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2020 Chicago White Sox season

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2020 Chicago White Sox
American League Wild Card
Chicago White Sox.svg
Major League affiliations
Record35–25 (.583)
Divisional place2nd
Other information
Owner(s)Jerry Reinsdorf
General manager(s)Rick Hahn
Manager(s)Rick Renteria
Local televisionNBC Sports Chicago
NBC Sports Chicago+
(Jason Benetti, Steve Stone, Tom Paciorek, Tony Graffanino)
Local radioWGN-AM
Chicago White Sox Radio Network
(Andy Masur, Darrin Jackson)
WRTO-AM (Spanish)
(Hector Molina, Billy Russo)
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The 2020 season was the Chicago White Sox' 121st season in Chicago and 120th in the American League. The Sox played their home games at Guaranteed Rate Field.

On March 12, 2020, MLB announced that because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the start of the regular season would be delayed by at least two weeks in addition to the remainder of spring training being cancelled.[1] Four days later, it was announced that the start of the season would be pushed back indefinitely due to the recommendation made by the CDC to restrict events of more than 50 people for eight weeks.[2] On June 23, commissioner Rob Manfred unilaterally implemented a 60-game season. Players reported to training camps on July 1 in order to resume spring training and prepare for a July 24 Opening Day.[3]

Due to the pandemic and the shortened season, Major League Baseball instituted certain rule changes which included the use of a universal designated hitter, a runner on second base to start extra innings, and a revised schedule.[4] On July 30, the league and the union agreed that all remaining doubleheaders on the season would be seven innings.[5]

On April 1, 2020, longtime White Sox radio broadcaster Ed Farmer died at the age of 70.[6]

On September 17, with a win against the Minnesota Twins, the White Sox clinched their first playoff spot since 2008. This was their first winning season since 2012. They lost in three games to the Oakland Athletics in the 2020 American League Wild Card Series.


Rule changes

For the 2020 season, MLB instituted several new rule changes including the following:[7]

  • Single trade deadline – there will no longer be a waiver trade deadline later in the year.
  • 26-man roster – rosters will expand from 25 players, but no team may carry more than 13 pitchers.
  • Three-batter minimum for pitchers - a pitcher must face three batters in a game before they can be removed unless there is an injury or the end of an inning.

Further rule changes came into effect in response to the COVID-19 pandemic including the use of the DH in the National League, a shortened schedule, and starting extra innings with a runner at second base.[8]


  • November 21, 2019: Catcher Yasmani Grandal signed as a free agent by the White Sox to a four-year, $73 million contract.
  • November 22, 2019: 1st Baseman José Abreu signed a three-year contract extension worth $50 million with the White Sox.
  • December 2, 2019: Catcher James McCann signed a one-year extension with the White Sox.
  • December 10, 2019: White Sox trade outfielder Steele Walker to the Texas Rangers for outfielder Nomar Mazara.
  • December 20, 2019: LHP Gio González signed as a free agent by the White Sox to a one-year, $5 million contract.
  • December 30, 2019: LHP Dallas Keuchel signed as a free agent by the White Sox to a three-year, $55.5 million contract.
  • January 2, 2020: Outfielder Luis Robert signed a six-year contract extension worth $50 million with the White Sox.
  • January 9, 2020: 1B-DH Edwin Encarnación signed as a free agent by the White Sox to a one-year, $12 million contract.
  • January 14, 2020: RHP Steve Cishek signed as a free agent by the White Sox to a one-year, $6 million contract.

Regular season

On August 13, the White Sox were supposed to play the first ever MLB at Field of Dreams game against the New York Yankees at a temporary 8,000 seat ballpark in Dyersville, Iowa before the pandemic came. MLB then announced the shortened season and that the AL and NL will play against each other in the same division which took the Yankees off the matchup. Then on July 1, MLB announced that the St. Louis Cardinals would replace the Yankees for the game. Then in late July, a majority of Cardinals players and coaches tested positive for COVID-19. The MLB announced on August 3 that the Field of Dreams game would be rescheduled to 2021 in which the White Sox would still participate, but their opponent won't be the Cardinals.

