|2022 Chicago White Sox|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Rick Hahn|
|Manager(s)||Tony La Russa (retired after being out for the rest of the season due to medical issues on August 31) |
Miguel Cairo (August 31–end of season)
|Local television||NBC Sports Chicago |
NBC Sports Chicago+
(Jason Benetti, Steve Stone, Len Kasper, Gordon Beckham, Adam Amin, Connor McKnight)
|Local radio||ESPN Chicago|
Chicago White Sox Radio Network
(Len Kasper, Darrin Jackson, Connor McKnight)
(Hector Molina, Billy Russo)
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The 2022 Chicago White Sox season was the club's 123rd season in Chicago, their 122nd in the American League and their 32nd at Guaranteed Rate Field.
On December 2, 2021, Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred announced a lockout of players, following expiration of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the league and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA). On March 10, 2022, MLB and the MLBPA agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement, thus ending the lockout. Opening Day was played on April 7. Although MLB previously announced that several series would be cancelled due to the lockout, the agreement provided for a 162-game season, with originally canceled games to be made up via doubleheaders.
The White Sox failed to repeat as division champions and finished in 2nd in the AL Central with a record of .500 at 81–81.
Main article: 2021–22 Major League Baseball lockout
The expiration of the league's collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the Major League Baseball Players Association occurred on December 1, 2021, with no new agreement in place. As a result, the team owners voted unanimously to lockout the players stopping all free agency and trades.
The parties came to an agreement on a new CBA on March 10, 2022. The scheduled 162-game regular season was agreed to be played in its entirety, with no games cancelled. However, the delayed start to spring training meant that the regular season was postponed from its original March 31 Opening Day to April 7. For the White Sox, this meant that six games scheduled between March 31 and April 6 were moved to a later date: a three-game home series with the Minnesota Twins that was rescheduled for October 3 through October 5, and a three-game road series with the Kansas City Royals that was made up on three separate dates (May 17, August 10, and August 22nd).
Pursuant to the new CBA, several new rules were instituted for the 2022 season. The National League adopted the designated hitter full-time, a draft lottery was implemented, the postseason expanded from ten teams to twelve, and advertising patches was allowed to appear on player uniforms and helmets for the first time.
|2022 Chicago White Sox|
|Chicago White Sox||81||81||0.500||11||37–44||44–37|
|Kansas City Royals||65||97||0.401||27||39–42||26–55|
|New York Yankees||99||63||0.611|
Wild Card teams|
(Top 3 teams qualify for postseason)
|Toronto Blue Jays||92||70||0.568||+6|
|Tampa Bay Rays||86||76||0.531||—|
|Chicago White Sox||81||81||0.500||5|
|Boston Red Sox||78||84||0.481||8|
|Los Angeles Angels||73||89||0.451||13|
|Kansas City Royals||65||97||0.401||21|
Source: MLB Standings Grid – 2022
Updated with the results of all games through October 5, 2022.
Just before the White Sox were set to face off against the Kansas City Royals on August 30, it was announced by the team that manager Tony La Russa had to miss the game under the direction of his doctors, in order to get further medical testing. The team's bench coach, Miguel Cairo, took over for La Russa as acting manager. It was later revealed that La Russa had a pacemaker installed and had to undergo a procedure to avoid any further health complications. Though there was some speculation as to La Russa returning to the dugout by late September, the White Sox officially put any rumors to rest on September 24 when they announced that he would miss the remainder of the 2022 season. La Russa's doctors never gave him permission to return to managing, though he was given permission to travel with the White Sox to Oakland on September 11 for the Athletics' jersey retirement ceremony of former pitcher Dave Stewart, who La Russa managed for several seasons.
Prior to La Russa's departure from the White Sox, the team's record was an underachieving 63-65 and they were five games behind the Cleveland Guardians for first place in the American League Central. At the start of Cairo's role as acting manager, the White Sox went on an initial hot streak, winning 10 of 13 games and climbing to as close as 1.5 games back of Cleveland on September 8. However, the late-season resurgence did not last long. Beginning on September 11, the White Sox would lose 11 of 15 games, including getting swept by the Guardians in a pivotal three-game home series from September 20–22. The Guardians would officially clinch the American League Central on September 25, ending the White Sox's dreams of repeating as division champions. The White Sox were officially eliminated from the playoffs on September 28 after a loss against the Twins which was their 8th straight loss.
|2022 regular season game log: 81–81 (Home: 36–43; Away: 45–38)|
|Legend: = Win = Loss = Postponement|
Bold = White Sox team member
(Team leaders in BOLD)
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases; BB = Walks; K = Strikeouts; Avg. = Batting average; OBP = On Base Percentage; SLG = Slugging Percentage; TB = Total Bases
|A. J. Pollock||138||489||61||120||26||1||14||56||3||32||98||.245||.292||.389||190|
Team leaders in BOLD
Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; WHIP = Walks plus hits per inning pitched; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; H = Hits allowed; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts
See also: Minor League Baseball
|AAA||Charlotte Knights||International League||Julio Mosquera (acting)|
|AA||Birmingham Barons||Southern League||Justin Jirschele|
|High-A||Winston-Salem Dash||South Atlantic League||Lorenzo Bundy|
|A||Kannapolis Cannon Ballers||Carolina League||Guillermo Quiróz|
|Rookie||ACL White Sox||Arizona Complex League||Pat Leyland|
|Rookie||DSL White Sox||Dominican Summer League||Angel Rosario|
Dylan Cease was the recipient of the American League Pitcher of the Month Award for the month of June. Cease posted a 2–1 record in the month of June as a starter, with a 0.33 ERA in 27.1 innings pitched, 45 strikeouts, and an opponent batting average of .192. Cease became the first White Sox pitcher to earn the honor since Lucas Giolito back in May 2019. Cease would then go on to win Pitcher of the Month again in the month of July after recording a 5–1 record, striking out 40 batters in 35.2 innings pitched, and allowing only three earned runs. It was the first time ever a White Sox pitcher won the award in back-to-back months, and the first time any pitcher in Major League Baseball accomplished such a feat since Jack Flaherty in August and September 2019. At the end of the season, Cease was named as a Cy Young Award finalist after Cease posted a 14–8 record in 32 starts with an ERA of 2.20 in 184 innings while striking out a career high 227 batters.
Johnny Cueto earned American League Player of the Week honors for the period of August 15 to August 21. Cueto went 2-0 as a starter that week while posting a 0.54 ERA in 16 2/3 innings of work.
On June 30, Tim Anderson was announced as one of the two finalists for the starting American League shortstop position in Major League Baseball's 2022 All-Star Game fan voting. Anderson finished as one of the two top vote-getters in that position, alongside Bo Bichette of the Toronto Blue Jays. Anderson defeated Bichette in the final voting on July 8, becoming the first White Sox shortstop to earn a starting spot at the All-Star Game since Luis Aparicio in 1970.
At the end of the season, José Abreu was named a finalist for the American League Silver Slugger Award. Abreu posted a .304 batting average in 2022, which was better than all the other first basemen finalists from the American League. Dylan Cease finished second in the American League Cy Young Award voting, behind only Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros. It was the highest finish in the Cy Young voting by a White Sox pitcher since Esteban Loaiza finished second place in 2003.