan Pierre without the speed.
One shining moment: A two-run homer off Kyle Lohse tied the Sox and Twins at 4 in the fourth, although Frank Thomas stole the show with a two-run walk-off blast off Eddie Guardado in the 12th.
Honorable mention: Dallas McPherson
Second base: Danny Richar
Years with Sox: 2007-2008
Richar was picked up from Arizona for prospect Aaron Cunningham in June of 2007 in the precursor to the Tony Pena trade (trading a prospect to Arizona who winds up in Oakland for a questionable major leaguer). When Tadahito Iguchi was sent to Philadelphia a month later, Richar was given the keys to second base for the rest of 2007. The result was a .289 OBP, and a year later, he was shipped to Cincinnati along with Nick Masset for Ken Griffey Jr.
One shining moment: With the White Sox down 5-0 in the seventh against the Mariners Aug. 17, Richar belted a grand slam off George Sherrill to pull the Sox within one. The Sox still lost the game, party because Richar bunted Juan Uribe to second after a leadoff walk in the ninth, putting the tying run's chances of scoring in the hands of Jerry Owens and Alex Cintron.
Honorable mentions: D'Angelo Jimenez, Kelly Dransfeldt, Jayson Nix
Shortstop: Wilson Valdez
Year with Sox: 2004
The Sox have been blessed with good (Alexei Ramirez, Jose Valentin and Juan Uribe to a certain extent) and ignominious (Royce Clayton, Orlando Cabrera) shortstops over the last decade, so this one had to come from the bench. Before Valdez was a lights-out closer for the Phillies, he was a meddling middle infield "prospect" for the White Sox for a September call-up in 2004.
One shining moment: Valdez belted a home run off Kansas City's Brian Anderson on Sept. 26, one of six career clouts. His next blast came on June 19, 2010 -- and then he homered again the next day.
Honorable mention: Pedro Lopez
Third base: Herbert Perry
Years with Sox: 2000-2001
The Milkman is probably the least esoteric player of this bunch, just because he played such an important role on the 2000 AL Central champion team. He was claimed off waivers from the Devil Rays April 21, supplanting the Paul Konerko/Craig Wilson tandem at the hot corner, allowing Konerko to permanently move to first base, allowing Greg Norton ("NAWTON!") to head to a utility role. Perry posted a .839 OPS in 2000 with the White Sox before slipping in 2001, but by picking him up, Konerko never had to play an inning of third base again in his career. Konerko's last game at third base was April 19, 2000, the last game before the Sox acquired Perry.
One shining moment: Starting his first game with the Sox, Perry went 2-4 with a home run as the White Sox beat Baltimore 11-6 on April 26.
Honorable mentions: Josh Fields, Andy Gonzalez
Outfield: Armando Rios
Year with Sox: 2003
A. Rios: 112 PA, .212/.245/.298, 2 HR, 11 RBIs
A. Rios: 154 PA, .199/.229/.301, 3 HR, 9 RBIs
The first Rios is Armando's line with the White Sox in 2003. The second is Alex' line with the White Sox in 2009. Luckily, Armando didn't make $12 million per year. He was brought in to provide outfield depth in 2003, although he was demoted to the minors after three awful months and didn't resurface with the Sox until late September. He also failed a PED test during the 2003 season, so there's that. Also, he signed my glove in 2001 or 2002 when he was with the Giants, but to be fair, I thought he was Rich Aurilia.
One shining moment: Playing against the Padres for the first time in franchise history, Rios belted a sixth-inning solo home run to break a 3-3 tie, helping send the Sox to a 5-3 win. It was also the first of many home runs allowed by Scott Linebrink at U.S. Cellular Field.
Outfield: Julio Ramirez
Year with Sox: 2001
"He's a scary guy to trade because of his upside potential," Florida manager John Boles said. "I always thought Julio Ramirez would be a starting center-fielder in the major leagues for 10 years." -- Chicago Tribune, Dec. 11, 2000
The Julio Ramirez hype machine was in full gear after a fantastic spring in March of 2001, with the then-23-year-old winning a spot on the opening day roster. While Ramirez had major plate discipline issues, his speed and potential had the Sox salivating. But when the switch flipped to the regular season, Ramirez went 3-37 with two walks and 15 strikeouts, and his run in the majors with the Sox ended in May.
One shining moment: Ramirez went 1-3 with a walk against Texas on May 11, with his single off Kenny Rogers scoring Carlos Lee to put the Sox ahead of the Rangers 3-2 in the fourth.
Outfield: Luis Terrero
Year with Sox: 2007
Terrero joined the sinking ship of the 2007 Sox May 1, homering in his first at-bat with the team. He had some serious strikeout issues, but his .348 OBP was quite good for a backup. Unfortunately, he was forced into a larger role in June and July before going down with an injury that kept him out until September. In another situation, he wouldn't have been a terrible option to have off the bench, but in 2007, he was part of the problem.
One shining moment: I'll admit, on a lot of these, I've had to look up the details of situation. But not for Terrero. His May 25 mammoth home run off a rolling James Shields curveball nearly reached the left-field concourse and stands as one of the more impressive home runs I've ever seen.
Honorable mentions: McKay Christiensen, Kenny Lofton, Lastings Milledge
Designated hitter: Manny Ramirez
Year with Sox: 2010
Of all the weird happenings the White Sox have seen in the last decade, few are odder in retrospect than the month Manny spent on the South Side last year. He came to the team under odd circumstances, as the Sox had little chance of catching the Twins but apparently were willing to try anything to catch up. That meant a move that characterized the Ozzie-Kenny split, with Ozzie wanting to stick with Mark Kotsay and Williams wanting to give Ozzie a better lineup. But Ramirez didn't work out as expected, with Manny only hitting one home run in 88 plate appearances with the Sox, seemingly proving Ozzie right. Whatever Ramirez' legacy ends up being, his time with the Sox will easily -- and gratefully -- be forgotten.
One shining moment: Manny finally hit his first and only home run in a Sox uniform Sept. 17, rounding the bases to a half-hearted Bronx cheer.
Honorable mention: Jeff Liefer