The Chicago White Sox made the postseason in both 2020 and 2021. It was a fantastic couple of years where the team’s rebuilding efforts finally started to show. It is the first time in franchise history that they made it to the postseason in back-to-back years.
That sounds bad because it is. This team is so special and has such rich history that it deserves to be in the spotlight with the best. They are well on their way to building that as a franchise. They are very fun off the field while producing wins on the field. It is cool to be a White Sox fan right now and people across the country are taking note.
The back-to-back postseason appearances are really nice. Winning the Field of Dreams Game in the fashion that they did in front of the largest TV crowd (regular season baseball) since 2005 helped the brand as well but that isn’t enough. In each of those playoff seasons, they were eliminated in the American League Division Series.
To be honest, the expectations on this team are probably a little too high (or at least they were). It is a roster that is loaded with talent just waiting to take the next step. They are mostly all very young players that need some more experience before we really see what they are made of in the postseason.
The Chicago White Sox really needs to take another step during the 2022 season.
They have veterans like Yasmani Grandal, Dallas Kuchel, and Jose Abreu to help which is nice but the younger players have some more learning to do. That is why 2022 is such a big year. They need to take that next step and have a little bit (or maybe a lot) of a better showing in the playoffs.
Major League Baseball is currently in a lockout because of labor negotiations. It might take a minute for them to come to labor peace but when that happens, look out for the White Sox. They need to make some more adjustments to their lineup via free agency or a trade but it is mostly about their core players taking the next step.
It would help if everyone stayed healthy. There were some bad injuries in 2021 to some elite players. It may have kept guys like Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez hitting the stride that they needed to be at their best.
Both of them, however, were still really good so it is scary that they have another level to get to. With some of the other stars on the team both in the batting order and pitching staff, it is going to be a very good year of baseball on the south side. Expect big things in 2022.