A ranking of the Chicago White Sox top-ten all time rivals, including but not limited to the Twins, Tigers, Cubs, Brewers, and ESPN.
As a new baseball season is getting ever closer, it is time to acknowledge the greatest rivals the White Sox have heading into the season. We hope the team will be competitive enough to create new rivals, as well as igniting old ones.
In the meantime, here is a list of the White Sox greatest rivals in franchise history, considering both the historical record and the events of the past 25 years. The teams are listed from the greatest rivalry to the weakest.
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Minnesota Twins – The Minnesota Twins are the only team the White Sox have been in the same division as dating all the way back to 1961, and if you include their history in Washington DC, this dates all the way back to 1901. No other team can say this, as the Twins have gone along with the White Sox from the original American League to the AL West to the AL Central.
Playing with one team that long can cause things to get testy, as they did during the 2000’s when both teams were consistently competing for first place, including the blackout game of 2008, which the White Sox won to give them the division title. While the two teams haven’t been the same as of late, animosity between the two still exists. Including their time in DC, the Twins and Sox have an equal number of American League Pennants (6) and World Series titles (3).
Chicago Cubs – Well this goes without saying. I do think the White Sox greatest rival should be a team that is actually in the same division/league as them, as they actually play each other a lot and the games matter more. Inner-city rivalries of course still do matter a lot. The White Sox have the all-time series lead over the Cubs (60-58), and defeated them in the 1906 world series (4-2).