The White Sox were expected to cruise to the AL Central title and contend for their first pennant since 2005. But the underachieving squad finished second in the division and failed to make the playoffs with a disappointing 81-81 record.
Staff ace Dylan Cease finished fifth with 227 strikeouts and set career highs in wins (14), ERA (2.20), and innings pitched (184). The right-hander also finished runner-up in the Cy Young Award voting. First baseman Jose Abreu was the eighth-leading hitter in MLB with a .304 average.
Despite a disappointing previous campaign, Chicago has enough talent to bounce back next season and contend for the division crown.
The Chicago White Sox are an American League (AL) Central division team based in Chicago, Illinois. They were established in 1900 as part of the new American League and were originally known as the Chicago White Stockings, a name they adopted from their city rivals the Chicago Cubs (then known as the Orphans having recently changed their name).
They originally played their home games at South Side Park until 1910, when they moved to Comiskey Park, which was first renamed U.S. Cellular Field in 2003 then Guaranteed Rate Field in 2016.
The most iconic moment in White Sox franchise history was when they won their third World Series, and their first since 1917, with a four-game sweep over the Houston Astros in 2005. They’ve also won three AL pennants and a total of six division championships, most recently winning the AL Central Division championship in 2021.
Arguably the biggest rivalry for the White Sox is against their cross-town opponents, the Chicago Cubs. This rivalry dates back to when both teams were founded and is widely considered one of the oldest rivalries in professional sports. However, they also have a fierce rivalry with the Minnesota Twins, a rivalry that has grown in recent years with the two teams regularly competing in the American League Central Division.
Some of the star players throughout White Sox history include Hall-of-Famers Frank Thomas, Minnie Minoso, and Luis Aparicio, as well as the likes of Paul Konerko (team captain from 2006 to 2014), Jack McDowell (AL Cy Young winner 1993), and Sam Jones (no-hitter 1968).