The Chicago White Sox are known to be a team that has been mostly mediocre for most of their history. They just made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time ever in 2020 and 2021 which is remarkable. However, there was a long portion of time where only two MLB teams made the playoffs in one season.
The 2010s were brutal so most people only know them as a bad team but it hasn’t been as bad as some other teams in Major League Baseball. In fact, the White Sox are in the top half of the league in regular-season winning percentage all-time.
There are 12 teams that have a .500 winning percentage or better over the course of history. The White Sox are one of them along with the New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Guardians, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Atlanta Braves.
Their 2021 season helped them get over .500 as they were 93-69 but there is a lot of baseball in that history. They haven’t had much playoff success to show for it but the regular season hasn’t been as bad as you would think based on recent memory. If anything, the 2010s probably lowered it from an even higher winning percentage.
The Chicago White Sox are one of 12 with an all-time winning percentage over .500.
Of course, the idea is to improve on that total and then start having some playoff success. They are currently set up to make that happen with their current group. They have everything they need in their core so the key is supplementing it with depth and a good minor league system.
If they are able to continue doing that like we think they will, the winning percentage in the regular season will continue to rise and the playoff runs will start to get deeper. This is a team with a pretty good history, at least compared to other teams in the league and the overall perception.
Hopefully, they are able to assert themselves amongst the elites in the baseball conversation. If they continue to build the way that they have since 2016 ended, that is something that is a real possibility.