The Chicago White Sox are going to be on the field in 2022 along with the rest of the league thanks to the newfound labor peace. It is going to be a great season that nobody should be taking for granted after what we just dealt with. It has been a long time coming but there is some clarity with what is going on now.
The first spring training game will take place on March 18th against the Chicago Cubs. Even though it is an exhibition game, playing against the Cubs following a lockout just feels fun. Lots of people are going to enjoy keeping up with that one.
The White Sox will now have their Opening Day on April 8th against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit. Their Home Opener will be on April 12th against the Seattle Mariners. It is a little bit later than we expected but it is early enough considering where we were a few weeks ago.
The Chicago White Sox is going to be a fantastic baseball team in the year 2022.
There are also some notable rule changes that were negotiated into the new collective bargaining agreement. The first is that there will be 12 playoff teams. That means that there will be an extra team from each league making it. Like it or not, that increases the White Sox chances even more.
There is going to be a universal DH. That won’t affect the White Sox as much until they play in an NL ballpark because they have always had a DH. The good news is that we don’t have to watch pitchers that are bad at hitting swing anymore.
Those awful seven-inning doubleheaders are now a thing of the past. Stop trying to make there be less baseball, MLB. Games were designed to be played nine innings unless they are tied after nine. Those who want shorter games don’t actually like baseball anyway.
Speaking of being tied after nine, there will no longer be a ghost runner on second base to start the 10th inning. That was the worst rule ever implemented into the sport and it is magnificent that it is gone. Tony La Russa is probably extra happy about that one.
The White Sox are going to be good this year. How good will depend on how the next few days go with free agency but they should be considered favorites in the American League. With studs like Luis Robert, Michael Kopech, and Dylan Cease getting better and better, this team is scary. Having baseball back is so wonderful, isn’t it?