Game Log

2020 regular season game log: 35–25 (Home: 18–12; Away: 17–13)
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Postponement
Bold = White Sox team member

Season standings

American League Central

AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Minnesota Twins 36 24 0.600 24–7 12–17
Cleveland Indians 35 25 0.583 1 18–12 17–13
Chicago White Sox 35 25 0.583 1 18–12 17–13
Kansas City Royals 26 34 0.433 10 15–15 11–19
Detroit Tigers 23 35 0.397 12 12–15 11–20

American League Wild Card

Division Leaders W L Pct.
Tampa Bay Rays 40 20 0.667
Oakland Athletics 36 24 0.600
Minnesota Twins 36 24 0.600

Division 2nd Place W L Pct.
Cleveland Indians 35 25 0.583
New York Yankees 33 27 0.550
Houston Astros 29 31 0.483

Wild Card teams
(Top two qualify for postseason)
W L Pct. GB
Chicago White Sox 35 25 0.583 +3
Toronto Blue Jays 32 28 0.533
Seattle Mariners 27 33 0.450 5
Los Angeles Angels 26 34 0.433 6
Kansas City Royals 26 34 0.433 6
Baltimore Orioles 25 35 0.417 7
Boston Red Sox 24 36 0.400 8
Detroit Tigers 23 35 0.397 8
Texas Rangers 22 38 0.367 10

Record against opponents

2020 American League Records

Source: AL Standings Head-to-head

Chicago 2–8 9–1 9–1 5–5 10–10
Cleveland 8–2 7–3 5–5 3–7 12–8
Detroit 1–9 3–7 4–6 4–6 11–7
Kansas City 1–9 5–5 6–4 5–5 9–11
Minnesota 5–5 7–3 6–4 5–5 13–7

Detailed records



Game Log

2020 White Sox postseason game log


2020 Chicago White Sox
Pitchers Catchers






Awards and honors

Luis Robert won the American League Gold Glove for Center field becoming the second rookie in White Sox history to do so. The White Sox had 3 players winning the Silver Slugger Award with José Abreu winning his 3rd and Tim Anderson and Eloy Jiménez winning their first. José Abreu also won his first AL MVP Award becoming the 4th player in White Sox history to do so joining Nellie Fox (1959), Dick Allen (1972), and Frank Thomas (1993-94). Abreu in 2020 batted .317 with an OBP of .370 and lead the AL in Slugging percentage at .617 and hit 19 homers on the year. Abreu also Lead the MLB with 60 RBIS and 148 total bases.

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Charlotte Knights International League
AA Birmingham Barons Southern League
A-Advanced Winston-Salem Dash Carolina League
A Kannapolis Cannon Ballers South Atlantic League
Rookie Great Falls Voyagers Pioneer League
Rookie AZL White Sox Arizona League
Rookie DSL White Sox Dominican Summer League


  1. ^ Mark Feinsand (March 12, 2020). "Opening Day delayed at least 2 weeks; Spring Training games cancelled". Major League Baseball. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  2. ^ "Opening of regular season to be pushed back". Major League Baseball. March 16, 2020. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  3. ^ Feinsand, Mark (June 24, 2020). "Play Ball: MLB announces 2020 regular season". Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  4. ^ Daniels, Tim. "MLB Rules, Format Changes for 60-Game 2020 Season Due to COVID-19". Bleacher Report. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  5. ^ "MLB reduces doubleheaders to 7 innings for '20". July 31, 2020. Retrieved August 10, 2020.
  6. ^ "White Sox radio broadcaster Ed Farmer dies". NBC Sports Chicago. April 2, 2020. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
  7. ^ "Report: Single-trade deadline, 26-man roster, 3-batter minimum among changes in next 2 years". masslive. March 14, 2019. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  8. ^ Daniels, Tim. "MLB Rules, Format Changes for 60-Game 2020 Season Due to COVID-19". Bleacher Report. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  9. ^ "White Sox-Tribe postponed; DH on Tuesday". MLB Advanced Media. July 27, 2020. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  10. ^ Eagle, Ed (August 16, 2020). "Teams that have hit four straight home runs". Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  11. ^ "White Sox join MLB history by hitting four consecutive home runs". Retrieved August 31, 2020.
  12. ^ Gardner, Steve (August 26, 2020). "Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito throws MLB's first no-hitter of 2020 season". USA Today. Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  13. ^ Merkin, Scott (August 29, 2020). "Edwin's blast sets franchise record for Sox". Retrieved August 30, 2020.

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