Earlier today, in the first game of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians, the Chicago White Sox won big to earn their first division title since 2008. It was a great game led by some of their brightest young stars. Thanks to some rain, it may have taken a bit longer than we would have liked but it is done. The White Sox are going to the playoffs.
The White Sox have been a baseball team for a long time. In the 120 years of existence, they have never made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. Until now. After a great season in 2020, that was just the beginning. In 2021, it wasn’t just about having a nice season. It was about making the playoffs with conviction and taking that step towards being a perennial World Series contender.
It is amazing that this is the first time in their long history that they make the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. They didn’t even make it back in 2006, despite being a 90 win team, as they were the defending World Series champions. Now, as exciting as this 2021 season has been and could end up being, the organization wants it to be the first step towards claiming sustained success.
They have that plan in place. With pitchers like Lucas Giolito, Lance Lynn, Michael Kopech, Dylan Cease, Garrett Crochet, Aaron Bummer, and Liam Hendriks under control for a long time, they are in a good spot there. Then there are young star position players like Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada, Luis Robert, Eloy Jimenez, and Andrew Vaughn amongst others to make a big impact.
The Chicago White Sox are going to the playoffs for the second straight season.
This playoff berth in back-to-back seasons is very significant. It shows that Rick Hahn’s initial plan is working. These are the types of seasons we expected to see when they first traded Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox for Moncada and Kopech. There were people that were skeptical but there is no doubt that it is working.
Even if they don’t win the World Series this year, they will continue to get better as some of these guys develop even more. The fact that guys like Rober and Jimenez aren’t even close to their ceiling has to be scary for the rest of the MLB. As new as it is to make the playoffs in back-to-back seasons, the goal should be to make it for the next ten years or more. If that happens, it would be nice to see at least one championship in there.